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Safe Return to Learning Plan
2022-2023 School Year


  • Preschool: In-Person Learning

  • Grades K-12: ​In-Person Learning


September 30, 2022

At this time, Royalton Public Schools will NOT require the use of masks in school buildings or grounds. Royalton Public Schools will not require COVID-19 vaccinations or requirement of proof of vaccination status. The District will comply with all state and federal regulations as they relate to COVID-19 issues.

  • Transportation: Students are expected to adhere to all of the rules for riding the bus, including but not limited to no eating or drinking while on the bus. 

  • CDC Guidelines state that there is no longer the need to quarantine after a COVID-19 exposure

  • Handling a COVID-19 positive individual: Royalton Public Schools will require anyone (student or staff) that tests positive for COVID-19 to be out of school until the following three criteria are met:

    • They feel better. Their cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better; and,  

    • It has been five (5) days since they first felt sick or tested positive (with day zero being the positive test or symptoms start); and, 

    • They have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fever.

    • Source:

    • Students/Parents and Employees are expected to monitor their health conditions and not enter a school building if they are demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Elementary, Middle, and High School lunches will run as normal

  • Recess at the Elementary and Early Childhood Center (ECC) will run as normal.

  • Water Fountains:

    • Hands-free water bottle stations are available as well as the bubbler function of the drinking fountain. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

  • Disinfecting/Cleaning

    • Nightly Cleaning of areas in the building are scheduled. 

    • Disinfecting of spaces on a routine basis (ex: wiping lunch tables between use)

    • Spray Bottles and Hand Sanitizer available throughout the school.

      • Spray used on surfaces is non-abrasive or an irritant to skin or respiratory systems and is safe to use in school settings.

  • ​Proper Hand Hygiene should continue:

    • Handwashing: use soap and hot water for 20 seconds.

    • Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Each classroom has hand sanitizer available.

    • Keep your hands away from your face.

  • If a student becomes ill during the school day, he/she will be referred to the Nurse’s office for evaluation.

    • The student will either go home or return to class/assignment after assessment by our nurse.

  • MAP at the Elementary and ECC level will follow the same procedures as the Elementary school.

  • The COVID-19 Incident Team will meet when there is a potential learning model change based on county, community, and school related data that may affect our schools.

    • If conditions require an immediate change in the school learning model, the School Board Chair - Russ Gerads, School Board Incident Member - Randy Hackett, and the Superintendent of Schools - Dr. Kristine Wehrkamp will bring the recommendation to the School Board for an Emergency Meeting. If an Emergency meeting cannot be scheduled, the three members will move forward with the change of the “Scenario Status.”

  • The COVID-19 Advisory Committee will meet if the need arises to discuss improvements to our COVID-19 response.


Scenario #1 - In-Person Learning

  • We will create as much space between students and teachers as we feasible can during the day, but will not be held strictly to enforcing three feet of social distancing during primary instructional time in the classroom.

  • When there is a COVID-19 Close Contact situation, families who choose to quarantine their children who are close contacts, families are to call in and communicate their desire to determine the appropriate return to school date, as well as get their child set up with concurrent instruction in collaboration with the building principal.

  • Families do not have the option to enter into concurrent instruction for any period of time for any other illness.

  • There will be no full time Distance Learning option at the Elementary Middle School, or High School level. Districts have to apply for provisional approval for using Distance Learning as a medium to deliver instruction. We have not done that, so we are not able to offer distance learning to any of our students at this time.


Scenario #2 - Hybrid Learning

Strict Social Distancing - Schools are limited to 50% maximum capacity in the rooms.

  • Grades K-12

    • 2 days of in-person attendance, 3 days of distance learning


Scenario #3 - Distance Learning Only

Students receive instruction virtually, but schools may also be open to provide services to students with special needs.​



If you have any questions or concerns, below is a list of contacts that oversee various aspects of the District.

  • Direct Contact:

    • COVID Coordinator/Activities Director: Anthony Neumann (320) 584-4257

    • Transportation: Majorie Smith (320) 584-4255

    • Elementary Nurse: Robyn Nyreen/Miranda Pogreba (320) 584-4162

    • Secondary Nurse: Robyn Nyreen/Miranda Pogreba (320) 584-4243

    • Food Service: Amy Krueger (320) 584-4247

    • Building and Grounds: Tony Duevel (320) 584-4251

    • Technology: David Lemm (320) 584-4260

    • Community Education: Theodore Hanson (320) 584-4258

    • Elementary and Early Childhood: Dr. Phil Gurbada (320) 584-4163

    • Middle and High School: Joel Swenson (320) 584-4242

    • Superintendent: Dr. Kristine Wehrkamp (320) 584-4250​

  • Royalton Voice - Online feedback form that sends an email to the building/department/administrator you choose.

  • We will contact you with emails, phone calls, and text messages through School Messenger.

Updated 9/30/2022

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