EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Eau Claire Area School District announced Tuesday it will increase in-person learning from two days a week to four days a week.
Middle school students will start April 26, while high school students will start May 3.
The school district says this plan mirrors the current elementary model that was approved on March 24 and calls for grades 6-12 to begin learning in person Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will remain a virtual learning day.
Students enrolled in Cohort C will not be affected by this transition and will continue to learn virtually unless there is a request to move to a different cohort.
With more in-person classes, the district also will increase class sizes. Masks and disease mitigation strategies will still be required.
Superintendent Michael Johnson says, “When we think of our secondary students with the last five to six weeks of a quarter or a semester, especially for our graduating seniors and students who may struggle a little bit with their grades. To have an extra six to eight to ten days with their teachers is critical. Our kids want to be back and our staff want them back too and I think that extra time will help promote their success.”