Before Winter Break, we contacted families to confirm that we would return from break in the hybrid learning strategy, then evaluate our COVID-19 illness and absence data to determine if we should continue in the hybrid strategy or modify that plan. Based on the current low number of absences among students and staff, the OASD Administration has decided that students at all grade-levels will return to school face-to-face on Wednesday, January 20. This student return will be in full-time face-to-face instruction, five days a week, at the intermediate and high school levels and our face-to-face cohort strategy at the elementary level. Please remember that Monday, January 18, and Tuesday, January 19, are staff professional development days and non-school days for students.
As with all of the other learning strategy shifts this school year, this information pertains to OASD families enrolled in in-person learning. If your child is enrolled in the OVLC, they will remain in the fully-virtual OVLC program.
As we have done all school year, we will continue to monitor our COVID illness and absence data and make adjustments to our learning strategies as needed based on that information. Students and staff members who are currently in quarantine should continue to follow their predetermined quarantine schedule. With the switch to full-time face-to-face learning, students and staff should return to school on their first learning day after a quarantine period.
OASD Student Schedule Starting January 18, 2021:
- January 18 & 19: OASD Staff PD days & non-school days for ALL students.
- January 20: Elementary students continue to attend school in the cohort strategy, five days a week.
Intermediate & High School Students:
- January 18 & 19: OASD Staff PD days & non-school days for ALL students.
- January 20: Intermediate and OHS students return to full-time, face-to-face learning, at school five days a week.
- Students enrolled in the OVLC online learning model will continue their normal online instruction.
- Any Family with students in grades 4K-8 interested in their child returning to face-to-face instruction from OVLC will have the opportunity to request a transfer for the start of the 3rd trimester.
- Deadline to complete this form requesting a transfer into or from the OVLC = February 12, 2021
- First day of 3rd Trimester = March 1, 2021
- Intermediate & Elementary Families: Complete this online form to request a move between OVLC and an intermediate or elementary school
Use these links to access more information:
- Nature Hill Intermediate Schedule Information
- Silver Lake Intermediate Schedule Information
- OHS Schedule Information
- OASD Learning Hub
The Oconomowoc Area School District offers a 1:1 Chromebook Program that provides a Chromebook for each student in grades 4 - 12. Providing students access to a Chromebook, both at school and at home, enables teachers to create blended and web-enhanced learning environments that students can connect to at any time. The optional Chromebook insurance fee has been reduced from $35 per year to $25 per year. Optional insurance is highly recommended.
Requirements to Receive a Chromebook
- Students must review their school handbook agreement, which outlines Chromebook expectations and guidelines.
- Students must have a signed Information Technology and Network Use Agreement on-file with the district.
- Parents/Guardians must complete and consent to the Chromebook program during the yearly OASD online school registration process
The links below provide more detailed information on the Chromebook program.
OASD developed the Technology Plan to provide equity and access to technology for all of our students. Students in grades 4-12 will be issued a Chromebook, while all other students will have access to classroom devices. The Chromebooks will be used to create, collaborate, think critically, and communicate. Chromebooks are used to provide multiple means of representing information, engaging students, and expressing learning. At OASD, we believe in empowering a community of learners and leaders in which students and staff utilize technology to leverage teaching and learning.
Students are responsible for their ethical and educational use of the technology resources of Oconomowoc Area School District. All district policies and handbook expectations apply to the use of Chromebooks. Consequences for inappropriate use are outlined in the Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Policy. Students are responsible for bringing a fully charged Chromebook to school each day for all classes unless advised not to do so by a teacher. Students will use their Google Account Login to access the Internet on the Chromebook. Students’ Google Apps for Education Suite of Tools will be used for work production and saving online work. Chromebooks are the property of Oconomowoc Area School District. Students should handle the device with care. The School Student Handbook and the District Chromebook Website outline the general care of the Chromebook (carry in case, do not eat/drink near Chromebook, do not leave Chromebook unsupervised, etc…).
Students are encouraged to use the Chromebook at school and at home. The Oconomowoc Area School District uses a network filtering system as one means of measurement of protection for our students. A comprehensive approach including protection measures, monitoring and instruction is utilized in our school district. The district-issued student Chromebooks will have Internet filtering at school and at home to the extent it is possible with the tools in place within the School District & Google Apps for Education Administration. There may be times when the filtering tools may not work, may fail, or changes beyond the District’s control may occur causing web filtering to not occur on the district-issued devices when they are not within the School District. Parents and students are encouraged to report to their site administrator any complaints or concerns regarding student access or exposure to any content, activities, or communications that may be harmful, deceptive, or otherwise inappropriate or objectionable. It is recommended a student’s use of the Internet be monitored.
We encourage families to have conversations about responsible technology use. We recommend using the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's New Interactive Safety Resource.
Additional Internet Safety Information can be found here.
The Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Policy 363.2 applies to the Chromebook and its use. Click this link to read the full policy.
All Chromebooks are covered by the manufacturer’s warranty for malfunction due to manufacturing or non-performance issues. The warranty does not cover damage that is determined (by the District) to be accidental, intentional, or the result of negligent use or treatment; nor does it cover outright loss or destruction of the Chromebook, power cord, battery, or sleeve.
At OASD, we use G Suite for Education. G Suite for Education is a set of education productivity tools from Google including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Classroom, and many more used by tens of millions of students and teachers around the world. At OASD, students will use their G Suite accounts to complete assignments, communicate with teachers, sign into their Chromebooks, and learn 21st century digital citizenship skills. Using their G Suite for Education accounts, students may access and use the following "Core Services" and "Additional Services" offered by Google:
Chrome Web Store
Google Chrome Sync
Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms
Google My Maps
Additional G Suite for Education Resources: