Posts Tagged ‘Parents’


Prevention tips for cold and flu season

WCPSS wants all of our students and employees to practice healthy habits as we enter cold and flu season. Students, staff members and families are encouraged to consider the following in their daily routines:

Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue, throw it away and wash hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.

Clean hands often

  • Wash with soap and water.
  • Scrub all surfaces for 15 to 20 seconds.
  • When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used.
  • When using a gel or wipe, rub until hands or wipes are dry.

Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

Not feeling well?

Students and staff are encouraged to stay home when sick. If students become sick at school, parents will be called to come immediately.

Stay home if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever of 100 degrees F or higher (Stay home until you have been without fever (without taking fever reducing medication) for at least 24 hours
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea (Stay home until you have been without vomiting or diarrhea for 12 hours)
  • Severe headache
  • Red, watery eyes with yellow discharge
  • Undiagnosed rash
  • Inability to attend to learning activities
  • Change in usual medical status

More facts and how-to Ideas

For questions regarding when to notify parent/guardian(s) of sick students please refer to your school’s “NC Emergency Guidelines for Schools” manual or the WCPSS website.

Colds, Flu, Virus Information for parents may be found on the WCPSS website:



WCPSS ‘STANDS UP and SPEAKS OUT’ Against Bullying in October

There’s just nothing cool about bullying. The Wake County Public School System has fully embraced this stance and is taking meaningful action to protect students from being either victims or perpetrators.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and the WCPSS Counseling and Student Services team has crafted an extensive array of activities and information points for students, parents, teachers and counselors across the district. The goal: to empower young people to stand up and speak out against bullying.

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2014-2015 Single Subject Acceleration (SSA)

2014-15 SSA – Parent Session HandoutSingle Subject Acceleration (SSA) allows students to accelerate beyond their assigned grade level in English/Language Arts OR Mathematics.

Parents may nominate students for this accelerative practice ONLY within specified nomination windows. Testing will ONLY occur during specified testing windows in the spring of 2014.

Accelerative services will begin at the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

For more information, please refer to

You will find the SSA contact information for your child’s school on the site listed above. Parents are also encouraged to attend the information sessions.

Students who do not meet the criteria, transfer to WCPSS after the testing window, or are nominated after the spring 2014 window, will not be accelerated during the 2014-2015 school year.

2014-15 SSA – Parent Information Sessions > >

International families invited to April 12 Educational Culture Conference


Students, families, and community members are invited to the free WCPSS Educational Culture Conference at Millbrook High School on Saturday, April 12.

The event will offer workshops for parents and students, information from community agencies and colleges, and cultural performances. The objective of the event is to celebrate cultural diversity in our schools, and to provide English language learners and their families with the tools and resources to help students be successful in school. View multi-lingual flier. >>

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Tap into success at Family Summit

Parents and students can join together to discuss supporting academic success at a countywide Family Summit on Saturday, March 1 held at Millbrook Magnet High School at 2201 Spring Forest Road in Raleigh. Workshops are designed for parents and students and focus on meeting needs at elementary, middle and high school. A fair will share information from WCPSS, community agencies and organizations.

Family Summit Parent Flyer – English | Spanish
Workshops Description – English | Spanish

For more information, contact Maria Rosa Rangel at 919-431-7703.

WCPSS Office of Early Learning invites families to Marbles Museum

The Wake County Public School System Office of Early Learning invited families in their programs to a special night at Marbles Kids Museum. Children had a chance to play and learn in the museum and see the new Ready, Set classroom. Parents received tips on building children’s literacy skills.

Project Enlightenment hosts parent workshops

Project Enlightenment offers workshops for parents on a variety of topics. Upcoming parent workshops for October and November 2013 include:

  • Positive Discipline: Firmness & Limit Setting on Tuesdays, October 15, 22 & 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Briarcliff students learn Golden Clock Rap

Students at Briarcliff Elementary are learning the Golden Clock Rap as part of the school’s Tardy Busters program to encourage attendance and on time arrival at school. Continue Reading . . .

Language Assistance Plan serves WCPSS families

The school system’s Language Assistance Plan implemented in April 2013 has demonstrated marked improvement in the school system’s delivery of services to families with limited English proficiency (LEP).

Three-fourths of LEP parents surveyed three months after the plan’s implementation indicated they were aware of the interpretation and language support services, although fewer parents indicated they knew how to request the services. The survey was conducted in June 2013, prior to WCPSS posting Language Assistance notices on district and school websites.

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Board receives proposal to move Montessori Magnet program to Kingswood Elementary

The Wake County Public School System’s only Montessori Magnet program may soon be housed at Kingswood Elementary School, beginning in the 2014-15 school year. The Board of Education Student Achievement Committee received a proposal at its meeting on September 12 to move the Montessori program from Poe Elementary to Kingswood Elementary.

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