Schools: Help us get kids safely back in classrooms


From: The superintendents and administrators of Winona Area Public Schools, Cotter Schools, Bluffview Montessori, Riverway Learning Community, Lewiston-Altura School District, St. Charles School District, and Ridgeway Community School

It has been a long time since our students have been in our buildings. These last few months have been a rollercoaster for everyone. We are tired, and we miss our students. Our students miss the classroom, their friends, and just the overall school experience. We all are longing for a sense of normalcy.   

Our holiday wish this year is to keep our students back in school after the New Year, safely. While we are doing everything possible to create a safe environment for our students to thrive and learn, we can’t do this alone.

With the vaccine around the corner, this is not the time for us to give up. If you are choosing to gather with others outside of your home, we are asking that you please reconsider your plans. If you still choose to gather with those outside of your home, please do so in a safe manner. Wear your mask, keep your six feet of distance, try to get creative in finding ways to keep yourself safe.  

Again, we can’t do this alone. In order for us to have the opportunity to stay in school, we need to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Please, help us so we can remain in in-person learning.


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