Reopening Information

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Back to School Q&A Session hosted by the District Leadership Team and Lisa Miller, RN, District COVID-19 Coordinator. Thursday, Sept 3, 2020 at 6pm via Google Meet. Chat will be open to take questions and link will be sent via email. Topics include masks, social distancing, cohorts, quarantine, sanatizing, and screening. This session will also be recorded and accessible via this website

August 28, 2020

Dear WMRSD Parents and Guardians,

We are gearing up to welcome back families and children for the 2020-2021 school year!  I am extremely proud and appreciative of the effort, commitment, and passion put forth from the WMRSD staff members to operationalize our Return to School Plan:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zH0JtxfjpaZJ-Fy2z4YUgn7LVjdtbfkA/view 

We are navigating unchartered waters with the hope that eventually, the waters will calm down.  Through our Reopening Taskforce work, we have decided on a phased-in approach for our return so that we can prepare ourselves to be adaptable to possible changing conditions. 

We’ve just completed three days of new teacher orientation (August 25th-27th).  We are fortunate to have many very talented new staff members join our WMRSD community!  Next week (September 1st – 3rd), all staff will participate in District-Wide in-service.  After the Labor Day weekend (September 8th-10th), all staff will return for three additional days granted by our Commissioner of Education for specific COVID-19 related preparation and training. 

Phased-In Schedule

  • On Friday, September 11th

     Families and students will connect with teachers virtually during a pre-determined time (either individually or whole class).  For students who are learning 100% online, logistic and learning platform details will be addressed. Your principals will be reaching out to you with specific details regarding the expectations for this day.

     

  • September 14th - 18th

    Again, principals will be sending you detailed information.  This week will be considered an orientation week for students.  September 14th:  Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Seniors will be in school all day.  All other students will connect with their teachers remotely.  September 15th: Grades 2 and 3 and Juniors will be in school all day.  All other students will connect with their teachers remotely.  September 17th: Grades 4-6 and Sophomores will be in school all day.  All other students will connect with their teachers remotely.  September 18th: Grades 7 and 8 and Freshman will be in school all day. All other students will connect with their teachers remotely.

     

  • Full start of school year: September 21st. Your child’s individual schedule will be shared with you through your child’s principal.

     

    COVID-19 Coordinators

    Each building will have a school nurse designed to be the COVID-19 School Coordinator. We will also have a District-Wide COVID-19 Coordinator, School Nurse, Lisa Miller.  They will ensure that all COVID-19 related protocols and procedures are followed as spelled out in our reopening plan.  They will have direct contact with CDC, DHHS, and our local emergency management teams and officials in the event we require additional guidance.  We have committed to 6 ft. social distancing and mandatory mask requirements. Please refer to pages 11-14 in the reopening plan.

     

    Transportation

    As of today, we are gathering the final names of students who plan on using the bus for transportation. Next week, WW Berry Transportation Company will be crafting the routes with no more than 24 children per bus.  You will be receiving information regarding your child’s transportation soon. 

    School Meals

    You will be receiving information from Mel Stevens, Food Service Director regarding breakfasts and lunches.  Students will be eating meals in their classrooms.  Delivery for Free/Reduced meals and paid meals will be available for the days your child is not attending in person.  At this time, we have not received a waiver to provide free meals for all students like last spring.  Please take a moment to apply for Free and Reduced meals here: www.ezmealapp.com or by printing and completing the paper packet located here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S10z_byEuJO_YJR8PJKJw-gJYf49mZZy/view. Completed paper applications can be mailed to Mel Stevens, WMRHS, P.O. Box 338 Whitefield, NH 03598.

     

    Each school has crafted a 2020-2021 School Plan that will be sent to you by your child’s principal and will be posted on each school’s website.   The plans contain specific information unique to each school that you will need to know. Topics include:

  • Hybrid instruction schedules
  • Daily schedules in classrooms
  • 100% online instruction schedules
  • Daily Home Screening protocols
  • Morning and afternoon transportation protocols and parent drop off instructions
  • Procedure for wearing masks
  • Procedure for social distancing
  • Handwashing and sanitizing
  • Attendance
  • Recess
  • COVID-19 Protocols for symptomatic persons
  • Parent and visitor access to buildings
  • Technology
  • School nursing information

 

We strive to ensure the safety of your children as well as our staff. We are building opportunities to establish trust and experience new things that we haven’t done before. 

Welcome back!

Best,

Marion



In person schedule for Lancaster and Whitefield Elementary and Middle Schools - Mon and Tues K cohorts A&B, grades 1-4, and 5-6. Wed flex day. Thurs and Fri K cohorts C&D, grades 1-4, and grades 7-8

School Board Meeting Stream 



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Previous Updates:


August 12, 2020 (Return to School Plan Letter)

August 10, 2020
July 28, 2020 Update and Listening Session Agenda
July 23, 2020 Update
June 22, 2020 Update