Homeless children and unaccompanied youth within the Viroqua Area School District must have access to public school educational programs and services that allow them to meet the same challenging state academic standards to which all students are held.
Homeless children and youth are identified as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence. The term includes children and youth who are:
● sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons;
● living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds;
● living in emergency or transitional shelters
● abandoned in hospitals;
● awaiting foster-care placement;
● living in a primary night-time residence not used as a regular sleeping accommodation;
● living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and/or
● migratory children living in any of the circumstances described above.
If you are personally aware of or are acquainted with any children who may be homeless, please contact Cathryn Poshepny, Pupil Services Designee, 637-1182.
EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO RESIDENT CHILDREN
The Viroqua Area School District offers the following educational options for resident school aged children:
● Full-time Enrollment Opportunities which include: Core Course Academic Education, Reading Instruction, Vocational Education, Fine Arts Education, Physical and Health Education, Education for Employment Programs, Career Education, Environmental Education, Drug and Alcohol Education, Bilingual Education, and Programs that meet the needs of Students with Disabilities. Youth Options (http://youthoptions.dpi.wi.gov)
● Course Options (http://courseoptions.dpi.wi.gov)
● Open Enrollment (https://oe.dpi.wi.gov/)
● Part-time Enrollment for Non-public School Children (https://sms.dpi.wi.gov/sms_bascinf)
● Elementary Summer School
● Middle School Summer School
● High School Recovery Credit Summer School
SCHOOL DISTRICT ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT
As part of the state accountability system, the Department of Instruction (DPI) has produced report cards for every school district in Wisconsin. These report cards provide data on multiple indicators for four priority areas: Student Achievement, Student Growth, Closing Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness. Viroqua’s accountability reports are available at the links below.
In the most recent school performance report (2013-2014) the Wisconsin Department of Education assigned the following ratings:
● Viroqua Area School District: Exceeds Expectations
● Viroqua High School: Meets Expectations
● Viroqua Middle School: Exceeds Expectations
● Viroqua Elementary School: Exceeds Expectations
For information on School Reporting
please visit the following links:
WI School District Performance Report (WI DPI site)
*In May 2015, the Governor passed SB 67. This bill stipulates that the DPI shall not produce School Report cards for the 2014-2015 school year. The lack of report cards for this year is in recognition of the fact that the state tests used to calculate the report cards were new in 2014-2015 and will fundamentally change again in 2015-2016.
ADOPTION OF ACADEMIC STANDARDS FOR 2016-2017
Viroqua Area School District shall use the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Social Studies, Music, Art, Physical Education, Health Education, Foreign Language, and Technology Education (www.dpi.wi.gov/standards). The guiding standards for English/Language Arts (including Disciplinary Literacy) and Mathematics are the Common Core State Standards (http://dpi.wi.gov/common-core). The guiding standards for Science are the Next Generation Science Standards (http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards). Information and Technology Education Standards are infused in all curricular areas.
The academic standards were adopted by the Board of Education on the 18th of July, 2016 and recorded in the board minutes of the July 18, 2016 meeting.
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