MONDAY, 11.30.20 — FRIDAY, 12.4.20
Due to our collective efforts both on- and off-campus, the WMS community has done an incredible job of protecting ourselves from the pandemic since reopening back in September. As we look ahead to the coming weeks, we are committed to maintaining the health and safety of our teachers and students. After careful consideration, we have decided to move the entire school (YCC*, LS*, LE, UE & MS) to a Distance Learning model for one week following the Thanksgiving Break.
Several factors informed this decision. The CDC has recently acknowledged an increasing number of COVID-19 cases being traced to family gatherings. Knowing high school and college students from across the country will be returning home for Thanksgiving break and recognizing the likelihood our families will be participating in some kind of Thanksgiving gathering, we must acknowledge the increased potential for exposure to the coronavirus among our community members.
Our hope is that families will use the week of Distance Learning to stay home and monitor for symptoms before returning to school on Monday, December 7. If you suspect anyone in your household was potentially exposed to the virus or if anyone begins to develop symptoms, please contact your family’s health care provider and get tested. Additionally, we continue to expect families to follow Connecticut’s Travel Advisory, which places restrictions on travel to areas with high rates of infection. (Currently, there are 42 restricted states and territories.)
Distance Learning will look different at each level. Your children’s Head Teachers will communicate specific plans prior to Thanksgiving Break. As we prepare for this week, it would be helpful to know that our students and/or families have access to a computer or tablet, internet, and a printer. These needs will of course vary based on level, but knowing ahead of time will help inform our future plans. If your family does not have access to a computer/tablet, internet, and/or a printer, please let your children’s Head Teachers know as soon as possible.
We acknowledge distance learning pales in comparison to being together on campus for in-person learning, which is why we are determined to limit risk to our community. We believe by proactively making the decision to go remote after the break we are increasing our ability to remain on campus in the following months.
*While we have decided it is in the best interest of all levels to remain at home for one week after Thanksgiving break, we remain committed to keeping YCC & LS classrooms open and operating under OEC guidelines in the event of an extended shutdown due to community outbreak.