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July 6, 2020

6/9/2020 9:04:00 AM
Dodgeville district begins looking at blended model next term

The Dodgeville school district's curricular/co-curricular committee knows there will be back to school next fall.
What they don't know is what the delivery of education will look like.
Director of Curriculum Jacque Goetzke told the committee about plans to form a task force that will consider options of both face to face and virtual delivery.
"We will be looking at the virtual world and what we need to do to make this work," Goetzke said. The district was forced to use that model to finish the school year when Governor Tony Evers ordered school closed until the end of May and then extended it to June 30.
"The vision of learning in our district will be looked at," Goetzke added. "We plan to listen to and consider a lot of ideas."
The task force will also be making an analysis of the district's existing equipment and determine what will be needed to deliver a blended model of education. Members are aware that not every parent will feel comfortable with sending their children to school for face to face delivery until they are convinced it is safe.
A third item the task force will study is how to communicate what they present to the board to the public. Goetzke said one of the plans is for a survey of the parents to get their views and comments.
During discussion it was noted that the state is putting the planning in the hands of the school districts which will give the task force a huge challenge but Goetzke feels there is excitement to proceed. She said meetings of the task force will begin soon.
"We need to get this done so we can be absolutely prepared for the fall," Goetzke said.
Dr. Jeff Jacobson, who is in his last month before retirement, said he feels parents will help determine if they will send their child to school or not.
"They will determine how many will come through the door and how many will be taught virtually," he said.
Goetzke and Principal Ryan Bohnsack both discussed the summer learning which will be held in the district.
The first session will be totally virtual with decisions made later about if face to face can be instituted for the late July session.
Bohnsack said he is pleased with the registrations which are still coming in.
"In 2017 we had 220 enroll and since then we have been as high as 600," Bohnsack said. He added he feels there will be good numbers again this year and will be close to the number of enrollments last year.
Some of the offerings will be different from past years as various parts of the school are still closed. He said weight training has been a popular offering in the past but the weight room is not open, at least until July 1. The first session has a targeted opening date of June 15.
"I feel we are in a good spot," he said. "We are looking at different models of delivery and it will be blended."
Bohnsack said he hopes the session in July can give the district a look at what the fall could be like.
Math and reading will be targeted.
"We made good strides last year," he said. "And hope that will be the case again this year."
More details about the task force and summer school will be presented at the June board meeting next Monday.





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