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August 13, 2020

7/7/2020 9:37:00 AM
Statement on Dodgeville School District reopening

Dear Dodgeville Parents and Students:
The Dodgeville School District has been proactively working on school reopening plans for the past several months and will continue these complex, lengthy, and essential discussions as we move closer to the fall. No decision has been made at this time. However, we want to share with you what is driving the plan, how we are assembling it, when it will be completed, what to expect from the district in the coming weeks, and what the district needs from you as we work towards relaunching school operations. As the relaunch plan is developed, the district recognizes and values two overriding priorities:
*The health and safety of our students, staff, and families
*The importance of getting students back into the buildings to resume their education.
Unfortunately, the COVID 19 pandemic has driven a wedge between the two. Recognizing this division, the school district has been called to create a plan that is in the best interest of the common good. We must take into consideration the varying needs of all students and parents. To accomplish this task, we have created a Taskforce divided into nine subcommittees that are made up of various stakeholders. This Taskforce has been entrusted to make recommendations for the good of all through researching best practices, including consulting the newly released Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Education Forward plan, as well as gathering information from the Iowa County Health Department, State Department of Health Services, the Center for Disease Control, and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. We are also relying on information collected from a community survey of parents, students, and staff. The data collected has been an invaluable resource in providing a picture of risk tolerance within the community
Over the next few weeks, the Task Force will finalize a general plan that will be presented to the school board on July 13. Upon school board review and approval, it will be released to the community shortly thereafter. The Task Force will be asking for your feedback and the administration will be scheduling a Zoom Meeting in the format of a question and answer forum sometime near the end of July. We are hoping to provide you with accurate information and give you the time that you will need to make choices and plans regarding your child's education. The plan will be refined between mid-July and mid-August, with the understanding that details could be added, deleted, or changed based on the evolving circumstances in the country, state, or region.
What can you expect from us over the next weeks and months? We will continue to communicate with you. Updates will be provided and information shared. There will also be opportunities for you to ask questions and express concerns. We promise, in the name of the common good, to develop a plan that is feasible, practical, and reasonable.
Finally, what is needed from you? We need your patience. New information is received weekly, if not daily. We understand the urgency and importance of this plan for the entire community. We want to get it right! To ensure that happens we must give the process the due diligence that it deserves. We need your understanding. We will make every effort to meet families where they are, based on their circumstances and needs. We are developing choices to assist parents and students in this time of uncertainty. With that in mind, we cannot be all things to all people. There are parameters and restrictions that we must work within which means families will need to meet us halfway. We ask you to be flexible. The plan developed in July may be altered significantly by September due to circumstances that are out of our control. We request in advance the latitude needed to make this plan work no matter the conditions.
In conclusion, I want to thank you for trusting your child's education to the Dodgeville School District. We will do our very best to maintain and value that trust. We are your partner in education... and we will get through this together.

Paul Weber
District Administrator
Dodgeville School District

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