Dear School District of Bloomer Families,
It is once again the time of year when we begin to plan for the start of a new school year. Welcome Back Packets will be mailed this week and should be arriving in your mailbox very soon. With that being said, we would like to provide you with a few updates and reminders as we head into the new year.
Welcome Back/Goal Setting Day: Welcome Back/Goal Setting Day is scheduled for Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Instructions for scheduling your students Goal Setting Conference will be included in the Welcome Back Packet or can be found at https://5il.co/k00f
School Supplies: The School District of Bloomer, in partnership with the Blackhawk Education Foundation, will once again be providing all students in grades 4K-8 with free school supplies for the 2021-2022 school year. School supply donations include all necessary supplies with the exception of calculators, headphones and backpacks.
Re-opening Plans: We are preparing to welcome back our students to full-time in-person learning. As we do so, we will return to many of our pre-pandemic procedures within our buildings. Additionally, after-school athletics and activities will return to their regular schedules and seasons.
The District will not be providing a Virtual Learning Program, as we did last year. Families wishing to enroll their students in virtual learning may do so by enrolling them in the Rural Virtual Academy. For more information on the Rural Virtual Academy or to enroll your student please visit www.ruralvirtual.org.
At this time, masks will be optional for all students and staff. This could change if local, state, or federal mandates begin requiring masks in school buildings, or if we experience significant increases in positivity rates in our community or at specific schools or grade levels. Accordingly, we will ask that all students have a mask available to them while at school.
Our custodians will continue to thoroughly clean our buildings after each school day. They will conduct specialized cleanings if there are any outbreaks of illnesses in a school. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray will continue to be available throughout our school buildings. We will highly recommend that all students and staff practice good hand hygiene throughout the day.
The District will follow the guidelines of the Chippewa County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) regarding procedures for isolation of those who test positive for COVID-19 and for quarantining those who are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and have not been vaccinated.
At this time, CCPDH has notified us that vaccinated students and staff will NOT need to quarantine if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 at school or during activities/athletics if they remain asymptomatic. While eligible students are not required to be vaccinated to attend school, public health officials recommend that individuals 12 and older get the vaccine.
If changes are necessary on any of the items above, we will update our families immediately.
The Districts full 2021-2022 Reopening Plan will be reviewed for approval at the August 16th School Board Meeting. The public will be provided the opportunity to comment during this portion of the meeting.
We look forward to starting the 2021-22 school year with full in-person learning. As always, thank you for your support as we prepare for the beginning of a new school year.