COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Safe Learning Plan 2021-22

  • As has been the case throughout this pandemic, Westonka Public Schools will prioritize and protect in-person learning opportunities for our students during the 2021-22 school year. Westonka students K-12 will attend school in person, five days a week. The District will follow all state and federal requirements related to COVID-19 and will adjust our protocols and procedures as needed in order to keep students safely in school.

    We understand that the situation with COVID-19 is fluid, and Westonka’s COVID-19 policies could change at any time based on further state or federal direction, or in response to rising cases in our schools or community. Health and safety-related decisions will be made in consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health.

Prevention Practices

  • Staying Home When Sick

  • Self-Screening & Testing

  • Masks & Face Coverings

  • COVID-19 Vaccination

  • Social Distancing

  • Personal Hygiene

COVID-19 Surveillance & Response

  • Handling Positive Cases of COVID-19

    • Confirmed Cases:
      • Families and staff are asked to directly contact District Nurse Kelly Mattson if a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, or if someone in their home has COVID-19. Families can also report this in Skyward Family Access
      • If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they will not be allowed to return to school activities for at least 5 days from the time the symptoms started and until symptoms have improved and they have had no fever for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications. If they test positive but have no symptoms, they will be required to stay home for 5 days counting from the day they were tested: Quarantine/Isolation Guidelines.
      • Students who test positive for COVID-19 will receive instruction similar to other long-term absences and the absence will be excused.
    • Quarantines: 
      • Unvaccinated students will be required to quarantine for at least 5 days should a member of their household test positive for COVID-19: Quarantine/Isolation Guidelines.
      • A quarantine period for close contacts outside the home is still considered best practice but will not be required.
      • Students who are fully vaccinated, or who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, do not need to quarantine if exposed to a positive case unless they develop symptoms. 
      • Quarantined students will receive instruction similar to other long-term absences and the absence will be excused.
    • Contact Tracing & Communication (updated 4.25.22): Schools will not be conducting contact tracing unless circumstances require.
      • Primary school families will be notified if there is a positive case of COVID-19 in their child’s classroom
      • Grandview Middle School and Mound Westonka High School families will be notified if their child is identified by an individual as a close contact
      • Additionally, the district will communicate all positive cases among students and staff in school buildings on a weekly basis via a public data dashboard

    COVID-19 Situation Monitoring

    The Westonka District COVID-19 Support Team, made up of the superintendent, district nurse and a committee of the school board, will closely monitor county and local case data to determine if any additional COVID-19 mitigation strategies are warranted.

    dashboard iconCOVID-19 Dashboard

    The Westonka Public Schools COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated weekly on Wednesdays with new information from the previous week: www.westonka.k12.mn.us/covid19/dashboard. The dashboard includes school and community metrics that are being closely monitored by the District COVID-19 Support Team.

    [Learn more about the school and community transmission indicators]

School Safety Practices

  • Cleaning & Disinfecting

  • Food Service

  • Group Gatherings

  • Promoting Healthy Hygiene

  • Transportation

  • Ventilation

  • Visitors and Volunteers

  • Water Fountains

Contact

MDH Videos

  • COVID-19 Symptoms

    How to Safely Wear Your Mask

    How to Wash Your Hands

    Cleaning Hands With Hand Sanitizer

Working Together to Limit the Spread