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Eau Claire School Board approves Spanish Dual Immersion Program

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Families across Eau Claire will soon be able to enroll in a program that teaches their kids both English and Spanish through elementary school.

Monday, the Eau Claire Area School District approved the Spanish Dual Immersion Program. It will teach students in two languages in a traditional classroom setting. As we reported back in December, the board chose Longfellow Elementary as the site for the program to start.

Now that the school board has signed off on the program, they’ll need to decide on a lottery system and establish other logistics to get it started.

“We’d choose who’s going to be in the program, meet with families and make sure they understood the commitment because you want families to commit for a K-5 program,” said Brianna Smit, English Learner Coordinator for the Eau Claire Area School District. “And then it would be involving staffing, curriculum writing, getting resources in place so we’re ready to go in September.”

Smit said they will discuss lottery option at the next meeting on April 1st.


Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly is our Daybreak meteorologist. Justin joined WQOW News 18 in May 2018.

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