What’s New:

WHS Moving to Full Remote Learning

November 11, 2020

Dear Members of the Wellesley Community,

As a result of our weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing in the Wellesley Public Schools (WPS), today we have confirmed six positive cases at Wellesley High School.  There is strong evidence linking these cases to the separate cases at the high school identified yesterday and late last week.  We are still in the process of conducting comprehensive contact tracing with the affected individuals and any close contacts will be notified within the next 24 hours. Detailed information about case tracking is available on the Wellesley Public Schools website.

With this number of cases materializing in such a short period of time, the School and Health Departments agree that the most prudent step to take is to direct Wellesley High School to transition to full remote learning beginning tomorrow, November 12th, through the Thanksgiving holiday, with classes resuming in person on Tuesday, December 1st.  

To ensure all students have access to breakfast and lunch during this transition, the food service department will create an on-line order system for all High School students.  The form will be sent out tomorrow. Orders placed earlier this week for pick up tomorrow will be available at the High School.  All WHS Athletics will also be cancelled for the remaining days of the Fall season. WHS Principal, Dr. Jamie Chisum, will follow up with high school families and students with more operational details.  

WPS expects to receive additional viral test results tomorrow from samples collected on Tuesday from students and staff and will notify individuals if there are any new positive results. As outlined in the WPS COVID Response protocols, the high school will be deep cleaned and disinfected. All other WPS schools will continue to follow their regular schedule.   Weekly viral testing will also continue for WPS staff at all other schools, as well as students at Wellesley Middle School.  

While we recognize that this news is disappointing, we are also reassured that we were able to identify these cases rapidly to stop any further transmission.  It remains critical that we each do our part to stop the spread of the virus including wearing masks at all times, social distancing, hand washing, and avoiding gatherings.  WPS will continue working in collaboration with the Wellesley Health Department to further assess this situation and determine any additional action steps. 

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Dr. David Lussier

Superintendent of Schools

lussierd@wellesleyps.org

Leonard Izzo

Director, Wellesley Health Department   

lizzo@wellesleyma.gov

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Home School

To submit a Home Education Plan for approval, please contact the Director of Student Services:

Sarah Orlov, Director of Student Services
40 Kingsbury Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
781-446-6210 ;5629

orlovs@wellesleyps.org

Read more about Home School on the Student Services section of our website.

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Grades 1-12:  For New Student Registrations:  Click for Registration Forms, Required Documents and More Information.

KindergartenFor children 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2020.  Click for Registration Forms, Required Documents and More Information.

Child Find: Under federal and state special education regulations, the Wellesley Public Schools has a responsibility to locate, identify, refer, evaluation and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate, public education to students with disabilities who reside in the town of Wellesley. Click for more information.

Redistricting Update – School Committee Approved Options – 2/25/20

 

On February 25th, the School Committee voted to approve two future elementary redistricting maps to correspond with a building project at either the Hardy or Upham sites. These maps will now be included in the ongoing assessment of both sites by the School Building Committee as it prepares a recommended building project in partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

The earliest redistricting would occur is in the fall of 2024.

Approved Hardy Map

Approved Upham Map

Current Elementary Districts

WPS Elementary 6-School Map 1982-2002

 

Updated Wellesley Redistricting Slides – Feb 12 2020  (See slides 11 & 12 for new Upham Map 3A)

Wellesley Redistricting – School Committee Presentation Feb 11 2020

 

WPS Enrollment Projection Update – 1/27/2020
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Explore the new SBC website for Hardy/Upham and Hunnewell Projects

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Please click here to view the final draft of the WPS Profile of a Graduate.

Upcoming Dates:

  • All Schools & Staff Half Day
    Wednesday, November 25

  • Thanksgiving Recess - No School 🦃
    Thursday, November 26

  • Thanksgiving Recess - No School
    Friday, November 27

  • Professional Day - No School
    Monday, November 30

  • Cohort A In Person
    Wednesday, December 2

  • K-12 Half Day
    Wednesday, December 9

  • K-12 Half Day
    Wednesday, December 16

  • K-12 Half Day
    Wednesday, December 23

  • Year-end Vacation - No School
    Thursday, December 24

View more upcoming dates:


General Information:

Wellesley Public Schools District Offices

40 Kingsbury St, Lower Level, Wellesley MA 02481 • Directions

Office Tel: 781-446-6200
Voice Mail: 781-446-6210
Fax: 781-446-6207

Business Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM  


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