Safe Return to In-Person Learning
Winona Area Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment that supports social and emotional development, access to critical services, and improvements in life outcomes for all. COVID-19 prevention strategies remain critical to protecting people, including students, teachers, and staff, who are not fully vaccinated, especially in areas of substantial-to-high community transmission levels. We believe it is important that we all remember to respect the decisions and actions of others in our community while we seek the common goal of a safe environment.
Together with local public health officials, Winona Area Public Schools will consider multiple factors when making decisions about implementing or reducing layered prevention strategies against COVID-19. Since WAPS serves the surrounding community, decisions are based on the district’s population, families and students served, as well as the Winona Community. All protocols are subject to change if substantial or high levels of COVID-19 transmission occur in the local community/in-school.
The primary risk factors considered and monitored include:
- Level of community transmission of COVID-19.
- COVID-19 vaccination coverage in the community and among students, teachers, and staff.
- COVID-19 outbreaks or increasing trends in the school (internal) or the surrounding community.
- Ages of children served by K-12 schools and the associated social and behavioral factors that may affect the risk of transmission and the feasibility of different prevention strategies.
|CDC Metrics and Thresholds|
|Transmission Level||Case growth per 100,000||Positive rate (7-days)|
Federal Government and Minnesota Rule Requirements
Face coverings: All people are required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order to wear face coverings on all indoor public transportation conveyances (airports, public buses, etc.), including school buses. See CDC: Requirement for Face Masks on Public Transportation Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs
Handling a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19: Minnesota Rule 4605.7070 requires any person in charge of any institution, school, child care facility, or camp to report cases of COVID-19 to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). See MDH: Reportable Disease Rule
- Face Coverings
- Physical Distancing and Cohorting
- Health Screening and Staying Home When Sick
- Contact Tracing in Combination with Isolation and Quarantine
- Screening Testing
- Repiratory Etiquette and Hand Hygiene
- Cleaning and Ventilation
- Accomodations for Children with Disabilities
- Visitors and Volunteers
- Key Kids
- Facility Rentals
Winona Area Public Schools will begin the 2021-22 school year with a universal mask requirement for all teachers, staff, students and visitors during instructional hours (7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.)