MWHS COVID-19 Safe Learning Plan
Please take time to review this document ⇒ MWHS Hybrid/Distance Learning: Everything You Need to Know
Grades 5-12 In-Person Learning Transition Plan
On February 17, Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) announced changes to the Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year in an effort to bring more middle and high school students safely back to classrooms across the state.
We are pleased to see declining COVID-19 case counts in our community. This week, W/S Suburban Hennepin County reported a 14-day case rate of 20.6 per 10,000 people. We have also been encouraged by successful returns to in-person learning seen in districts to our west. Several metro-area districts are planning to return to in-person instruction in the coming weeks.
Based on the updated guidance and current health landscape, the Westonka Public Schools District COVID-19 Support Team - made up of the superintendent, district nurse and a committee of the school board - has decided to transition middle and high school students to the in-person learning model beginning on March 16, 2021. Grandview Middle School and Mound Westonka High School will continue in the hybrid model until that time. This plan was discussed with and supported by our Regional Support Team - made up of representatives from MDE, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and local public health - during a consultation February 26.
Throughout the pandemic, Westonka has consistently followed the guidance set by MDE and MDH, and we will continue to do so. Our priority remains on providing the best possible learning experience, while keeping the health and wellbeing of our students and staff at the forefront of all that we do.
Secondary In-Person Learning Transition Timeline
There are no changes to school schedules for Westonka early learning and Hilltop and Shirley Hills primary schools.
March 1-10: Distance Only Registration
- Registration for the Distance Only Option for the fourth quarter of the 2020-21 school year will be open in Skyward Family Access March 1-10. Families choosing 100% distance learning through Westonka Public Schools for quarter 4 are committing to this model for the entire quarter, April 5-June 4. Note: Registering for the Distance Only Option does not exclude students from participating in in-person sports/activities or events (e.g., graduation).
- The Distance Only experience may look slightly different in the fourth quarter as more students return to in-person learning. Families will receive more details about potential adjustments to distance learning schedules, instructional delivery, etc., in the coming weeks.
Friday, March 12 and Monday March 15: Prep Days for In-Person Transition
- There is no school for grades 5-12 on Friday, March 12 and Monday, March 15; These are staff planning/preparation days for Grandview and MWHS only.
- Westonka early learning and Hilltop and Shirley Hills primary schools will run their normal schedules.
Tuesday, March 16: Grades 5-12 Begin In-Person Learning
- Grades 5-12 students who are currently in the hybrid learning model will transition to the in-person learning model on March 16. Grandview and MWHS students will be in school four days a week (Monday-Thursday), with Fridays continuing to be distance learning days for secondary students.
- Students who have chosen the Distance Only Option for quarter 3 will remain in distance learning through the end of the quarter (March 25).
- Westonka early learning and Hilltop and Shirley Hills primary schools will continue in their current schedules.
Friday, March 26: Teacher Professional Day
No school grades K-12 (previously scheduled professional day)
The MWHS COVID-19 Safe Learning Plan web pages provide an overview of the school's plans for all three educational models outlined by the state—hybrid learning, distance learning and in-person learning. Check back often, as these pages will continue to be updated regularly.