Stevens Point Area Senior High is located at 1201 North Point Dr. (Metro Wire photo)

Public schools return to in-person classes Jan. 17

Metro Wire Staff

Stevens Point public schools will return to in-person learning on Jan. 17.

According to a communication from Superintendent Craig Gerlach to families on Wednesday, the district is starting to see a “decrease in both new positive COVID cases as well as staff and students in quarantine. As these numbers drop, we feel confident in returning to in-person learning.”

But Gerlach said the district is still short on staffing in its transportation department, so it’s asking families to transport their children to school themselves if possible.

“Reducing the overall number of students on buses allows us to reduce the number of overall routes, relieving some of the pressure on current team members,” he said.

Families who are able to self-transport are asked to complete this form.

“I also want to personally thank families who have been flexible with bus routes, we know these disruptions are difficult,” Gerlach said.

Parents are also asked to have a backup plan for their students in case class schedules are altered again. Anyone experiencing two or more symptoms of COVID-19 is being asked to remain at home.

The district is currently developing a “Voluntary Test to Stay” program but it has not yet been implemented.

The Stevens Point Area Public School District is keeping a mask mandate in place through March 31. The district’s COVID protocols can be found here: