I hope that this message finds you well. I would first like to say that because our students are our first priority we are doing everything possible to create the best learning experience based on the current situation. On Friday, the majority of our students were able to check out their Chromebooks. If your student did not pick up their assigned Chromebook we will provide another opportunity on Monday, March 16th from 9am-3pm in the Library, located near the main entrance. Each student and parent must sign a Chromebook Home User agreement. If your student has misplaced their form we will have extra copies at the pickup site.
Also in the past few days, we have been working with our teachers to transfer all learning to an “e-learning” model using Empower. During the time we are away from the building it is extremely important that students work through Empower as well as regularly check their school e-mail. We will follow an online bell schedule to help students stay on a schedule and limit the overlap that could occur. This schedule will give teachers and students the opportunity to communicate virtually during the time their class is held. Students will have daily tasks and assignments to complete for each class and will be used as evidence that the student was “in attendance” that day. As this is our first time doing this on such a large scale we will be monitoring and resolving any technical issues as we go forward.
E-Learning Bell Schedule:
Please continue to monitor your email for updates as we navigate through these times. Also, the following link provides more information on how you can keep your family safe during this time. https://www.westminsterpublicschools.org/Page/11253
I know that this is a stressful time for our community so please know that if there is anything I can do to help do not hesitate to reach out. As I told all of the students on Friday, “Be smart, be safe and take care of yourselves and each other.”
Principal, Westminster High School