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    WCPSS Parents and Families,

    We welcome you to the 2020-21 school year with this Return-to-Campus Guide for Families

    This guide contains critically important information for preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

    This school year will be like no other. We must do many things differently. But that will not stop us from vigorously - and safely - pursuing our vision to prepare all students to reach their full potential and lead productive lives.

    We expect to start the school year using a blend of in-person instruction and online instruction (Plan B). Details are outlined on page 5 of the Return-to-Campus Guide for Families. At this time, the governor has not yet made a specific recommendation about school calendars. We believe it is critical, however, that you and your child’s school have time to plan for the coming year. If the state requires additional calendar changes, we will let you know quickly so you can make necessary adjustments.

    K-12 families will have the option to choose the WCPSS Virtual Academy if they are not ready or able to return to a school campus. Details are on page 6 of the Return-to-Campus Guide for Families.

    As with any school year, we want your child to be safe, healthy and ready to learn. We also want you to feel comfortable and confident in sending your children to school. We know that this can be accomplished through active cooperation and clear communication among students, parents, and teachers.

    Many teams have devoted countless hours to gather and vet solid information to develop guidance to help keep your child safe and healthy. Remember that many of us have children and grandchildren who attend our schools. We wholeheartedly share the concerns you have when it comes to the well-being of our students.

    This guide clearly and thoroughly outlines everything we are doing, along with what we need you to do, to maximize a safe and healthy environment for your child. It includes information regarding:

    • How the school day will look regarding instruction, scheduling and remote learning opportunities;
    • Health screening requirements;
    • Preventive measures such as face coverings and handwashing;
    • Cleaning and sanitizing practices;
    • Social distancing;
    • Transportation; and
    • Meals.

    We ask you to take some time to familiarize yourself with the important information contained in this guide. As you do so, please know that our care and concern for your child’s safety and learning guides all we do. This will never change.

    Despite the challenges we face as a result of COVID-19, we look forward to working with you to create a wonderful school year for our students.

    Cathy Quiroz Moore