Remote Learning Continues; New Timeline for In-Person Learning Coming Next Week

Students will learn remotely from Jan. 11 – 15 to help reduce the potential spread of illness following the holidays. Staff has the flexibility to telework Jan. 11-15 before returning to schools and offices on Jan. 19.

Using state guidelines, input from the division’s health advisory action team, and the most recent COVID-19 transmission rates in schools, the division is developing a new timeline to return all students to school buildings on a hybrid schedule. That plan – which will be announced next week – is based on several critical factors, including:

  • the availability of vaccinations for staff;
  • an improvement in community health data;
  • staff capacity (staff in quarantine), and
  • the division’s ability to fully implement health mitigation strategies such as proper disinfection of classrooms, consistent use of face coverings by students and staff, and appropriate social distancing.

According to Governor Northam, the next phase of state vaccinations should include teachers. The division will work with the Peninsula Health Department to keep employees informed about when the vaccinations are available.

The updated Return to Learn: Forward WJCC Schools plan will be sent to families and staff next week through the division’s rapid notification system and be available on the division’s website.

Worried That You or a Loved One May Have COVID? Use the WJCC Schools Symptom Checker

Is someone in your home feeling under the weather? Use the WJCC Schools Symptom Checker (English) (Spanish) to become familiar with COVID-19 symptoms. The school division has also created a flowchart to assist with follow-up actions if a family member tests positive for coronavirus. (English) (Spanish).

Submit Your Application Now for the Summer Residential Governor’s School

Summer Residential Governor’s School applications are due to the Gifted Resource Teacher at your school by Thursday, January 14th.  This includes two recommendation forms, as well.  The Gifted Resource Teachers will determine if any tests for your application need to be given.  Then, the WJCC Governor’s School committee will review all of the applications that were received and choose 2 per area to send forward to the state.  Here is the link to the applications.  Please contact your school’s Gifted Resource Teacher if you want to apply.

It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning for the Future

The Career and College Readiness Office is eager to help students with their post-high school plans. Staff can assist with college planning, career planning, and military exploration. They can also help students with career readiness activities, including career assessments, resume writing, interview prep, high school planning, dual enrollment opportunities, and much more. Check out the website at for useful college and career readiness links. Current high school students may also contact Sherri Thrift, Division Career Coach, at to schedule a virtual meeting for further assistance.

The City of Williamsburg Launches Broadband Pilot Program

The City of Williamsburg will give out free routers next week to any Highland Park resident who wants to participate in a six-month pilot program that provides free broadband service.

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