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 was held on Friday, May 22, 2020 in the evening. It included 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.
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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 “grab 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.
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.