Brookfield superintendent Dr. Kyle Collins said Thursday that, as it stands, the 2020-2021 academic year will begin as planned in August.

That said, there are of course a slew of coronavirus-related concerns that still need addressed at the May 19 School Board meeting.

"Our target keeps moving all the time," Collins said of the dilemma’s he’s faced regarding the 2020 graduating class.

Collins said that senior students have received surveys regarding when they would like to hold their commencement. As of Friday morning, Brookfield high school principal Nile Thudium received nearly 50.

The consensus is that seniors would like to have graduation in July, but for the moment, that is still cursory.

"This is a situation that we’ve never seen, and in a few weeks (at the School Board meeting) I think we’ll have a better grasp," Collins said. "We’ll have a definitive answer on graduation by then, but everything else is up in the air."

Brookfield R-III has implemented digital learning somewhat seamlessly with the distribution of Google Chromebooks for all students and implementation of Google Classroom.

Google Classroom is a digital application that allows students and teachers to have proxy interaction while using both the webcam and microphone.

In addition, Collins says that weekly teacher groups and online counseling have allowed to make the bizarre transition as benign as possible for students.

"Distance learning," a cumbersome phrase that circumstance has forced us to invent, has been a huge focus of these teacher groups until normalcy may return.

"We’ve got a resilient bunch of kids," Collins said. "We’re really proud of all of them, not just for following guidelines, but for staying of top of academics. On our end, it’s our goal to make these end-of-the-year experiences great for them."