West Allis-West Milwaukee School District

Learning That Works!

Guide to Virtual and

In-Person Learning


  • Elementary students attend school five days a week.

  • Secondary students attend school four days a week. (Wednesdays are a virtual learning day.)

  • Virtual Learning students continue to access their education online at home for the remainder of the school year.

As we have said throughout our Return to School process, we strongly suggest families have a “Plan B” in the case we have to close a school due to a staffing shortage or COVID outbreak. In most cases, families will be notified by 7:00 p.m. the night before. If school is closed, before/after school activities (e.g., care programs, sports, music, extra-curricular activities, etc.) and programs are cancelled. The health and safety of everyone remains a priority during this challenging time. Making sure families have a plan for a school closure is part of the reality we are facing right now.


We all want to get back to our normal routines as quickly as possible and we are encouraging parents not to randomly choose virtual learning days for students that should be in-person. As always, if your child is absent, please call the Main Office to report the absence. Main Office Directory

End-of-Year Events

5th Grade Completion Events

We are aware that these events vary from school to school depending on tradition. This year, they will be limited to students only given the very limited space in elementary gyms and multi-purpose rooms. However, events will be live-streamed. Student activities (e.g., picnics, etc.) will be outdoors if possible. Building principals will be sending additional information about 5th Grade completion soon. Celebration yard signs are being made for our 5th graders in congratulations of a job well done.

8th Grade Completion Events

This year, our 8th Grade Completion Ceremonies will be held outdoors at the West Allis Athletic Complex. Four tickets will be issued to each family. Social distancing will be in place and face masks will be required. Building principals will share more information about 8th Grade completion soon. Celebration yard signs are being made for our 8th graders in congratulations of a job well done.

  • 8th Grade Completion Ceremonies are Wednesday, June 9, 2021 (Rain date June 10, 2021)

    • West Milwaukee Intermediate Completion - 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

    • Lane Intermediate School Completion - 11:00 a.m. - Noon

    • Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School Completion - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

High School Graduation

This year, graduation ceremonies will be held at the West Allis Athletic Complex. Four tickets will be issued to each family. Social distancing will be in place and face masks will be required. Drive-through graduation by appointment will be available for families that prefer this option. Building principals will share more information about graduation soon. Celebration yard signs are being made for our graduating seniors in congratulations of a job well done.

  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 (Rain date June 11, 2021)

    • Dottke Project-Based High School - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, June 12, 2021 (Rain date June 13, 2021)

    • West Allis Central High School Graduation - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    • Nathan Hale High School Graduation - 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

We are publishing this event information so students, staff and families can plan according.

Please know that all plans are subject to change if there is an uptick in our Health Metrics.

Face Masks


All students (unless on a specified mask break or approved medical documentation), staff, families, and visitors are required to wear face masks on school grounds (does not include inside of vehicles) in school buildings and on buses. (If an employee is alone in a classroom or an office, with the door closed, the face mask can be removed.)

We currently have inventory to provide each staff member and student with two masks. We will provide clear face shields for students and teachers when educationally necessary. Additional masks will be provided to traveling teachers and staff. Gators, bandanas and scarves are not acceptable face masks.

Our Board of Education approved a face mask requirement in all school buildings and on school buses and we further extended that requirement to include when on school grounds (excluding student-athletes as outlined HERE.)

Reporting Positive or Probable Cases of COVID-19

We are asking all employees and families with students attending school in person to report positive or probable cases of COVID-19 cases to the District Nurses via the email address COVIDWAWMNurses@wawmsd.org. Include your name and or child's name, school, telephone number, email address and a brief summary. A District nurse will follow up with you using the information from your email.

Student Health Screener

When students return to school, a Student Health Screener will be emailed to families every Monday and Thursday at 6:00 a.m. The Student Health Screener is designed to help families determine if their child should stay home from school due to COVID-19. This will help us manage potential disease spread in our schools and address student/family/staff health needs. HERE


To prevent the spread of COVID-19, visitor access to our schools is limited until further notice. If necessary, visitors may report to the Main Office. We will continue to use drive up/drop off procedures for Material Pick-Up. Parents, guardians, siblings of students, friends of students will not have access to classrooms. Please use telephone messaging if you need assistance. Main Office Directory

In-Person Learning

Food Program

Technology Help Desk & Guides

Health and Safety Protocols

Virtual Learning

Beyond the School Day Activities

Education Programs


Questions & Concerns

  • For assistance with Skyward login or passwords, contact your child’s school Main Office: Main Office Directory

  • For assistance with Schoology login or use, contact your child’s school Innovation Coach: Innovation Coach Directory

  • For assistance will be provided for our District-issued technology: Email techhelp@wawmsd.org or call 414-604-3052.

  • For assistance from teachers, staff or school leaders: Staff Directory

Return to School Guiding Principles

Our Return to School plan is based on an established set of principles that involve Safety & Well Being, Learning that Works for All, Responsiveness & Flexibility, and Practicality of Implementation.

Subject to Change - More Information to Come

The one thing we know about this challenging and historic time, is that information changes as we learn more about COVID-19. We are working closely with the City of West Allis Health Department and we monitor updates from the State of Wisconsin Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

As we move through this school year, procedures are subject to change and there is more information to come. As email is our primary course of communication, please be sure you have an accurate email address on file at your child's school. Main Office Directory.

Throughout this pandemic, we have been grateful for the cooperation and understanding of our students, families, and staff. We all want things to "return to normal." With patience, kindness, and attention to the things we can do (e.g., face coverings, social distancing and hand-washing) brighter days are on the horizon!

Please, stay safe and healthy.