October 16, 2020
Dear Warner Parents,
The school district has been working hard to create a plan that encompasses the best learning environment with the best safeguards in place to help protect students and staff from COVID-19. I am excited to announce that we now have a plan in place and are excited to welcome back our students and staff.
On October 26th, the Elementary School will open for in-class instruction. Our in person classes will take place from 8:00 am to Noon, Monday through Thursday. Students will then be expected to complete independent work from home. For families choosing virtual learning, our online classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. They too will have assignments that they are required to work on outside of those class hours. Teachers will hold a brief class meeting on Friday to get the students ready for a day of independent learning. Although students are not in class on Friday, they are expected to treat it as a school day and complete the work assigned to them. Teachers will use the remainder of the day on Friday to prepare, collaborate, and offer extra tutorials for students who are struggling.
Middle School and High School students will return for in-person learning on November 9th, which coincides with the first day of Trimester 2. They will attend full days, Monday through Thursday from 8:00-3:00 and will work from home on Fridays. The teachers will briefly meet with them online on Fridays to review their assignments for that day. Additionally, students who are struggling will be asked to meet online with their teachers for extra support on Fridays. Online students will follow the same schedule and will join the in-person classes virtually. They will follow the same schedule as if they were in-person and will simply view the live class lessons via Zoom.
Please read our reopening plan on our webpage for more detailed information on our safety protocols at www.warnerusd.net. Please note that all students will need to wear a CDC approved mask at all times at school, except when given a mask break. Students should bring an extra mask with them each day, as they get dirty and need to be changed frequently. Staff will also wear a mask at all times. The only exception to the mask rule is in the preschool as developmentally they are not ready to wear masks and we are able to isolate them from the rest of the schools. Additionally, they are a small cohort that gets dropped off and picked up each day by parents.
Social distancing will occur as much as possible. We are distancing the desks in classes and assigning seats on buses to spread the children out as much as we can. We have purchased plastic dividers for every desk and table. We will deep clean and disinfect classrooms, bathrooms, buses and high traffic areas each day and as often as every 90 minutes. Again for more detail please read the reopening plan on our website.
Parents have until 3:00 pm on Tuesday, October 20th to decide between in person or online education. Please contact the district office at 760-782-3517 and notify us of your decision as soon as possible. Students will be locked into in-person or online instruction until the next grading period. If we don’t hear from you by Tuesday we will assume your child is staying in the online model.
We will have more information to follow concerning transportation, the afterschool program and the cafeteria program.
I want to thank the Warner parents for their patience. I want to thank the Warner staff for being flexible and rising to the occasion. This is a difficult time for everyone but we will get through this. Please call the district office if you have any questions or concerns.