In the in-person learning model, students attend school in person 5 days a week, Monday-Friday.
Schools will create as much space between students and teachers as is feasible during the day. Westonka schools will follow all requirements outlined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).
[MDE UPDATE 02/17/21]: For middle and high schools only: Students must maintain six feet of physical distance from one another throughout the school day whenever feasible; when six feet of distancing cannot be met, a minimum of three feet of physical distance between students must be maintained.
Students will have high-quality, research-based and engaging teacher-led instruction every day. The first few weeks will have a strong focus on building relationships, identifying learning gaps, and helping students feel engaged and connected to their school.
- Staff will give extra attention to helping young students adjust to being back in school, interacting with friends and strengthening academic skills.
Middle School and High School:
- Students will experience the best of blended learning instruction that incorporates direct teacher instruction enhanced by the use of technology tools like Schoology, our grades 3-12 learning management system, to engage students and deepen the learning of the content in their classes
Distance Only Option
We understand that fully in-person or hybrid learning may not be what’s best for every student and family. A Distance Only Option will be available to enrolled students who may be medically vulnerable or who are otherwise unwilling to return to in-person learning.
Families choosing 100% distance learning through Westonka Public Schools will be asked to commit to this model on a quarterly basis. Distance Only registration for quarter 4 will be open in Skyward Family Access March 1-10.
Health & Safety Protocols
Health and safety of students and staff is at the forefront of our work, and Westonka Public Schools continues to utilize the most up-to-date guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
Recommendations for safety protocols are expected to be continuously evolving and the protocols below will be modified as needed based on current guidance, research and best practices.
MDH Expands COVID-19 Testing Options for Students, Families
MDH strongly recommends that all school-age youth returning to school, sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, get tested for COVID-19 at least every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing, and can help keep schools open and sports operating, and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19.
Westonka students are now able to send their Vault-at-Home tests back to the lab through their schools if they do not have easy access to a UPS Dropbox. How this works:
- Students or families order COVID-19 tests through the Vault-at-Home program (remember tests are offered at no cost to Minnesota residents).
- Students complete their test at home.
- Students seal their sample tube and place it in the biohazard bag. The biohazard bag then gets sealed in the shipping bag that came with the test. The shipping label sticker is attached to the bag.
- Students bring their sealed shipping bag with the shipping label to their school’s health specialist during school hours on a designated onsite testing day. Upcoming drop-off dates:
- Monday, March 15
- Monday, April 5
- Monday, April 19
- Monday, May 3
- Monday, May 17
To help students comply with MDH’s bi-weekly testing guidance and use at-home tests as a screening tool:
- Students should test on the same schedule as staff (a specific day every other week).
- Students will need to have a Vault-at-Home kit on hand at home to complete and bring to school on staff testing day.
- Once students receive notice that their sample is being processed at the lab, they can order another Vault-at-Home kit for the next screening day.
School Safety Practices
District COVID-19 Health Coordinator
School COVID-19 Coordinators
Visitors and Volunteers
Large Group Gatherings
Arrival and Dismissal
Social Distancing Reminders
Healthy Hygiene Reminders
Alternate Learning Spaces
CARES Act Funding for Additional Safety Measures