WAPS Safe Learning Plan

WAPS Safe Learning Plan


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. 

In use starting Monday, Sept. 28, 2020:
***Winhawk Learning Model No. 3***

Early Childhood In-Person/Hybrid
Elementary Schools (Grades K-4) Hybrid
Winona Middle School (Grades 5-6) Hybrid
Winona Middle School (Grades 7-8) Hybrid
Winona Senior High School (Grades 9-12) Hybrid
Winona Area Learning Center (Grades 9-12) Hybrid

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 as 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

Currently in use:
***Winhawk Learning Model No. 4***

Early Childhood In-Person/Hybrid
Elementary Schools (Grades K-4) Hybrid
Winona Middle School (Grades 5-6) Hybrid
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

Other important updates

ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES: All athletics and activities for Grades 7-12 will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 22, while athletics for Grades 5-6 and activities for Grades 5-8 will resume Monday, Oct. 5. (updated 9/1/2020).

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