In-Person Learning Model

  • Updated March 1, 2021: In the in-person learning model, secondary students will attend school in-person four days a week, Monday-Thursday, with Fridays being distance learning days. This is to accommodate increased teacher preparation time, as required by Executive Order 20-94.

    Schools will create as much space between students and teachers as is feasible during the day, but are not held strictly to enforcing 6 feet of social distancing. Westonka schools will follow all requirements outlined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

    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.

    MWHS 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. Students participating in full-time distance learning will experience teacher-facilitated remote learning 5 days a week. 

Weekly Schedule

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Safety Guidelines by Subject

In-Person Learning at MWHS

  • Health & Safety

    • MWHS will follow all Health & Safety Protocols outlined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). MWHS families can expect:
      • Masks required for students and staff inside the buildings and required when less than 6 feet apart outside of the building. Masks will be provided by the school and face shields will be available upon request.
      • Self-screening reminders sent home and posted
      • Students/staff screened by nurse when needed
      • Social distancing reminders posted around school
      • Students encouraged to bring their own water bottles as opposed to using drinking fountains. Bottle refill stations will be available.
      • Cleaning process in place for all shared school supplies/equipment
      • Sanitizing stations as students/staff enter/leave the building and other locations around the building.
      • Distancing during lunch. No more than four students per table and all these groups of four will be 6 feet apart.


    • All MWHS classes (with the exception of specials) will begin each class with Zoom for those in-person and distance. Students must be present during this time to be marked ‘present.’
    • Staff will provide live or pre-recorded instruction for all students with activities/assessments at home and in person that can be completed with distancing in mind.
    • Academic Intervention opportunities through designated periods will be available for students (students can sign up for individual help from teachers).
    • Band and Choir: In accordance with the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Department of Education, American Choral Directors Association, and Minnesota Music Educators Association, the following safety precautions will be adhered to at all times during live rehearsals for all performing arts Mound Westonka ensembles: MWHS In-Person Safety Guidelines for Band and Choir
    • Physical Education: MWHS P.E. will be following MDH guidelines for Gyms and Fitness Centers, MDH COVID-19 Sports Guidance for Youth and Adults, as well as Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance: MWHS In-Person Safety Guidelines for Physical Education


    • Students will report directly to classrooms upon arrival.

    Food Service 

    • Students will sit in groups of up to four people. Each group of four will be 6 feet apart.
    • Students will receive pre-packaged meal. A la carte items may be added after the first few weeks of school are complete.
    • Disposable packaging will be put into trash/recycling bins.
    • No microwaves available (shared item)
    • Sanitizing stations as students/staff enter/leave the cafeteria.
    • Staff will clean tables between lunches.
    • Students will stay in their groups of four during the entire lunch period.
    • Masks can be removed to eat, but must be properly worn before and after eating.
    • Breakfast will be served in the morning and students will have the option to eat breakfast.

    Mental Health and Wellness

    • Teachers and staff will monitor student grades, behavior, and other changes and notify parents/guardians, guidance counselors, and administration as needed.  
    • Individual meetings with students as needed.
    • Grade level teams will meet to confidentially discuss students of concern.
    • Student Concerns Team will meet to discuss students who need extra support.
    • Relate Counseling on-site to meet with students as needed with mental health concerns.
    • Chemical Health Specialist (Relate) on-site to help with students and families needing help for chemical use or concerns.
    • Information shared with families on various mental health topics.


    • All students will have a Chromebook to bring to and from school daily.
    • Chromebooks will be distributed to all students
    • Technology support will continue; internet access will be provided to families in need.