This school year, more than 250 students and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Families, especially those with children at multiple schools, tell us the volume of COVID-related emails is overwhelming. Therefore, starting Monday, Oct. 11, schools will no longer send school-wide email notifications each time a positive COVID-19 case occurs.
The division remains committed to clear and open communication regarding events that affect our schools, so the following actions remain in place:
School staff will speak individually with employees and families of students identified as a close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated twice daily with isolation and quarantine numbers and positive cases by school.
Principals will provide COVID-19 updates in school newsletters.
If an instructional event or extracurricular activity needs to be rescheduled because of COVID, that information will be shared with families and staff through the division’s rapid notification system.
Support your community. Sign-up for Free COVID-19 Screening
Many COVID-19 infections result from contact with a person who does not have symptoms. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school community, WJCC Schools is launching a FREE routine COVID-19 screening testing program for students and staff. Participation and all testing is voluntary; only students and staff members with a signed consent form will be tested. Testing will take place during the school day. To take part, employees can sign up online; families should complete an online form for each school-aged child in their family.
Register to get your student’s first or second COVID-19 vaccine
WJCC Schools is partnering with Williamsburg Drug to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations for students 12-years or older and WJCC Schools employees. Families and staff can sign up in advance to receive their first or second dose of the vaccine at upcoming clinics. Register using the links below.
Registration for this date will open closer to Nov. 8.
Celebrate Unity Day and Wear Orange on Oct. 20
Unity Day is the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month. Each school participates in the day and asks students, staff and families to wear orange to show their dedication to preventing bullying and promoting kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Over the month, each school will host activities to prevent bullying geared towards their school’s community. To learn about all the events that your school is hosting, visit the Bullying Prevention Month page of our website.
Update to Free and Reduced Lunch (P-EBT)
The federal P-EBT program will operate under new eligibility guidelines for the current school year and benefits will only be issued on a case-by-case basis to students who meet specific criteria, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Despite these changes, all schools will still be providing breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost every school day, regardless of family income. To learn more about the P-EBT changes please visit P-EBT website.
3 Tips for remembering a mask
Getting students ready and out the door on time can be difficult, and sometimes important items are left behind. Below are tips to help families remember to bring a mask to school.
Store Masks with School Supplies
Storing masks in the same place as backpacks and other school items allows families to grab everything they need for the day at one time. It is also helpful to clip masks to backpacks so you can easily do a visual check as they walk out the door.
Have a checklist by the door
Create a checklist of items needed for school and place it by the door. Make masks the number one item and check the list every day before leaving for school.
Place extra masks in backpacks
We all know crazy days are going to happen. Go ahead and plan for them and place extra masks in your student’s backpack.
Not feeling well? Use the WJCC Symptom Checker.
One of the best ways to support your school community is to evaluate your students’ health daily for signs of COVID. An easy way to do this is to use WJCC Symptom Checker (English / Spanish). If a student is experiencing any of the listed symptoms, they must stay home until they feel well and/or cleared by a doctor to return.
Besides monitoring students’ health, parents/guardians should check in with their close contacts. If a close contact is experiencing COVID symptoms or has tested positive, the student should remain home and be seen by a medical provider.
If your family or another family you know of needs access to the internet, there are three local options. One is a WJCC MiFi (mobile Wi-Fi hot spot) that can be requested by contacting a student’s school’s main office. The second is schools’ WiFi network have been expanded to school parking lots. The last is Cox Cable’s Connect2Compete. The program allows households participating in a government assistance program with at least one K-12 student to apply to get internet for $9.95 a month. To learn how to apply for this program, please visit the Connect2Compete website.
The newsletter is going to every other week.
We at WJCC are committed to transparent communication with our families. However, we understand that lately, many of you have felt overwhelmed with the amount of communication you receive. To better serve you, the Family Newsletter will move from every week to every other week. The next Family Newsletter will be sent on Oct. 22.