Winona Area Public Schools has adopted a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in Grades K-8 and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) to ensure that all learners have equal access to high quality instruction in the area of academics, behavior and social-emotional learning. Implementation of MTSS is an evolving process that allows our system to mold and adapt to the needs of our students, families, community and staff.
There are five major components to the MTSS framework.
Infrastructure that supports continuous improvement
Family and community engagement
Multi-layered practices and supports
WAPS uses this framework to provide rigorous and relevant learning experiences within whole classrooms, small group instruction, and with individual students.
The MTSS system consists of three tiers. Tier 1 is universal instruction and is provided to all students, in all grade levels. Tier 2 provides supplemental instruction in conjunction with Tier 1 for students that need supplemental support. Tier 3 provides intensive instruction to students on a 1:1 basis in addition to Tier 1 and Tier 2. All instruction provided across MTSS is evidence and research based as well as monitored closely to measure progress.
Winona Area Public Schools follows the directives and guidelines of the Minnesota State Departments of Health and Education, as well as relevant state and federal laws, when it comes to student health services. Your child will do his/her best at school if they are in good health. The school health office works with you to provide your child with healthy school living. A school nurse is assigned to each school. Please contact your school health office for more information.
Winona Area Public Schools provides healthy meals each day. Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements, which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students. Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products. We stress the importance of families to monitor the meal accounts and maintain a positive balance as it is important to eat healthy balanced meals for student academic success.
Under the direction of the Student Success Coordinator and Administration, the Student Success Coach is responsible for the coordination and support of integrated services for students and families. Student Success Coaches collaborate with stakeholders in the district and in the community to support students academically, socially and emotionally to enhance student success in school; focuses on building relationships between the school and the student to support collaboration, communication, and assistance; and collects data regarding the success of support measures and parent/guardian and student engagement.
Winona Area Public Schools participates in the F.I.T. Program. During these difficult economic times many families are struggling to keep jobs and homes, and to cover basic expenses. Also, some families are going through relationship changes that are putting stressors on the lives in that household.
Families in Transition is available to assist parents and guardians who may be in need of assistance. In the Winona Area Public Schools we can help get youngsters enrolled in a pre-school program, Community Education offerings, school-aged childcare, or a K-12 academic or athletic program. The F.I.T. program is free and is available year round to also help with information and questions about registration, immunizations, and school breakfast and lunch programs.