Friday, March 27, 2020
Dear Oak Creek-Franklin Families,
Earlier this week, Governor Evers ordered an extension to the school closures in our state. In keeping with this mandate, the current plan is to keep schools closed until at least Thursday, April 23, but as noted in earlier messages, we are planning as if we have spent our last day in school this year. We will continue to keep you updated. The closures will continue to affect all District programming. Community food service will remain available.
Some good news... The work completed over Spring Break was as successful as we could have hoped for in working toward the targets we shared last Friday. Here are a few brief notes regarding what we continue to work on:
- March 16 - 20th, Extended learning opportunities 4K-12, IT infrastructure build-out, device assignment 6-12. - Complete
- March 23rd, 4K-5 device assignment. - Complete
- March 23 - 27th, Spring Break, continued preparation and planning. - Complete
- March 30 - April 3rd, All staff virtual learning training; parent communication and instructions on setting up the communication tool (Seesaw, 4K-5) for virtual learning.
- April 6 - 9th, 4K-5 continued virtual learning training; finalize parent communication and instructions on setting up the communication tool (Seesaw 4K-5) for virtual learning.
- April 6, 6-12 virtual learning begins.
- April 14, or before, virtual learning until the conclusion of the year (or return to traditional school), for all students in grades 4K-12.
We were able to distribute several hundred devices and wireless hotspots in the last few days, which means that we are still on track to begin virtual learning on April 6 for 6-12 students, and on or before April 14th for 4K-5 students.
If your family did not pick up a device and needs one, please contact your school directly and they will accommodate you between now and when we plan to start virtual learning. All our offices continue to be staffed.
Reminder, we are still planning for Quarter 4 to be conducted entirely in a virtual-learning format. That means assigned, graded work, designed to continue continuity of essential content. Expect more information on this topic throughout the school closure, likely from the Office of Teaching and Learning and your school's principal.
Student Chromebook/device support or repair service will be available at the District Office between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM as long as there are school personnel available. Students and families can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414-768-6149 with any questions regarding their device. Reminder, you can still complete this Service/Request Device form and indicate you need to obtain a hotspot for wifi access or service to your device.
Additionally, we are typically hosted by our community partners at the City of Oak Creek in council chambers for our Board meetings; we will temporarily move back to our District Office, in order to comply with CDC social distancing guidelines, until further notice.
One final reminder today, the Department of Public Works has posted signs on our playgrounds--given the Governor's Safer at Home Order--please avoid all school playgrounds and athletic facilities.
Daniel Unertl, J.D.
Superintendent, Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District