Notes from Dr. Irvin
Your Weekly eNews for November 5
Hello Parents and Guardians,
I am sure the first day of school, part 2 may be find you and your student understandably nervous in a novel way from other first days. Please be assured that we are looking to prioritize safety for students and staff as we enter into the building. We have had interactions since this summer with our students and have collaboratively weathered the storms as they have presented themselves. We know that in spite of our planning and efforts, those storms will continue, but we hope to partner in the coming months in a way that allows us to move forward with care and growth for our students.
Next Week's Schedule:
November 9 & 10
Asynchronous learning to allow teachers to set up classrooms for in-person learning
Wednesday Early Release Schedule (Virtual)
Freshman and New Students in Responsive Plan attend in-person; all other students in Responsive Plan in asynchronous learning
All students in Responsive Plan return to in-person learning.
Virtual Program students start following the new schedule below on Thursday, November 12.
Next Week's Schedule
Common Questions About the Return to In-Person Learning
Why is there a new schedule?
A hybrid schedule will allow students in the Responsive Plan to attend in-person learning for a portion of the week. Our new hybrid schedule allows for:
Time to clean between sessions
Opportunity to provide smaller groups for teaching/reinforcing safety protocols
How will this change impact instructional time?
Each class on the hybrid schedule includes 40 minutes of live instruction with 40-45 minutes of asynchronous learning. The new hybrid schedule does not eliminate any class time from our previous schedule. On the 4x4 block schedule during virtual learning, students were in each block class for approximately 90 minutes, which included 40-45 minutes of synchronous learning on Zoom, followed by asynchronous learning for the remainder of the period.
On the new hybrid schedule, students will be physically in class (or on Zoom for the Virtual Program students) for approximately 40 minutes. Their schedule also includes the asynchronous portion either before or after their in-person session.
Example: A student attends in-person from 8:25 - 11:25 a.m. They spend 40-45 minutes in each class. They leave for the day at 11:25 a.m., have lunch, then engage in their asynchronous portion in the afternoon for 40-45 minutes in each class from 12:25 - 3:25. Overall, each student spends 80-90 minutes in each block class.
How do I know if my child is in the Virtual Program or Responsive Plan?
For most students in the Virtual Program, the room number for their classes on their schedule will say "ONLINE," "Launch," or "Edgenuity." Also, you are welcome to contact us at 963-6400 to check.
My child is in the Virtual Program. Do they have to attend in person?
No. All Virtual Program students will continue learning virtually. Although they will follow the new schedule, they will continue to have the same courses and teachers.
So, my child is in the Virtual Program, but I'm confused on when they should attend their Zooms.
Virtual Program students will learn synchronously based on their last name: A-K will have synchronous learning from 8:25 - 11:25 a.m., and L-Z will have synchronous learning from 12:25 - 3:25 p.m., unless otherwise directed by their teacher.
When/where do I drop my child off in the morning/afternoon?
The building will open to students at 8:00 a.m. for the morning session, and 12:00 p.m. for the afternoon session. Students should not be on campus or congregate in front of entrances prior to this time. Upon arriving at school, students should use a designated entrance (see below) and report to their first class immediately, unless they are grabbing breakfast/lunch. Students must be wearing a face covering over their mouth and nose before entering the building. We will use three entrances to the building:
- Senior Entrance (Selma)
- Junior Entrance (Selma)
- and Roberts Gym (Bradford)
How will lunch work?
WGHS will not have an official lunch period. Due to circumstances associated with the pandemic, lunch will now become more of a task than a social time for students. Lunch will be primarily a grab and go meal. However, for the afternoon session students who arrive early to eat their lunch, there are appropriate social distancing markings on the floor and in the seating areas so that students know where to stand and sit, and to avoid crowding and minimize interaction. Students will be required to put their mask back on as soon as they are finished eating. “Food in 15, Mask on”
What do I do if my child is in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19?
If a student is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while at home, the parent/guardian is asked to:
Keep their child at home; he/she should not report to school
Notify the pediatrician/physician and contact the child’s assistant principal’s office
Seek medical attention for their child as it relates to symptoms
Speak to the school’s nurse for the purpose of contact tracing
Provide updates to the school nurse and classroom teacher
If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation or quarantine, the absence will be treated the same as any other extended absence. Teachers will provide assignments for students who are quarantined. Students should check Canvas pages and email teachers if they need assistance. Teachers will clearly state what the expectations are for students who are quarantined. Parents and students are encouraged to reach out if they have questions.
What if I need to drop something off for my child?
A designated table will be available inside the Senior Entrance for any items students may have forgotten to bring to school. Parents must notify their student to pick-up the items. Items left on the table for more than 24 hours will be turned in to the Lost and Found or discarded if perishable.
As a parent, am I allowed in the building?
Essential visitors will be allowed to enter the building by appointment only. All essential visitors who are authorized to enter the building must wear a face covering and complete a health screening before entering the building. Raptor guest check-in procedures will continue to be a part of the essential visitor check-in process. Parents should only enter the building to drop off academic materials for their child or for a scheduled appointment.
Please contact us at 963-6400 with any questions about the Return to In-Person Learning Plan.
Turkey Day Updates
Turkey Day Week Activities Canceled
Sadly, we must cancel the following Turkey Day activities during the week of November 23 due to current conditions and district guidelines for the safety of our WG families:
- WGHS ChiliFest (WGHS will not be hosting; there may be an event in the community)
- Pep Rally
Turkey Day Game Still On
This year’s Turkey Day game is still scheduled for Thursday, November 27 at 12 p.m. at Moss Field. However, the game is not open to the public, and spectator restrictions will apply.
Official Turkey Day Shirts Now Available
It’s time to get geared up for Spirit Week and our annual Turkey Day Game vs. rival Kirkwood. This year we won’t just beat Kirkwood on the playing field, but off the field with style! Our team store is now open so you can place your orders for the 2020 Spirit Week gear. The store will close on November 9th and deliveries will be made to Webster Groves High School on November 18th and 19th. Please show your school spirit and let’s beat Kirkwood before the game even begins! Lace Up and Mask Up Statesmen! It’s our Year!
Order your shirts today! https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/TURKEYDAY
This Week's Student Announcements
Senior Yearbook Information
Preferred Family Health Offers Group Support Sessions
Parenting in 2020 is presenting new challenges, and you are not alone. PFH is offering support and resources for any parents (and teachers) struggling with this virtual and hybrid school environment. Click below to register for our Thursday Group from 3PM - 4PM. You aren't alone, we can help
Counseling Department Updates
ACT Deadline Reminder
The deadline to register for the December 12th ACT is November 20th. Students should register online at www.act.org
Need Help Coping with Covid?
Show Me Hope’s Disaster Distress Helpline can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic incident. This is a free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service. Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals from crisis counseling centers in the network. The Helpline staff provides confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.
Phone: 800-985-5990 Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746
Seniors: As a reminder, colleges will use information from your FAFSA to determine your federal, state, and their own institutional financial aid. Complete the FAFSA online at https://fafsa.ed.gov
As a reminder, WGHS school counselors and social workers are working to support the academic, social and emotional, and post-secondary planning needs of our students. If you or your child are having difficulties or need assistance, please reach out to their counselor or social worker.
A-E Alex King (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Did You Know?
Scholarship Opportunities are posted for seniors.
Scholarship opportunities and deadlines have been updated on the school website. They can be found by going to Student Support – Counseling & Social Work – and then SCHOLARSHIPS. Awards range from $500 - $100,000. Some of these deadlines are fast approaching so please take a look at these opportunities as soon as you can.
St. Louis County COVID-19 Update
Getting tested for COVID-19 has never been more important during this pandemic than it is now. More than 260,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in St. Louis County. This crucial to our efforts to contain the spread of the virus and is a major factor in understanding the patterns of its spread.
This includes testing for those who are asymptomatic and anyone who had close contact with the public to get a test – even if they haven’t had direct contact with someone who was positive. Testing is available to anyone who requests it. To make an appointment for a free test through St. Louis County Department of Public Health, click here or call 314-615-0574.
Drive-through testing is done at the following DPH clinics:
6121 North Hanley Road in Berkeley
4580 Lindbergh Blvd. in South County
Missouri residents who may be experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19 may call the “Show Me Hope Line” at 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 for assistance. The service is available 24 hours a day throughout the week. For additional information, please click here.
For students or families having technology issues, please do the following:
- For specific Canvas issues, contact Ms. Liz Forderhase at email@example.com or call her at 314.963.6400, ext. 11928.
- Below is a link to the technology support ticket system we are utilizing to help give our learners and families the most efficient system to help us keep track of technology support requests. Use this site to submit when you are having technology difficulties with your child's equipment/access/accounts/etc.
As always, you are welcome to contact us at 314.963.6400 for assistance.