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Grades 6-12 to Shift to Distance Learning Nov. 16, Elementary Schools Remain in Hybrid
10/30/2020
Washington County, like many areas of the state, is seeing a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases. The SoWashCo Incident Command Team met on Friday, Oct. 30 to review the latest data related to COVID-19 in our community.
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Cottage Grove Elementary Opens Inclusive Playground
10/22/2020
This fall, students at Cottage Grove Elementary School (CGES) returned to a new inclusive and accessible playground. It was made possible after Ainsley K., a student at CGES, wrote a letter to Principal Theresa Blume, asking to make the playground accessible for her friend who uses a wheelchair.
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SoWashCo Receives Grant for a Parent Education Series on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
10/22/2020
PrairieCare Child and Family Fund recently awarded $18,990 to South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) to expand mental health support in our schools. The project called Understanding ADHD: Stop the Stigma – Start the Support will provide K-5 parent education and support, and teacher training this school year. The first parent virtual session is coming up in November.
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A Message About Safely Keeping our Schools Open
10/22/2020
Washington County is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases. Even so, the number of positive cases in our schools and programs continue to be low. Staff, students and families play an important role in helping our schools stay open as long and as safely as possible.
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SoWashCo CARES Winter Clothing Drive
10/09/2020
To help keep children warm this winter, South Washington County Schools Community Education is partnering with SoWashCo CARES (Community Action Reaching Every Student) to help match students in need with new winter coats, snow pants, boots, hats and gloves.
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2020-21 Calendar Updates
10/09/2020
During the Oct. 8 school board meeting, members approved adjustments to the 2020-21 school and district calendar. The changes will provide more consistency for instructional days for all grade levels.
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New Meal Pick-up Locations and Times Added
10/08/2020
South Washington County Schools has added new meal pick-up locations and times for each learning model.
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Registration to Change Learning Models Begins Next Week
10/08/2020
South Washington County Schools will open registration from Oct. 12-25 for families who wish to change learning models for trimester two.
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Grey Cloud Elementary Receives National Recognition
10/08/2020
Grey Cloud Elementary School is being recognized nationally as a 2020 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S Department of Education.
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Minnesota State High School League Approves Winter Sports, Finalizes Fall Postseason
10/02/2020
On Thursday, Oct. 1, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Board of Directors made several decisions regarding fall sports postseason and the regular season for winter sports.
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SoWashCo Hybrid Learning Model Extended Through Trimester One
10/02/2020
The South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) Incident Command Team met on Friday, Oct. 2 to review the latest data related to COVID-19 in our community. After receiving input and reviewing the data, the superintendent determined that SoWashCo will continue in the hybrid learning model through trimester one.
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Excused Absences Related to COVID-19
09/24/2020
School attendance, whether in person or virtually, has a high impact on a student’s academic success. If a student is not sick, they are generally expected to continue their schoolwork remotely. We also recognize that some absences are unavoidable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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MSHSL Moves Football and Volleyball Back to Fall
09/22/2020
On Monday, Sept. 21, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Board of Directors voted to reconsider its previous decision regarding postponing some fall activities. Volleyball and football will now return to play this fall.
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All Students to Receive Breakfast and Lunch at No Cost
09/10/2020
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) to provide free breakfast and lunch for enrolled students starting on Monday, Sept. 14.
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Important College Entrance Testing Dates for High School Students
09/10/2020
New dates have been established for the fall PreACT test and the ACT test that was originally postponed in the spring. Only students taking the tests will attend school in person on those days.
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South Washington County Schools Family Technology Support Phone Line 651-425-HELP (4357) is Now Available
09/03/2020
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) has started a new family technology support phone line at 651-425-HELP (4357). Standard phone line hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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School Meal Pick-up Information is Now Available
09/01/2020
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) families will have the option to pick-up school meals for their enrolled child in the hybrid learning model or Virtual Learning Academy (VLA).
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A Message About Health and Safety From Incoming Superintendent Julie Nielsen
08/25/2020
Join incoming Superintendent Julie Nielsen for a tour of some of the changes that students, staff and families will see for the new school year.
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Free and Reduced-Priced Meals Application Information
08/10/2020
Families must submit a new application for free and reduced-priced meals each year. The application can be completed online or by submitting a printed form.
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