The Kaukauna Galloping Ghost statue in front of Kaukauna Area High School. KCN photo.
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KAUKAUNA — Students in kindergarten through fourth grade will begin their summer vacation a few days earlier following the approval of a plan by the Kaukauna Area School District Board of Education.

The last day for those students will be Friday, May 28 instead of Thursday, June 3. The board approved the plan Monday.

According to a district news release, this will give each elementary building staff extra time to plan for the 21-22 school year.

“Throughout the year, elementary staff have taken on a number of unique challenges that have required them to balance both in-person and virtual learning models due to necessary quarantine situations,” Director of Elementary Education Ty Maki wrote in the news release.

“Additionally, the steady return of all-virtual students to the in-person model has required staff to meet the demands of the differing levels of each student, both academically and emotionally, upon his/her return to the buildings,” Maki said.

“These 2.5 additional non-students days will allow staff and collective staff groups to analyze student data to determine what standards have been missed and how to help students meet those standards in the coming year. Staff will have the opportunity to evaluate student learning for intervention plans, to coordinate special education, to review behavioral data, and to determine support needs for the 2021-2022 school year,” he said.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.