Wildcat Wisdom

Wesley Chapel High School 8/4/21

WCHS Vision

Wesley Chapel High School provides a community in which students become life ready citizens with confidence, empathy, and perseverance.

To ensure our students are college, career, and life ready, we are:






Message from Mr. McDermott

Welcome to the Wildcat Wisdom 2021-2022 edition. We publish this newsletter weekly throughout the year. This is a great source of information and will help you stay up to date on all things WCHS. We are excited for the return of our Wildcats and are here to help all of our students succeed and meet their goals. I urge you to stay involved in your student's education so we can work together to ensure their success.

New Student Registration Flyer

Returning Student Orientation

All returning Wildcats can access schedules, pay fees, and visit their courses' myLearning homepage tomorrow. Fees can be accessed and paid through the myStudent portal. Class supply lists are available on the teachers' course syllabus.

Schedule Change Requests

Due to growth in the area, many of our elective courses are at capacity. If you would like to make a schedule change, please complete the form at https://wchs.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=96854. We will do our best to accommodate your requests, however, some of our electives are full. You may consider taking an elective through Pasco eSchool to get the course you want.

Senior Fees

Senior fees are now available in the student pay section of myStudent. Please pay these prior to March 30 so we can ensure caps, gowns, and all graduation items arrive on-time.

Parent Drop Off Procedures

If you plan on driving your student to school in the mornings, please arrive early. School begins at 7:26AM and our car line tends to back up as we near that time. Also, to avoid having the line back up and block wells road, we ask that you drop your students off near the cafeteria end of the building. Furthermore, please plan on turning right out of the drop off loop as this helps expedite the line. Your cooperation in this is appreciated.
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District School Board of Pasco County Dress Code

Please take time to familiarize yourself with the dress code prior to school starting.

2021-2022 Student Code of Conduct

Below is the student code of conduct for the 2021-2022 school year. Students and parents should take some time to familiarize themselves with this document. We will be reviewing this with students during the first week of school.

Pasco eSchool and FLVS

All students taking Pasco eSchool or FLVS courses, especially incoming Freshmen and new students need to make sure they have chosen Wesley Chapel High School as their home school so we have access to approve their courses. Students taking eSchool classes in the Fall and requesting a placeholder must start them after July 1, 2021 and must be active in the course prior to a schedule change. If you would like to request a placeholder, please complete the form at this link, https://wchs.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=96000
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Are you College and Career Ready? Check out Mrs. Faysash’s Smore for events, scholarships, and planning resources for all grade levels!


Time to celebrate!

Time to celebrate! Our school has been recognized for our resilience in implementing a school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) framework during the 2020- 2021 school year. PBIS is a set of strategies based in behavioral and biomedical science that enhances student quality of life and reduces problem behaviors. National research shows that full implementation of this framework leads to improved student outcomes. By establishing this framework, we are developing student skills, making changes to the school environment, acknowledging appropriate student behavior, and using data to identify needed supports for our students. As a result of this work, we are being recognized by the FLPBIS Project for achieving PBIS Model School status. This award demonstrates our commitment to the effective implementation of PBIS and our efforts towards achieving positive and equitable outcomes for all students.
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Volunteer Opportunities

We are hoping to have our amazing volunteers back on campus for the 2021-2022 School year! If you are interested in volunteering for Sports, School Field Trips, or in other ways, you must have an approved volunteer application on file with our District Office . Volunteer Applications must be completed in the link below. You will receive an email once you have been approved. ALL Volunteer hours must be logged in through our Raptor system, any volunteers on campus after school hours can be logged in through the teacher or Coach of the Sport you are volunteering for. If you have any questions Please email Iris Garcia at igarcia@pasco.k12.fl.us.


Pasco County Schools Student Self Screener - Effective August 2, 2021

The Pasco County School District expects all students (vaccinated and unvaccinated) and/or parents/guardians to complete this pre-entry screening tool daily, on behalf of themselves or their child/student before the student attends school.

1. Does the student have new, or worsening, onset of any of the following symptoms?

· Fever (greater than 100.4) or chills

· New uncontrolled cough (if you have established chronic allergy or asthma, a change from your regular cough)

· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

· Fatigue

· Muscle or body aches

· Headache

· New loss of taste or smell

· Sore throat

· Congestion or runny nose

· Nausea or vomiting

· Diarrhea

YES ___NO ___

If NO, please continue to question no. 2.

If YES, the student cannot come on campus and will have to do ONE of following:

· Provide the school documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered after the onset of symptoms (detects the viral genetic material)

· While awaiting COVID test results, the student must be kept home until results are available.

§ If test result is negative, then student can return to school.

§ If test result is positive, the student cannot come on campus and is required to:

· stay home for 10 days from the date the positive test was administered or stay home for at least ten days since symptoms first appeared (whichever occurred first), AND be fever free for at least 24 hours (without taking medication to reduce fever) AND have improvement in other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath).

· Present a written clearance to return to school from the student’s physician indicating an alternate diagnosis.

· The student must also be fever free for at least 24 hours (without taking medication to reduce fever) AND have improvement in other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) prior to returning to school.

2. Has the student recently tested positive for COVID-19 or is waiting for test results due to their own illness?

YES__NO __

If NO, the student may come to school as planned.

If YES, the student waiting for test results must be kept home until results are available.

· If test result is negative, then student may return to school as planned.

· If test result is positive, the student cannot come on campus and is required to:

§ Notify the school about the positive test documentation in order to receive instructions on next steps for instructional continuity.

§ Stay home for 10 days from the date the positive test was administered or stay home for at least ten days since symptoms first appeared (whichever occurred first) AND be fever free for at least 24 hours (without taking medication to reduce fever) AND have improvement in other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath).

3. If unvaccinated, within the past two weeks, have you had prolonged (15+ minutes) AND close contact (fewer than 6 feet) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is still under a required isolation by the Pasco County Department of Health? If vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine, see next section for more details.

YES ___ NO ___

If yes, you must contact your immediate supervisor for further guidance prior to reporting for duty. You cannot come on campus and are required to quarantine as advised as by the Pasco County Department of Health. Regardless of a negative COVID-19 test result, employees in this category must remain in quarantine for the full 14-day period required by the Department of Health.

***As a reminder, if you answered “YES”, you need to remain at home and cannot report to school in-person. Please contact your child's school and follow the steps outlined above.***

Considerations for Recent Vaccine Recipients

If the student has received a COVID vaccination in the last 24-72 hours, special consideration should be taken for the following mild to moderate symptoms:

· Fatigue

· Fever

· Chills

· Body aches

· Headache

· Pain at injection site

These symptoms are common 24-72 hours after vaccinations. This will NOT require 10-day isolation. If your child experiences severe symptoms such as: shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell, symptoms listed as anaphylaxis reaction, please contact your medical provider for further recommendations.

Considerations for Fully Vaccinated Recipients

The purpose of the screener is to help families determine if the student is well enough to engage in learning at the school building.

· Students that are fully vaccinated have protection against the virus but are not immune to it.

· Vaccinated students experiencing COVID-like symptoms described previously or answering “YES” to either of the screener questions will follow their school’s normal sick protocol. If the student remains sick and symptomatic, he or she may need to be excluded from school until the appropriate return condition listed in the screener is met.

· Being fully vaccinated will allow students to avoid a quarantine order when close exposure to a positive case is confirmed as long as they are not experiencing COVID-like symptoms. For some vaccinated students experiencing these symptoms, vaccination status may not prevent an exclusion and a negative test or doctor’s diagnosis for alternate explanation of symptoms may need to be presented in order to return to school.

The District School Board of Pasco County (DSBPC or District) has created reasonable, precautionary measures in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, given the extremely contagious nature of COVID-19, the DSBPC cannot guarantee that your child(ren) will not contract the virus while attending or engaging in school-related and/or extracurricular activities. To reduce the risk of exposure, the district has provided parents and guardians with a virtual educational option outside of the traditional brick and mortar classrooms, which include Pasco eSchool. We look forward to educating your child(ren) and we appreciate your cooperation and efforts as we all work together to keep our students, children, and society healthy.

Click below to learn how to set up parent notifications in myStudent portal

Setting up parent notifications will allow you to be notified if your student is absent or struggling in a course.

Emergency Card Information and Directions (Please read)

Parents, we currently have over 600 emergency cards that have not been updated. If you have not updated your student's emergency card, please download the step-by-step instructions below for completing the emergency card. If you have questions or need assistance, please email myStudenthelp@pasco.k12.fl.us.

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WCHS ABC Program

If your family needs supports or any needs from the WCHS ABC program, please fill out the following form. If you would like more information about the ABC program, the flyer is attached and/or call Iris Garcia in the front office, 813-794-8702.


Wesley Chapel Athletics Information

How to create a parent portal account in myStudent

College Application Process

Let's "meet" to discuss your plans! All grade levels!

Do you need help figuring out your next step? Do you have questions about the college application process? Are you wondering where you stand for your GPA and test scores for admission? Would you like to discuss trades, careers, or military service? Are you interested in seeing what you can do now to help yourself later? Email Mrs. Faysash at kfaysash@pasco.k12.fl.us so we can design a personalized plan for you!

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Wesley Chapel High School

School Information

Mr. Matt McDermott

30651 Wells Road
Wesley Chapel, FL 33545
Phone: (813) 794-8700
(352) 794-8700
Fax: (813) 794-8791

Office Hours:
M-F 7:00AM – 3:30 PM