Middle school to move into distance learning immediately

WMS Grades 5-8 Distance Learning

Hello Winona Area Public School families, 

Due to a rise in positive COVID-19 cases at Winona Middle School, and a sharp increase in the number of students and staff who need to quarantine, all students in Grades 5-8 at the middle school will shift into distance learning for at least the next three weeks. 

At this time, the shift is for students in Grades 5-8 at the middle school only. All other schools will remain in a hybrid learning model.

Here is what the rest of the week will look like for middle school (Grades 5-8) students only:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 10 will be an instructional planning day for middle school staff. There will be no instruction delivered on this day for Grades 5-8. 
  • On Wednesday, Nov. 11, all middle school students will check in online with their teacher. Group A students will stay and work with their teacher through synchronous learning, while Group B students will be dismissed to continue asynchronous work.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 12 and Friday, Nov. 13, Group B will do synchronous learning with their teacher, while Group A students will be dismissed to continue asynchronous work.

Synchronous learning happens with the teacher on a Google Meet session. Asynchronous learning is when students work independently, completing assignments assigned by their teacher.

For more information, please see the Winona Middle School distance learning plan linked here.

The middle school will be in distance learning through the November break. The plan will be to resume the hybrid learning model on Monday, Nov. 30. 

All athletics and activities for Grades 5-8 have been put on hold until Nov. 30, that includes middle school students who participate in high school athletics. Child care will continue to be offered through Key Kids. Please contact Key Kids with any updated schedule changes.

While this change is for the middle school only, there is always the possibility that other buildings will have to make a similar shift, or the entire district will need to move into distance learning. We want to give our students an opportunity for in-person learning as long as possible, but the number of students and staff in quarantine, along with signs of spread in the middle school, left us with no choice. 

It is 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. If they are a close contact of a positive case, they must stay home. 

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