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4/6/20- 4/10/20 ⚡Charger Connection⚡ Distance Learning Newsletter

Dear Charger Community, 

In our new distance learning environment a lot of new information is available and we also have our usual school year business we need to take care of. In order to both consolidate and highlight important information coming to you from the school and the district we are moving our quarterly "Charger Connection" newsletter to a weekly publication. Our goal is to to help students and families navigate and manage all of this new information as well as keep track of the usual school business and "to-dos" that come with the last quarter of a school year. This week's letter is attached to this message in English and in Spanish. 

Thank you and happy reading. 

Sincerely, 

Kristin Gonzalez

Principal

English

Spanish


 

3/20/20 Monday’s Materials Pick Up for Students and Other Information

Dear Charger Community, 

I hope you are all doing well, settling into a routine and enjoying your weekend. I have some additional information to share regarding the various things we have going on this week. 

Information Monday’s Materials Pick Up for Students

We recognize that some students have their textbooks, chromebook, and/or charger in their locker.  To allow them access to these items, we will open the school on Monday, March 23 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. The following guidelines will be in place:

  • In order to spread students out to the extent possible, we are requesting that students visit in the following time windows:

    • Freshmen: 9am-10am

    • Sophomores: 10am-11am

    • Juniors: 11am-12pm

    • Seniors: 12pm-1pm

  • Students are expected to maintain social distance (at least 6 feet apart)

  • Once finished gathering materials students are expected to leave campus and return home. We are permitted to hold this opportunity for students to get materials as “facilitating distance learning” is an essential governmental function according to the Governor. Students should not take this time to conduct non-related business out in the community

  • Students should not come to campus if they do not need essential items for online learning or personal items

  • Students who are not able to come at the designated time for their class, may come at another time

  • Parents and other non-Wilcox students are asked to wait in the car for students or near the flagpole area while maintaining social distance

*Wilcox Staff will be on campus to monitor and help ensure students get what they need but also maintain a healthy and safe environment that adheres to all public health guidelines.  

Chromebook Pick Up

If you need to check-out a Chromebook for any reason, email Mr. Kolda via School Loop or mkolda@scusd.net. Mr. Kolda will schedule windows in which individuals may meet with Mr. Kolda and get all of the materials they need to have a working Chromebook. Click here to download a copy of the Chromebook One-to-one agreement. Students must bring page 9 signed by both the student and her/his parent/guardian if this is the first time a Chromebook is being checked-out. 

Students who need just a charger/ac adapter for the Chromebook should also “Loopmail” or email Mr. Kolda to schedule a time to pick it up.

Adjustment to First Day Bell Schedule

We are making a slight adjustment to the schedule for the first day of distance learning in order to align ourselves with district resources and supports.  This affects the first day schedule for Tuesday, March 24, only. It does not affect the ongoing A Block and B Block schedules that we will use after the first day.

The schedule for Tuesday, March 24, will be:

  • Per 1: 8:30-9:00

  • Per 2: 9:15-9:45

  • Per 3: 10:30-11:00

  • Per 4: 11:15-11:45

  • Per 5: 1:00-1:30

  • Per 6: 1:45-2:15

  • Per 7: 2:30-3:00

All other elements of our plan are the same as shared in the email below that went out previously. 

Wilcox Opening as a Meal Distribution Site

On Monday, 3/23/20 from 11am-1pm, Wilcox will be opening as a meal distribution site. Families will be able to drive up and get meals. Please note these meals are intended for our at risk families and that families can only go to one distribution center to ensure that we have enough food for all at risk families. Visit the district website here for more information. 

Thank you on behalf of the Wilcox Staff for your patience and flexibility as we launch distance learning at Wilcox. Teachers and staff have been busy collaborating in online meetings to prepare meaningful lessons that will keep our Chargers learning. We are excited for our first day of school- online! See you soon, Chargers. 

Sincerely, 

Kristin Gonzalez

Principal



 

3/19/20 Distance Learning at Wilcox

Wilcox Community Follow Up Message re: Distance Learning at Wilcox

Sent 3/19/20 at 2:30pm

Subject Line: Distance Learning at Wilcox and Additional Updates

Dear Chargers, 

We are excited to announce the launch of distance learning at Wilcox. Our teachers and staff have been working hard to get this program ready for you.  Teachers will be participating in a variety of professional development opportunities over the next several days in order to make sure they are proficient in using these tools. The majority of our teachers and students are already using on-line tools for learning which puts us in a great place to start this new learning journey together. 

ON-LINE TOOLS WE’LL USE

The two primary programs we are going to be using are Google Classroom and Google Hangouts/Google Meet.  Most teachers and nearly all students have some experience with Google Classroom.  Google Hangouts/Google Meet is a video conferencing tool that will allow teachers to interact with students in a virtual face-to-face environment.  Our staff have transitioned to this rather quickly and have been successful in navigating the app, and we anticipate that students will as well. Some of our teachers will eventually use other on-line tools, but we are starting with these two basics as our foundation and want to make sure they are solid before we expand beyond them.

 

Students: In the next few days, you’ll start getting invitations from your teachers for class meetings.  These will go to your “s123456@scusd.net” accounts.  Please accept these invitations, as they will be how you enter the classes.  Further explanations will be coming soon. Additionally, while most of you already have Google Classroom join codes, please anticipate that teachers for any classes without current Google Classrooms will be sending you those join codes soon.

 

SCHEDULE WE’LL USE

Each class will meet on-line for 50 minutes two times each week.  All classes will be held in the mornings on Monday through Thursday.  Teachers will be giving students assignments/tasks to work on during other times.  Additionally, teachers will be available on-line from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm each day Monday through Thursday for on-line office hours.  Students can opt to check in with any of their teachers to get guidance and support about their various on-line learning tasks.

For the first day (Tuesday, March 24), the schedule will be:

Tuesday, March 24

  • Per 1 8:30-9:00

  • Per 2 9:15 - 9:45

  • Per 3 10:15-10:45

  • Per 4 11:00-11:30   

  • Per 5 12:30-1:00   

  • Per 6 1:15-1:45      

  • Per 7 2:00-2:30   

For each day after the first day, the schedule is as follows:

A Block (Monday & Wednesday)

  • Per 1 8:30-9:20

  • Per 3 9:30-10:20

  • Per 5 10:30-11:20

  • Per 7 11:30-12:20

  • 1:00-2:00  Office Hours

B Block (Tuesday & Thursday)

  • Per 2 8:30-9:20

  • Per 4 9:30-10:20

  • Per 6 10:30-11:20

  • 1:00-2:00  Office Hours

Fridays

  • No on-line meetings for students

In this new model, teachers will be using their other time for preparation, collaboration, and professional development.  Like our students, our teachers will have a steep learning curve with this new format, so the school and our district are committed to fully supporting teachers so that they can give solid instruction to our students.

WHAT IF STUDENTS HAVE NEEDED BOOKS OR CHROMEBOOKS IN THEIR LOCKER?

We recognize that some students have their textbooks, chromebook, and/or charger in their locker.  To allow them access to these items, we will open the school on Monday, March 23 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.  If students don’t have anything essential for learning at the school, they should not come. If they do, students are reminded that practicing social distance and good hygiene are absolute musts.  Students should stay at least six feet apart from each other, get their items from their lockers, and leave as quickly as possible.

In order to spread students out to the extent possible, we are requesting that students visit in the following time windows:

  • Freshmen: 9am-10am

  • Sophomores: 10am-11am

  • Juniors: 11am-12pm

  • Seniors: 12pm-1pm

If you are unable to come during your suggested time, you can come during another time. Staff will be on campus to ensure a healthy and safe environment that adheres to all public health guidelines. 

We ask that any parents accompanying their students wait in the car or near the flagpole and maintain social distance. 

If you need to check-out a Chromebook for any reason, email Mr. Kolda via School Loop or mkolda@scusd.net. Mr. Kolda will schedule windows in which individuals may meet with Mr. Kolda and get all of the materials they need to have a working Chromebook. Click here to download a copy of the Chromebook One-to-one agreement. Students must bring page 9 signed by both the student and her/his parent/guardian if this is the first time a Chromebook is being checked-out. 

Students who need just a charger/ac adapter for the Chromebook should also “Loopmail” or email Mr. Kolda to schedule a time to pick it up.

 

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE INTERNET?

If you do not have internet at home, Comcast is offering free internet (apply here) for two months with no credit check or contract.

To help us prepare for your distance learning needs, please complete our technology survey by Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m. There will continue to be new and changing information as we go.  This will include instructions on using technology, protocols for good on-line etiquette, and various other times.  

OTHER UPDATES

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with all of the communications going out from Wilcox and from SCUSD. 

Course Registration for 2020-2021

The Wilcox Counseling Department sent an email yesterday regarding course registration and how we will be working through that- be sure to read through that to learn about picking classes for next year. 

AP/Honors applications due 3/27/20

Students can complete AP/Honors applications on or before March 27th. Find more information about applying for AP/Honors classes by clicking here. Contact your counselor ASAP if you have questions or concerns regarding completing the application. A lack of previous/current teacher signature will not prevent any student from enrolling in an honors/AP course.

Senior Class Google Meet

We know seniors are feeling particularly concerned about all that is going on and how it will affect the last quarter of their senior year. While we do not have all the answers, we want to be able to check in with you and answer any questions that we can. We will be hosting 2 Google Meet sessions for senior students tomorrow (schedule below). Due to the capacity of a Google Meet being 250, we will be holding two different sessions. Please attend the session that corresponds with your last name. The link to join the meeting is available on the calendar on the School Loop homepage and will also be emailed to you via School Loop Mail. 

 

  • Senior Meeting #1- For the Senior Class Last Names A-L, 3/20/20 from 11:30am-12:00pm

  • Senior Meeting #2- For the Senior Class Last Names M-Z, 3/20/20 from 12:00pm-12:30pm

 

These are challenging times, fellow Chargers, and the strength of our community is shining through. As we take care of ourselves and each other, let’s also practice patience and forgiveness as we all venture on this new learning journey together. 

 

See you soon, 

Kristin Gonzalez

Principal

3/19/20 Superintendent's Message re: Launch of Distance Learning in SCUSD

Dear SCUSD Families and Students, 

First, we hope that you and your family are staying healthy and following the “shelter in place” guidelines from Santa Clara County Public Health Department officials. 

These are dynamic and uncharted times. Information comes in rapidly and this week’s county-wide order to shelter-in-place is no exception. I want to remind you that you can find credible resources and updates on our website at www.santaclarausd.org. On our website, you will also find the most current information about access to free breakfast and lunch for students, optional learning resources for home, and answers to frequently asked questions. 

The purpose of this message is to inform you of the details of our distance learning plans for students. We have been preparing for distance learning, and I am thrilled to announce that we will officially launch next week on Tuesday, March 24 for middle and high school students (grades 6-12), and on Monday, March 30 for elementary school students (grades PreK-5). 

We know that our students may need to pick up materials from school, including Chromebooks. Middle and high school pick up is available at your school site Monday, March 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Elementary schools will have pick up opportunities available starting Wednesday, March 25. Schools will communicate the details directly to you. To help us prepare for your distance learning needs, please complete our technology survey by Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m.

Most importantly, if you do not have internet at home, Comcast is offering free internet (apply here) for two months with no credit check or contract. We want to be sure to support you, our students’ families, in this important transition. So, staff is finalizing a parent resource guide to support at home learning as well as information about the daily learning schedule. This will be ready and available on Monday, March 23. Be sure to watch out for a message from me on Monday. 

For our students served by special education, we are still working out details on the service delivery model. The special education department is working closely with the county to develop the guidelines for adjustments to your services. I promise you that as soon as we have details we will share with you directly through the department. 

As we roll out our at-home learning plan, we would like to recognize that no online learning environment can possibly replicate the face-to-face classroom experience we’re used to in our schools. Our goal with providing at-home learning is to promote opportunities for students to engage in learning essential knowledge and skills that they will need to be successful when face-to-face classroom learning resumes. We further recognize that this transition will be new for students, families, and teachers. For the first two weeks, our plans will focus on shifting students to an online learning environment through the use of consistent tools and routines. Please be patient with us as the plans we have in place to support and encourage student learning may need to be adjusted and fine-tuned over time. We are all growing in this together! 

I also encourage you to explore our Optional Learning Resources webpage to supplement and continue learning at home. In addition to the resources provided, I encourage you to consider playing cards, board games, cooking and outdoor exercise!  We will continue to provide updates to you as we have them. We appreciate your patience and partnership as we partner in the interest of our children and our community.

Sincerely,

Stella M. Kemp, Ed.D.

Superintendent

 

3/18/20 Wilcox Update

Wilcox Community Follow Up

Subject Line: Wilcox community follow up message re: distance learning

 

Dear Charger Community, 

This is a follow up message to Superintendent Kemp’s message regarding distance learning for our district. As we get ready to move forward with this we want to make sure you have the materials you need.

Open Campus Hours Monday 3/23/20 8am-2pm

We will be opening up the campus buildings on Monday 3/23/20 from 8am-2pm to allow for students to get materials they need from their lockers. In order to encourage social distancing we are requesting, but not mandating, that students follow a staggered schedule to collect necessary materials from school if possible:

Freshmen: 9am-10am

Sophomores: 10am-11am

Juniors: 11am-12pm

Seniors: 12pm-1pm

If you are unable to come during your suggested time, you can come during another time. Staff will be on campus to ensure a healthy and safe environment that adheres to all public health guidelines. 

We ask that any parents accompanying their students wait in the car or near the flagpole and maintain social distance. 

If you need to check-out a Chromebook for any reason, email Mr. Kolda via School Loop or mkolda@scusd.net. Mr. Kolda will schedule windows in which individuals may meet with Mr. Kolda and get all of the materials they need to have a working Chromebook. Click here to download a copy of the Chromebook One-to-one agreement. Students must bring page 9 signed by both the student and her/his parent/guardian if this is the first time a Chromebook is being checked-out. 

Students who need just a charger/ac adapter for the Chromebook should also “Loopmail” or email Mr. Kolda to schedule a time to pick it up.

George Niczewicz will be available via phone daily 408.423.2402

Community Service Questions

We are getting many questions about community service hours. Students who have completed their community service hours can submit them electronically to their counselor or wait until they return to school. We will not uphold the requirement that hours be submitted in order to attend prom. Students should not venture out to complete community service hours during school closure or shelter in place. Incomplete community service hours will not prevent seniors from graduating. 

Course Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year

Today you should have received an email message from Mr. Kolda regarding student course registration for next year and the plan our school counselors will be implementing in order to continue to move us through that process. Please refer to that email for details. I want to reiterate that no student will be at a disadvantage if they are not able to complete that process- you will not lose out on a spot in a certain class. We will take care of you when we return to school. We do need to keep that process moving forward so we can plan appropriately for the next school year. We are doing our best to keep to our regular timelines for student registration. 

Other Q&A

In my email communication on 3/13/20 I shared a list of Q&As/FAQs for students. I have pulled those into a separate document and will keep adding to and updating as we get new information. You can find that document here

School Closure Dates

I am aware that Governor Newsom shared that he is uncertain whether or not schools will return to session before the summer break. I do not have any additional information in that area but I will update you when I do. 

If you have questions that are not addressed in this email please reach out to your school counselor.

If you would like to review all of the previous communications and updates sent out regarding COVID-19 please visit the following webpages:

Wilcox COVID-19 Updates

SCUSD Cold/Flu Season Webpage

Sincerely, 

Kristin Gonzalez

Principal

 

3/15/20 Update 8:00pm

Wilcox Community Follow Up to District School Closure Message

Sent 3/15/20 at 8:00pm on School Loop and BlackBoard

 

Dear Charger Community, 

I hope you are all doing well and are finding some time to relax this weekend and take care of yourselves and each other. I wanted to send a brief update as some new information is available. 

Access to campus

School campus and front office will NOT be open to the public during this closure as previously shared. If you need an essential item from your locker email or call your school counselor and we will help you get what you need from your locker. 

Appointments with school counselors or other school staff

All appointments and meetings during the school closure will be rescheduled. This 

includes 504 and IEP meetings. If you have urgent business that cannot wait, please 

email the appropriate staff member. 

 

If you would like to review the previous communications and updates sent out regarding COVID-19 please visit the following webpages:

Wilcox COVID-19 Updates

SCUSD Cold/Flu Season Webpage

 

Take care,

Kristin Gonzalez

Principal

 

3/13/20 Update 5:30pm

Wilcox Community Follow Up to District School Closure Message

Sent 3/13/20 at 5:30pm on School Loop and BlackBoard

 

Dear Charger Community, 

 

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this situation. I want to reiterate that our schools are not closing due to an emergency. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 with any of our staff or students.The decision to close was based on newly updated guidelines and recommendations from the County Public Health Department. 

 

Included in this email is additional information to the message Dr. Kemp sent earlier today. This information is subject to change as new guidelines and protocols are issued from the school district or County Public Health Department but I wanted to update you with the information that we have. 

 

FAQs for Wilcox 

 

Will we have to make up these school days? 

The school district is requesting a waiver from the State Department of Education that would allow for us NOT to have to make these missed school days up. More information on that to come at a later date. 

 

Is Spring Break cancelled or changed? 

No changes have been made to the school calendar- we will be keeping the same breaks and holidays that are currently scheduled. 

 

Is Prom cancelled? 

At this time we are planning for the possibility that we will need to postpone prom to a later date. More information on this will be available in the coming weeks. 

 

Will this affect graduation? 

At this time the closure will not affect our graduation date. 

 

How does this affect athletics?

No sports contests, practices or workouts are allowed to take place while we are closed (on or off campus). Our facilities will not be open for or available to coaches and athletes. 

 

How does this affect students enrolled in SVCTE/MetroEd?

SVCTE/MetroEd is closed during this same time frame 

 

How does this affect students enrolled in junior college courses?

Students enrolled in community college classes should follow the guidelines from your instructor and/or institution in which you are enrolled. If your community college has not moved to an online format please contact your school counselor ASAP. 

    

What other school events are affected? Is MultiCultural cancelled? Spring musical?

Please check the School Loop calendar for a list of events that are cancelled. At this time MultiCultural is postponed. We are looking for potential future dates in which we can hold this event. 

 

Drama rehearsals are cancelled for the school closure. As of now, the dates for the spring musical are still in place. 

 

Can clubs have meetings or hold events?

No club meetings or club events should be taking place while school is on break.

 

Do I have to do schoolwork and homework assignments during the closure?

There will be no school work assigned to students during the three week closure. 

 

Can I get something from my locker? 

Access to campus will be limited during the closure. If you need to get into your locker please come to the main office during our open hours and we will help you get what you need from your locker. 

 

How will this affect AP testing?

We are currently in contact with the College Board to push back the start dates of the AP exam dates for Wilcox. More information on this will be available in the coming weeks. 

 

Can I contact my school counselor, teachers or administrators while the school is closed?

Yes. School counselors and administrators will be available by phone or email during the school closure. Teachers will be available by email. Front office support staff will also be answering phones while we are closed. 

 

I get free school lunch. Will that be available at Wilcox?

No. The plan now is that only certain sites will be open for “drive-thru” lunch. You do not have to be a student at that site to get lunch there. You may go to any of the sites listed in this letter to get your lunch. 

 

Resources for Parents:

How to Talk to Your Anxious Child About the Coronavirus
How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus
Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus

 

If you have questions that are not addressed in this email please reach out to your school counselor. Thank you again for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this new reality together. Please remember to maintain all of the recommended practices from the County Public Health Department while you are out, including social distancing and increased handwashing with proper technique. I will reach out with any new information as it becomes available. I wish you all much health and wellness during this time. Take care, Chargers. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Kristin Gonzalez

Principal

 

3/12/20 Update 6:45pm

Additional Update on School Event Cancellations, Postponements and Modifications

Sent on 3/12/20 at 6:45pm on School Loop and Blackboard

 

Dear Charger Community, 

This is an additional precaution added to the email I sent out during the two o’clock hour this afternoon as additional information has now become available.

Effective Friday 3/13/20, the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL), is suspending all spring sports competitions and games until it is deemed safe to resume. This decision was made with community health and safety at the forefront by the SCVAL Board of Managers, with guidance from their superintendents, in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. 

Spring sports will be allowed to practice and train and are expected to follow County Public Health Department guidelines, including maintaining social distance and practicing proper hygiene techniques. Our School Loop calendar will reflect that all games through April 10, 2020 are cancelled, and we will make updates after that.  

I will continue to provide community updates to you as I have them. If you have a question about a specific event, competition or game please contact the team’s coach or reach out to Vice Principal Kathleen MacDonald at (408)-423-2409 or kmacdonald@scusd.net.

 

Take care, 

Kristin Gonzalez

Principal



 

3/12/20 Update 2:00pm

Updates on School Event Cancellations, Postponements and Modifications

Sent 3/12/20 at 2:00pm via School Loop and Blackboard

 

Dear Charger Community, 

 

I wanted to take a few minutes to update you on the developing situation around the COVID-19 as related to our school community events. This is a dynamic situation that continues to change and as new information and guidelines become available, we are re-evaluating and updating our plans. This update is based on information we have as of 2:00pm on March 12, 2020. We are making changes as appropriate for our school community events through April 10, 2020. Events beyond this time frame will continually be evaluated for appropriate changes as new information becomes available. Information about individual events can be found on our School Loop calendar. In summary, the following changes are being made to Wilcox events through April 10, 2020. 

 

  • All track and swimming meets are suspended per the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL). Practices may continue under the County Public Health guidelines. No changes to other sports have been made at this time. 

  • Other on campus athletic events: Spectators are discouraged from attending and shall stay arm’s length from one another while attending any sporting event.

    • Indoor events: The number of spectators allowed to attend will be limited. Spectators are expected to depart the venue at the end of the contest they are there to watch. 

  • Other off campus athletic events: Spectators are discouraged from attending and shall stay arm’s length from one another while attending any sporting event.

    • The number of spectators allowed to attend will be limited. Spectators are expected to depart the venue at the end of the contest they are there to watch. Spectators are also subject to any additional rules and guidelines put in place by the hosting school or venue. Be aware that some schools are not allowing any spectators at their events. Please check with the team’s coach for more information on this. 

  • On campus student gatherings (rallies, assemblies, lunch, etc.): these events are evaluated on a case by case basis and may be cancelled, postponed or modified based on our ability to meet the County Public Health guidelines. Examples:

    • Student lunches: additional areas on campus are open to allow students to spread out and maintain social distance. Additional student restrooms are open at lunch as well to allow for increased hand washing

    • Sadies Dance scheduled for Friday 3/13/20: this event has been cancelled

    • Spring Spirit Rally scheduled for Friday 3/20/20: this event has been modified and moved to an outdoor venue (Wilcox quad)

    • Multicultural Assembly scheduled for Friday 3/27/20: this event is being evaluated for potential modifications that meet County Public Health guidelines and would allow for this event to continue

  • Off campus visitors/guest speakers: these events have been cancelled

  • Field trips and overnight trips: these events have been cancelled

I will continue to provide community updates to you as I have them. If you have a question about a specific event, please contact that event coordinator directly or reach out to Vice Principal Kathleen MacDonald at (408)-423-2409 or kmacdonald@scusd.net. Previous communications sent by the school district regarding this issue can be found on the district Cold and Flu Season Updates web page. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we work together to successfully and safely navigate this challenge in our community. 

RESOURCES FOR TALKING TO YOUR CHILD

The abundance of information and news articles  regarding the novel coronavirus/COVID19 may cause an increase in anxiety and/stress for students, families, and employees alike.  Below are some resources that may help you and your student(s) navigate all of the information around this issue:

Sincerely, 

Kristin Gonzalez

Principal

 



Email to Wilcox Community on 3/9/20

Subject: Charger Community Update- Coronavirus/COVID-19

Dear Charger Community, 

Please take some time to read the following additional information regarding our school and district's work to ensure our students, staff and school community are practicing safe and healthy habits as we navigate the circumstances around the COVID-19 virus. Previous communications sent by the school district can be found on the district Cold and Flu Season Updates web page

COMING TO SCHOOL:

Our district continues to monitor  information about the coronavirus and we are adhering to all practices recommended by our local and state health agencies. As new information becomes available, additional changes may be made to our current protocols and practices as appropriate. The district team is being diligent about having the most accurate and up-to-date information available, including information from sources such as the Center for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/) and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/Pages/phd.aspx). One of the things that we are learning is that, for the most part, school-aged children are among the lowest-risk groups for COVID19.  Based on this, the advice is that schools should remain open and students are safe to come to school.  The exception to this rule is related to students with underlying health conditions. We encourage students, staff, and parents to stay home if there is any sign of a fever or respiratory condition and remain home until the fever has been gone for at least 24 hours.

HYGIENE PRACTICES:

We are working with students to ensure that they follow good hygiene practices, as this appears to be the most effective way to avoid coronavirus.  Some of the most important steps are:

  • regularly washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • avoiding touching one's eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

  • coughing into a sleeve rather than hands

Last week, all district custodians, including our team here at Wilcox, began to significantly increase the frequency of their cleaning of items which are regularly touched, such as doorknobs, desk tops, and bathroom handles.  

AFFECT ON SCHOOL EVENTS:

While students are generally at lower risk with COVID19, this is not as true for adults, particularly those that are older.  We are currently reviewing all school events for the next month or so to determine what can safely proceed and what needs to be modified, postponed, or cancelled.  The primary factors we are considering when making this decision are: the size of the event, the mix of people (does it include parents and/or other community members), the social distance (how close people need to be to each other at the event), and the duration of the event.  Expect several announcements related to event changes and check with our school calendar on our website for the latest information. As of 3/9/20 we have the following updates to our school events:

  • Winter Music Concert 3/11/20- cancelled

  • Winter Music Concert 3/18/20- cancelled

  • Choir Performance at West Valley 3/20/20- cancelled

  • Multicultural Evening Performance 3/27/20- TBD, we are currently exploring alternative locations on campus that might allow for greater social distance for attendees

  • All CIF-sanctioned sporting events remain as scheduled. Spectators are discouraged from attending and shall stay arm’s length from one another while attending any sporting event

RESOURCES FOR TALKING TO YOUR CHILD

The abundance of information and news articles  regarding the novel coronavirus/COVID19 may cause an increase in anxiety and/stress for students, families, and employees alike.  Below are some resources that may help you and your student(s) navigate all of the information around this issue:

Thank you for your continued support as we work together to successfully and safely navigate this challenge in our community. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Kristin Gonzalez

Principal