School Dismissal - Frequently Asked Questions
The West Covina Unified School District is currently under “Dismissal” status. Below are answers to some of the most pressing questions and concerns that parents and students may have related to dismissal. Please be advised, the information provided below may be subject to change as we receive further guidance from State and County officials.
What is Dismissal?
During dismissal, students stay home from school. As a result, students will not have access to childcare services or be able to participate in any programs or extra-curricular activities. These measures have been authorized by the West Covina Unified Board of Education to help prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
How long will Dismissal be in effect?
Schools and offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 5. The dismissal period includes the Spring Break recess from April 10-17.
How will I know when Dismissal is removed or other changes are being made?
Updates will be provided via the District and school websites, as well as through our regular channels of communication – phone calls and emails.
How can I contact my student’s principal or other site administrators if I have specific questions?
Principals and site administrators can be contacted directly via email or by calling the school office and leaving a message.
Will supervision be provided for students during regular school hours?
Not at this time due to the risk of the transmission of the Coronavirus.
Can students pick up personal or school issued property from their school?
Unfortunately, we can not accommodate such requests. The only exception is for medication. Please contact your child’s principal via email or call the school and leave a message to make arrangements.
HEALTH, SAFETY, AND EMOTIONAL WELLNESS
What can I do to minimize my student or family members’ risk of exposure to the Coronavirus?
Per the advice of the California Department of Health and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep family members safe. In particular, students are advised to avoid activities involving large gatherings. It is important that social distancing measures take place while we are in dismissal status to reduce the spread of the virus.
What should I do if I think that my student or anyone else in my family has been exposed to the Coronavirus?
Please refer to the “Exposure FAQ” document on the District website for guidance.
What strategies will assist my student with mental health and wellbeing during Dismissal?
The impact of school dismissal and social distancing often goes beyond academics. The following tips may help students cope during this stressful time period:
Maintain routines as much as possible. Develop and follow a regular schedule throughout the day.
Practice healthy habits and self-care that most benefit you. Prioritize getting a healthy amount of sleep, eating well, and moving or exercising regularly.
Stay connected-but take breaks from social media. Make the effort to stay connected to friends and family members through social media, email, texting, and video calls. However, limit the amount of time you spend on social media throughout the day.
Seek news only from reliable sources, and only in short stints. As with all things, we can find ourselves over-consuming news and updates. Try not to become absorbed in the coverage for long periods of time, and find opportunities to appropriately disconnect.
Take breaks to ease your mind and distract yourself when you start to worry. Play a game. Watch a movie. Try a meditation app.
If what you are feeling seems bigger than what these techniques can support, seek help from a professional. There are support services available through Care Solace at https://caresolace.com/site/westcovinafamilies .
Additional resources are available on the Remote Learning Plan under “Parent Resources” at remotelearning.wcusd.org.
Will student meals be served during Dismissal?
Free meals are offered to all WCUSD students during school dismissal. Breakfast and lunch are provided at Merced Elementary and Edgewood Schools from 9:00-11:00AM, Monday-Friday. Students must be present to receive the meals and all food must be consumed off site. Meals will not be provided during Spring Break April 10-17.
Nutrition Services staff will distribute the meals through curbside pickup. Meals can be picked up at Edgewood Schools in the parking lot on Durness and exit onto Orange and at Merced Elementary in the parking lot at the front of the school.
Does the District have an instructional plan in place?
Students have access to voluntary activities and learning opportunities via the Remote Learning Plan which is available at remotelearning.wcusd.org. During this time of dismissal, all student work is optional. Starting on Monday, April 6, teachers will begin daily communication with students and inform them of the instructional resources available through the Remote Learning website, individual Google Classroom pages, and other avenues as determined by the teacher.
I would like to access the online curriculum, however, my home does not include a computer or tablet. Can I borrow one from the school District?
Students who need a power cord or device during this school dismissal may pick one up at the District Office Maintenance Yard at 1717 West Merced Avenue between the hours of 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Monday through Friday beginning Monday, March 30th. The entrance to the maintenance yard is on the west end of the District Office parallel to Orange Avenue. If your student is in need of technical support, please contact our technology support line at 626-939-4600 x4357 during regular school hours.
How will the dismissal affect my student’s grades in their current classes?
Student grades are on pause as of Friday, March 13, 2020, until schools reopen. However, student work may be used to enhance grades but shall not be used to lower a grade.
How do I contact my student’s teacher or counselor?
Starting on April 6, teachers can be contacted through their district email and other online forums (Google Classroom, Remind, etc.). Counselors can be contacted via email or by calling the school office and leaving a message.
Will credit recovery programs continue during Dismissal?
Counselors will be contacting students and parents in the near future related to the process for resuming student access to the various credit programs offered at our high schools.
Will independent study or home/hospital instruction continue during Dismissal?
Teachers who facilitate independent study and home/hospital instruction will be contacting students and parents in the near future related to the process for resuming student access to these programs.
Will schools be extending the school year into the summer months?
At this time, the number of days required for a school year has been waived by state officials. School will not be extended into the summer months.
Will the annual state testing (CAASPP/ELPAC) take place?
Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order suspending this year's statewide testing (CAASPP) for all California students. The U.S. Department of Education has granted a waiver to all states that have suspended testing due to the pandemic.
Will Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and SAT testing take place?
The College Board has canceled the March 28 makeup and May 2 examinations and will provide refunds to students who were registered to take those assessments. The next exam date is June 6 with a registration deadline of May 27.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, the College Board is offering free, live AP review lessons to prepare students for the upcoming exams. The lessons will be delivered by AP teachers across the country and hosted on AP’s YouTube channel. The schedule is now available on the College Board website.
The exams will now only be offered online (students may test at home or at school sites if open). Each exam will be 45 minutes in length. The exams will be offered on two dates (schedule to be released on April 3rd). Students can cancel the exam at no charge. The exams will only include the content covered up to early March. A detailed matrix outlining the exam content for each AP course is now available on the College Board website.
Please see the latest AP updates at https://www.collegeboard.org/
The examinations have been cancelled. Depending on what they have registered for, students will be awarded a Diploma or Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work.
Extensions have been granted for many IB requirements such as the internal assessments, MYP personal projects, CAS, predicted grade entries, etc.
Please see the latest updates at https://www.ibo.org/.
How will intra and inter district enrollment, transfers, and selection of classes be affected during Dismissal?
The Office of Students Services and school offices will resume processing enrollment and transfer requests starting on April 6. Please contact Ms. Flores in the Office of Student Services at (626) 939-4600 ex 4682 or the school office where your student currently attends if you need assistance with an enrollment or transfer request.
How will course selection be affected during Dismissal?
The middle and high schools will be extending course selection deadlines to ensure all students have the opportunity to select courses for the upcoming school year. Counselors are in the process of developing a system for resuming course selection. More information will follow in the near future.
How will Dismissal affect my child’s summer school registration at the high schools?
The summer school registration dates will be extended. Counselors are in the process of developing a system for resuming summer school registration. More information will follow in the near future.
Will reimbursements be issued for purchased tickets to cancelled school events and field trips?
Schools are working with various entities to address possible reimbursements. Any refunds will be made after schools reopen.
Will there be promotion, graduation, and other end of the year events and ceremonies?
At this time, all end of the year events are still scheduled until further notice.
How can my student have access to the Internet/WiFi during the school closure?
Charter Communications, citing the COVID-19 coronavirus situation, announced that it will open its WiFi hotspots across the country for public use. Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband service and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students that do not already have Spectrum broadband service at any level up to 100 Mbps. Please follow this link for more information from Charter.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and collaboration as we make decisions for the health and safety of our students. Together we will successfully navigate these uncertain times.