Getting Ready for the First Day of School

Back-to-school means getting back to some familiar routines in schools and classrooms. Next week, teacher and class assignments will be posted in StudentVUE. We are eager to welcome your child for face-to-face learning five days. As a reminder, the first day of school is early this year; classes will start Aug. 30. As we prepare to welcome students back to school, parents/guardians are asked to log in to ParentVUE to let us know if their child is vaccinated against COVID-19.

Open House is Next Week

Your family has the chance to meet your child’s teachers at next week’s Open House. Families with last names beginning A-L should plan to visit schools 4-5 p.m. Families whose last name starts with M-Z should stop by 5:30-6:30 p.m. Blended families can attend either session.

Open House Schedule

  • High Schools – August 24
  • Middle Schools – August 25
  • Elementary Schools – August 26

What Should My Family Expect This School Year?

The most important thing your children should expect is to be engaged in high-quality learning led by a teacher who cares about their academic growth and success.

  • Students will share classroom materials. We now know that COVID does not live for an extended period on hard surfaces; therefore, there is no need for individual sets of classroom materials.
  • Wherever possible, desks will be separated to increase space between students.
  • Elementary students will eat meals in the cafeteria and other common spaces throughout the building.
  • Middle and high school students will make use of the cafeteria and outdoor spaces for lunch.
  • Breakfast and lunch (including hot meals) will be available to all students at no charge.
  • Air ventilation systems are maintained for optimum effectiveness and efficiency in classrooms, the cafeteria, and other areas of the school.
  • Families should use the WJCC Schools Symptom Checker to monitor their student’s health before sending them to school.

In keeping with the state emergency health order, masks will be worn by students and staff while indoors unless the person is eating or drinking. Students who require a health accommodation, must submit the proper form signed by a healthcare provider. You can read more about WJCC Schools COVID prevention measures on our website.

What Does the WJCC Schools Health Advisory Group Have to Say?

At the August 17 School Board meeting, Dr. Carrie Dolan, an epidemiologist from William and Mary who serves on the WJCC Health Advisory group, briefed the Board on what we know now about COVID and the prevention measures that are working best. You can watch Dr. Dolan’s presentation on the division’s YouTube channel. We also encourage you to review the WJCC Schools COVID-19 Prevention Measures posted on

New Bus Stop Arm Cameras Puts the Brakes on Bad Drivers

When school buses are back on the road this school year, they are carrying more than students. The buses are equipped with new stop arm cameras to help deter drivers from illegally passing stopped school buses. According to reports from WJCC Schools’ bus drivers, there were 2,207 unofficial violations in the local community from September 2019 to March 2020. With the enhanced technology and the support of local law enforcement agencies, the division hopes to decrease the number of incidents and protect students from potential harm. Read more about how the cameras work and fines for breaking the law.

Student Laptop Distribution

This year students will receive their laptops and tablets at school. Parent signatures on the Acceptable Use Policy and Device Agreement form are required for your student to be issued their device. Forms will be available at Open House; however, you can also download them here to sign ahead of time and have your student bring it to school with them.

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