WCCUSD's Voluntary Spring In-Person Intervention and Instruction plan begins Monday, April 19. We are excited to reopen all 54 school buildings after an extended closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
I want to start by saying thank you to students, families, and staff for your patience and flexibility. The Spring plan is voluntary for both staff and students. WCCUSD's ability to serve students in-person during the spring is based on staffing capacity. We have identified the District's top 5 percent highest needs students and have sufficient staffing to serve those students. We are still working to serve additional families for in-person support this spring. Here are some key things families need to know:
- Students should only attend the voluntary In-Person Spring Intervention and Instruction plan if your school has contacted you to do so.
- The plan is voluntary for those identified students.
- You may remain in Distance Learning for the remainder of the school year if you prefer that option.
If your school has notified you to participate in the voluntary Spring In-Person and Intervention and Instruction plan, here a few things you need to know:
- Complete the forms sent to you by your school (Contract, Waiver, Health Screening)
- Agree to a Covid-19 test for your student at their school on either Monday, April 19, Tuesday, April 20, or Wednesday, April 21
- Complete the daily health screening with your students each day before arriving on campus
- Make sure your student has an extra mask and water bottle, if possible
- Review your student's schedule
- Review the information sent from your school
- Follow your school's drop-off and pick-up procedure and schedule (allow extra time for this)
- Visitors on campuses will be limited and will be required to check-in and follow the screening procedure.
While students are on campus:
- Please review the Covid-19 Health and Safety Guide for Students and Families.
- Intervention blocks are limited to no more than 10 students.
- Classroom hubs are limited to no more than 15 students.
- Everyone on campus will be wearing masks at all times.
- Please remind your student they must follow social distancing procedures while on campus.
- Staff will follow cleaning and sanitation procedures.
- Students and staff should practice good hygiene with regular hand washing.
Health Reminders to protect ourselves, our families, and our community:
- We recommend that everyone in WCCUSD who can get vaccinated for Covid-19 as soon as they become eligible, currently anyone 16-years or older in working or living in Contra Costa County is eligible.
- Additionally, we ask everyone to wear a mask, wash their hands often, and continue to practice the proper social distancing at all times.
As you saw in the video above, this is not school as we remember it or like it to be. (Notice, I also had to adjust my mask). We are in this together and will get through this. Covid-19 cases continue to decline in the county, and vaccination rates continue to increase. We are planning for WCCUSD's most extensive summer program and are preparing and planning for a full return in the fall. Thank you for taking the time to read this and watch the video.
We are excited to reopen WCCUSD schools and look forward to welcoming students back to campus.
Return To School Together
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! It has been quite the summer for us, and this school year will start like no other. Thanks to students, families, teachers, school principals, staff, and community partners, we begin the year with a community-driven distancing learning plan.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to begin classes on Monday, August 17 in a completely distance learning environment. We know there won’t be the physical interaction of meeting your teachers or classmates, but we have formed a plan that tries to bring as much of that first day excitement to you and your student as possible.
Monday’s virtual/distancing learning will look completely different than when we were unexpectedly forced to close schools in March. We have a daily schedule that begins at 10 am for students and includes a homeroom/advisory period and Wellness Fridays for both students and staff.
We know that schools are places for students to grow academically. But we also know that students need more than academic instruction. They need more connection with their teachers and their peers, additional socio-emotional support and access to counseling resources.
The framework that we have set up provides time and space for that support through homeroom or advisory and Friday Wellness. There will be a homeroom or advisory period every day in order for teachers to check in with students and every Friday has been set aside for wellness. On Fridays, teachers will hold a family hour where students and their families can connect to their teachers. Then, the rest of the day will be reserved to support students’ mental health, social connections, academic needs, and enrichment.
We are providing you this guide (coming soon) and Digital backpack to help you, as parents, understand how we intended to provide instructional and socio-emotional support for your children while we are still in a distance learning format.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or principal.
Have a great year!