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June 10, 2020

 

 

Hello Westwood Families,

 

As we bring the 2019-2020 school year to an official close, I would like to thank you for your support and cooperation during these unprecedented times. We know that it was not easy to move from “in-person” teaching and learning to remote teaching and learning as quickly as we had to, but we did our best to make it work. Now we must shift our focus towards plans for the 2020-2021 school year. With the effects of the global health crisis in mind, we know that school will look different next year. You should know that we have made plans for reopening school on August 31, 2020, our top priority.

 

As we make plans for the new school year, the first and highest priority of the Westwood Taskforce is to ensure all students, families, and staff feel comfortable and safe returning to school. We fully understand that any plans to reopen school must include health and safety protocols recommended by the CDC and local health agencies. The Westwood Taskforce will work with Wayne RESA and vendors to ensure that we have personal protection equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and face shields available for students and staff. We plan to purchase thermometers to conduct temperature checks and we plan to make hand sanitizer available to all students and staff. The school district is working closely with our custodial/maintenance company to ensure that it is prepared to properly clean and disinfect each school building before, during, and after school hours.

 

The academic achievement and social-emotional well-being of all students continue to be a top priority at Westwood. As we learned this school year, unanticipated events can occur that cause major disruptions to the educational process. That is why, we are taking steps to ensure that each student has access to a computing device (e.g., chromebook or tablet) in the event we should have to transition from “in-person” teaching and learning to online teaching and learning in the new school year. We are committed to preventing any disruptions to student learning in the future because we truly believe that all students should have equitable opportunities to realize their full potential. And, we are equally committed to supporting the social-emotional needs of all of our students.

 

Additionally, the Westwood Taskforce will need to consider alternative schedules for students, adjustments to the curriculum, transportation routes, athletics, and a host of other items as we plan for the new school year. We will need help from you to do so. In the coming weeks, we will ask you to complete and submit surveys to let us know what you think of the changes that may need to be made to reopen school in the Fall. We will post on the Westwood Community School District Facebook page the link to the surveys. We will send out a robocall to make you aware of the survey to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to provide feedback.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 Stiles X. Simmons, Ed.D.