Analytics will now determine if Osceola students are to be face-to-face or remote learning. 

The School Board last week approved the learning model matrix guideline proposed by the administration based on the number of new positive cases in Polk County along with 2% of positive cases among students/staff over a two-week period. 

“Shooting from the hip didn’t go well,” chimed in member Pete Kammerud. 

There was some debate among the Board about whether to go one or 2%. 2% was chosen to give the District more flexibility. 

“Everyone wants the kids to be back in the building,” said Superintendent Mark Luebker. Jan. 11 was the first day for students in grades 6-12 back in their buildings since November.

Administrators Report

Elementary principal Lindsay Thomas announced OES received the Platinum Award at The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Wisconsin’s Annual Award Celebration last month. Thomas explained the school district and community were recognized for years of dedication to the LLS mission. Barbara Jorgensen represented OES to receive the award. 

High School principal Adam Spiegel stated Blessing Baskets raised over $5,000. He also stated Chloe Backlund and Chyanne Plessel placed in the top 10 in the state in the Wisconsin Association of School Boards Art contest. 

Middle school principal Amanda Meyer said the school was able to get a free viewing of A Christmas Carol through the Guthrie Theater. 

Intermediate School principal Julie Bender stated 25 families participated in the OIS Remote option. They were asked on how things went. Bender said, while students and families appreciated the option, students missed their teachers, friends and the school as a whole. 

Other action 

Approved the 2021-22 calendar. The first day of school is Aug. 26. The last day is June 3. Christmas Break is Dec. 23-Jan. 2. There will be a Spring Break from March 14-18. 

Approved the relationship with the Kinship of Polk County program. Kinship is a nonprofit organization, providing one-to-one mentoring for children ages 5-18 throughout Polk County. The program was established with the Osceola School District since 2011. The agreement also called for a $2,000 contribution, which Luebker said was already budgeted. 

Approved a new course request at the High School. Sales and Marketing will now replace Record Keeping. Business teacher Ryan Wood will teach the course. It will be one trimester and end with students presenting a marketing plan for the product, service, or business of their choice at the OHS Marketing Expo. 


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