Currently, students in all grades are in a face-to-face learning model at WEM.
WEM's Coronavirus Response Plan for 2020-2021
Following Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, school districts and charter schools began the 2020-21 school year in one of three models: in-person learning, hybrid learning, or distance learning. On August 31, the WEM school board approved a learning model for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Kindergarten through grade 6 were brought back in the school buildings full time. Grades 7 through 12 did a hybrid model with both in-person and distance learning. Read the WEM Safe Return to School Plan 2020-2021 for details, including scenario descriptions, fall entrance conferences, and plans for transportation, sanitation/safety, food service, mental health, health/safety, School Age Care (SAC), and MSHSL sponsored activities.
Conferences were held the week of September 8-11. Our first official day of school with students was Monday, September 14, 2020. See the WEM 2020-21 Academic Calendar for more information. Parents are encouraged to check their email messages often as details and developments will be forthcoming.
WEM Academy is a distance-learning-only option for families who are uncomfortable sending their students to school at this time. We would ask for a commitment by the quarter. Please contact your child's school office if you are interested.
507-362-4439 Elementary Office
507-685-4222 Middle School Office (Morristown)
507-362-4431 High School Office
Subsequent changes to the learning model will be communicated with families as needed if there are changes to the number of COVID-19 cases or the guidelines. As WEM continues to review, refine, and implement guidance from Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education, and work with our local school board, the plan we have created is subject to change. Changes will reflect the guidance provided and state/local decisions. The health, safety, security, and educational well-being is our number one priority.
Grades 7-12 Hybrid Learning Details
A letter was sent to families on September 2 explaining the Hybrid Model Grades 7-12 Details.
Everyone who can wear a mask, should, including all students, staff, and other people present in school buildings and district offices, or riding in school buses, vans, or cars. Masks can include those made of paper that can be thrown away and those made of cloth, or a scarf, a bandana, or a religious face covering that covers both the mouth and nose.
Some people cannot wear masks. This may include:
For more information, see the following resources from Minnesota Department of Health.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Requirement to Wear Face Coverings
Masking in Schools
FREE School Breakfast and Lunch
Free meals are available through a USDA grant until funds are depleted. For the most up-to-date information about school lunches during COVID-19, regardless of the current learning model, check the Food Service page.
Local Public Health Officials
Le Sueur County Public Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Rice County Public Health - Be Prepared - Coronavirus
State of Minnesota
Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year (Full 26-page document)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Safe Learning Plan
Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)
Safe Learning Model Look-Up
Safe Learning Model Dashboard
Student Instruction COVID-19 Resources
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Situation Update for COVID-19
Schools and Child Care: COVID-19
COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents and Families
Home Screening Tool for COVID-19 Symptoms for School, Child Care, and Youth Programming
Data for K-12 Schools: 14-day COVID-19 Case Rate by County (updated weekly)
Videos for COVID-19 Response / Public Service Announcements
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask
Minnesota School Opening Statistics
WEM's Distance Learning Plan created in March 2020
For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, call 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mental Health Crisis Line - Call: **CRISIS (**274747)