Cashton Middle School switches to virtual as number of students quarantined increases

As everyone has come to learn in Monroe County’s current condition, things change rapidly as cases continue to rise. Due to the number of Cashton Middle School students and faculty currently quarantined, District Administrator Ryan Alderson announced on Sunday that the instructional format for students in grades 6-8 required a temporary change. 
“As the number of cases in the community increases, our schools are directly impacted by related illnesses and quarantines which result in student absences and difficulty in staffing our buildings,” Alderson wrote in his letter to district families. 
After administrators were notified on Sunday that the district had another positive case in the middle school, which also impacted a number of staff, the decision was made to move to at-home learning for all students in grades 6-8 at the start of the school day on Monday.
The decision was based on the inability to effectively staff the middle school at this time, paired with a growing number of quarantined students.
Middle school students will return to in-person learning on Monday, November 30 while the elementary and high school classes will continue to meet in person at this time.
Students will need to log into their first class of the day following their regular schedule and will receive an additional email with information about the daily bell schedule as well as the November Block Schedule Calendar to help students follow their daily schedule.  
“Our teachers and students have been preparing for the likelihood this could happen,” Alderson said. “We will work with you to troubleshoot the difficulties you might encounter trying to connect on the first day and beyond.”  
Attendance and participation for students is mandatory and assigned work will be graded as usual and the office staff will follow up with all students who are marked absent without notification from a parent or guardian.
District families can view the district’s At Home Attendance Plan on the website, https://www.cashton.k12.wi.us.  
“While it is unfortunate that the virus has disrupted our ability to provide in-person instruction for students in grades 6-8 at this time, education and learning will continue,” Alderson said. “Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work together to support students during this rapidly changing challenge.  Thank you also for your efforts in helping to reduce the impacts of the virus in our community.”

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