Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your Weekly eNews for November 12

Hello Parents and Guardians,

To be frank, I am concerned with the COVID-related trends in our community and beyond. We need to do more in our community to combat the spread of COVID. However, our district has been in direct contact with multiple regional experts in their respective fields that have shared the unlikelihood of transmission in schools they have witnessed and studied. Mask usage, distancing, and increased hygiene practices are helping to minimize transmissions in schools regionally and around the country. Additionally, we know we can more directly address children’s academic and social/emotional needs when we are in their presence. Further, it is our hope that in our hybrid model with one day dedicated to a virtual setting will be a safer school setting.



Regards,

Matt Irvin

Return to School Universals Video

Return to WGHS

Schedule for Friday

Tomorrow, ALL Responsive Plan students will attend in person at WGHS. Here is a quick reminder about what the day will look like for ALL students (Responsive and Virtual):

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Daily Schedule

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Return to School Plan

Please visit the links below to review our Return to In-Person Learning Plan for those on the Responsive Plan:


Return to In-Person Learning on our website


Smore document: https://www.smore.com/yp48n

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
  • Bonfire



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.

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Did You Know?

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.

Senior Yearbook Information

Please click on the document below for links to order the yearbook, submit your ads, and to submit your baby photos.

A+ Updates

For the 2020-21 school year, the state has updated their A+ requirements for seniors only. Please download the attachment below and take a moment to review the accommodations.

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.


School Counselors

A-E Alex King (king.alexandra@wgmail.org)

F-K Ken Winingham (winingham.ken@wgmail.org)
L-R Joe Hepfinger (hepfinger.joe@wgmail.org)
S-Z Simone Cunningham (cunningham.simon@wgmail.org)


College and Career Counselors
A-K Karen Verstraete (verstraete.karen@wgmail.org)
L-Z Jennedy Lombard (lombard.jennedy@wgmail.org)


School Social Workers
Anne Gibbs (gibbs.anne@wgmail.org)
Anne Marie Guntli (SSD) (guntli.ann@wgmail.org)

COVID-19 Information

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Testing

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.

Technology

For students or families having technology issues, please do the following:


  • For specific Canvas issues, contact Ms. Liz Forderhase at forderhase.liz@wgmail.org 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.


https://wgsd.on.spiceworks.com/portal


As always, you are welcome to contact us at 314.963.6400 for assistance.

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