WGSD – April 3

Dear WGSD Family,

In one of my original messages to you regarding the initiation of online learning, I shared that challenges to its success would be inevitable, we’d listen and learn along the way, and we’d adjust as needed in response to the best interests of our children and families.  In fulfillment of that promise, we wanted to let you know that starting next Friday, April 10, preschool through 12th-grade teachers will not introduce any new content (whole class lessons) on Fridays.  This will allow students to catch up on work they may have missed for various reasons (ex: technology issues or caring for family members), teachers and staff to connect and support the academic and social-emotional needs of individual students and staff to collaborate and plan with one another in support of student learning.  It will also provide students, staff and families additional time to focus on good health practices and self-care.  Staff will still be available during their identified and communicated “office hours” in support of students and their learning.

Also, last week I shared our concerns regarding public use of our playgrounds.  As has been communicated time and time again, COVID-19 would live on our playground equipment for some time if utilized by an infected person, knowingly or not.  Consent with St. Louis County, we’ve locked playgrounds that are fenced, placed signage at each site and have “wrapped” playgrounds, not fenced-in, with caution tape.  Also, we’ve notified the police to help remove any people we see on our playgrounds.  In addition, and also consistent with St. Louis County, we’ve made the decision to close the Moss Field area for use.  While we know this is a popular spot for walkers in our community, we feel closing down usage at this time is something we must do to help prevent the spread of this harmful and deadly disease.

What follows is my weekly message to students, followed by recognition of last week’s winners of the student challenge and an introduction of this week’s challenge!  Please share it with your children!

 

To check out the creative and fun videos submitted by students and families last week, please check out the video below!  A donation of $50 will be made to the Webster-Rock Hill Ministries in honor of last week’s participants.

If your child(ren) would like to submit a video, please:

  • email it to simpson.john@wgcloud.org by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8,
  • let me know if you don’t want your child’s video included in my weekly message next Friday, and
  • know that donations related to the challenge will not come from district funds.

With care,

John

 

 

MESSAGE FROM WGSD NURSES

Hello, Webster Groves School District staff and families,

The nurses of WGSD wanted to share reminders and action steps with you if the time comes that someone in your household tests positive or shows symptoms of COVID-19, or you have been told to quarantine or self-isolate due to some other reason. 

  1. Please contact your health care provider or the St. Louis County Health Department if you have concerns that you or someone in your household may have COVID-19. Follow their instructions for testing and self-isolation.
    • St. Louis County COVID-19 hotline number: 877-435-8411
  2. Follow these CDC guidelines for home isolation and information on caring for someone in your home that may be isolated.
  3. Everyone, please follow the county’s stay at home order – especially remember that our district’s playgrounds are closed. We recommend taking daily note of places you have visited outside the home in the event you are asked to report.
  4. Per CDC websites above: If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
    • *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
  5. Follow the health department’s/CDC/your health provider’s guidelines on when it is ok to discontinue isolation. (See sites above)
  6. Reach out to your school’s nurse, principal, counselor, or teacher if your family is affected by this and you need assistance in obtaining resources, getting groceries, etc. We are all in this together!
  7. Report to *this form* the start date of self-isolation if your household is affected. This information is important in planning our return to school buildings.

Sincerely,

WGSD nurses

DISTRICT AND LOCAL RESOURCES

District Meal ProgramClick here to learn more about the district’s “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meal program, free to all children between the ages of 0-18.

Regional Food and Emotional Well-Being Support: Click here to access a variety of free, regional resources.

Discussing COVID-19 with Children: Click here for tips from professionals for speaking to children about the COVID-19 crisis and monitoring the effect of things on them.  to learn from mental health professionals about talking with children of all ages about what’s happening and signs you might look for to seek mental health assistance for them: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z0baGBgRs77oAaksk9LqEPpbuJFbrj8F/view

CENSUS

In order to be fully represented in Washington D.C and Jefferson City and secure billions of dollars in state and federal funding, please take 5 minutes to complete the 2020 Census by clicking here, calling (844-330-2020), or by returning a paper questionnaire.

ENROLLING NEW STUDENTS INCLUDING INCOMING KINDERGARTNERS

During our extended school closure, we will continue to enroll students through email, phone, etc. You will begin the enrollment process for your child(ren) by contacting Anna Trinh at trinh.anna@wgmail.org or 314-961-1233.  Please know that we do understand that certain circumstances will make this enrollment process unique.  Please click the following link, to view the documents you’ll need to enroll your child(ren): https://www.webster.k12.mo.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=26.

2020-21 DR. HENRY GIVENS JR. ELEMENTARY OPEN HOUSE AND KINDERGARTEN LOTTERY

If you’re interested in sending your child to kindergarten at Givens for the 2020-21 school year, the school will be hosting a kindergarten open house event online Tuesday, April 7 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Please notify Beverly Brooks (brooks.beverly@wgmail.org or 314-610-3529) if you would like to attend the virtual open house and she will reach out with a meeting ID as the event nears.

Families whose homes will be zoned for Givens when the new boundary lines are implemented in 2021-22 can choose to send their incoming kindergarten student to Givens in 2020-21. If your family will not be zoned for Givens in 21-22 and you would like to send your incoming kindergarten student to Givens in 2020-21, you may participate in the lottery which will take place online Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m. Please notify (brooks.beverly@wgmail.org or 314-610-3529) if you would like to attend the virtual lottery and she will reach out with a meeting ID as the event nears.

To find out if your home will be zoned for Givens in 2021-22, please click on the following link and type in your address: https://www.myschoollocation.com/WebsterGrovesSD/default.aspx.

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT FOR DISTRICT DEVICES

Online learning is underway! If you’d like to view a variety of resources and “how to” videos in support of your children’s learning, please access the district’s Alternative Learning Plan here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N_JnVYSMFJw0FXQrqHg5xAblI8Ntto3h/view?usp=sharing.

If you need assistance with the district computer you’re using, please contact the Parent Technology Support Line at 314-455-7080, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.