How will the WGSD determine which plan or schedules to use?
Our goal is always to have students in school who are attending according to a traditional schedule when possible. Keeping our school learning environments healthy and safe is our top priority. We recognize that any alternate schedule or school closures have a significant impact on our students, staff and families.
However, the decision to shift to an alternate schedule or close WGSD schools may need to be made to prevent further spread of COVID-19 or in response to high absenteeism among students and/or staff. The superintendent will make closure decisions in consultation with the Superintendent’s Leadership Team, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and other medical and health experts in our region.
Possible School Closure Trigger Points:
- Student and/or staff absenteeism
- Spread of COVID-19 in the community
- Recommendation of health officials and/or medical/health experts
Decisions also will be made based on guidance from the CDC and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
How much notice will be given if the WGSD moves to a different schedule (i.e. blended to all virtual?)
These determinations will be made based upon guidance from the St. Louis County Health Department and other local factors. We will provide as much notice as possible while ensuring that safety is the first priority. This may require an emergency shift in schedules. For example, a quick shift to a district closure if required or in the event of local stay-at-home orders could be necessary to protect the safety of our students and staff.
In contrast to the K-8th grade students, why are WGHS students returning in a hybrid format?
WGHS students are returning in a hybrid format due to the number of courses with exceedingly high enrollment and the space available.
When will students and families have the opportunity to select their choice, Responsive Learning Plan or WGSD Virtual Program, for 2nd semester? What will that process look like?
As part of our placement process, all families of K-12th grade students must commit to either the WGSD Virtual Program or the District Responsive Learning Plan for each student, for the entire spring semester. Failure to make a commitment will result in your child being placed in the District Responsive Learning Plan.
Families will have between November 12-17 to complete a placement form for each child (one for each child) in order for the district to finalize class/course assignments and assign staffing.
On Wednesday, November 18,th families will be notified via email of the selection they made and will be given until 5:00 pm on Friday, November 20th to reverse the original placement decision for each child in their family. No changes will be accepted after Friday, November 20th at 5:00 pm and decisions will remain for the entirety of the semester.
If a parent does not complete the placement form (WGSD Virtual Program or Responsive Learning Plan) for a child during the Nov 12 - 17 window of time, in what format will that child be placed?
Children for whom a placement form is not completed will be placed in the District Responsive Learning Plan.
How has the district responded to the CDC's guidance on reopening schools?
We do consider CDC guidance, specifically that in-person learning is best for children as long as it can be done safely, which includes looking at transmission rates in our local area. We follow CDC guidance along with that of St. Louis County, which has recommended going virtual for now to help stop the spread of the virus.