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Re-Opening Guide

Head of School COVID19 Update for 2020-2021 Re-Opening

 

Volume 1 and 2 of our 2020-2021 Re-Opening Guide will give you much of the information needed as we plan for school to open next month.  These documents are the culmination of months of work by the Administration and Re-Opening Task Force teams.  We believe that they lay out a plan that, according to the survey results of our parents and faculty/staff, will allow for us to honor a wide range of hopes and comfort levels as we kick off the school year while keeping our students, faculty, and staff healthy and safe according to appropriate CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines and recommendations.  Volume 2 includes more specific school-level communications to clearly address age-appropriate questions. For example, the times when social distancing is more challenging is different with the younger students (recess) than older students (class changes).  Also, the ways in which we come alongside families who are not-yet-comfortable with face-to-face learning must be done differently in elementary school than high school. 

Some of our most recent Parent Survey results:

  •  71% of our parents plan to have their children return to WCCS for face-to-face learning on a regular schedule with 19% still unsure and 10% not yet comfortable.

  •  19% of our parents are more comfortable now than noted in the May survey, 48% said that their comfort level is the same, 18% are less comfortable, and 15% did not fill out the last survey.  

  •  When asked if they would commit to keeping their own children home from school if they showed any signs of illness, 99% of the parents said they were "fully willing" with 1% noting they were "somewhat willing."  None said they were unwilling.  From the comments noted in the survey, this was one of the primary factors listed for parents who were either unsure or not yet comfortable in sending their children to campus.  (The other most mentioned comments were about hygiene and sanitation.)

The Faculty/Staff Survey results were also very helpful.  

67% noted a readiness to return to campus, 28% are still unsure, and 5% not yet comfortable.  Their percentages since the May survey are almost identical to the parents.  And, their comments were almost identical sharing concerns about folks (students AND teachers) who might come to school with symptoms as well as the need for vigilance in hygiene and cleaning.

ReOpening Guide Volume 2
Re-Opening Guide

 

Save-the-Date!

  • August 10-11 - Infant - Kindergarten Personal Teacher Appointments with Early Childhood Families (teachers will reach out to you to set these up)

  • August 10-11 - NEW STUDENT Summer Math Camp and SAGES-2 Gifted Identification Screening for Incoming 2nd-5th Grade Students (8:00 - 11:00 a.m.) *ALL RETURNING 2ND GRADERS invited to attend Gifted Screening from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. these two mornings.

  • August 11 - 1st - 5th Grade Orientation for NEW STUDENTS and Families (11:00 am)

  • August 12 - Middle School Orientation for Students & Families (6th grade times to be assigned beginning at 9:00 a.m.; 7th & 8th grade at 10:30 a.m.)

  • August 12 - High School NEW STUDENT and Family Orientation (10:30 a.m.)

  • August 13 - 1st Half Day of School!

Approximately 2 weeks before school begins - you will receive a letter in the mail with your child's teacher assignment (for the Lower School - Infants - 5th Grades) and/or instructions to access your child's academic schedule (for the Upper School - 6th - 12th Grades)

Summer Expectations and 2020-2021 Supply Lists

Please click on the link below to access information such as our 2020-2021 academic calendar, summer expectations and reading Requirements, and school supply lists!

Summer Expectations and Supplies

2020-2021