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Minnesota's Safe Learning Plan Update
Borg Report February 17, 2021
On Wednesday, February 17, Governor Tim Walz, the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health announced more changes to the state’s Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year. The revised plan was created in an effort to bring more middle and high school students safely back to classrooms across the state.
You can find the updated Safe Learning Plan document on the Minnesota Department of Education website: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/
The Westonka Public Schools District Support Team and administrative team are in the process of reviewing the new state requirements related to middle and high schools. This includes updated physical distancing requirements, mealtime-specific guidance, and more. There are no changes related to elementary schools.
As a result of the new state guidance, here is an updated timeline for Westonka’s review of learning models:
- February 26 Learning Model Update - Westonka families and staff can expect to receive communication on Friday, February 26 regarding a timeline for transitioning from hybrid to in-person learning at Grandview Middle School and Mound Westonka High School.
March 1-March 10 Distance Only Registration Open - 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-March 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. It is important to note that registering for the Distance Only Option does not exclude students from participating in in-person sports/activities or events (e.g., graduation).
Westonka’s 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. Thank you for your continued partnership.