Message from Principal Scallon

Message from Principal Scallon
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Hello Wizard Families!  

On behalf of the staff at Windsor High School, we are excited to welcome each and every one of you to the 2020-21 school year.  We have missed our students during the past few months and are eagerly looking ahead to their safe return to our building.  This year holds the promise for many unforgettable experiences in learning, flexibility, understanding, growth and innovation!  We appreciate your patience, trust and grace as we navigate these uncharted waters.

We are very excited to have in-person learning this year; however, in order for us to maintain that style of education, we must share important updates with you about our plans and protocols for returning to school. 

Hybrid Learning Model:  Our current plan, subject to change as circumstances evolve, is to begin in a hybrid model (visit our homepage at the WHS website to see what a hybrid schedule looks like).  This model includes two days of in-person learning and three days of remote, off-campus learning.  Group A will start school on Monday, August 17th, and come to school in person only on Mondays & Thursdays. Group A will engage in remote, off-campus learning  on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Group B will start school on Tuesday, August 18th, and come to school in person only on Tuesdays & Fridays. Group B will engage in remote, off-campus learning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  If you are unsure of what group your child is in, please call our main office at (970)686-8100.  

The first day of school will consist of advisory mornings where we will go over new procedures at WHS. This will include class meetings, community building activities, chromebook distribution and information on staying safe at WHS during Covid.

Throughout the year we will continually monitor and  evaluate local circumstances and will also review new state and national guidance as it is published to inform our learning models. Changes in learning models will be shared with you directly, and we will alert you if a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 is affecting our school. This information will also be published online at weldre4.org. We anticipate circumstances regarding our learning plans may change and families should be prepared for our responses to those changes, some of which may happen quickly over the course of the year. 

 

In-person Learning 

Entering the building:  Each morning our doors will open at 8:15 AM. Please arrange for alternative drop offs if you have to bring your child prior to 8:15.  After arriving at school, students will enter from one of 3 different entrances depending on how they arrive at school - this will help alleviate any crowding issues at all entry points and will allow us to get students screened and into the building as quickly as possible.  

  • Main office entry- drop off students, those who walk or ride bikes 

  • Innovation Center entrance- additional drop off student entry and walkers/riders

  • Activity Building entrance- most students that drive to school or ride with other students   

To help with traffic flow and maintaining cohorts, we strongly recommend that you drop your students off closest to the entrance they will be entering and encourage those students who drive to exercise patience and pre-planning when coming to the building.

We will start our screening process upon student arrival each morning.  As students enter the building their temperature will be taken by one of six staff members assigned to each entrance.  If, for some reason, a student’s temperature is elevated, we will have them sit in an area close by and rescreen them after a few minutes of rest.  If your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please keep them home and call our attendance line at (970)686-8105.  

Once students are screened they will be reporting directly to their first hour classes. We will all need to do our part with social distancing. Although students may have missed their friends and they want to hang out together, we are all going to be practicing social distancing and we appreciate your cooperation.

Masks are required for all students and staff.  Face coverings will be required for students in all schools, including Windsor High School. Everyone in a district building will need to provide their own cloth face coverings; wearing them will be enforced on our school campus as part of our dress code policy.

Lockers:  To avoid crowds in the hallway and decrease exposure, students will not be assigned lockers.  Please ensure your student brings only what  they need each day and are prepared to keep all belongings with them throughout the day. 

Cohorts: Students will be grouped together with other students in cohorts to the extent possible according to their schedules. They  will transition together for most of the day to reduce the risk of exposure. Teachers and students will make sure all student desks and tables are cleaned between classes. 

In an effort to minimize exposure and cohort crossing, at the end of each in-person learning day, students will be encouraged to leave campus as quickly as possible.  Please communicate your plan with your child so that they know exactly what to do and where to go after school.  

School Supplies:  In an effort to limit sharing and the spread of germs, we are asking students to have their own supplies.  We will avoid having community containers of pencils, sticky notes, markers, etc.  Please check the teacher's websites for required supplies.

Schedules:  If you haven’t done so already, we strongly recommend that you sign-up for a Campus Portal Account.  Campus Portal is the parent side of our student information system, called Infinite Campus.  Please find directions on how to create your account here.  Through this account, you will be able to view and print your child(ren)’s schedule, grades, and pay any fees that may be owed.  If you need assistance in creating your account or resetting your password, please call our main office at (970)686-8100.  Lunch:  Our lunch periods have been separated into two distinct groups to enhance distancing and to allow for time for students to eat while on and off campus. 

The first lunch period will run from 11:40-12:20 while the second lunch time will extend from 1:05-1:45. Students will be allowed to bring snacks to class.  Please encourage your child to bring a water bottle every day. Drinking fountains won’t be available, but water bottle fillers will be available for students.  In order to limit cash exchanges, we strongly encourage you to pay for your child’s breakfasts and lunches online at My School Bucks.   

Off-Campus Learning:

During the three days of off-campus learning, students will have full days of rigorous lessons and assignments to complete.  On Wednesdays, all students will participate in a synchronous learning schedule - where they will be required to check in with each of their teachers (via Google Meet) on a shortened bell schedule.  If your child is in Group A, he/she will be engaging in asynchronous off-campus lessons on Tuesdays and Fridays.  If your child is in Group B, he/she will be engaging in asynchronous off-campus lessons on Mondays and Thursdays.  These lessons may include (but aren’t limited to) follow-up assignment to in-person learning, choice board activities, completing modules, or building background knowledge by watching a video about the content.  


WHS Hybrid Learning Schedule


Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday





Group A





In-Person Learning








Asynchronous Remote Learning

Synchronous, online-learning for
Group A & B


8:00 - 8:40

Zero Hour

8:40- 9:35

1st Block

9:40 - 10:35

2nd Block

10:40 - 11:35

3rd Block

11:40 - 12:35

4th Block

12:35 - 1:20

Break/Lunch

1:20 - 2:30

Individual Meeting Time/Work Time

2:30 - 4:00

Work Time






In-Person Learning





Asynchronous Remote Learning





Group B





Asynchronous Remote Learning





In-Person Learning





Asynchronous Remote Learning





In-Person Learning

 

 

Chromebooks:  Weld Re-4 will provide all secondary students with their own chromebook to use both in and out of school. Please help your child to take good care of it, keep it charged, and bring it with them when they come to school.  We strongly recommend getting a protective sleeve or case for it.

Canvas:  All teachers will be utilizing Canvas as a Learning Management System.  Assignments will be posted on each teachers’ page and students will be shown how to access them.  We would also encourage you to create a Canvas Observer Account where you can monitor your child’s lessons and assignments.  Please find the instructions on how to create a Canvas Observer Account here.  

Forms: Please print and complete the Website Consent Form and the Acceptable Use Policy. Both of these need to be completed, signed, and returned on the first day of school. 

We recognize this is a lot of information to process.  Please be patient with yourself and with us as we begin school in a new way this year.  If you have any questions, please contact the school at 970-686-8111. Again, we are very much looking forward to working with you this school year!  We can’t wait to see your student(s)  on Monday, August 17 or Tuesday, August 18!  

We are...Windsor Strong! GO WIZARDS!

Michelle Scallon

Principal

Windsor High School