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.
March 25, 2020 Update
On March 25, Governor Tim Walz announced that Minnesota schools will remain closed and will implement distance learning March 30-May 4.
- All Westonka Schools buildings will remain closed to students and the public through May 4, 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, all Westonka Schools athletic fields, courts and playgrounds are closed to the public.
- Westonka Schools will begin distance learning for all grades on Monday, March 30. Distance learning plans are now posted at www.westonka.k12.mn.us/distancelearning.
- March 30-April 3 free meals for students will be offered via curbside pickup outside the Westonka Performing Arts Center at Mound Westonka High School from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and at designated school bus locations. Pre-ordering is no longer needed for delivery. Scroll down for more info.
- Westonka's emergency childcare program will resume on Monday, March 30. Learn more
- 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.