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Adam Eilath

Dear Wornick Community, 

We are pleased to share with you our Reopening Plan. You can also find it on the 2020-21 School Year and COVID-19 Information page of Wornick's website. Please review it carefully prior to your grade level information meetings which are set for the following dates:

  • MS Family Meeting - August 13, 7-8:30 pm
  • TK-2 Parent Meeting - August 18, 4-5:30 pm
  • Grade 3-5 Parent Meeting - August 19, 4-5:30 pm

We ask that every family sign this Acknowledgement of 2020-21 School Year Plan and Health Pledge.

Links to the meetings can be found in the Wornick main calendar and in the most recent Wornick Weekly. At the grade level meetings, we will be reviewing details pertinent to your grade levels, as well as schedule information.

Status of the Waiver Application Process

San Mateo County has still not released its waiver application to schools. Different Bay Area counties have made independent decisions about waivers. While many Santa Clara schools have started their application process, other counties, including Contra Costa and Alameda, have decided to not offer waiver applications. As of today, San Mateo County is still planning on offering a waiver application to public and private schools. San Mateo was the last Bay Area county to be placed on the watchlist and consequently their process is still being developed. They anticipate that the waiver application will be available within the next week and that it will take at least fourteen days to receive approval. Based on the waiver requirements we have seen today and current health conditions, our plan is to apply for a waiver and to begin phasing students onto Wornick's campus. Our health and safety committee will continue to monitor local health conditions and will continue to make recommendations about phasing in our students and modifications to the "in person" learning plan to ensure that we are able to keep our school safe.

Transitional Kindergarten Update

In consultation with local authorities and peer schools, we have decided to bring our TK students on campus for an in person morning enrichment program while we wait for the waiver process to be developed. Transitional Kindergarten students will be on campus from 8:15 am until noon every day. Students will engage in activities in our outside classroom, guided by one teacher. We invite our TK parents to an additional orientation meeting specific to this program on Tuesday, August 18 from 8-9 pm.

Our TK students will rejoin our Kindergarten program in the afternoons and will take part in our remote learning program from home from 1:15pm until 2.45pm.

Optional In Person Socialization Events

We look forward to beginning optional in person socialization on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning the week of August 24. The activities will take place from 3:15-4 pm on campus. Students will need to be dropped off on Balclutha Drive, complete the health screening, and transition to an outdoor space with one teacher from their grade level. Pick up will also take place on Balclutha Drive.

Grades will be assigned a date in the first four weeks of school:

  • TK/Kindergarten has their in person Welcome Event, Sunday, August 23, 9-11:30 am (see Evite)
  • 1st Grade - Tuesday, August 25, 3:15-4 pm
  • 8th Grade - Thursday, August 27, 3:15-4 pm
  • 2nd Grade - Tuesday, September 1, 3:15-4 pm
  • 7th Grade - Thursday, September 3, 3:15-4 pm
  • 3rd Grade - Tuesday, September 8, 3:15-4 pm
  • 6th Grade - Thursday, September 10, 3:15-4 pm
  • 4th Grade - Tuesday, September 15, 3:15-4 pm
  • 5th Grade - Thursday, September 17, 3:15-4 pm

We will continue to monitor community conditions, and adjust the frequency as needed.

We look forward to seeing you at the grade level meetings tomorrow and next week.

In partnership,
Adam