Information to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year will be posted here for your convenience.

Additional resources will be added as they become available.

Virtual Learning Expectations

List of 6 items.

  • Acknowledgments

    We are grateful for the many blessings that God has been showering upon our school this fall:

    • Our students have demonstrated tremendous perseverance and patience as their teachers have utilized new technologies and teaching strategies.
    • Parents have demonstrated their support by offering encouragement and sharing constructive feedback.
    • Teachers have exhibited expanded ranges of expertise, flexibility, and stamina in working to overcome the limitations of digital resources while finding new ways to enrich their lessons and reach remote learners.
    • What was initially unfamiliar is becoming routine, and where we had experienced intermittent outages we are now reaching stability.
  • Observations

    As we assess learning outcomes to date, we recognize a number of challenges that could threaten student success if not addressed:

    • Students tell us it is challenging to comprehend concepts and engage in lessons when learning online.
    • Teachers share that it is challenging to engage students in discussion and to assess their understanding of lesson concepts when students are learning online.
    • Recordings of classroom lessons demonstrate that online learners often have their camera off or pointed at the ceiling with only their forehead or hairline visible to the teacher. In some cases, teachers cannot verify whether the student is actually seated at their computer.
    • Teachers lament that instructional time is lost when asking online students to respond to questions and hearing nothing but silence in return.
  • Expectations for students

    To strengthen academic achievement and to foster relationships within the online learning environment, we share the following new or reaffirmed expectations that go into effect immediately.

    • Online students are expected to ask questions as a way of seeking assistance from the teacher when they do not understand lesson concepts.
    • Students must have their camera on with their entire face visible to the teacher at all times while participating in class online.
    • Students must maintain their speaker volume at a level where they can hear instruction and teachers’ questions (consider using earbuds or headphones). 
    • Students are expected to respond to questions and participate in discussions while learning online.
    • Experiencing technical difficulties does not release a student from the responsibilities of attending class and completing assignments. Students are expected to email support@wlhs.org or call 414-867-6162 immediately if they experience unresolved technical issues.  
  • Enforcement of student expectations

    • Refusal to comply with the above expectations may result in behavior infractions which can also lead to disciplinary action such as suspension or expulsion. 
    • A student may be marked absent for failing to respond to the teacher, even if they connected with the video call and spoke with the teacher at the beginning of the period.
    • A student who disputes a behavior infraction for being virtually inattentive due to technical difficulties must email their teacher and copy support@wlhs.org.
    • The academic detention system is being reinstated for all students whether learning in-person or online. Students will receive an academic demerit when they have accrued five or more missing assignments at the end of any week. While online students do not sit for detention, they do receive demerits. After five demerits, a student is suspended and a parent meeting is required to discuss continued enrollment.
  • Expectations for parents

    To ensure the greatest potential for your student to be successful as an online learner, parents are encouraged to meet the following expectations:

    • Call the attendance office to excuse your child whenever they are unable to attend class as scheduled, whether in-person or online.
    • Honor your child’s school hours: avoid speaking with your student or asking them to assist with chores during class periods.
    • Do not permit or expect your child to work a job during school hours.
    • Provide your student with the quietest and most orderly learning environment possible.
    • Do not observe your child’s classes; avoid appearing in the background of their camera’s view. Give them space to participate independently in class.
    • Regularly check on your student’s progress in onCampus (login here) and communicate with your child’s teacher when concerned about your child’s performance.
  • Expectations for teachers

    • Respond to student and parent emails or phone calls in a timely manner—within 24 hours.
    • Make recordings of class sessions available via email or onCampus to assist students who may have been unable to attend class; help students understand the value of this resource in answering questions about the lesson.
    • Correct and score student work in a timely manner, regularly posting grades in onCampus.

Troubleshooting Guidelines for Virtual Learning

The following are some troubleshooting guidelines for virtual learners:
  • make sure your chromebook is current on all updates have your chromebook fully charged
  • if you are not receiving your teacher's call to class, log out and login again
  • email your teacher if you still are not receiving your teacher's call to class
  • if GoGuardian is not available, your teacher will contact you through Google Meet
  • email support@wlhs.org or call 414-867-6162 if none of the above have worked
Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate and improve our students' online learning experience.

Health Protocols

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • What symptoms should we be most alert in monitoring?

    • a temperature above 100.4 F
    • sore throat
    • a new, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty in breathing
    • diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
    • new onset of severe headache, especially accompanied by a fever
    • loss of taste and/or smell
  • Do these symptoms indicate a COVID infection?

    Not necessarily. These could be symptoms of the common cold, the flu, or perhaps your student has a history of allergies, and you are familiar with seasonal symptoms. Or, your student ate something that did not agree. While these symptoms can indicate a COVID infection, they might be markers of some other illness that does not require lengthy quarantine. Of the symptoms listed, loss of taste and/or smell may be more COVID infection specific.
  • What if my student has one or more of these symptoms?

    The student should not come to school. Call the attendance office and report the absence. If your student is an online learner or on a virtual day and is not feeling well enough to join classes remotely, please call attendance and report the virtual absence.

    We require that a student who has a symptom or symptoms stay home for at least two days in most situations. The student should be fever-free/symptom free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication at which point the parent/guardian will contact the attendance office to gain approval to return the next school day. 

    For example, a student wakes up with a fever above 100.4 F on Monday morning. The student does not attend school. At 2:00 p.m. Monday afternoon, the fever breaks and the student rests well that night. On Tuesday morning, the student has no fever nor did the student take any medication the night before. The parent/guardian should then contact the attendance office to gain approval to return to school Wednesday. 
  • What if my student’s symptoms persist?

    As long as the symptoms persist, the student should not be in school. Again, a 24-hour fever-free period without medication as well as improvement in other symptoms and approval from the attendance office is necessary before returning to school.

    If symptoms persist, parents will need to make a judgement about when and if to make contact with their health care provider. They are in the best position to prescribe treatment for the symptoms and determine whether a COVID test is advisable.
  • What if my student tests positive for COVID?

    The student should quarantine at home and follow health department guidelines. The student may return to school when the following four conditions have been met:
    1. Ten days have passed since the symptoms first appeared, and
    2. At least 24 hours have passed with no fever without medication, and
    3. Other symptoms have clearly improved, and
    4. Approval has been given by the attendance office.
  • What if my student tests negative for COVID?

    He may return to school as soon as he/she has been without a fever and generally felt well for a 24-hour period during which he took no medication to relieve symptoms and has been granted approval by the attendance office.
  • What happens if my student has had close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID?

    First, let’s define “close contact.”
    • a person is within six feet of a person who has a confirmed case of COVID for a total of fifteen minutes or more,
    • a person cares at home for a person who is sick with COVID,
    • a person has direct physical contact with an infected person (e.g. hugging or kissing),
    • a person shares eating or drinking utensils with an infected person,
    • an infected person has sneezed, coughed or in some other way expelled respiratory droplets on another person.
    The parent/guardian should notify the attendance office. The student should stay home for 14 days after the last contact with the infected person. Watch for COVID symptoms in the exposed student and isolate the exposed person in the home as much as possible.

    The student may return to school after the student has completed the 14-day quarantine period noted above and has had no symptoms for a 24-hour period without medication and has been given approval by the attendance office.
  • Could my student learn from home while he is out sick for any reason and for any length of time if he feels well enough?

    Yes. Teachers send the Go Guardian invite to all students each period, so even if the student is not an online learner, the student can join remotely. The goal is to minimize any lack of academic progress.

List of 3 items.

  • WLHS Back-to-School COVID-19 Mitigation Plan

    Click here for the approved 2020-2021 Back to School Guide
  • Fall Athletics - Updated 9/03/2020

    ** Please note, these updates are subject to change**

    Today (Sept 3) we received confirmation that the Milwaukee Health Department has reconsidered their original rulings on certain athletic activities and has made the following decisions, which are to be announced this Friday, in their weekly news release: As it pertains to Wisconsin Lutheran:
    Boys Soccer, has been reclassified as a moderate-risk/contact activity, and because of that, MHD will allow schools in the city of Milwaukee to play boys soccer in the fall. We will take that opportunity and move forward then with a boys soccer season this fall.

    Please click here for NEW protocols for boys soccer fans.

    This has been a roller coaster of emotions and decisions, and we appreciate the patience, support and encouragement of our students, families and our coaching staff.
     
    As always, we thank you for your support of Viking Athletics.

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    9/02/2020 Update

    To ensure compliance with the health and safety regulations set forth by the Milwaukee Health Department, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wisconsin Lutheran High School is being required to make some adjustments to the 2020-2021 fall athletic season.

    • Football and Boys Soccer, because they have been labeled high-contact (high risk) activities, will not take place this fall, and will be moved to the WIAA’s alternate season in the early spring. Specific information will be coming from the coaching staff over the next weeks.
    • Cross Country and Volleyball, because they have been labeled low-contact (low risk) activities, will take place this fall, with modified schedules and protocols in place.
    As you know, the current pandemic has created highly complex scenarios in which to safely execute activities both inside and outside the classroom. Our athletic programs are no exception, and teach program has been evaluated independently by local health officials as well as internally to determine if/when each sport season can take place. We feel we have exhausted every avenue in attempting to participate in a normal fall athletic
    season for all of our activities.

    Please know that Wisconsin Lutheran spent considerable time attempting to fully explore all options with local health officials. However, it is essential that we take all steps necessary to ensure that our school remains compliant with local regulations. Our primary concerns are the health and safety of our school community, and our foremost priority is taking every precaution so that our face-to face instruction can continue.

    We also want you to know that we are proud of the efforts put in by our dedicated coaching staff. They have been remarkable in their resolve to support and fight for the sports they represent, and even though we are not able to play football and soccer this fall, they have never lost their passion to best serve your kids.

    Many schools around the state have made similar, difficult decisions to delay some of their fall programs to spring. As of today, eleven of the fourteen Woodland Conference schools have also made the decision to play football and soccer in the spring alternate season. As a result, we are confident that football and soccer can experience a full and competitive season at that time, if health conditions allow.

    As always, we thank you for your patience, understanding, and for your support of Viking Athletics.

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    Wisconsin Lutheran has also been working on plans for the fall. We are in the process of installing a livestreaming camera for our outdoor athletic field. For the past two years, we have been livestreaming all events from our main gym, so this adds to our capabilities. You can sign up for this service at nfhsnetwork.com.

    Updated schedules will be posted on our website at wlhs.org/athletics as they are developed and released.
  • Meal Service for Virtual Learners

    Meal Service Opt in for Semester I is Currently Closed.

    For students that have chosen virtual learning, or on the day face-to-face students are in virtual learning, families can opt-in for meal pick up for both breakfast and lunch. Click here to register for this food service option for first semester. Pricing for all meals will apply based on free, reduced or paid status.

    For other meal location pickups in Milwaukee click here.
Phone: 414-453-4567  |  Fax: 414-453-3001