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

    COVID-19 Testing for Kids & 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.

Prevention Practices

  • Staying Home When Sick

  • Daily Self-Screening

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Handwashing & Hygiene

  • Social Distancing

School Safety Practices

  • District COVID-19 Health Coordinator

  • School COVID-19 Coordinators

  • Staff Training

  • Visitors and Volunteers

  • Large Group Gatherings

  • Transportation

  • Arrival and Dismissal

  • Social Distancing Reminders

  • Classroom Seating

  • Healthy Hygiene Reminders

  • Food Service

  • Passing Times

  • Lockers

  • School Materials

  • Water Fountains

  • Ventilation

  • Recess

  • Alternate Learning Spaces

  • CARES Act Funding for Additional Safety Measures

Facility Cleaning

  • Routine Environmental Cleaning

  • Deep Cleaning

  • Staff Cleaning Responsibilities

  • Supplies Checks

  • Ventilation

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MDH Videos

  • COVID-19 Symptoms

    How to Safely Wear Your Mask

    How to Wash Your Hands

    Cleaning Hands With Hand Sanitizer