WGSD – April 24 (Summer School, etc.)

Dear WGSD Family,

As we continue to operate in the now, I do want you to know we’re dedicating quite a bit of time and energy into planning for our students’ and staffs’ safe return to school, both to close out the existing year — which includes collecting and dropping off items — as well as returning to our regular school operations.  Local and regional discussions are occurring regarding this as well.  From planning through implementation, we’ll continue to prioritize the health and safety of all – physical as well as emotional.  Also, we’ll be mindful of how these processes will likely need to look different for some including students and staff who won’t be returning for the 2020-21 school year and students who will be transferring from one building to another.

Next, I wanted to provide you with a summer school update. At this point in time, we are still planning to have educational programming for our students this summer.  However, and with respect for the health and well-being all, our summer programming will be online.

Our high school students (rising 9th through rising 12th grade) will take online classes in a virtual format.  High school summer school courses will run from June 1st through July 2nd.  WGHS students who have already enrolled in a summer class will maintain enrollment in these virtual courses.  Space is still available in some courses and interested students should reach out to their counselors regarding enrollment.

For rising 1st through 8th grade students, we are currently exploring online options for summer school programming.  More information will be shared when plans are solidified.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer a Preschool or Adventure Club program.

All summer school programming is dependent on full state funding.  Any possible cuts to funding may cause us to alter what we are able to offer.

Lastly, thanks to each of you who completed the online learning survey.  This morning, building and district administrators discussed the feedback secured from the 1073 people who completed the survey.  As intended, the results will help inform and improve our work with your children moving forward.

With care,




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 see 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 29,
  • 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.



District Meal Program:  Click 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.

Family Meal Support: The Webster-Rock Hill Ministries is providing food to families in need.  Call (961-5082) or stop by during regular business hours (9 – 12 pm, Monday – Friday)

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

Discussing COVID-19 and Death with Children: For support talking to children about things related to COVID-19, including the death of people they know, please access a variety of resources on our COVID-19, “Tips to Talking to Children” web page by clicking here.