Chippewa Falls (WQOW)- With just weeks to go until the start of the fall semester, the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District revealed their "Road to Reopening" plan for students to return to classrooms, or learn from home.
Under the new plan, families will decide between an in-person and remote learning option, or a 100% virtual learning option.
Under the in-person model, students will be on campus five days per week, but could transition to remote learning based on health department recommendations or the issuance of a state or federal order.
Students who choose to learn virtually will be given an electronic device to take courses from home, and will not be able to return to in-person classes until the end of the semester.
Masks will be mandatory for all students and staff at all times, except when eating, drinking, or for medical purposes. The school district will distribute masks to students at the beginning of the year. Social distancing guidelines will also be in place.
Superintendent Jeff Holmes says the district will follow guidelines put out by the Chippewa County Dept. of Public Health throughout the year, and the virtual option is available to students and parents who don't like the mask mandate.
"I let people know in the plan, look, if you're that opposed to your child wearing a mask during the day, well then the virtual option is for you," said Holmes. "That's one of the main reasons why we created the virtual option, for those people who are not yet ready to send their kids back, or if they don't think they can follow the mask mandate."
So far Holmes says about 300 students across the district have enrolled in the virtual learning option, and if your family is considering it, you have until Friday night at 11:59 p.m. to register. Students within the district are set to return to school on September 1.
To view the full plan, tap/click here.