Dear Wornick Community,
I want to thank you all for your incredible partnership and support yesterday and this morning as we transitioned to remote learning. It is an incredible testament to our teachers, staff, and students that we were able to transition to full remote learning overnight. As I write to you all, our teachers and students are continuing to learn in their remote classrooms. I wanted to share a few updates with you all. Our school is continuing to follow through with our health and safety protocols including requiring testing, contact tracing, and communicating with our various stakeholders to ensure our educational program can continue smoothly. With the exception of the COVID-19 positive student, thus far, all tests that we have received from close contacts and all the remaining tests from our weekly surveillance testing program have been negative. We wish everyone refuah (health) and shalom (peace) during these times.
Kabbalat Shabbat and Chanukkah Lighting
I want to invite you all to join Kabbalat Shabbat today at 3:30 pm. Isaac Zones is on hiatus but we will be joined by Toby Pechner, our former song leader who guided us through shelter-in-place last year. We will also be doing a special video for our Hebrew teachers, Yarden and Barel who are expecting a child soon B'shaa Tova.
Given the unexpected shift to remote learning for all of our students, we think it is appropriate to gather together as a community to light our Chanukkah candles towards the end of Kabbalat Shabbat. Please bring your Chanukkiyot to your zoom call. Today, especially, it will be so important to spread light into one another's home.
Monday will be all school remote learning
Following up on my emails yesterday, we currently find ourselves in a waiting period to learn more about the close contacts of the COVID-19 positive individual. We encouraged all of our teachers to get a PCR test as soon as possible. Although we have increased our staffing and arranged for additional substitute teachers, we have many teachers who were close contacts of the COVID-19 positive individual. We need those results before determining our return to in-person learning for grades/cohorts that are eligible to return. Given the high rates of infection in the county, test availability, and test results are slightly delayed and we don't believe that we will have all the results available by Sunday night. As a result, Monday will be an all school remote learning day.
Hot Lunch and Challah Orders
Hot lunch and Challah Orders will be credited for all days when school is closed. If you have any questions about your hot lunch or Challah orders please contact Pam Bodin at firstname.lastname@example.org.