Community Partnerships

A partner is an external group, organization, or individual who provides services or programming in the classroom to students in partnership with the District. This includes organization, such as; Live Well Winona, Home and Community Options, and the Winona Chamber, to name a few.

Winona Area Public Schools is committed to developing and supporting the collaboration between WAPS and community organizations. These partnerships and collaborations are crucial to the success of our students.

We will continue to seek new partners, and renew collaboration with our current partners, to align programs and services and ensure that all students are college and career ready.

We look forward to working with you!

Partnership Process


Student Teaching Contracts

Colleges/Universities who wish to place Professional Education Students in student teaching placements with Winona Area Public Schools must have WAPS Board of Education approved contract.

Once an approved contract is in place, Colleges/Universities should contact the Building Administrator to begin the process of placing student teachers. Colleges/Universities should not contact teaching staff directly. Visit the school website for current Administrator contact information.

The following Colleges/Universities have approved contracts with WAPS:

Institution In Effect Through:
Luther College 2017-2018 SY
Bemidji State University 7/31/2019
University of Wisconsin- Madison Until terminated
Viterbo University 2018-19 SY
Winona State University June 30, 2019
St. Mary's University August, 2020
Minnesota State University Mankato

January 8, 2018 - January 7, 2023

Augsberg University June 5th, 2019

Student Data Access Request

Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) supports a realistic and quality educational learning opportunity for Student Teachers, Interns and Professionals (Student Teacher/Practicum/Intern) assigned to working in our district. To support a student teacher/practicum/intern to receive a quality experience in their placement, they often need access to the WAPS Google Domain and/or educational data and records in a manner realistic to their work in school districts/field.

We expect our student teacher/practicum/interns to follow the Code of Ethics/Conduct according to their respective governing Minnesota State Boards. For example, Minnesota Board of Teaching Code of Ethics states, “In accordance with the state and federal laws, a teacher shall disclose confidential information about individuals only when a compelling professional purpose is served or when required by law.” Additionally, each practicum/intern will be expected to follow their respective professional code of conduct.

WAPS Google & Student Data Access Request


What does an Approved Partnership mean?

Approved Partnerships are the district’s process for ensuring that common standards are consistently applied for all potential partners. To have an Approved Partnership means that you have established a formal relationship with the Winona Area Public Schools as either a provider of services or programming.

How is a Partnership different from Volunteering in the Classroom?

Classroom Volunteers help with specific events, such as a field trip or special project in the classroom, and are coordinated through the school’s PTA or the classroom teacher. Volunteers usually have a relationship with a child in the classroom (parent/guardian, sibling, grandparent, etc) but it is not required. If you are a community member and would like to volunteer please contact a school office or community education. Please visit our Volunteer website by clicking the following link: WAPS Volunteers If you are a pre-service teaching candidate you must work through your school for an approved partnership. Active participation in the class is mandatory; we do not provide observation experiences.

If a community organization has the same program in multiple WAPS schools, does a separate program information form need to be completed for each school?

No; only one program information form needs to be submitted. If a community organization has multiple programs to offer, then a separate form needs to be completed for each different program.

Can the program start in the school before the contracting process is complete?

Programs are not allowed to begin until the partnership is approved by WAPS. For more information, click the WAPS Partnership Process link located on the left of this webpage.

Do I need a background check?

People who are working with students require a background check. Verification of a completed background check is the responsibility of the partnering organization. If you have questions regarding the need for a background check, please check with the building/program administrator.

Can I have access to student data?

You will not have direct access to student data; however, as you work with the staff and students, information of a confidential matter may be shared with you. The problems, abilities, grades/scores, relationships and confidences of students, their parents and the staff should never be discussed with anyone who does not have a professional right or need to know. Like teachers, volunteers are bound by a code of ethics to keep confidential matters within the school. The staff and students needs to know they can trust you. If you believe you will need access to student data due to the nature of the partnership please see the program/building administrator.

Do I need to have liability insurance?

Winona Area Public Schools requires commercial general liability insurance if a Community Partner will be working with students unsupervised. Having this insurance means that a Partner is adequately protected in the case of accidents or negligence.

Is there an orientation?

Individuals must check in with the building/program administrator to complete any required paperwork. This will include a brief orientation to review necessary information.

FAQ's About WAPS Security System

What is the RAPTOR system?

RAPTOR is a visitor registration system that enhances school security by reading visitor drivers’ licenses, comparing information to a sex offender database, alerting building administrators if a match is found, then (assuming no match was made) printing a visitor badge that includes a photo.

Why is WAPS using this system?

Safety of our students is our highest priority. Raptor will provide a consistent system to track visitors and volunteers while keeping away people who present a danger to students and staff members. The system quickly prints visitor badges that include a photo, the name of the visitor, time and date.

What about Community Partnerships?

Individuals working under approved community partnership agreements should sign in and out and wear a picture ID badge issued by the Organization. If they do not have a photo ID issued by the Partnership Organization they will need to wear a Raptor visitor badge.