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Westside Schools To Remain Closed Through May 1

Posted March 19, 2020

Good evening, Westside families and staff members,

First off, we are so very proud of you. This week has been a challenge, to say the least and more challenges remain.  We are thankful for amazing teachers, staff, students, and families that have come together to show the COMMUNITY within Westside Community Schools.  Thank you, to each and every one of you, for working together as a true team in this unprecedented and challenging time.  

Following recommendations from state and health department leaders, Westside Community Schools will now remain closed through Friday, May 1, 2020

We miss our students and staff. We miss the Class of 2020. Please understand that we will continue to follow health department guidelines and state-level directives as we always prioritize the safety of our students and staff. We will do everything in our power, if it is deemed safe to do so, to have Prom, Graduation, and other important events in some fashion. We continue to work on all kinds of alternative plans in case we are able to return and gather in May.     

Our Extended Campus Learning plan will continue for all PreK-12 students. Teachers will use Mondays for planning; instruction will take place for all students Tuesday-Friday. We have asked educators to be available and accessible to all families during traditional school days/hours. We have also attached parent resources to this email with some ideas for what you can do with your children on Mondays while teachers are planning for the week ahead.

REMINDER — We will observe our Spring Break the week of April 6-10.  No academic assignments will be made available that week. 

Westside Community Schools will continue to offer meals once a week to ensure all students have food at home during these closures.

FREE FOOD PICK-UP DATES & TIMES:

Monday, March 23 from 8:30am-12:30pm

Monday, March 23 from 4:00pm-7:00pm

*** Plan on these locations and times shown above for each Monday that we are out of school, to include Monday, April 6th when we are on Spring Break. 

Every child who shows up (ages 1-18) at one of our drive up sites will receive 5-days worth of meals (breakfast and lunch) to take home. There is no charge, and no ID is required. While this is intended for Westside Community Schools students, we will not turn children away.

We know we have thrown a lot of information at you in recent weeks. To organize the flow of information and help you find answers quickly, we have compiled a COVID-19 Resource Guide for Westside Community Schools. CLICK HERE

We encourage you to bookmark this link on your phone or device – we will update this everyday as information changes or new details become available. This guide includes information on how to apply for free WiFi at home, resources on talking to your children about Coronavirus, links to how you can help (or access help), and more.

We will be limiting the number of staff working at the ABC Administration Building to follow Douglas County Health Department guidelines. We will also be suspending in-person appointments and meetings. For the safety of our staff who will be working, our front door will remain locked. All are welcome to leave a message on our main district number at: 402-390-2100. These messages will be checked regularly and forwarded to the appropriate department or individual.

We will also be updated our district website at www.Westside66.org. Click “CONTACT US” at the top of the district main page. These emails will be reviewed regularly and forwarded to the appropriate department or individual.

For questions specific to enrollment or staffing, please use the following contact information:

Enrollment: enrollment@westside66.net

Human Resources: hrdept@westside66.net

This is a tough and challenging time for us all.  We must stay positive and keep working together. This historic crisis will make us grow stronger and more united in the long run.  Please take care of yourselves and each other. Please stay in touch and let us know if we can better support you.   

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

#WeAreWestside

Mike Lucas

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Posted March 16, 2020

Good evening, Westside families,

Based on guidance we received from state-level officials today, Westside Community Schools will remain CLOSED through Sunday, April 12th.

Just like this week, a closure means no practices, on-campus gatherings, events, facility rentals, etc.  We highly encourage our students and staff members to stay home. All certified staff will be working from home, being responsive to emails, phone calls and school issues during regular school day hours. We will be sharing more information from our Teaching and Learning team with guidance for our students, parents and families, as our Extended Campus Learning will now span several weeks.

We are working to postpone and re-schedule as many events as we can in the hopes that local health officials will give us the ‘all clear’ for a return to school in some fashion in April or May.  We are not yet sure what this will look like, but will continue to communicate with you as we move forward.

Please note: we continue to receive updates from our mass messaging provider that email delivery may be slow/stopped due to an unprecedented number of school districts across the country sending messages, just as we are. If you know of a district family who is NOT receiving messages, please let us know and forward this message on to them. We are also posting updates on all district websites and social media in our attempt to reach all families, despite technical issues that are out of our control. THANK YOU for your patience.

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Posted March 14, 2020

Please note: we continue to receive updates from our mass messaging provider that email delivery may be slow/stopped due to an unprecedented number of school districts across the country sending messages, just as we are. If you know of a district family who is NOT receiving messages, please let us know and forward this message on to them. We are also posting updates on all district websites and social media in our attempt to reach all families, despite technical issues that are out of our control. THANK YOU for your patience.

With guidance from local medical and health department experts, we feel it is in the best interest of our students and staff to close Westside Community Schools for the week of March 14-20. This is effective tomorrow (Saturday).

Closures mean no school, no practices, no travel, no meetings, no weight room, no contests, no testing, etc. from March 14-20. We are closing all school district operations down for the entire week, to begin and include tomorrow (Saturday). 

This has been an extremely difficult decision that we didn’t take lightly.  There are literally thousands of issues we factored in and continue to discuss.

We will continue to discuss our plans moving forward, immediately focusing on the week of March 23 – March 27. We will communicate that decision late next week. Beyond that, we are operating with a week to week mindset. This situation is literally changing by the hour.

By this coming Monday afternoon (March 16), we will communicate information about food availability in our community for those in need. We will be establishing various pick-up locations and dates/time. Providing support for all of our students and staff is always a top priority.

As we expressed yesterday (Thursday), our closure also means the Westside Foundation Early Childhood Centers and Club 66 are closed. Please make plans for childcare in your family. 

By Tuesday night, students/families will receive updated details about our Extended Campus Learning plans. We ask for your patience as we prepare to implement the plans we have been working on across our district. 

Our building principals will all ensure that each building will be open on Monday between 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM for any families that need to come to school and pick up medications and other items of interest. All students were advised to take their technology home Thursday, so we are hopeful they have the tools they need at home.

We will continue to do our best to communicate on a regular basis with updates. Thank you for your continued support of District 66. We will do our best to support our students, staff and community through this unprecedented time.

Westside Community Schools

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Posted March 14, 2020

Once again, we thank you for your incredible support and understanding as we plan and prepare for this coming week. Today’s communication is aimed at answering the most frequently asked questions we are receiving regarding our closure due to concerns related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

How will the Extended Campus Learning Plan work to continue education for my child at home?

How do we access food for our children if we need it?

What about childcare for my students who relied on Early Childhood Centers, Underwood Hills, or Club 66?

What will happen to activities, testing, events and other student/family plans that had been in place for this week, and later this month?

My family needs help; with childcare, with food, with support, with everything. What should I do?

My child left something at his/her school. Can I get back in to get those items?

We realize you may have questions spanning beyond this document – we do, too. We will continue to address these questions as they come in and share our plans with you as they develop.

 

Westside Community Schools

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