Wayzata Public Schools

This page represents the most current Hybrid Learning and Distance Learning plans for Wayzata Public Schools during the 2020-2021 school year.

Because of the evolving nature of COVID-19 and the on-going efforts to create the best possible learning environment for Wayzata students, updates to this page will be made frequently. Parents and students will receive important information directly from the school district prior to the implementation of one of the educational models, or a shift from one model to another. Additional communication would follow from specific schools and teachers.

COVID-19 Dashboard

The Wayzata Public Schools COVID-19 Dashboard has been created to track positive COVID-19 cases present in our students and staff. This dashboard will be updated each Wednesday with new information from the previous week.

As we enter distance learning on November 30, we are asking families and staff to continue to record your student’s absence in Skyward Family Access or Frontline, indicating if it is COVID-19 related so that our health services staff can continue tracking positive cases. It is important that we continue to track these numbers while our students and staff are in distance learning so that we have accurate data for when we are able to return to in-person education when the situation with COVID-19 improves.

Positive cases will be reported when there have been 5 or more cases of COVID-19 in students or staff. The numbers will indicate who has been identified as tested positive or as a close contact during the past 7-day period. Reporting when we have 5 or more cases is consistent with how the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is reporting school data and is being done to protect the health privacy of our staff and students. Schools with fewer than 5 new cases will be indicated with a "-" in the chart."

Guiding Principles

Health & Well-Being

  • Acknowledge, prioritize and address COVID-19 concerns.
  • Develop creative strategies to ensure all students feel a sense of belonging, connection and peace-of-mind.
  • Support the social-emotional, physical and mental health needs of all our students, families and staff, including those in high-risk categories.
  • Follow Minnesota Department of Health Guidelines, including social distancing and face coverings.


  • Seek to understand and support the individual needs of students, families, teachers and staff, using multiple communication strategies.
  • Ensure equity and access for each and every student.
  • Disrupt inequities in our systems, policies and practices, remaining keenly aware of the unique impact COVID-19 has had on individuals.

Academic Excellence

  • Prioritize academic excellence in a flexible learning environment.
  • Lead with empathy, acknowledging the challenges the pandemic presents.
  • Collaborate with compassion to create joyful and meaningful learning experiences.
  • Leverage what we learned from distance learning last spring to improve distance learning in 2020-21.

Flexibility & Consistency

  • Be flexible and fluid in our response to the ever-changing situation with COVID-19.
  • Move seamlessly between in-person, hybrid and distance learning scenarios.
  • Recognize that consistency is important to our families and staff.

Preschool through Grade 12 and Wayzata Transition Learning Scenarios

We all play a part in staying safe at school

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

The changing course of COVID-19 is requiring us to approach the 2020-2021 school year with great flexibility. We are doing our very best to maintain consistency in our schedules while ensuring the health and well-being of all families we serve and all staff members. Thank you for flexing with us as we continue to learn about this virus and do what we can to prevent its spread. If you have a question not answered here, please submit it to communications@wayzataschools.org.