Most WCS Middle and High Schools Temporarily Move to Remote Learning Nov. 30

You will notice a new look when you visit the Williamson County Schools district and school websites later this week.

WCS Communications Director Carol Birdsong sent out this message to all WCS parents and students.

Hello Williamson County Schools Families,

Please read the following message regarding the district’s return to school after Thanksgiving Break.

Decisions to transition to remote learning are based on communication with the Williamson County Health Department, positive COVID-19 cases among students and/or staff, quarantine for students and/or staff and student and staff attendance in a building, grade level or class.

  • In the last two weeks, we have transitioned 23 out of our 49 schools to remote, either entire school or class/grade level band, due to increased confirmed cases among students and staff or due to students and staff in quarantine due to exposure.
  • Of the 23, 15 are middle (9 out of 11 or 82%)  and high schools (6 of the 10 or 60%) and eight are elementary schools/grade levels (8 out of 23 or 35%) on remote.
  • WCS student/staff cases increased by 50 percent in the weeks following  Halloween. Our concern is that we will see the same kind of trend the week after Thanksgiving.
  • We are in daily communication with the Williamson County Health Department and in regular communication with other medical and emergency management agencies in our community. WCHD has reported substantial increases in positive cases in recent weeks.
  • Our Middle Tennessee hospitals are at or near capacity with the expectation that cases will increase during and after the holiday.
  • The Health Department is recommending that WCS transition to remote the week after Thanksgiving.
  • Based on this guidance, students in Williamson County middle and high schools will continue with remote learning for the week of November 30 through December 4. Students who attend Independence and Renaissance high schools will participate in a hybrid pilot with more information shared by your school principals. Our hope is to have our secondary students on campus for exam preparation and for semester exams for the last two weeks of this semester.
  • Elementary students will return to campus on Monday, November 30 with day-to-day decisions made regarding transition to remote based on positive cases, quarantine and student and staff attendance in a building, grade level or class.
  • Teachers and/or administrators will be reaching out before Monday, November 30 with instructions for the return to school after the Thanksgiving Break. In addition, to increase the likelihood that we can continue extra-curricular activities, we anticipate further restrictions will be put in place. More information will be shared by your school regarding extra-curriculars.
  • Residents may continue to monitor trends on the district’s website and the Williamson County Office of Public Safety website.

Again, students in Williamson County middle and high schools will learn remotely for the week of November 30 through December 4. Students who attend Independence and Renaissance high schools will participate in a hybrid pilot with more information shared by your school principals. The hope is to have secondary students on campus for exam preparation and for semester exams for the last two weeks of this semester.

Elementary students will return to campus on Monday, November 30 with day-to-day decisions made regarding transition to remote based on positive cases, quarantine and student and staff attendance in a building, grade level or class. Teachers and/or administrators will be reaching out before Monday, November 30 with instructions for the return to school after the Thanksgiving Break.

Wishing you a healthy, happy Thanksgiving Break,

Carol Birdsong

Communications Director

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