Welcome to Woodland Junior High
Dear Students and Families,
Welcome back to another school year at Woodland Junior High. We are excited and busy preparing for our students to arrive. This letter is to provide you with important information to get you ready to come back to school either on-site or virtually on Monday, August 24th.
Several different options for learning were presented to families this year in an effort to social distance and keep students, staff, and families as safe as possible, while still having a high quality education. I want to share with you some information to help you and your student have a successful transition back to the school environment. This information is for all students no matter which method of instruction you choose for the upcoming year, although certain aspects may apply only to those who chose a specific option. For virtual and hybrid students, more information will be sent out next week detailing Chromebook pick-up and first day process.
David McClure, Principal
DAILY BELL SCHEDULE
Woodland has modified its daily bell schedule based on our new reopening plans so that we can maximize social distancing and provide a safe and secure environment for your child. The bell schedule we will follow for the 1st semester will be communicated when finalized (consisting of 3 or 4 lunch periods depending on survey information).
Woodland Junior High 2020/21 Bell Schedule
LEARNING OPTION EXPLANATIONS
Based on our District’s new reopening plans, Woodland has had to adjust the learning option plans. The following information provides an explanation on the various learning options families can choose from. In all options, except for FVA, students will be taught by Woodland Junior High School teachers according to their schedule of courses that were chosen during the CAP process in the spring of 2020.
- Students who chose the 5-Day Traditional/Blended Option will attend school five days per week. They will have 4 days of face to face instruction and on Friday receive virtual instruction, on campus, through Google Classroom in an asynchronous (recorded) format.On Friday, students will report to an assigned location where they will receive student/teacher interaction from core and elective teachers throughout the day in a Guided Study/Personalized Enrichment.
- Students who chose the Hybrid/Blended 4x1 Option will attend school on campus four days per week. They will have 4 days of on-site, face to face instruction. On Friday, they will stay home and receive virtual instruction through Google Classroom in a synchronous (live) or asynchronous (recorded) format.
- Students who chose the Hybrid/Blended 2x3 Option will attend school on campus two days per week and receive virtual instruction for three days per week. Students with last names A-L will attend school for onsite instruction on Monday and Tuesday and students with last names M-Z will attend school for onsite instruction on Wednesday and Thursday. On virtual days and on Friday, they will stay home and receive virtual instruction through Google Classroom in a synchronous (live) or asynchronous (recorded) format.
- Students who chose the Home Campus Virtual Option will receive virtual instruction 5 days per week. They will stay home and receive virtual instruction through Google Classroom in a synchronous (live) or asynchronous (recorded) format.
- Students who chose to enroll in the Fayetteville Virtual Academy (FVA) must apply to the school and upon acceptance, will receive communication from FVA on their specific reopening plans.
- Teachers will have Zoom office hours on Friday for all students to receive Guided Study/Personalized Enrichment, if needed.
- Parents will communicate through the intercom and wait outside for their child. They may have to come in to present their ID.
- All pep rallies, assemblies, and dances will be cancelled during the 1st semester in order to abide by social distancing and large gathering guidelines.
SCHEDULE PICK-UP/OPEN HOUSE - Window is open August 20th for schedule pick-up
- Look up your child’s schedule on HAC - email with instructions, login, and password will be sent out ahead of time. The schedules will be available on HAC beginning Thursday, August 20th at 8:00 a.m.
- Review/Revise your personal information. Email with instructions, login, and password will be sent out. Login is student number, password is date of birth 00/00/0000 format.
- Find out information on bus transportation online at (Please do this before the first day of school) :https://transportation.fayar.net/elinkrp/Students/BasicTransBoundarySearch.aspx
- Put money in lunch account online at:https://www.myschoolbucks.com
- Fill out an application for free/reduced school meals online at: https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/
- Open House will be virtual this year. More information on how to access our virtual open house will be forthcoming.
- Athletics will meet as they have originally been scheduled.
- All AAA guidelines will be followed.
- Students who choose the virtual learning environment may still attend athletic classes, but will be required to leave after the athletic period.
COVID-19 SAFETY & SECURITY PROCEDURES
The Fayetteville Board of Education voted unanimously to approve two new policies to help protect the health of students, staff, and visitors in district schools.
- Policy 1.19: Wearing Masks and Face Coverings requires the wearing of a face mask or face covering while attending school, attending a school function, or riding school-provided transportation. The policy provides for exceptions, such as for eating or drinking, when social distancing measures are in place, and in specific instructional needs as determined by the teacher.
- Policy 1.20 COVID-19 Screenings provides for the implementation of appropriate screenings for all students and employees of Fayetteville Public Schools in compliance with the official screening questions and temperature-detecting requirements issued by the Arkansas Department of Health.
BUILDING SAFETY PRACTICES
- MORNING PROCESS
- Supervision for students begins at 7:45.
- When students arrive, they will report to the cafeteria and assigned classrooms.
- At 8:00, breakfast will be served for those that choose to eat.
- Increased staff will ensure social distancing in the cafeteria.
- Students will wear masks at all times, except when eating.
- All students will go to their 1st period classes at 8:10.
- First bell rings at 8:15. The tardy bell rings at 8:25.
- Dismissal times will be staggered. Car riders, students who are picking up meals, and walkers will dismiss at 3:30 and bus riders two minutes later. Staff will be in halls to help supervise.
- Students will use hand sanitizer upon entering class.
- Teachers will arrange their classroom furniture in a manner that provides maximum social distancing between students.
- All teachers will have a seating chart for each of their classrooms in the event that we need to do contact tracing.
- All students and staff will wear face coverings/masks.
- Only 1 student at a time will be released from a classroom during instructional time.
- Digital hall passes will be used to assist with contract tracing, if needed.
- Students will also be assigned a Chromebook which they will take home every day.
- PASSING PERIODS
- We will utilize staggered passing times. 7th grade will be the 1st 2 minutes of the passing time; 8th grade will be the last 3 minutes.
- Students and staff will be asked to travel hallways during passing periods similar to how cars travel. As they are moving from class to class, they should remain on the right side of the hallway in the direction they are headed.
- All students will need to use a backpack or zipper binder which will be kept at their desk in the classroom. There will be no use of lockers.
- Students will go straight to their next class.
- We will have multiple lunch rotations.
- Benches and desks will be arranged so they all face one direction.
- There will be an ample amount of trash receptacles around the cafeteria to limit traffic.
- X’s will be placed on tables and floors to mark proper social distancing.
- Students will stand 6 feet apart. We will have marked social distancing spots on the floor.
- A teacher/admin will monitor how many enter the serving line at a time to ensure social distancing.
- Masks must be worn unless the student is seated and eating.
- We may utilize other spaces for dining, ex. D-1, some classrooms, outdoor spaces
- CAR DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
- There are two places to drop students off in the morning and pick-up in the afternoon.
- One is in front of the school on Poplar Ave. Cars enter on the west side of the entrance and exit on the east side. There are two lines one for eastbound traffic and one for westbound traffic.
- Parents may also drop off students in the upper gym parking lot on Woodland Ave. These students can drop off their athletic gear in the gym, but should then go to the back of the school. Please do not drop-off students in the lower parking lot of the gym. This area is for teacher parking only and in-and-out traffic interferes with bus drop off and traffic flow.
- Please do not leave your car, if you are in the pick-up lines.
- Please do not park your car on the east side of the street on Woodland Ave.
- Please do not pick up your students in the neighboring business parking lots. These are private parking lots and reserved for business parking only.
- Please do not block the driveways of homes on Poplar St. and Woodland Ave.
- Please be on the lookout for pedestrians in the drop off areas and follow all traffic signs, so that we may keep our students safe.
- Also please allow yourself 5-10 minutes of extra time to wait in traffic in these areas and be patient as other drivers wait on their students.
- On the west side of the building
- Please do not enter this driveway at any time
- Backpack or tote (will be allowed in class to carry supplies and device)
- 5-7 Comp Notebooks (plain, cardboard)
- Pens and Pencils
- Colored Pencils - 1 pack 8-12
- 2 pack of glue sticks
- Earbuds or Headphones
- Zipper Binder
- 1 pack of post-it notes
- Loose leaf paper
- For personal use - masks (requirement per district policy), disinfectant wipes, tissues, and hand sanitizer
- TI-30 calculator (optional, can borrow one from the school)
- Woodland will provide a chromebook for every student to be taken home and brought to school daily.
- Students who are participating virtually will complete an exit ticket to determine their attendance in class. Students must complete the exit ticket before the start of that class the following day.
- Jr. Highs will not have students doing free-flow before/after school and at lunches.
- Jr. High students will request books online and library staff will deliver the books to the advisory/homeroom teachers.
- Books returned will be checked in and quarantined before available for check out.
- Jr. Highs will offer curbside pickup for virtual students or all students if we have to move to virtual.
- Jr. High students will not be printing from the library.
- Makerspaces will not be used.
- Librarians will create digital lessons to address curricular needs and in response to teacher requests.
- In-person library programming will be suspended during the first semester
- Plans are in process for virtual book clubs.
- Class library use will be limited and scheduled by the teacher.
ELECTIVE CLASSES-CLASSES WITH MATERIALS
- Materials will be assigned to a student at the beginning of class.
- Students will not share materials during class.
- Materials will be wiped down at the end of each class.
- Physical distancing during activities
- Locker rooms will not be used; students should bring athletic shoes.
- Equipment will be sanitized between classes.
- Masks worn indoors, except for heavy exercise that is inhibitory to the activity or active exercise. In this case students need to be 12 feet apart.
- For outdoor sports, face coverings must be worn when not actively participating in an outdoor sports activity and there is not ample space to maintain physical distancing of six (6) feet between persons.
- Face masks must be worn at all times for indoor and outdoor sports, except for a brief time when a coach or staff member has physically distanced at least 12 feet from athletes and other staff.
- Students should avoid non-sport-related personal contact at all times. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Hand shaking
- Fist bumping
- Chest bumping
FPS REVISED CALENDAR
- The Board of Education approved the revised calendar on 7-23.