Frequently Asked Questions
Roadmap to Reopening Fall 2020 Updated 9.18.20
We understand families have many questions regarding what level the District is in and any changes that are being considered. We will be updating this document as needed, so please check back frequently. If you still have additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as quickly as possible.
Return to LEVEL 1 Questions & Answers
No. There will not be an opportunity for students to move into the Virtual Academy when the District makes a move to Level 1 because those spots have been filled and as was stated at the time of enrollment in August, enrollment in the WSD Virtual Academy occurs annually and is a year-long commitment (with an option to return to in-person learning after the first semester). We do not have the staff at the elementary level and course availability at the secondary level to add more students.
LEVEL 2 Questions & Answers
Will we still have late starts?
To maximize the amount of time students have in school, there will be no late starts in Level 2.
What about PD days (scheduled days off)?
The District will continue to have PD days as scheduled.
Will we have the option for full-day Chautauqua on days our kids are learning virtually?
Chautauqua will be offered, based on space. Please reach out to the Chautauqua department at 327-3800 for questions.
Will students who attend Chautauqua be able to attend their virtual learning/do schoolwork? Will there be supports in place for those students?
The Chautauqua staff will be able to help students log on to their device and will try to assist students with work when possible. The work being provided to students during the at-home learning is meant to be independent work.
Will buses take students to Chautauqua?
No, students will only be allowed buses on days they attend in-person
What will Virtual Wednesdays look like?
- PreK-5: Students will have a set guaranteed live time with their class and teacher. This has been scheduled to ensure that grade levels do not overlap, making it easier for students to share devices at home. In addition to the set guaranteed live time, students will view pre-recorded content, complete learning activities, and ongoing assignments.
- 6th Grade: Students will meet with their 4 core teachers during set guaranteed live time. In the afternoons, students will have time to view pre-recorded content, complete learning activities, and ongoing assignments.
- 7-8 Grade: Students will utilize a block schedule, which alternates each week. They will attend half of their classes per week on Wednesdays with set guaranteed live time. In the afternoons, students will have time to view pre-recorded content, complete learning activities, and ongoing assignments.
- 9-12 Grade: Students in high school will utilize a traditional bell schedule during their in-person learning days (AA: Mondays and Tuesdays; BB: Thursdays and Fridays). On Wednesdays, when students are all learning virtually from home, we will utilize a block schedule. They will attend half of their classes per week on Wednesdays with set guaranteed live time. In the afternoons, students will have time to view pre-recorded content, complete learning activities, and ongoing assignments.
*Important Note about Virtual Wednesdays for K-5 Students ONLY:
Full Virtual Wednesdays will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 16th. Prior to this date, teachers will be utilizing the chromebooks with students in the classroom to teach various aspects of virtual learning. Wednesdays will look similar to at-home learning days up until the 16th. Learning assignments and activities to be completed at home will be communicated by teachers.
Schools will distribute chromebooks to families that have indicated a need for one during the week of Sept. 7th. AA students will bring home their chromebooks on Sept. 8th and BB students will bring home their chromebooks on Sept. 11th. Please note that families who have indicated a need for one will receive one.
What will students be expected to do on their at-home learning days?
Students will be provided with pre-recorded lessons, learning activities, and ongoing assignments to complete during their at-home learning days. Families will be provided with devices in grades K-5 to utilize for these activities, although all activities will not require a device. Students in grades 6-12 will be expected to access online content and activities with their district-issued device.
On at-home learning days, will attendance be taken?
Attendance will be based on the completion of at-home learning activities. Students will be expected to complete assignments and turn those into their teachers when they return to school. Specific information about turning in completed assignments will be provided by individual teachers.
How will this affect students enrolled in the Lewis & Clark Career Center?
Lewis & Clark Career Center generally follows the City of St. Charles School District’s calendar. They have announced that their start date is August 27 for all students.
If the City of St. Charles School District is at Level 1: Full time attendance 5 days a week, then our WSD students who are enrolled in the Lewis & Clark Career Center will continue to attend classes there every day.
If the City of St. Charles School District is at Level 2 or 3: Blended or Fully Virtual, then our WSD students who are enrolled in the Lewis & Clark Career Center will attend classes in-person there in a blended model. They will attend on certain days of the week depending on the course they are enrolled in.
The WSD will provide bus transportation from each high school regardless of what level of learning we are currently in. At Level 1, 2, and 3, students can ride the bus from their home high school to Lewis & Clark.
Please note: All schedule changes and calendar changes will be communicated by Lewis & Clark.
How will this affect students enrolled in CAPS?
CAPS follows the City of St. Charles School District’s calendar.
If the City of St. Charles School District is at Level 1: Full time attendance 5 days a week, then our WSD students who are enrolled in CAPS will continue to attend classes there every day.
If the City of St. Charles School District is at Level 2 or 3: Blended or Fully Virtual, then our WSD students who are enrolled in CAPS will attend classes in-person there in a blended model. They will attend on certain days of the week depending on the course they are enrolled in.
The WSD does not provide bus transportation for students attending CAPS.
Please note: All schedule changes and calendar changes will be communicated by CAPS.
How does Level 2 impact WSD Virtual Academy students?
WSD Virtual Academy students will remain in their enrolled grade level and courses regardless of what level the District is at for in-person learning. Schedule adjustments could occur based on building schedule adjustments. As previously stated, schedule changes will be communicated ahead of time.
Here are some examples:
Grades K-5 will keep their typical schedule in Level 2. Wednesdays will be slightly different, which will be communicated by the teacher.
Grade 6 will utilize a modified block schedule on Wednesdays, which will be communicated by the teacher.
Grades 7-12 will utilize a block schedule, our virtual academy classes taught by WSD teachers will also run on a block schedule. In Level 2, this only occurs on Wednesdays.
Students attend half their classes on one day and half their classes on another day. This would occur for virtual courses taught by WSD teachers on Wednesdays only in Level 2. Live instruction times would be shared ahead of time, like always.
Launch and FuelEd classes are self-paced and therefore, do not change.
As we have stated previously, virtual academy schedules are subject to building and district schedule changes throughout the year. This includes but is not limited to professional development days, holidays, and planned days off.
When/if we go to Level 3 (all virtual), for middle and high school students how many days will be actual “live teacher instruction” (currently in Level 2 Wednesday only) vs “independent learning” (currently in Level 2 the two non-AA/BB days)?
In Level 3, students will be expected to attend virtually each day of the week. Schedules will be adjusted to accommodate a fully virtual environment, which will be communicated by your school if/when we go to Level 3.
Will school supply lists change/how many school supplies should I send to school? Will there be an opportunity to drop them off prior to the first day of school?
School supply lists will not be updated. Teachers may notify families of items that are not needed for instruction. Supplies may be brought to school on the first day of school. The back to school events have been changed to virtual events.
When will we receive schedules and teacher assignments?
Class schedules and teacher assignments will be available on the parent/student portal beginning August 18.
What about Meet the Teacher Night?
Meet the Teacher, Locker Days, and Back to School Nights will all be done virtually this year. Buildings will be sharing details about those opportunities directly with their families. We understand and appreciate how important these opportunities are to connect students with their teachers and every effort will be made to still make those meaningful connections virtually.
Can we switch our family from AA to BB/BB to AA for childcare reasons?
At this time we do not have the ability to switch students’ assigned days for in-person instruction. Our schools are still attempting to complete schedules and class lists based on student last names. Once this process is complete, and if we are able to allow students to switch days of in-person instruction, we will share procedures with you to request that. Our hope is to accommodate as many requests as possible while keeping classrooms balanced.
What are students who are on the BB schedule supposed to work on for the first 3 days of school?
Students will be sent learning activities and assignments to complete for their at-home learning days. For these first few days, those activities and assignments will be centered around course/class orientations, get to know you activities, etc.
What will meal pickup look like for Virtual Academy students?
Procedures for meal sign-up and pick-up will be shared once it is available. We do plan to offer meals to students in the Virtual Academy.
What will meal pickup look like for Blended Level 2 students?
Child Nutrition is preparing procedures for meal sign-up related to Level 2 and will share once it is available. Meals will be sent home with students who signed up for them on Tuesdays or Fridays, their second day on in-person instruction.
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Where can I find more information about the Virtual Academy option for my student?
Please refer to the WSD Virtual Academy Frequently Asked Questions document.
If the District moves to Level 3, will the students who were previously in the classroom have online instruction from their WSD teacher?
Yes, that is correct. Students will remain with their assigned teacher if the District moves to level 3. Students who are enrolled in the WSD Virtual Academy will remain in the academy with their assigned teachers/courses.
Why will K-6 have WSD teachers doing virtual classes, but 7-12 has to be done by an outside program/teacher in the Virtual Academy?
At the secondary level, we offer many courses to best meet the needs of our students. Utilizing course access providers such as Launch and FuelEducation allows us to offer a vast number of courses to our students. There may be some courses that will be taught by a WSD teacher based on enrollment.
How does Horizons work with the different models?
Elementary Horizons will meet once per week on a scheduled and specified day. In Levels 1 and 2, Horizons will be held at the student’s home building, and there will be no traveling to Horizons Centers. Students will attend lunch and specials with their homeroom. In Level 3, Horizons will take place virtually on a specified day. Secondary Horizons will continue to be offered as part of students’ scheduled coursework in all levels.
Will Horizons be offered virtually?
Elementary Horizons will be offered on Wednesdays for students who are enrolled in the WSD Virtual Academy. Secondary Horizons will be provided by Wentzville School District Horizons teachers in a live or pre-recorded virtual format at a time that compliments the student’s Virtual Academy schedule.
What about students receiving intervention services?
At Level 1 In-person, intervention services will remain the same as in a traditional school model. At the Level 2 Blended model, intervention services will be provided on the days a student is in-person. At the Level 3 Virtual model, intervention services will be provided virtually. In the WSD Academy, reading and math intervention services will not be provided. Some virtual options will be shared with families.
Will sixth graders be switching classes?
Sixth graders will only be switching classes for electives; otherwise teachers will be coming to them. They will wear face coverings while in the hallways and when they cannot socially distance in the classroom.
Will my middle school student be switching classes?
Yes, at Level 1 and 2, students will be switching classes. They will wear face coverings while in the hallways and when they cannot socially distance in the classroom.
If we choose face to face at high school level, and our child gets sick and misses two weeks, how do they make up all the missed work and class time?
If we are at Level 1, it would look similar to any time a child is home sick or out of school. We are currently working on the best way to support students if they are out of school for an extended period of time. If we are at Level 2, they will have virtual access to the teacher on Wednesdays. If we are at Level 3, they will have virtual access to the teacher each day.
Why do you need parents to decide by July 28?
It is vital for us to have parent selection by the 28th. Once we have an accurate picture of how many students will be attending the Virtual Academy and how many will be in-person, we will be reviewing rosters to identify where changes need to occur and the number of virtual teachers needed. Virtual teachers will need to be selected and those teachers will need extensive support, training, and time to plan for the virtual school year. The master schedules at the middle schools and high schools will also need to be reevaluated and this will all take time prior to the start of school.
Can my student still earn their A+ tutoring hours?
Will there be tech support for students and parents?Yes, there will be many opportunities for students and parents to learn more about the technology tools that will be used this year, both in-person and virtually. Students will be provided with guidance from their teachers at the beginning of the school year to ensure they are prepared for any of our levels of instruction this year. Parents will have access to videos and learning modules to better understand how to support their students with the technology tools we use.
How will you ensure there are devices for families who need them? What about families with multiple children?Students in K-5th grades will need access to a device at home to participate in the WSD Level 2 and Level 3 learning. Students in 6-12th grades will utilize their district-issued device. Please review our technology specifications to ensure you have what is needed to fully participate in the earning. If your family is in need of a Chromebook, please complete the technology forms on the SISK12/Student360 website (the Classroom360 app is not supported) under eForms no later than Sunday, August 16.
What about people who can’t afford internet access?Families will have an opportunity through the online enrollment form process to indicate their internet access needs. Please complete those forms no later than Sunday, August 16.
What happens if our home wifi goes down for the day or is running slow because a parent is also working from home? Will it be counted as an absence?We will work with individual families when this occurs to avoid an unnecessary absence due to wifi issues in the home.
If a student tests positive, what is the protocol? Who will be notified?If a student tests positive for COVID-19 the District will notify the parents of:
- Students in the same class
- Students on the same bus
- Students on the same team/club
The St. Charles County Department of Public Health will conduct contact tracing and provide instruction to individuals who may have had extended close contact with the COVID-positive student. The COVID-positive student will need to quarantine for at least ten days since the symptoms first appeared (or 14 days if there are no symptoms) and be 24 hours symptom-free without the use of fever-reducing medication, cough suppressants, etc. before returning to school.
If a staff member tests positive, what is the protocol? Who will be notified?If an employee has COVID-19, we will notify families of any students who may have been in contact with the COVID-positive employee and any colleague with whom the COVID-positive employee had direct exposure. We will be working directly with the St. Charles County Department of Public Health who will assist with contact tracing. We will not be able to give specific information nor share medical conditions of employees with you, but we will provide you with the circumstances surrounding your exposure so you can give the best possible information to your healthcare provider. COVID-positive staff members will need to quarantine at home for 14 days and be 24 hours symptom-free without the use of fever-reducing medication, cough suppressants, etc. before returning to work.
If a student is sent home with a fever or symptoms, what is required for them to return to school?Students who present symptoms must stay home and consult their physician. Students must be symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication in order to return to school.
What will be the consequences if a student refuses to wear a mask?If a student refuses to wear a mask, that will be addressed directly with that student. If the issue can’t be resolved after discussions with the student and/or parent(s), the student will need to be picked up from school by a parent/guardian.
What about students who have hearing impairments or other disabilities. Will they be required to wear a mask too?Yes, but we will work with those students and their families to determine what mask may be best suited to them and their needs. We have ordered various types of masks, including face shields, so we can offer alternatives for students who may need them.
If there is a positive case within a classroom or school, the Roadmap to Reopening Plan notes that there will be sanitizing. How often will you do a full school cleaning with the fogging sanitizer that will sanitize surfaces?
The custodial services staff are responsible for cleaning and sanitizing classrooms every night and "misting" twice a week. In the case of a positive case, the team will work together to ensure all high-touch areas are cleaned and disinfected thoroughly as well as all desks and chairs and horizontal surfaces. After the cleaning and disinfecting is completed, the team will bring in a machine to spray a mist of disinfectant to the classroom. This is allowed to dry on its own with no interruption in order to continue to kill any bacteria or bio-burden left behind.
What level will the District be at for the start of school on August 24?On August 5, Dr. Cain shared with the Board of Education his intent to begin the school year at Level 2: Blended Learning and remain there through the first quarter. He added that if needed, we could move to Level 3 during that time.
What is the threshold or the metrics that will be used to determine when the District will move from one level to another?We do not have a threshold or a specific metric that we will use to determine when the District will move from one level to another, rather we will use a variety of metrics that include, but are not limited to: the number of positive cases in a school, in the District, in the community; the number of students and/or staff who have been exposed to a positive case; the rate of transmission in a school, the District, or the community; or the number of students and/or staff who are quarantined. If there is an outbreak in one school, there may be a situation where one school is moved to a different level vs. the entire District. There are just too many variables to consider to say definitively what would trigger a move from one level to another. We will make that determination in consultation with the St. Charles County Department of Public Health.
How often would you evaluate which level the District should be at? Weekly, monthly, quarterly?Daily. We will continue our ongoing conversations with health officials and monitor the conditions in our buildings and notifications from our school nurses on a daily basis.
Will a move be made district wide or building by building?That will depend on the circumstances. If there is a cluster in one school, we may need to make a decision for that school versus the whole district.
What kind of notice will we be able to give parents when we have the need to move from one level to another?If a decision is made to switch it will be out of an immediate concern for the health and safety of students and staff, so it may be very short notice. There may be a scenario where we go from Level 1 (in-person) to Level 3 (all virtual) in order to have time for everyone to prepare to go to Level 2 (blended). We wish we could say that we will be able to give everyone a one- or two-week notice, but that is simply not practical or feasible.
How are you handling lunch?In Level 2, elementary students will eat in their classrooms. Secondary students will eat in the cafe. Lunch options will be chosen in the mornings and collected by cafe staff. All lunch items will be completely disposable. Level 2 will provide us with more options to physically distance students at all grade levels.
Will there still be recess with in-person?Recess will be limited to one 20-minute mandated recess so we can flex the recess schedule to limit the number of students outside at once. We will do everything we can to try to keep things as safe as possible. Breaks and indoor recess can still occur throughout the day.
If we opt for virtual learning for the first semester, will Chautauqua be available to our child the second semester? If so, will we be forced to pay for a full year or just the semester he attends?Chautauqua will be offered each semester and if parents register during the second semester they will be required to pay for only that semester. Please contact the Chautauqua office for specifics related to the program.
Will full-day Chautauqua be offered on virtual days in Level 2?
Full-day Chautauqua care will be offered based on available space and staff. Families already enrolled in the program and current staff members who reside in our district will be given top priority.
Will there be any changes to the school supply lists?We do not have a plan to change the supply list, but if parents chose the Virtual Academy, they may want to hold off on purchasing supplies to see if there are changes for those students based on the needs of the Academy.