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Smaller class sizes, flexibility urged for Wisconsin schools

MADISON, WI (AP) -- New guidelines for Wisconsin schools show that big changes are in store if and when buildings reopen for students.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released the guidelines Monday.

They are recommendations, not mandates.

But they say classes should be kept to no more than 10 students per teacher.

Other options include holding in-person classes as few as two days a week.

The education department stressed the guidance will be ever-evolving as more is known.

It's the first comprehensive set of recommendations from the education department on returning students to school in the fall.

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MADISON, WI (AP) -- State education officials say flexibility will be key in reopening classrooms in Wisconsin's 421 school districts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Department of Public Instruction released guidance Monday on what educators should consider in the coming school year.

DPI says school districts should be prepared to shift between in-person, physically-distanced and virtual learning as they deal with changing aspects of COVID-19.

State education officials say that as new best practices develop, health and safety recommendations may change.

They say physical distancing to avoid contracting the coronavirus may mean reducing classroom size by having students attend school in staggered groups or in shifts.

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