South Washington County Schools is a suburban district located southeast of St. Paul, Minnesota. The district includes all or parts of the communities of Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, as well as, Afton, Denmark and Grey Cloud Island Townships. We are committed to the mission of "igniting a passion for lifelong learning" through collaboration, continuous improvement, equity, integrity and relationships.
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During winter break, school offices will be closed. Regular operations will resume on Monday, Jan. 3.
The COVID-19 dashboard will report school sites that have five or more positive cases within a one-week period. Due to case reporting over the holiday, current numbers represent cases from Nov. 19-Dec. 2.
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) will participate in the 2022 Minnesota Student Survey. This survey is administered every three years across Minnesota schools and collects important information about student experiences in the areas of health, safety and academics.
Last month, South Washington County Schools (SoWashco Schools) conducted a survey of families, staff and students (grades 6-12) about their ideal school-year calendar. The results of the open question “Do you have any additional information that you would like to share with SoWashCo Schools for the calendar committee to consider when creating future school calendars?” pointed to action steps that need to be taken for this school year.
This year, we are experiencing another rush of COVID-19 cases amid food and supply issues, staff shortages and increased health and safety measures in all our elementary schools. We again ask for your grace and patience as we navigate these challenges and work to keep students learning in person.
Throughout the school year, SoWashCo Schools may enter into an emergency closure or an e-learning day (extended learning day) due to bad weather or other situations in which school cannot be held in person.
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is seeking feedback on their 2021 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies Third Draft. Public feedback and comments about this draft can be submitted until 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, 2022.
Thirty-two seniors from South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) signed letters of intent to play inter-collegiate athletics next year. The students attend East Ridge, Park and Woodbury high schools. November 10 was the first day of the early signing period for students to sign a National Letter of Intent.
As we near the end of the first trimester, we are seeing a significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases that have shifted a number of schools into higher mitigation and created staff shortages.
With the rise in positive cases, finding substitutes is increasingly challenging. We ask families to prepare for staff shortages that could temporarily shift a classroom into distance learning for up to 10 calendar days. Families will be provided with as much notice as possible while balancing health and safety requirements.
SoWashCo Schools and the State of Minnesota are hosting a vaccination clinic for 5 to 11 year-olds at Cottage Grove Middle School from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21.
During the school year, South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) may enter into an e-learning day (extended learning day) due to bad weather or other situations in which school cannot be held in-person. In 2017, the Minnesota Legislature created the opportunity for schools to hold e-learning days and is not related to COVID-19.
Pfizer vaccines are now becoming available in Minnesota for children age 5 to 11. Free vaccines will be offered at pediatric offices, clinics and pharmacies. Availability may be limited but is expected to increase over the next few weeks.
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) is seeking input from families, staff and students (grades 6-12) about their ideal calendar for the school year. Please take a few minutes to complete this anonymous survey.
The information you provide will be used by the SoWashCo Schools calendar committee in its planning for future school calendars.