The COVID-19 pandemic has changed virtually every aspect of our lives, and placed a heavy burden on our students, families and staff. This page is designed to provide the most current information and resources our families may need to navigate these very difficult and changing times.
Recommendation for Safe Return to School by Interim Superintendent Tricia McManus
November 17, 2020 - In a regularly scheduled meeting, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education voted to pause the district’s phased re-entry plan for students in grades 2 through 12. Based on recommendations by Interim Superintendent Tricia McManus, the board voted to bring students not currently in classrooms, back to classrooms in January.
Grades 2, 3 and 6 will return January 11. Grades 4, 5, 7 and 8 return the week of January 18. The first high school cohort will return January 21. Students currently in school, Pre-K through 1, EC, ESL Academy and OCS students, will continue with in-person instruction as scheduled. The board also committed to continue monitoring COVID-19 metrics and revisit the phased re-entry plan, if necessary or state guidance suggests otherwise.
Together with the Forsyth County Department of Public Health, our teams are monitoring community data. The dashboard below reflects reports made on and after 11/2/20. It does not account for cases reported before 11/2/20. Starting 11/2/20, it will be updated by 5pm each weekday (excluding holidays). The weekend data will be reflected on Mondays and the holiday data will be reflected on the first day the district is open after the holiday. This dashboard shows the number of reported COVID-19 cases among WS/FCS students, faculty, and staff that have impacted a school or district office location. Reported cases are to remain isolated until medically released by Public Health Officials. The dashboard is best viewed in Chrome or Firefox browsers.
Meal Service Updates
THE MONTHLY MEAL ORDER FORM can be found at bit.ly/MealBundle
We have important updates regarding meal service, which is available to all WS/FCS students.
Students returning to in-person learning at school will have free breakfast and free lunch available to them. On remote learning days, (and for any student learning remotely) students will have access to free meals by completing the new Monthly Meal Order Form.
The first Monthly Meal Order Form must be completed by Monday, November 16 in order to serve students with a 7-day meal bundle during the week of November 23 when all students will be learning remotely and also enjoying time off for the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition to Thanksgiving week, the Monthly Meal Order Form also serves as an order form for the weeks of November 30, December 7, and December 14.
The Monthly Meal Order Form is easy to complete – you will need to include your student’s name, grade and school along with the weeks that you would like meals and the preferred pick-up site that you want to use.
Starting this week, all meal pick-up sites have moved to our high school locations.
Meal pick up times have also changed. Pick-up times are now Monday from 4:30pm-6:30pm and Wednesday from 11am-1pm.
Pick-up locations are listed below:
- Atkins High School
- Carver High School
- East Forsyth High School
- Glenn High School
- Mount Tabor High School
- North Forsyth High School
- Parkland High School
- Reagan High School
- Walkertown High School
- West Forsyth High School
You will not be able to pick up meals at other locations.
For families who utilize our mobile meal delivery routes, those are being reduced as we transition from using school buses to other district vehicles for this delivery service.
Please visit the Child Nutrition page of the district website (https://www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Domain/18) or call the Child Nutrition office at (336) 703-4275 to find the new location closest to you as well as other information regarding meal sites and the Monthly Meal Order Form.
THE MONTHLY MEAL ORDER FORM can be found at bit.ly/MealBundle
Our Safe Return: Educational Video Series
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the reasoning behind the phased return to school for students?
What is a “cohort”? How will cohorts be determined?
What is happening with bus transportation?
How much does the phased reopening plan cost? How will it be paid for?
Are masks required for all students of all ages? What about teachers? Will masks and other PPE be provided?
Do we know that we’ll have enough teachers and staff returning to our schools?
Will the cafeteria be open and serving food? How will that be done?
Cloth face coverings have been shown to limit the transmission of COVID-19 and are required for all students, staff, and visitors. Cloth face coverings (should have at least 2 layers) must fit snugly against the sides of your face, over your nose and mouth, and under your chin. Based on guidance from the CDC, masks with exhalation valves or vents are not effective and should not be worn because they allow virus particles to escape.
Latest News Updates
Phased School Reopening Plan Underway
At the state level and here at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, we are working hard on a transition to in-person learning. On September 17, our COVID-19 Committee was presented with a preliminary proposed plan. On October 1, the Board of Education called a special meeting to discuss the final phased re-entry plan which includes bringing some students back as soon as October 5 and then carefully builds to include all grades by the start of second semester.
The proposed re-entry plan is a hybrid of in-person and continued remote learning. In the plan, students would not attend school every day and schedules would be based on grade and school. This hybrid model enables us to maintain 50% capacity in our schools for safety and social distancing.
Read more about how WS/FCS will handle positive COVID-19 cases and keep you informed as we safely return to school.
Mobile Classrooms / WiFi Hotspots
For students who do not have reliable access to the internet, WS/FCS is using school buses to bring the internet to them. We currently have a number of mobile hotspot locations where buses equipped with WiFi will enable children to connect to participate in virtual learning.
WiFi extends up to 100 yards on each side of the buses. At present, plans are for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to deploy a total of 20 buses with WiFi connectivity to areas identified as having a high number of students needing connectivity support.
Current WiFi Hotspot locations:
- Wynnfield Court Apartments Kernersville
- Woodlawn Apts on Weatherwood Ct (Upper and Lower) 2 buses
- Birchwood Apts on Weatherwood Ct
- Colony Apts on Brownsboro Rd
- Skyline Village on Timlic Ave
- Skyline Village Bruce St
- Rolling Hills on Ferrell Ct
- Oldtown View Apts on Yarborough Ave
- Salem Gardens (Salem Gardens Dr)
- Willow Creek Apts. Stagecoach Rd (Stanleyville)
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WS/FCS Equity Statement
Educational equity goes beyond basic principles of equality.
A commitment to educational equity involves the removal of institutional barriers so that all students, regardless of their race, socio-economic class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or ethnic background, can benefit from all aspects of the learning environment.
A commitment to equity in education involves raising achievement for all students, while also narrowing the gaps, with the goal to eliminate the gaps, and eliminating the racial and cultural disproportionalities that exist between the lowest and highest performing student groups in varying achievement areas within the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system.