Middle School (related)
Good morning students and parents. We wanted to share our resource page with you in a post so it was a more front and center for ease of access. This link can also be found on our resources page under info and forms and the direct link to oostburg.instructure.com is in the quick links menu. Canvas is Oostburg School District’s learning management system or LMS. It was designed to streamline all the digital tools and content needed for student learning both inside and outside of the classroom walls. Here is the link
Dear OSD Families,
New information was released this afternoon from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) on limiting large community events as well as updated travel guidelines.
Following DHS recommendations, the Oostburg School District will be:
- canceling all non-essential events or gatherings outside the school day expected to include 250 people or more starting today for the next 30 days.
- suspending student field trips for the next 30 days.
As Spring Break is approaching, please be aware that the DHS also recommends against non-essential travel to any US state where the CDC deems there is “sustained community transmission” of COVID-19. As of now, that includes California, New York, and Washington. Read the DHS press release here
If you do travel to one of these states or if you travel to an area that later gets added to the list of locations of “sustained community transmission,” DHS recommends that you self-quarantine at home for 14 days and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Please contact our local public health department at 920-459-0321 to report your travel to a location of “sustained community transmission”. DHS COVID-19 webpage provides instructions on how to self-quarantine and self-monitor for symptoms.
At this time, the Department of Health Services is not recommending closing schools as part of this guidance. Schools, along with health care facilities, routine business operations, manufacturing, and government meetings, are considered essential gatherings.
We aim to be as responsive as possible to this changing situation. For the most up-to-date information from the Oostburg School District, visit https://oostburg.k12.wi.us/district-news/coronavirus-resources/
Superintendent of Schools
Due to the unusually high number of weather related school cancellations we will be making several adjustments to our published school calendar for March, April, and May. The Department of Public Instruction requires specific hours of instruction annually for all public schools. In order to meet those requirements and continue working toward our district goals, we will be making the following changes:
March 1st will be a regular student day. This day had been designated for teacher professional development.
Early Release dates on March 13, April 3, May 1, and May 24 will now be full student days – not early release.
Teacher professional development time has been instrumental in moving us toward our district goals and efforts to fulfill our mission ensuring all students are learning at high levels. Academic benchmarks provide evidence that Oostburg students are realizing unprecedented achievement placing us alongside the top schools in our state when considering ACT composite scores – the primary measure connected to our academic goals.
We believe that teacher professional development time provided through early release days and inservice continues to be a primary factor in our success. During these days teachers meet vertically across grade levels, refining our curriculum through very intentional collaboration. Designing rigorous and relevant learning experiences for students is enhanced when teachers work together across grade levels to examine student work. Due to the changes, the teaching staff will continue their collaborative work outside of the scheduled professional development time
As critical as our collaborative learning time has been, this winter has presented challenges which have resulted in an unusually high number of missed student contact days. We appreciate your understanding as we address this missed time. We hope this is an unusual winter. We also appreciate the flexibility from our teaching staff as they adjust their schedules in the months ahead so their collaborative work can continue outside of the time originally scheduled.