FAQs

What do I do if my child is sick with COVID-19?

Please have your child stay home and contact the school nurse. The nurse will help guide families when it is safe for the student to return to campus. Please refer to the Health Screening Flow Chart for a detailed explanation and next steps.

Will my student still get full college credit for PSOS classes in the event of eLearning?

Yes. If eLearning is required, it will not impact PSOS college credits. SWCHS has a strong relationship with our partner universities.

How do I apply for extended virtual learning?

We will have an application available in August for SWCHS administration approval. Reasons may include pre-existing health conditions, exposure to COVID-19, or diagnosis of COVID-19.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Based on Governor Walz’ Executive Order 20-81, all employees and students will be required to wear face coverings in the building unless they are medically exempt. While teaching and 6 feet of physical distancing can be maintained, teachers will not be required to wear a face covering. We will be encouraging students to spend time outside during their lunch and open hour so they can remove their face coverings.

Can parents visit the school campus?

During the first part of the year, we are encouraging parents to significantly restrict their attendance on campus. All visitors at the front desk will be screened before entering the building.

Will SWCHS shut down if a student or employee gets a positive COVID-19 diagnosis?

Our hope would be to not suspend on-campus learning if a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19. The school administration and nursing staff will consult with local health resources as we develop the best plan of action for the health and well-being of our students and employees. We will do our very best to communicate with SWCHS families when there is a positive COVID-19 case in our school while respecting the confidentiality of those involved.

How will students be split into Group 1 and Group 2 for a potential Plan B Hybrid Model?

SWCHS is still determining the best way to divide the student body into two groups that optimize the school’s ability to physically distance in all of our classrooms. How we split the student body into two groups will not be determined until the master class schedule has been built and students have been fully enrolled into their class sections. Finally, we will be communicating the rosters of the two groups only if we need to implement the Plan B Hybrid Model.

If my student is unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons, how do I request the exemption?

The nursing staff will have a form available starting August 12.

If students are able to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing, will they be able to remove their face coverings?

At this point, the governor’s executive order states that masks are required for all indoor spaces at all times unless they are in a room by themselves, eating, drinking, or participating in specific class activities where face coverings can not be used (ie. physical education and choir classes when exercising or performing. See section 10 & 12b of Executive Order for specifics). Students will be given clear instructions from teachers about when they can remove their face coverings.

How will students be split into the two Encounter sections?

We are currently working on a plan to divide the student body into two groups and that information will be available to our students the first week of school.