WGSD Update (Free Meals for All, Survey, Canvas Tip for Families, etc.)

Dear WGSD Community,

Over the past two weeks, we’ve really enjoyed welcoming our students and families back to school. The teachers and staff in the WGSD continue to dedicate quite a bit of thought, time and energy into how we can better meet the needs of our students. We understand that online learning remains a new way to learn and requires a great deal of partnership among our students, families, teachers, staff and community members – in some instances much more than others. We as a school system will never stop working to improve the educational experience for our students and families. Your flexibility and graciousness as we learn and grow, while caring for your children in this historically challenging time, means the world to our committed and caring staff – thank you!

In order for us to continue better meeting the needs of our students, staff and families, we’d like parents/caregivers to complete the following survey for each WGSD student in your household: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Family-week2. While there are limits as to what we might be able do, we have to keep trying to improve our levels of care and support for our students, staff and families.

Six through twelfth grade students had a similar survey sent to their district email as did all district staff. Our plan is to survey stakeholders again in week four and then every six weeks thereafter. While this may feel like survey overload, we see it as the best way to listen and learn from the broadest audience possible at this time. 

With care and gratitude,

John

Re-Entry Metrics

As we move forward with our school year, it remains our hope to return safely to in-person instruction at some level. Over the past few months, we have continued our regular collaboration with superintendents, medical professionals, and health experts. We have identified, reviewed, and assessed a series of community health indicators to help determine when it would be appropriate for students to return to school. These indicators are a starting point, and I want to share with you an update on these measurements provided by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and EducationPlus:

  • Regional Transmission Rate
  • Test Positivity Rate
  • Seven-Day Average of New Daily Case Rates
  • Fourteen-day Comparison of Change in New Cases
  • New Diagnoses by Age Group

At this Thursday night’s board meeting, we’ll further discuss these metrics and their use.

Meal Service Program

The Webster Groves School District will have free meal pick up at Steger/Givens and Webster Groves High School this semester.  Meals are available for any child 0 – 18 years of age. Meals can be picked up Monday-Friday from 10:45 to 12:00pm.  All meals will include that day’s lunch and breakfast for the next day.           

           Steger/Givens pick up will be by the covered awning next to the doors by the cafeteria

           High School pick up will be by Roberts Gym

In addition to meal pick up, you can opt for free meal delivery, where you will receive that day’s lunch and breakfast for the next day.  If you opt for delivery of your meals, you will be registered to receive meals Monday thru Friday until you contact the Food and Nutrition office to cancel your deliveries.  

Please complete the survey only if you plan on picking up or registering for delivery of a meal.  The survey results help us to plan accordingly for meal preparation and in order to reduce any possible food waste.  You have the option on the form to select certain days for pick up or delivery based upon your students’ meal choices.    You can find the survey form here https://forms.gle/D8jwiM8dKfLDSVGS7

Menus will still be posted in Nutrislice under the summer breakfast and summer lunch tabs on the Nutrislice website. 

We ask for the safety of our staff and students that a face mask be worn during meal pick up. 

We look forward to serving your students their breakfast and lunch while they continue to learn online.  For any questions, please call Nancy Pelant at 314.918.4156 or email at pelant.nancy@wgmail.org.

Physical and Emotional Safety of Students

Please know that your school counselors and social workers are readily available to assist you and/or your child in this time of need.  Please reach out to them for any social, emotional or academic assistance.  Also, the district has other ways in which safety concerns can be reported.  In addition to being available on the district phone app and each building’s website, a Tip Line has been established in which users can notify us of potential safety concerns.  The Tip Line and a Safe Schools Hotline phone number can be found on our Student Services web site: https://www.webster.k12.mo.us/domain/25.

Free Tutoring Program for K-12th Grade Students

As part of St. Louis County’s Digital Equity Initiative, live tutoring is available to Kdg-12th grade students from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. every day of the week. Details about the program are here: St. Louis County Library Free Tutoring

All a student from St. Louis County OR St. Louis City would need is a FREE library card number, which they apply for here: St. Louis County Library Card Process

They then use that Library Card number to enter the tutoring site. 

Canvas – Creating a Guardian Account and Setting Notification Preferences

Parents/Guardians may sign up as an Observer in Canvas in order to view their child’s assignment due dates, announcements and other course content. Observers can also view course content (not participate in course) and set notification preferences in Canvas. To learn more and set up your Canvas Observer account, please click on the link below.