The following information is for the 2020/21 School Year and will be updated to reflect the 2021/22 School year when guidance is received from the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Department of Health, and the CDC
GFW Public Schools uses technology to differentiate and enrich learning for all students. In kindergarten, students are provided a 1:1 iPad, and students in 1st through 12th grade are issued a Chromebook for educational use. The program uses digital curriculum materials, student collaboration tools, and individualized instruction in all subject areas with the goal of enhancing student learning. Staff use 1:1 devices to remove barriers for students and offer equitable access to education, enhance and accelerate learning, leverage technology for individualizing instruction, promote collaboration, increasing student engagement, and strengthen the 21st-century skills necessary for future student success.
Distance Learning Procedures and Attendance Guidelines
GFW Public Schools offers a variety of learning opportunities to meet the needs of students and families. Regular attendance in all learning opportunities is essential to student success. Click the links below to download the district guidelines
- Distance Learning Procedures and Attendance Guidelines
- Distance Learning Procedures and Attendance Guidelines Spanish Version
Flipped classroom is a “pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter” (The Flipped Learning Network, 2014).
Learning Model Presentation
Principals Thompson and Galetka present on how GFW Public Schools are utilizing tools such as Seesaw and Schoology as well as instructional models like flipped classroom to support and accelerate student learning.
The CDC says that travel increases the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. For families planning on traveling with students, please review the resources below from the CDC and follow guidelines. Remember that the CDC says that the virus may spread for up to 14 days after you were exposed to the virus.
CDC Travel Guidelines
- Review the CDC’s Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Review the CDC’s current health related travel notices
MDH Resources and Links
- Minnesota Department of Health
- MDH Decision Tree – English
- MDH Decision Tree – Spanish
- Guide for parents from MDH regarding attendance
GFW Resources and Links
- Elementary Back to School Plan
- Junior and Senior High School Plan
- 2020-21 GFW Calendar
- 2020-21 New Student Registration Forms
- Department Resources
For more resources for each school, click the links below:Elementary School Resources Junior/Senior High School Resources