Dear WHS Parents:
First of all, thank you for all of your patience and understanding during this rapidly changing situation that our entire nation is dealing with. During times like these, it is important to remember that we are all working together to help our schools, community, state, and nation help flatten the curve for COVID-19.
I cannot emphasize enough how proud I am of our teachers adjusting on the fly and making a great plan for students to provide a continuity of learning during the school closure. The expectation is not for students to be finishing their curriculums like they were in school. Our goal is to maintain, review, practice and keep students engaged in the learning process. Each high school teacher is creating alternative lessons to keep students engaged. Teachers will reach out to their students via email, google classroom, apps they are familiar with, etc., in order to communicate the lessons. The idea is to have students engaged in some form for 1 1/2 to 2 hours per day.
Day 1, March 19 - Math, Foreign Language, Art, Business Ed
Day 2, March 20 - Science, Ag Tech, FCCLA, PE, Health, Drivers Ed
Day 3, March 23 - English, Social Science, Band, Choir
This schedule will start Thursday, March 19 and then repeat on Tuesday, March 24.
In order to do our part and participate in social distancing, we will not have a pick up for any paper packets. If a teacher chooses to use this platform, PDFs will sent via email. Our number one priority is the safety of our school and community. Teachers will communicate to your student individually.
If your student was not able to pick up their textbooks, please do not worry. Again, it is not our goal to move students forward but to maintain what they have learned so far. We are not expecting students to participate in a full day of instruction provided by you on top of your home/work responsibilities. Thank you again for all of your patience. If you don’t have access to the electronic platforms at home or don’t have internet access, I would encourage you to have your student read to read and utilize any tools at home to keep them engaged with past learning.
Here are some helpful tips as you try and get a plan together for home:
- Provide your students with a schedule. Consistent routines for bedtime, waking up, lunch, school work, play, etc. can help relieve anxiety your student may have and help them be productive.
- Learning expectations at home: provide an opportunity to have students read on their own. This is perhaps the best way to keep your students moving forward. Another block of learning should be devoted to the materials provided by their teachers.
- Build-in time for being creative and exercise during the day.
- Please check back to the district webpage and Facebook page for other updates.
Thank you for all of your flexibility and patience. This situation has changed numerous times over the last week. We will continue to update you on changes as they arise. Please communicate with your student’s teachers if you have any questions regarding passwords, access or other needs.