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Adam Eilath

Dear Wornick Community,

As we finish our 8th day of on-campus instruction for our Kindergarten students (in addition to our TK students), and near the return of our 1st grade students, we have learned a great deal about our in person health and safety practices and our hybrid learning program. As we have previously shared, it was the recommendation of our Health & Safety Committee, as well as the County, to phase in students beginning with our youngest students so that we could get students on campus who needed it most, adjust planning based on lessons learned from the students who need the most assistance, and adjust the hybrid learning model for those continuing to learn remotely, all while protecting the health of teachers, staff, and community. This has been no small task, and we are grateful to our teachers and staff who have worked tirelessly to make it happen.

We feel prepared to continue phasing in our older students in a safe and controlled manner. As we look ahead to the month of October, we want to announce the dates of our 2nd through 5th grade students returning to campus for families choosing on-campus instruction.

Return dates for 2nd - 5th grade for on-campus instruction
Assuming that health and safety conditions allow, Wornick's plan is to resume on-campus instruction for 2nd and 3rd grade students on October 5th, and 4th and 5th grade students on October 13th. Students in these grades will learn in a combination of well-ventilated indoor spaces and outdoor spaces.

Required survey for parents in grades 2-5 - Please complete by September 28
All parents of students in grades 2-5 are required to complete the survey by September 28, so we can appropriately plan for pickup/drop off, as well as those opting to continue learning remotely.

Required parent session for grades 2-5 - October 1, 8pm
Ahead of our return to on campus learning, there will be a required session for all parents in 2nd through 5th grade on October 1st from 8:00 to 9:00 pm. It is imperative that at least one parent from each family attend this session.

Required action steps for ALL parents
We advise you to reread the health and safety plan to familiarize with yourself with the requirements of being on campus. It is crucial that all families follow these guidelines closely to ensure the health and safety of the community.

If your student is coming on campus for learning or for a social, we are asking for parents to fill out the Health Screening form the night before. This will help us as we scale up the drop off and pick up logistics. If your family's health status changes overnight, please email to let us know.

We strongly encourage you to do the following:

  • Follow all county orders and refrain from any non-essential activities that involve being exposed to other groups of people outside your household
  • Always wear a mask when you are outside of your home
  • Get your students into the practice of wearing a properly fitted mask for extended periods of time (this will make the transition much easier on your child, and will help our teachers immensely)
  • We are requiring that all students attending on-campus learning or on-campus socials get a flu shot by October 15

Schedule change for ALL families as of October 5th
For all families, please note that on October 5th, we are changing to a drop off hour of 8-9 am and pick up hour at the end of the day (2:45-3:45 Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 12-1 Wednesdays; and 2:15-3:15 Fridays). This means that Havdallah will be at 9 am on Mondays and T'fillah will be at 9 am on Thursdays. All families in TK-5 will receive a drop off/pick up time next week.

A gentle reminder that to accommodate the hour long pick up time on Friday, as of this Friday, September 25, Kabbalat Shabbat will be at 3:30 pm. These times are already reflected in your student's calendar.

Plan for smoke days
We are grateful that the air quality has recently been much improved. However, there may be additional smoke days. In the event of poor air quality days, we will do our best to notify families by 7 pm the night before. Because our on-campus learning plan requires well-ventilated indoor spaces and smoke days would prevent the opening of windows and doors, our current plan would be for students to learn remotely that day. We are actively looking at remedies to alleviate this issue.

County status update
Yesterday, San Mateo County was moved from the purple tier to the red tier on the state monitoring list. This does mean that if our county stays in the red tier for fourteen consecutive days, our 7th and 8th grade students may be eligible to return (as of right now, they are not eligible to return per government order even under the waiver). Wornick will continue phasing in students into our on campus learning program as long as it is safe to do so. We will make an announcement about the status of Middle School returning to campus by October 9th.

Being on the red tier is positive news for our county as it reflects a continued downward trend in community spread and infection rates. Regardless of our county's infection rates, we need to continue being diligent about our health and safety practices. Around the world, countries that have loosened restrictions continue to see increased infectious rates as their populations become more relaxed with health and safety protocols. Wornick is a relatively small community. Our goal has been to open in a manner that will allow for a sustained safe on-campus program. The actions of each individual in our community matter, and this will only work if everyone does their part.

We appreciate your continued partnership,