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Welcome to Four Corners Elementary School, where we are committed to our mission of ensuring the learning of all students at high levels.  We can only accomplish this through the focused work of our dedicated staff, supportive efforts of our families, and strong connections with our community partners. Four Corners is situated on 55 acres in rural Douglas County serving 220 students PK-5.  Our location gives us the opportunity to provide our students with unique experiences such as maple syruping each spring and environmental science lessons in our outdoor classroom on the Burstrom Trail.  I hope you find the information on our website valuable.  If you cannot find the information you need, please feel free to call our main office at 715-399-8911.

Kim O'Donnell
Principal
Four Corners Elementary School


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Dear Superior Community,

Due to the recent inclement weather days, the Superior School District must add time to our school days in order to be in compliance with Wisconsin's Hours of Instruction requirements. After considering several scenarios and discussing with staff, we will be meeting this requirement by adding 7 minutes to the end of the school day.

This change will be effective starting on Monday, February 18.

As the winter weather in our region is not yet over, we will continue to closely monitor conditions and make the best possible decision for the safety of our students, staff, and families when it comes to canceling school for weather related reasons. As a reminder, our Winter Weather Guidelines are attached below.

Sincerely,

Amy Starzecki
District Administrator
Superior School District

More information regarding the decision:  We received many questions about why minutes need to be added to the school day due to recent inclement weather days.  As mentioned in our previous communication, the Superior School District must add time to our school days in order to be in compliance with Wisconsin's Hours of Instruction requirements. I have included the message that was sent to all WI school districts earlier this month regarding this requirement.

If we have to call another day off school unexpectedly due to weather, we will reevaluate whether we add minutes or another day to the school year.

Message from WI (DPI):
This email is in response to the numerous inquiries we have had about our current weather situation and the statutory requirement for hours and minutes of direct instruction. For a little context, the Wisconsin State Superintendent does not have the authority to waive hours of instruction statewide (you may have read a news story about the governor in Minnesota giving a blanket waiver to all school districts—the Wisconsin Governor also does not have this authority).  School boards, under Wisconsin Stat. 118.38, may request a waiver from DPI after a public hearing is held in the district.  Historically, the department has not waived the hours and minutes requirement through this process.  We have in the past waived the 180-day requirement (this is no longer a requirement in statute), but never the associated hours and minutes.  DPI does not anticipate approving waivers for hours and minutes due to this week’s weather. Districts do have local flexibility to determine the means by which they meet the hours and minutes standards.

Winter Weather Guidelines
Winter Dress
DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!

The cold weather is upon us.   We do go outside every day unless it is raining or extremely cold (-10 degrees or more).  Please make sure your student has the winter five with them every day (boots, hat, coat, mittens and snow pants).   Students who do not have boots and snow pants will go outside, however they will be required to stay on our blacktop play area.

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