Pewaukee High School - Q&A

  • Q: What electives are not available to virtual students?

    A:  Primarily, the Technology Education courses are not able to be held virtually due to the heavy engagement with tools and resources in the technology education classrooms. There are also a few Science classes and Family and Consumer Science classes.

     

    Q: If we are only doing classes for A days for first quarter, and B days for the second quarter, how will this work for AP classes? It’s usually based for the whole year, so how will it work cutting out a few months of learning?

    A:  Students will have the same amount of classes and time in each course. Students will have 45 days to complete a course, which is a truncated timeline, but since the student is only focused on 4 classes, they will have greater ability to focus on the learning in those courses. Many schools organize in this manner on a regular basis as they see it as a sound approach to learning. While we don't find it ideal, this does gain us a 50% reduction in student to student contact and student to teacher contact. We recognize the challenges of AP courses and the testing timeline, so if we are still in this situation entering the spring we will need to approach our scheduling differently so that students are able access the necessary learning in a timely fashion approaching the early May testing.

     

    Q: What will be happening with “higher risk” classes like Choir & Band?

    A:  We are reviewing national and state recommendations about how safely engage in Choir and Band coursework. We have discussed technological solutions, classroom organization and potentially holding class in a larger space like the auditorium or gymnasium. Mrs. Igielski and Mrs. Mitchell continue to review recommendations and make adjustments.

     

    Q: How will Insight participation be handled?

    A:  Insight will be able to continue to run with a blended approach with students both live and virtual. Groupings will be set in a logical manner to engage students that are virtual into small group discussions in the classroom. Collaboration with outside agencies and mentors will likely be conducted fully virtual to not bring new people into the classroom environment. Insight meets on both A and B days so that change will not impact the students in any way. 

     

    Q: Will visitors/college reps be allowed into PHS for the 2020-21 academic year?

    A:  Visitors and college reps will not be allowed into PHS during the school year. We believe these institutions will set up virtual meetings to engage students.

     

    Q: How will Insight participation be handled?

    A:  Insight will be able to continue to run with a blended approach with students both live and virtual. Groupings will be set in a logical manner to engage students that are virtual into small group discussions in the classroom. Collaboration with outside agencies and mentors will likely be conducted fully virtual to not bring new people into the classroom environment. Insight meets on both A and B days so that change will not impact the students in any way. 

     

    Q: How will “resource time“ be managed? Will upperclassmen be required to arrive at 7:20 or by 7:55?

    A:  We are still ironing out a few details when it comes to Resource and the cohorting of students, however we do plan to have 9th and 10th graders be required to attend Resource and 11th and 12th graders have the option unless required by a request from a teacher or academic concerns.

     

    Q: Will resource be held for PHS? If so can we avoid that since my parents aren’t comfortable with me taking the bus?

    A:  We are still ironing out a few details when it comes to Resource and the cohorting of students, however we do plan to have 9th and 10th graders be required to attend Resource and 11th and 12th graders have the option unless required by a request from a teacher or academic concerns.

     

    Q: When the HS kids are learning from home do they have to be online at specific times? If my kid will be home 3 days a week I want him to keep his summer job.

    A: Yes, depending on the content area, some teachers will be able to provide live instruction on the two virtual days so both live and virtual students can be in the class together. Other content areas may provide learning opportunities that do not require student check into class at a certain time. These are new tools and skills for our teachers so they will be working to refine their practices and will communicate expectations to students in their class as we get closer to the school year. Students should plan to be available during the school day to work with teachers.

     

    Q: Will there be any change to student parking? When will students know their assigned spots? Will there be a difference in cost for student parking?

    A:  We are analyzing the cost of parking and our Phasing plan. Our hope is that we are able to move into Phase II and III within weeks of opening school. If we do not, an adjustment may be needed.

     

    Q: What will happen for the Homecoming field show, as the field show is a summative grade for Band class? ?

    A: All staff members who have assessments which will not be able to occur as they have in the past will be modifying coursework and communicating with students and parents. Mrs. Mitchell continues to monitor ongoing conditions and options to provide the best solution possible.

     

    Q: Will students in the fully virtual option also be enrolled in only A or B day courses for this first quarter, or is that only applicable to the students choosing to participate in-person/hybrid?

    A: All students, regardless of the option they choose, will be enrolled in A day classes first quarter and B day classes second quarter.

     

    Q: If current electives (green tech, and Biology C) are not offered in the virtual option, how will electives be reassigned?

    A: Your counselor will be in contact with you and you are welcome to reach out to your counselor for any changes.

     

    Q: For virtual students: do you already know if the learning will be synchronous or asynchronous, or a hybrid of the two based on certain classes or day of the week? 

    A: Learning for virtual students may be a combination of both synchronous and asynchronous learning depending on the teacher. These expectations will be communicated by staff members to students and families prior to the start of the school year.

     

    Q: The Choice of virtual is for the first 9 week term. Will students who pick the hybrid model be given the opportunity to choose virtual for the second 9 week term?

    A: Yes, this is a 9 week cycle and after every term families can reevaulate their learning option. 

     

    Q: Can you speak more to how outdoor space will be utilized? 

    A:  We are currently working through a process to prioritize outdoor spaces at PHS. Priority will be given to PE and music classes and other courses will utilize the space by teacher preference and by availability.

     

    Q: I see PHS will have an in person school picture day soon. What safety measures will you be taking? Masks? Only student allowed. Scheduled times to minimize students present? Outside or near open doors? Minimal staff present?

    A:  All of these measures will be in place. Information can be found here.

     

    Q: What are the metrics that will be measured to advance forward or move back steps?

    A:  We are awaiting guidance from governing bodies on this topic and creating our own data dashboard to monitor district trends.

     

    Q: Will a student attending classes in-person be able to withdraw and shift to online learning at any time or will they have to wait until the next 9-week term to do so?

    A:  We are asking families to make a 9-week commitment to the learning environment they choose.

     

    Q: Are there clear critieria for Phase 0, I, 2 and 3? How are we at Phase 1 when Wisconsin is reporting an average of 1,000 positive test results per day? Wisconsin was only at 200 per day for April and May when we were essentially in Phase 0.

    A:  We continue to monitor and use public health data to drive our decisions and follow guidance from public health governing bodies (CDC, WI DHS, Waukesha Country). Although there is still much to learn about viral transmission and impact, we are better able to make informed decisions now than we were in April and May.

     

    Q: If PE class is not going to be 100% outdoors and socially distanced, can my 9th grader put off 9th grade PE and make it up post-pandemic? (Like in the summer or next year) Or can a non-school sport be utilized as an independent learning alternative?

    A:  We are finalizing plans for a PE option which will allow for safe social distancing. All students enrolled in PE courses will remain in PE.

     

    Q: We plan on choosing hybrid based on current numbers which we believe Phase 1 is appropriate for. If the district changes to Phase 2 without an improvement in numbers (or a worsening), will students be allowed to sign up for virtual then as that level of risk is not what they are signing up for now with hybrid?

    A:  We are awaiting guidance from governing bodies on this topic and creating our own data dashboard to monitor district trends.

     

     

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    Specific questions can also be emailed to Brian Sniff, PHS Principal at snifbri@pewaukeeschools.org.