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Superintendent's Message October 16th

Hello, Wicomico school families and staff. This is a message from Donna Hanlin, Superintendent of Wicomico County Public Schools, with a few updates. You can find the full message in your emailbox and on our website, www.wcboe.org.

On Tuesday October 13th, I shared details about the schedule for bringing students back to the classroom. This coming Monday October 19th, our schools look forward to seeing Prekindergarten students in person, four days a week. Students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades will return over the next few weeks in a hybrid format, attending two days a week in person, along with some students receiving Special Education services. Small group instruction and services will continue, and other grades will follow.

The full plan for bringing students back to the classroom is posted on our website. Please remember that a few weeks before your student’s grade level is scheduled to return, you will be asked to commit to either hybrid or virtual learning, and whether a student participating in hybrid learning will use school transportation. Please respond with this information promptly. This week we notified parents and guardians of students in grades 1 and 2 of the plan to return in hybrid format the week of November 9th. Please let us hear back from you by Tuesday.

With students starting to come to schools, it’s important for all parents and guardians to be aware of new rules that are in place for access to schools. To limit exposure of students and staff to potential coronavirus infections, and to maintain clear records for contact tracing, parents and guardians who are dropping off a student will need to say goodbye outside the school door. If they are picking up a student during the school day or at dismissal, this will also take place outside the school.

Each school year, a number of forms and notices are provided for parents and guardians to review and in some cases fill out. With students not in school buildings to receive paperwork at the start of the school year, we wanted to make sure these forms and notices are readily available on our website. Please visit this page to review current forms and notices, including the Student Personal Data and Enrollment Information form and the annual publicity notice for students.

Thank you. Have a great weekend.

 

The Family Help Line (410-677-5200) continues to be available for those who need assistance with technology or other matters, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday. Those needing help in Spanish or Haitian Creole can leave a message at 410-677-5236. Emails may be sent to studenthelp@wcboe.org. For questions about instruction, please contact the student’s teacher.

Meal bundles are given out at every school every school day, free of charge. Middle and high schools distribute meals from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and elementary schools give out meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Pittsville School handing out meal bundles at both times. Students may receive meals from any school. Wicomico County Public Schools is able to provide meals free of charge to all students through the end of the school year.