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De Pere Return to School 2020-2021

This page is regularly updated as new information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on our schools becomes available. Individual buildings have also shared many details regarding their specific operations, schedules, cohorts and related topics. Please visit individual school web pages to view school-specific communications or contact the building principals for further clarification. If you have questions regarding the Virtual Learning Academy, please see the new Virtual Academy page.
Sept. 22 District Launches COVID-19 Dashboard
The District has launched a COVID-19 Dashboard to provide information, updated daily, on the number of COVID-19 positive cases among staff and students, and exposure-related quarantines in each of our schools while protecting the confidentiality of individuals.
The Dashboard includes three different pages. Please take the time to click the arrows in the upper left corner and view each page. This data reflects our ability to successfully keep our schools open. It will help guide decisions on the learning scenario status of individual buildings, or the District as a whole, which could change depending on several factors. We will continue to follow our COVID-19 Exposure Protocols  posted below.
If you have questions regarding the Dashboard contact
Pam Pirman, Director of Communications 
(920) 337-1032 x4132
Ben Villarruel, Superintendent
(920) 337-1032 x4109
The requirement for students and staff to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to school applies only to out-of-state travel that involves air, train or bus transportation to or from your destination.
If you are traveling in a private vehicle, families and staff should continue to monitor for COVID symptoms upon return, but are not required to stay at home for 14 days. If any student or staff member experiences signs of illness, please stay home from school and consult your medical provider.

Students and staff who are traveling via air, train or bus will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return. As pandemic conditions evolve in the coming weeks or months, this requirement may change as well. We appreciate your cooperation during this time.  

If you have any questions, please contact your building Principal or Supt. Villarruel.
Should I stay home if I was in another US state or another country during the last 14 days?
Yes. If you and your family have traveled outside Wisconsin, you should check yourself for symptoms and limit your exposure to others outside of your home as much as possible for 14 days following your return. 
All international travelers arriving into the US should stay home for 14 days after their arrival. At home, they are expected to monitor their health and practice physical distancing. To protect the health of others, international travelers should not go to work or school for 14 days.
Travelers who return from a cruise ship or river cruise voyage are advised to stay home for 14 days, monitor your health, and practice physical distancing. For more information on cruise ship travel, visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Cruise Ship Travel webpage.
Breakfast and lunch will continue to be available to all students at all grade levels. 
It is our preference that all students, including those attending the De Pere Virtual Learning Academy, use a District-owned Chromebook for the coming school year. If you have questions, please contact your building principal (listed at the bottom of this page).
Implementing the approved De Pere Return to School Plan will require many fundamental changes to how we operate on a daily basis. While there will be common procedures (face masks, social distancing, hand washing) in every school, there will also be variation based on grade levels in the building; building/room/hallway layouts; and other factors.
To access current information on the Operations Plan for an individual building, click the link below, or visit the building's home page. Many Operation Plan details are still being developed and will be shared as they become available.
On Monday,  Aug. 3,  the De Pere Board of Education approved the De Pere Return to School Plan 2020-2021.   Click below to view details of the approved Plan.  With this approval, we will move forward to address the many operational details involved in bringing students back to our buildings on Sept. 1,  and supporting those families who choose our De Pere Virtual Learning Academy (full time virtual learning) option.  Key components of the Plan include:
  • Facial coverings/masks for all students, staff and visitors in our buildings
  • Full time, in person instruction for students in grades 4K-6, as well as our early childhood (EC) program
  • A blended program for grades 7-12.  Students will be grouped into 2 cohorts (A and B).  Each cohort will attend school in person for 2 days, and will receive instruction virtually (at home) for 3 days of the week.
  • The De Pere Virtual Learning Academy is available for students in any grade.  Families have until Friday, August 7, to sign up for this full time virtual (at home) learning option.  See the section below to learn more and access the sign up form.
We understand families have questions about how the Plan will be implemented.  I urge you to review the FAQs on this page.  Also, in the next few days, each building principal will share with parents many of the operational procedures that will be in place when students physically return to school.  These procedures will be posted on the District website as well.  In the weeks leading up to September 1,  there will be revisions and additions to the school buildings’ operational procedures and we will communicate this information to you as it becomes available.
Clearly, the coming school year will be different from any we have ever experienced.  It is likely that we will need to make some adjustments as our start date gets closer, and after school begins.  I have every confidence our De Pere Schools community will demonstrate their resilience, flexibility and compassion as we work together to educate our students. 
Ben Villarruel, Superintendent
As part of our De Pere Return to School Plan 2020-2021, we are pleased to offer families the option of enrolling their student(s) in a full time, virtual learning experience via the De Pere Virtual Learning Academy.
Read more about the Academy:
This information has been emailed to all District families. 
Families who wish to enroll must submit the completed form by Friday, August 7.
Unified School District of De Pere Email Contacts
Nick Joseph, Principal, De Pere High School
Adam Kramer, Principal, De Pere Middle School
Andy Bradford, Principal, Foxview Intermediate School
Mark Kirst, Principal, Altmayer Elementary School
Luke Herlache, Principal, Dickinson Elementary School
Kathy Van Pay, Principal, Heritage Elementary School
Jerry Nicholson, Director, Pupil Services/Special Education
Pam Pirman, Communications Director