COVID-19 Prompts Changes to School Calendar

The 2020-2021 school calendar was recently modified to remove first semester early dismissal days during remote learningAdditionally, two early release days were eliminated in January to align with the high school 8-block schedule. Calendar adjustments for second semester may also be necessary as the school year progresses.

Parent-Teacher Conferences Go Virtual

Due to the challenges of meeting physically during the pandemic, parent-teacher conferences will be virtual on an “as needed” basis for the first 9-weeks. Since school yeah began, teachers have been communicating with parents through phone calls, email, virtual conferences and Remind to talk about student progress. If you have questions you are encouraged to reach out to your child’s teacher through ParentVUE. 

Safely Bringing Students Back to School Buildings

Classrooms, buildings, and buses are being prepped to welcome PreK-3 students back for in-person learning on October 26. Bus route information will be available online no later than October 21. The school board will receive a status report at the October 20 board meetingWatch live online. 

Responsible Digital Citizenship in a Remote Learning World

Until the pandemic, very few people knew about the online meeting platform Zoom. Now, students and teachers are “Zooming” every day. Participants are expected to use the same respectful and appropriate behavior as they would in a face-to-face class. Recently, WJCC Schools made the following adjustments to ZOOM practices:

  • Students must use their real name (assigned in VUE) as their name in ZOOM.
  • Cameras must be on at the beginning of class for teachers to verify attendance. This is now a default setting divisionwide.
  • Students should leave cameras on during live instruction and group work. They may turn off their cameras when completing independent work.

If you have a concern about your child’s camera remaining on during class, please contact your child’s school.


Watch one Toano Middle School teacher’s heartfelt and hilarious video message to students or visit Music with Mr. Blair on YouTube.

Keep Healthy, Keep Learning

Everyone has a role in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Here are a few things families can do now to help our students keep healthy and keep learning.

  • Practice wearing a mask for increasing periods of time during the day.
  • Get in the habit of reviewing the daily symptom checker with your child.
  • Encourage frequent, thorough handwashing and sneezing/coughing into elbows.
  • Talk about the importance of keeping hands (and germs) to yourself.
  • Ask young children to imagine their friend in a bubble and stay far enough away so the bubble doesn’t pop.

Talking Tech with WJCC Schools

WJCC Schools is working hard to maintain a digital learning environment where students can engage with their teachers and access learning resources. To help identify gaps, families are asked to complete a connectivity survey for each child. This brief survey can be accessed now in StudentVUE.

Family Academy Resources Are Just a Click Away

Are you looking for tips and resources to support your child’s learning at home? The Family Academy online toolkit has just what you need, including digital and academic tools and community resources.

WJCC Schools Safe Routes to Schools Virtual Walk

WJCC Schools will hold the first-ever Safe Routes to Schools Virtual Walk on October 23 and 24. Get outside for a walk then post a picture, video, or drawing of your activity using the hashtags #WeAreWJCC and #wjccschoolssrtvirtualwalk. Remember to follow all safety guidelines including being alert, walking facing traffic, and looking both ways before crossing streets!

Sophomores: Interested in Taking the PSAT?

Registration is now open for any 10th-grade student who is interested in taking the PSAT-NMSQT. The cost is $17. Watch your inbox for an email from your child’s high school that includes more information and a registration link.

Meet the October Heroes of Hope

WJCC Schools is proud to honor our October Heroes of Hope who are going above and beyond to support remote student learning and collaboration among staff. Congratulations to:

  • Cathy Kaurich, Bright Beginnings, Norge Elementary School
    Cathy’s heart is always on other people.
  • Jen Smith, James River Elementary School
    She gives me hope that we can, and will, make a difference in the lives of our students.
  • Becky Walker, Jamestown High School
    She cares about our building, our staff, and above all our students.

Visit wjccschools.org/heroesofhope to find out what makes these three outstanding individuals WJCC Schools Heroes of Hope.