District Administrator

April 17, 2020

Dear Parents and Community Members,

On Thursday, Governor Evers extended the statewide “Safer At Home” mandate through May 26. As part of this order, he also mandated that all Public and Private Schools would remain closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. While this news was not unexpected, there was a glimmer of hope in many that we would be able to reconvene for at least a couple of weeks in order to bring closure to the year. We now know that will not be a possibility. I understand how disappointing this is for our families, our students, and our staff.

You can expect that we will continue to provide services to our students and families as we have done for the past month or so. Your teachers will continue to provide instructional activities throughout the remainder of the school year. For most of our parents that will be through on-line instruction. For those who are not able to access the internet, we will continue to make other arrangements. We know the system is not perfect, we have and will continue to make modifications based upon the experiences and feedback of our families. We will continue to provide daily lunches on scheduled school days. If families would still like to sign up for lunches please contact our Food Service Director, Diana Hegge at dhegge@fallriver.k12.wi.us.

We know the finality of this decision will lead to questions, questions regarding grading, Graduation, and credits, among others. I want to assure you our staff has taken a position that students will be “held harmless” as a result of this pandemic. We also know of the magnitude of stress which many of our families are experiencing due to factors related to the pandemic, and it is our goal to be a source of stability and connectiveness as opposed to another source of angst. Our decisions moving forward will be guided by adhering to these conditions. Please recognize we cannot function in the capacity we traditionally would in all aspects, it will be different until we can return to business as usual. We will keep you informed of decisions impacting our students as they are developed.

One of our immediate concerns is how do we assure that we are able to recognize our Senior Class and give them the recognition, honor, and experience that is warranted for such a milestone of life. I would like you, our community members, our family members, our alumni, and our Senior Class members to weigh in. Certainly we have some ideas, but we welcome you to share your thoughts. If you wish to make a suggestion, please send to our High School Principal, Brian Zacho, at bzacho@fallriver.k12.wi.us during the next week or so.

As always, if you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact our teachers or the appropriate building principal at bzacho@fallriver.k12.wi.us or rverrier@fallriver.k12.wi.us. We are here to serve you.

Finally, please know how much we all need each other at this time. We need understanding, cooperation, flexibility, and most importantly mutual understanding that this is challenging for all of us. Our strength at such times, comes in the form of knowing that we are in this together and that we are here for each other. Keep safe, wash your hands, and take care of those in your homes and life.

Dennis Raabe

Interim District Administrator

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