Feedback sought for 'Lifting up Every Winhawk' plan

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government released three rounds of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. Each round came with different restrictions for its use, whether it was meant to address COVID-19 preparedness, summer opportunities to address learning acceleration, or to help stabilize district budgets amid unpredictable enrollment swings.

Because of this federal funding, Winona Area Public Schools is able to invest $5.6 million (about a 4.8% increase to the budget) over the next three years to support students as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The strategies and programs included in our proposal are aligned with our strategic plan, complement the supports already in place, build on initiatives already underway, and will focus on addressing students' academic, behavioral and social-emotional needs.

It is impossible to address the academic needs of our students without addressing their social-emotional and mental health needs first. The strategies and programs identified here will be measurable in order to provide the school board with data to make informed decisions on student supports in the future.

We want to hear from you about our Lifting Up Every Winhawk plan. You can view the plan in the slideshow below, or click here for a .pdf version of the presentation. When you are done, please fill out the survey linked here.

The survey will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31.