Rock County superintendents have been meeting to discuss how to safely reopen schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

Ten superintendents in Rock County meet weekly via a web conference call, joined by representatives from the Rock County Health Department. Representatives from Beloit, Beloit-Turner, Bigfoot, Brodhead, Clinton, Edgerton, Evansville, Janesville, Milton and Parkview school districts are participating in the planning.

While Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ public health emergency declaration ordered all Wisconsin schools closed through June 30, the guidance from federal, state, and local health officials is less clear with respect to  reopening schools in the fall.

To help guide their planning, the 10 Rock County districts will conduct a common survey of parents to collect feedback in June. The School District of Beloit also will conduct planning sessions next week with teachers from the Beloit Education Association.

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is asking school districts to prepare for three possible scenarios in the fall which include students being back in classrooms full time, a hybrid mix of distance learning and in-person learning or complete distance learning.

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