Dear HLWW Parents/Guardians,

The Governor of the State of Minnesota has declared that all schools in the state continue to be closed March 30, 2020 through April 30, 2020.  HLWW Public Schools has developed a Distance Learning Plan in accordance with the requirements announced by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Governor Walz.  Teachers and staff have given thoughtful planning and consideration on how to best meet the educational needs of all our students. Above all, our first priority is the health, safety and well-being of our students, families and staff. We encourage students and families to reach out if you need assistance with accessing the education for your student.  

Distance Learning:Our teachers and administrators have developed ways to deliver curriculum and lessons to students in a variety of modes.  The details of these plans can be found in the links below by this evening (March 25, 2020). Teachers will get information out to parents via their website, email, or other electronic means. 

High School - High School Link

Middle School - Middle School Link

Humphrey Elementary - Humphrey Elementary Link

Winsted Elementary - Winsted Elementary Link

ALP - ALP Link

Wright Tech Center - WTC Link

Students with IEPs:
As part of HLWW’s Distance Learning Plan, the school will ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to the same opportunities as the general student population. A Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) will be provided in this plan.  In order to do this, Individualized Distance Learning Plans (IDLPs) will be developed for all students receiving special education services under IDEA. Check in with your child’s case manager for further guidance and direction. See the link to our website for further information.  Special Education Link

Students with 504 Plans:
Students who have a 504  plan will have Distance Learning assignments designed to meet their needs. Teachers will continue to provide interventions, accommodations and supports where applicable to continue to meet the needs of all students.   Please contact your child’s principal if you have questions about 504 plans and delivery of distance learning.
Student Mental Health Services:

HLWW Public Schools has been working with Solace to make sure our students who were receiving co-located therapy can continue to receive service.  Solace will be contacting those students and families to coordinate the continued delivery of services.

HLWW Public School counselors and social workers are here to meet the needs of students.  Please reach out to them if you have a question or need guidance for counseling services.

High School Counselor – Emily Holm – eholm@hlww.k12.mn.us
Middle School Counselor– Amy Kornovich – ekornovich@hlww.k12.mn.us
Elementary School Counselor – Vawn Krzmarzick – vkrzmarzick@hlww.k12.mn.us
HS and Elementary Social Worker – Breanne Adickes – badickes@hlww.k12.mn.us

Access to Food – Breakfast & Lunch:

Food access will begin on March 30.  Children will have breakfast and lunch available to them either for pick-up or delivery.  Parents should contact food service via email or phone to express a need for this service (foodservice@hlww.k12.mn.us; 320-543-4615).  This is FREE for all children ages 1-18. See the guidance issued on March 20 on our website http://www.hlww.k12.mn.us/district 

School Age Care (SAC):
SAC is available from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for every day that school would have been in session beginning on March 30.  If you feel you would like to use this School Aged Care service, you must contact the Community Education office at 320-543-4670 so that we can plan accordingly.  This service is available for parents/guardians who qualify under the definition of an “qualified worker.” You will be asked to provide employment verification such as securing a letter from your employer or an ID badge.  See the guidance issued on March 20 on our website  http://www.hlww.k12.mn.us/district

Further Questions and Unknowns:

We understand that the state-wide closure and delivery of distance learning will lead to many questions about things like sports/activities, prom, graduation, and other planned activities and events.  Please know that the HLWW administrative team and I will be reviewing all these items, and many more, over the coming weeks. As information becomes available to us, we will get it out to students and families.  It is our hope that students and staff will be able to come back starting on May 4, 2020, and we can continue with not only the education of students through normal routines, but also our scheduled events and activities.

Continued Practices and Guidance:
We want to remind everyone of the importance of the CDC and MDH guidelines when it comes to COVID-19.
-        Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
-        Stay home when you or your child is sick, especially if they are experiencing cough,
         fever and/or shortness of breath.
-        Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your upper
         sleeve, not your hands.
-        Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an
         alcohol-based hand cleaner.
-        Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
-        Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

-        Implement social distancing.

If you should have a question in regard to any of the items above, we ask that you help distribute those questions to the proper contact. 
Community Ed – 320-543-4670 or shorsch@hlww.k12.mn.us; mmarketon@hlww.k12.mn.us
Educational Pre-K-12 -

-        Elementary Schools – Humphrey 320-543-4680; Winsted 320-543-4690; or jolson@hlww.k12.mn.us

-        Middle School – 320-543-4660; jschimelpfenig@hlww.k12.mn.us

-        High School – 320-543-4600; jmix@hlww.k12.mn.us

-        ALP – 320-543-1122 Ext 2173; eteorey@hlww.k12.mn.us

Food Service -  320-543-4615; foodservice@hlww.k12.mn.us

Health/Nurse – 763-219-2469; jholland@hlww.k12.mn.us

Thank you.

Brad Sellner, Superintendent HLWW Public Schools

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2020-21 School Day Dismissal Times Will Change

On January 13, 2020, the HLWW School Board approved a change to the end of the school day release times beginning with the 2020-21 school year. 

Beginning in September of 2020, the end of the day release times for HLWW Schools will be as follows:

Elementary Schools (Winsted and Humphrey) – 2:40 p.m.

Middle/High School – 3:00 p.m.

The rationale for this change is as follows:

-  The shortening of the elementary school day and the lengthening the middle/high school day is more in line with Minnesota statute requiring grades K-6 to be in school for 935 hours and grades 7-12 to be in school for 1020 hours in a school year.  Based on our current release times, our elementary students put in many more hours than are required, while middle and high school students, even though they put in more than are required, do not exceed by as much.

-   This change allows coaches who work at the elementary school, time to travel to the Middle/High School for practices, while not having to shorten their teaching day or finding someone to cover their last hour of the day.

-    This change means busses will be parked and ready before the elementary schools release.  Currently some busses are still pulling in as school is released because they need to travel from the Middle/High School which dismissed first.  This will help with efficient loading and supervision.

-  Will create longer classes for Middle/High School students allowing for more teaching and learning.

-   In the 2020-21 school year, HLWW Schools is changing to a new athletic/activity conference.  The schools we will compete against are geographically much closer to HLWW.  This will mean that participants will not need to leave as early for events which allows for us to then extend the school day.

The changes that will need to take place with the bus routes, have begun.  4.0 Transportation will be working closely with school officials to figure out how to reconfigure the routes at the end of the school day to make them as efficient and timely as possible.  They will also be communicating as soon as possible, with St. James and Holy Trinity as to how routes will be coordinated for their students.  Information about your child’s bus route will not be available until August of 2020


Thank you.

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