Dear Wilson Families,
On behalf of the Wilson School District, allow me to be the first to say “welcome” to the 2020-2021 school year! Whether you are a returning family or are new to our great community, we are glad that you are part of our District. We know that this school year will look a little different, but we are all excited to embark on another opportunity to work together to fulfill our mission to “empower our students to create their own future.”
This letter contains a lot of information about what to expect as we start this new school year, so please take a moment to review it and also visit our “Return to Learn” website for additional information. In addition, we encourage you to watch this video which provides a visual overview of what to expect at school this year.
We know many of you have a lot of questions, and we are working to provide answers to as many of them as possible. As you all know, this situation evolves on a daily basis, so we are committed to sharing updated information with you as it becomes available to us. This letter provides an overview of the key information you will need for the start of school this week.
What to expect the first week of school:
Elementary Staggered Start For First Week of School (Grades K-5)
For ALL of our students in grades K-5 who will be attending school either in-person or through Wilson Remote Learning, we will be implementing a staggered start schedule for the first week of school. Under this schedule, one third of a rostered classroom (both in-person and remote) will report on Wednesday August 26, followed by one third on Thursday August 27 and one third on Friday August 28. ALL STUDENTS will report to their rostered classroom (both in person and remote) on Monday August 31. Elementary families have received information in their back to school packet regarding the scheduled day for your child(ren) to report to school during the first week.
REMINDER: The instructional times for Elementary students are 8:50 am- 3:25 pm (Kindergarten will be attending on a ½ day schedule as previously communicated). However, to allow for a safe entry to our elementary buildings, doors will open at 8:20 am for student drop off.
Secondary Staggered Schedule For First Week of School (Grades 6-12)
Our secondary students will be following a revised schedule for the first week of school, with ONLY students (both hybrid and remote) in “Group A (last names A-K)” attending on Wednesday, August 26 and ONLY students (both hybrid and remote) in “Group B (last names L-Z)” attending on Thursday, August 27. All students will then participate in remote learning on Friday, August 28. This means that Group A students will have school on Wednesday, August 26 (remote students will log in via their google classroom and hybrid students will report in person) and will be completely OFF from school on Thursday, August 27. Group B students will have school on Thursday, August 27 (remote students will log in via their google classroom and hybrid students will report in person) and will be completely OFF from school on Wednesday, August 26. ALL SECONDARY STUDENTS will participate in remote learning from home on Friday, August 28, following our flexible instruction day schedule. The A/B schedule for the week of August 31 can be found here.
REMINDER: The instructional times for Secondary students are 8:00 am- 2:30 pm. The doors will open at our secondary schools at 7:30 am and students will report directly to their first period classrooms.
For our students attending BCTC, you will receive a separate communication regarding specifics about your schedule.
Information for Students Electing to Use District Transportation Services:
If you choose to utilize Wilson’s transportation services for the 2020-2021 school year, you can find information about your child’s District provided transportation using the on-line “InfoFinder i” system. Click this link and once you are in the system, fill in your address (St, Dr, Rd, Ln, Ave, Blvd) and zip code. Select school and grade using the drop down menu provided and then select “search.” Please note that if you elected NOT to use district transportation, you have not been assigned a bus. For more details about transportation, please click here.
Food Service Information:
Our Food Service team is committed to providing nutritious and tasty meals for our students this school year. Our elementary students will be eating their meals in their classrooms. On days our secondary students are in-person, they will be able to receive breakfast as they arrive at school and lunch will be served in our cafeterias with social distancing measures in place. We will have meals available for our hybrid students and our remote learners. All the details can be found here.
If your income changed since the last school year, you may be eligible for free or reduced lunch. Please click here for details regarding how to apply. You can also contact our Food Service Office at 610.670.0180 x1147
All students are provided with a device for their learning experience in the Wilson School District. We provide a low cost Chromebook Protection plan for students who take their device home (grades 6-12 and all remote learners). This plan costs $20/ student ($10 for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch). By obtaining this protection, the first non-warrantable Chromebook damage will be covered for free. The second issue with the Chromebook will cost $25. If students do not obtain this protection, the average cost to repair a device is $50-$100/ incident (see the cost schedule at https://tinyurl.com/WSDCBcosts). It is recommended that students in grades 6-12 and our remote learners purchase this protection plan to provide assurance that damage remains at a minimum. You can pay for this protection plan through EFUNDS and by choosing “pay for student fees.”
For our remote learners, if you have an issue with your device please contact your teacher first. If they are unable to resolve the issue, email email@example.com so we can either resolve the issue remotely or schedule a time for the student to come in for assistance.
Wearing Masks During In-Person Learning:
Students will be wearing masks at all times indoors, except during teacher directed breaks that will be based on age/developmental levels. There will be agreed upon times by level for breaks to occur.
Masks or Face Coverings are defined as a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face, and can be made of a variety of types of materials such as cotton, linen, or synthetic fabric, etc. The function of a face covering is to prevent the spread of airborne water droplets in the area immediately surrounding the student or staff member (masks with exhalation vents are not acceptable as they do not provide the proper protection). While procedural and surgical masks intended for health care providers and first responders, such as N95 respirators, would meet these requirements, these specialized masks should be reserved for appropriate occupational and health care settings. Masks must meet the standards of our dress code policy (no words or symbols that are obscene, profane, sexually explicit, or otherwise improper).
Reporting Student Absences:
If your child will be absent from school, please call your building office to report that absence and follow up with a written note regarding that absence (this is the same procedure as previous school years). This applies to all learners, both remote and in-person students. We realize that students may be absent more frequently and potentially for longer periods of time this school year. Our teachers will be working with families directly to provide remote learning options when appropriate.
Again, I encourage you to continue to check our website for additional information and updates throughout the school year. Along with the incredible team of educators and staff at the Wilson School District, I want to thank you for putting your trust in us to provide your children with a first-class education. We look forward to working with you throughout the school year and appreciate your support during this challenging time.
Dr. Richard H. Faidley, Superintendent