A message from WCS
This website is provided as a hub to support, inform and provide resources to parents, students, staff, and the community during the 2020-2021 school year affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Traditional, hybrid, and remote plans are being considered. These plans, when finalized, will be available here and will also be provided on each school's website.
Decisions are guided by the latest recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), orders from state and local governments based on the level of community spread, and by healthcare professionals.
The following guiding principles will be considered as we make decisions about our re-entry plans. When faced with a strategic decision and challenge, we will consider how to:
- Ensure the health and safety of students, families, and staff by adhering to public health recommendations
- Focus on continuing to raise student achievement by developing student and family focused learning pathways while still addressing each child's social-emotional needs
- Comply with local, state, and federal laws and regulations
- Collect and review up-to-date data and information from stakeholders to revisit plans as needed
Visit the district's School Re-Entry Plans for more information. Plan details are being posted as they are developed, so please check back frequently for the lastest updates.
WCS Board Presentation on School Re-entry Updates: August 3, 2020
What's Up Wilson!
The Wilson County Schools Board of Education has voted to approve a calendar change recommendation from Director of Schools, Dr. Donna Wright. That recommendation included moving the start date to our 2020-2021 school year to August 17 for students (teachers would report on August 10). For more information about the calendar and the Hybrid Learning Model, click the link above.
The WCS Exceptional Education Department Presents the Parent Virtual Conference on August 1, 2020. Visit the link above for more information and register to attend.
he Wilson County Board of Education will meet in a Special Called Meeting on July 25, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. at the Wilson County BOE Administrative & Training Complex, 415 Harding Drive, Lebanon, TN 37087. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss, and vote upon if necessary, possible changes in school calendar for school year 2020-2021. Seating is limited to 50 people inside the board room. Visit Watch WCS Board Meetings to watch online.
The Wilson County Board of Education will meet in a Special Called Meeting on July 16, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. at the Wilson County BOE Administrative & Training Complex, 415 Harding Drive, Lebanon, TN 37087. The purpose of the meeting will be for the Director of Schools offer clarifications on the District 2020-2021 re-entry plan. The Board will be asked to approve whether to require face masks for all students and staff, excluding those that have documented medical conditions; and to approve in-service staff days.
Frequently Asked Re-Entry Plan Questions
- Why does a decision need to be made for Virtual or Traditional by July 17?
It is necessary to have the information to assign teachers to virtual classes and provide training to these educators in time for school to start. Teachers return July 27thand in order to determine schedules for teaching and learning, we will work through the registrants the week prior as a district. Registration for the Virtual option closes at 11:59 p.m. on July 17 via Skyward.
- If we choose Virtual, can we transition to Traditional at any point during the fall portion of the upcoming school year?
No, it is a one semester commitment.
- If we choose Traditional, can we transition to Virtual at any point during the fall portion of the upcoming school year?
No, but the added benefit of Traditional is that full course offerings will be converted into Hybrid or Remote, should the district need to change teaching and learning models at any point during the school year.
- What if we choose Traditional but want to possibly go Virtual for the Spring?
Information on any Virtual plans for Spring 2021 will be released by November 30, 2020.
- Can we play sports and/or participate in extra-curricular activities if we choose Virtual?
Yes, but specifics on that are handled at the school level. Should you have questions on those matters, please reach out to your school.
- Will my child become truant if he/she misses school because of a potential positive COVID-19 case?
No, because Homebound opportunities will be available. If a student is medically ordered to quarantine due to COVID-19, the student can apply for homebound services through the Homebound Review Team. More information can be obtained from the student's school counselor.
- Does my high school student need a Learning Coach if we choose Virtual?
No, the Learning Coaches are required for grades K-8.
- If we choose Virtual, will each student in our household receive a WCS learning device?
- What about school supplies for the Virtual Learning?
An online orientation process will be available for families and students prior to the start of the school year. Any items that are needed will be communicated with your family.
- If there is a change in learning models throughout the school year, how much advance notice will we have?
Notices will be sent out on Thursdays if a change for the following week will be implemented. If a new model is utilized, it will be in place for a minimum of two weeks.
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Resources & Updates
SCHOOL VISITOR HEALTH & SAFETY PROCEDURES
Some answers to what school visitors could expect during the upcoming school year.
We want to practice safe health procedures in all that we do, so we appreciate your cooperation when entering our buildings.
EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION Q&A
This segment is a Q&A with Wilson County Schools Exceptional Education Supervisor Angela Barnes.
As we continue to prepare for the upcoming school year, Ms. Barnes answers some commonly asked questions that her department has received.