- Click here to enroll in the PARENT CHOICE VIRTUAL LEARNING PLAN
- Click here for the opt-in form to sign up for district provided TRANSPORTATION. If the All-In or Hybrid plans are implemented, transportation will be provided to all eligible families. Face masks are required at all times on buses. Seating will be limited to two students per seat in the All-In plan and one student per seat in the Hybrid plan.
- Click here for PROJECT LINK enrollment
AS ANNOUNCED AUGUST 2, 2020, WCSD PLANS TO OPEN VIRTUALLY
Q: Will we provide extra masks? A: Yes, we will.
Q: Will we have athletics? A: Our guidance has expired and we anticipate new guidelines soon. As we receive it, we will share the information. If parents choose to participate in the virtual learning program, your student can still participate in athletics and extracurricular activities.
Q: Will start times change? A: WHS might have a slightly different day. If so, information will be shared from Mr. Wilson. Also see the 7/31 Kindergarten Message in the Communications tab.
Q: What about substitute staff? A: In a typical year, finding substitutes is difficult and we do believe it will be an issue. We are trying to find ways (i.e. expanding Project Link to staff) to promote attendance. During the All-In Plan, Project Link staff will be available as substitutes.
Q: Does the September 8 start date impact the rest of the year (i.e. going later or having shorter breaks)? A: No. We are just shortening the first quarter by 6 days.
Q: Do we have appropriate air handling units? A: Yes. We are fortunate with the HVAC we have in our new buildings and DIS. We have a 50% refresh rate. In addition, we will be changing filters more frequently and flushing the buildings after school and into the evening.
Q: Can students be in different models/plans? A: Yes. If you have multiple children, they can be in different plans.
Q: Did you consider opening a closed building to create more space? A: Yes, we did. Dover has no utilities so that is not feasible and we don’t want to bring more traffic onto the Dover campus. We did target Hilliard and are prepared to bring it back on line if needed for LINK, but not as a school because of staffing. According to current interest and projected numbers, we will be able to run Project Link out of the Parkside building. Bassett and Holly Lane don’t have acceptable air handling and we would still face the staffing issue.
Q: What courses will/will not be offered virtually? A: We hope to have the details worked out soon. We believe we can offer most (if not all) of our secondary electives virtually.
Q: What if I have children with different last names which would put some in the Green Group and others in the White Group? A: We will accommodate families so that children attend on the same days.
Q: What are the District's plans for students with disabilities in a hybrid or remote learning model? A: The Westlake City School District recognizes that students, especially those with disabilities, generally learn more effectively with in-person instruction and delivery of intervention services. At this time, the District is committed to providing services to students with disabilities in a manner that is most comparable to the educational services provided to non-disabled students while providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE). While decisions regarding which operational plan (All In, Hybrid, or Online) are being made based on what is the safest for the largest majority of our students, district administration and building-level teams are currently exploring options to maximize in-person instruction and intervention opportunities for students significantly impacted with disabilities, including our center-based preschool peer-model program. As the District continues to receive local Department of Health guidance and input from our parents, educators and professional organizations, buildings will continue to adjust instructional planning to maximize, when possible, in-person services, with a focus on our students whose age or disability and need for functional daily life skills present significant barriers to engaging with virtual services. Please expect more specific information to be provided by buildings on or before August 19, 2020. Thank you for your continued patience, flexibility and understanding as we synthesize information and respond locally to the competing challenges presented by the unprecedented national health concern.