WAPS Targeting January 4th for Return of In-Person Instruction

WAPS Targeting January 4th for Return of In-Person Instruction Click to Enlarge

(KWNO) Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) wrapped up their first week of instruction since shifting all grades to distance learning Friday.

It was the first time this school year that the entire district has conducted classes remotely. Distance learning is likely to continue through the end of the year.

“Right now, we are still planning on January 4th to bring students back. That’s a long time from now and there’s a lot that can happen and hopefully, a lot happens in a positive way,” WAPS Spokesman John Casper said during an interview on KWNO’s In the Know Friday.

Casper said the return could be in hybrid or in-person form. The district will make the decision based on the local COVID-19, spread, recommendations from health officials and other factors.

In the meantime, district officials are encouraging families to share COVID-19 exposures and positive cases with them. Casper says that sharing cases will help inform the district’s timeline for when to change learning models.

WAPS issued a plea to the community this week, asking residents to do their part in slowing the COVID-19 spread by avoiding gatherings, washing hands, wearing masks, and practicing social distancing.

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