WPS COVID-19 FAQ's
- Are there updates to the school calendar?
- Where can I find the schedule for Wilton Board of Education Meetings?
- Are there additional mental health resources available for families this summer?
- Are there additional resources for supporting families that you can share?
- Is there an update on student physical requirements for the 2020-2021 school year?
- Reminder: April 28th is bus driver appreciation day
- What are the impacts of the current situation on the budget for next year?
- We are concerned about Wilton Public School employees. Has anyone been laid off?
- We are concerned about our bus drivers. Do we know their status during the school closure?
- What is being done with the survey results?
- How do I update my contact information in PowerSchool and School Messenger? I want to be sure I receive updates.
- Can we access the school fields and outdoor facilities during the closure period?
- I am interested in registering my child for the upcoming school year. How do I do that?
- When can we connect with our principals?
- What is the status of school closures in Wilton?
- When planning for students’ return to school, will the district consider revisiting the calendar to preserve continuity while also allowing for a summer break that is at least six weeks long?
- How will Wilton High School’s graduation be impacted by the extended school closure?
- What is the status of the mandatory school year waiver originally required by the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE)?
- What is the status of school closures in the district, and what additional information can be provided about the situation? UPDATED: 3/13/2020
- Why Are Wilton Public Schools Closed Until Further Notice?
- Do you have an update on Governor Lamont’s waiver of the state requirement for 180 days of school?
- What is the State's response to COVID-19?
- Where Can I Get Town Updates on the COVID-19 outbreak?
- Can you confirm whether Wilton's presumptive COVID-19 case individual has school-aged children?
- What is the status of the 2020-2021 Board of Education budget and the town meetings that were scheduled to allow us to learn more about it?
- Due to the fact that pediatricians’ offices are cancelling and delaying well visits, will there be any adjustment to the student health forms required prior to the start of school in August?
We recognize that the global health crisis and the many changes we’ve experienced as a result of it have impacted the mental health of some students and families. Please follow this link for additional resources that may be helpful to you in the next few months.
- Parent Forums: Our school social workers will be holding two parent forums to help support the social emotional needs of families. These forums will be held on May 6 at 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please follow this link to learn more, pre-register, and submit questions in advance.
- Help from Social Services: If you find your circumstances have changed and you are in need of food assistance, health insurance, mental health care, or financial assistance that falls within income guidelines, please contact Sarah Heath, Director, Department of Social Services, Town of Wilton: email@example.com or 203-834-6238.
- Talkitout Helpline - In an effort to offer support to families during this time, there is a new helpline called Talkitout. If a parent or caregiver is having difficulty or stress with parenting issues during this time and is in need of support, the person can call 833-258-5011 to be connected with a live clinician. This line is active Monday-Friday 800 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday 1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Parents in need of immediate assistance outside of this time can always call 211, which is open 24 hours. This service is free to all who participate.
- Staying Connected While Being Apart - Several clubs at Wilton High School are offering assistance and support to students from across the district. Please see here to learn more.
In light of the fact that many pediatric practices are delaying well visits, required health forms for students who are newly enrolled and those entering 6th or 7th grade and 9th or 10th grade are under review. The State Department of Education and the State Department of Public Health are working on a plan to address this issue for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. More information will follow when it becomes available.
Bus Driver Appreciation Day is April 28, 2020. We know that many families have developed positive relationships with their drivers. If you would like to have your child make a card for his or her driver, we have coordinated with Student Transportation of America to collect cards and send them to the drivers. If you don’t know your driver’s name, you can email our transportation liaison, Fran Williams at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cards should be addressed as follows:
Driver Name and Bus Number
130 School Road
Wilton, CT 06897
The impact of COVID-19 on the school budget is a topic we will explore in the weeks and months to come. We anticipate additional unexpected costs in areas like special education and technology once we return to school. You can anticipate more information about the budgetary implications of this situation in future updates and Board of Education meetings.
There will be a Tri-Board meeting on Thursday, April 9, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The focus will be on the changes and possible impacts of Governor Lamont’s executive orders as they relate to budgets and property taxes and costs associated with COVID-19. Here is a link to the meeting. If this link is not working, please visit the town website, select the Tri-Board meeting from the left side menu, and follow the links to the livestream. The meeting will also be accessible on channel 79.
Wilton Public School employees have not been laid off as a result of COVID-19. We value our staff and believe that we need our trusted employees to do this important work during our school closure. We are also honoring our contractual agreements with our four bargaining units: teachers, administrators, custodians, and paraprofessionals/secretaries/clerks. In addition to those groups, we have recalled our furloughed building substitutes, cafeteria aides, and before and after-school childcare providers. These groups were included in Governor Lamont’s recent executive order to recall essential staff who would be needed immediately upon schools being reopened. Currently, we are engaging all of these groups in a variety of important tasks, including eLearning, classroom support, administrative work, and online learning. Our recently recalled staff members were notified today of the recall, and we are working on assigning projects and professional learning modules to them.
Our school bus drivers are valued members of our school community, and we appreciate all that they do to keep our children safe. While we hold our drivers in high regard, it is important for you to know that our drivers are employed by Student Transportation of America (STA), and decisions about their employment are made by STA. We learned that shortly after the closure, STA laid off their drivers. As we consider the remainder of our annual contract with STA, we are working to come to a reasonable agreement that allows us to fulfill our fiduciary responsibility to the town and provides STA with the support needed to maintain their employees. We hope to resolve this renegotiation quickly and amicably.
If your contact information changes please follow this two-step process:
- Email the new information to the executive secretary at your child's school so it can be updated in PowerSchool:
- Log into SchoolMessenger and make changes to ensure you will continue receiving district messages via email, phone, and/or text.
Please note that some messages are only sent via email. The phone and text features are generally used for emergency alerts and shorter messages.
All school facilities (both indoor and outdoor) are closed. The town has posted large signs on our campuses noting that these facilities are closed. Our campus supervisory staff will be patrolling our parking lots and fields to ensure that people are not assembling on them.
Thank you for doing your part to follow Governor Lamont’s “stay safe, stay home” order by ensuring that members of your household are not congregating on school fields or outdoor facilities.
We recognize that even though our schools are closed, many families continue to plan for next year, particularly those whose children are joining us from private schools and those whose children are entering kindergarten. Please follow the links below to begin the registration process. If you have questions, please contact Erika Cross at email@example.com or Traci De Angelis at firstname.lastname@example.org
2020-2021 Registration - All other grades
The changes we've experienced over the past few weeks have required a great deal of adjustment for everyone. In an effort to monitor how distance learning is working for families and to solicit your feedback on how we can best support you, we will be scheduling opportunities for parents to engage in question and answer sessions with each of the principals.
All parents, staff, and interested community members will be invited to participate. We will notify you about the dates and times of these sessions in an upcoming update. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to our principals via email with any questions you may currently have.
Based on today’s announcements from Commissioner Cardona, our school calendar may not be as impacted by our closure as we originally anticipated. As we all know, the situation with COVID-19 requires us to adjust our approach regularly. We are practicing flexibility in our thinking and appreciate your understanding and patience as we develop, implement, and alter our plans on an ongoing basis.
Know that if we do need to make up school days, we will consider all options available to us to 1) follow a school schedule that will present as few disruptions as possible, and 2) consider how and if we can preserve longer, necessary break periods like summer vacation. While it is premature for us to commit to a plan for April, June, or August, please know that we are considering all options related to our school schedule, and we will communicate them to you as soon as we are able to do so.
As noted above, it is too soon for us to predict how our school closures will affect high school graduation. We recognize that graduation is a milestone event of great significance not just to students, but to their families and extended families as well. When we have more information to share about graduation, we will do so.
Yesterday evening (March/16th/2020), Connecticut Commissioner of Education Miguel Cardona notified all
Connecticut superintendents that waivers for the 180 school day requirement have been
eliminated. This decision was based on CDC and US Department of Education guidance to
address this extraordinary situation. Dr. Cardona’s letter included the following statements:
“Now we may all focus our efforts on providing students in Connecticut with continuing
educational opportunities to the greatest extent possible … districts should engage immediately
in providing educational opportunities for students and may end the school year at their
regularly scheduled end date.”
As we noted yesterday, it is premature for us to commit to a schedule regarding April break,
school graduation, and any potential changes to the start of the 2020-2021 school year. We
want you to know, however, that Commissioner Cardona’s elimination of the waiver application
requirement, in addition to Governor Lamont’s waiver of the 180 on-site schooling requirement,
make it much more likely that we can end our school year closer to our originally anticipated
mid-June timeline. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Earlier this afternoon, we learned that parents of one or more Wilton Public Schools students were in direct contact with an individual who is believed to be presumptive positive for COVID-19. Under the direction of Health Director Barrington Bogle, and out of an abundance of caution, schools have been closed until further notice. This closure may be for a few days or longer as we work in coordination with local and state agencies to assess the situation and plan for next steps.
We understand that this information will likely cause concern among members of our school community. The first question for many is, “What additional information can you give us about the school/s these students attend or the activities in which they and their family members have participated?” At this time, we do not have information that we are able to share, as the Wilton Health Department is currently conducting its investigation of the matter and following its protocols to confirm whatever can be confirmed at this time, and what potential risks there are to the school community and the community at large. Rest assured that when we have additional information to disseminate about this situation, we will do so. In the meantime, out of an abundance of caution, we will be closed to perform deep cleaning in our school facilities. This cleaning will include a thorough disinfection of all classrooms, bathrooms, group spaces, common spaces, and hard surfaces.
As an additional precautionary measure, we have been advised to instruct families to:
Keep your children home
Take your child’s temperature twice daily (once in the morning and once in the evening)
Contact your physician if your child has a fever, is coughing, or experiences difficulty breathing.
As you know, the Wilton Public Schools are closed until further notice; this closure is in effect out of an abundance of caution. Barrington Bogle, Wilton’s Director of Health, is working with local and state agencies to investigate the potential contact that parents of Wilton Public Schools students had with an individual who is presumptive positive for COVID-19. Schools and district offices remain closed while our custodial staff performs deep cleaning in our buildings. Accordingly, all building events are postponed until further notice. We will provide you with an update tomorrow about the week ahead.
Based on guidance from Wilton’s Department of Health, schools remain closed until further
notice. As of today, we can confirm that we will remain closed at least until March 20. We will
provide information about potential closures beyond March 20 next week.
We have been notified that parents of one or more Wilton Public School students have had direct contact with a potentially presumptive positive COVID-19 patient. Out of an abundance of caution, Wilton’s Health Director has ordered the following:
- Wilton Public Schools are closed until further notice.
- The Town of Wilton’s Comstock Community Center is closed until further notice.
- The Trackside Teen Center is closed until further notice.
- All sport and other activities involving Wilton public school students are suspended until further notice.
- Parents should immediately make arrangements to pick up their children from afterschool care at the WPS and the Comstock Community Center.
Please have children stay home, check temperature two times per day, and call your personal physician if there is a fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
Lynne Vanderslice, First Selectwoman
Dr. Kevin Smith, Superintendent of Schools
Barrington Bogle, Health Director
As you know from our correspondence yesterday, Governor Lamont’s waiver and communications from the CT State Department of Education still require schools to make up missed days until June 30. Currently, we are treating our school closures in the same way we would treat weather-related closures, which means that we expect to make up closures of up to two weeks at the end of the school year. We ask staff and families to be prepared to be in school until the end of June should we face an extended closure. We have not made any decisions about whether a closure longer than two weeks would impact this year’s April break. We recognize the short timeline we have to make any decisions regarding April and will communicate information about the break as soon as we are able to do so.
Late on the afternoon of 3/10/20, we learned that Governor Ned Lamont declared civil preparedness and public health emergencies.
Information below comes directly from a press release on Connecticut’s Official State Website: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/03-2020/Governor-Lamont-Coronavirus-Update-March-10-2020-3PM
“Governor Lamont declares civil preparedness and public health emergencies
This afternoon, Governor Lamont signed declarations invoking both a civil preparedness emergency and a public health emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The emergency declarations provide the governor with the authority to take specific, swift actions determined necessary to protect the safety and health of residents in the state, including the temporary suspension of certain state laws and regulations. The Office of the Governor is compiling and evaluating specific recommendations from agencies and municipalities about statutes or regulations that should be suspended or modified and the governor may issue related orders in the near future.”
We are in the process of assessing what impact these declarations have on our school district and will communicate any changes to school schedules accordingly.
We do not receive information about COVID-19 cases directly from hospitals or the CT State Department of Health. Our information comes directly from the Wilton Health Department, and the only confirmation that we have received is that we should keep schools open. District staff do not know the presumptive positive person’s name, address, occupation, marital status, etc. We recognize that a lack of information can be frustrating, particularly in times of uncertainty, but we are not withholding information from you. We have shared what we know for certain, which is that we have been advised to keep schools open. In addition, it is important to note that these processes are overseen by state and local agencies, and based on the information available to them at this time, we do not have reason to believe that holding school currently poses a risk to our students or staff. If we had reason to believe there was such a risk, we would be taking additional precautions including the possible closure of one or more schools.
Recently, Governor Ned Lamont issued an executive order extending budget deadlines by 30 days. On Monday, March 16, the Wilton Board of Selectmen voted to postpone meeting dates for the 2020-2021 budget. The public hearing meetings on the budget which were scheduled for this month have been cancelled. Currently, the meetings for April 6 and 7 are still scheduled. We will let you know the status of those meetings as the dates draw near.
I would like to extend my gratitude to our fine and performing arts teachers for all of their work with students in the remote learning environment this spring. Working with students who did not necessarily have their instruments or art materials during the closure period required additional creativity and flexibility, and our staff certainly rose to the occasion! I hope you enjoy some of the finished products of the eLearning environment.
“In My Life” Arr. by Darmon Meader - WHS Madrigals
Benediction - Owen Goldsmith - WHS Madrigals
“The Parting Glass” arr. by The Wallin’ Jennys - WHS Madrigals
“The Longest Time” by Billy Joel - WHS Bottom Line
“Sing Your Way Home” by Joseph Martin - WHS Concert Choir
Mozart Symphony No. 12, 1st Movement - WHS Concert Orchestra
Edward Elgar's Serenade for Strings, 1st Movement - WHS Symphonic Orchestra
Tribute to Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck was an American jazz pianist and composer, and he was a longtime Wilton resident. Some of his most famous songs include “In your Own Sweet Way,” “Take Five,” and “The Duke.” Earlier this school year, WHS art students learned about Dave Brubeck and listened to his music in class. They reflected on the music they listened to in class and used that to inspire them to take photographs of musical instruments in their homes. This project continued during the eLearning time period. Congratulations to our students for celebrating Dave Brubeck and his contributions to American jazz.
Recently, Wilton High School’s chamber singers recorded a beautiful rendition of The Parting Glass. When you listen, you may find it hard to believe this collaboration was done remotely. (Please note that this is an audio recording; there is not video.) Many thanks to WHS Director of Choral Activities Kevin Cotellese for coordinating this effort and sharing it with us!
Wilton High School Band Video - Recently, members our Wilton High School jazz ensemble submitted recordings of a piece they had been working on in school prior to the closure. We hope you enjoy their at-home version of this special piece. Many thanks to WHS Band Director Nick Loafman for editing all of the clips into one cohesive video!
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8 - By now, you have a better appreciation for what it means to be a teacher: the patience, preparation, creativity, content knowledge, the ability to motivate and inspire others - these are a few of the many skills teachers must possess. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to reach out to your children’s teachers (past and present) to thank them for all that they do for Wilton’s children. I’ve heard many parents and students acknowledge that they’ve never appreciated their schools or their teachers as much as they do now. Let’s be sure to let our teachers know how much we value them.
Cider Mill 4th Grader Ryland Hunt was inspired by his teacher to create a newspaper during the school closure. Rather than creating a print document, Ryland decided to publish his work online. He continues to post regularly and recently had his work featured in The Washington Post. Ryland’s newspaper has been viewed by readers from twelve countries across the globe, including Ecuador, Hungary, and Australia. Here's a link to Ryland's webpage. Congratulations to Ryland!
Once again, U.S. News and World Report have recognized Wilton High School as a “Best High School”. This honor recognizes the leading high schools in the country. based on impressive outcomes on a number of measures, including math and English standardized assessments, a variety of college-level exams, and school graduation rates. We are proud to be ranked highly by multiple organizations, and we congratulate Wilton High School on this most recent recognition.
We are proud to announce that the U.S. Secretary of Education named Middlebrook School a 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. I have included a section of Wilton Go Green’s recent press release regarding this great honor.
“Over the past five years, Middlebrook School has taken their role as pioneers in the sustainability movement very seriously. Middlebrook School’s robust initiatives and programs have become examples of success for neighboring schools and communities and … have created a wave of sustainability initiatives throughout Fairfield County schools.
Middlebrook School has met the criteria of the Three Pillars of Sustainability laid out by the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program through a ground up approach that harnessed the power of students, teachers, and staff. The campaign towards sustainability at Middlebrook led to a behavior and policy change for district-wide composting and recycling … We are proud to report that this has resulted in the diversion of nearly 2,000 pounds of food waste per week across the district.”
Many of our students are joining or leading efforts to support our community during the coronavirus pandemic. It is likely that you've heard about or know people living in nursing homes who cannot receive visitors at this time. In many cases, elderly residents of these facilities are confined to their rooms and apartments. In an effort to combat the sense of loneliness and isolation these residents must feel, people like Wilton High School student Rachel Slater have been visiting local facilities and serenading residents from the exterior of the building. Here is a heartwarming video of Rachel at work.
I would like to recognize a Wilton Public Schools parent who, among many in our town, continues to do great things to support first responders and those on the front line of the coronavirus response. Lynn Martines has raised over $12,000 for this effort and arranges for meals to be sent to area hospitals, and the Wilton Fire and Police Departments. Many thanks to Lynn for all that she is doing.
As you know, many Wilton residents have donated time and resources to supporting essential workers in our town and neighboring towns. I would like to recognize three community members who recently donated 40 handmade masks for distribution to our custodians, maintenance workers, and campus supervisors who continue to work onsite each day. Our heartfelt thanks go to Amy Reuther, Julie Brenneke, and Jennifer Angerame for their generous donation of handmade masks and for their support during this challenging time.
You may know that our district has been awarded numerous honors for student-produced films and programs over the past several years. Each school has its own news show - beginning with our youngest students at Miller-Driscoll. Here is today’s at-home edition of the Miller-Driscoll Morning Show.
Wilton residents have organized efforts to support coronavirus-related needs in our community. If you are interested in learning more or would like to help, please visit the link below.
Warrior Helpers - Sign up to support the creation of personal protective equipment and the distribution of many other needed resources.
Once again, Wilton has been named one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” by the NAMM Foundation. This honor is due largely to our music educators, who help to produce such an impressive product year after year, shaping musicians who will appreciate and often perform music throughout their lives. Kudos to our district’s music teachers!
We are making connections with students in so many ways! If you are interested in seeing a touching video produced by Wilton High School staff for our students, please follow this link.
- Will parents be able to give feedback on our eLearning plan, particularly as we prepare for potential disruptions to onsite instruction next year?
- Will students be able to give feedback on eLearning that will be heard at the State level?
- Recently, my student tried opening YouTube videos posted by WPS staff and was not able to open them. What happened?
- Will there be additional parent forums on eLearning?
- Will you be soliciting feedback from students and teachers about the eLearning process?
- When are the parent forums with each of the school principals scheduled to occur?
- How are recent Zoom issues being addressed?
- How do we provide feedback on the eLearning plan? Updated 4/2/2020
- What is the status of the eLearning plan? (Updated 3/27/2020)
- What are the guidelines for students engaging in videoconferencing?
- How do I know whether to request a district-issued device or hotspot?
- How do I help my child care for his or her school-issued device?
- I am having issues with Google. What should I do?
- When can we learn more about the long-term eLearning plan? (Update 3/20/2020)
- How do we provide feedback on our technology needs related to eLearning?
- Where can I get a copy of the WPS eLearning Plan for Extended Closure?
- When can we learn more about the long-term distance learning plan? (Updated 3/18/2020)
- When will eLearning begin and what is the district’s eLearning plan? (UPDATED 3/13/2020)
- Recent developments (first presumptive positive case in Wilton) warrant considering a move to online instruction. When will a decision be made?
- When will we learn about the district’s distance learning plan? UPDATED 3/12/2020
- What are the Parent Guidelines for eLearning?
- What are the guidelines/resources for eLearning Support?
- Where can I find the information and resources needed for my student's elearning plan?
We value the feedback of our parent community and welcome your partnership as we reflect on the successes and challenges of the closure period and prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. Please take a few minutes to complete the WPS Parent Feedback Survey we have developed for you. The survey will be open through next Friday, June 5. We will consider your feedback as we plan ahead, much in the same way we did with the feedback you provided to us in April and other feedback you have provided directly. Please note that we are asking you to complete one survey for each school your children attend.
Our regional educational service center, which serves all districts in our region, has been asked by Connecticut Commissioner of Education Miguel Cardona to solicit feedback from middle and high school students as we plan for a return to school this fall. Secondary students are asked to submit their feedback on reopening via Thoughtexchange.
There are three ways to log into Thoughtexchange:
As many of you may have noticed, during the past two weeks, some YouTube videos have become "restricted" or not accessible by our students. As with many of our Edtech companies, the global pandemic has overwhelmed YouTube, including its management system that “rates” videos. Any video that does not have a rating is blocked by our filter. We need to keep our filters in place to adhere to CIPA laws. In order to resolve the problem, teachers may need to "unrestrict" videos they have curated for their classes. Late last week, we sent staff directions on how to unrestrict videos, and as such, this issue should be resolved shortly. If, in the future, you are not able to access a video, please email the teacher who posted it so the restriction can be removed.
We will be holding two sessions for parents of students with IEPs and 504 Plans. We ask that you preregister for the session that works best for you.
To ensure that we respond to the concerns of the community, we ask that you to submit questions in advance. You may do so by submitting your questions using the link below. If time and numbers permit, we will take questions from the audience after responding to the questions submitted. Please submit questions by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20.
Feedback from all groups involved in the eLearning process is important. We have been researching tools to solicit feedback from students and staff and have selected appropriate instruments for these groups. We plan to administer a survey to each of these groups next week. More information will follow.
Parent forums at each school are being held this week. Common themes to be covered include: synchronous vs. asynchronous instruction, eLearning tips at home, and prioritizing student work. For specific login information, please see your school’s newsletter and/or website.
Wednesday, April 15 - 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Held on 4/13 and 4/14
8 Green - Thursday, 4/16 - 1:00 pm
6 Green - Thursday, 4/16 - 2:00 pm
7 Green - Thursday, 4/16 - 3:00 pm
Other teams -Held on 4/13 and earlier in the day on 4/15
Grades 9-11 - Thursday, 4/16 - 6:00 pm
Grade 12 - Held on 4/14
Zoom has signed the CT Student Data Privacy Pledge, so school districts may use the application under the CT commissioner of education’s guidance. As we continue on our journey in the world of eLearning and the use of videoconferencing as one tool for synchronous teaching, our library learning commons and technology instructional leader teams have been working on ways to provide security recommendations for Zoom. We have developed the strictest security settings to provide the safest possible learning environment. In addition, staff members were provided a professional development tool and a quick reference guide for Zoom web conferencing.
To help prevent some of the issues that are resulting from the use of Zoom (called Zoombombing in social media), Zoom continues to release updates to address issues for the education community - one of the most important is to “enable a waiting room.
Through this Friday, April 3, we are inviting families to share feedback on their experiences with eLearning in a brief survey linked here. If you responded to this survey already, there is no need to do so again.
Update: As you may know, we are inviting families to share feedback on their experiences with eLearning in a brief survey linked here. Please note that we sent you this survey on Friday evening, so if you responded over the weekend, there is no need to do so again.
Our teachers and certified staff have been planning furiously to get their respective classes up and running in a digital environment. I could not be more grateful for their tremendous efforts. Some requests have been made for more synchronous activities by both families and teachers. Know that we have proceeded cautiously when implementing synchronous learning experiences in order to provide time for exploration of research-based practices, best tools, and a desire to be certain that our approach aligns with our goals. In some cases, we asked teachers to delay using video conferencing for direct instruction until the district had the opportunity to develop guidelines and professional learning to support our staff’s use.
As we move forward, all families should understand that the use of synchronous learning tools will not look the same for all students and classes. Some teachers will begin using Zoom and other video conferencing tools as part of their work next week. Parents of our youngest students can expect to see some teachers begin to use video conferencing for activities like morning meetings and small group or 1-1 instruction. Teachers at the secondary level may utilize these tools for whole group as well as small group activities. We will continue to receive and incorporate feedback from our families and staff as we continue to develop our eLearning program. In that spirit, we are inviting readers to share their feedback in a brief survey linked here.
As we progress through our third week of eLearning, more of our staff may be using tools to involve their students through videoconferencing. Most often, the sessions will be small or large groups of students and will include student names and images.
Please support our use of videoconferencing by ensuring the following:
- Although student names and video images are visible to the teacher and participating students, it is our expectation that other individuals in the home will not participate, be visible, or otherwise observe the lesson other than for agreed-upon supervision of the students and permission by the teacher.
- Do not record any video conference/lesson. As you know, teachers and students are participating from their homes, and we ask that everyone contribute to ensuring that we have a safe, private space for all.
- Parents are encouraged to have their students participate in a location that is quiet and free of distraction, to the greatest extent possible.
- All individuals shall comply with all Board of Education policies and district technology procedures, including Technology Responsible Use, Chromebook Student Agreement and our Student Code of Conduct. If there is a violation of these guidelines, we reserve the right to remove the student from participation in the activity.
Student privacy and the confidentiality of student information are of utmost importance to us. We remind families, however, that the district is not able to control the homes or physical locations of students.
This is a perfect opportunity for everyone to practice digital citizenship and etiquette in a new, real-world environment. Your support is necessary to ensure that students are making good choices online. We appreciate your partnership and thank you in advance. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Digital Learning Fran Kompar at email@example.com.
The district is pleased to provide chromebooks and hotspots for families that do not have devices or internet access. In order to allow us to prioritize the needs of families who do not have the digital tools they need to support their children, we ask that you carefully consider your request before placing it. Rest assured that every family that needs technology for this digital environment will be provided with technology.
Reminder: Any family that does NOT have access to a computer for online learning should complete the Access to Device form. If you requested a device and have questions about when it will be delivered, please contact Helaine Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilton Information Technology recommends that you close all the windows and apps and shut down your computer each night, rather than locking or putting it in sleep mode. A daily restart allows your computer to close background processes that run throughout the day and allows the installation of district software updates. We constantly update district software to give you the most current versions of the tools you use every day. Restarting your computer allows the updates to run automatically to refresh software versions, improve security, and optimize memory utilization to make your computer run faster and more efficiently.
To make sure your computer gets a rest each day, follow three easy steps:
- At the end of the day, close all windows and applications running on your computer.
- For a laptop - select “shut down” from your start up menu.
- For a Chromebook - hold the power button down for 3-5 seconds.
When you turn it back on the next day, your computer will be refreshed and ready to go!
Reminder: Any family that does NOT have access to a computer for online learning should complete the Access to Device form. If you requested a device and have questions about when it will be delivered, please contact Helaine Walker at email@example.com.
Sometimes issues with functionality are due to problems beyond our network. Anyone experiencing issues with Google Applications should first check the Google Application Dashboard link here. Once you visit the page, find your application listed and click on the colored dot next to it for information about issues with its functionality and how those issues are being addressed. If there appear to be no issues on the Google site, you should follow your building support plan.
For all users of district-issued devices: The district added a bookmark to the Chrome browser. Once logged into Chrome, the bookmark is located in the District Bookmarks folder at the top left corner of the Chrome Browser under the Check Google Apps Status link.
The new eLearning plan is posted to our website on our eLearning page. For your convenience, the plan has been broken down by school and includes many helpful links to resources, including daily schedules. Some of you may have experienced difficulty opening these links from the PDF sent last Friday. (This difficulty was likely based on the type of device you were using.) If you were not able to open the links in the PDF version of the eLearning plan, please try using a different device or going directly to the website.
Also, in case you missed it, our district administrators provided an overview of the new eLearning plan at last week’s Board of Education meeting. To view the meeting, please follow this link, select “Wilton Board of Education Special Meeting” and click on the “Watch Video” tab.
Reminder: Any family that does NOT have access to a computer for online learning should complete the Access to Device form.
If you requested a device and have questions about when it will be delivered, please contact Helaine Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org".
We are seeking feedback on topics for our eLearning webinars. Webinars will be designed and scheduled based on feedback from parents who are supporting their children with eLearning. The dates and times will be announced shortly. Please use this survey form to suggest topics for our webinars.
Be sure to check the eLearning Resources for Parents, Students and Teachers for the school-specific plans, video tutorials on eLearning technology platforms, how-tos, and access to eBooks.
To Access Tech Support:
To Access eLearning Resources Help:
Our dedicated teachers and administrators are hard at work developing plans that will advance learning for students. We will send a written update about this plan by the end of the week. If you are interested in learning more about the process, please view tomorrow evening’s Board of Education meeting on Zoom, an online video conferencing tool. We will post the link and passcode to the meeting tomorrow afternoon on the Board of Education section of our website.
If you are interested in learning more about the district’s work on the distance learning plan, please view this evening’s Board of Education meeting on Zoom, an online video conferencing tool. The link and passcode are posted under the tab on the right-hand side of the page titled: How to Join an EMeeting.
Reminder: If your child needs a device to complete work associated with our distance learning plan, please complete this form.
We are pleased to announce that eLearning will begin on Monday, March 16 by 9:00 a.m.
Our dedicated staff has designed eLearning experiences to provide continuity of learning for students while they are home. These experiences include a combination of “go bags” (PreK-2) and eLearning platforms. Through our plan, our teachers will be able to provide a structured routine and create a sense of normalcy and continuity using a variety of digital and print resources. We believe that students who engage as learners throughout any necessary closure will not only benefit academically, but also will find the structure and opportunities to maintain contact with their teachers and peers supportive of their emotional well-being.
Students in grades 5-8 have taken their chromebooks and chargers home. Any families that do NOT have access to a computer that their children can use at home for online learning (primarily affecting students in grades 3-4 and 9-12) should complete the Access to Device form (which was included in the March 9, 2020 update). In addition to technology resources, students have taken home a variety of print resources including several reading books, textbooks, writing journals, and other materials.
Content Delivery Platforms
For students in grades 3-12: eLearning instructions for each day will be posted online using Google Classroom. This is a platform that is familiar to students. Directions, video tutorials, and help desk forms will be available through our eLearning Resources Site.
Student Guidelines for eLearning:
- Balance is important! Make sure you take breaks during the day.
- Teachers will be communicating directly with families/students regarding accommodations for students on individualized plans.
- Teachers will be in touch with families electronically to check in on the progress of their learning with the materials sent home.
Students in Grades 3-12:
- Log into your Google Classroom account using your Wilton Public Schools Gmail username and password each day to review the list of resources and work provided.
- You will participate in learning asynchronously - meaning that tasks do not need to happen at a designated time. Activities in Google Classroom may be supplemented through Gmail or other elements of the Google suite, if necessary.
- Your work will include reading, writing, and numeracy as well as creating and communicating with the resources and directions provided by your teachers.
- While directions will be provided by your teachers, eLearning requires independence and self-direction. You are empowered to make choices in your learning. eLearning is new to everyone and it may take time to get accustomed to it - so let’s embrace the learning curve and agree that mistakes are part of the process. We will be patient with each other!
The Wilton Public Schools have been consulting daily with the Department of Health and with Wilton town officials. Any decision about school closure will be based upon the most up-to-date information available.
In regards to online instruction, our leadership team has been hard at work developing plans to maintain continuity of instruction. These plans leverage the use of technology in grades 3-12 to mitigate potential disruptions in learning. In grades Pre-K-2, staff are preparing hard copy developmentally appropriate materials for students to take home with them in the event of a school closure. Since last week, our district plan has been to train staff on these protocols this Wednesday, March 11, after students have been sent home according to our early release schedule. We will communicate information about this plan to all parents on the evening of March 11, after all certified staff have had the opportunity to become familiar with the plan during the training session that day.
In order to prepare for a potential school closing related to coronavirus, we ask that you complete the short survey found by following this link ONLY if your child in grades 3-12 is in
need of a loaned device in the event of school closure: digital access survey.
In addition, we are asking all students and teaching staff to bring home their devices and essential texts every evening, in order to prepare for a potential unexpected school closing.
Doing so will help ensure that teachers and students have items at home that will support learning offsite.
We have decided not to begin distance learning this Thursday or Friday. Teachers were engaged in professional learning today when the decision was made to close schools. While we believe we are ready to initiate our plan, we are spending the next few days checking in with building administrators to ensure staff and students have what they need to make the effort go smoothly. We are also giving careful consideration to the best time to begin implementation. If we are closed for an extended period, we will notify you when distance learning will begin. Once we’ve made the decision to begin implementation, we will send information to parents and students detailing the process for how to access the activities.
We will communicate our plans relative to distance learning tomorrow [Friday, March 13th, 2020].
Parent Guidelines for eLearning
- Classwork will be available to be accessed each day of eLearning by 9:00 a.m. Students will have a checklist or directions to help them navigate the work provided. To ensure engagement in learning, teachers will be checking in with students 1-2 times a week for approximately two hours each of those days.
- We understand that circumstances will be different for all and that families should be free to make decisions in the best interest of their child.
- As this is a remote learning experience, teachers will not be grading work. In some cases, the students may be asked to bring completed work to school once it reopens. In other cases, students may be asked to engage in an activity through an online discussion, log, or project that can be uploaded to Google Classroom.
- Please access the updates on COVID-19 and supports offered from the district. These include messages pushed out through School Messenger and resources on the eLearning section of our website. We will be adding resources for parents and students to help support most commonly asked questions about online learning resources, tools, and content. We also recommend connecting with other families online for community support.
- Help celebrate the resilience your children demonstrate in this challenging situation - mistakes are a natural part of the process. Help create a safe space and accept any feelings of uncertainty. Support students by helping them reach out to teachers with questions as needed and allowing them to take a break from a task while they wait for a response. (Their teachers are learning too).
- Think about your child’s workspace. Be sure your child is comfortable - preferably in a family area such as a kitchen or living room.
- As we implement our eLearning plan, we will likely be reaching out to parents for feedback. We ask that you support us by completing any survey provided so we can improve our efforts.
Guidelines for Support
Student or parent questions about classwork should be emailed to the student’s teacher. Availability will be communicated via Google Classroom or the school principal.
Please click the link below to submit a Tech Help Desk request for your child’s school. This would include support accessing tools/resources or software. Should you need support accessing content (Grades 3-12) that is posted in Google Classroom, please be sure to contact your teacher directly:
Please use the following direct links to digital resources that are used in your child’s school:
Google Classroom Help for parents:
- What is the status of Wilton High School Graduation?
- What is the grading update for fourth quarter in our schools?
- What is the status of the Wilton High School Senior Internship?
- When can we register students who are currently enrolled in and will be RETURNING to Wilton Public Schools?
- Are there any new developments with College Board Exams? (SAT, PSAT, and AP)
- What is the status of school-based standardized testing scheduled for this spring?
- Do we have a sense of how any changes in grading and standardized testing may affect college applications?
- What is the status of school-based SAT administration?
- What is the status of state-mandated standardized testing scheduled for this spring?
- Do you have any other updates on AP exams?
- What is the status of the SAT?
- What is the status of the ACT?
- What is the status of AP Exams?
- What is the status of the SAT exam scheduled to be administered at Wilton High School for March 14th?
- What is the status of the SAT exam originally scheduled for March 14th, and why have families of test-takers received information from the College Board about this weekend as though the test is proceeding?
- Students taking Advanced Placement courses at WHS are concerned that a disrupted school schedule will impact their preparations for the test/s - which are scheduled for spring. What can we do to address this concern?
- How will grades be assigned while students are learning from home?
Ceremony: June 13, 2020
Rain Date: June 14, 2020
As you may know, commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 will be unlike any commencement exercises ever held in the history of Wilton High School. While the pandemic and social distancing requirements have changed the format of the ceremony, we look forward to a memorable, celebratory event that honors our graduates. The ceremony will include a processional car parade that passes Middlebrook and Cider Mill enroute to Wilton High School. For more information, please follow this link.
Students will earn a quarter four mark of either “Met Standards” or “Did Not Yet Meet Standards.” All students will have the opportunity to raise their overall course grade by remaining engaged and meeting the quarter four standards. If a student meets standards in quarter four, the student will increase the cumulative grade the student had earned at the end of quarter three by one notch in the WHS grading scale. To provide two examples, a student whose grade after three quarters was a (C) would have the cumulative grade raised to a (C+) and a student whose grade after three quarters was a (B+) would have the cumulative grade raised to an (A-) if the student were to meet quarter four standards.
Each course has a compressed curriculum focused on the most critical standards for the quarter. Instruction is focused on those few standards. Report cards will reflect if the student “Met Standards,” “Did Not Yet Meet Standards,” or if there is “Insufficient Evidence” to grade. These will be holistic scores based on the preponderance of the evidence. Teachers will continue to provide comments for each student as well. The teacher comments provide an opportunity to celebrate students' persistence and effort during eLearning. Cumulative grades will be based on the first three quarters of the school year. The quarters will be equally weighted.
- Cider Mill and Miller-Driscoll
Students will develop an electronic portfolio of work (Portfolio of Pride) including reading, writing, math, specials and social emotional learning. Prompts will be provided to focus entries on the major work of the third trimester, and staff will provide support to students near the close of the year. The column for third semester grades will be grayed out on all elementary progress reports. Teachers will add comments related to engagement and progress toward standards on the progress reports.
Due to the impact of social distancing and remote work environments for most job placements, the internship has been replaced by a senior interest project. Participants will focus their projects on topics or ideas that interest them. Projects may involve some or all of the following: engaging in research, acquiring or learning new skills, creating something by hand, producing art, authoring a written piece or pieces, and engineering or inventing, among other things.
As you may know, we require families to verify and update registration information annually to be sure we have accurate information in our student management system. Returning student registration will not be open until this summer. As a point of clarification, the registration portals we currently have open are only for new students.
The assessments listed below have been cancelled.
- SAT School Day*
- PSAT School-based Administration*
- AP School-based Administration*
- Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)
- Next Generation Science Standards Assessment (NGSS)
- Measures of Academic Progress Assessment (MAP)
*Please visit the College Board Website for other information on the SAT, PSAT, and AP exams.
This topic is, naturally, of great interest to many high school students and their parents. While conversations about spring 2020 grading and standardized testing and their impact on the college application process are just beginning, we have some preliminary information to share. Staff at the Connecticut State Department of Education are currently working with higher education institutions to develop grading guidance for Connecticut schools. We have also received information that colleges recognize and accept that student transcripts for 2020 will look different.
If you are interested in reading a local resident’s recent article on this topic, follow this link. Please note that sharing this link does not reflect an endorsement of the businesses found therein; we are simply providing you with information you may find helpful.
The College Board announced recently that the SAT School Day administration has been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year. That means that the test originally scheduled to be administered during the school day at Wilton High School has been cancelled. For more information, please visit the College Board website.
We learned today that Connecticut has been granted a waiver from the federal government and is not required to administer state assessments this school year. This waiver means that students will not be taking Smarter Balanced Assessments or the Next Generation Science Standards Assessment this spring.
The College Board recently cancelled both the March 28, 2020 SAT make up exam and the
May 2, 2020 exam. No decision has been made yet for June. We will keep you updated as we
learn more. Interested families should also check the College Board’s website periodically.
The ACT recently cancelled the April 4, 2020 administration of the ACT exam nationwide.
Those who registered for this exam will receive an email from ACT about rescheduling for a
future test - either the June 13 date or a later date. Families are advised to consider registering
for July or later. Fall dates will be available in July. Please visit the ACT website if you are
interested in more information.
Today, the College Board announced significant (and we believe positive) changes to how AP tests will be administered this spring. Here are announcement highlights taken directly from the College Board website
"For the 2019-20 exam administration only:
- We're developing secure 45-minute online free-response exams for each course.
- The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March.
- You'll be able to take your exams on any device you have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. You'll also have the option to write your responses by hand and submit a photo.
- Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
- We know that not all students have access to the internet or a device. We’re working on solutions to help students get what they need to show their best work. If you need mobile tools or connectivity or know someone who does, you can reach us directly to let us know.
The exams will be secure. We're using a variety of digital security tools, including plagiarism detection software.”
For more information, please visit the AP website.
We will not administer the SAT that was scheduled for this Saturday, March 14. For those students who were registered to take the test, we are in communication with the College Board and will have information in the coming days about where and when they can take the test.
The administration of the SAT at Wilton High School originally scheduled for March 14, 2020 has been cancelled. We recognize this decision comes as a disappointment to many students who have engaged in extensive preparation for this test. It is important to note that we had 290 registered test-takers, only 46 of whom were Wilton High School students. The remaining 244 students came from across the state of Connecticut as well as neighboring states like New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. We made the decision to cancel this administration of the test based on the size of the group and guidance from the Wilton Department of Health, as well as recent guidance from Governor Ned Lamont, who now encourages communities to reconsider gatherings larger than 100 people.
After contacting the College Board on behalf of families who are interested in continuing to pursue the exam, we learned that students who were registered will receive information from the College Board by mail or email in the coming days with options for where, when, and if they can take the test. Options will be based on the availability of test centers. Please note that test centers are closing nationwide. For more information about closures, please visit the College Board website. Note that this website may represent a partial list of closures; as of this afternoon, Wilton had not been added to it.
As noted in earlier messages, we have cancelled our administration of the test. We alerted the College Board about this cancellation and were told that the College Board would be reaching out to families via email or U.S. mail with any steps families might take to pursue taking the SAT at an alternate location. It is likely that any emails families received about printing out their entry ticket for this weekend were automatically generated in error. In addition, it is likely that the College Board has not fully updated its information in response to the unprecedented number of closures nationwide. At this time, we ask that you direct all questions related to the SAT to the College Board.
While all of our students and courses are important, we are very cognizant that Advanced Placement (AP) students may feel additional pressure because the dates for the exams are already set. Please know that our AP teachers are also very aware of this dynamic and we are engaged in ongoing discussions about how they can reasonably move students forward with the required learning outcomes and exam preparation under the current circumstances. AP teachers met this afternoon to plan learning activities that will be meaningful for their students in the event of an extended school closing. Should we face such a closing, we will provide more information on how these activities will be shared electronically. Know that we are all committed to preparing the students well for these important exams.
- When can we register our children for Wilton Continuing Education before or after school childcare?
- What is the status of spring athletics at Wilton High School?
- What is the status of spring events - including the internship - for Wilton High School seniors?
- What is the status of Wilton High School’s graduation?
- What is the status of state tournaments?
- What is the status of school-sponsored activities occurring outside of the school day?
- Why do you postpone after-school activities when students are together all day? Aren’t they risking exposure to illness if they interact at school?
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 email@example.com or Louise Rothwell at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
If you are experiencing hardship and would benefit from having lunch prepared for your children during the school week, please complete our district form. Once you have submitted your request, a representative from our district will contact you to discuss how you will receive the meals.
If you have submitted your request or have questions about the lunch deliveries, please contact Lucille DeNovio at email@example.com
- What is the status of public use of school facilities?
- What is the status of outside organizations and building use of school buildings?
- What is the status of activities in the building next week? (week of 3/16/2020)
- What cleaning agents are being used in our buildings and what protocols are being followed?
All school facilities and fields remain closed. Parking lots have now been opened for running, cycling, and walking. (The North lot at Wilton High School remains closed.) Residents who access these lots must adhere to social distancing protocols. Please visit the town website for more information.
As of this afternoon, we made the decision to postpone all building use outside of the school day through this Friday, March 13. We made this decision in consultation with our director of facilities, custodial supervisor and the Wilton Department of Health. This decision is based on our desire to ensure we are following the deep-cleaning procedures recommended by our director of health and supervisory staff in custodial and maintenance services. We recognize that having people in our buildings after hours would require additional deep cleaning measures, and our ability to perform deep cleaning would likely be impacted if the buildings are being used in the evenings when custodial staff are expected to be performing this deep cleaning. We will make decisions about building use beyond March 13 this week and will communicate these decisions by the end of the week.
Last week, the district provided special training to our custodial staff as well as bus staff on the appropriate deep cleaning methods needed to combat illnesses like coronavirus, which they are now implementing. We are using a product called Q.T.3, which is being left on hard surfaces (i.e. door knobs, desks, paper towel dispensers, fountains) for five minutes to ensure that a wide array of viruses are killed before the cleaner is wiped off. This work is being done in the evenings. Analysis of many available cleaning products led to the determination that Q.T.3 is the best product to address our current needs.
In addition, we are ensuring all bathrooms and sink areas have adequate soap and paper towels, and we are checking with the schools to be sure we have enough tissues in the buildings.
- We recently delivered an additional supply of the cleaning agent Q.T.3 to Student Transportation of America, our bus company. All schools have been restocked with tissues, soap, and paper towels.
- We have adjusted the working hours of custodial staff to accommodate special cleaning procedures.
- My employer requires that I report any potential exposure I’ve had to the virus. Can you give me additional information about whether my child or I might have had exposure?
- How are you encouraging all students to take universal precautions?
- What should we do if our child is not feeling well?
- What criteria do nurses use to determine when students should go home sick?
- Is there a plan for students who are medically fragile?
- Yesterday you sent guidelines for monitoring signs of illness in children. Should parents and staff also be following these guidelines?
At this time, we are not able to confirm any potential exposure, as the Wilton Health Department is currently investigating the matter. We recommend that if your employer has requested this information, you should share that schools have closed while the local health department investigates.
For more information about what to do if you are concerned about potential exposure to the virus, please visit the CDC website.
Beginning today, March 9:
- All students in grades Pre-K-5 will wash their hands after school arrival, before lunch, and after lunch
- Students in grades 6-12 will be encouraged to wash their hands as needed during the day.
- Students in the upper grades will not have specific time set aside to wash their hands, but are encouraged to self-monitor and take the initiative to wash regularly.
In addition, we remind students to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their sleeve and to stay home if they are not feeling well. Students who suddenly feel unwell during the school day
are advised to go to the nurse’s office for assessment. As noted above, we are ensuring schools have an adequate supply of soap, tissues, and paper towels to support these universal precautions.
Please do not send your child to school if your child is not feeling well. We make this recommendation to all families throughout the school year, but it is particularly important in times of illness. For more information about when to send your child to school after he or she has been sick, please visit the health office page on our website.
All students are being instructed in universal precautions such as frequent and thorough handwashing, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available, etc. For students who are medically fragile, these precautions are even more critical.
It is also very important that parents of students with serious medical conditions, who are at high risk if they contract COVID-19, consult with their health care provider. Recommendations from health care providers should be communicated immediately to the school nurse. If parents in consultation with their health care provider decide not to send their child to school, they should contact the building principal to discuss alternatives for completing classwork and homework. Under these circumstances, students will not be penalized for remaining at home.
We follow the recommendations of the Wilton Health Department. If we receive additional information regarding protocols for adults, we will inform you. For the most recent announcements from our town’s director of health, please visit the News and Announcements section of the town website.