Extended School Hours Start Monday

Students will get another hour of instruction each day beginning Monday, March 15. Schools will return to their traditional school hours and bell schedule while maintaining the hybrid learning model (in-person learning two days a week and remotely three days a week).

School Hours

  • High Schools: 7:20 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • Middle Schools: 8:05 a.m. – 3:05 p.m. (Including Toano Middle)
  • Elementary Schools/Tier 2: 8:30 a.m. – 3:16 p.m. (D.J. Montague, James River, and Stonehouse)
  • Elementary Schools/Tier 3: 9:15 a.m. – 4:01 p.m. (Clara Byrd Baker, J. Blaine Blayton, Laurel Lane, Matoaka, Norge, and Matthew Whaley)
  • Bright Beginnings: Follows current schedule.

Grab and Go Meal: New Schedule Alert

The Grab and Go Meals schedule is changing now that the majority of students are back in school buildings.

  • Beginning the week of March 15 – neighborhood deliveries will take place each Friday.
  • Beginning the week of March 22 – pick up sites will be open each Thursday at James River Elementary, Matthew Whaley Elementary, James Blair Middle and Toano Middle.

Families will receive seven days’ worth of frozen meals. The menu will mirror the weekly school lunch menu which can be found on the school division website

What Do New COVID-19 Guidelines Mean for Schools?

Be sure to watch next Tuesday’s school board meeting for an update from the WJCC Schools Health Advisory Group. Find out what the latest research says about social distancing and how that impacts the return of students to school for additional days each week.

The March 16 School Board Meeting will stream live on the school division’s website and YouTube channel beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Parent Conferences Go Virtual – No Early Release Days in March and April

Due to the challenges of meeting in-person, parent-teacher conferences will continue to be virtual on an “as needed” basis this Spring. Because of that, Early Release Days previously planned for March 18-19 have been removed from the calendar. In addition, the remote learning schedule for Friday, April 3, eliminates the need for an Early Release Day.

Where’s My Bus

When school hours change on Monday, so will bus schedules. Be sure to visit the school division website to see an updated bus routes and bus stop times. Students must wear face coverings on the bus at all times.

Right now, students are not allowed to go home on the bus with a friend or have more than one bus stop.  Limiting the number of pick-up and delivery stops enables transportation staff to adhere to capacity/ridership restrictions, ensure bus arrival efficiency, and assist with contact tracing if a passenger tests positive for COVID-19.

A New Look for the COVID-19 Dashboard

We’ve updated the WJCC Schools online COVID-19 Dashboard to include the number of employees who are now fully vaccinated, data for the number of students and staff who have recently tested positive for COVID-19, research, and the latest guidance from the CDC. There are also new buttons where visitors can access health metrics for James City County and the City of Williamsburg. This data is updated each Wednesday by the health department.

Get Charged Up for School!

As a reminder, students should bring their fully charged WJCC Schools-issued laptop or tablet to school each day. Personal devices cannot be used to access all school division software and applications.

Need technical support for your WJCC Schools tablet or laptop? Contact TechConnect by submitting an online ticket or by calling the help line at 757-259-7192/Option 1. TechConnect hours are 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Monday-Friday).

Get Ready to Spring Ahead

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m.  Sunday, March 14. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. Historically, we change our clocks to make better use of daylight for farming and agriculture.

Research and Resources