Online registration opens for 2020-2021 Extended Day Childcare Programs on May 19 at 10 a.m. Click here to create and/or update your parent and student account with Wilton Continuing Education. On Tuesday, May 19 at 10 a.m., go to the WCE website and click on Childcare for Students to register. Please contact Doreen Esposito at firstname.lastname@example.org or Louise Rothwell at email@example.com with questions.
At this time, we do not know when spring athletics will begin. As you might imagine, the spring
season will be influenced by the length of our closure, recommendations from local and state
departments of health, and decisions made by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic
Conference (CIAC). We know that athletics are an important part of some students’ lives, and
we will keep you apprised of any new developments on this topic.
Every year of a student’s academic journey is marked by milestones and special occasions. Senior year of high school is a particularly important year filled with many long-awaited events, including the internship, the prom, the class picnic, and graduation, among other things. As we see institutions around the country cancel these types of events, we recognize that many of our students feel sadness and anxiety related to what the future holds relative to these occasions.
While we do not have answers to questions about what the future has in store, we want to communicate our commitment to providing as much normalcy and as many opportunities to our students as possible. In the coming weeks, we will be exploring our options to modify these events, if necessary, in order to provide our students with experiences that come as close to what we all had hoped for as possible. We will keep you updated on our progress in the days and weeks to come.
At this time, our planned graduation date is June 13, 2020. We do not have information about what graduation exercises will be at this time, as those plans will be influenced by any restrictions we may face due to COVID-19, but we wanted to notify you of our target date. As noted previously, we recognize the significance of this event and will keep you informed about our plans as we move forward.
On March 10, the CIAC (Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference) announced that all remaining CIAC winter tournament games are cancelled. For more information, please see the CIAC website.
In an effort to reduce the number of non-essential social gatherings, we made the decision last week to postpone school-sponsored activities through this Friday, March 13. School-sponsored activities include special events, field trips, clubs, activities, intramurals, and athletics (with the exception of tournaments that cannot be rescheduled and would lead to forfeiture). A class that meets outside of the school day (like ancient Greek at WHS, which only meets before school) and extra help have continued because they are considered to be extensions of the school day and do not involve very large groups. In addition, we continue to hold before and after-school childcare through Wilton Continuing Education because we recognize that parents depend on this service to meet their childcare needs, and we view it loosely as an extension to the school day. It should be noted that students are also not in very large groups in the extended day program. We will make decisions about possible postponements past March 13 this week, and we will communicate those decisions to you.
At this time, we have been advised to continue to hold school. We make this decision in consultation with our medical experts; we do not make it in isolation. To date, we have been advised to limit non-essential activities that bring students and/or adults together.
Doing so helps to reduce the possibility of exposure by reducing opportunities for exposure to illness. These practices are consistent with social distancing, which is an approach used globally in times of potential widespread illness. Social distancing is not always an “all or nothing” approach; even practicing social distancing strategically to target large group activities can be effective.