WJCC Schools Families and Employees, 

Today, Governor Northam extended the mandatory closure of all public school buildings in Virginia for the remainder of the school year. Obviously, this will require short-term and long-term changes to how students will learn.  

Additional learning resources and activities will be posted in VUE and on wjccshools.org this Friday for use next week. Long-term learning plans – including some online lessons – will be available after Spring Break (April 6 – 10). These new learning plans will include new material and skills, going beyond the review materials students have been working with previously. Teachers will be available to support student learning more directly through email and VUE – the WJCC Schools electronic classroom. Additional information will be forthcoming.

To support future online learning, the WJCC Schools technology team will distribute a limited number of laptops to families of high school students without a home computer Monday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 1. Both a parent/guardian and the high school student must be present to receive a device. To ensure that all high school students have the ability to take part in online learning, we ask that only families without access to a computer at home pick up a laptop. 

LAPTOP DISTRIBUTION SITES 

  • Monday, March 30     8-11 a.m. and (Lafayette High School)  
  • Tuesday, March 31     8-11 a.m. (Warhill High School)  
  • Wednesday, April 1     3-6 p.m. (Jamestown High School)

Distribution of laptops to elementary school families without a home computer will be scheduled for a future date.

My staff and I are in frequent communication the Virginia Department of Education. We are working together to minimize the impact of this extended closure on students, particularly our high school seniors. The Virginia Department of Education will provide guidance on the earning of course credits and other graduation requirements later this week. As shared previously, the State is planning to cancel SOL testing this year and the College Board is offering students in Advanced Placement courses the opportunity to take their AP exam at home. Rest assured that WJCC Schools will continue to update families and staff on any other adjustments as information becomes available.  

Please watch your email for time-sensitive announcements. Each Friday, the school division will send a comprehensive email with updates from the week. That information will also be posted online at www.wjccschools.org/coronavirus.

Thank you. 

Dr. Olwen Herron, Superintendent