In-Person Learning

  • Guiding Principles of WGSD Reopening Plan and Implementation

    In-Person Learning at WGHS

     




    Daily Schedule-Term 4

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    Daily Schedule

    • All Responsive students will attend in person at WGHS from 8:25 a.m. - 12:51 p.m., M-F.
    • All students will learn synchronously in the afternoons on M, T, TH, and F.
    • Virtual students will attend classes via Zoom from 8:25 - 12:51 p.m., M-F.  Afternoon sessions will be on M, T, TH, and F.  
    • Morning classes are 62 minutes, except 1st Block, which is 65 minutes for daily announcements.
    • A Grab and Go lunch will be served M-F at 12:55 p.m.  See below for details.
    • In-person classes end at 12:51 p.m.  All students must be picked up or leave campus immediately unless prior arrangements have been made with a teacher or administrator. There will be no lingering on campus after school. 



    Afternoon Virtual Learning

    On M, T, TH, F afternoons, students will check-in synchronously via Zoom according to the Term 4 schedule.  Each teacher will determine the format and participants of the 30-minute session to supplement in-person instruction. Students in Academic Lab, study hall, student assistant or peer tutoring will not be required to join their afternoon Zoom session for that assigned block.  

     

    On Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 - 3:05 p.m., teachers will participate in PLCs (professional learning communities), and there will be no synchronous learning during that time.

     

    Learning Support

    Each day from 3:05 - 3:25 p.m., learning support is offered virtually to all students.  Essentially, this time is used for teacher office hours, questions/answers, and extra help if needed.  A Zoom link will be shared by all teachers.

     

    Bus Transportation

    But transportation will continue to be offered to all current WGSD bus and VICC bus students, although the pick-up/drop-off schedule will change accordingly.  You will receive an update with your adjusted times.  If your student does not currently have WGSD bus transportation but now wants to purchase a bus pass, please contact Leigh McKittrick at mckittrick.leigh@wgmail.org.  

     

    VICC students who are involved in after-school activities will have the opportunity to remain at school for the entire day and will be placed in our Learning Center/Athletic Pods in the afternoon.

     

    After-school Activities

    School activities won’t start until the end of full school day--3:25 p.m.--except for “early release” travel to events.  Students who are on the roster for WGHS athletics and activities and do not have access to transportation at 12:51 p.m. will be supported by a learning center in the PV Commons from 12:55 to 3:25 p.m.  Devices will be available for their afternoon virtual learning.  They will be allowed to eat lunch (socially distanced) in the Cafeteria/PV Commons.  Please contact our Activities Office if you need to take advantage of this option.  

     

    Student Parking

    All temporary parking permits that were issued and given to students to park on the high school lots during 1st semester and Term 3 will no longer be valid after Thursday, March 18, 2021. 

     

    Seniors

    On Friday, March 12, Applications for Term 4 parking will be given priority to “Seniors” and emailed to the student email accounts. Students must fill out the google doc application and click on the payment link to pay for their parking. 

     

    Cost = $15.00.  This parking permit will be valid through the end of the year May 28, 2021.

    ***Seniors must return their parking tag during Senior check out to Office 157 or a fine will be issued.***

     

    Juniors

    On Wednesday, March 17, 4:00 p.m. juniors will be notified through their student email accounts whether there are any remaining parking permits available for purchase for Term 4. If parking permits are available for Juniors to purchase, there will be a parking application attached to the email.

     

    Juniors will be notified by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 18  if they have been awarded a parking spot, and a payment link will be attached to pay for the parking permit.

     

    Meals

    Free grab-n-go meals will still be available with the new schedule.  Breakfast for the next day will be included in each lunch grab-n-go bag. 

     

    Transition to Term 4

    Extended-day, in-person classes will start on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The two days immediately following Spring Break (March 29-30) are scheduled to be remote learning days for students and staff in order to prepare our classrooms for extended in-person learning. These days will also provide members of our school community with additional time to self-isolate and monitor themselves for potential COVID-19 symptoms following Spring Break. 

     

    March 29:  Synchronous Learning from 8:25 - 12:55 p.m./Asynchronous 1:35 - 3:25 p.m. (just like our Term 3 virtual Wednesdays)

    March 30:  Asynchronous for grades 9, 10, and 12 (no live Zooms); Juniors report to WGHS for ACT.

    March 31:  Term 4 schedule begins.

     

    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)

     

     

    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

     

     

    Term 4 FAQs

    My student is virtual. How does the Term 4 schedule work for the Virtual Program?

    Virtual Program students will follow the same schedule as Responsive Learning students. Virtual Program students will log into Zoom sessions as they always have, except they will follow the new schedule.

     

    So my student who currently attends in the afternoon will expected to attend in the morning during Term 4?

    Yes. All afternoon session students will now attend classes in the morning from 8:25 a.m. -12:51 p.m., whether Responsive or Virtual. If your student attends in person and normally rides the bus in the afternoon, we have already established morning bus routes with our transportation company, and Mrs. McKittrick has sent out new pick-up times to families and personally contacted students. If you have any questions about district busses, please contact Mrs. McKittrick at mckittrick.leigh@wgmail.org.

     

    What about social distancing in the classroom?

    We are currently working to set up our classrooms for the return of all students. While community and school transmission rates continue to decline, we are still configuring classrooms to be a safe as possible for our students. Our in-person class sizes remain relatively low since many of our students are in the Virtual Program.

     

    What are the benefits of another schedule change?

    Benefits of all students returning to in-person learning from 8:25 - 12:51 daily include:

    • More instructional time

    • Longer class periods

    • 1 additional day per week of in-person instruction

    • More opportunities for synchronous support

    • More direct access to teacher support

     

    Data in our region supports students returning to in-person learning. Further, we are not conducting lunch, where students are unmasked and unrostered, nor are we in session for an entire day. Medical council has shared that hallway traffic transmission risk is very low with 5-minute passing periods. A vast majority of our classes have well under 20 students for just about an hour with mitigating strategies of open air flow and others that increase air circulation.

     

    We have soberly looked at the data and sought the input of experts in the field in the effort to mitigate risk and increase schooling opportunities. Dr. Simpson, Superintendent, presented information about Term 4 benefits and consequences here.

     

    What are the expectations for students in the afternoons?

    On M, T, TH, F, students will check in during live Zooms with their teachers according to the schedule. This time will look different for each teacher. Teachers may conduct live instruction, have a quick check-in and assign work, conduct small group instruction, assign work but stay logged on to Zoom for assistance, etc. Regardless of the type of instruction/format of the lesson, students are required to check in via Zoom, and attendance will be taken in Canvas. Students in Academic Lab, study hall, student assistant, or peer tutoring will not be required to join their afternoon Zoom session for that assigned block.

     

    On Wednesdays, students are not expected to attend any classes via Zoom after 12:51 p.m. Teachers will be involved in PLC work (Professional Learning Communities) from 2 - 3:05 p.m.

     

    What is "Learning Support?"

    Each day from 3:05-3:25, all teachers will be available virtually via Zoom to assist students.

    Essentially, this time is used for teacher office hours, questions/answers, and extra help if needed. A Zoom link for learning support will be shared by all teachers.

     

    My child attends an after-school activity but does not have transportation at 12:51 p.m. What is he/she supposed to do?

    School activities won’t start until the end of full school day--3:25 p.m.--except for “early release” travel to events. Students who are on the roster for WGHS athletics and activities and do not have access to transportation at 12:51 p.m. will be supported by a learning center in the PV Commons from 12:55 to 3:25 p.m. Devices will be available for their afternoon virtual learning. They will be allowed to eat lunch (socially distanced) in the Cafeteria/PV Commons. Please contact our Activities Office if you need to take advantage of this option.