A plan will be implemented for a "phased-in return beginning Aug. 24 and continuing through the end of the month," according to the announcement.
"Based on all the information we have, we will be opening our campuses to additional grade levels through a phased-in return to ensure a smooth transition for the students’ first days on campus," district officials said in the announcement. "The phased-in approach helps us to ensure our safety protocols can be implemented properly and that appropriate contact tracing by the health department can take place. This approach gives us the best chance for sustained traditional/on-campus learning."
Key dates for the phased-in return are listed below.
- Aug. 24: All elementary students will be allowed to return for on-campus learning.
- Aug. 28: Students in grades 6-9 will be allowed to return for on-campus learning.
- Aug. 31: All students will be allowed to return to for on-campus learning.
Bus service and cafeteria meals will be available with each phase.
Students who have opted for WCS Online, the district's virtual learning program, will be allowed to continue school remotely.
The number of active cases of coronavirus in the county have declined in recent weeks; however, should they rise again, the district could move to adjust protocol again.
"You will hear from your school principal next week with more specific information regarding your school schedule," district officials said. "Should community spread conditions worsen, adjustments to these next steps may need to be made. We will continue to keep you informed."
See the full announcement below.