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How La Crosse and surrounding schools are planning in wake of mandated closure



Local schools are quickly planning, after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a mandate that schools close from March 18 through April 3.

Here’s a look at some of the Coulee Region school plans, so far:

La Crosse School District

The La Crosse School District said that school will be in session Monday and Tuesday.

If parents and guardians decide to keep students home, those absences will be excused.

The school does note that the absences for illness have been below average to this point.

The district will go beyond the state deadline and will keep the school closed until April 14, which includes an already planned spring break, giving it time to sanitize and deep clean the buildings.

No school activities will take place during that time, either.

The district added that students in grades 4-12 should take their computers home with them.

Teachers will be sending out academic based challenges, thought-provoking questions and other resources to extended learning.

Planning to ensure students receive breakfast and lunch meals every day is also underway.

Holmen School District

The Holmen School District, unlike Onalaska and La Crosse, will be closing their doors starting Monday.

Bagged meals were being offered already Sunday between 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Holmen High School, Holmen Middle School and Sand Lake Elementary School.

Those picking up meals will not exit their vehicle. Someone will hand them the bag through their car window.

Onalaska School District

In a letter to parents, the Onalaska district said it is waiting for guidance from the state to determine the continuity of educational services during the closure.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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