District Re-Entry Plan Overview

  • Information provided in the District Re-Entry Plan Overview provides information for the district plans and protocols for the 2020-2021 school year.  In addtion, each school has provided an introductory Parent University video for the 2020-2021 school year for parents discussing the following topics:

    • Digital School Team
    • Open House Information
    • Student Device Guide
    • Logging Into Your Network
    • WilsonStrong Campus WiFi Access Points
    • Navigating Digital Programs Through ClassLink
    • Accessing Thrivist
    • Technology Support

    Also included are links to each school's Re-Entry Plan which provides information about school specific information and procedures about health & safety, attendance, social-emotional learning support, and more. These are also available on each school website in the top menu and under Essential Links.

WCS Board Presentation on School Re-Entry Updates: August 3, 2020

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Re-Opening Schools

  • When Will Schools Re-Open for the 2020-2021 School Year?

    Schools will re-open on Monday, August 17, 2020 for "B" day students and Tuesday, August 18, 2020 for "A" day students.  See "How will I know which days my child attends school (A or B)?" and "What will Week 1 (August 17-21) look like?" in the Hybrid FAQ section below.

    How Will Schools Re-Open for the 2020-2021 School Year?

    HYBRID & VIRTUAL

    As of July 30, 2020 WCS plans to open schools in a Hybrid format for a blend of remote and in-person classes with half of the student body following health protocols the week of August 17th. Two other options have been created for the district to utilize at any time including a Traditional and Remote model.

    Modified ReOpening Plan

    Decision To Move Between Learning Plans

    Families and staff will be notified by 4pm on Thursdays regarding any structural change to allow adequate time to plan and prepare (download lesson materials, take home devices, make childcare arrangements, etc)

    Since the inception of this pandemic, district and local leaders have utilized a variety of data sources in an effort to accurately assess the impact of Covid-19 on Wilson County, our region, and the state of Tennessee. Each data source and health metric assessed has been vetted for both reliability and validity.

    The health metrics being collected include new case counts, effective infection rates, new recoveries, new hospitalizations, and new deaths. Our district tracks the daily values,14 day values, trends, and total counts for each of these measures.

    Decisions to move between Traditional/Hybrid/Remote will be determined by the culmination of data impacting a school, group of schools, or the entire district.

    Key Points:

    • We will be responsive to changing needs, research, and information.
    • We will inform families and staff of structure changes by 4pm on Thursdays to begin the following week.
    • We will follow any change in structure for at least two weeks, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

    School Structure Options

    • Traditional
    • Hybrid
    • Remote
    • Virtual Learning Program

    Shifting to Remote Model

    • The Remote model would be utilized by a school when attendance rates of staff/students fall below acceptable levels (<80%) or the school cannot be adequately staffed.
    • Data metrics that will inform a district-wide decision include infection rates, active case counts, hospitalizations, and staff/student attendance rates.
    • Change notifications will by made by 4pm Thursdays

    Shifting to Hybrid Model

    • The Hybrid model would be utilized district-wide if/when schools needed or were required to implement social distancing protocols made possible with only half the student body present at one time in K-8 buildings. More of the CDC Guidelines can be implemented in Hybrid.
    • Data metrics that will inform this decision include infection rates, active case counts in the county, hospitalizations, and staff/student attendance rates.
    • Change notifications will by made by 4pm Thursdays.

    Hybrid Model FAQ

    What will Week 1 (August 17-21) look like?

    Hybrid Model Week 1

    What will Week 2 (August 24-28) look like?

    Hybrid Model Week 2

    How will I know which days my child attends school (A or B)?

    • All students residing in the same home will attend schools on the same days.
    • On "A" Days: Students whose last names begin with A-K will attend school.
    • On "B" Days: Students whose last names begin with L-Z will attend school.
    • The oldest student's last name residing at the address will be used for all students that reside at that address when determining assigned school days.
    • Log into Skyward Family Access to find which days your child will attend school.  Directions for finding the information are in Skyward.

    What happens on non-"school" days for students? (Asynchronous Days)

    Students who are not scheduled to be present for in-person learning will complete asynchronous activities assigned by their teacher(s). These days are considered "REMOTE" learning days. Students will be given directions from their teacher(s) as to what to do, which materials to use (devices, workbooks, other texts, etc). These assignments may be graded.

    What if we do not have reliable Internet?

    Families will have access to WilsonStrong hotspots on school campus parking lots to use as needed. View your school's Parent University for information on locating the hotspot area.  Additionally, assignments can be given to students that do not require full-time access to internet. Teachers will work with students and families to support ongoing learning for REMOTE learning days. This is where REMOTE LEARNING GUIDES will be used.

    Does my child need a Learning coach in Hybrid on non-school days (for asynchronous work)?

    No, activities can be completed asynchronously at the child's own pace and also at the times directed by the parent. Learning Coaches are only required for those in the K-8 Virtual Learning Program.

    When will schedules be available?

    Student schedules will be available by the first day of school in Skyward Family Access.

    Will Kids Club be open on the Hybrid model?

    • YES. Kids Club will be open to families needing childcare for students who are enrolled in Wilson County Schools.
    • Enrollment for Kids Club can be made by visition Kids Club Information & Registration.
    • Childcare is available on a first-come first-served basis and will be dependent upon staffing and space availability.
    • Traditional in-school students may attend 6 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Virtual Learning Program students can attend 15 minutes after the school dismissal time.

     

Attendance

  • For information about school attendance and homebound services, visit Attendance.

Food Service & Nutrition

  • Students Attending School In-Person:

    • Regular school meal services will be offered to students.

    For students NOT in school (both Remote learning day and Virtual students):

    • Students can order a hot meal by 9 a.m. each day by emailing the School Cafeteria Manager.
    • Meals will need to be picked up at the school the student attends from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • Payments will not be accepted through the drive thru line and parents are encouraged to send payments on school days or through School CaféNormal meal prices apply based on eligibility.

    For more information about Food and Nutrition including menus and nutrition informatin, visit Food & Nutrition.

Student Support

  • Schools are planning for strategic social-emotional suports to build relationships and have meaningful interactions between and among students, staff, and parents in all school structures.  Visit your school's Re-Entry Plan for more information on social-emotional learning.

Transportation Plan & Protocols

  • Bus Route Information

    TRADITIONAL

    Buses will run daily.  Please visit the Transportation page to determine your child’s bus route information.

    HYBRID

    • The days in which your child(ren) will attend school (Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday) is determined by their geographic location.
    • To determine which days your child(ren) will attend school, visit the Transportation page.
    • Click the green "Bus Route Lookup" button.
    • Complete the boxes with your child(ren)'s information.

    How will I know which days my child attends school (A or B)?

    • All students residing in the same home will attend schools on the same days.
    • On "A" Days: Students whose last names begin with A-K will attend school.
    • On "B" Days: Students whose last names begin with L-Z will attend school.
    • The oldest student's last name residing at the address will be used for all students that reside at that address when determining assigned school days.
    • Log into Skyward Family Access to find which days your child will attend school.  Directions for finding the information are in Skyward.

    If there is no route indicated for your address please call transportation at 615-443-2622.

     

    REMOTE

    School buildings will be closed and buses will not run routes.

    Transportation Health & Safety Procedures

    • Face coverings will be required for students using district-approved transportation, including school buses.
    • Face coverings must be provided by the parent/guardian.
    • Refusal to wear a face covering while using district-approved transportation will be considered a Category 1 offense and could result in the student's suspension from the school bus.
    • Continued refusal may result in the student's removal from transportation.

Exceptional Education Support

  • Direct and related services will be provided no matter what learning model the District transitions to as a result of COVID-19. Services will continue to be individualized for students.

    Questions related to services, health and safety procedures, or the different types of learning models can be directed to the Exceptional Education COVID-19 Hotline at 615-444-3282, ext.7479.

    For more information about Exceptional Education support, visit Series 300 of the Parent University.

Pre-Kindergarten Information

  • The Wilson County Schools Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program is focused on serving at-risk 4-year olds, with first priority given to children whose family income meets the federal poverty guidelines.

    Parents/Guardians have been completing the application process in Skyward, and paper copies of the application are available at each elementary school if an online application cannot be completed.

    The Voluntary Pre-K program will follow the implementation of the Traditional, Hybrid, and Remote Learning Models of the District.

    Additional information is available under the Students and Families tab on wcschools.com or contact Anne Barger at bargera@wcschools.com