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WASB leader John Ashley calls for civility

Wisconsin Association of School Boards Executive Director John Ashley released the following statement:

We’ve become increasingly alarmed at the recent reports of personal threats of violence and harassment directed at school board members across the state.

Civil disagreement and protest are cornerstones of our democracy but attempts to intimidate school board members and physically disrupt school board proceedings are not acceptable. (more…)

DHS, DPI Release COVID Guidance For Coming School Year

Wisconsin’s state health department and the DPI released new COVID-19 guidance for schools this week.

The recommendations emphasize universal masking amid concerns that the delta variant of the coronavirus is driving a surge in cases of COVID-19 and many school children remain either unvaccinated or unable to be vaccinated. (more…)

U.S. Dept. of Education releases “Return to School Roadmap” resources

Yesterday (8/1), the U.S. Department of Education (Department) released a “Return to School Roadmap,” a resource to support students, schools, educators, and communities as they prepare to return to safe, healthy in-person learning this fall. The Roadmap provides key resources and supports for students, parents, educators, and school communities. 

The Roadmap includes three “landmark” priorities that schools, districts, and communities are encouraged to focus on to ensure all students are set up for success in the 2021-2022 school year. (more…)

CDC updates guidance again, now recommends universal masking in schools

alt = " "The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today (7/27) changed course on the question of indoor masking for the fully vaccinated. 

It now says all students, staff and teachers should wear masks in K-12 schools regardless of their vaccination status.

The new CDC guidance aligns with updated guidance issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on July 19. (more…)

GOP lawmakers target public schools with “transparency/culture war” legislation

GOP lawmakers target public schools with “transparency/culture war” legislation

A number of legislative proposals have been introduced that target public schools (including independent charter schools) with measures aimed at increasing transparency to parents and the community. It’s possible these bills could have public hearings in the near future and we wanted to make you aware of them. The WASB is concerned with the trend of these types of bills that indicate a lack of trust by lawmakers in locally-elected school board members and local control of K-12 education in general.

The following is a list of bills dealing with school referenda, budget transparency, anti-racism & anti-sexism instruction (critical race theory) and a mandate to post curricular and instructional materials online.  Along with a description of each bill is an excerpt from the bill’s co-sponsorship memo. These memos are written by the bill authors to explain the need for the legislation to their colleagues and request their support. (more…)

CDC updates COVID-19 guidance for schools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for COVID-19 prevention in schools today (7/9).

The updated guidance focuses on helping administrators in K-12 schools, along with state and local health officials, safely support in-person learning as well as sports and other extracurricular activities. The updates are based on the latest science and emphasize the COVID-19 prevention strategies most important for K-12 schools to support in-person learning. 

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