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The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We will provide updates and resources in an effort to help families reduce the risk in their home and community.

We are adhering to guidance from Cass County Public Health (CCPHS), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). We are closely monitoring updates, as guidance is changing frequently due to local and global developments.

With information changing daily, we encourage families to stay up to date on information regarding COVID-19 and protect yourself and the community. Please see links for more information below.
Staff Distance Learning Letter
Staff,
Wednesday, March 25th, Governor Walz issued a “Stay at Home” order. The “Stay at Home” order requires public and charter schools to continue providing essential services. Since performing these services may not require everyone to be in our building at the same time every day, district leadership will be working to create a system of staff rotation based upon meeting our mandate for providing essential services. Such a staff rotation may allow staff members to work from home some days, while rotating into their buildings as needed.

Our goal is to provide meaningful work for all staff. With that in mind, staff could be performing tasks that they do not normally do. Some staff will be working from home, some staff will be here providing the essential services required by the governor, some staff will be helping in other areas that need attention.

We hope to have these rotations in place for staff as soon as possible. Our goal is to provide these rotations while still maintaining the fidelity of services as we provide distance learning, nutritious meals, transportation, and childcare. As this is a very fluid situation, we will be revisiting our plans often to ensure that we are providing the services we need to provide, as well as taking care of our staff.

Teachers: For Monday, March 30th, Jill and Ryan will send a separate document defining your roles and outlining your expectations before the end of the day.

Paraprofessionals: For Monday, March 30th, Travis will be sending a separate document defining your roles and outlining your expectations before the end of the day. This will include to whom, and when, you report on Monday.

Other hourly staff: Your immediate supervisor will be in contact to clarify your roles and expectations.

Thank you.

Eric
Community Education
With guidance from the MN Department of Health and the MN Department of Education, ALL WHA Community Education classes and events are cancelled indefinitely.

Both state departments have advised us to practice community mitigation, reducing the number of people gathering in any one location, thus helping slow down the spread of the Coronavirus. (Please take extra precautions by washing your hands often and covering your mouth when you cough/sneeze.)

The JO Volleyball Trny to be held this weekend is postponed, as well as the Morrison Basketball Invite scheduled for March 21st.
CHILDCARE GUIDELINES EXPANDED
Over the past couple days, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has increased eligibility of more members of our community who can bring their children into our school for childcare. Read on for more information:

Known as "Essential Tier 2 Workers", employees who work in the following fields are now eligible to drop off their 4-12 year old children at WHA Schools. Hours of service are 7:30AM-4:00pm Monday through Friday. (Please call Marci Boes to register your children. 547-4206) Breakfast and lunch are available during this free childcare as well, at no cost.

Please call ahead of time so we can prepare to help serve your family.

MNDoT Employees
National Guard (if activated)
Water TreatmentWastewater
Day-to-Day Operations for Gas and Electric Utilities
Emergency Response Workers for Gas/Electric Utilities
Food Distribution Workers
Public Works Employees
Solid Waste Management
Infectious and Hazardous Waste Management
Telecommunication Network Operations

Please see the following link for a more detailed breakdown of eligible workers:
https://education.mn.gov/mdeprod/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dDocName=MDE032076&RevisionSelectionMethod=latestReleased&Rendition=primary

If you have any questions or would like to add your 4-12 year old children to our childcare program, please call Marci Boes in the District Office 547-4206.
Reminder
Reminder-there is no open gym or activities for sports or after school type classes going on at the school until further notice.
School Location
WHA Public School Parent & Community Input Form
Pledge of Allegiance
Pledge of Allegiance
A big Thank You goes out to John Erickson, who resides in Benedict, for coming in today to give the Pledge of Allegiance. John was born in Preston, MN in 1950. His father was in the Army for 23 years.
John graduated from Akeley in 1968 and enlisted in the Army in December of 1968. He was in the Army Infantry in Vietnam and earned two bronze stars for Valor. He was wounded in February of 1970.
He married Roxanne Johnson from Walker and they were together for 48 years. He was a mechanic and millwright. John has two sons, John (graduated from Laporte) and Bill (graduated from WHA.)
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