|Mr. Bill Thomson
Dear Parents, Students and Teachers,
One thing that we have all come to realize since March 2020 is that things can change quickly. I hope that during this time of constant change you have depended on the constant love of our Lord and Savior! I realize that the reality of what we are experiencing is concerning from a health and safety standpoint. I would like to encourage you to depend on God's plan for each of us and to see how He has everything in His control.
I want to take a few minutes and let you know that we feel very confident that traditional education is the best learning environment for our children. We are excited and ready for school to resume on campus on Monday, August 24, 2020, at Westwood Christian School! There is no better way for students to learn than in person under the direction of loving teachers and faculty.
Our task force has devoted many hours over the last few months to prepare a “Back-to-School Plan” for all of our Westwood Christian School families. I am confident that all of the details and procedures of the “Back-to-School Plan” will be the best possible plan for everyone at Westwood Christian School. This plan includes three important phases that you have received. If you have not looked at those, I would encourage you to refer to our website and take the time to read through the plan completely.
Phase One is the Enhanced Health/Safety steps, procedures and guidelines that all students, staff, parents and guests must abide by every day to strive for the protection and health of everyone on campus. These guidelines have been developed and reviewed by medical health professionals on our task force who support the CDC guidelines for schools, and they have been uniquely adapted to Westwood Christian School.
Phase Two of the plan is the Enhanced Academics for Westwood Christian School 2020-2021. This includes three plans. Plan 1, On-campus Learning, is the traditional classroom setting in person on campus. Plan 2, the Hybrid Learning Option, is remote online learning in a live stream format. For example, a student can choose to stay home for the first quarter but can actually live stream each class period of the school schedule each day from home and be a part of the class with the teacher and classmates remotely. This live and interactive class will be taught at that moment by the teacher and will not be a prerecorded lesson.
This is very much a different approach from what we as a school did last year with distance learning. Westwood Christian School has significantly invested both finances and manpower to have all classrooms equipped with Promethean Interactive Boards, video cameras and microphones for the Hybrid Learning Option. If local government officials require a complete school closure for Westwood Christian School, we will incorporate Plan 3, Complete Online Learning for all students until further notice.
Beginning with the first week of school, we will use the Learning Management System (LMS) that is part of our RenWeb/FACTS platform. This LMS will function in some ways as Edmodo was designed to work; teachers will post the assignments to the LMS, and students will submit work regularly through the LMS. Westwood Christian School families are already familiar with many aspects of this platform. This successful platform will take care of all aspects of live distance learning.
Phase Three is Enhanced Procedures, providing specific details about what you can expect for the upcoming school year from start to finish of each school day.
I want to encourage you to read carefully through the official “Back-to-School Plan” established by our Task Force and approved by the Administrative Board.
I also would like you to know that our teaching staff is going through an extensive two-week training on the Enhanced Health/Safety Guidelines; the Enhanced Academics, including the use of the Promethean Interactive Board and the LMS; and the Hybrid Learning Option. I want to emphasize that the “Back-to-School Plan” is in compliance with the CDC and Local and Statewide Health and Safety Guidelines.
As we move forward to the new school year in August, whether it is On-campus Learning, the Hybrid Learning Option or the campus traditional instruction, the Hybrid option, or a government-mandated Complete Online Learning, I want to ensure you that your child will receive the highest quality education that has always made Westwood Christian School unique! I truly believe our best days at Westwood Christian School are yet to come! While we know that we are still facing challenges, we are excited for the opportunities of the upcoming year where we will be Better Together! Jeremiah 29: 11.