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WEM-Specific Information

2 days ago


Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27, 2020: WEM Schools are closed  

Monday, March 30 to Monday, May 4 (end date subject to change): WEM Distance Learning

Due to Emergency Executive Order 20-02 issued by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, WEM School is closed from March 16 through March 27, 2020. No school activities, classes, or formal e-learning will occur during this closure. These two weeks are for teachers and administrators to prepare for distance learning. 

Distance learning, as ordered by the governor, will take place from March 30 through May 4, 2020.  Please be aware, the May 4 ending date is subject to change. 

We are sharing some at-home learning resources below and on Facebook.

Please be assured WEM administration is crafting ongoing plans that will be shared as soon as they are finalized. Check back here and follow our Facebook page for updates. Thank you for your patience. 

Free Meals


According to Executive Order 20-02 (#8) schools are expected to provide meals to their students. WEM is pleased to announce we will be providing breakfast and lunch to all students in need (age 18 and under) FREE of charge starting Wednesday, March 18 and continuing indefinitely during the school closure. You do NOT need to be approved for free/reduced meals and do NOT need to be enrolled in our district--private school/charter school. 

Meals will be a “grab and go” arrangement and can be picked up from 11:00-12:30 Monday through Friday at each district building (Morristown Middle School, Waterville Elementary and the Elysian School). The pick-up of meals will be at the main entrances of each building with Waterville Elementary and the High School sharing the location at the elementary entrance. If you can't get to the drop-off locations, please request delivery on the form. Enter your phone number where indicated. You will be contacted by someone from the school to make arrangements.

While you don’t need to pre-order meals, please complete the form and indicate your interest in meal pick-up or delivery for our planning purposes.

Child Care


According to Executive Order 20-02 (#11), emergency workers, which includes providers of healthcare, emergency medical services, long-term and post-acute care; law enforcement personnel; personnel providing correctional services; public health employees; firefighters and other first responders; and court personnel, are critical to the State's response to COVID-19. During the Closure Period, and subject to paragraph 12, schools are directed to provide care to, at a minimum, district-enrolled students aged 12 and under who are children of emergency workers. Please complete the form if you qualify to receive child care.

From WEM Administration


Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Public School is in regular communication with the Minnesota Department of Health as the situation with COVID-19 / Coronavirus evolves. Administrators are following the recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as directions from Governor Walz. We will continue to work closely with these officials to support the health and safety of our students, staff, and community.

  • WEM Students' At-Home Learning Activities
    WEM Students' At-Home Learning Activities
    Planting
  • WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    More planting
  • WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    Playing pool
  • WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    Baking
  • WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    Drawing with Mo Willems, children's author
  • WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    String art gifts
  • WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    String art gifts
  • WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    Hands-on farm animal care
  • WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    Hands-on farm animal care
  • WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    Hands-on farm animal care
  • WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    WEM Students' Distance Learning Activities
    Hands-on farm animal care

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News

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March 25, 2020: 

Executive Order 20-19 

Governor Walz Authorizes and Directs the Commissioner of Education to Implement a Distance Learning Period and Continue to Provide a Safe Learning Environment for Minnesota’s Students

and

Executive Order 20-20 

Governor Walz Directs Minnesotans to Stay at Home

March 15, 2020: 

Executive Order 20-02 

Governor Walz Authorizes and Directs the Commissioner of Education to Temporarily Close Schools to Plan for a Safe Educational Environment 

March 13, 2020: 

Executive Order 20-01

Governor Walz Declares Peacetime Emergency  and Coordinates Minnesota's Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19

and

Proclamation

President Trump Declares a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak


All executive orders from Governor Walz

Bedtime Stories Read by WEM Teachers and Staff

1 day ago

Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel

by Adam Rubin


Read by Mrs. Skidmore with permission from the author/publisher. March 27, 2020. 

Hello, TC Bear

by Naren Aryal


Read by Officer Petrasek with permission from the author/publisher. March 26, 2020. 

The Crayon Box that Talked

by Shane DeRolf


Read by Mrs. Whitehurst with permission from the author/publisher. March 25, 2020. 

The Pigeon Has to Go to School

by Mo Willems


Read by Mrs. Sammon with permission from the author/publisher. March 24, 2020. 

Bear Wants More

by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman


Read by Mrs. Marzahn with permission from the author/publisher. March 23, 2020. 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault


Read by Mrs. Graham with permission from the author/publisher. March 22, 2020. 

The Kissing Hand  

by Audrey Penn


Read by Mrs. Becker with permission from the author/publisher. March 21, 2020. 

The Very Impatient Caterpillar 

by Ross Burach


Read by Mr. Svendsen with permission from the author/publisher. March 20, 2020. 

Dragons Love Tacos 

by Adam Rubin


Read by Mrs. Landru with permission from the author/publisher. March 19, 2020.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie 

by Laura Numeroff


Read by Mrs. Bohnsack with permission from the author/publisher. March 18, 2020.

Check back for more WEM bedtime stories coming soon! 


And always remember: 


You are strong, smart, brave, and loved!


Why is it Called Coronavirus?
Why is it Called Coronavirus?
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Child Care for Children of Families of Emergency Workers

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Please complete the form(s) below to register for childcare during the school closure/distance learning period. Complete the corresponding form for each week you need care. 

For more information on schools' responsibility to provide care during this time, please see Minnesota Governor Tim Walz' Emergency Executive Order 20-02 (#12). Emergency workers are listed in detail and sorted into Tier 1 and Tier 2 under the Executive Order. WEM is offering care to families that fall into either tier.

Weekly Child Care Registration Forms for Essential Employees:

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Boran at 507-362-4403.