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Statewide School Closure Due to COVID-19, No School for Westonka Students March 16-27
STATEWIDE SCHOOL CLOSURE DUE TO COVID-19
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS MARCH 16-27
March 15, 2020
On Sunday morning, March 15, Governor Tim Walz announced that all public and private schools in Minnesota will be shut down beginning this Wednesday, March 18, through at least March 27 in light of the COVID-19 situation.
Westonka Public Schools has made the decision to cancel school for students starting Monday, March 16, to allow for in-district collaborative planning amongst staff prior to Westonka’s spring break. All district staff will report to their buildings on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17.
- UPDATE - Westonka will be offering free curbside meal pickup on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday March 17. Families can pick up meals from noon to 1 p.m. in front of the Westonka Performing Arts Center at Mound Westonka High School, 5905 Sunnyfield Road E, Minnetrista. No pre-order necessary.
- There will be no after-school or evening activities through March 27, and all community education classes are canceled.
- Our school buildings will be open 8 a.m-3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday this week for students to pick up personal items and supplies, such as their district-issued Chromebooks (grades 5-12), books, and other materials.
- Adventure Club will also be closed Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, and will remain closed until further notice.
- UPDATE - Westonka will be providing free childcare for district parents who are emergency workers Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., during the school closure, beginning Wednesday, March 18. This service will not be available over Spring Break, March 23-27. Families must sign up for this service. Please fill out the Emergency Worker Childcare Survey to express interest.
- The Westonka Activity Center will be closed through March 27.
- As a result of this schedule change, Friday, May 1 (previous Staff Development Day) will now be a Regular School Day for Westonka students and staff.
- Each building will communicate its Distance Learning/eLearning Plan to Westonka families by the end of this week. Distance learning will not start prior to spring break.
Preparing for Extended School Closure
Minnesota schools are currently scheduled to reopen on Monday, March 30. However, we know that circumstances with this disease change rapidly, and the statewide closure could be extended.
In the event the school closure extends beyond March 27, Westonka Public Schools intends to provide instruction to students primarily through the use of online learning. Should the school closure be extended, the district will communicate the process for delivering iPads to students in grades K-4.
The district is also preparing a food delivery plan for families in the event of a school closure extending beyond March 27. We will communicate this plan to families if/when it is needed.
Spring Break Travel
As a reminder, if you are traveling for spring break, we ask you to consider the following:
- Know that situations and conditions surrounding COVID-19 are dynamic and could change while you are traveling, which may complicate your return. Review the latest information for travelers from the CDC.
- The CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to countries with Level 3 warnings—currently, China, Iran, South Korea and most of Europe. Travelers returning from Level 3 countries will be asked by state health officials to self-quarantine for 14 days (no school or work) upon their return. Westonka respectfully asks families and staff to follow current state and federal travel guidelines and self-report to schools any restrictions so that we may work with you on next steps.
- While traveling, take steps to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus by practicing good hygiene.
- If your child is sick with fever and/or flu-like symptoms, please do not send them to school. Contact your health care provider for guidance.
Please continue to check www.westonka.k12.mn.us/covid19 for regular updates, resources and information for students, staff and families. We will continue to communicate with you as circumstances change. In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together during these unusual and ever-changing circumstances.