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As a community, we are committed to bringing students, faculty, and staff back to our campus safely. This page provides our roadmap to do that, as permitted and guided by local authorities and medical professionals. Please visit this page often as we work together to return to campus safely. As you review this information and think of questions, please check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to see if your question has already been answered. If not, please submit a question on the FAQ page to be answered.

Note: This page’s information is subject to change as more information becomes available from state, county, and district officials. Please check back often and frequently.
 
New Return to Campus Weekly Zoom Calls
Each Monday (except over Spring Break), Dr. Draxton will host a weekly Zoom call to share the latest updates on plans to return to campus safely. On some calls, Dr. Draxton may be joined by other team members to share specifics on this program's key aspects, including but not limited to WISH Board President and pediatrician Dr. Danelle Fisher, our school principals, and members of the WISH Covid Task Force. Each Sunday, look in the WISH Wise Weekly for the link and password information for these Monday night meetings. Recordings and highlights of each call will be posted here.
Phase Update
Currently, we are in the beginning stages of phases 4 and 5, with students returning to campus to receive hybrid instructional programming and opportunities for students who want to remain on distance learning to have in-person SEL experiences on campus. Phase 5 (Hybrid) of our Return to Campus plan is will begin on Monday, April 19, 2021.

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At this juncture, all families should have received the elementary, middle, or high school email indicating which grouping their child is in for the hybrid return to campus and additional details. If you have any questions please email Sara Sommer (ES- sara@wishcharter.org); Kiraleigh Bohannon (MS-kiraleigh@wishcharter.org); Emily Snyder (HS- esnyder@wishcharter.org).

Schedule Update

As part of our projected Phase 5 (Hybrid) return to campus effort scheduled to begin on Monday, April 19, students will be organized in classroom groups following social distancing rules. These groups will spend some days on-campus and some days learning from home as part of “Group A/Red” and “Group B/Blue.” Below is an overview of our current schedule, with permissions granted as of April 8th, 2021.

 

Week of 12th-16th

  • Current distance learning schedule remains until 1:00pm; afternoon office hours, clubs, SEL, etc. is cancelled for this week only
  • All teachers and staff on campus final preparation for students to return will be done in the afternoon
  • All pupils returning to campus must take a COVID test on campus this week
  • Yearbook and graduation pictures at the Westchester Townhouse
 
Week of 19th-23rd
  • 4/19 - Orientation Day (Traditional distance learning schedule cancelled; students meet with their teachers on campus if they are in an A or B group; students meet with their teachers online if they are distance learning only for a private distance learning only meeting in the morning)
  • 4/20-A group in person instruction; B group distance learning; C group distance learning
  • 4/21-A group in person instruction; B group distance learning; C group distance learning
  • 4/22-B group in person instruction; A group distance learning; C group distance learning
  • 4/23-B group in person instruction; A group distance learning; C group distance learning
  • Elementary School- Phase 5 Hybrid- students on-campus will be in classrooms with approximately 14 students in a classroom group following all county health guidelines. Placing students in a small classroom group allows for quick containment should any students be identified as having a positive COVID-19 test. If this occurs, the entire classroom group will be required to quarantine. When permission is granted, we will increase cohort size and move to grade-level A or B cohorts for outdoor social activities. While on campus, students will have in-person instruction from their classroom teacher.
 
 
  • Middle/High School- Phase 5 Hybrid students on-campus will be in classrooms with approximately 14 students in a classroom group following all county health guidelines. Placing students in a small classroom group allows for quick containment should any students be identified as having a positive COVID-19 test. If this occurs, the entire classroom group will be required to quarantine. When permission is granted, we will increase the cohort size and move to grade-level A or B cohorts for all indoor instruction directly from their teachers and outdoor social activities.  Students will have some in-person instruction from their actual teachers on campus, and some learning will continue through their devices with adult supervision.
 
 

As we receive full permission to implement the “orange tier” LACDPH guidelines from the LAUSD facilities department, shifts will be made to allow larger student groupings. Currently LAUSD is requiring all schools to follow the purple tier guidelines from LACDPH.

* Extended day options begin Monday, April 26, 2021
6Getting Ready
As part of our “Return to Campus” program, several new initiatives are critical to the success of a safe, simple, and fun learning environment for each of our amazing WISH students. Below are steps each family can take right now to be ready to navigate the unique elements aligned to a safe return to school for all of our scholars. Also, as you familiarize yourself with each item and have questions, please submit those to our FAQ page so the “Return to Campus” team can address those questions and share the answers with other community members.
 
 
1) Download the SchoolPass App
This one app serves two critical functions for our safe return to campus: an easy-to-use daily “Wellness Check” & coordinating the drop-off and pick-up of our students.
  • Wellness Check.
    Every student and staff member is required to perform a symptom self-check before coming to campus. To make self-screening as convenient as possible, WISH has partnered with SchoolPass for an easy-to-use screening tool. The app will inform users whether or not they may visit campus. Watch this video to learn more about completing daily wellness checks.

  • Drop-Off/Pick-Up.
    SchoolPass is also providing a safe and simple process for our student drop-off and pick-up. Also, signage and school staff will be on-site for assistance as well.
    • Drop Off: 
      • Before driving to campus, parents complete a SchoolPass wellness check at home. Upon arrival in the valet line, an adult will come to each car, and each parent/guardian will show their completed Green Wellness Pass, and then your child will exit the vehicle and go through their assigned gate (specific details to come).
      • There will be a second adult at the gate to ensure that SchoolPass has cleared them on the application dashboard and to check the child’s temperature a second time as they enter campus with a touchless wrist or forehead thermometer.
    • Pick Up: 
      • Valet Pick Up: With this system, parents enter the valet line, and an adult will type in your child's name into the application. This will let teachers know when parents or guardians are in the pick-up line and when they arrived. As teachers receive updates, students will make their way to each car in a socially-distance way.
      • Walking Pick Up: If you walk to campus to pick up your child, you will need to stand at the walk-up station, and then the adult input your child's name notifying the teacher that you have arrived. Your child will then be dismissed from class and will walk out to you directly.
Additional Notes: Every family can also use SchoolPass to make arrival and dismissal changes (e.g., report an early pickup or allow another family member to pick their child up) and automatically notify the school office and the teacher(s). If your child is biking home, walking home on their own, attending daycare, or a sports program please indicate this in your SchoolPass application so that we can release the child to the appropriate location at the end of the day.
Please download the app today from the Apple IOS store or the Google Play Store. If helpful, you can watch a tutorial on how to Download the School Pass application and sign your child up to participate. 
 
  • Click HERE to view the tutorial on how to Download the School Pass application and sign your child up to participate.
  • First Time Login Details: 
  • Username: your email address (Be sure to use the parent/caregiver email address we have on file in our school records)
  • Password: password (Use all lowercase letters, and you will have the option to change your password once your login.)
  • View the videos below to learn more about SchoolPass: 
2) Review our weekly COVID-19 testing and sign parent consent forms
Every week, each staff and student community member on campus will be required to take a COVID-19 test as we return to campus. On either Monday (Cohort A) or Friday (Cohort B and staff), a saliva test will be administered, with each person spitting into a sterile tube and results provided via text within 48 hours. Each week the results of this test will be clearing each student and staff to be on campus for the upcoming week. This means that all students participating in hybrid learning and returning to campus scheduled for Monday, April 19, must come to a WISH campus on either Monday, April 12th or Friday, April 16th, to be permitted on campus. 
  • Click HERE to complete the Parental Consent to Student PCR Testing for WISH Community TK-5
  • Click HERE to complete the Parental Consent to Student PCR Testing for WISH Community 6-8 and WISH Academy HS 9-12
  • Click HERE for the CoVerify testing instructions.

3) Review & Sign the WISH Compact

As more of our community is together on our WISH campuses, we each have a shared responsibility for our collective health and well-being. These expectations are rooted in safety protocols for students, staff, faculty, and the public with whom we interact. One member of the WISH community's actions can have implications for all members of our community and the community at large. As such, we ask every member of the WISH community to agree to sign the “WISH Compact” - agreeing to adhere and follow all safety protocols, knowing that as we each care for ourselves, we care for each other and our neighbors. Please click here to review the “WISH Compact” as a family and agree to do your part to protect the WISH community's health.

On-Campus Procedures

As our top priority, we are creating an awareness of health and safety on campus in which everyone plays a role in protecting themselves and others from the risk of contracting COVID-19. When on-campus, everyone must comply with the following:

  • One day a week (Mondays and Fridays), take a saliva test for each student and staff member (as described above)
  • Everyone over the age of 2 years is required to wear a face covering. To learn how to wear a mask properly, view this CDC informational page. 
  • You must wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
  • You must always practice social distancing
  • Stay within your assigned cohorts
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School Lunch Information

We are thrilled to welcome students back to campus beginning April 19th and we will be expanding our Lunch Program to offer fresh pre-packaged sandwiches or salad options. These meals are provided by Preferred Meals and comply with the National School Lunch Program. We are offering this lunch option in addition to the grab-and-go offering of 5 prepared meals collected weekly for families who either prefer to send their own home-made lunches daily, but also take advantage of our meal service, or for those families whose children will not be returning to campus.

To gauge interest in children opting into school-provided lunches during their on-campus cohort days, please complete this GOOGLE FORM. This will help us plan for creating a safe and secure lunch distribution program on both our campus sites.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kimberlie Traceski- kimberlie@wishcharter.org
 
 

Orientation Day - Monday April 19 , 2021


Hybrid Students

Orientation Hybrid

 

Online Only Students
Orientation Online

 

Our Guiding Principles

As a reminder, all of our efforts are guided by 3 key principles:

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Social-Emotional Learning Experiences on Campus

Coming Soon! We are working on updates and opportunities.

Bring Your Own Device

  • Click HERE to fill out a Technology Survey to indicate if your child is bringing their own headphones, personal device, and charger to school or if they will be using school-issued ones. 
  • ***If your child is bringing their device to school, click HERE to read the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy. Sign Here to Agree to BYOD Policy

Current Guidance

  • Review current LA county COVID rates here
  • Review the current state of California COVID rates here

WISH Safety Plans

  • WISH Community Elementary and Middle Schools Safe Schools Plan
    Please click below to download the plan
  • WISH Academy Safe Schools Plan
    Please click below to download the plan
Reminder: The information on this page is subject to change as more information becomes available from state, county, and district officials. Please check back often and frequently.