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Return To Campus 2021/2022

Dear WISH Community and Academy families,
 
Thank you for your continued collaboration and support! As we have returned to campus and enjoyed engaging in the learning process with the young people we serve it has been an eventful first week! We continue to make adjustments to ensure that all of our pupils and staff are experiencing the highest level of support within the safest environment for learning. We are following the guidance from the CDC, LACDPH, and the LAUSD Facilities, and Operations teams to ensure we are upholding the high standards of the health professionals and their recommendations. As WISH operates on LAUSD campuses we must follow the LAUSD Containment Plan guidance when making final decisions about which guidelines to follow. I will meet with the community weekly for the next few weeks through a Zoom link (published in the WISH Wise Weekly) on Monday evenings at 5:00 (No meeting 9/6). If you cannot attend these meetings the slides, and a recording when available, will be shared in the WISH Wise Weekly. If you have specific questions or concerns that you would like me to address in those meetings please email me at sdraxton@wishcharter.org. 
 
Thank you for strictly adhering to our community compact, for participating in the morning health and safety questionnaire on School Pass, and for supporting the safety measures put into place at this time. We are grateful to be back to school with each of you and look forward to continuing to provide everyone in the WISH family with the best program possible. 
 
Thank you,
Shawna Draxton, PhD
Executive Director, TK-12

Please see the Document Center for the Return to School meeting slide decks. 
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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.
 

Our Guiding Principles

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

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Safety Requirements for All
-Daily entrance screening
-Wearing masks indoors and outdoors
-Masks are removed for outdoor eating
-Weekly COVID-19 testing
-MERV 13 air filters in central HVAC systems replaced
-Regular hand washing and hand sanitizer availability for students and staff
-Cleaning and disinfecting procedures in all areas throughout the day according to LACDPH guidelines
-Physical distancing will be maximized 
-Sharing of instructional materials will be minimized and whenever possible children will be given their own supplies; items that require sharing will be disinfected between uses
 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate staff members below.

 

A help center has been created to ensure you get a timely response to any of your needs. You can fill out a ticket here and can see where your request is on the help center dashboard:

 

Submit a ticket to the WISH Help Center

 

If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime please contact the appropriate WISH staff members:

 

Elementary School: 

Office Manager- Sara Sommer; sara@wishcharter.org

Principal- Jessica Oney; joney@wishcharter.org

 

Middle School:

Office Manager- Kiraleigh Bohannon; kiraleigh@wishcharter.org

Principal- Stephen Bochicchio- sbochicchio@wishcharter.org

 

High School:

Office Manager- Tenisha Redway (Alexander); tredway@wishcharter.org

Principal- Kellie Mowll; kmowll@wishcharter.org

 

**Office Managers can help with giving families access to the WISH Wise Weekly, Infinite Campus Student Information Systems, CoVerify Testing, SchoolPass, valet information, afterschool care programs, and any questions about master school schedules. 

 

Central Office:

Attendance, Lunch Program, Infinite Campus, Educational Software program- Kimberlie Traceski; kimberlie@wishcharter.org

Technology and Chromebooks- Janine Bielski; janine@wishcharter.org

Lottery, COVID Exposure Management, CoVerify Testing- Jennie Brook; jennie@wishcharter.org

Executive Director- Shawna Draxton; sdraxton@wishcharter.org

 
Getting Ready for School to Begin
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. 
 
 
 
1) Download the SchoolPass Application
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 the completed Green Wellness Pass from the School Pass application, and then your child will exit the vehicle and go through their assigned gate.
      • There will be a second adult at the gate to ensure that SchoolPass has cleared them on the application dashboard and ensure we have a negative COVID test on file from the last week.
    • 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 before the end of the school day 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) COVID-19 Testing
Every week, each faculty, staff, and community member will be required to take a COVID-19 test to participate in on-campus activities and in-person learning. Pupils who do not have a valid, negative, PCR COVID test will not be permitted to learn on campus.  WISH uses CoVerify for all of our COVID testing for faculty, staff, and students. All data is safely stored and secured. WISH staff is provided a list of all pupils who have secured a negative COVID test from the CoVerify database.
* Special Note: All middle and high school students will be tested on Wednesday, 9/8 due to no school on Tuesday 9/7.
 
Step 1: Complete the New CoVerify testing Registration form (All families must re-register, even if you filled out a form last year.)
  • Click HERE for the CoVerify testing instructions.
 
Step 2: Get a CoVerify test prior to school beginning! No eating or drinking 30 minutes prior to taking a test. 
All students need to have a negative COVID test within seven days of the start of in-person instruction on the school campus. 
 
Please scan a copy of your child(ren)'s vaccination card and email it to Sara/Kira/Tenisha in the appropriate main office. Alternatively, you may provide a hard copy for us to keep on file in our Infinite Campus student information system
 
Drive Through Co-Verify Testing
Middle and High School: Tuesdays from 12:30pm-1:30pm
Elementary School: Wednesdays from 12:30pm-1:30pm
 
All pupils attending school on those days will take their weekly COVID-19 test on campus during the instructional day. If your child is absent or on ISP and is coming onto campus for a specific reason the drive through testing may be used at either campus for any TK-12 student or staff member.
 
Walk-In Co-Verify Testing
Site locations:
Culver City - 8537 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 - Mon-Sun 5 am - 9 pm
Highland Park - 6516 N Figueroa St, Suite F, Los Angeles, CA 90042 - Mon-Sun 7 am - 3 pm
 
FlowHealth Lab Phone Number for CoVerify test information: 323-905-0125
*You do not need to call ahead of time or make an appointment; just let them know that you are a WISH student, faculty, or staff member 
 
Testing at other locations:
All student and staff testing should be done through CoVerify. This allows us to maintain a database that is accessible and efficient to ensure that our community members stay safe during this unique time. We understand that due to travel, an invalid test, or time constraints, as we begin the school year, it may be difficult to utilize the CoVerify Drive-through stations and the Walk-In stations. If the only way for your family to obtain a valid PCR CoVerify test for your child to ensure access to in-person learning on 8/16 is to use another location then we will accept the test as long as it is PCR grade. Once school begins all pupils, faculty, and staff will be expected to use the CoVerify testing at school or through the walk-in clinic.
 
Parents, guardians, and caregivers who would like to attend in-person events on campus must show a negative PCR COVID test from any testing location- Free COVID 19 testing in LA for parents/guardians/caregivers. Folks who would prefer to access information off-campus and/or who do not have a valid PCR COVID test from the last seven days will have the opportunity to participate in orientation, mixers, and our community updates through Zoom. 
 
Type of test:
The CoVerify test is a Saliva PCR test. Pupils are required to spit saliva in a sterile tube. The tube is sealed and sent to the lab for examination and assessment of COVID-19. For pupils who cannot take the saliva PCR test the COVID assigned nurse will conduct a nasal swab test. These tests are only for pupils who cannot take the saliva test.
 
CoVerify/FlowHealth Help:
CoVerify and FlowHealth work together to ensure all COVID-19 testing information is safe and secure. If you would like direct access to the FlowHealth portal to monitor your child's tests each week you can sign up to view the patient portal:  Patient Portal Directions
 
If you would like assistance from FlowHealth regarding your child's CoVerify COVID 19 test results you can go here: Registration Reset and Help Form
 

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.
4) Sign up for the new Student Information System

We are very excited to launch the 2021-2022 school year with our new Student Information System (SIS) - Infinite Campus. This system replaces Illuminate Education.  

 

All parents are encouraged to create a personal account using the information below.  Portal access will enable parents to review student records and schedules, download state test scores, update emergency contact details, see student grades, and will provide access to the student store to pay for a variety of items including ordering daily school lunches for your children.  

 

We are continuing to update and roll out the various features of Infinite Campus and want to ensure every parent is able to access all of the vital information and supports that this powerful program provides.  Please click on the URL below to complete the setup of your personal parent account. 

 

You will receive a personalized email to sign up for your new Infinite Campus account on 8/2/21. If you need assistance with Infinite Campus access or if you did not receive the email please submit a ticket through the help center.

 
 
 

School Lunch Information

School hot lunch is available to all interested families. Please sign up for hot lunch here: 


Lunch Program Sign up and Information Page 


If you have any questions, please contact Kimberlie Traceski-kimberlie@wishcharter.org

Technology

 

Ms. Janine, our technology manager, can support you with your Chromebook, charging device, Chromebook insurance, and technology needs for access to instruction. For pupils on Independent Study, Ms. Janine, can provide some assistance with connectivity to the internet to your child's device and a Chromebook and charger will be provided. She also manages GoGuardian, a system that monitors student internet use, as well as, our schoolwide database for distributing textbooks and other instructional materials that are checked out. Please contact her through the help center to submit a ticket for support with your technology needs that involved hardware.

 

Ms. Kimberlie, our compliance manager, can support you with software matters. She manages Infinite Campus, gmail, Canvas, Zoom, and a myriad of software accounts that pupils use to access the WISH instructional program. If you need assistance from Ms. Kimberlie please submit a ticket through the help center so your request can be prioritized.

Please visit our technology page for more information. 

 

Travel 
Please read the latest guidelines below and follow them for the safety of our entire community.
 
Vaccines
 
Per the recent policy passed by LAUSD, the week of 8/9/21, all faculty and staff members working on LAUSD campuses are required to be vaccinated fully against COVID-19 by 10/15/21.
 
At this time there is not a vaccine requirement for pupils. 
 
It is helpful for the school to have the most updated records on pupils regarding the COVID-19. Please submit your child's vaccination record for COVID-19 to the office manager for your school, or upload it to your child's profile on Infinite Campus.
 
Exposure Management
 
WISH will follow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health protocols regarding Exposure Management for all positive COVID-19 results:
1) Required: School instructs the case to follow COVID-19 Home Isolation Instructions.
2) Required: School informs the case that DPH will contact the case directly to collect additional information and issue Health Officer Order for Isolation.
3) Required: School works with the case to identify school contacts.
4) Required: School notifies* school contacts of exposure and instructs them to quarantine at home and test for COVID-19.
5) Required: School informs school contacts that DPH will contact them directly to collect additional information and issue Health Officer Order for Quarantine.
6) Required: School submits a report to DPH within 1 business day with information on the confirmed case and persons who were exposed to the case at the site.
7) Recommended: School sends a general notification* to inform the school community of the school exposure and precautions taken to prevent spread.
 
 

Assembly Bill (AB) 104

This new law, which went into effect on July 1, 2021, includes options that include requesting retention for eligible students, as noted below, changing grades to a Pass or No Pass for students enrolled in high school last year, and waiving graduation requirements that exceed the state credit and course minimums for students who were juniors or seniors in the 2020-21 school year. Please review the link below and take the additional next steps if this applies to your family.

Assembly Bill (AB) 104 Pupil Instruction:  Retention, Grade Changes, and Exemptions

Independent Study
We are excited to serve the entire WISH community as we approach the 21-22 school year. This school year will afford us the opportunity to return to typical hours of operation and programming! Last year, we had success with our Distance Learning program and our Hybrid Learning program in the spring. WISH, like all public schools in California, was directed to close down in March of 2020, to reopen gradually for high need students beginning November of 2020, and to open fully with additional safety measures in place using social distancing in March 2021. The opportunities for distance learning, hybrid learning, and return to full-day in-person instruction were dictated by the CDC, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and our contractual responsibilities as schools that co-locate on LAUSD facilities. The health and safety of our community is our priority. At this juncture, we are required to provide full-day in-person instruction five days a week for all pupils, with an Independent Study option for pupils who require such services at this time. As the COVID-19 virus continues and new strains are identified our anticipated school program for the entire TK-12 population may change due to public health guidelines and the requirements put in place for public school service.  If the requirements change, per the CDC, LACDPH, and LAUSD facilities occupancy agreements, and we must return to Distance Learning or Hybrid Learning models, then WISH will, as in the past, follow the requirements of the public health experts and fulfill our duty as public educators by adjusting our model and/or onsite safety requirements. 
 
We understand that a small number of families may wish, because of medical concerns and other specific needs, wish to have their children remain on a school program learning from home. Senate Bill 130, passed just two weeks ago, gives WISH the ability to provide such a program in the coming school year. SB 130 authorizes "independent study for a pupil whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian." Please complete the "Independent Study Request Form" if you are interested in this program. 
 

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.