CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Chippewa Falls unified area school district is shifting to fully-remote learning next week due to rising concerns surrounding a spike in coronavirus cases in Chippewa County. First News at Nine’s Phoebe Murray spoke with the superintendent and the health department about the decision.
In the last two weeks, Chippewa County saw an increase of more than 700 cases of coronavirus which ultimately lead to the decision from the health department and the Chippewa Falls School District in shifting to fully-remote learning beginning next week.
Health Officer Angela Weideman said, “The ability to stay open really hinges on the ability to have a workforce that is able to teach.”
Weideman says the decision to move online wasn’t easy.
These are extremely difficult decisions for school districts and public health departments to make, I put myself in the position of being a parent being a student being an educator and really I do believe this is the best decision from a safety standpoint,” said Weideman.
Jeff Holmes Chippewa Falls School Superintendent says the district wants this to be a temporary adjustment.
Holmes said, “I do need for the community to understand that there’s a direct correlation between the things that they do outside of our school hours that impact our ability to provide in-person learning.”
Administrators, counselors and aides have been subbing in to help with the rising number of staff in isolation and quarantine.
“We know and understand here that in-person is extremely important to the success of kids so when and where folks in the community can help us out, please do,” said Holmes.
As for fall sports, Holmes is allowing athletics to play through this Saturday.
The Health Department and Chippewa Falls School District say they will reassess community health and staffing November 18 and are hoping to resume in-person classes on November 30th. In Chippewa Fall, Phoebe Murray First News at Nine.