Eagles' News Brief:

7.7.2020- Summer Update!

Good Afternoon Eagle Families,


I hope this message finds you and your family safe, well, and eagerly anticipating the start of the 20-21 school year!


I want you to know that the health and safety of students and staff is our top priority as we begin planning this unique school year. I know that many of you have questions. Please know that I will do my best to keep you updated and to answer your questions to the best of my ability. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with you, and I am looking forward to a great year.


As many of you have heard, the governor will be making a decision in the upcoming weeks on which plan school systems in our state will open under.

  • Plan A calls for direct learning at school for all students with safety precautions.

  • Plan B calls for no more than 50% of the school to be filled and no more than 22 students on a bus in order to maintain social distancing and other safety precautions. Because of these requirements, the school system would have to put a blended learning plan in place. This would allow for some students to be in school and others to be in remote learning.

  • Plan C calls for all students to engage in remote learning.

  • If you are uncomfortable sending your child back to school this fall, you may opt into the WCPSS Virtual Academy. Registration for the academy opens on July 10. Learn more: http://www.wcpss.net/Virtual-Academy


Again, we don’t know which plan the governor will choose. We know what plan A looks like, since that is our traditional model where all students physically attend school together each day. We also know what plan C looks like, since that is remote learning. I can confirm that any future remote learning will look very different from the remote learning that was offered in the Spring. Future remote learning will include more rigor, more face time with teachers, and higher expectations. Teachers will actually teach lessons, introduce new content, and support students with assignments virtually. Students who are engaged in remote learning will experience a schedule and grading structure similar to what they experience in direct instruction.


Since we understand plan A and C. I’m going to spend some time explaining Plan B. In this plan, the district will divide students into three groups that will rotate each week. Each group of students will spend one week on campus, engaged in in-person learning and two weeks engaged in enhanced remote learning. One big change is that during the remote learning weeks, teachers will be teaching virtual lessons and supporting students throughout the school day. The school will also be able to provide hands on materials and books to support learning during the remote weeks, which will make learning much more engaging and manageable. The teachers who will be leading remote learning will work very closely with the teachers who are leading direct learning. Together, they will ensure that the learning needs of all students are met. They will also ensure that lessons are rigorous, aligned, and appropriately paced.


We realize that Plan B will create some unique challenges for families and staff members. Our community is working to mitigate some of these challenges by partnering with schools, the YMCA, daycare centers, and local organizations, including churches. They are working to create childcare solutions for families who would like support with their children while they are working and for remote learning. This childcare would be offered during the weeks when students are not at school. Ideally, children will receive support and complete their remote learning while at childcare. I wish I knew more details, like where will these programs be offered, and how much they might cost. I will share those details as soon as they are released to me.


In addition to plans A, B, and C, The school system has set up a Virtual Academy that will offer remote learning for ANY families that would prefer to have their child continue with remote learning at this time. In the Virtual Academy, students will be placed in a virtual classroom with a virtual teacher. Use this link to learn more about the Virtual Academy option (http://www.wcpss.net/Virtual-Academy). Parents will be able to opt into this Academy starting on July 10th. The district will be sending out more information on this option soon. Students who participate in the virtual academy will remain enrolled at Vandora, and to the degree possible, they will be taught by Vandora teachers. Families will need to commit to the Virtual Academy for the school year (or at the very least 1 semester).


We realize that no matter what plan is chosen, there will be hardships created for some families and students. Our school will be providing morning meetings to all students to support them emotionally and to help build relationships with others in both the in-person and remote environments.


We will keep you informed along the way, and we are hoping that we will be able to move into plan A as soon as it is safe to do so. Please discuss these options with your family. (Would you like to opt into the Virtual Academy or would prefer to remain part of the direct instruction and possibly blended learning plan at this time?) The Virtual Academy opt in form will be sent out by the district and will be open July 10th. After that time, students will be placed in 3 groups, with siblings together, to transition into plan B, if needed, due to Covid 19.


Please remember, as soon as it is safe, the district plans to transition all students, except for those who have opted into the Virtual Academy, back to school each day. We are working very hard to support you and to make the best out of a very difficult situation. We will also be planning fun activities for your children to keep them engaged and excited about school!


As always, thank you for your support.


Sincerely,

Rhonda Curtis

WCPSS Virtual Academy

If you are uncomfortable sending your child back to school this fall, you may opt into the WCPSS Virtual Academy. Registration for the academy opens on July 10.

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Single Subject Acceleration

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools were forced to close March 13, 2020. The closure of schools prevented students from participating in the testing necessary to qualify for Single Subject Acceleration (SSA). Students are typically tested in the Spring of the previous school year for an accelerated placement for the upcoming school year. As a result of COVID-19, the Advanced Learning Service team has created testing plans to respond to the three instructional environments that may take place during the 2020-2021 school year. Learn more. Parents who are interesting in nominating a student for testing should email Cammie Viverette at cviverette@wcpss.net before August 28. (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Sovb7vPLsrrch1oXNlp0A4ZwZY7dbKn0u4eEN9tH4xA/edit)

Free Wake County Energy Camp for 4th, 5th, and rising 6th Graders!

Virtual field trips, talks with experts, and hands-on experiments with Wake County public school teachers – all from home!


For 26 years, Wake County Energy Camp has been a place for campers to participate in a week's worth of wonderful energy-themed activities. Due to the risk of COVID-19, the Wake County Energy Commission will offer this year’s camp online for free.


Each day from Monday, July 13, until Friday, July 17, we’ll post new virtual field trips, host guest speakers and demonstrate energy experiments kids can do at home. Sign up here to receive email updates for the day’s activities. Students heading into the 4th, 5th and 6th grades will get the most out of the material. If you miss a day, that’s okay! We’ll leave the resources on our website to access at your own pace.


New content will be posted in the mornings, and we will host virtual question-and-answer sessions at 1 p.m. each day with Wake County Public School System teachers and special guests. Virtual Energy Camp will have presenters from Yates Mill Park, Appalachian State Wind Farm, Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant, N.C. Cooperative Extension and Southern Energy Management.


Many activities can be completed with materials found around the house. To make sure you have everything, we will post a full list of materials needed for each experiment.

Join us to explore your scientific curiosity, and participate in our first ever Virtual Energy Camp!

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Volunteer Opportunity!

We are looking for a volunteer to help us build shelving that will allow us to convert an unused office into a storage area. If you are interested in and available to assist with this project, please contact Ms. Curtis via Class Dojo, rcurtis@wcpss.net, or 919-369-3026. Thank you!
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