In-Person Learning

  • Guiding Principles of WGSD Reopening Plan and Implementation

    In-Person Learning at WGHS

     

     


    Return to In-Person Learning Guide

    The transition to in-person learning begins the week of November 9.

    November 9-10: Asynchronous learning for all high school students

    November 11: Wednesday Early Release schedule

    November 12: In-person learning for all freshmen & new students to WGHS (Responsive Plan); Synchronous/Asynchronous learning using schedule below (Virtual Program)

    November 13: In-person learning for ALL students in Responsive Plan; Virtual students in Zooms following schedule below


    Daily Schedule

    Daily Schedule

     

    During in-person learning for those in the Responsive Plan, all students will attend either in the mornings or afternoons (depending on their last names and notable exceptions described below), on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Students will continue to follow their 4x4 block schedule. Wednesdays will be virtual and will dismiss early at 12:35 p.m., using the previously posted schedule.

    For those who signed up for the Virtual Program initially at the beginning of the year, your classes will remain the same, meaning you will be logging in during the revised schedule's class time. All students will follow the same schedule as outlined above.

    In-person learning will begin on Thursday, November 12 for Responsive Plan FRESHMEN & NEW STUDENTS TO WGHS ONLY.

    ALL STUDENTS in the Responsive Plan will return to the high school for in-person learning on Friday, November 13.

    To allow teachers adequate time to prepare their instructional spaces, ALL high school students will have asynchronous learning on Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10.

    Our daily in-person learning schedule is designed for:

    • Daily, face-to-face interaction between teachers and students

    • No student attendance during lunch hour in order to thoroughly clean/disinfect classrooms and common areas

    • Opportunity to provide smaller groups for teaching/reinforcing safety protocols

    We encourage you to download the new schedule if you would like to print for reference.

    Learning Sessions

    Morning Session

    Students in the Responsive Plan with the last name beginning A-K will attend in-person on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:25 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. Other students who will attend the morning in-person learning include:

    • Senior Tech Students

    • Thrive Students

    • Students who reside at Epworth

    • Same residence siblings with different last name slotted by oldest last name

    Afternoon Session

    Students in the Responsive Plan with the last name beginning L-Z will attend in-person on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12:25 p.m. - 3:25 p.m. Other students who will attend the morning in-person learning include:

    • Junior Tech Students

    • Same residence siblings with different last name slotted by oldest last name

    • Bus Transportation Students (VICC/District)

     

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    Time Per Course on the Hybrid Model

    Although in-person class time averages 40-45 minutes instead of the 90-minute blocks during virtual learning, students are still engaged in learning for the same amount of time due to the asynchronous portion each day.

    Time Per Course on the Hybrid Model
    [In-person learning class time of 40-45 minutes]
    +
    [Asynchronous portion at home of 40-50 minutes]
    = 80-90 minutes per class period

    Safety is our top priority.

    As we transition to in-person learning, our priorities are to:

    • Require social distancing in classrooms and other learning areas.

      • Students must be a minimum of 3 feet apart and have assigned seats/shareable diagram in each classroom.

    • Limit gatherings of students; students will head straight to their first class upon entering the building and will not be allowed to congregate in the hallways in between classes. Students will not be allowed to use their lockers at this time.
    • Offer smaller group sessions and cohorts with stable settings by using a hybrid schedule.
    • Develop protocols that follow public health guidance regarding students wearing face coverings. All students will be required to wear face coverings except when eating, drinking or otherwise permitted.
    • Provide all teachers with hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, masks, and gloves. Teachers will wipe down surfaces after each class.

    What to bring to in-person learning

    When returning to the building for in-person learning, students must bring the following:

    • MASK (must be worn before entering the building)
    • Backpack (locker use is not allowed)
    • Pens/pencils
    • Notebooks
    • Folders/binders
    • Textbooks/classroom supplies already in use
    • Personal hand sanitizer
    • Calculator (based on current courses)

    Please keep your devices at home for now (even those issued by WGHS). Students will need their devices at home for the asynchronous portion of the day.

    Self-Screening Procedure
    WGSD is asking families to begin a daily routine that is vitally important to the success of the school year. All Webster Groves SD families whose students will be returning to our school buildings will be asked to complete the daily screening for their students prior entering the school. Parents/guardians of students who have chosen virtual learning will not be required to complete the daily survey for those students. 

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Daily Health Screening for Families

    Transportation

    During in-person learning, there will be no morning bus transportation. All VICC/District busses will operate in the afternoon session only.

    IF YOUR STUDENT RIDES THE BUS, THEY WILL ATTEND IN THE AFTERNOON SESSION.

    VICC Busses: VICC will communicate your bus route/bus number to you. All VICC students will attend the afternoon session.

    District Busses: District busses will not offer an A.M. bus. District bus information was sent over the summer to all families. If you have already signed up via the Google form and NO LONGER wish to ride the bus, please contact Leigh McKittrick at mckittrick.leigh@wgmail.org.

    If you would like afternoon bus transportation, please submit your request at the link below.

    Bus Application

    If you have any questions about transportation, please email mckittrick.leigh@wgmail.org.

    Meal Services

    Breakfast and lunch will be offered to all students free of charge. Students will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria. Meals will be prepackaged with a hot entrée, fruit, vegetables and milk for their meals. During meal pick up, students will be encouraged to stand 6ft apart, with floor markers and wear masks while in line for their meals. Cafeteria seating will be spaced to maintain social distancing while in the café.

    What if I change my mind and want my child to switch to online learning from in-person classes?

    Due to the fact that we designed our staffing and programming model around families electing to participate in the Virtual Program, students are strongly encouraged to remain in the WGSD Responsive Program once they start. Once we return to in-person learning, all WGHS staff will be utilized in the classroom using direct instruction. Ultimately, any students who were to switch from the Responsive Plan to the Virtual Program would be enrolled in asynchronous, third-party provider courses (Launch, Edgenuity, etc.) for the remainder of the semester.

    If you still have questions regarding moving to the Virtual Program from the Responsive Plan, please contact your child's assistant principal or counselor.