Schools tackle virtual challenges

New Holstein School District students, teachers, and staff continue to tackle the challenges of educating youths during a pandemic.

At Monday’s meeting of the Board of Education, there were indications that there have been both successes and challenges to doing so.

Board members approved making a change to the current school year calendar and approved making Friday, Dec. 11 an in-service day with no school for students, largely to provide another needed day off. In response to a board member’s question, Administrator Dan Nett said the subject of providing a similar day during second semester has not yet been raised but is a possibility.

In his report to the board and in response to questions from board members, High School Principal Doug Olig said first quarter report cards were finalized last week and posted on Skyward Parent Access for viewing. Currently 11.2 percent of NHHS students received at least one “F,” and 37 percent of those students are virtual students. This is up from 7.1 percent last year.

“We did not shift students in study halls to avoid challenges with contact tracing; however, teachers in study halls are aware of those who have support needs,” Olig said in his report. “(Guidance Counselor) Mr. (Ben) Zoelle also meets with each student on the list to look at academic goals as well as to identify if there are any other issues impeding student learning.

(Please see the November 19 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)

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