Return to School Info

We are excited to announce that we plan to start the 2020-2021 school year with a blended learning model that will provide students the benefits of some face-to-face instruction and social interaction, along with some distance learning time that will reduce the number of students in the building to allow for social distancing. Any families who do not feel comfortable returning to face-to-face learning can instead choose full distance learning to continue learning from home during the pandemic. Full distance learning would be similar to what was offered in spring; however, we expect to make changes in attendance, grading and teacher instruction.


MPSD’s goal is to return as soon as possible to our traditional, five-day, face-to-face instruction in schools because we know that is the best for our students. But we will not do that until we are confident that we can safely protect our staff and students. The level of coronavirus in our community, lack of a vaccine and complexity of safely social distancing have prompted the District to develop these two learning choices to start the year:


BLENDED LEARNING - students will return to their schools for limited hours to learn in person with teachers and fellow classmates - and spend other time learning from home. The specific hours and days will be different depending on grade level: two half-days per week for 4K, four half-days per week for elementary students, one full-day per week for middle school and two half-days per week for high school students. We will do our best to match those days and times for family members.


FULL DISTANCE LEARNING - students will learn remotely from home, using district-provided Chromebooks to access teacher-created lessons in Google Classroom, as well as scheduled screen time with teachers as a class or individual one-on-one support. This distance learning will be similar to what we pivoted to offer in spring but likely differ in attendance and grading policies and teacher connections.


The Manitowoc Public School District understands that students, families and staff have many questions surrounding the operation of 4K-12 education during a pandemic. Please see the information below for answers to some of the questions that you have asked to date; other questions are still under review by district leaders. As soon as we have more answers we will add them to this FAQ. Additional questions can be submitted in this feedback form

NEXT STEPS:

Bus transportation:  Contact Brandt Bus at 682-8823 

Student schedules:  student schedules and
will be shared with families as soon as possible.

School supplies, forms, fees,
and picture days:
schools will communicate
these details with families.  Click here to see the supply lists. 

COMMUNICATION LINKS:

Family Form to Submit Learning Model Choice

Learning Model Preference Requested

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Blended Model Overview by Building
Spanish version
Hmong version

Letter Announcing Approved Leading With Learning Plan 
Spanish version
Hmong version

Presentation to Board of Education
Spanish version

Surveys
Return to School (July - families)
Return to School (July - staff)
Spring Distance Learning (June - students and families)

Listening Sessions
MPSD held 6 listening sessions in July to provide updates on 2020-2021 school planning and solicit feedback. Sessions were held with staff, families, school building leaders, teacher leaders and the MEA on July 9, 13, 17, 20, 22 and 23. 

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