21-22 School Year

The morning bell will ring Wednesday, September 1, welcoming students, teachers and staff in schools across the district - ushering in a traditional and exciting start of a new academic year!

We are so glad we'll be back together.

21-22 School Year Plans

In-person, in-classroom instruction five days a week for all students, which meets the requirements for minutes of instruction from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for all grade levels:

  • Early Childhood and 4K fully in-person, following their calendars
  • 5K-12 fully in-person five full days per week
  • Two fully virtual options through WCA (4K-12) and Appleton eSchool (9-12).
The Appleton Area School District has established protocols for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 while prioritizing the continuity of in-person, academic, and social-emotional learning for all students five days a week.

Minimizing social disruption for students, families, and staff and utilizing layered mitigation strategies will be the focus this fall.

These strategies are based on the following factors: community transmission, vaccination rates, internal case data, and availability of PCR testing in schools. We have also reviewed guidance from the district’s medical advisor and CDC/DHS/Local Public Health Guidance.

The District Leadership Team will collaborate with public health officials to review cases and data on a continuous basis with a representative school nurse to discuss trends and mitigation strategy implementation to address any increased transmission of COVID-19. 

Flexibility within recommended protocols may be needed in order to achieve our goals. If an adjustment to mitigation strategies is needed, they will be targeted and responsive to the specific situation within our classrooms, schools, programs, or facilities. If needed, any updated expectations will be communicated to staff and families as soon as possible.

Below is the recommended mitigation strategies the Board of Education approved on July 26, 2021.