July 13th Update
July 13, 2020
Hello Middle Creek families!
I hope that this newsletter finds you healthy and well and enjoying your summer. I know that you are aware that there will be a myriad of changes as we embark on the 2020-2021 school year. I know that the school district has been sending emails to families, as well as releasing information through the major media outlets. I wanted to direct your attention to some important information shared recently, including some with deadlines for responses.
WCPSS Virtual Academy
Due to the concern expressed by many families about returning to school, the WCPSS will offer a 100% online school option for students this fall. This school will provide fully online instruction comparable in content and rigor to the in-person instruction offered at school.
If you want to explore this option, I encourage you to visit the website for details and registration information. Registration is open, and will remain open through Monday, 7/20. You can access the website here: WCPSS Virtual Academy .
Return to School Plans A, B, and C
For those students who do not enroll in the virtual academy, at this time the district is planning for us to use plan B to start the school year. (You will be notified if this changes.) The remote learning plan B approved by the district includes grouping our students in three cohorts, and at any time one group will be in school and two groups engaged in remote learning. This will minimize the number of students in the building. As we noted in previous communications, we will all be on the track 4 schedule under this plan. (This, like everything else, is subject to change.)
These student groupings have not yet been assigned. First, the district needs to know how many students opt-in to the virtual academy, and then the remaining students will be assigned to cohorts based on transportation capacity and keeping siblings together. Once we get that information at the school level, we can conclude the teacher assignment process and notify families.
Bus and Carpool Transportation
The deadline to decline transportation service has been extended to today at 5 PM. If you were a bus rider last year and you are considering registering for the Virtual Academy but have not yet decided, you do not have to decline your seat at this time. If you were a bus rider and do register for the Virtual Academy, you will be automatically removed from the transportation system for the first semester of school. You will be automatically assigned to the bus again if and when schools reopen on a normal schedule with all students in the building. For more information about transportation items, you can visit this webpage.
If you decline bus transportation and will be carpooling your child/children, please complete the carpool registration form found here. The registration link is also on our school website.
Preparation for Return to School
While we are waiting for additional information from the district, we are already starting the preparation for the return of students. Our custodians are deep cleaning the building, and we are working on creating the necessary structures and protocols to keep our students and staff safe. We are working on how we will screen students, staff, and visitors, direct traffic throughout the school to minimize opportunities for contact, and many more safety procedures. After we know how many students will be participating in the virtual academy or returning to the building, we will start working on classroom assignments. Currently, our grade level teams are making adjustments to school supply lists. New school supply lists will be on our website and school app on July 21st. As we get nearer to the start of school, we will continue to update you with more details on the plans to return to school.
School Messenger Updates
You can opt-in to receive School Messenger updates via text message by texting YES to the short code 67587 or replying with a YES to the opt-in text message we will send to your phone.
More information on School Messenger, including how to manage the manner and devices you get messages delivered to you, can be found here.
I encourage you to utilize WCPSS social media accounts through Twitter (@WCPSS) and Facebook to stay up to date on the most current information related to our return to school. Our school website, Twitter account (@MiddleCreekES) and PTA App (Middle Creek Elementary) will be updated as new information is learned.
Thank you for your continued support of our school community. We will continue to update you as we learn more and prepare for our return to campus.