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WCPS Pausing In-person Classes and Activities

Posted November 11, 2020

Taking a Pause

Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) has been closely monitoring our community’s COVID-19 health metrics. Out of an abundance of caution, WCPS is taking a pause from in-person classes and activities for three weeks.

All WCPS students will transition to distance learning through online classes beginning Monday, November 16.

In-person activities may resume on December 7, 2020, depending on community health metrics.

In-person classes, athletic events, and other activities may continue through Saturday, November 14.

Sports and Extracurricular Activities

Beginning November 16, all athletic and extracurricular activities will be held online until further notice. Instructors, advisors, and coaches will share information with students and families about these arrangements.

Distance Learning Schedule

Students will remain on their school’s current school day schedule during distance learning. Your child’s school may be sending additional information regarding preparations for this change. Students who are attending school in-person should bring home their devices and any necessary class materials each night this week. 

Grab-and-go Meal Sites

WCPS grab-and-go meal sites will continue to operate from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday to provide children in our community with a free breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. This service is available to any child who is 18 years of age or younger. Click here to find a WCPS grab-and-go meal site near you

Review and Reassess

WCPS will continue to monitor and review community health metrics and further reassess the return to in-person learning for students. There will be no in-person instruction any sooner than December 7, 2020.

WCPS recognizes this decision may come with feelings of disappointment, uncertainty, and even additional stress as families make arrangements for their children during this period. We hope our community will take the proper precautions to help reduce the COVID-19 virus in the Washington County area, so that we may continue our progress with returning students to classrooms.

Follow COVID-19 Community Metrics
Click the button above to follow Washington County’s COVID-19 metrics. Scroll down the web page to view the map. 

Fighting the Spread of COVID-19

WCPS is committed to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the greater Washington County community. In order to move forward with the Return to Learn Plan and to continue athletic programs and extracurricular activities, we need your help and cooperation to prevent the spread of the virus. 

WCPS encourages everyone in the Washington County community to practice healthy habits, including but not limited to the following:

* Wear a face covering over your mouth and nose in public places.
* Maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from others.
* Wash your hands with soap and water often. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
* Avoid large group gatherings, even if they are family events.
* If you or your child feels sick, please stay home.

Collectively, as a community, we can take the proper precautions and slow the spread of COVID-19. Remember that your actions and choices may impact your family members, friends, co-workers, and our community’s children. We all make a difference in helping Washington County move forward through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parents, guardians, and WCPS staff will continue to receive further details in the days ahead.