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The following describes the COVID-19/Coronavirus response executed by WEM for the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Due to Emergency Executive order 20-41 issued by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, WEM School held Distance Learning from March 30 through the end of the regular school year, May 15, 2020. 

Graduation will be held on Friday, May 22, 2020 in the evening. It will include a parade through Morristown, Elysian, and Waterville, followed by seniors walking across a stage to get their diplomas and a photo opportunity, one by one with social distancing in place. For details, read the Graduation Itinerary

Check back here, on the District Calendar, and follow our Facebook page for updates. Thank you for your patience. 

Free Meals


According to Executive Order 20-02 (#8) schools were expected to provide meals to their students. WEM provided breakfast and lunch to all students in need (age 18 and under) FREE of charge from March 18 through the end of the school year, May 15, 2020. Recipients of free lunch were NOT required to be approved for free/reduced meals and did NOT need to be enrolled in our district--private school/charter school. 

Meals were β€œgrab and go," available for pick-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 was at the main entrances of each building with Waterville Elementary and the High School sharing the location at the elementary entrance. Those who couldn't get to the drop-off locations had the option to request delivery.

While meal recipients were not required to pre-order, they were asked to complete the form and indicate 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 were directed to provide care to, at a minimum, district-enrolled students aged 12 and under who are children of emergency workers. 

In addition, students who had already participated in the WEM SAC Program this year and whose parents may NOT be considered "Essential Workers" were also given the opportunity to begin registering for care beginning Monday, April 27. Weekly rates applied for care before 8:00 a.m. and after 3:00 p.m. (There was no charge between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.) Those interested in care were asked to complete the form to register for 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.

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Resources for More Information

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Le Sueur County Public Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information 

Rice County Public Health - Be Prepared - Coronavirus

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Hotlines

Health questions:
651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

School and child care questions:
651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Housing questions:
651-296-8215 for single-family residences
651-297-4455 for multi-family residences
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Minnesota Department of Education - COVID 19 Updates




News

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April 23, 2020

Executive Order 20-41

Governor Walz Extends Distance Learning through the End of the 2019-20 School Year

April 13, 2020

Executive Order 20-35

Governor Walz Extends the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency through May 13, 2020

April 8, 2020

Executive Order 20-33 

Governor Walz Extends Stay at Home Order and Temporary Closures through May 3, 2020

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

21 days ago

The Cricket in Times Square - Chapter 6

by George Selden

Read by Mr. Walker with permission from the author/publisher. May 11, 2020. 

The Cricket in Times Square - Chapter 5

by George Selden

Read by Mr. Walker with permission from the author/publisher. May 10, 2020. 

The Cricket in Times Square - Chapters 3 & 4

by George Selden

Read by Mr. Walker with permission from the author/publisher. May 9, 2020. 

The Cricket in Times Square - Chapters 1 & 2

by George Selden

Read by Mr. Walker with permission from the author/publisher. May 8, 2020. 

Opa & Oma Together 

by Patrick Mader (retired WEM teacher)
Bonus: a tour of the reader's family dairy farm


Read by WEM senior, Kelsey Kuball as part of an Intro to Education class lesson plan with permission from the author/publisher. May 7, 2020. 

Moose's Loose Tooth 

by Jacqueline A. Clark


Read by WEM senior, Sophia Alladin as part of an Intro to Education class lesson plan with permission from the author/publisher. May 6, 2020. 

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog 

by Lucille Colandro


Read by Ms. Jennifer (Holicky) with permission from the author/publisher. May 5, 2020. 

The Gruffalo 

by Julia Donaldson


Read by Mr. Svendsen with permission from the author/publisher. May 4, 2020. 

Going Places 

by Paul A. Reynolds and Peter H. Reynolds


Read by Ms. Jennifer (Holicky) with permission from the author/publisher. May 3, 2020. 

The Gift of the Magi 

by O. Henry


Read by Mr. Walker with permission from the author/publisher. May 2, 2020. 

Silly Tilly 

by Eileen Spinelli


Read by Ms. Jennifer (Holicky) with permission from the author/publisher. May 1, 2020. 

Little Bear - Chapter 4: Little Bear's Wish

by Else Holmelund Minarik


Read by Mrs. Sutcliffe with permission from the author/publisher. April 30, 2020. 

Dino-Football

by Lisa Wheeler


Read by Mr. Richards with permission from the author/publisher. April 29, 2020. 

A Leaf Can Be...

by Laura Purdie Salas


Read by Mr. Brown with permission from the author/publisher. April 28, 2020. 

Little Bear - Chapter 3: Little Bear Goes to the Moon

by Else Holmelund Minarik


Read by Mrs. Sutcliffe with permission from the author/publisher. April 27, 2020. 

The Book with No Pictures

by B. J. Novak


Read by Ms. Yvette (Randall) with permission from the author/publisher. April 26, 2020. 

I Don't Want to go to Bed

by Julie Sykes


Read by Mr. Brown with permission from the author/publisher. April 25, 2020. 

If You Take a Mouse to School

by Laura Numeroff


Read by Mrs. Landru with permission from the author/publisher. April 24, 2020. 

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake

by Laura Numeroff


Read by Mrs. Bohnsack with permission from the author/publisher. April 23, 2020. 

Song and Dance Man

by Karen Ackerman


Read by Dr. Wilson with permission from the author/publisher. April 22, 2020. 

Little Bear - Chapter 2: Birthday Soup

by Else Holmelund Minarik


Read by Mrs. Sutcliffe with permission from the author/publisher. April 21, 2020. 

There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly

by Simms Taback


Read by Mr. Brown with permission from the author/publisher. April 20, 2020. 

Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya

by Mary Chamberlin and Rich Chamberlin


Read by Mr. Walker with permission from the author/publisher. April 19, 2020. 

The Three Little Superpigs

by Claire Evans


Read by Ms. Yvette (Randall) with permission from the author/publisher. April 18, 2020. 

Pigsty

by Mark Teague


Read by Mrs. Mace with permission from the author/publisher. April 17, 2020. 

Spike, the Mixed-up Monster

by Susan Hood


Read by Mr. Brown with permission from the author/publisher. April 16, 2020. 

Buccaneers are Awesome!

by Ms. Lamont


Read by Ms. Lamont. April 15, 2020. 

Si le das una Galletita a un Raton (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie)

by Laura Numeroff


Read by Mr. Walker (in Spanish/en Espanol) with permission from the author/publisher. April 14, 2020. 

A Clifford Book: Toad in the Boat

by Donna Taylor


Read by Mrs. Becker with permission from the author/publisher. April 13, 2020. 

The Unabominable Yodi   

by Christopher Straub


Read by Ms. Vetsch with permission from the author/publisher. April 12, 2020. 

Pirates Go To School   

by Corinne Demas


Read by Mrs. Meschke with permission from the author/publisher. April 11, 2020. 

Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type  

by Doreen Cronin


Read by Principal Bastian with permission from the author/publisher. April 10, 2020. 

There is a Bird on Your Head      

by Mo Willems


Read by Mrs. Quiram with permission from the author/publisher. April 9, 2020. 

A Job for Clifford       

by Leslie McGuire


Read by Mrs. Becker with permission from the author/publisher. April 8, 2020. 

Giraffes Can't Dance      

by Giles Andreae


Read by Ms. Wendlandt with permission from the author/publisher. April 7, 2020. 

Pinduli        

by Janell Cannon


Read by Ms. Pam (Malecha) with permission from the author/publisher. April 6, 2020. 

The Wonkey Donkey         

by Craig Smith


Read by Ms. Erdman with permission from the author/publisher. April 5, 2020. 

Creepy Carrots         

by Aaron Reynolds


Read by Mrs. Yvette (Randall) with permission from the author/publisher. April 4, 2020. 

Clifford the Small Red Puppy        

by Norman Bridwell


Read by Mrs. Mader with permission from the author/publisher. April 3, 2020. 

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  

by Judith Viorst


Read by Mrs. Bohnsack with permission from the author/publisher. April 2, 2020. 

The Bad Seed 

by Jory John


Read by Mr. Svendsen with permission from the author/publisher. April 1, 2020. 

The Cool Bean

by Jory John and Pete Oswald


Read by Mrs. Shiefelbein with permission from the author/publisher. March 31, 2020. 

The One-Cent Circus

by Suzanne Weyn


Read by Mrs. Becker with permission from the author/publisher. March 30, 2020. 

Little Bear - Chapter 1: What Will Little Bear Wear

by Else Holmelund Minarik


Read by Mrs. Sutcliffe with permission from the author/publisher. March 29, 2020. 

If You Give a Pig a Pancake

by Laura Numeroff


Read by Mrs. Quiram with permission from the author/publisher. March 28, 2020. 

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).