Northwoods News

A Message from Principal Nixon--July 26, 2020

Dear Northwoods Families,

It's hard to believe, but we are a mere three weeks away from the beginning of the 2020-21 school year! As you've undoubtedly seen, plans for reopening have changed dramatically since I sent my last newsletter. Please take a few minutes to read through the important information below.


Joe Nixon


Important School Reopening Information

Last Tuesday, the WCPSS Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt a modified reopening plan called "Plan B Transition." This plan reflects the Board's decision to delay bringing students back on campus at the beginning of the year. Instead, all students will begin the school year in online instruction. The first two weeks of school for all students will focus on orientation activities, meet and greet opportunities, and distribution of supplies. It is important to know that academics will NOT be emphasized during the first two weeks of the school year. Instead, our teachers will use this time to plan and prepare for online instruction.

Plan B Transition Details:

  • All students will begin the year online.
  • Students will not be initially divided into groups A, B, C during the first two weeks.
  • Pre-K and Special Education students in regional programs will be prioritized for return to in-person learning beginning September 8th. This could be delayed based on recommendations from Governor Cooper, DHHS, or the CDC.
  • All other students participating in Plan B will be transitioned back to in-person learning as practical. There is no official timeline on this yet.

Virtual Academy Details:

  • Approximately 63% of registered K-5 students at Northwoods have been signed up for Virtual Academy.
  • Details about classes/teacher assignments will be communicated at a later date.
  • The next application window for Virtual Academy runs from July 27th - 29th. The application portal will close at 5:00pm on July 29th.
  • Students participating in the Virtual Academy will receive all instruction online. Virtual Academy students WILL NOT report to the school for academics during the fall semester.
  • Students participating in Virtual Academy will be automatically removed from WCPSS Bus lists for the fall semester. Students returning to in-person instruction for the Spring semester will be automatically added to the bus rosters.

Student Devices

Regardless of which learning platform you choose (Face-to-Face or Virtual Academy), please complete the Digital Needs Survey if your child needs a Chromebook and/or a hotspot. Parents MUST complete this Digital Needs Survey by June 29th. Unlike the spring, devices will not be issued from the school.

Student Supply Lists

Regardless of which reopening plan your child will be following, he/she will still need school supplies to complete assigned work. Please purchase the designated supplies for your child's grade. Supply lists are linked at the bottom of this newsletter.

If your family is experiencing financial difficulty and needs support with students supplies, please contact me at We have about 30 backpacks left that can be distributed to families in need.

What to Expect with Online Instruction

Over the past couple of weeks, I've had the pleasure to speak with many families and it has become apparent that there are many misconceptions about what Remote/Online Learning will look like in the fall. Please read below for a better understanding of what to expect.

Remote/Learning Expectations:

Simply put, online learning will look very different than what students experienced from March-June. Regardless of which option parents select (Plan B or Virtual Academy) our goal is to provide rigorous instruction by emulating a regular 6-hour instructional school day. However, this does not mean that students will be completing computer-based tasks for six hours per day. Here's what you can expect regardless of which option (Plan B or Virtual Academy) you choose:

Instructional Hours:

  • School will begin day by 9:15AM and instructional will end by 3:45PM.
  • Students will receive 5-6 hours of instruction/academic tasks daily, including Fridays.
  • Students will receive 2-3 hours of live instruction per day.
  • Students will receive 3-4 hours of independent school work per day. The amount of time will vary depending on student needs, grade level, task, and teacher discretion.
  • Independent work will be a mix of online and paper/pencil tasks that will be provided by the school.
  • Teachers will provide blended instruction through a mix of asynchronous and synchronous learning time (see descriptions below) each day.
  • Students will have multiple opportunities for breaks throughout the day. It is not expected that they complete all work in one sitting.


  • Again, our goal is to emulate a normal school day. School will begin at 9:15AM and will end at 3:45PM.
  • Live instruction will be scheduled within the school's bell schedule.
  • Students will have flexibility over the course of the day to complete their work for the day within a time schedule that meets the needs of the family.

Assessment & Grading:

  • Unlike the spring, students will be issued assignments and assessments that will count as part of their overall grade.
  • Teachers will grade student work in accordance with School Board Policy.
  • Students will participate in normal state and district assessments. Procedures for this are still being developed.


  • Regardless of which learning platform you choose, students are expected to be in attendance each day.
  • Attendance will be recorded by the teacher in PowerSchool.
  • Normal district attendance policies still apply.
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2020-21 Student Supply Lists

English and Spanish lists are provided.

Community Child Care Options

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