Hello WAPS families -
I hope that you are having a safe and relaxing summer so far.
For the last several weeks, WAPS administrators and staff members have been preparing for the 2020-21 school year by following guidance for three scenarios provided from the Minnesota Department of Education.
Those scenarios are:
- Return all students to school buildings following the most current CDC and MDH guidelines.
- Return students to school buildings implementing a hybrid model (integration of face-to-face instruction and distance learning activities) following the most current CDC and MDH guidelines.
- No students return to school buildings. Implement a distance learning model.
We are hoping you can play a part in the planning process. In order for us to better understand your needs and your preferences, please fill out this survey: https://forms.gle/6AAqhZzSbmK7hX4H9.
While our plans are still in development, there are a few things we can share with you today:
- The governor and the Minnesota Department of Education will announce later this month the scenario in which we will begin the school year. However, we realize the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic will require flexibility, and we may need to utilize all three scenarios during the school year.
- If you do not feel comfortable sending the student(s) in your family to school this fall, you will be allowed to self-select a distance learning model for the school year.
- We will be assigned a regional coordinator from the Minnesota Department of Health to assist us in monitoring the pandemic and interpreting what it means for our students, our families and our staff.
We know that you have questions. We don’t have all the answers … at least not yet. Please know that we are committed to keeping the needs of all of our learners at the forefront of our decision making, and your answers to the survey help us accomplish our goal.
Thank you for providing your feedback and for being a part of our team. We hope that you continue to serve as a collaborator and a cheerleader in your student’s learning.
Together, we can make the 2020-21 school year a successful one for our families, our staff, our community and, most importantly, our students.
Dr. Annette K. Freiheit
Winona Area Public Schools.