Principal Post | July 20, 2020
Greetings Jets Families!
I hope this letter finds all of you well. Information about the 20-21 school year seems to change almost daily. Because I want to make sure you stay informed, I continue to update this page on our website at least once per week. I encourage you to refer to it, and the resources connected to it, anytime you have questions. I hope you will also feel free to contact me with questions as well. Though I’m afraid I don’t have many of the answers yet, hearing your questions is helping me to better plan and prepare for the upcoming year.
While there is updated information on our website, below are a couple of items I want to make sure I bring to your attention:
WCPSS BOE Will Meet Tuesday at 1:00
As many local media outlets have reported, the district is considering the option of opening the school year with online instruction. The plan approved on July 2 was approved, in part, because it offered the most flexibility to pivot to other options. The current discussion around opening the school year online anticipates moving to some form of in-person instruction as soon as practical. As we get closer to opening the 2020-2021 school year, it has become evident that additional time will allow us to ensure that resources are obtained and distributed, necessary health protocols are established and integrated, and staff are prepared to fully implement these new procedures.
The WCPSS Board of Education has called a special meeting for Tuesday, July 21, at 1:00 to discuss 20-21 school year opening plans. You can watch the meeting live on the WCPSS YouTube channel and can expect follow-up information from both me and the district later this week. Should the district decide to modify Plan B, another registration window for the Virtual Academy will be opened.
Brier Creek Virtual Academy Updates
As of Sunday evening, 299 Jets were registered for our Virtual Academy for the 20-21 school year. Approximately 70% of these students committed to the entire year, while about 30% are committed to the fall semester only. I encourage you to make sure you are registered for the option you think will be the best fit for your family (fall only or whole-year), as changing this option at mid-year might not be possible. If you would like to edit the option you chose at VA registration, please send me an email at email@example.com.
Mr. Pinkney, our Assistant Principal, will be the Virtual Academy Contact for Brier Creek Elementary. He will support teachers, students, and parents with all things Virtual Academy once the school year gets underway. Feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions as well.
Please see our website for more information about the Virtual Academy.
Kindergarten Orientation Dates
Kindergarten Parents! We will hold 2 virtual Kindergarten Orientations this year using Google Meet. For students who will follow the school system plan, orientation will be Thursday, August 6, at 5:30 pm. For families whose children will be on our Virtual Academy, orientation will be Friday, August 7, at 11:00 am. Both sessions will be recorded and made available for parents to view who aren’t able to attend live. More information will follow in the coming weeks.
I want to say thank you to those parents who have reached out to me and others over the last few weeks with words of encouragement and thanks. It is heartwarming to see and feel our community support during this challenging time. Your grace is so greatly appreciated!
Thank you and take care!