2020-2021 School Year
Welcome to our COVID response page. Below you’ll find all the critical information about how WJPS is changing the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID infection.
We are doing everything we can to make sure staff, students, and families are safe.
Please check back regularly, as we will update the information here as conditions change.
Our school district also has important information and resources for you.
Blended Learning Schedule for Spring 2021
We are continuing the school year with a hybrid learning schedule. That means that your child will be in school some days and working from home some days. If NYC moves into a Level 4 Health Emergency, we will switch to 100% remote learning for all students. Check this page for updates.
- We are no longer using Cohorts A, B, C and E.
- Blended learning High School students will come to the school building on Mondays and Tuesdays and learn from home the rest of the week.
- Blended Middle School students come to the building on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. They learn from home on Mondays and Tuesdays.
- If you would prefer a 100% online learning schedule for your child this year, please complete the Learning Preference Form.
- The school day will run from 8:30 a.m. - 1:59 p.m. Students may be dropped off no earlier than 8:15 and must be picked up promptly at the end of the school day.
Period 1 - 8:30 am - 9:17 am
Period 2 - 9:17 am - 10:04 am
Period 3 - 10:04 am - 10:51 am
Period 4 - 10:51 am - 11:38 am (lunch)
Period 5 - 11:38 am - 12:25 pm
Period 6 - 12:25 pm - 1:12 pm
Period 7 - 1:12 pm - 1:59 pm
Your Responsibilities While in the Building
We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy.
- Health Screening: Students must show their health screening results before entering the building.
- Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and visitors) and by students while in the building.
- Handwashing: Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, if exposed to body fluids (like saliva or a sneeze), and at other times necessary throughout the day.
- Drop-off and pickup procedures: Please maintain social distancing between families during drop-off and pickup. Parents are not allowed to enter the building with their child. Please move through the drop-off and pickup line as quickly as possible to make room for families behind you.
- Visiting our school: We are limiting visitors to the school during this time. Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings can be held virtually. All visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office.
- While in the building: When you enter the building, please check in at the front desk. During check-in, your temperature will be taken and you will be given a nametag and reminded to wear your mask at all times. You will be escorted from the lobby to the third floor.
- Traffic flow in hallways and common areas: Hallways are marked with arrows. Please keep at least 6 ft. distance between yourself and others.
- Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F must stay home. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or shows symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever), it is required that you stay home or at a designated care facility for a minimum of 14 days. Please contact us via phone or email as soon as possible.
- Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test Site page to find a test site closest to you.
Safety Precautions Taken By Our School
In addition to asking everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and keep social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. Local health authorities suggest these steps to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and other illnesses.
- Changes in class sizes: We've reduced the average class size from 33 to 11 for in-person instruction.
- To maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible.
- Cleaning more often:Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms twice daily, once before the school day and once in the afternoon. All classroom teachers have been given sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces and shared resources on an as-needed basis throughout the school day.
- Hand washing: All bathrooms have been stocked with extra soap for frequent hand washing. We have given teachers hand sanitizer for the classrooms and added hand sanitizer stations in shared areas.
Student Testing for Covid-19
The Department of Education testing partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students in schools once per month. The number of children and staff to be tested each month will depend on the size of the school population. In addition to the random monthly testing, we are also working hard to offer in-school testing later this year for students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or are a confirmed close contact of someone in the school who has tested positive. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).
In order for us to administer a COVID-19 test to your child, we need your consent. We strongly encourage you to sign and return the attached consent form as soon as possible.
Regular testing of randomly selected staff and students is a vital part of our efforts to prevent COVID-19 transmission in our buildings, because it helps identify positive COVID-19 cases when symptoms are not present. As with other health and safety measures we are requiring to keep our staff and students safe, the success of this testing initiative relies on the partnership and cooperation of staff and students.
Consent to testing is now mandatory, providing our testing partners with a sufficient monthly sample size to identify the prevalence of COVID-19 is critical in our ongoing fight against this virus and to ensure we can keep school communities in school buildings for in-person learning. For the safety of our school community, students who do not have consent forms on file may be required to learn remotely if we do not receive forms from enough students in the school.
We want to assure you that if your child is selected for testing but is uncomfortable or unable to be tested, we will not test your child and will work with you to address any concerns so that they can participate in future testing. We are focused on making this a brief, and gentle experience for our students, led by trained testers.
If your child is tested, we will let you know they were tested and when and how you will receive the results, which will typically be provided within 48-72 hours.
Read more on the Department of Education's Website.
Health Screening Before Entering School
All DOE employees, students and visitors must complete a health screening before entering the school building. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival. This health screening can also be completed online. When entering the building, if a student/staff member has not completed the online health form, they can hand in a paper copy. If they do not have a paper copy, a staff member will help them fill one out at the entrance.
These copies can be printed out:
Here are some helpful videos about the process:
Meals Hubs are open for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
No one will be turned away at any time • All adults and children can pick up multiple meals at one time • Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites
Blended learning combines in-class teaching and at-home learning. This allows us to limit the number of students in the building each day for safe social distancing, while still ensuring that students can benefit from direct interaction with teachers and peers.
- During days in class, teachers will provide direct whole-class instruction and small-group instruction. These days will be used to introduce new topics, provide small group and one-on-one teaching support, and check student progress towards standards.
- Students will be given additional activities to work on for their at-home learning days. These activities will allow students to apply and practice what they learned in class. There may be a combination of technology-based learning activities and offline worksheets, projects, and writing assignments. At-home learning activities are an important part of the learning process.
Distance Learning Expectations
During Distance Learning, (Cohort D) or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher. At the same time, we recognize that working independently at home is different and difficult for many students, so we want to provide flexibility.
- Students and families should check Google Classroom daily for important updates from their teachers.
- At-home assignments for the week will be posted in Google Classroom.
- During 100% distance learning, your teacher may conduct live classes. Check Google Class for your live class schedule.
- When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, and ready to learn. We suggest signing in 5 minutes before class starts. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible.
Tips for Successful At-Home Learning
At-home learning will look different than a typical school day. The amount of time your child should be expected to engage in learning activities will vary by age and grade level. The expectations below are guidelines. If your child is not able to complete at-home learning assignments within the time periods recommended below, contact your child's teacher
- Make sure your child has a quiet place to work (ideally a desk or table) and the school supplies they need. Try to remove distractions like the television or other technology not needed for learning.
- Your child may benefit from focusing on a limited number of subjects each day.
Technology: Getting a Device
We are committed to making sure that all students can successfully connect to online learning during their at-home learning days.
- If your student needs a laptop or tablet, please contact Mr. Myrtil.
- Borrowed devices should be used for school purposes only and kept in a secure location. Take your device with you on in-school days.
- If you are not able to get internet hooked up in your home, your child's teacher will work with you to provide alternative offline assignments.
- If you are having trouble connecting to Google Class, Google Hangouts, or any of our online learning resources, contact Mr. Myrtil for support.
Help for Families
We know that many families are struggling during this time, and we are here to help.
- We are providing free breakfast and lunch for all students during in-school days. Students and families needing additional food support may pick up free meals through the Meal Hub program
- Our social worker and school psychiatrist are available for virtual meetings. They can also connect your family with community resources to help you.
- Please contact Ms. Lisa Appel, our School Psychiatrist, at email@example.com if your child is experiencing trauma or mental health issues or needs to be evaluated for an IEP or 504 plan.
- Please contact Ms. Elisha Michelena, our Social Worker, at firstname.lastname@example.org if your family has lost housing, is experiencing a crisis, or needs additional support during this time.