Return to School 20 - 21
Online parent meetings are scheduled for questions and answers. You'll find a link to the meetings on the yellow banner on the home page the day of the meeting.
Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m. Elementary meeting
Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m. Middle School meeting
Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m. High School meeting
We plan to record these sessions so that those who can’t attend will have the opportunity to listen to the questions and answers.
To prepare for the Webster Groves School District’s reopening in August, administrators here have met throughout the summer, surveyed parents, consulted with teachers and participated in regional discussions with other districts and health agencies to plan how schools could ensure safety for students, staff and families; provide the best possible learning environment in our buildings and offer solid academics for all. Based on several factors, including rising number of COVID-19 cases, the District Board of Education has approved a recommendation that the District begin the 2020-21 school year in a virtual format through October 23rd.
Our desire is to have school with students physically present in the buildings this year. The importance of in-person learning cannot be overstated, nor can the negative effects and inequities stemming from school closures. Safety, of course, remains our first priority. You can see the presentation made to the Board on July 29 here.
While our aim is to open our school buildings as soon as we can safely, we made our plan flexible, so it can be adapted for movement between full-time in-person learning, full-time virtual learning or a combination of both in-person and virtual learning, based on factors such as a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school or increasing spread of the virus in the school district community.
We’ve aligned our plan and priorities with guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control, state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health to provide a framework for returning safely and successfully to school.
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Guiding Principles of WGSD Reopening Plan and Implementation
- The physical and mental health and safety of students and staff (and community and region) remain our number one priority.
- Our students will receive high-quality academic programming.
- Ensure equity and access to learning for all students.
- In our planning and through implementation, we must regularly assess our current reality and remain flexible and agile based on what is learned and evolving public health conditions.