Survey Message April 20, 2020Family Survey: https://forms.gle/
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We have started our fourth week of distance learning. Thank you to all the students, parents and staff for everything you are doing to help make the best out of our current situation. I am happy to announce that we received our back-ordered wifi hotspots and now every student has access to wifi.
We have put out electronic surveys for students, parents and staff. We need to learn from each of you what is going well and where our opportunities for improvement may exist. Please look in your email, on our website or on Facebook for them. When you receive these surveys, please complete them at your earliest convenience. We will use the information gathered to adjust our distance learning program.
This Wednesday was going to be an early out, so we will only have a half day of distance learning to allow staff time in their Professional Learning Communities. Next Friday, May 1 on the calendar was scheduled to be a Staff Development Day. There will be no distance learning work that day as our staff will be receiving professional development. There will be no Jays Nest on Friday, May 1 and food service will provide the meals for that day on Thursday, April 30th.
Waseca Public Schools Following Coronavirus Update
Waseca response in regards to Governor announcement at 10 a.m., 3/15/20
The Governor has announced that MN schools will close no later than 3/18 through 3/27. WPS Admin are meeting today to finalize plans. Details will be released later today.
COVID-19 Closure Message 3-15-20
Waseca Public Schools will be closed for all students until Monday, March 30th at the earliest. There will be no SAC (Jays Nest) tomorrow for anyone.
We will open SAC on Tuesday to children of Emergency Workers only. The list of emergency workers include the following if they are residents of Waseca School District: home care workers, personal care assistants, ambulance/emergency workers, direct care and treatment workers, fire fighters, police, personnel providing correctional services, essential court personnel, State and local public health agency employees, county financial eligibility, county case managers and any county staff in emergency management or health and human services. If you fall into one of these areas, we will need to see either a name tag from your work or a letter from your employer.
We will meet tomorrow with our food service staff to begin a food service feeding program on Tuesday.
All staff have received specific instructions by email and should check their school email immediately, if they have not already done so. Instructional staff will be ready to begin enhanced flexible learning as outlined by the MDE on Monday, March 30th.
Please do not come to school or allow your child to come to school until you receive further instructions. We will send additional information tomorrow regarding child care for emergency workers and our food service feeding program. You will receive more information next week as to how we will get materials and devices to students who do not have them.
There are still many questions like what will happen with ACT and/or AP exams. There are others as well. If you have a question, please contact your child’s school tomorrow between the hours of 7:30am and Noon. We will have office staff available to direct your questions to someone who can help. Office staff and teachers will return to work on Thursday.
This is what we believe we know as of now. As you are aware, this is a very fluid situation and information may change rapidly. Please watch our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts for smaller updates. We will contact you directly for more significant updates.
Thank you for your support and understanding during these unprecedented times.
Superintendent Search Progress as of 3/19/20
Update Message 3/21/20
Earlier this afternoon, we received notification that one of our teaching staff has tested positive for Covid-19. After consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health, this case does NOT meet the CDC definition of an exposure, since this person has not been in the district since Friday, March 13. This person did not develop symptoms until March 17th. As you remember, the schools were closed to all but essential staff through March 19th. At this time, the Department of Health guidance is that we do not need to stop on-site operations. They have indicated that there is “ no risk identified at this time”. In fact, because of the context of this specific case, they did not require a community notification. Waseca Public Schools is notifying you not because we are compelled to do so but because we have committed to providing all of our families, staff and community members the most up-to-date information possible. We will continue operations on Monday, as teachers continue preparation for Distance Learning that will begin on March 30th. The Jays Nest and our Community Feeding program will continue. The Department of Health has inspired my confidence we will get through these difficult times. Please continue the practice of social distancing, frequent hand washing, coughing into the elbow, and other practices as identified by the Department of Health and CDC found on our website. Mr. Fred Rodgers said, 'When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping".' The paraprofessionals, food service staff, custodians, clerical, teachers, nurses, our bus drivers, administrators and all our staff are included in this category of people who are helping. Together we will get through this. Thank you for your ongoing support.
School Board Meetings Moved to the PAC
School Board Meeting notice: Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, the district's school board meetings will be moved to the Performing Art Center located at the Junior and Senior High School. The address is 1717 2nd St NW. This change of location to accommodate social distancing will be used until further notice.
Superintendent Interviews & Board Meeting LIVE on Social Media
In order to include our community in the latest events happening at the District, we will be doing LIVE feeds of both the superintendent interviews as well as the School Board meeting Wednesday, March 25th! Please join us for a live feed of the interviews starting at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and follow our schedule of events (attached). These interviews will be live on our Vimeo page, as an open forum. Later in the day the School Board meeting will also be a live feed from the PAC, on Facebook. Please send your questions for the superintendent finalists to the email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can include you in our discussions. See you online!
Waseca Performing Arts Center on KEYC