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SoWashCo to Continue in Hybrid Learning Model
09/25/2020
The South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) Incident Command Team met on Friday, Sept. 25 to review the latest data related to COVID-19 in our community. The purpose of the team is to advise the superintendent and provide input related to the considerations in making adjustments to the learning model. After receiving input and reviewing the data, the superintendent determined that the school district will continue in the hybrid learning model.
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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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2020-21 Calendar Updates
09/24/2020
There have been some recent changes and clarifications to the SoWashCo calendars. Updated calendars are always available at sowashco.org/calendar.
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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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SoWashCo Students Advance as Semifinalists for 2021 National Merit Scholarship
09/18/2020
Fourteen students from South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) are advancing as semifinalists for the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
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South Washington County Schools to Continue in Hybrid Learning Model
09/12/2020
The South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) Incident Command Team met for the first time on Friday, Sept. 11 to review the latest data for keeping schools open to students. The team determined that all schools will continue in the hybrid learning model for at least the next two weeks.
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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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Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) at Woodbury and Park High Schools Join Together
09/10/2020
The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) programs at Woodbury and Park High Schools are joining to form one blended program.
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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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Virtual Family Technology Support Sessions
09/03/2020
Join SoWashCo from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9 or from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10 for a live technology support session. Director of Technology Bob Berkowitz will give a brief introduction before families select a breakout session to learn more about Schoology, Seesaw or video conferencing and general technology support.
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Welcome Back to School Video Message from Superintendent Julie Nielsen
09/03/2020
Superintendent Julie Nielsen welcomes you back to the new school year with a message about change, teamwork and success.
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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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Kelly Jansen Named New Assistant Superintendent
08/27/2020
Kelly Jansen has been selected as the next Assistant Superintendent of Academic Excellence and Accountability.
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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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Wayne Felton II Hired as New Achievement and Integration Director
08/23/2020
Wayne Felton II has been selected as the new Director of Achievement and Integration for South Washington County Schools.
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Updated information for Virtual Learning Academy Families
08/19/2020
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) Students will start the school year on Tuesday, Sept. 8 for all grade levels. Students will learn through online learning tools during Trimester 1.
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Complete Transportation Form to Identify Bus Services You No Longer Need
08/17/2020
The South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) transportation office is working to create more efficient bus routes as we begin the 2020-2021 school year in the hybrid learning model.
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Apply for Child Care for the 2020-21 School Year
08/14/2020
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) will offer child care during the 2020-21 school year to families who qualify as a Tier 1 essential worker. Community Education will also offer fee-based Kids Club child care before school, after school and on designated non-school days.
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School Board Chooses Hybrid Learning Model to Start 2020-21 School Year
08/13/2020
During a school board meeting on Thursday, Aug. 13, members voted 6-1 to approve a resolution that starts the school year in a hybrid model for all grade levels. The resolution also gave the superintendent the authority to begin following the Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) Safe Learning Plan beginning on Sept. 11.
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Julie Nielsen Appointed as the Next Superintendent for South Washington County Schools
08/13/2020
Assistant Superintendent Julie Nielsen has been named as the next superintendent for South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) beginning Sept. 2. She will succeed Dr. Keith Jacobus following his July announcement to retire. Seven members of the board unanimously appointed Mrs. Nielsen to the top leadership position. She is the first female superintendent for South Washington County Schools.
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Pay Fees
South Washington County Schools Launches a New Payment Processing System
08/11/2020
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) has launched a new payment processing system for fees called SmartSchoolK12. This system will be used for processing payments for our school fees (parking, transcripts, clubs, etc.) and competitive activities (soccer, hockey, speech team, etc.).
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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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SoWashCo Shares Initial Safe Learning Plan for Fall 2020
08/03/2020
During a special school board meeting on Monday, Aug. 3, South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) presented its safe learning plan for the new school year. Following a review of distance learning and in-person learning, the school board voted to approve the most complicated plan – hybrid learning.
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Anna Braun Hired as New Director of Special Services
07/15/2020
Please join me in welcoming Anna Braun to the role of Director of Special Services.
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Tyrone Brookins
Tyrone Brookins Hired as New Assistant Superintendent for Academic Excellence and Accountability
07/06/2020
Please join me in welcoming Tyrone Brookins as Assistant Superintendent for Academic Excellence and Accountability.
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