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High School: Transition Plan for Students and Parents

Dear Students and Families:

We wish to thank you for all of your patience and understanding during this difficult time. There was a lot of information shared in tonight’s presentation, and we want to help clarify some points you may have questions about.

As a District, our non-negotiables are health, safety, and fair, equitable access to high-quality instructional programming for all students.

We have been listening and appreciating all of the concerns we’ve heard from the community and staff and based on that feedback we understand that our community values:

  • Equitable education for all students
  • High-quality instruction with Williamsville teachers
  • Continuing the connection for each student with his or her school community five days a week
  • Access to all of our programming opportunities for all students

 

To engage all high school students in high-quality instruction, Williamsville will transition to a 100% remote instructional model effective Tuesday, September 15, 2020.  We recognize that this is disappointing to many, but at this time we need to focus on what’s best for each and every student.  Every child deserves the best possible education that we can provide under the current circumstances.

Please read on for details and information regarding how we will transition all students to the remote model for Tuesday.

 

Student Schedules:

  • At 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 10th, schedules for students who previously selected the remote option will become visible to students and parents in WITS.
  • Students who are currently in the hybrid model will keep the schedule they have been following, and will begin following this schedule virtually  for five days each week on Tuesday, 9/15, using the new virtual bell schedule.  Hybrid students will still report to school for their scheduled attendance days on Friday, 9/11(Cohorts B and C), and Monday, 9/14 (Cohorts A and C).

Ensuring that Students are Linked to their Teachers:

  • Students who have been hybrid learners will continue to stay connected with teachers through their landing pages and through the Google classrooms they have already joined.  Teachers will review this with hybrid learners while they are in attendance on Friday and Monday.
  • Students who previously selected the remote option will be able to see their schedules, identify their teachers on the landing page, and will be added to their teachers’ Google classrooms.  Students will need to go to www.classroom.google.com and click the blue join button for all of their teachers.  Students will be able to join their homerooms and classes beginning at 12:00 PM on Monday, September 14th.  If students or parents are having difficulty with this process, they can call the District Help Desk at 626-8058.
  • Once students have joined Google classrooms, communication will be streamlined and flow primarily through the landing page and individual Google classrooms.  All information for live instruction (including links to virtual meetings) will be posted in Google classrooms.
  • For instructions on how to join a Google Classroom click here: How to log into Google Classroom
  • For instructions on how to join a Google Meet click here: How to join a Google Meet
  • For instructions on how to join a Zoom meeting click here: How to join Zoom for the first time

 

Materials Distribution:

  • Teachers will work to provide our current hybrid learners with necessary materials, (textbooks, calculators, etc.) on their remaining in-school attendance days.
  • We will arrange dates and times for remote students to pick-up any of these same materials and will communicate these dates and times as soon as possible.
  • If you are in need of a Chromebook, please contact the Main Office of your building.

Keeping Students Connected and Building Community

A Homeroom period scheduled each Wednesday will allow us to establish an ally/mentor system with small groups of students.  During this time, teachers will focus on establishing relationships, building community, and promoting Social-Emotional competencies.  Homeroom teachers will remain connected to students throughout the school year.

 The Daily Schedule for Virtual Learning:

  • Student’s schedules will look similar to the schedules they would follow while physically in school.  The school day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday will run from 8:10am to 2:45pm, with an extra help period available in the morning from 7:45 to 8:10am, and after school from 2:45 to 3:00pm.  On Wednesdays, students will follow an abbreviated schedule, 10:00am to 2:45pm, with a homeroom period built into the schedule.  This abbreviated schedule will allow us to provide continuing professional development to teachers on Wednesdays.  

We thank you for your continued support and appreciate your patience as we navigate this change.  If you have additional questions, please view the High School Remote Learning FAQ, linked HERE.  If you have additional questions beyond those discussed in the FAQ, please contact your building principal.

 

High School All-Virtual Bell Schedules

Virtual Bell Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

 

Virtual Bell Schedule

Wednesday

Period

Time

 

Period

Time

0

7:45 - 8:10am

 

Homeroom

10:00 - 10:15am

1

8:10 - 8:45am

 

1

10:20 - 10:45am

2

8:55 - 9:30am

 

2

10:50 - 11:15am

3

9:40 - 10:15am

 

3

11:20 - 11:45am

4

10:25 - 11:00am

 

4

11:50 - 12:15pm

5

11:10 - 11:45am

 

5

12:20 - 12:45pm

6

11:55 - 12:30pm

 

6

12:50 - 1:15pm

7

12:40 - 1:15pm

 

7

1:20 - 1:45pm

8

1:25 - 2:00pm

 

8

1:50 - 2:15pm

9

2:10 - 2:45pm

 

9

2:20 - 2:45pm

10

2:45 - 3:00pm