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.
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.
- 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: Schools will not be conducting contact tracing unless circumstances require.
- Primary school and middle school families will be notified if there is a positive case of COVID-19 in their child’s classroom
- 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.
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.
- Confirmed Cases:
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