WDMCS to Remain Online Until Winter Break
In a communication shared earlier this week, we explained how the WDMCS Board of Education approved giving Superintendent Lisa Remy, Ed.D., authority to determine if students will return to in-person/on-site learning before winter break.
WDMCS leadership considered several factors when making a final decision, including how COVID-19 is currently impacting our community and district. Most importantly, we valued the voices of students, families, and staff, many of whom shared their experiences this school year.
We recognize the constant hurdles and adjustments you continue to make to keep student success at the forefront. Your commitment to our students’ educational and life journeys is what makes WDMCS a special place to be, and we are thankful for the flexibility and grace our students, families, and staff have shown during this global health pandemic.
It takes all of us, just like it takes all of us to limit the spread of COVID-19. Ultimately, we determined keeping students online until winter break is the safest choice.
When does school resume after winter break?
School resumes Tuesday, Jan. 5. Students who chose in-person/on-site learning will return to buildings and online students will resume their learning from home.
Can practices still resume over winter break?
Even though students will not return until Tuesday, Jan. 5, co-curricular activities, extracurricular activities, and athletics will be able to resume practice over winter break. COVID-19 safety guidelines must be followed. Practices will resume Tuesday, Dec. 22.
The waiver only went through Monday, Dec. 21. What about Tuesday, Dec. 22?
At the next Board of Education meeting on Monday, Dec. 14, WDMCS will recommend that the Thursday, March 11, workday be moved to Tuesday, Dec. 22. This would prevent the need to add a school day at the end of the year.
What about facility rentals?
Facility rentals will be allowed starting Saturday, Dec. 26.
Please keep in mind the important role that our family and community members play in keeping us in the in-person and hybrid models. Wearing face masks in public, practicing physical distancing, frequent and correct hand washing, minimizing your time out in public, limiting the number of people you interact with, and staying home when you are sick will all help minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Questions about COVID-19? Call 211. A public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7.