WAPS Safe Learning Plan

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Winona Area Public Schools is proud to announce the WAPS Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 school year. This is our version of the state's Safe Learning Plan, which was unveiled by Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday, July 30, 2020, to help school districts plan for a rather unusual school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The WAPS Safe Learning Plan closely follows guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health, and includes input from staff, students and district families.

The plan prioritizes the health and safety of students and staff, recognizes the importance of in-person learning opportunities — especially for our younger learners — and emphasizes stability of instruction delivery no matter the learning model in use. 

School districts and charter schools in Minnesota will use one of three models: in-person, distance learning, or a hybrid model. WAPS will work closely with experts from MDE, MDH, the Southeast Service Cooperative and local public health officials to decide if and when we need to shift between models depending on the progression of the virus in the Winona community.

Families will be allowed to choose distance learning for their student(s) at any time for any reason throughout the school year. 

Currently in use:
***Winhawk Learning Model No. 5***

***These distance learning plans have been updated following instructional planning days on Friday, Nov. 13 and Monday, Nov. 16. They are current as of Thursday, Nov. 19.****
Early Childhood Distance Learning
Elementary Schools (Grades K-4) Distance Learning
Winona Middle School (Grades 5-6) Distance Learning
Winona Middle School (Grades 7-8) Distance Learning
Winona Senior High School (Grades 9-12) Distance Learning
Winona Area Learning Center (Grades 9-12) Distance Learning

Click on the orange hyperlink to read more about the specific building-level plan. Plans will be updated as the school year progresses, so check back often. The Winhawk Learning Model may need to change in less than 24 hours. In case of a learning model change, students, families and staff will be notified through our emergency messenger in addition to posts on social media, updates on our website, and press releases sent to local media. Updated 9/21/2020

Other important updates and notes

ALL LEVELS MOVE TO DISTANCE LEARNING: Due to continued spread in the community, all levels and all buildings in Winona Area Public Schools will move to distance learning beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17. Friday, Nov. 13 and Monday, Nov. 16 are designated as instructional planning days. Wednesday, Nov. 18 reverts back to a distance learning day. 

WMS MOVES TO DISTANCE LEARNING: Due to a rise in positive COVID-19 cases at Winona Middle School, and a sharp increase in the number of students and staff who need to quarantine, all students in Grades 5-8 at the middle school will shift into distance learning beginning Tuesday, Nov. 10 until at least Monday, Nov. 30.

HYBRID CALENDAR CHANGES: We needed to make a few changes to the hybrid calendar for the first semester to balance the in-person days for each hybrid group and to accommodate the new ACT testing date.

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