Do Your Part – Stay Home to Stay Healthy

WJCC Schools is encouraging all families to follow the advice of health experts and keep holiday celebrations small to reduce the potential spread of coronavirus. Be sure to practice safe social distancing, wear your face covering, and wash your hands frequently. We must all do our part to keep our community safe and our students on track for in-person learning. Get more information about holiday health precautions by visiting the CDC website.

Holiday COVID Concerns Lead to Temporary Return to Virtual Learning

WJCC Schools will temporarily resume remote learning for all students the week following Thanksgiving (Nov. 30 – Dec. 4) and the week after winter break (Jan. 4-8). All school buildings and offices will be closed to the public during these times. Read more here.

What If My Child Has Symptoms or Tests Positive for COVID-19?

Any student or staff member tested for COVID-19 should stay home from school until test results are back. Students or staff members who become ill with COVID-19 symptoms while at school will be removed from the classroom and isolated (with supervision) in a designated area. The school nurse will contact parents/guardians who must pick the child right away. Families should review the WJCC Schools Symptom Checker (English) (Spanish) to become familiar with COVID-19 symptoms. The school division has also created flowcharts to assist with COVID-19 evaluation and follow-up actions if a student develops symptoms at school (English) (Spanish) or if a family member tests positive (English) (Spanish).

WJCC Schools Delays Return to School Buildings for Secondary Students

Based on a sharp increase in COVID cases in the region, WJCC Schools is postponing plans for middle and high school students to begin in-person learning. Until further notice, all middle and high school students will learn remotely on the current schedule (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.). School administration is monitoring health data and will communicate with families often.

Having Trouble Accessing Your OneDrive, Teams, or SharePoint files?

As students continue to learn remotely, access to products such as OneDrive can reach their access limits. When that happens, Microsoft “throttles” (slows down) access to its affected systems until the level of activity decreases. Unfortunately, the school division does not have any control over Microsoft’s actions. The WJCC Schools department of technology team is aware of this issue and is looking for options to lessen the impact on remote teaching and learning. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by Microsoft’s business practices.

We LOVE Our WJCC Schools Employees

It’s National Education Week and just one more opportunity to celebrate the compassionate and committed WJCC Schools employees! Since last March, they have demonstrated new levels of professionalism, flexibility, and grit in their efforts to keep students healthy and learning amid the pandemic. Please join us in showing our love for WJCC Schools staff by sending an email or posting a message of thanks on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using #WeAreWJCC. Download a graphic for social media here.

Teaching and Learning Without Fear of Harassment

WJCC Schools is committed to maintaining an educational environment and a workplace free from sexual harassment against students, employees, or others in our buildings and programs. Anyone who believes he or she has been the victim of sexual harassment by another student, staff member, or a third party should report the alleged harassment to school personnel or the school division’s Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The school division’s process for reporting and addressing Title IX complaints can be found in Policy JBCC/GBCC, Title IX Policy.

Virtual Academy Families: Update Enrollment Information by Nov. 30

Virtual Academy students who are struggling academically or who are experiencing social-emotional stressors have the opportunity to transition out of the program for the second semester. To exit the program, parents/guardians must complete an online verification no later than Nov. 30. A link was sent to Virtual Academy families via email last week.