May 6, 2020

Closure Extended, Survey Results, Updates


Dear Families and Friends,


We hope that you were able to make the most out of the beautiful weather these past few days!


Yesterday Governor Lamont made the anticipated announcement that all public schools in Connecticut will remain closed for the duration of this school year. The official last day for Woodstock will be June 19, 2020. While this is a disheartening end to the school year for all of us, we understand the reasoning and look forward to when we can resume some normalcy with our students.


We want to thank you for taking the time to complete our E-Learning Survey. The 429 responses received were helpful to guide us in our decision-making process. From the responses we learned:


  • 80% of our families feel that instruction through e-learning is either good or excellent.


  • 79% of families report that students are either somewhat motivated or not motivated to participate in e-learning.


  • 53% of our families are either struggling but getting by or struggling greatly with e-learning.


  • 62% of our families would like to see Encore and Specials become optional.


  • Technology is still an issue for 17% of families.


*Reminder: Savage Systems is available for support with school issued devices by email at wpsstudent@savageweb.net or phone by 860-928-3422, Option 2.


Full results of our survey can be found on our Woodstock Public Schools website.


With this in mind, the district has determined that Encore Classes at WMS and Specials Classes at WES will be made optional for the remainder of the year ONLY. Grades will not be submitted on the 4th quarter report card. Specialists will continue to post assignments in the same manner, and students are strongly encouraged to participate to the best of their abilities. Those students will also continue to receive feedback on their completed assignments.


Updates:


At this time we are unable to disable the chat/video features from TEAMs between students without disabling access to the teachers as well. We are awaiting a solution from Microsoft, as TEAMs is used with many districts across the country. While challenging, we ask that you remind your child(ren) of appropriate online etiquette, times for chat, and periodically review their messaging history.


Assignment due dates are flexible to allow for students to complete work when it is convenient for your family, but please keep in mind that teachers are not available on the weekends to provide additional help. While many continue to answer weekend and evening messages, we have advised our staff to practice self-care and only engage in online communication between the hours of 9 and 3, Monday – Friday.


Building access remains limited. Both schools are in collaboration with the maintenance and custodial staff to determine the best way to allow for the collection of student materials. If there is something that is immediately needed, we ask that you email the main office at WES or WMS to arrange a pick-up.


Stay well,


Viktor Toth, Superintendent

Kristen Elliott, WMS Principal

Joyce Gresh, WMS Assistant Principal

Jenna Demers, WES Principal