De Pere school district to keep learning online through Nov. 6

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DE PERE – One district is reopening, the other will remain closed at least until Nov. 6.

Leaders of the West De Pere and De Pere Unified school districts on Tuesday announced dramatically different plans of educating their students as coronavirus cases continue to spike in Brown County.

Benjamin Villarruel, superintendent of the Unified School District of De Pere, said in a Tuesday letter to families that the decision to keep the district’s schools closed was made with input from the De Pere Heath Department and local health care leaders.

As of Tuesday, the district’s COVID-19 dashboard showed it has 14 active cases among students and staff, while 66 have recovered. Sixteen staff members are currently under quarantine.

The school district closed its school buildings and moved all learning online at the end of September, less than a month into the school year, after nearly 900 students were absent.

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West De Pere football shut down for three games as school goes online

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West De Pere senior linebacker Jourdon Schuyler was aware last week going into Week 1 that a football season during a pandemic isn’t promised.

“We have made it this far,” said Schuyler, whose team lost to Hortonville on Friday. “To me, that’s a good step that we are here already. It’s a good step, but yeah, in the back of your mind there is some worry. What if a lot of people get it or there is a breakout?”

West De Pere hasn’t had a significant breakout, and none of the Phantoms players have gotten COVID-19 because of the precautions taken to mitigate it.

But the program still got shut down for three games after the school opted to go to online

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