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Back to School 2020

Martin County West is committed to providing the best educational opportunities for our students and we know that some form of face to face instruction is essential to this goal.  Throughout the summer various groups have been meeting to discuss the three learning scenarios our schools may be using throughout the 2020-2021 school year.  These scenarios are:
  • In-person Learning:  Students and staff would return to school, with as much space as possible between students and staff and additional health and safety procedures implemented.
  • Hybrid Learning:  Elementary students would return to school.  Students in grades 7-12 would return to school on a mixed in-person and distance learning schedule.  Students and staff would follow 6-foot social distancing guidelines and additional health/safety procedures.
  • Distance Learning:  Teaching and learning would occur remotely.
With Governor Walz's announcement last week regarding returning to school we are encouraged about the possibility of using localized data to make informed decisions about which learning scenario we will implement in an effort to keep students and staff safe and healthy.  Using the current Case Rate data from the Minnesota Department of Health, Martin County West would be able to deliver face to face instruction if school started this week.  Our success in maintaining these trends will depend on our communities' efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  One of the best ways in which you can help us return to school in person is to wear a face covering when out in public and maintain social distancing.  When the school year begins students and staff will be required to wear a face covering on school transportation and in school buildings in an effort to maintain our ability to provide face to face instruction.

Our various groups will continue to meet throughout August to further develop plans for all three scenarios.  Details of these plans will be provided on the District website in the next few weeks.  Balancing health and safety of our students and staff continues to be our focus as we strive to return to some form of in person learning this fall.
Allison Schmidt, Superintendent



2020-2021 School Calendar

August 31 ----- Teacher Workshop
September 1 ----- Teacher Workshop
September 2 ----- Teacher Workshop
Gr K-6 Workshop 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Gr 7-12 Workshop 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
September 7 ----- Labor Day
September 8 ----- School Begins for Grades 7-12 Only
Gr K-6 Workshop 8:00 AM - Noon
Gr K-6 P/T Conf. Noon - 8:00 PM
September 9 ----- Gr K-6 P/T Conf. 8:00 AM - Noon
September 10 ----- Grades K-12 in Session
October 6 ----- Midquarter
October 15-16 ----- MEA - No School
October 21 ----- Early Dismissal/Staff Workshop
November 6 ----- End of 1st Quarter
November 17 ----- K-6 P/T Conferences 4-8 PM
November 19 ----- K-12 P/T Conferences 4-8 PM
November 20 ----- Teacher Workshop
November 26-27 ----- Fall Break
December 9 ----- Early Dismissal/Staff Workshop
December 11 ----- Midquarter
December 23-Jan. 1 ----- Winter Break
January 4 ----- School Resumes
January 22 ----- End of 2nd Quarter
January 25 ----- Teacher Workshop
February 15 ----- President's Day - No School (designated make up day)
February 16 ----- K-12 P/T Conferences 4-8 PM
March 3 ----- Early Dismissal/Staff Workshop
March 31 ----- End of 3rd Quarter
April 1-5 ----- Spring Break (April 1 & 5 designated make up days)
May 4 ----- Midquarter
May 31 ----- Memorial Day - No School
June 4 ----- Last Day for Students
June 6 ----- Graduation
June 7 ----- 1/2 Day Teacher Workshop
June 7-11 ----- Designated Make-up Days if needed

2020-2021 School Calendar for Download

Attention Parents of Student Athletes

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this year's sports sign-up procedures will be different in order to mitigate possible spread of the virus.  Instead of one night, we are going to be accepting sports forms and fees from August 10-August 13 and the MSHSL meeting will be conducted virtually the first day of practice.  A video for parents will able be made available on the school website August 17th.  Forms can be picked up at the High School's Main Entrance starting at 3:00pm on August 10.  Completed forms and fees can be dropped off at the same location using the dropbox located just inside the entrance of the school.  All materials are due by Thursday, August 13th by 3:00pm to ensure your child is on the roster and can begin the season.

Changes to be Aware of for the 2020-2021 Calendar Year:
  1. All physicals have been given a one year extension, meaning if you had a sports physical on file and were due this year for another you may skip this year.  Sports physicals will still be needed for all 7th graders and anyone else who has not participated in the past.
  2. Football and volleyball practice seasons will be considered "non-competitive" seasons by the MSHSL.  Therefore, we must still clear individuals to participate and all forms need to be submitted to play.
  3. There will be no fees for the "practive seasons" for volleyball and football.  The normal volleyball and football fees will apply if there is a competitive season this spring.
We know this year is starting out not as we had all hoped.  Please know that Nate Klima and myself are here to answer questions you might have as we move throughout the year.  As the MSHSL releases more information regarding season and other eligibility requirements, we will be doing all we can to get this information to you in a timely manner.
Chad Brusky, MCW Activities Director

Food Service

Looking for meal sites?  Site information is usually available beginning in June annually.  Use these resources to find an SFSP site near you:
  1. Download the Free Meals For Kids app to your phone or device.
  2. Call the 2-1-1 Hotline or from cell phones - Twin Cities Metro Area: 651-291-0211, Greater Minnesota: 800-543-7709, TTY: 651-291-8440.
  3. The hotline can be reached at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) (For Spanish), from Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Central Time
  4. Text "Summer Meals" to 97779.  Spanish speakers, text "Verano" to 97779.