WAC opens cautiously with hybrid plan
Wesson Attendance Center (WAC) reopened August 17 for all students, but those in grades four through 12 will follow a two-day hybrid schedule with in-person classroom settings only two days a week and distance learning alternatives three days. All students in kindergarten through third grade will attend Monday through Thursday on a four-day hybrid schedule, and pursue distance learning alternatives on Friday with all other students. The reopening was delayed for one week because the Copiah County School District wanted to wait to see if the Governor gave state schools any further direction.
"The goal is to get all students on campus every day as soon as safely possible," WAC officials say. In the mean time, caution is the watchword:
Although Friday will be a distance learning day for all students, WAC will provide additional on-campus support opportunities for some students."
Academic curriculum along with the social and emotional wellbeing of our students will be a priority," WAC officials say.
In seeking to maintain a healthy, safe and clean environment in the re-opening of school, WAC is following a detailed plan of illness prevention encompassing students, parents, faculty and staff. It covers social distancing in all campus locations, wearing washable cloth masks in accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and regular hand washing and hand sanitizing, starting on entry each day at the school. WAC is asking parents to screen their children for possible illness and its faculty and staff to monitor students and refer them to the school nurse if they are symptomatic. Students diagnosed with COVID-19 cannot come to school until the risk of transmission has passed.
Although Copiah County School District is providing transportation for students as needed, WAC is encouraging parents/guardians to bring children to school and pick them up to limit bus use. Students must wear cloth face masks on busses.
Cleaning protocols have been established for custodial and teaching staff, covering disinfecting high-touch surfaces and classrooms. If a confirmed positive COVID-19 case occurs on campus, WAC will carry out a standard disinfection protocol based on CDC and Mississippi Department of Health recommendations.