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Looking Ahead to What's Next
Borg Report June 3, 2021
Members of the Mound Westonka High School Class of 2021 graduated Wednesday night on Haddorff Field, capping their unprecedented high school careers. It was an incredible evening that highlighted our students’ voices and achievements. We were proud to celebrate these remarkable graduates and usher them into the next chapter of their lives.
If you are interested, you can watch a replay of the ceremony on the district YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/OGyPMc7OFEQ
Westonka Public Schools is also looking ahead to what’s next, with summer programming just around the corner and plans for the 2021-22 school year starting to take shape.
Guidance for Summer Programming
Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Summer School. The social distancing, cohorting and capacity requirements that were in place during the 2020-21 school year have now been lifted. Please see below for revised COVID-19 protocols for 2021 summer programming that will help us maintain safe and healthy environments for students and staff.
- Face Coverings:
- In school buildings, as well as on school grounds, masks will no longer be required starting at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 7. Although the State of Minnesota no longer has a mask mandate in place, MDH strongly recommends that all people present in school buildings and district offices wear a face covering. The CDC continues to advise mask wearing in schools due to lower vaccination rates among youth ages 12-15 and lack of vaccine eligibility for students under 12.
- Masks are required on school transportation. All people are required by CDC order to wear face coverings on all public transportation conveyances (airports, public buses, etc.), including school buses.
- COVID-19 Self-Screening:
- Students, staff and families will be asked to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and stay home if they are feeling ill.
- Students who have a fever of 100° or greater cannot return to school until 24 hours after the fever has left and they no longer need medication to keep the temperature down.
- Use the Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs to determine who should stay home and for how long.
- Testing for COVID-19 will continue to be an important preventive measure, with many convenient testing options available for students and families.
- Handling Positive Cases of COVID-19:
- Positive Case Isolation: If a person tests positive for COVID-19 and has symptoms, they will not be allowed to return to school activities for at least 10 days from the time the symptoms started and until symptoms have improved and they have had no fever for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications. If they have no symptoms but test positive, they should stay home for 10 days counting from the day they were tested.
- Contact Tracing: Westonka Public Schools will no longer be conducting contact tracing of positive cases starting this summer; however, students/staff may be contacted by an individual or by MDH and informed that they are a close contact. Close contacts should follow the Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs. If a person is fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and is not experiencing symptoms, or if they have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, they do not need to quarantine following close contact exposure.
- Communication: Parents/staff will be notified by email of any positive cases in the classroom/program.
Distance Learning Options in 2021-22
Minnesota school districts are awaiting details from the state on distance learning requirements for the 2021-22 school year. Due to lack of interest in distance learning among our school families, Westonka Public Schools does not plan to offer a distance learning option for grades K-7 next year unless required by the state.
Mound Westonka High School plans to offer limited online course offerings through Northern Star Online (NSO). Registration requests would be made to the MWHS Guidance Department and would likely be a semester-long commitment.
Westonka families can expect to receive more information this summer about 2021-22 distance/online learning plans.
Have a great summer, Westonka!