by Solomon Lindenberg and Debra Fitzgerald

Washington Island School District

Current enrollment: 75 students

What it’s doing: In-person instruction five days a week. School will start Tuesday, Sept. 1.

During its brief Aug. 3 school board meeting, the Washington Island School District voted unanimously to reopen its school at full capacity.

Washington Island Principal/Curriculum Director Michelle Kanipes said that among the challenges her school faces in reopening is the lack of substitute teachers in the event a staff member becomes ill.

“We really don’t have replacements,” Kanipes said. “That is the reality for us.”

She said the school will provide an option for virtual instruction, but it will face many challenges on that front.

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Solomon Lindenberg

Solomon Lindenberg

Intern, Peninsula Pulse

Lindenberg was born and raised in downtown Sister Bay with his two brothers. When not writing, he enjoys playing and listening to music, watching independent films, taking photographs, reading horror novels, and getting lost in time attempting to solve New York Times crossword puzzles

Debra Fitzgerald

Debra Fitzgerald

News Editor, Peninsula Pulse

Fitzgerald is a recently repatriated Door County resident and journalist who is thrilled to be back and enchanted daily by her reacquaintance with the peninsula’s people and places. She’s living the good life north of Sturgeon Bay with her partner, Louis “Luther” Cole, and a cat named Tux who’s been a media sensation on neighbors’ social media pages.