Wayzata Public Schools

Hybrid Learning scenario is proposed to start the school year

Safe learning is at the heart of our planning for the 2020-21 school year. Based on the current trends of COVID-19 in our community, we will practice safety by beginning the year with hybrid learning. Our Wayzata Distance Choice scenario is an option for families who are not comfortable with hybrid or in-person learning. One thing the virus is teaching us all is to be flexible. This plan reflects that flexibility, preparing us for the possibility of in-person learning and the necessity of distance learning as the year progresses.

This page represents the most current Hybrid Learning and Distance Learning plans for Wayzata Public Schools during the 2020-21 school year. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has recommended that districts create plans for the different learning scenarios: 100% in-person learning, 100% distance learning, and a hybrid of the two with an assumption of 50% school capacity.

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.

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.