News from the Nest
WKMS Newsletter - January 2021 Issue
- Jan 1 - First Day of 2021 (Goodbye 2020!)
- Jan 4 - School Starts Back
- Jan 4 - 8 - E-Learning VIRTUAL Days for All Students
- Jan 11 - 15 - 6th Grade Returns to Four Days Face-to-Face
- Jan 11 - 15 - 7th and 8th Grade Return to AA/BB Model
- Jan 11 - Basketball Game @ Sandhills 5:30pm (Celebrating Cultural Diversity)
- Jan 14 - Basketball Game vs. Sandhills @ WKMS 5:30pm
- Jan 15 - End of Semester 1 and 2nd Quarter
- Jan 18 - MLK Holiday - No School
- Jan 19 - 7th and 8th Grades Return to Four Days Face-to-Face w/ Virtual Fridays
- Jan 19 - 2nd Semester Begins
- Jan 19 - Lexington 1 School Board Meeting
- Jan 19 - Basketball Game vs. CSMS @ WKMS 5:30pm (Teacher Appreciation Night)
- Jan 21 - Basketball Game @ CSMS 5:30pm
- Jan 25 - Report Cards Issued
- Jan 25 - Basketball Game @ PHMS 5:30pm
- Jan 26 - WKMS SIC Meeting 5:00pm
- Jan 28 - Basketball Game vs. PHMS @ WKMS 5:30pm (8th Grade Recognition)
IMPORTANT REMINDER: School Schedule After Winter Break!
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Since August, our goal in Lexington District One has been to provide the most face-to-face instruction possible, while ensuring a safe environment for students and staff. Therefore, shifting instruction from face-to-face to virtual — even for a short period — is a decision we take seriously and would come to only after weighing many factors. We realize that any changes to the school schedule impact our families and add stress to your lives. We also realize that many people are anxious about their safety and the safety of their children. Based on what we have learned after the Thanksgiving holiday, we decided to make some temporary shifts to our instructional model beginning January 2021.
- The week of Jan. 4–8 will become e-learning days for ALL students. Students will still have school, but all learning will take place virtually. No students will come to school for face-to-face instruction that week.
- For the week of Jan. 11–15, kindergarten through sixth grade will return to the four-plus-one model. K–6 will come to school for face-to-face instruction Monday through Thursday. Friday (Jan. 15) will remain an e-learning day.
- For the week of Jan. 11–15, grades 7 and 8 will shift to the hybrid model.
- Grade 9 through 12 will return to the hybrid model.
Cohort A will come to school on Monday and Tuesday. Cohort B will come to school on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday (Jan. 15) will remain an e-learning day.
School is closed Monday, Jan. 18, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
On Tuesday, Jan. 19, grades 7 and 8 will return to the four-plus-one model.
High school students will remain in the hybrid model until further notice.
All athletic competitions are canceled beginning Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 through Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Coaches will contact athletes with more information.
None of these shifts impact our Online Learning Academy students.
Let me tell you how we came to this decision.
The three weeks between Thanksgiving break and today showed us a lot about what we can expect within our schools following a major holiday. Since returning to school from Thanksgiving break, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 among students nearly quadrupled, and student quarantines tripled. The number of staff quarantined and positive cases more than doubled. The second week after Thanksgiving was the beginning of the most significant increase we have experienced so far.
After talking with health care professionals, we expect the magnitude of Winter Break to be even greater. The surge we expect led to our decision to shift to e-learning during the second week after Christmas. Our goal is to slow the exposure of our staff and students to the disease so we can return to a safe and stable learning environment. Please remember what you do over the Winter Break and in January will impact school in the new year. We need your help.
We urge you to continue physical distancing. Wear your mask and make responsible decisions. We ask you to quarantine as much as possible the first of January to lessen exposure to the disease. Now is the time to nail down your emergency plans. Who will take care of your student if school is closed for severe weather or if more shifts in the instructional model are needed. Set those plans in place now.
Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we work to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Your school will reach out to you with more information about what to expect during the first week of January.
Dr. Gregory Little, Superintendent
COVID-19 Reporting During Winter Break
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Lexington County School District One will continue monitoring and contact-tracing students during the winter break between Dec. 23, 2020–Jan. 3, 2021.
Here is how you can help us in this process:
- If your student tests positive for COVID-19 during the break, complete the form found here.
- If your student is identified as a close or household contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, complete the form found here.
A school nurse will contact you between Jan. 4–8, 2021, to discuss the next steps.
Amy A. Wood, BSN, RN
Nursing and Health Services Director
Check Out Some These Pics from Winter Wonderland Week!
The week of December 14 - 18, WKMS wanted to end 2020 in a positive, fun, and engaging way. Each day, students and faculty were encouraged to wear their winter or holiday gear. As you can see by the pics below, some really went all out. What a great week it was. The days we participated in were as follows:
- Monday - Onesie Day
- Tuesday - Winter or Holiday Hat Day
- Wednesday - Comfy & Cozy Day
- Thursday - Fun & Festive Day
MLK/Civil Rights Day - January 18th, 2021
Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most famous Civil Rights Leaders in the history of the United States. His ability to promote change, equal rights, respect, and love through non-violent manners is why we continue to celebrate him every year. The third Monday of every January is a national holiday created to pay homage to this amazing man and what he has helped do for our country. This January 18th, let's take the time to think of ways that we, too, can make a positive impact on our world.
To learn more about the life and times of this historic figure, please watch the short video below.
Lexington County School District One is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Therefore, the district does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions), color, disability, age, genetic information, national origin, or any other applicable status protected by local, state, or federal law. The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process complaints based on alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
The district designates specific individuals to handle inquiries or complaints. To find out who to contact and how to contact them, please go to our website at http://www.lexington1.net/contact-us.
En Espanol: El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Lexington Uno, esta comprometido a una política de no discriminación e igual oportunidad para todos los estudiantes, padres/tutores legales, personal, visitantes, y miembros de la comunidad que participan o desean participar en sus programas o actividades. De ahí, que el distrito no discrimina en contra de ningún individuo en base a raza, religión, sexo (incluyendo preñez, parto o cualquier condición médica relacionada), color, incapacidad, edad, información genética, nacionalidad, u otro estado aplicable protegido por la ley local, estatal o federal. El distrito usara el procedimiento de quejas establecido en el reglamento para procesar quejas basadas en supuestas violaciones al Titulo VI del Acta de Derechos Civiles de 1964; Titulo VII del Acta de Derechos Civiles de 1964; Titulo IX del Acta de Enmiendas Educativas de 1972; Sección 504 del Acta de Rehabilitación de 1973; El Acta de Discriminación por Edad de 1975; El Acta de Discriminación en el Empleo por Edad de 1967; El Acta de Igualdad Salarial de 1963; El Acta de No Discriminación por Información Genética de 2008; y Títulos I y II del Acta de Americanos con Incapacidades de 1990.
El distrito designa individuos específicos para atender preguntas y quejas. Para saber a quien y como comunicarse con ellos, por favor visite nuestra pagina de Internet: http://www.lexington1.net/contact-us.