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January 28, 2021

1/8/2021 11:43:00 AM
DPI publishes school district report on impacts of building closures during 2019-2020 school year Educators overcame various challenges to provide instruction, deliver meals to students

MADISON-The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) published a state report Dec. 30 summarizing the impacts of school building closures during the fourth quarter of the 2019-2020 school year due to the public health emergency.
Pursuant to 2019 Wisconsin Act 185, the DPI surveyed all 421 Wisconsin public school districts on the delivery of virtual instruction, meal service to students, staff layoffs, school district expenditures, and more during the period of school building closures (from March 12 to June 30, 2020). Act 185 required DPI to send the report to the Wisconsin State Legislature by Jan. 1, 2021.
"The period when school buildings were closed throughout our state brought unprecedented challenges and magnified many existing inequities, as families rushed to find immediate solutions, and educators re-imagined their entire educational delivery model in the span of just a few days," State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor said. "I am continuously amazed by the way our students, educators, and families have responded to daunting circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our state must continue supporting them and providing the resources and services necessary to ensure their needs are being met."...
(See the rest of the story in the January 7, 2021 Chronicle issue)

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