Change in Learning Scenario

November 5, 2020

Dear Willow River Area School Staff and Families:

Willow River Area School has reported five new cases of COVID-19 within the school.  These individuals were last in the building on October 30, 2020.  These cases have resulted in the need to quarantine several students and staff members.  The lack of available staff will require the district, both elementary and secondary, to move to a Distance Learning Model starting on November 10, 2020.  We will stay in the distance learning model through November 25, 2020.  We anticipate having students return to the Hybrid Learning Model on November 30, 2020 unless the 14-day case rate warrants an extension.    

Tomorrow, Friday, November 6, 2020 will be a non-instructional day for all students.  This day will allow our staff to prepare for the shift in the learning model and to thoroughly clean and disinfect the building and buses.   

During our distance learning period, we are asking families to place a cooler at the end of their driveway (if available/possible) to receive meals and to use for homework pickup/dropoff.  We are planning to use our drivers and support staff to help with this process.  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus that is spread even before individuals show symptoms.  It spreads from person to person through droplets created when a person coughs, sneezes, talks, sings, or laughs.  If you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and contact your medical provider to request testing.

Please remember to slow the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following:

1.  Stay home when you are ill.

2.  Stay home when you have been asked to quarantine.

3.  Wear a face covering when in public.

4.  Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.

5.  Stay home while awaiting results of a pending COVID-19 test.

6.  Avoid family gatherings, even during the holiday season.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Schiller, Elementary Principal, or Melissa Johnson, Assistant to the Secondary Principal.  Thank you for your understanding and continued support.


William L. Peel