Wayzata Public Schools Superintendent Chace Anderson. Courtesy Wayzata Schools.Wayzata Public Schools Superintendent Chace Anderson issued the following press release on February 18th, 2021:

Dear WPS Families and Staff,

As you likely know, Governor Walz recently provided updated guidance regarding returning more students into our schools for in-person learning as quickly and safely as possible. Previous modifications in state guidance allowed us to bring back all of our Pre-K-grade 5 students who chose the in-person learning model, as of February 1.

The new state guidance supports our plans to transition to in-person learning in March for middle and high school students who selected it, as shared in previous communications sent to middle and high school families on February 9. The major changes to the Minnesota Department of Education guidelines announced yesterday include:

  • The ability to bring more students back for in-person learning based on the current status of COVID-19 (the positivity rate is currently under 5%),
  • The state’s goal of providing access to vaccines for the majority of educators by early March,
  • On-going, on-site testing opportunities for staff and encouraging students to participate in regular community testing,
  • County COVID-19 positivity data (positive cases per 10,000 residents) alone will not impact the learning model, and
  • The social distancing requirement has now been reduced to a minimum of three feet between students at the middle and high school levels.

Our previous planning has positioned us well to continue working through logistics this week in order to confirm the dates that middle school, high school and Wayzata Transition students will return to in-person learning in March. Please watch for a communication that will be sent to all middle school, high school and Wayzata Transition families and staff on Tuesday, February 23 with more details.

We remain committed to doing our very best to meet the learning needs of all of our students regardless of whether they are in-person or in our distance choice program. Thank you for your continued patience and partnership.

With gratitude,
Chace B. Anderson