As per my letter I just emailed to you, and which should be arriving in your mailbox tomorrow or Monday, the decision on whether to close school was to follow local or state directives. This decision has now been taken out of our hands and decided by Governor Evers so we will be following his mandate.
The Governor's mandate directed that schools need to be closed by the end of the school day on Wednesday, March 18. To meet this mandate, we WILL have school with students on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. That will give students and staff to discuss the approach instruction will take and also allow them to get all their needed materials together. We will use Thursday and Friday for planning. The first day of "virtual / home instruction" will be Monday, March 23. We will let you know early next week the specifics of how this program will work. Gov. Evers has mandated that schools remain closed until Monday, April 6 --- minimally. This means all after-school events are also cancelled, including all sporting practices, concerts, etc. starting at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18.
We are giving notice to families at this earlier time so hopefully they will be able to arrange for child care for their children. We know this is an inconvenience, but please remember it is not of the District's choice, and also it is being done with the best interest of our students and the entire community in mind. If there are any families who currently use the Child Care center and are unable to make alternate arrangements, they should contact child care director, Diane Schwaller. She will try to help address the needs of families who find themselves in this situation.
This will be a learning time for all of us, but with our dedicated and talented staff, we'll all work hard to meet our students' needs. Administration and staff have been discussing how this would work should a closing occur--now it's time for us to move forward on the implementation of our plans. Administration will be meeting on Sunday to begin working out specifics.
Your patience and flexibility during this time is appreciated. Stay tuned as more updates will be forthcoming.
Dr. Ann Buechel Haack
Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District
201 N. Lincoln Street
PO Box 326
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020
Phone: (920) 876-3381
Fax: (920) 876-3511