Due to the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases in Winona County, Winona Area Public Schools will shift to Winhawk Learning Model No. 4, which moves Grades 7-12 into distance learning to start the 2020-21 school year.
At this time, early childhood and elementary (Grades K-6) will remain in a hybrid model.
The decision was made by Superintendent Dr. Annette K. Freiheit after consulting with the Regional Support Team, which consists of local and state public health officials.
“We are disappointed that our students in Grades 7-12 will not be able to begin the school year in-person, even for just two days a week, like we had planned,” Freiheit said. “However, we are hopeful that this is just a temporary change and we can welcome all of our students back into our buildings later in the school year. But the safety of our students, staff and families is a top priority.”
The first day of school will remain Tuesday, Sept. 8. However, only elementary students in Group A will report to school on that day. Others will receive instruction through distance learning.
More information, including building-level plans and more, can be found on the WAPS Safe Learning Plan website at winonaschools.org/safe.