Because of dangerously high COVID-19 levels in Adams County and indications that public health officials will order a new round of restrictions to try and slow the spread of the virus, Westminster Public Schools has made the difficult decision to suspend in-person learning through the winter break. This was a difficult decision but a necessary one.
The in-person learning option WPS has offered its students since August 20 has been invaluable, and staff and students are better prepared than ever for the transition to full-time remote learning.
Please view the video message (https://youtu.be/ZYHrISjqgho) from Dr. Pamela Swanson and the Board of Education President Ryan McCoy.
School principals and teachers will be the primary source of information about the WPS remote learning program and they will pay special attention to meeting the social and emotional needs of our students. Now more than ever, we need to be aware of how students are reacting to the stresses of COVID-19 and the impact not being in school has on their well-being.
MyWPS.org/covid will provide the latest information about school food programs, technology support, COVID-19 testing and other health issues.
For now, the school lunch program will remain as it was during our two-week reset of November 2-16, but that could change as the holidays approach. We will keep you updated.
We are aware that the return to full-time remote learning is not the ideal solution for staff or students, but given the circumstances, this is a very responsible step.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Please remain safe and take all the necessary steps to protect you and your loved ones.