Updates on the Use of Face Coverings at School

With all of the changes to COVID restrictions, it’s hard to know who needs to wear a mask and when. According to the governor’s recent announcement, students, employees and visitors – regardless of their vaccination status – must wear a mask in school buildings, offices, and while they are on a school bus.

However, based on additional guidance from the Virginia Department of Education and input from the WJCC Health advisory group, the school division is changing its requirement for outdoor use of masks. Beginning Monday, May 24, WJCC Schools will allow students and vaccinated adults to remove their face coverings when they are outside on school property IF they can maintain six feet of social distancing from others.

WJCC Schools Mask Use Practices:

  • Masks are required for all students, staff, parents, and visitors while inside school buildings/offices.
  • Students who are participating outdoors in PE or recess do not need to wear a face covering.
  • Staff members who have been fully vaccinated (14 days from final dose) do not need to wear a mask when outdoors on school property during the school day.
  • Staff and students may continue to wear a mask outdoors if they so choose.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Students Ages 12 and Up

WJCC Schools is partnering with Williamsburg Drug to provide the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to students 12 years and older during the school day. Clinics were held at all three high schools and James Blair Middle School this week, and shots will be available at the remaining three middle schools next week. Virtual Academy students should plan to attend the clinic at their zoned school.

To participate, parents must pre-register their child online and complete screening and consent forms from the Virginia Department of Health. Clinics for the second dose of the vaccine will be held at schools before the school year ends.

In-School COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
School Clinic 1 Clinic 2 (Times TBD)
Warhill HS May 18, 8-10am June 8
Lafayette HS May 18, 10:30am – 12:30pm June 8
Jamestown HS May 20, 8-10am June 10
James Blair MS May 20, 11am – 1pm June 10
Lois S. Hornsby MS May 25, 8:30 – 10:30am June 15
Toano MS May 25, 11am – 1pm June 15
Berkeley MS May 27, 8:30 – 10:30am June 17

Student Laptop and Tablet Collection Begins June 7

Collection of school division-issued tablets, laptops, MIFIs, and power cords will begin in early June at your child’s school. Families should keep laptop cases for use next school year.

Student technology collection calendar

  • Elementary schools – June 7-11
  • Middle schools – June 14-18
  • High schools – June 14-18
  • Virtual Academy (all grades) – June 21-24*

*Department of Technology staff will collect devices from Virtual Academy students at a drive-thru drop-off in the James Blair Middle School bus loop.

Countdown to Graduation

In just 28 days, we will kick off graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021! After an extremely challenging year, we can’t wait to celebrate our senior class’s academic achievements and resilience. See the graduation schedule here.

With the easing of restrictions for outdoor gatherings, we are now able to provide each graduate with eight (8) guest tickets for the ceremonies at Wanner field.

We expect to receive additional guidance from the State about the use of face coverings at outdoor graduation ceremonies and social distancing. We plan to spread graduates out on the field far enough apart that they will not need masks. At this time, families and guests should follow CDC guidelines for continued use of face coverings by anyone who is not fully vaccinated for COVID-19. If that changes, we will be sure to let you know in advance.

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Sponsored in part by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the theme this year is “You are not alone.” The campaign is especially meaningful this year since we have been physically separated from others for so long. As a reminder, WJCC Schools has a list of resources on the Family Academy page of wjccschools.org to support mental health.

Schools and Offices Closed – May 31

In observance of Memorial Day, all schools and offices will be closed Monday, May 31.

Social Emotional Learning Survey

If you have not already completed the social-emotional learning survey, please do so before May 24. We sent a link out through email last week. You can also cut and paste this URL in your web browser: https://hanover-research.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_06Y0uDYhVPcaiou. The information gathered from this anonymous survey is essential for us to understand your perceptions of the current state of SEL implementation, competencies, and the impact social emotional learning has on student outcomes. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

May Heroes of Hope

Ross Blommel, Toano Middle

Mr.Blommel is always there for us and finds a way to make teaching fun. We can tell he cares about us and he shows it every day. If someone is crying, he will talk to them, if someone is changing themselves, he will remind them of who they are, and show them the beauty in it.  He doesn’t just say we are his children; he makes us feel like it.

Kelly Kuklis (NES)

Kelly has been a wonderful support with a smile. She patiently helps her teachers navigate new technology to better instruct their students virtually. When Kelly is at her other assigned school, she is still an email away with needed support. She responds swiftly and if she doesn’t know the answer immediately, she researches it herself and gets back to us in a timely manner so we can continue to develop our lessons. I’m sure she is being inundated with emails, but Kelly is positive, patient, helpful, and kind through it all. We teachers couldn’t do what we do without her!

Alynn Parham, Jamestown High

Allyn is a special person who is quick with a smile. She puts students first and goes out of her way to make her students feel safe and respected and find success. She is friendly and personable with all of her colleagues, and her congeniality in infectious. Allyn finds the positive in everything, and I appreciate her youthful optimism and vibrant fervor for teaching.