Letter from Principals re: WHS/WMS Plans for 2nd Marking Period
Posted 10/06/2020 09:20AM

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder and we certainly are missing you!  We are very excited about our students and staff returning to our buildings in just a few weeks but we, of course, understand and appreciate the concerns that go along with returning to school.  We have 2 options for families – students can return following a hybrid model or students can opt to follow a fully virtual model.  Both plans will keep your student in the same courses, with the same students, and with the same teacher (with the exception of new teachers who we needed to hire for teachers who are unable to return to in-person teaching).  Students following our hybrid plan will be split into two cohorts; each cohort will rotate between in-person learning and at-home learning every other day.  During their at-home days, the students will connect to their class and teacher via Microsoft Teams, just as they are currently doing, to participate in live synchronous sessions with their teacher.  The teacher will be working with both their in-person students in the classroom and their students who are at home through Teams using their laptop, a monitor and Smart Board. In rare cases, if we are not able to secure a certified teacher to substitute for a teacher on an approved leave, the teacher will teach students from his/her home; students in the building will be supervised in a classroom and students who are virtual will connect via Teams. At this point, we anticipate this may be our approach for three classes total in WHS and WMS. 

 The curriculum will advance each day; your student will learn some of the lessons at school and some of the lessons synchronously from home.  Our fully virtual students will connect with their class and teacher via Microsoft Teams, just as they are currently doing, to participate in live synchronous sessions with their teacher every day. Though similar to the instruction occurring now, teachers will be virtually teaching students from school with some students in the room.

As we prepare for our return to in-person instruction for the second marking period, we know many of you have questions about the logistics regarding the opening of schools and student safety.  We have included a list of important information to help guide your decision.  We ask that you please complete the parent selection questionnaire (which will be emailed to families on Thursday, October 8th) before the deadline of Wednesday, October 14th so we can continue to plan for the safe return of your students and our staff.  Additionally, our staff has a new learning curve to tackle to prepare for the hybrid return to schools. There will be three days prior to November 9th when teachers will be participating in professional development sessions. During these three days, teachers will be providing lessons to our students via Schoology.  We appreciate your understanding and support.


Mrs. Beth Bauer, WMS Principal and Dr. Lynne Blair, WHS Principal