Grade 8 at WMS to shift to distance learning immediately

WMS Grade 8 to distance learning

Hello Winona Area Public School families, 

Due to a rise in positive COVID-19 cases in the 8th grade class at the Winona Middle School, and a sharp, sudden increase in the number of students who need to quarantine, all students in Grade 8 at the middle school will shift into distance learning immediately until at least Monday, May 3, 2021. 

At this time, the shift to distance learning is for students in Grade 8 at the middle school only. All other schools will remain in an in-person learning model except for the Winona Area Learning Center which remains in a hybrid learning model.

The Winona Middle School distance learning plan is linked here. Distance learning instruction will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday. All students should log on to their Schoology page for Google Meet links and assignments. 

Grade 8 will be in distance learning through Friday, April 30, 2021. The plan will be to resume the in-person learning model for Grade 8 on Monday, May 3, 2021. MCA testing will resume once Grade 8 is back in an in-person learning model.

Athletics and activities will resume as normal, however, those identified as close contacts will need to quarantine. Additional information has been sent to the affected families.

We want to remind our families that the Minnesota Department of Health encourages regular COVID-19 testing of school-age students. There are a number of ways to access free testing. See this link for more information

We ask that you please let us know if your student tests positive, no matter the learning model. 

It remains extremely important that our families continue to not only follow the well-known health and safety protocols (wearing a mask, maintain physical distancing, washing hands), but it is imperative that families keep their students home when they are sick.

Thank you for your patience as we work together to provide the best educational experience possible for our students. 

Thank you,

Dr. Annette K. Freiheit
Superintendent
Winona Area Public Schools