Starting Oct. 25, 2021, WJCC Schools will be offering a new COVID-19 diagnostic test option called BinaxNOW to staff and students. This testing option is for students and staff who are:
Designated as close contacts and are unvaccinated
Vaccinated close contacts who begin exhibiting symptoms
Individuals sent home by the nurse for exhibiting symptoms (vaccinated/unvaccinated)
On days 5 or later of quarantine, BinaxNOW allows users to administer a COVID-19 test guided remotely by a live telehealth medical professional. Students and staff who test negative for COVID-19 and remain symptom free can return to class or work on day 8.
Families of students and school staff who qualify for BinaxNow testing may receive a testing kit from the school’s main office. BinaxNOW is distributed by the school division and is the only at-home test kit WJCC Schools currently accepts.
First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam
Thursday, Oct. 21, Virginia’s First Lady Pamela Northam visited James River Elementary School. She saw first-hand the innovations WJCC schools is implementing to meet the needs of all students by supporting their social and emotional learning. Click here to see the photos and learn more about her visit.
Virtual College Fair Nov. 7
Register for the annual College Fair on Nov. 7 hosted virtually through the Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (VACRAO). This fair will allow students to see several universities presentations over a short period. This year, VACRAO has partnered with StriveScan to provide virtual fairs with three different sessions:
Nov. 7 at 2-2:45 p.m.
Nov. 7 at 3-3:45 p.m.
Nov. 7 at 4-4:45 p.m.
The College Fair is designed for students and families to attend and participants can register for multiple sessions. The fair is free for all Virginia students and will be held through Zoom Webinars. All sessions will be recorded and available through StriveScan’s YouTube channel. Sessions will also have a call-in option for any student who may not have internet access at the time of the event. Registration is now open; visit https://www.strivescan.com/virginia/ to sign-up. If you have any questions, please see your school’s counselor.
Top 4 Tips for Preventing Cyberbullying
October is Bullying Prevention Month. In honor of this month, check out the tips for preventing cyberbullying.
Learn how various social media apps and sites work. Become familiar with all the platforms your student is using and follow all of their accounts.
Talk regularly and specifically with your children about online issues. Let them know they can come to you for help if they receive or find inappropriate, upsetting, or dangerous content.
Set expectations for online behavior: Be clear with your student about your expectations. Let them know that cyberbullying and being an accomplice by following or forwarding bullying messages is not ok.
Follow-up with your student: If you see a post, comment, or account that does not seem right or you do not understand your child’s intentions, ask them. It is always good to clarify the meaning of social posts.
Coming soon Stopfinder, the newest bus app
We are currently testing the new bus app, Stopfinder. This app will allow families to view their students’ bus schedules, set up GeoAlerts to notify users when a bus arrives and departs, and share their child’s route information with other caregivers. While we are testing Stopfinder, please log into ParentVue and see if your email is up-to-date. We will be sending Stopfinder invitations to the email in ParentVue.
Sign up for the SHIP “Everything But the Bird” Cooking Challenge
Does your student love to cook? Do they aspire to be on Food Network? Then sign them up for SHIP’s “Everything But the Bird” cooking challenge for students in grades 3-8. Participants will receive a cooking kit with Thanksgiving ingredients and are tasked with creating a healthy dish from the provided ingredients. After creating their dish, students who upload pictures and recipes to Padlet will be entered into a drawing for a Thanksgiving prize basket filled with family activities and treats. Registration ends Nov. 1 by visiting SHIP Chefs Sign-up and kits can be picked up starting Nov. 3. Remember, there are only 200 kits available, so sign-up early!
Elementary Parent Conferences
On Nov. 18 and 19, elementary schools will host parent teacher conferences through Zoom. Registration information will be sent to emails listed in ParentVue closer to the date. Please check your contact information in ParentVue is current to ensure you get the information.
ViSSTA Screening Testing
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. To sign-up your student visit the ViSSTA online form.
The division remains committed to clear and open communication regarding COVID-19. To get the most up-to-date COVID-19 numbers please visit COVID-19 Dashboard. The dashboard is updated twice daily with isolation and quarantine numbers and positive cases by school.