Principal's Update from Ms. Hinrichs August 30th

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Hello Tiger Families,

 

Monday is an A-day and begins an Orange Week.

Thank you for your support of WGMS as we have reverted to virtual learning until September 7th due to the spread of COVID-19 positive and presumptive positive cases in our school.  This week's message contains valuable information to help this week run as smooth as possible, as well as information to transition back into a safe school environment. We miss our Tigers, but we want everyone to stay healthy and stayed focused on learning until we can be together in-person.

Mobile Food Service Program

Parents, Guardians, Babysitters or Students may pick up meals from the Food Truck. A Breakfast meal will also be included with the lunch option served. 

  • Central Park Townhomes {Corner of Hickok Cr. and Roffman Rd.} 10:15 – 10:35
  • Heritage Park Apts. {In Front of rental office} 10:40 – 11:00
  • Idlewild Community {Community Center} 11:10 – 11:30
  • Townsend Square Apts. {In front of rental office} 11:35 – 11:55
  • Wellington Woods Apts. 12:00 – 12:20
  • Mayfield Community Center 12:30 – 1:00

Please Wash Your Hands, Wear a Mask and Practice Safe Distancing as Recommended by the CDC and VDH!

Any questions may be directed to WWW.CITYSCHOOLSCAFE.COM / (540) 372-1130 EXT 2397 / BKIERNAN@CITYSCHOOLS.COM

Food Service Pick-Up Options

Lunch can be pick-up by an adult only, between the hours of 11:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. at the following schools:

·         James Monroe High School

·         Lafayette Elementary School

WGMS students will NOT be allowed in the school building and DO NOT have to be present for this process. In addition, as a matter of convenience, you may also have a neighbor, relative or daycare provider pick up meals for your children.

Entry will be at the front door of the school{s} so please have proper identification with you and wear a mask.  As a reminder, Thursday, September 2nd  will be an Early Dismissal day for students and schools are closed Friday, September 3rd and Monday, September 6th

Picking Up Items at the School and Other Virtual Learner Information

Virtual Learner Information 

Please see the attached document for scheduled times to pick-up locker items and laptops from the school.  It also contains a wealth of information about how to connect to classes and using devices as a virtual learner.

School Events

 

WGMS students should not participate in or attend any school events, including practices or games at other schools at this time. The Rappahannock Area Health Department believes this is the best way to break the cycle of COVID-19 transmission at WGMS.

The Importance of Communication

Parents, guardians, and caregivers are asked to report new diagnoses of COVID-19 to the school and public health authorities to facilitate contact tracing and communication planning for cases and outbreaks. As families become aware of positive and presumptive positive cases within their household, as well as close contacts with positive cases, we encourage you to contact Mrs. Hinrichs's office by phone so we may complete the processes for contact tracing. Please leave a message with the Principal's Secretary if you are unable to connect with Mrs. Hinrichs directly.

Vaccination Clinics

Walker-Grant Middle School, in collaboration with the Rappahannock Area Health Department, will be hosting vaccination clinics for our students on

September 9: 8-11:30- 1st dose: https://vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/appointment/en/reg/8962157930

September 30: 8-11:30- 2nd dose: https://vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/appointment/en/reg/826519708

Families are encouraged to sign up their students for the vaccination clinics using the links above. Students will be dismissed to the gymnasium to receive their vaccination at the appointed time.

For more locations in the area that administer COVID-19 vaccinations, please visit www.vaccines.gov

COVID Symptoms

 As we prepare for our September 7th return to in-person learning, we are again asking parents and guardians to assist us in keeping our schools safe by closely monitoring your child’s health. Please keep students home who are sick or are showing signs of COVID-19 symptoms. The symptoms are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Hand washing, masking, and social distancing

Please discuss the importance of hand washing, wearing masks at all times, and social distancing with your children.  They are layers of prevention strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19. WGMS enforces indoor mask wearing for all individuals age 2 years and older, including students, teachers, staff, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. 

Lunch Procedures

The CDC recommends distancing to the extent possible for meals knowing that students will not be wearing masks while eating and drinking.  Students should wash hands immediately before and after meals.  Currently, we have implemented additional procedures to encourage outdoor eating, classroom eating, staggering lunch times, and additional seating in order to spread students out more.  Students are encouraged to bring a beach towel for outdoor eating, weather-permitting, if they'd like to eat outdoors. Please encourage your children to maintain 6 feet distance from classmates while eating without masks.In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors.  However, the CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people. 

WGMS PTA

Please join the WGMS PTA this year.  We really need your support! There will be an informational virtual meeting on Tuesday, August 31st at 6:00 p.m.  Please see the link below to join the meeting.  If you have questions, please email our PTA liaison, Dr. Melissa Schultze, at mschultze@cityschools.com

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/81481618017?pwd=RGF5QXROMnJ2UzgxUDhjM0R6YmNBUT09

Meeting ID: 814 8161 8017

Passcode: 8RxE26

 

Staffing

Effective, Monday, August 30th, please welcome Ms. Kieran Horne to our faculty.  She will be teaching Math 8. Also, effective August 31st, please welcome Mrs. Jill Lang to our Tiger Team as an Art teacher.  Ms. Horne and Mrs. Lang will reach out to students and families with an introduction upon their arrival.

Our Science TBD will be filled for another week by a long-term substitute who retired as a Science teacher  from FCPS.  The candidate for the Science TBD position is scheduled to begin on September 7, 2021.  Meanwhile, our Science Department Lead, Ms. Beth Kennedy, and other Science teachers, have been supporting the classes by providing lesson plans and grading assignments. If you have any questions regarding the Science curriculum, please contact Ms. Kennedy at bkennedy@cityschools.com

We hope to have our second Art teaching vacancy filled soon.  Please direct any questions regarding our Fine Arts program to Mrs. Heidi Ribel, Fine Arts Coordinator, at hribel@cityschools.com 

Please let us know how we can assist you with your needs.  

 

Be safe and stay #TigerStrong-

 

Mrs. Hinrichs