Distance Learning & Coronavirus Information

School is now closed March 12-April 14. Distance Learning is in place.

 

The team at WNS is constantly monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as it relates to our location and beyond. This webpage serves as a gathering place for all communications sent within our school community, as well as additional resources for parents and community members. This is a quickly evolving situation so please check back often for updates.

WNS Updates

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March 23: Message to WNS Students

Dear Friends,
Click here to view my Monday morning message to students.

March 22: Update from the Head of School

Dear WNS Community,
As we close out our first week of Distance Learning, I again want to reiterate my appreciation for all of our families, faculty, and staff! I know there are still things to do and learn as we progress through the challenges of these days, but the work that has already begun is incredible. We now know from Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti’s recent declarations that we will be in this virtual space through approximately April 19. California is under a “safer at home” order, which is vital in helping slow the spread of COVID-19. I recognize that this new order may seem scary or stressful for you and your families, and there is confusion as to what can and can’t be done. Click here for full details and clarification from the state. Taking neighborhood walks and hikes (while maintaining distance from other people) is not restricted, and I fully encourage this as much as possible! We all need to get out and get fresh air to help with our physical and mental health. That said, please take the “safer at home” order seriously. We are learning a lot about the COVID-19 virus, and one of the things we now know is that spreads more easily person-to-person than once believed. We now also know that the virus can live on metal and other surfaces longer than once thought, so cleaning surfaces, washing hands frequently, and changing clothing and showering after venturing out into the public have become useful strategies. Please stay safe and stay healthy.
CAIS Schools Supporting Front-Line Medical Teams
In addition to the teachers at WNS and across our State who are delivering educational programming to their students, the heroes right now are teams of doctors, nurses, and medical technicians who are on the front-line fighting this pandemic; some of them are parents in our WNS community and spouses of our teachers. Inexplicably, the government can’t seem to marshal the resources for PPE gear to sufficiently equip hospitals and clinics to ensure their safety as they take care of us. Many of us, including a large group of CAIS schools, are banding together to look for solutions and funnel supplies that we may have or can muster. We will communicate more details soon about plans we are developing at WNS, including donating our eye shields from our woodworking/maker court to local hospitals and researching how to use our 3D printers to produce more eye shields. We will look for ways to include families and our students in helping with solutions. Click here for a chart of needs from hospitals nationally, and in California specifically.
Staying healthy includes our emotional health. As I mentioned before, we continue to update our Distance Learning webpage with resources to help families manage these unprecedented times. You can also reach out to either of our two wonderful School Psychologists for help or referrals (efisher@wns-la.org, kbielkevicius@wns-la.org).
 
Educating our Children and Managing Life 
We now know that we will be engaged in a Distance Learning experience at least through April 17, and very likely until the end of April, and we are planning for that. In addition to an updated calendar to help you plan and manage your time for the next few weeks, I also want to share that we are continuing to evolve and improve our online distance learning strategies and schedules based on what we learned last week and will learn this week. Our teachers are doing a remarkable job, and while delivering live and virtual learning programs to your children, they are also engaging in professional development on best practices in online education. They are also, like you, managing their lives, children, elderly parents, and all of what comes with life in the time of COVID-19. I know they appreciate your kind words of support and appreciation.
We also want to maintain many of the traditions at WNS, even while operating online. We are developing recorded virtual and/or live virtual opportunities for:
  • Community Gathering
  • Family Group meetings
  • Student Council meetings
  • ACE classes and lunchtime play-dates hosted by ACE staff
  • Tutoring support for students who need a little more help
  • Parent support and connections
March 23-April 3: WNS Distance Learning Tier One
  • This is what you have been doing the last three days. Top-notch WNS instruction will be provided on a daily basis, with an increasing emphasis on synchronous instruction for our elementary and middle school students. Continue to look for emails from your teachers and division heads for more details on the instructional plans for these next two weeks.
  • April 2: Second Trimester Progress Reports will be posted in OnCampus. Check your email for access details.
  • We will resume normal weekly communications, including a Monday Video Message from the Head of School and the Friday E-News.
March 23-April 3: WNS Distance Learning Tier Two
  • Our Tier Two program is optional and provides additional online activities for our students in their “non-school” hours. Think of it as similar to ACE and ACE Plus, just virtual and available for everyone!
  • Virtual “Play Dates” – WNS ACE Staff will be hosting Virtual Play Dates for Kindergarten-5th Grade students starting Wednesday, March 25. Virtual Play Dates are a supervised time for students to “hang out,” interact and each lunch/snack with their friends with one of the ACE staff. Please look for an email from your Division Head for the links to join the Zoom meetings!
  • Asynchronous activities recorded by the ACE team for students to engage in after their school day will be provided.
  • Look for the Distance ACE Program e-blast coming soon with lots of resources for families! This will include the Virtual Play Date sign-ups, links to the asynchronous activities, and more!
  • More information regarding the ACE Plus Spring session is coming this week.
April 6-10: WNS – Spring Break &ACE Online Spring Camp
  • This is spring break week and we know we are all not traveling. While academic studies may be on pause, students may still be looking for optional fun and engaging activities. WNS is putting together some incredible extra programming options (Tier Two) for those families. Your ACE/TA Staff is working on some fun stuff – be on the lookout for more details about this next week. PS-8 attendance and regular participation is not required during this week…it’s all about the fun!
April 13-17: Resume Distance Learning Programs: Tier One and Tier Two
  • April 13: No Tier One or Tier Two Programs. Our faculty will use this day to finalize preparations for the continued Distance Learning ahead. I encourage our families to do the same. Start to shift from spring break mentality to back-to-school distance learning work time.
  • April 14-17: Resume Tier One and Tier Two Programs
Conferences: They will be virtual at some point after spring break. The team wants to spend time thinking through all options and possibilities before making a final decision. I thank you for your patience and understanding while we work through this plan.
Finally, I know the restrictions from the State, County, and City directives in “safer at home” have impacted all of us, some of our families more seriously than others. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you or your family need any particular help or support at this time, (bzacuto@wns-la.org). We are a community and we will get through this together. 
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. I will be back in touch on Monday morning with a video message for the community.

March 18: Distance Learning Day One

Dear WNS Families,
First of all, I want to congratulate our faculty, students, and all of you for the very successful launch of our Distance Learning program! I saw wonderful photos and heard many accounts from teachers. It was an endearing day. Clearly the teachers and students missed each other and one another. This adorable note from one of our Snowy Egrets to her teachers captures so much of what we value in our school and the experience the children have at WNS. It may look and feel a little different now, but the heart and the substance remains.
I have watched the communications among the teachers, their Division Heads, and our tech specialists all afternoon as they collectively shared what worked well, what needed tweaking, and ideas for tomorrow and going forward.
Many sources are now indicating that schools may be educating children remotely over the next several months, and we are prepared to do this at the highest level if the situation presents itself. We appreciate all of the notes of support and offers of help by some of our “high-tech parents.” We will be happily incorporating some new and even more engaging ideas along the way as we all evolve with this new education platform. We also recognize that many of our parents are now juggling having children engaged with learning activities at home while also juggling their own remote work responsibilities. We will continue to share and post suggestions on how to best manage this as we all move forward. Please continue to consult our Distance Learning Resource page which will also provide updates on information regarding staying healthy in this time of the coronavirus. You can also follow the WNS social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram) to see what the WNS community is up to.
While Los Angeles County has not yet mandated shelter in place (as is the case in many parts of Northern California), I strongly urge all of you to do so as much as possible at this time. Currently, there have been 190 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in LA County, and we know there are many more than this given the lag in obtaining test results. Among these confirmed cases is a WNS parent of one of our 8th grade students who notified us of his diagnosis yesterday. While the likelihood of any direct exposure at school is minimal given our closure, I want you to have this information. Please notify me and/or our school nurse, Chelsea Magdaleno (cmagdaleno@wns-la.org), if you believe you have had direct exposure, or have in fact tested positive for COVID-19, so we can notify others. As we have learned, children and teens tend to have very mild symptoms to COVID-19, yet can still spread the virus to others. We want to do all we can to protect those among us who may be more vulnerable.
I also want to urge all of you to take seriously the recommendations that we have been given from the Mayor and County. Avoiding close contact in public areas, washing hands frequently, and maintaining high levels of hygiene in your home will go a long way in keeping all of us safe and helping our local medical staffs manage this successfully. I look forward to hearing about the wonderful learning that will happen in Distance Learning Day Two.
Take care and be well.

March 17: Message to Students

Dear Friends,
I arrived at school today to find this beautiful rainbow literally coming out of our ECC. It is already feeling like a magical day. Please click here for my first video message! I am learning how to do new things just like everyone else.
Take care!

March 16: Distance Learning Update

WNS Community,
School has been abuzz today with faculty and staff preparing for tomorrow’s pick-up and Wednesday’s Distance Learning launch, wearing blue gloves and all. The teachers went to great lengths to prepare essentially a “care package” to support their students’ learning during this time, all of which was handled with gloves on hands and placed into large plastic bags that have been sealed up, waiting for distribution tomorrow.
Faculty also spent time receiving training from our tech staff on virtual as well as live (synchronous) learning systems appropriate for their grade level. We will be back in the daily routine of teaching and learning as of Wednesday. You will hear more from Kelly, Stacey, and Heidi tonight and tomorrow about the rollout and the daily schedule for the remainder of this week.
K-8 learning “Care Packages” ready to go out tomorrow!
 
REMINDERS FOR TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 17:
ECC Families: Please drive into the ECC back parking lot. A bag with your child’s cubby materials and special things will be waiting for you lined up along the fence, weather permitting. If you want someone to bring it to your car, just ask.
K-8 Families: Please drive into the 5401 backlot like morning drop-off (entering off Coral Tree), but one lane only. There will be cones with staff and volunteers to greet you as you drive in. Please give them the name and grade level of your child(ren) AND the name and grade level of any other student for whom you might be picking up. We will have others who will deliver the bag(s) of learning supplies for your child(ren) with gloves and a smile. Please follow the pickup schedule below to help manage this situation. If you have an impossible conflict, please call our front desk and let them know so they can alter our distribution plan.
8:00am-9:30am
A-E
9:30am-10:30am
F-J
10:30am-12:00pm
K-O
12:30pm-2:00pm
P-T
2:00pm-3:30pm
U-Z
If you are unable or would prefer not to come to campus, we will accommodate you as well. The best option is for you to arrange with another family to pick up your child’s supplies. If you can’t do that and will need them delivered, please email Dena Kaplan (dkaplan@wns-la.org and Joanne Nakawatase (jnakawatase@wns-la.org) Tuesday morning, and we will arrange to have them delivered to your home tomorrow afternoon.
PREPARING FOR DISTANCE LEARNING on Wednesday, March 18:
WNS Distance Learning begins on Wednesday! Students will receive a welcoming email from their advisor or cubby side teacher by tomorrow. Kelly, Stacey, and Heidi will be emailing all parents with details about the rollout of our Distance Learning plan for their divisions by tonight. In anticipation of this, please take some time to set up spaces for successful Distance Learning on Tuesday. This is going to be new for all of us, and the purpose of this week’s abbreviated schedule is to give everyone, our teachers, students, and parents, a chance to give it all a try, learn from the experience, and prepare for our first full week beginning next Monday, March 23. Here are some reminders and tips:
  1. Create a discrete online learning center for live (synchronous) learning that is in a common space in the house, not in bedrooms.
  2. Parents who are also working at home should set up a clear area where you’re doing your work so it is clear as possible to young children that you are “at work.”
  3. Create a home schedule in concert with the school’s schedule that includes time for play, exercise, and stress relief. Common Sense Media has provided some wonderful resources for these ideas.
I’ll keep things brief tonight so that you can continue to prep your homes and focus on your families. Please continue to check in to our Coronavirus Resource Webpage which is the landing place for all prior Head of School communications, as well as abundant resources related to Distance Learning and Coronavirus. You’ll hear from division heads and teachers soon.

March 15: Coronavirus Update

“There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Alice in Wonderland
Dear WNS Families,
We are in an unusual moment in time. None of us has seen anything quite like this, and while many of us may be feeling more like the mad hatter these days, alas, we will all come through this together. What I am learning is that moving at light speed wasn’t quite fast enough, so I’ve picked up my pace, and have some important updates and information for all of you here. I have been collaborating with an amazing Senior Administrative Staff all weekend, and they have been collaborating with incredible teachers in all three divisions. We are all capable of working on more than six impossible things before breakfast!
Most importantly, we all need to stay well and maintain a measure of calm. Our children need this from all of us right now. Everyone is moving toward increasing levels of social distancing and hyper hygiene protocols with the belief that this will help “flatten the curve” and help us all manage the coronavirus. I know many of our families have been self-quarantining, and most all are significantly limiting their social contacts and those of their children, which brings its own challenges, I know. I also know you are anxiously awaiting the launching of our Distance Learning. We are in final preparations, and you will hear more from Kelly, Stacey, and Heidi tonight and tomorrow about the rollout and the daily schedule for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week.
FACULTY/STAFF WORK MONDAY
Faculty and staff will be working Monday, some remotely, to prepare and ready learning supply packages for all of our ECC-8 students. Plans for distribution have slightly changed since I last wrote. Supplies will be carefully assembled (staff will be wearing gloves) and placed into large plastic bags and labeled with each student’s name. For all K-5 students, these bags will include books and learning packets teachings have assembled. Each 3rd-5th grade student will also receive a chromebook and charger. ECC-2 students will need access to an iPad or similar device, and if you do not have one in your home, please notify Brad Wright tonight so the school can loan you one (bwright@wns-la.org). We ask that no parents or students come by campus on Monday. We have a very busy and relatively sterile working environment for our employees that we need to maintain.
TUESDAY SUPPLY DELIVERY: NEW PLAN
Given the evolving situation and efforts to provide social distancing, we will provide “curbside” pick-up for those able and willing to drive to school on Tuesday. All of our staff handling these supplies will be wearing gloves. Please follow the schedule below to help us manage the flow. Here’s the new plan:
ECC Families: Please drive into the ECC back parking lot. A bag with your child’s cubby materials and special things will be waiting for you lined up along the fence. If you want someone to bring it out to you, just ask.

K-8 Families: Please drive into the 5401 backlot like morning drop-off, but one lane only. There will be cones with staff attendants lined up. Please give them the name and grade level of your child(ren) AND the name and grade level of any other student for whom you might be picking up. These bags will include books, learning materials and Chromebooks with chargers for 3rd – 5th students. All books, folders and learning materials in middle school students’ lockers will be gathered and bagged as well. The bag of supplies will be brought out to your car by a staff member wearing gloves and a smile! We still ask that you stagger your pickup time by student last name to help with the flow of traffic:

8:00am-9:30am
A-E
9:30am-10:30am
F-J
10:30am-12:00pm
K-0
12:30pm-2:00pm
P-T
2:00pm-3:30pm
U-Z
If you are unable or would prefer not to come to campus, we will accommodate you as well. Either arrange with another family to pick up your child’s supplies, or email Kelly Massey (kmassey@wns-la.org), Stacey Koff (skoff@wns-la.org), or Heidi Reimann (hreimann@wns-la.org) by Tuesday morning, and we will arrange to have them delivered to your home.
LAUNCHING DISTANCE LEARNING: TIER ONE
Tier One is the delivery of our PS-8 curriculum using Distance Learning tools and strategies. This is school as we know it now, and it is likely going to be with us for a while. Students are expected to engage and take it seriously in a developmentally appropriate way. For our K-8 students, there will be a daily check-in and accountability for engaging in our Distance Learning program. Teachers are all preparing very thoughtful lessons and working collaboratively to develop schedules for our students and families to follow. Strategies for progress monitoring, assessment, and feedback to students will be a part of our Distance Learning program, just as we would during a regular school session.
Roll Out: 
Students will receive a welcoming email from their advisor or cubby side teacher by Tuesday. Kelly, Stacey, and Heidi will be emailing all parents with details about the rollout of our Distance Learning plan for their divisions by Monday, and we will be launching our PS-8 Distance Learning program on Wednesday. We will be using a combination of asynchronous (virtual) and synchronous (live online) learning approaches this week. Tutorials will be posted to help parents and students use our distance learning platforms effectively and efficiently. All content will be archived on our OnCampus platform for parents and students to access.
Managing the Home Environment:
We recognize that this new normal presents challenges for parents as well as students. Many parents are also juggling their own work requirements and expectations, and in some cases this now means working from home while your children are also learning from home. Helping students maintain social connections is very important, albeit digital.  Remind them to maintain all the lessons we have been learning about digital citizenship and civility – all of those rules and guidelines still apply. Please refer to the guidelines from Common Sense Media and our WNS Technology Agreement and guidelines.
We can learn a lot from some of the international schools that have been engaged in online learning for months now. Please take some time over the next two days to do the following:
  1. Create a discrete online learning center for live (synchronous) learning that is in a common space in the house, not in bedrooms.
  2. Parents who are also working at home should set up a clear area where you’re doing your work so it is clear to young children that you are “at work.” The recommendation was also made that parents “dress” in a way that makes it clear to their young children that mommy or daddy is “at work,” and not ignoring them.
  3. Create a home schedule in concert with the school’s schedule that includes time for play, exercise, and stress relief. Common Sense Media has provided some wonderful resources for these ideas.
TIER TWO LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
I know many families are concerned about what happens beyond the hours each day their children are engaged in our Tier One Distance Learning program. There are now more hours in the day, and evening, to fill than there ever were. We have the capacity to help families here as well with grade-level specific and general resources for family fun, explorations, investigations, games, and constructive and productive ways for children to use unstructured time they now need to fill. Many of these resources can already be found on our Coronavirus Webpage, and we will be posting more in the coming weeks.
LOOKING AHEAD
I know many of you are also wondering what our calendar will look like over the next several weeks.
  • March 15-April 3: Distance Learning program
    • 2nd Trimester Progress Reports will be posted on March 27
    • Conferences will be postponed until after Spring Break
  • April 4-13: Spring Break (Tier Two programs will be supplied as options for students at all grade levels).
  • April 14 and going forward: We all hope we will be back in session and resuming normal, everyday school activities. No one can predict right now what the near future will hold. We will be prepared for either resuming classes on campus or Distance Learning after Spring Break.
SUPPORTING WNS FAMILIES
I want all of you to know that we are here to help and support all of you in all the ways we can. Reach out (digitally) to other families to check in and help support one another – the WNS community is a strong one! If you need help or assistance in any of these areas, please reach out to us:
  • Internet Access & Tech Support- email Brad Wright (bwright@wns-la.org)
  • Canceling Freshlunches: You need to go to the Freshlunches website tonight and cancel!
  • Some of our parents must go to work and need child care support and may have difficulty finding it. Please contact me if this is the case (bzacuto@wns-la.org).
  • I know that these can be trying times financially for some of our families. Email me directly and let me know if there is something we can do to help with financial distress from temporary loss of income (bzacuto@wns-la.org).
  • Some families and/or children may be dealing with stress or worry at a significant level. Please know you can reach out to either of our two wonderful School Psychologists for help or referrals (efisher@wns-la.orgkbielkevicius@wns-la.org).
In closing, please remember how the great capacity of our school community has seen us through challenges before. If we can all assume best intent, all do our part to reduce the threat of community spread of Coronavirus and remember to do at least six magical things every day before breakfast, we will be even better than ok!
We’re all in this together!

March 13: Coronavirus Update

Dear WNS Community,
I hope all of you are settling into some kind of family routine; this is a big change for all of us and by all accounts, this will be our new normal for a while. What is most important now is to maintain calm, particularly around our children, and find safe ways to maintain connections for your children. This is a challenging time for adults as well. The news about financial markets, challenges with our own work, and maintaining as much normalcy with our family’s schedule and life can feel daunting. Self-care is very important for all of us right now.
As you know, most LA schools have now closed (including LAUSD), and the purpose of this is to keep all of us within our school communities healthy and safe but to also help the common good by social distancing and limiting community spread of the coronavirus. I think it is appropriate and positive to have conversations with your children on how we are all part of the solution to this and have a part to play. Let me remind all of us of basic guidelines that we all should be practicing: 
  1. Enhanced Hygiene: Washing hands frequently, avoiding hand to hand contact with others, sneezing/coughing into a facial tissue (or elbow), and using hand sanitizer after being in a public place. I would also remind parents to be mindful of using hand sanitizer after handling money and credit cards, and do not share your cell phone with others.

  2. Social Distancing & Social Gathering Guidance: Based on guidance from the LA County and California State Health Departments, WHO, and the CDC, we know more now about how COVID-19 spreads, and it is mostly by close contact with people expelling droplets through coughing/sneezing, or by hands that have been to the mouth or nose and then to surfaces, or another person’s hand or face. The capacity to manage social distancing and social hygiene is highest in adults and lowest in young children. This fact coupled with the fact that children can carry COVID-19 and have very mild symptoms is why schools and after school activities are closing. Some parents are choosing to keep their families close during these first few days, which is fine. Everyone should avoid large groups and big social gatherings. The State of California has mandated no gatherings over 250 people; that’s still a very large group of people we don’t know. Common sense guidance for adults is to keep social clusters to a reasonable number where you can maintain social distancing and avoid contact with people who may be sick. The number of children who should gather for activities or play dates should get smaller with age. We don’t recommend older children gathering in groups larger than 4-8, and our young children, who have the least capacity for managing personal space and hygiene, in groups larger than 2-4 for play or babysitting. Use the outdoors as much as possible for social gatherings. Please monitor any gatherings with young kids carefully with enough adults to ensure that all involved are feeling well and maintaining appropriate social spacing. Wash hands often! Things can change in a moment these days and we will update when they do.

  3. Health Care: Stay hydrated, get plenty of rest, and shore up your immune system. If you have a persistent cough and fever, see your doctor. COVID-19 testing is more readily available now, and we should all advocate to our doctors if we are concerned about symptoms or a clear exposure. If you are going into a doctor or for testing, let them know in advance your purpose for the visit so the health care providers can be properly protected.

  4. Maintaining our Mental Health: Anytime there is a significant event like this it can be particularly daunting to children. Many have had nearly all of their social connections ripped away: school, sports teams, after school activities, hanging out with friends. They are likely reading stress in their parents’ eyes and in the faces other adults who are significant in their lives. And they also may be watching/listening to too much news. We have posted several links that offer suggestions for parents on how to talk with your kids about coronavirus on our Coronavirus Resource Page. It is important to focus on the joyful things in your lives and find ways to play as a family together. Board games may make a big comeback! Perhaps use facetime to have kids and families link up for a game day. Watch some funny movies; read some good books; take a nature hike; plant a family garden. This is an opportunity to rediscover some of those things in life we may be moving too fast to enjoy. Finally, here is a link to a resource for managing stress from the LA County Department of Mental Health.
BACK TO “SCHOOL”…with DISTANCE LEARNING 
The Administrative Staff has been hard at work these past two days, albeit remotely, preparing for our transition into Distance Learning next week. During these two days of closure, we have had the entire campus hospital-grade cleaned and sanitized. ECC-8th grade teachers have been working remotely preparing for resuming teaching and learning next Wednesday. Below is the schedule and plans for next week:
  • Monday: Faculty and staff working to organize Distance Learning supplies for students. Parents can use this time helping their student(s) prep their work/learning spaces. No parents or students will be allowed on campus on Monday! Please look for a video message from me to you and your children Monday morning. 
  • Tuesday: All families are invited to campus to pick-up of student supplies (and books in lockers) between 8am-4pm by student last name:
8-10am
A-G
10am-12pm
H-M
12-2pm
N-S
2-4pm
T-Z
  • Parking will be available in the 5401 back and front lot for K-8; ECC parents can enter into the ECC parking lot.
    • ECC: Parents will gather their child’s things at the ECC.
    • K-5: Parents (and students if they are with you) will go to your child’s homeroom (cubby side). Your child’s materials will be on a desk labeled with their name.
    • 6-8: Parents (and students if they are with you) will get your materials organized and labeled for you on tables in the MLC, and you may also get books and other items out of your locker.
    • Additional details and instructions will be emailed to you by Kelly (ECC), Stacey (K-4) and Heidi (5-8) by Monday.

    • If you are uneasy, unwell, unable to physically enter the buildings to pick up materials, you have the option to pick up via carline and have staff bring your child(ren)’s materials out to you. Please enter the carline in the back lot of 5401, and there will be someone there to get the name(s) of the student(s) for whom you are picking up supplies.
    • If you are unable to physically come to campus on Tuesday, please email me (bzacuto@wns-la.org)  and we will coordinate a plan to get you what you need.

    • Families will need to have a computer, tablet, or other internet-connected device to use with their child. ECC-2 children will be best served by an iPad, for ECC students this is optional. 3rd-5th grade students will be assigned a chromebook and charger that can be picked up on Tuesday. 6th-8th grade students will be using their current chromebook. You will also need to have a home internet connection. The device should have a camera and built-in microphone for video conferencing and recording. If you do not have access to a suitable device or internet connection please contact WNS Technology Director Brad Wright: bwright@wns-la.org.

    • Take some time Tuesday afternoon and evening to get acquainted with your materials, make sure devices are charged up, etc. Let Kelly, Stacey, or Heidi know if there are any issues or questions.
    • Kelly, Stacey, and Heidi will send specific schedule information to their divisions and additional resources to guide you and your student.
  • Wednesday: Distance Learning officially begins. Initial online connection and learning will take place. You will receive more details from your classroom teacher and division head. We will be delivering Distance Learning in two tiers: tier one is the academic program all students are expected to engage in daily. Tier two will be optional activities through links, suggestions, ideas, prompts and fun challenges that we encourage students to dabble in based on their interests.
  • Thursday: Ongoing Distance Learning activities.
  • Friday: Livestream message to all families/students at 9:00am from the Head of School & ongoing Distance Learning activities.
With the combination of no school and rain with limited indoor activities, I have a great appreciation for all of you, and the new normal will kick in soon. I know others may still need to go into work and need childcare support. I know some of you may be looking for ways to connect with each other in your classes, creating digital buddy groups and parent support resources. You can use the grade level distribution email lists for this purpose, just keep in mind that it’s best to offer an “opt-in” option when reaching out, and make a smaller email thread with those who choose to be a part of this. I ask that you directly reach out to me with any questions or concerns about anything related to the school closure or managing information about the coronavirus. If you have any questions about reaching out to your fellow families, please contact Amy Woropay, Director of Communications, aworopay@wns-la.org.
I also know we have some families that may be significantly impacted by the complication of having to work and manage childcare. Please reach out to me (bzacuto@wns-la.org) if help is needed. We have connections and resources in our WNS community that can help you!
If you have ordered Freshlunches, please log into your account and cancel any upcoming meals. Per their policy, you will receive 100% credit for all meals canceled starting Tuesday, March 17. Please be sure to review your account and contact Freshluches with any questions.
As mentioned before, if you need additional resources and information, please visit our Coronavirus webpage. I encourage you to take this weekend at home with your families to reconnect and get ready for the week ahead. I will be back in touch with a message on Monday unless any situations change prior to then.

March 12: Coronavirus Update

Dear WNS Community,
It is times like these that test the strength of a community and challenge us all to remain calm and centered. I appreciate the many notes of support for what was clearly a difficult decision, and I also have seen communications among and between parents that acknowledge the stress and worry many of you are feeling. I ask that you take a deep breath, and with calm, read this email all the way through.
CLARIFYING OUR REASONING FOR CLOSURE
I want to provide some transparency to the abrupt decision to close the school as of today. I clearly saw school closure before spring break as likely, and communicated that in my email earlier this week. Like you, we thought we had more time to prepare, but the Board, Senior Administrative Staff, and I determined that closing now was the prudent and right thing to do for a myriad of reasons. Let me share these with you now. One, despite rumors I have heard being shared, there has been absolutely no case of COVID-19 among any WNS student, parent, or staff member as of this time. What is true is that there were three different and completely unrelated stories of albeit very remote WNS connections to possible COVID-19 exposure that all came to my attention throughout the day yesterday. While we did not believe our school community was at immediate risk, this information along with the growing tide of local news reports and information that a number of other LA area independent schools were closing as of today tipped the scale for WNS to do so as well. This decision was done out of an abundance of caution. I am asking all of you to please not advance theories or conjecture at this time. Email me if you have a question or concern so I can give you accurate information.
DOING OUR PART TO LIMIT COMMUNITY SPREAD
What is true is that current information makes it clear that all of us need to take the potential for community spread of COVID-19 seriously. We closed our school, the NBA just shut down their season, and other large gatherings throughout LA are being canceled. We all want to do our part in stemming the tide of community spread in LA, and we can be a part of supporting our friends in the WNS community as well as contributing to the greater community good.
Right now keeping children home and in very small groups (3-4 children max) is strongly advised. If you are helping a friend with childcare, always confirm the household is healthy and try to use outdoor spaces as much as possible. Adults and children are encouraged to stay out of any large group, public gatherings. We should all be consistently using all of the heightened hygiene practices including frequent hand washing, use disinfecting hand sanitizers before entering and when leaving any public area, wiping down surfaces with sanitizers frequently, cover our mouths whenever sneezing or coughing, keep a “social distance of 6 feet” if you can in public areas, and DO NOT SHAKE HANDS. Hand to mouth is considered one of the most active means of transferring COVID-19 from one person to another. I know these circumstances will present some significant hardship to some of our families, and many members of our community have reached out with offers to help. If you must work and need help with childcare, let us know. As a community, we are here to support one another and so if you yourself or you know of anyone who is now in a difficult situation due to the closure, please reach out to me. I want to help facilitate ways to support you.
LAUNCHING DISTANCE LEARNING
We are preparing to resume school-led instruction for your children as of next Wednesday, March 18. As you have seen this morning from your division head, we are working on rolling out our developmentally appropriate Distance Learning plans. Our faculty and staff are currently working to get all systems up and running. You will hear a lot more about all of this in the coming days. Please know that we will have active digital instruction for your children. We are not asking parents to lead a homeschooling effort. We are asking for your partnership in helping to guide your children through the lessons and materials that our faculty provide.
I will write you tomorrow with more details, but here is the general timeline of our rollout:
  • Monday: Faculty and staff working to organize Distance Learning supplies for students.
  • Tuesday: System for pick-up of student supplies (and books in lockers) between 8am-4pm. This will be organized alphabetically so to manage the number of people on campus. We will also have strategies in place to support all families with this process which I will explain in tomorrow’s email.
  • Wednesday: Initial online connection and learning will begin. Kelly, Stacey, and Heidi will send specific information to their divisions to guide you and your student.
  • Thursday: Ongoing Distance Learning activities.
  • Friday: Livestream message to all families/students from Head of School & ongoing Distance Learning activities.
Families will need to have a computer, tablet, or other internet-connected device to use with their child. ECC-2 children will be best served by an iPad, for ECC students this is optional. 3rd-5th grade students will be assigned a chromebook and charger that can be picked up on Tuesday. 6th-8th grade students will be using their current chromebook. You will also need to have a home internet connection. The device should have a camera and built-in microphone for video conferencing and recording. If you do not have access to a suitable device or internet connection please contact WNS Technology Director Brad Wright: bwright@wns-la.org.
OUR CAMPUS
The campus is currently undergoing hospital-grade sanitizing of all three buildings as an added precaution. We expect to have the work completed through the weekend and open the campus to faculty/staff Monday, March 16. As stated earlier, we will begin coordinated visits to pick up the needed technology and materials in alphabetical groupings from 8am-4pm on Tuesday, March 17. More details will come tomorrow regarding specific instructions.
What I ask of all of you is to remain calm, and maintain this level of calm around your children. Many of us have been through challenging times like this before and come through it stronger than ever. We are entering a time that is a new normal, and I believe challenging times like these present opportunities as well. We will be stronger together.
Look for my next email tomorrow afternoon. In the meantime, take some time with your family and know that we are all working here at WNS to provide support and continuity for you and your children.

March 11: School Closed Tomorrow, March 12

Dear WNS Community,
As you know, we have been closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking steps to protect our community while maintaining the continuity and normalcy of school for our children and families.
We are monitoring the recent increase in the number of reported cases of COVID-19 in the greater LA area, issues around community spread, and information about possible exposure by siblings of WNS students and a WNS student. While there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in our community, out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to close WNS as of tonight, Wednesday, March 11. There is no school tomorrow, March 12, through the end of Spring Break (April 14). We have also decided to close the campus to all faculty and staff as well on Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, as we deep clean all three campus buildings. This decision was made by me with the full support of the Board of Trustees and Senior Administrative Staff.
We did not come to this decision easily and recognize that this will create challenges for many of our families, particularly working families. I am genuinely sorry about this and wish circumstances were different. I also know there will be disappointment by many of our students who have exciting school activities, presentations, field trips, ACE/ACE Plus classes, and athletic events during March. The Senior Staff will be meeting over the coming week to reschedule as many of these events as possible, and the Spring sports season will resume after Spring Break.
Even more importantly, there will be continuity of instruction during this time of school closure. The faculty has already been preparing for an age-appropriate approach to Distance Learning for all of our PS-8th grade students. Information on how this will look and work for each of our three divisions will be emailed over the next few days by Kelly Massey (ECC), Stacey Koff (K-4), and Heidi Reimann (5-8). Teachers will be communicating directly with their students about Distance Learning activities and lessons beginning Tuesday, March 17. We take the continuing education of your children very seriously. Please use these next several days to get your own plans in order and help your student(s) prepare their home learning space. We know students may need to pick up supplies at school, and we will provide information on how we can manage this starting Monday, March 16.
We are also closing the school at this time to do our part to reduce the rate of community spread by limiting large gatherings. Please do your part to support this outside of school by avoiding large venues and group gatherings.
I understand this is late notice, and more information will be forthcoming tomorrow. You can also check the WNS Coronavirus Webpage. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at bzacuto@wns-la.org.
Respectfully,
Brad Zacuto

March 10: Coronavirus Update

Dear WNS Community,
I recognize that the ongoing news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is unsettling and, for many, extremely concerning.  I want to assure all of you that we are taking our responsibility for the education and health of our students as well as our community responsibility very seriously at WNS.
We continue to maintain calm and positive normalcy in our school routines with a constant eye on the evolving situation as we incorporate new protocols and strategies to maintain a safe and healthy school environment. We also are aware of the ongoing debate as to the efficacy of school closures as a possible strategy to slow community spread. With all of this in mind, I want to provide all of our families with an update and some additional resources.
We have created a coronavirus webpage (wns-la.org/coronavirus) on our school website. All of these bulletins I am sharing are archived on this page, as well as updates on school event cancelations and resources. This is your go-to place for WNS Coronavirus updates. This page is a public page, and we encourage you to share any of our communications and resources with others in your network.
It is important to me that all of you know how seriously we are taking this and that we are closely monitoring the most current information available about COVID-19 by aggregating information from multiple reputable sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the LA County Department of Health as well as a number of WNS community staff and public health experts. I am also in close communication with other CAIS School Heads and closely monitoring communications and actions by other schools in the Los Angeles area.
Update of what we are currently doing at school as of the week of March 9:
Minimizing Large Group Gatherings:
  • Community Gathering and ECC Morning Sing have been canceled through Spring Break.
  • Major school events that bring large gatherings, such as 2nd GradeSo You Think You Can Dance and the 8th grade play performances will be rescheduled for after Spring Break. We will communicate with families the new dates and times for these events as soon as possible.
  • Canceling or rescheduling field trips.
  • Please visit our coronavirus webpage for updated information regarding school event cancelations.
Heightened Cautionary Health Advisories (for students, parents, and employees): 
  • Please do not send your child to school if he/she/they have a cough or a temperature over 99.5. Students should not return to school until they are fever-free without medication for 24-hours.
  • Asking parents and faculty/staff who are not feeling well, or who are caring for children who are sick, to please stay off campus.
  • If you or your child have flu-like symptoms (fever and a cough), please see your physician and ask if you should be screened for COVID-19; immediately alert the school if you test positive for any infectious disease.

Reinforcing Healthy Hygiene Protocols:

  • Check out the WNS video on healthy hygiene protocols.
  • Making proper and frequent handwashing a priority for all students and adults on campus a part of our daily routines; signs are up in all restrooms.
  • Reinforcing with students the ways to cough and sneeze to avoid spreading droplets from coughs and sneezes using tissues or elbow when tissues aren’t available (this is understood to be the number-one pathway for transmission).
  • Eliminating handshakes, high fives, and hugs (we will show our community love through our words and deeds).
Increased Janitorial Services: 
  • Additional mid-day and evening janitorial sanitizing cleaning, including nightly disinfectant cleaning of tables, desks, doorknobs, gate keypads, etc.
  • Added a deep cleaning every Sunday evening that includes cleaning area rugs in the ECC, Kindergarten,1st grade and ACE classrooms.
Preparing for Possible School Closure and Learning Continuity
I am frequently asked about the possibility of our school and other schools in our area closing prior to Spring Break. I understand the worry many have, and I fully grasp the issues with community spread and “flattening the curve.” All of this must also be factored in with very real and equally important issues of the actual health risk in our area and school, the financial and logistical impact on families during extended school closure, supporting learning continuity, and the impact on the community if students are out of school and not adequately supervised.
The WNS Risk Management Team, made up of key staff, Health and Safety Committee members, Trustees, and me, are actively gathering information and monitoring the situation. We are also in very close communication with our peer schools who are facing all the same issues and challenges.
This is a dynamic situation, and while we continue to operate the school under the aforementioned guidelines, we are also preparing for the implementation of Distance Learning in the event of an extended school closure. Faculty in all three divisions (ECC, K-5, 6-8) are actively training and preparing this week for Distance Learning protocols and strategies. Obviously, this will look very different across grade levels, and Heidi, Stacey, and Kelly will be communicating with you this week about plans for Distance Learning in their divisions and what you can do to prepare for this. You will also soon hear directly from your child’s teachers by the end of the week as to the plans they have in place.
We are asking families to take some time at home to prepare for the advent of Distance Learning. First, develop a childcare plan with friends and family in the event of school closure, including for our older students. The point of closing school would be to limit exposure to large social gatherings. Second, set-up a home learning area and organize for an extended time of distance learning. This graphic from the Global Online Academy provides some habits of mind to help make the Distance Learning experience very successful. Additional Distance Learning resources can be found on our coronavirus webpage. Teachers will soon be sending home and posting on our coronavirus webpage specific information about ways to prepare for home learning if and when the school closes. Third, while all of this is happening, please continue to take seriously the basic strategies promoted by the WHO, CDC, and other public health agencies to (1) wash hands frequently, (2) practice social distancing by avoiding large public gatherings, and (3) and consider postponing unnecessary travel.
If the decision is to close the school and move to Distance Learning, you will be notified through all available communication channels available to us: email, text (if you added a number in our emergency contact system), posting on our website and social media. 
Please continue to look for further communications from us on this matter as the need arises. Our WNS community was built for a time like this. We have the capacity to pull together in remarkable ways when we are called to do so, and this is such a time. I’m so grateful to be a part of this very special school community and appreciate everyone’s cooperation and support at this time.

March 5: Quick Note about Health and Upcoming Events

WNS Community,
We have two big community events coming up soon – Community Gathering/First Friday Coffee on Friday and Movie Night on Saturday. In light of this, I just wanted to remind everyone of these simple measures that can help reduce the spread of germs and promote positive health and hygiene.
  • WNS has a lot of love to give but we are not hugging/handshaking. This goes for everyone, ECC to adults.
  • If you have a sick family member at home we ask that you stay home as well. Additionally, remember that all students must be fever-free for 24-hours without medication before returning to school.
  • If you feel under the weather, please stay home and get well. Join us when you’re feeling better.

March 3: Coronavirus and Healthy Hygiene Update

Dear WNS Families,
Monitoring information about the Coronavirus is dynamic, and new information comes to us every day. We are actively monitoring and sifting through the myriad of recommendations and working to create an age-appropriate, effective, home-school approach to promote a high degree of “staying healthy hygiene” into our daily routines.
We have learned that the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) primarily targets lungs and is most typically spread through “large” droplets like those expelled in a cough, sneeze or saliva, not through the air we breathe. The COVID-19 virus can survive on surfaces and in clothing for up to a week. Given that hand-to-mouth/nose-to-lung transmission is the most common pathway for infection, we want to find ways to short-circuit this transmission along the multiple points of this pathway. Based on this, here are the protocols we are actively teaching our students and encourage all of you to practice and reinforce at home. Together we can help our community stay healthy and safe.
  1. No Handshaking! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc., to say hello or congratulate a friend.
  2. Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been. Dry hands thoroughly. Students are to wash hands BEFORE and AFTER lunch and recess. Teachers have been instructed to reinforce this. Click here for the proper handwashing technique chart.
  3. Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at entrances AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching potentially contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands.
  4. Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard appropriately whenever possible. When a tissue isn’t available, use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious viruses that can be passed on for up to a week or more! Change your clothes after school/work. Wash your clothing!
  5. Be alert for children promoting fear or rumors about Coronavirus and for conversations that advance harmful and hurtful stereotypes. Anyone can catch it; anyone can spread it. We are ALL in this together.
  6. Help keep children calm and know that we are all doing things to keep us safe; together we can make our school environment a safe one. Teaching children about “germs” and infectious disease in a developmentally appropriate way can be helpful in giving them context. The fact is that very few children have had serious cases of Coronavirus, but they can inadvertently spread it from place to place. We want to stop “community spread.”
  7. Leave office/classroom doors OPEN as much as possible at this time; let’s eliminate that automatic hand to knob to hand transmission as much as possible.
  8. Wipe down cell phones and other hand-held devices frequently. This can be a point of inadvertent transmission.
Teachers at ALL grade levels will instruct students on these protocols throughout the week; please do the same at home.
In addition to these protocols, we are also taking additional measures here at WNS, including:
  1. Enhanced janitorial nightly cleaning services and additional deep cleaning over the weekend that includes cleaning with disinfectant all tabletops, counters, and doorknobs.
  2. Providing hand sanitizers at all entrances and in classrooms.
  3. Providing boxes of facial tissues for all offices and classrooms; encourage tissue use over using the elbow.
  4. Installing additional outdoor hand-washing sinks.
  5. Adding high-quality HEPA filters to our HVAC system (for general air quality; not necessarily relevant for Coronavirus).
  6. Sending students home that present one or more symptoms of the flu. Click here for a chart that outlines cold vs. flu symptoms.
  7. Asking children and faculty/staff to stay home if they have fever 100 or above and to remain at home until fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours.
What we are asking parents to do: 
  1. Reinforce our “staying healthy hygiene” strategies (listed above) with your children.
  2. Remind children to bring a reusable water bottle every day.
  3. Have students bring individual tissue packs to have with them at all times.
  4. Reinforce proper hand-washing techniques.
  5. Keep children home if they are showing flu-like symptoms and any fever 100 degrees or higher. Students must be fever-free at least 24 hours without medication before returning to school.
  6. Wipe down cell phones and other frequently used devices with disinfectant wipes twice a day!
  7. If your child (or you) develop flu-like symptoms with a cough, and particularly if there is any chest/breathing discomfort, see your doctor and request a screening to determine if you or they have influenza (common flu) or COVID-19. Let the school know immediately if you or your child tests positive, or if you know you or your child was exposed to the Coronavirus. This is the policy to follow for the common flu any year as well.
  8. Help keep children calm and know that we are all doing things to keep us safe. Monitor the news shows that are broadcasting into your home or car in the presence of your children; monitor your dialog with other adults around you.
  9. Be alert for children promoting fear or rumors about Coronavirus and who may be engaging in conversations that advance harmful and hurtful stereotypes.

Things to consider when in public areas with heavy traffic:

  • Use ONLY your knuckle or tissue to touch light switches, elevator buttons, etc. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove. Wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Open doors with your closed fist or hip or tissue – do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. This is especially important on bathroom and commercial doors.
  • Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.
I recognize these are unsettling times for many of you. We have seen situations like this in the past, and will undoubtedly see them again in the future. Furthermore, what we are teaching our children and practicing ourselves will instill some generally good hygiene practices for the future. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed and proactively notify you if the situation requires any modification of our activities or operations.

February 27: Coronavirus Update

Dear WNS Community,
On Tuesday, February 25th, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) held a press conference updating the country on the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and what steps should be taken moving forward. We wanted to share with you some of the steps our school is taking to prevent the spread of illness across our campus and plan for the possible spread of the coronavirus in our community. We have met with our school’s Health, Safety, and Security Advisory Committee, surveyed a consortium of school health care professionals, and sought guidance from our consultants at Joffee Emergency Services.
As the CDC emphasized, there is not currently a coronavirus pandemic in the United States. A pandemic occurs when a disease is spreading from a variety of sources across a large region, and the number of cases across the US is still small. However, given how quickly the global situation is evolving, we are monitoring new developments daily and will continue to reevaluate our steps and actions.
In the meantime, the most effective way to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease is to follow basic health best practices here at school and at home, such as:
  • Enforcing greater hygiene: washing hands thoroughly, not sharing unwashed drinking or eating utensils, covering up coughs/sneezes, and maintaining proper hygiene when using restrooms.
    • WNS daily janitorial cleaning protocols have been enhanced during this time, including using disinfectant in wiping down tables and desks in classrooms.
  • Reminding students to wash hands thoroughly before every meal and throughout the day. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the school as an additional option.
  • We ask that all faculty, staff, and students who are feeling ill to stay home until they recover (any temperature over 99.6 is considered a fever; remember, adults and children should be fever-free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school after an illness).
  • If you have flu-like symptoms (fever and a cough), please see your physician and ask if you should be screened for the COVID-19; immediately alert the school if you test positive for any infectious disease.
Our school community is prepared to alter our procedures and planning should the situation change and if and when we are advised to suspend school by the CDC or other health organizations. This includes a range of strategies to provide our students with ongoing learning through virtual schooling during such a closure. We are also thinking ahead regarding the impact of any upcoming school trips and other non-typical school activities may have in the context of the coronavirus. We will communicate any changes affirmatively when the time is appropriate.
It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion like the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. Any directives from the World Health Organization, CDC, or local governmental organizations should be followed.
In times like this, we are particularly grateful for the strength and togetherness of this community. We also must actively resist any conversations that single out any particular group because of an assumption of contact with the COVID-19 contagion.
Please continue to look for further communications from us on this matter as the need arises.

Event Changes & Cancelations

AS OF THE SCHOOL CLOSURE ON MARCH 12, ALL EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED THROUGH APRIL 19. Some events will be rescheduled at a later date and you will be notified when that happens. If cirumstances change, we will update the dates here.

Early Childhood Center

Google Meet will be available for the children twice a day which we hope will give them a sense of continuity and connection. If you do not have a computer or device with which your child can participate, please contact Brad Wright bwright@wnsk8.com so we can lend you a tablet for the duration of our closure.
A day of Distance Learning with the ECC will most likely look something like this:
9:00 Google meet morning meeting with kids and teachers. Teachers will present the planned possibilities for the day in the form of two or three classroom-relevant and open-ended “provocations” such as…
  • Go for a walk around your neighborhood and try to find the letters of your name in nature. Take a picture and send it to us.
  • Construct a bug out of loose parts in your maker space.
  • Write a letter to a friend from class and drop it in the mail.
9:30: Email will go out to parents with intentions behind the provocation and tips about how to facilitate
10:00-11:30: Kids and Adults engaged in work and learning together
11:30-12:00: Kids and adults respond to Planned Possibilities with stories and possibly pictures
12:00-2:00: Lunch, rest time, books, quiet
3:00: Teachers will host an end of day chat via Google Meet

Kindergarten-5th Grade

Expectations for Distance Learning:

Click here for the K-5 Distance Learning Schedule.

For ACE and Tier 2 information, visit the ACE tile in OnCampus.

  • Teachers will take attendance until 10am.  Present means either being in a live Google Meet or responding to the Morning Meet prompt, share, or activity.
  • K-5 Lessons for math, language arts, social studies/SEL/ABC as well as specialists (art, science, music, Spanish, PE).  The lessons will be prepared by teachers and will be approximately 10-20 minutes either live or video, independent activities during the block of time will be 20-30 minutes, and 10-15 minutes is allotted to turn lesson/activity/independent work in. There will be guidelines from teachers on how to turn work in.
  • Teachers will be available as much as possible for communications. If you need a virtual time with them for 10 minutes at a time, there will be time set aside from 12:00-1:45. There will be sign up time for parents provided by the teachers.  For all K-5 students needing one-on-one time, parents must be present (not right in front of the screen, but in close proximity).
  • At the beginning of each class, the teacher will explain (either live, virtual video or in writing) and set learning objectives, experiences, and lesson. Students will then be asked to go work on their tasks (largely offline) and then come back to turn in or check in regarding lessons. Teachers will further outline this process depending on grade level, subject, etc.

6th-8th Grade

Expectations for Distance Learning:

Click here for the Middle School Distance Learning Schedule.

We will be following a Monday-Friday schedule. This is not more time or less time with each subject, but it is a different workflow. We recommend that students write out their own schedule or highlight their specific classes.

We will be having advisory daily. Four days a week, students need to check in via an advisory Google Classroom by 10:30am and respond to a share question.  One other day a week, students need to check in via Zoom with their advisories (see schedule below). Attendance will be taken every day in advisory (through Google Classroom or Zoom).
  • 6th grade advisory will be live on Mondays from 8:10-8:30
  • 7th grade advisory will be live on Thursdays from 8:10- 8:30
  • 8th grade advisory will be live on Wednesdays from 8:10- 8:30
Some classes will be live, while others will allow for student conferences/check-ins with teachers. This is noted on the schedule.  Students are expected to check in at the beginning of live classes – attendance will be taken for those classes.
  • If a student is unavailable for a Live class, we ask that the student and/or the parent notify the teacher of that class before, if possible, and if not, afterward.
  • In addition to class times, students (or parents) may request additional help from a teacher by scheduling an appointment directly with that teacher.
  • This is a new approach to teaching learning for all of us. We are committing to this schedule for the next eight days. If there are things that can be improved from a scheduling standpoint, we may make some adjustments at that point and communicate them to you.

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