2021-2022 District Announcements
Oct. 3, 2021 - Parent Survey Reminder
Families, please complete the online Parent Survey about your student's school, so we can work to continuously improve our school practices. If you have multiple students attending the same school, only one survey is needed. If you have students in several schools, please complete a survey for each school. The survey is anonymous, and the deadline to complete the survey is tomorrow - Oct 4, 2021. Click the link to complete the survey - WCS 2021-22 Parent Survey.
Sept. 28, 2021 - Student Behavior
Message from Superintendent Lane Mills: I want to start by saying how great it is to have all of our students and staff back in school after all of the transitions that we had last school year. We are excited about moving forward and regaining the momentum that we lost during the pandemic. In my visits to schools, it’s obvious that 99 percent of our students are focused and doing what they need to be doing. However, we do have a small number of students who have decided to make poor choices. In the past few weeks, we've seen an increase in fights and threats in our schools. As Superintendent, I am frustrated and disappointed that these distractions keep happening because they have a negative impact on the academic success and overall well being of our students and staff. I care deeply for ALL of our students, and I need the few students who are considering making poor choices to understand that myself and other WCS administrators have no tolerance for any action that threatens the safety of our schools. If a situation occurs, we will not hesitate to take every action against the students who are involved - this could include disciplinary actions at the school level, legal action and/or charges through law enforcement. Families, please speak with your student and make sure they understand that making a threat in person or online, fighting, or bringing a weapon to school can result in charges through law enforcement and serious disciplinary consequences such as suspension, which in some cases is not just for a few days but for an entire year. I also need parents and guardians to encourage your student to always tell you, a staff member, or our School Resource Officer if they know of situations or information that threaten safety. I want to commend the students who step forward and share information. We know it isn’t easy, but it is the right thing to do. I also want to thank the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and Wilson Police Department for being such great partners and for their commitment to keeping our schools safe. Again, we are excited to be back in school and are looking forward to a great school year. We want everyone to feel safe at school and be able to focus on learning. Thank you and have a great week.
Sept. 24, 2021 - Parent Survey
Families, please assist us in an online survey. We need your feedback about your student’s school so that we can work to continuously improve our school practices. If you have multiple students attending the same school, only one survey is needed. If you have students in multiple schools across the district, please complete a survey for each school. The survey is anonymous, and the deadline to complete the survey is Oct 4, 2021. Click the link to complete the survey - WCS 2021-22 Parent Survey.
Sept. 21, 2021 - Calendar Change
The Wilson County Board of Education met Sept. 20 and revised the traditional and early college calendars based on legislation that removed the five remote learning days from our calendars. For the traditional calendar, November 2, November 24, January 14 and February 11 are now regular instructional days at school instead of remote learning days. November 24 will be an early release day. For the early college calendar, October 8, November 23, February 11, March 18 and April 8 are now regular instructional days instead of remote learning days. These calendars have also been updated on the website in English and Spanish and can be found under the Calendars tab.
Sept. 17, 2021 - Required Immunizations
Reminder for families of kindergartners, seventh-graders, seniors, and students who are new to attending school in North Carolina. By law, these students are required to have certain immunizations, such as Tdap and MMR, unless they have an exemption. Students in the Wilson Academy of Virtual Education (WAVE) must also provide proof of receiving the mandatory immunizations. The required immunizations do not include the COVID-19 vaccine. We need you to make sure your student has the necessary immunizations if you haven’t done so already. We also need you to provide the school with a copy of your student’s valid immunization record. Kindergarten students also need a Health Assessment Form completed by a doctor. Health assessments dated within one year prior to the first day of school will be accepted. If the school does not have your student's immunization record and/or health assessment within 30 days of enrollment, which for most students is Sept. 24, state law prohibits the student from being allowed to attend school beginning Mon., Sept. 27. Once your student receives the immunizations and the school is provided proof, the student will be able to return to school. The immunization record and/or health assessment can be dropped off at the school or uploaded electronically into Scribs. Visit wilsonschoolsnc.net and click Get ConnectED to create an account. Please call your student’s doctor to schedule an appointment if your student does not have updated immunizations. Families can also schedule an appointment at our Wilson County Schools WASH Clinics by calling 252-360-0769 or the Wilson County Health Department at 252-237-3141.
Sept. 6, 2021 - Family Engagement Sessions
Two Family Engagement Events are being held this week. All families are invited to attend, and the events will be virtual. On Tues., Sept. 7, a session titled Navigating Seesaw for Families will be held for families of kindergartners through second-graders. This session is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. On Thurs., Sept. 9, a session titled Navigating Google Classroom for Families will be held for families of third-graders through seniors. This session is also from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The sessions will be held in English and Spanish. Families should click on the Google Meet links at the time of the sessions to login. Here are the links to the sessions:
Navigating Seesaw (English) - https://bit.ly/SEESAW2021
Navigando Seesaw (Espanol) - https://bit.ly/SEESAW2021ES
Navigating Google Classroom (English) - https://bit.ly/WCSGOOGLE21
Navigando Google Classroom (Espanol) - https://bit.ly/WCSGOOGLE21ES
Also under District News on our website at this link, you will find a list of all the upcoming Family Engagement Events for the entire school year.
Sept. 1, 2021 - Get ConnectED
We need all families to Get ConnectED to your student’s school by creating accounts in two platforms - Scribs and Parent Portal. These platforms will be utilized to keep parents connected and in the loop. In Scribs, families will complete information including emergency contacts, reunification, and a media release. Families will be able to update information at any time on this online platform. Families can also use Scribs to access and upload digital forms, such as health assessments or immunization records. In Parent Portal, families can see their student’s grades and attendance in real time so they are never surprised by what is on a progress report or report card. Visit the Wilson County Schools website today and click on Get ConnectED or use the direct link, www.wilsonschoolsnc.net/connected
If you need assistance with creating accounts on either of these platforms, Wilson County Schools is hosting a family engagement session on Sept. 14 at 6:30pm at Darden Middle School. Staff will be available to assist families in creating a free email account and registering for accounts in Scribs and Parent Portal. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be available.
Aug. 31, 2021 - Remote Learning Day Reminder
Fri., Sept. 3 is a remote learning day. All students need to have either a personal device or a school-issued device by Thursday in order to logon to their classes from home on Friday. If your student is in need of a school-issued device, please make sure your student turns in the necessary paperwork consisting of a direct certified letter from the School Nutrition Department or a meal application approval letter or the technology fee of $30 by tomorrow - Wed., Sept. 1 - at noon.
Teachers will provide synchronous (live) instruction on Friday. Teachers will be in contact with their students through their school email address to help them transition to remote learning. We have partnered with Greenlight and Emergency Broadband Benefit Services to provide discounted internet access to families. If you need additional information or have questions, please contact your student's school.
Meals will be provided by the School Nutrition Department on Friday and available for pick up at your students' school from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. via curbside. A hot lunch will be provided as well as a breakfast intended as an afternoon snack. The remote learning day on Friday is only for our traditional schools and not our early colleges.
Aug. 27, 2021 - Lunch in Classrooms
Beginning Mon. Aug. 30, elementary and middle school students will eat lunch in their classrooms instead of the cafeteria. Breakfast will continue to be “grab and go” as has been the process since the first day of school. This decision was made in collaboration with the Wilson County Health Department as a result of increasing COVID-19 cases and in an effort to minimize the number of contacts in our schools. We will continue to monitor positive cases and our protocols. We thank you for your support as we work to keep our students and staff as safe as possible. Thank you.
Aug. 10, 2021 - Meal Applicatinos
Meal Applications are currently available on our district and school websites. All families should apply today by clicking HERE. Paper copies will also be available at our schools. The US Department of Agriculture has extended the School Nutrition Program waiver allowing Wilson County Schools to provide breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost. While our district is able to offer meals at no cost, it is important for ALL families to complete a meal application to ensure their correct status is in place when the waiver ends. The data also enables schools to obtain funding to provide important educational resources to benefit students. Other benefits issued to families who are approved for free or reduced price meals include fee waivers for Driver Education, Technology, the SAT and eligibility for future P-EBT benefits. Thank you.
July 29, 2021 - Face Masks Required
The Wilson County Board of Education held a special meeting tonight to discuss updates to the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit, which included recommendations for face masks. The Wilson County Board of Education voted to require face masks for all staff and K-12 students and to revisit this decision in October 2021.
July 23, 2021 - Vaccine Clinic
In collaboration with the Wilson County Health Department, Wilson County Schools is offering a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic where our staff members AND students who are 12 or older can receive the Pfizer version of the vaccine if they choose to do so. The Vaccine Clinic for the first dose will be held in the gym at Fike HS on July 30 by appointment only. Please call 252-360-0500 to schedule your appointment. The appointment slots are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The second dose of the vaccine will be given on Aug. 20 at Fike HS by appointment only. When you call to schedule your first appointment, you will also schedule your second dose appointment. Please visit our district website - wilsonschoolsnc.net - to download the COVID-19 Vaccination Consent Form prior to your appointment.