March 1, 2020
Dear Westville School Community,
Westville School District is prepared to announce its plan for continued programming as we move forward into fourth quarter. This plan has been developed based on the best safety guidance and procedures provided by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Vermilion County Health Department, and most importantly, input from the teachers and staff who will carry out this plan for our students.
The majority of the school programming will not change as we head into fourth quarter.
If you would like to review that plan it can be found at the following link:
The parts of the plan that will change for fourth quarter are as follows:
All students will have an opportunity to return to in-person at the start of the fourth quarter.
At the semester break the district advertised that students who opted for remote learning would have an option to return to in-person learning at the start of the fourth quarter. Any remote student who would like to enroll as an in-person learner will have that chance. Current in-person learners DO NOT need to re-enroll as in-person (schools will keep those students registered as in-person learners). Current remote learners who wish to enroll for in-person learning may do so by calling your school administrator to inform them of the desire to make a change. Current remote learners who wish to remain in remote learning DO NOT need to make any changes (schools will keep those students registered as remote learners). The district will continue to allow any in-person learner to opt into remote learning at any point during fourth quarter if there is a health/safety concern. Students registered for remote learning will remain in remote learning until the end of the fourth quarter (students will not be allowed to switch back and forth within the quarter).
Students in remote learning who wish to return to in-person must contact their school by Friday March 12 to inform the school.
There is potential a remote student electing to opt into in-person learning may need to switch teachers.
At Giacoma, depending on the number of students electing to return at the quarter, there is a chance we may need to re-distribute students in some classes to provide for safe social distancing and balance between teacher-to-student class sizes. We will have a better understanding about whether there will be the need to do this after students have informed the district of their desire to return to in-person learning by March 12. The district’s goal will be to keep students who have been in-person all along with their same classroom teacher and avoid switching any student’s teacher if possible. Additionally, at WJHS student groups in the seventh and eighth grade may be adjusted slightly to provide for optimal social distancing and classroom safety.
There is a timeline for selecting in-person or remote learning during the fourth quarter.
Parents will have until March 12 to opt into in-person learning for the fourth quarter. Once the fourth quarter begins students who are remote will continue to receive remote learning throughout the fourth quarter.
Westville School District is committed to supporting our students, teachers, and community as we continue to press ahead through the obstacles COVID-19 has presented. We have a resilient, dedicated, and extremely hard-working team of teachers and staff members committed to safely and steadfastly rising to this challenge. I would encourage all to remain positive, commit ourselves to hard work, and ultimately “Find a Way.” Together we can do this!
Thank you for your support of Westville Schools.
Seth Miller, Ph.D.
Westville School District #2