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August 31st Update

It can be tricky to navigate a new place!  We have a strong team at-the-ready to help you with any questions or concerns you might have about school.  This document is your map to help find the person in best position to help you.

August 12th Update

The current Woods Plan for a Safe Return is here.

August 3rd Update

We are keeping a hawk's eye on the Delta variant.  Conditions are changing rapidly, but here are some of the key details for starting school that parents and students need to know.

In-Person Instruction
We will hold school in-person, five days-a-week for a regular school day.  School starts 8:20 for students and ends at 2:55 for elementary and 3:05 for middle and high.  We do not currently have plans to offer a Plan C remote option this year.  We believe in-person learning is essential to our students' learning, health, and well-being, and we are confident we can do it safely.

Universal masking indoors by all students and adults.  Masks are not required outside.

3' distancing when possible in classrooms, hallways, and common areas.

We have ordered eight large (10' x 20'), heavy-duty canopies and additional outdoor tables so that we can offer lunch outside on most days.

Quarantine and Isolation
The NCDHHS guidelines for quarantine and isolation are thorough and complex.  They can be found on pages 14-18 of the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit.  If the Delta variant results in significant numbers of students staying home for quarantine or isolation, then we will provide classroom video-streaming to help those students stay up-to-date with the class.

July 30th Update

Last night our WCS School Board voted to require universal masking indoors for all students and adults on campus.  Exceptions to masking are outlined on pages 9-10 of the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit.  Students will not be required to wear masks outside.
In community surveying, 81% of school parents supported this policy and 91% of faculty supported it.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the NCDHHS all support universal masking in schools for the start of school

July 29th Update

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) updated its StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit today, with significant revisions.  As a public school, it is our guidebook for safely starting school.  You can track changes to the Toolkit here.


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