Dear WCSD Families:
As a result of a conversation yesterday among area superintendents and health officials from several organizations, our district’s executive leadership team has determined that the Westerville City Schools should open the 2020-21 Academic Year under a 100% remote learning model and not the blended learning model originally recommended. We will remain ready to transition immediately to a blended learning model at any time, but only when identified data leading to this decision shows the improvement recommended by these same health officials.
We realize this is not the news some of our families hoped to hear. However, several factors have prompted our decision. Though there was a recent short-term improvement to some key data being monitored, according to Franklin County Public Health and Columbus Public Health, the confirmed rate of COVID-19 cases in our region over the last four to six weeks, as well as the ratio of daily cases compared to the total population, continue to trend upward and remain concerning to them.
The recommendation from Franklin County Public Health and Columbus Public Health officials is that schools should not reopen under any model that provides in-person instruction, but instead should open under a remote learning model. Health officials said that schools could consider offering blended learning with in-person instruction only when there is at least a sustained positive trend in the data they are monitoring, and only if the county is also at a Level 3 or better on the state’s Public Health Advisory Alert System.
Read the complete announcement here.
(July 29, 2020) Westerville City School District to transition to 100% virtual instruction for start of 2020-21 school year. Read the complete announcement here.
WSMS SAFETY MESSAGE 9.28.19
Dear Walnut Springs Middle School Families:
The safety and security of our students is a top priority at our school. We are writing to make you aware of an incident that occurred at school yesterday and since has started to generate rumors.
In a moment of frustration, one of our students lost their composure and had an outburst that included reference to "shooting up the school.” Numerous students heard this and it has started to generate some chatter. Please know that this matter was immediately addressed and law enforcement determined there was no validity to the student's comments. Clearly this student’s choice of language during an outburst was inappropriate and, as a result, the student is facing appropriate disciplinary measures. More importantly, we are working with the family and student to connect them to various community resources and support mechanisms.
It is unfortunate that this incident occurred, but we simply wanted to reassure everyone that the matter has addressed. We look forward to seeing everyone at school on Monday. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact me at (614) 797-6700.
Dear Walnut Springs Families,
We are so very excited for all of you to be back with the Wolf Pack for the 2019-20 school year!
Please remember that all Back to School forms are online through the PowerSchool Parent Portal and need to be completed prior to schedule pick up. If you are in need of assistance, we will have computers available during schedule pick up and some translator services will be available also. Payment of school fees can be made on EZPay, check, cash, or money order. Finally, be on the look out in your mailbox for information from HR Imaging regarding school pictures during schedule pick up. All students, regardless of purchase, will have their picture taken for the yearbook and school id.
Our Back to School Days/Schedule Pick Up Dates include:
August 6th- 4:00 - 6:30pm 6th Grade Schedule Pick Up; 6:30pm New Student Orientation/Hotdog Picnic
August 7th- 8:30 - 10:30pm or 4:00 - 6:30pm 7th & 8th Grade Schedule Pick Up
The wonderful Walnut Springs staff and I feel privileged to be a part of this school family. We thank you for your support and look forward to meeting you very soon!