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March 4, 2021

2/1/2021 9:29:00 AM
Barneveld School Board discusses potential second wave

Principal Erin Eslinger discussed graduation requirements and suggested some tweaks with the Barneveld School Board last Wednesday.
Physical education will be required to be spread over three years so a student cannot take all the courses in one year. Varsity sports can count as 1/2 credit.
She said in social studies there is a requirement to pass a state civics test in 10th grade so a Wisconsin History course will be offered prior to that.
Biology will be required in ninth grade, Eslinger said and a finance course must also be taken prior to graduation.
Eslinger also had some suggested tweaks to college courses students take and said consideration should be given to how to treat online courses as there are more and more opportunities available. She also discussed some tweaks she feels should be made in policies.
Class rank was also discussed. She asked the board to review how GPA and class rank is affected by taking hard courses that may be more difficult to receive a high grade. She discussed weighted grades possibility as she feels the district wants their students to be challenged.
Superintendent Joe Price shared the results of a survey about Virtual Wednesdays. Students and staff were surveyed.
The survey noted 59% of the staff favor continue Virtual Wednesdays and students feel the virtual presentations are going well. It was pointed out there are more (40%) of the high school students taking virtual classes to much fewer percentages at middle and elementary school.
Price said the plan is to continue to go slow...
(See the rest of the story in the January 28 Chronicle issue)

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