WSD Moves Some Schools to LEVEL 3

Middle and High Schools will Move to LEVEL 3: All Virtual

Good Evening,

The Board of Education held a Special Board Meeting this evening where we presented information related to the impact the pandemic is having on our ability to safely and appropriately staff our schools. Given that information, and based on my recommendation, the Board has voted unanimously to:


  • Move Holt, Liberty, and Timberland High Schools to LEVEL 3: Virtual Learning beginning Monday, November 16 through the end of Winter Break with a tentative return to in-person learning on January 4, 2021.

  • Move Wentzville Middle School to LEVEL 3: Virtual Learning beginning this Thursday, November 12, with a tentative return to in-person learning on Monday, December 7.

  • Move Frontier Middle School and South Middle School to LEVEL 3: Virtual Learning beginning Monday, November 16, with a tentative return to in-person learning on Monday, December 7.


This Level 3 plan for middle school and high school is a full scheduled day for students and reflects both best practices in virtual instruction, as well as feedback received from teachers, parents, and students.


We have been working to keep our bulidings staffed and provide face-to-face instruction since the start of school. In recent weeks, the increase in transmission in our community and resulting staff absences related to COVID-19 have become problematic at multiple buildings. As I shared with the Board, we have exhausted all available resources and we simply cannot safely sustain the staffing and supervision at all buildings. We have prioritized keeping pre-k through 6th grade students in person as our middle and high school students are each assigned a device and are better equipped to learn virtually without as much supervision. By moving our middle and high schools to virtual, we will have staff available to deploy to elementary buildings to support our efforts to continue in-person learning in grades pre-k through 6th grade.


Our staff, families, and students have all demonstrated exceptional flexibility since March and I want to commend everyone for those efforts. At the same time, we understand that any change presents new challenges for you as parents and we don't take that lightly. Our dedicated staff will work with you, as we have always done, to do what is best for your student. We also anticipate you will have questions related to this change and we will be publishing a Frequently Asked Questions document in the coming days.


Thank you for everything you are doing to support your children and our schools. We are committed to continuing to provide a world-class education for students. Take care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors. We are thinking of each of you as we work our way through these difficult decisions and we appreciate your continued patience and flexibility. Together, we will work to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and community.


Curtis Cain, Ph.D.

Superintendent

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