Green Lake Re-opening plan

This is the opening page of the Green Lake School District’s reopening plan, which is being sent out to parents.

When school returns this fall, Green Lake plans to offer face-to-face instruction five days a week.

The School Board approved its reopening plan and rules that will accompany it last week Wednesday.

Among the decisions it made was making wearing masks mandatory, as well as making it a closed campus for all students with the exception of 11th and 12th graders.

It also approved the Federated Church of Green Lake as an off-site location for 4K and kindergarten.

4K-6 Principal Gina Baxter noted the decision for Green Lake to go with the face-to-face instruction five days a week instead of having a day off for deep cleaning or doing some virtual learning was made as a way to help parents and students.

“We had parents who literally need to send their kids back to school,” she said. “And looking back at what our students were able to accomplish during the virtual learning, it was not great. Some of them did a wonderful job; do not ... play that down, but some students had great difficulty. And we all know that most students learn better being in the building. I have students, and so does [Superintendent] Mary [Allen], that we can protect, and we can give them this environment ... We can make sure they have what they need when they’re in school. When they’re not, we have no idea.”

Allen added as rigorous as the plan sounds in terms of guidelines, the school is trying to make the best environment it possibly can make.

“I think that the protocol sounds really extreme, but once we get into some regular habits and establish ourselves after a couple weeks we’re hoping it comes just naturally,” she said. “We do want to make sure that our school is not a prison. That is the place where kids want to be, and they can socialize with their friends. We have to get this back to some sense of normalcy and the best place to do that is in the school.”

Read the full story, which includes information to implement the mandatory masking, open campus for 11th and 12 graders as well as other procedures that will be implemented, in the July 23, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

Jonathan Bailey has been covering sports and general news assignments for the Ripon Commonwealth Press since 2011. He is a former reporter for The Green Laker, a summer publication produced by the Ripon Commonwealth Press, and now is its editor.

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