Dear WCS Families,
As you have likely heard/read, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and many other school districts in Southern California announced that they will postpone the start of on-campus instruction and will reopen in a distance learning format until further notice.
This announcement has huge implications for the learning and development of children in Southern California. However, Western Christian is not bound to their decision. Western Christian functions as its own school district, and as of now districts have the freedom to decide when and how to reopen. As the second largest school district in the country, LAUSD has massive, logistical complications to reopening successfully that smaller schools like WCS do not have. Under the direction of the Board of Trustees Western Christian Schools is committed to reopening our campuses for in-person instruction on August 17. We will be reopening utilizing a reopening plan that includes taking all necessary safety precautions.
WCS administration will continue to evaluate the current state of LA and San Bernardino counties and guidance issued through them as we make reopening decisions. It should be noted that, at some point all schools, public and private, will have to reopen, and we, along with other private Christian schools in our area, doubt it will be after everything is declared 100% safe to do so. No one knows when that will be, and much learning could be forfeited by that time if campuses remained closed. Delaying the learning of our students and potentially putting them at risk to other social-emotional health concerns is too great a cost. We believe that children need to be in school. They need to be with their friends and teachers that love them, growing and learning every day. Most importantly, our students need to learn about our great God and His love for them through Jesus Christ every day!
We plan to take advantage of the first few weeks of school to establish safety standards on campuses, build relationships, and assess the academic status of our students and bridge learning gaps that may have resulted from the previous year. We will also use the time to teach students and parents about online learning in the event that we are required to temporarily go online for all students. It is possible that, due to mandates from our counties, we would need to toggle in and out of online learning. We hope that will not be the case, but we want our students and families to be prepared for this if/when it occurs. We have every intention to keep your children on the learning continuum for their grade level. WCS kids will not fall behind!
We want every parent to remember that in-person schooling has inherent risk. WCS can not promise or guarantee safety from COVID-19 or other communicable diseases. We will do all we can to provide a safe environment. Please remember that families have the option to attend school remotely in the convenience and safety of their homes and rejoin our school once they feel it is safe to do so.
We plan to release our reopening plan on Wednesday of next week, July 22. Due to the fluid nature of pandemic and subsequent decisions/mandates in our area, it must also be noted that our plans could change based upon unforeseen decisions and circumstances. Thank you for your continued patience, and God bless you and your family!
Western Christian Schools
Dear WCS Families,
Given the recent federal recommendation to remain at home through April 30, Western Christian has decided to keep our campuses closed and continue remote learning until Monday, May 4th. We plan for students and teachers to return to school on May 4th. With regard to campus events and activities that were scheduled within this time of campus closure, please look for relevant communication from our Principals, Mrs. Browning (TK-8th) and Mr. Doolittle (High School). Easter break will be observed from April 10 through April 17. Instruction will not take place during that time.
Our Claremont and Upland WCS Preschools remain open to preschool students, Transitional Kindergarten, and Kindergarten students. Our preschools are deemed an essential service to our community by the Department of Social Services, as many of our students are children of our brave and noble first responders and medical professionals. Because of our compliance with the rigorous cleaning standards required by DSS under Title 22, our Preschool facilities have been deemed clean and safe for children. If you are interested in having your Preschool –Kindergarten student attend, please contact our Claremont Office and we will assist you.
We miss you all, and we are looking forward to your return. Remember, this is temporary, and we are going to get through this together. You are doing great, Western Christian! You make me proud to be a Lancer!
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
Western Christian Schools
Dear Western Christian Families,
We miss you on campus! This has been a busy week for us. Teachers have been preparing to deliver online learning to their students, and we are so excited to reconnect! I hope you enjoyed watching the “Lancer House” video! We managed to squeeze in some fun this week, as well!
WCS’ remote learning program will be a mixture of live and recorded instruction in combination with documents, presentations, activities, and assignments, hosted primarily within myWCS. Our teachers’ intent is to continue the consistency that students are familiar with in the classroom, but in an online format.
Some Things to Keep in Mind
Some of you may have heard from your teacher this week. If you haven’t, don’t worry, you will very soon. I am so proud of the hard work and dedication this team has put in these past few days, challenging themselves to learn new ways to educate and connect with their students in the midst of such a tenuous time, while dealing with issues and concerns with their own families. I am so thankful for the spirit of perseverance our school community has displayed in this season.
This week I was comforted by a devotional email I received. It is so easy to let anxiety creep in during such an unpredictable and unprecedented time in history. The devotional provided a different perspective that I think we could all use right now.
In the present global shutdown, bars have closed, sports has shut down, Disneyland, recreation and entertainment has shut down. As a result, families are at home, talking and eating together. People are quiet. The world is quiet. Children are home safe. Attitudes are changing, people are showing compassion toward others, we are coming together in a unity of heart and mind, and people are praying and looking to God for answers. –Headstone Ministries
Life’s distractions have been minimized. We are forced to slow down and prioritize family and physical health. Let’s lean into this time, to learn all God has for us in this season.
We are praying for you and for family.
Western Christian School
Tutorial Videos Links
How to download zoom and connect to a class.
https://westernchristian.myschoolapp.com/ftpimages/808/download/download_4434138.mp4 -How to access and navigate your child's myWCS
Middle School Students should already know their myWCS login information.
TK-5th grade Students Your students myWCS credentials are as follows:
First character of first name capitalized
Two-digit day of birth
For Example John Doe was born on 3/03/15
These are temporary passwords. You will be directed to reset them upon their initial login. This is explained in the video.
Any questions related to this information can be directed to email@example.com
I’ve been so blessed to visit our virtual classrooms these last few days and see your children's smiling faces. I hope this unique time of community will continue to be a blessing to your family during these unusual times.
Our first official day of Remote Learning is coming up this Monday, March 23, 2020. As we have evaluated what is best for our students, I’ve made a few changes that may alter certain instructions teachers shared with students during their orientations.
On Monday, every class will have a Live Zoom Session with each of their teachers starting at their regularly scheduled class time (see below). Sessions will vary in duration based on each course. During this time, teachers will provide students a brief overview of the week to make sure they get off to a great start and understand the objectives and assignments due throughout the week.
Period Start Time
1 8:05 AM
2 9:03 AM
3 9:56 AM
4 10:59 AM
5 11:52 AM
6 1:20 PM
7 2:13 PM
Additionally, we’ve established a “Code of Conduct” for our remote learning live sessions. Please review these details below.
If you ever have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly. Our aim is to educate, serve, and love your family in this time, and I covet your input as we move forward.
Remember, have your students check their assignment center daily so that each day they know what they are to do for each of their classes.
I love you WCHS. God bless you,
Western Christian High School
WCHS REMOTE LEARNING CODE OF CONDUCT
Live Zoom Sessions will be a foundational tool to keep students connected and interacting as we venture into Western Christian High School’s remote learning program. The following code of conduct will ensure that effective, efficient, and distraction free learning will continue for our students during video conferencing sessions.
We understand that students and families may have circumstances that prevent them from joining live sessions. If this is the case, please message your teacher so they can provide you with information to help you catch up.
Please see the following expectations for Live Zoom Sessions.