This information is intended to provide updates on Westonka Public Schools' response plan to the outbreak of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and recommendations change daily or even hourly as new information becomes available.
April 23, 2020 Update
On April 23, Governor Tim Walz announced that Minnesota schools will remain closed and will continue distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
- All Westonka Schools buildings will remain closed to students and the public through the end of the year, with the exception of the emergency childcare program. Employees who are essential to continuing district operations will report to buildings, as notified by their supervisor.
- During the governor's stay-at-home order (which has been extended through May 18), all Westonka Schools athletic fields, courts and playgrounds are closed to the public.
- Westonka Schools will continue distance learning for all grades. Please review the Westonka Public Schools Distance Learning Plan.
- Free meals will continue to be available to all students via curbside pickup outside the Westonka Performing Arts Center at Mound Westonka High School weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and at designated bus stops for the remainder of the school year. No registration is required. More information is available at www.westonka.k12.mn.us/covid19/foodsupport.
- Westonka Schools will continue to provide childcare for families of emergency workers Monday-Friday during the school closure. More information is available at www.westonka.k12.mn.us/covid19/childcare.
- All in-person Westonka Community Education programming is canceled for the remainder of the school year. However, some youth and adult programming may be moved to an online format. We are also hopeful that many summer programs will move forward as scheduled. Visit the Westonka Community Education website for more details.
- If your student is experiencing difficulty with any of the online tools, logging into a specific app or connecting to your wireless internet, please fill out the Parent/Student Tech Support Ticket.
We thank you for your patience, flexibility and understanding during this unprecedented time.
The message from public health officials is clear and consistent: The precautions we take during every cold and flu season remain our best practices. The best ways to prevent and stop the spread of illness are to stay home when sick, cover your cough, and practice good hand hygiene.
Westonka District Nurse Kelly Mattson shared the following tips that can help prevent the spread of several viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick. Parents, please follow the School Guidelines for Keeping Young Children Home Due to Illness.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Or if a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your arm, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.