10.19.20 Update

Learning Model Deadline / Updated Academic Calendar
Posted on 10/19/2020
Learning Model Deadline / Updated Academic Calendar

Lake Geneva Schools Families,

We will end the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year on Thursday, October 29, 2020. We have successfully been able to offer quality educational programs for in-person, virtual and blended learners as of this date. We are very pleased that we have been able to keep our schools open for in-person instruction as well as provide a higher quality of virtual options than were available last spring. It has been challenging and we certainly are not operating in our usual manner. With that, our staff and students have responded in a positive manner to a new and demanding environment and I hope we all appreciate their efforts. 

We continue to monitor COVID cases in our schools and I once again encourage you to check our website for accurate daily updates on the pandemic on our dashboard. Simply click on any school’s website and then click the COVID-19 Resource and Communication Center button at the top of the webpage. This will provide you with the latest, most accurate updates. As we continue to move forward through this unique school year I want to thank you for your continued support and encouragement as we strive to offer the very best educational programs in the healthiest environment possible to the students of our districts. Please read the following important information and have a great second quarter to the 2020-2021 school year. 

2nd Quarter Learning Model*

I hope you and your student have settled into their chosen educational format (in-person, virtual, or blended) throughout this quarter. With the second quarter quickly approaching, I would like to remind everyone that if you would like a different learning model for quarter two than you are currently enrolled in, please contact your school no later than Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Elementary and Lake Geneva Middle School families, please contact your principal. Badger High School families, please contact your assigned counselor.

Students that begin the second quarter enrolled in virtual or blended learning are asked to stay in that learning model for the entire quarter. The second quarter will end on January 21, 2021. At any point in the year, in-person students will be able to change to virtual learning if requested because of changing health-related conditions in our community or for personal reasons. However, virtual students will not be able to be enrolled in the in-person model outside of the October 27th deadline window during the remainder of the second quarter. This allows us to monitor our class sizes more readily to properly maintain physical distancing to our maximum potential.

*Quarter 2:  Badger & Elementary Schools: November 2, 2020 - January 21, 2021 / LGMS: November 4, 2020 - January 21, 2021

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

After reviewing the original 2020-2021 academic calendar, our school boards have decided to make several changes in order to provide our staff with additional teacher in-service days. These days will be utilized as teacher workdays and allow teachers to continue to be trained on the technology and have preparation time to continue to provide the best education possible to their students.

Click here to view the new 2020-2021 Academic Calendar.  

Please note the changes from the original calendar are as follows for ALL students 4K-12: 

- Friday, January 22, 2021  (No school for students, originally was a half-day) 

- Friday, March 26, 2021  (No school for students, originally a full day for students)

- Friday, April 30, 2021 (No school for students, originally a full day for students) 

Hopefully, advance notification will help you make any child care modifications a bit easier.

We will continue to keep you informed of any changes during this most unusual of school years. We continue to be optimistic in our goal to provide a quality in-person education as well as virtual options in the healthiest of environments as possible during this school year. Thank you for your support. It is a pleasure to serve the families of the Lake Geneva Schools. Here’s to a great second quarter for our students, staff and families.

Dr. James Gottinger
District Administrator
Lake Geneva Schools

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