COVID-19 - Stay Well Procedures

West Central Area Schools
Serving the communities of Barrett, Elbow Lake, Hoffman, Kensington & Wendell


Safe Return to In-Person Learning

June 16, 2021


WCA administrators are appreciative of student, staff, and family compliance with COVID requirements implemented during periods of the pandemic.  As we plan for a safe return to full in-person learning in September, we will continue to follow CDC, MDH and MDE guidance.  Current conditions provide an indication that our 2021-2022 school year will commence with limited restrictions.  This plan is subject to revision.


Face Coverings

  • Not required for WCA outdoor and indoor events
  • Required on school district transportation


Social Distancing

  • Not required for WCA outdoor and indoor events or transportation for events


Classrooms and Co-Curricular Activities

  • Based on current MDH guidance and the Governor’s Executive Orders, face coverings and social distancing will not be required for these activities
  • Students will continue to be monitored for symptoms of illness and COVID-19
  • The CDC and MDH may continue to require face coverings and social distancing for bus transportation
  • School staff will continue to remind students of Stay Safe procedures (washing hands, using hand sanitizer, coughing into elbow, staying home when ill)
  • Students and staff who have been ill, are encouraged to remain home for 24 hours after fever returns to normal without medication


Parents and Guardians are encouraged to monitor their children for illness or COVID-19

  • Keep children at home when they are ill
  • Seek COVID testing or medical attention as a precaution if illness develops
  • Notify school personnel of positive COVID test results


Quarantine Periods

  • Students and staff testing positive for COVID will quarantine for the period specified by their medical provider
  • WCA staff will not conduct contact tracing upon notification of any positive COVID test


Community and Community Input

  • Parents were surveyed on 4-6-20 and 7-2-20.WCA staff were surveyed on 12-8-20


Thank you for your continued cooperation with COVID guidance and your collaborative effort to minimize the potential spread of the COVID virus.


Dale Hogie, Superintendent

June 16, 2021