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 is available to enrolled students who may be medically vulnerable or who are otherwise unwilling to return to in-person learning. In this model, students participate in distance learning five days a week with instruction delivered by licensed Westonka teachers. Meals will be available to students participating in distance learning via curbside pick-up.

    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 the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year is now closed. If family circumstances have changed and you need to switch to the Distance Only educational model for the first quarter, please contact your school office. Distance Only registration for quarter 2 is open Oct. 5-19 (see details below).

    Students who cannot be physically present in the classroom due to illness or exposure to COVID-19 will also participate in distance learning.

    Quarter 2 Distance Only Registration

    Distance Only registration for the second quarter of the 2020-21 school year will open in Skyward Family Access on Monday, October 5, 2020, and will close at noon on Monday, October 19, 2020. Families choosing 100% distance learning through Westonka Public Schools for quarter 2 are committing to this model for the entire quarter, November 10, 2020 through January 15, 2021.

    Important: All families who are choosing the Distance Only Option for quarter 2 need to register in Skyward Family Access. This includes students who chose the Distance Only Option for quarter 1.

Support for Distance Learners

  • 1:1 Technology: All K-12 students will have access to a district-issued device (iPad or Chromebook) to support their in-person or distance learning. Technology support will continue; internet access will be provided to families in need.

    NEW Distance Learning Coordinators: The position’s responsibilities will be determined by each building’s needs and will include some or all of the following job duties: 

    • Serve as a distance learning teacher for students in a distance learning model.
    • Work with students that are disengaged or struggling with their learning in the distance learning or hybrid model.
    • Provide teacher support with the execution of effective distance learning lessons.
    • Serve as a contact for parents and guardians who have children learning in the distance learning or hybrid learning model.
    • Serve as contact to building principals on the status of instruction and student learning in the distance learning or hybrid learning model.

    Technology Support: Are you experiencing difficulty with any of the online tools, logging into a specific app or connecting to your wireless internet? Please fill out a Parent/Student Tech Support Ticket and a Westonka support person will contact you between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Important Considerations for Distance Only Option