Below you will find a digital version of our 2020 back-to-school packet. It contains all of the information and forms required for your student's return to classes. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact the main office. Go Falcons!
What will a day in the life of a student look like while we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic in phases 4 and 5?
SCREENING: Students, with or without assistance from parents, will perform their own screening before arriving at school. We are currently transitioning from the screening survey we have used this summer to a new application through the Kent County Health Department. It is our hope to have the new screener on the first day of school, and we will communicate that reality as we get the information from KCHD. Student screening will be cross-referenced with first-hour attendance to ensure it is completed. At the end of the school day, students will be required to screen themselves again before participating in after school activities.
ATTENDANCE: Students that have elected to participate in in-person instruction will follow the policy for attendance in the handbook, which includes the impact attendance has on after school activities. Students that have elected to participate in distance learning are expected to be present in every class by having the virtual classroom open and by participating. Attendance will be kept for students learning at home. Students that are marked absent from the virtual classroom will not be allowed to participate in after school activities on that day. Parents/guardians need to call the attendance line by 9 a.m. at 233-5911 when their student is ill - whether they participate in in-person or distance learning. There is voicemail if you call before we open.
TECHNOLOGY: How-To Videos will be coming soon!
ORIENTATION SCHEDULE: The first two days of school, August 19 and 20, are full-days, 8 a.m.-2:55 p.m., for all students. The schedule for those days has been designed to get all students oriented to what school will be like for the 2020-2021 school year. Students will learn about the daily schedule, focus time, COVID-19 procedures, households and many other important elements to the school day. Students will receive their locker assignments and spend time practicing. Students will be directed to assigned rooms as they enter the school on August 19. Students participating in distance learning will have orientation at a later date.
DRESS CODE: All students are expected to be in proper uniform at all times. Flynn O’Hara (link is external)is the sole uniform provider for West Catholic. Boys' hair must be groomed and faces must be clean-shaven. Girls’ skirt length will be strictly enforced. Please see the student handbook for more information. As mentioned in prior letters, masks are now included in the dress code. Click here to see what types of masks are allowed. Please check the digital handbook addendum for the latest updates as it relates to mask requirements. Flynn O’Hara reports they have shipped most items, with a possible delay on new shorts. If your student doesn’t have a dress code shirt for picture day, have them stop in the office when they arrive that day and we will be able to help them out.
SCHOOL PICTURES: School Pictures will take place on Wednesday, August 19. All students will have their picture taken for a student ID. Parents may purchase school pictures from Inter-State Studios. Students are expected to be in school uniform for pictures (dress oxford not required). In the event that your student is absent from school or doing distance learning, we will have a make-up date later in the fall. Inter-State Studio is asking parents to please register online for their student’s pictures. Please see the code in the Inter-State Studio flyer.
PARKING PASSES: All students planning on driving to school are required to purchase a parking pass. Please be sure they have registered their car using this link before they come in to purchase their parking pass. All parking spots will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost of a parking pass is $25. Any student that parks in the parking lot without a parking pass will be subject to school discipline. Parking passes will be available for purchase beginning on August 19 in the main office.
FOOD SERVICE: Hot lunch will be available on the first day of school. More details will follow.
School Supplies - Students should plan to bring a writing utensil and a notebook. There is no master list of necessary supplies, teachers will let students know if something specific is needed.
Drop Off and Pick Up - All school doors open at 7 a.m. and students may enter through any door. Students arriving on buses will be dropped off on the north side of the building and we will have staff directing students on the first day. All doors lock at 8:00 a.m. After that time, students must enter through the main office doors. If you are picking up your student, please follow these guidelines. Student handbooks - All students will receive a student handbook (usually at orientation but there is a delay in shipping this year!).
School Calendar - The most up-to-date school calendar can be found on our website.