2020-21 Safe Learning Plan
Grades E-12 to Transition to Distance Learning Beginning Nov. 23
Following a consultation with representatives from the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education and local public health concerning a recent spike in COVID-19 cases and projections for our community in the weeks ahead, Westonka’s District Support Team has made the decision to transition grades E-12 to the Edge21 Distance Learning Model beginning Nov. 23.
- November 13-20: In-person learning schedule continues for grades E-4; hybrid learning schedule continues for grades 5-12
- November 23 & 24:
- Distance learning begins for grades 5-12
- No school for grades E-4; Professional Days
- November 25-27: No school for all students; Professional Day and Thanksgiving Break
- November 30-January 3: Distance learning for grades E-12
- Dec. 21 - Learning Model Consultation with MDH: Distance learning for grades E-12 will continue through at least Winter Break. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide an update on our learning model to staff and families on Monday, Dec. 21 based on a consultation with our Regional Support Team.
Westonka’s plans for all three educational models outlined by the state—in-person, distance and hybrid learning—can be found on this website. Additional information is posted on each school’s web page, and more details will continue to be added.
We know that any of the three learning scenarios could apply at different times during the school year. Westonka will work in consultation with a Regional Support Team to make real-time, data-based decisions. We highly recommend that families make contingency plans for all three scenarios outlined in the Safe Learning Plan.
Please continue to monitor your email for details from your student’s school about plans/procedures for 2020-21.
Working Together to Limit the Spread
In All Three Models, Families Can Expect
- MDH and MDE Guidelines: Westonka Schools will follow all requirements from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education.
- Responsive Instruction: In each subject area, teachers will focus on the most essential material for students to learn, creating a core foundation of instruction to allow for more nimble transitions between models.
- Special Ed. and EL Services: Special education and English Learner (EL) services will be provided to all identified students. The delivery may look different, depending on the model. Careful attention will be paid to special education students in general education classes.
- Mental Health Support: All staff will be mindful of students’ social-emotional learning needs and will work to rebuild relationships between and among students and staff.
- 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.
- Distance Only Option: A 100% distance learning option is available to students/families.
- 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.
Attendance will be taken every day in each learning model. For students in grades K-12, enter your child’s absence in Skyward Family Access if he or she is not able to participate in in-person or distance learning on each day.
How to Report an Absence in Skyward Family Access
- Log in to Skyward Family Access
- Click "Attendance" in the left hand column
- Click "Absence Request" (top middle section of screen)
- Click "Add Request" next to student name
- Fill out relevant information, including dates, reason for absence and comments
- Click "Save"
You may also send a message to your school’s attendance email or call the school’s attendance line if your child is not able to participate in in-person or distance learning on each day. Please include the child’s name, grade, and a brief reason for absence. Families will be asked to indicate any COVID-19 symptoms, positive COVID-19 test results or COVID-19 close contacts. Please include length of absence if known.