August 12, 2021
Hello, Westview families, 
 
Three weeks ago, Harris County was a COVID-19 threat level three. We were feeling really good about the upcoming school year. COVID-19 looked to be on its way out, and our school year was starting to look a bit more normal. Oh, what a difference just a few weeks can make. Today, Harris County remains at a threat level one; cases and hospitalizations are on the rise. 

The Westview School has remained consistent in the ways we address keeping our students on campus during these times. The 2021-2022 school year will be no different. We hope this consistency brings comfort to you and your families. The policies and procedures outlined below will continue to be in effect for the 2021-2022 school year. 

In the next week, we will have a few opportunities to gather together in socially distanced, small groups for Meet the Teacher and POW's annual back-to-school event.

We thank you for your patience and support as we begin the school year. 

Stay well, 




Head of School
The Westview School
Calendar at a Glance

FRIDAY, AUGUST 20
  • Meet the Teacher

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21
  • POW Back to School Event

MONDAY, AUGUST 23
  • First Day of School
Teacher Assignments and Meet the Teacher
TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS
Each family will be contacted the afternoon of Friday, August 13, by your child's 2021-2022 homeroom teacher. Your child's teacher will introduce themselves and provide sign-up information for our upcoming Meet the Teacher. 
MEET THE TEACHER
Westview is kicking off the start of the school year with Meet the Teacher conferences, which will be held on Friday, August 20. This year your family will have the option to join in person or via ZOOM. Conferences will be limited to student and parent(s) only. No siblings allowed, please. Masks are required for all attendees of an in-person conference. A sign up link and additional details will come from your child's teacher tomorrow.
Save the Date: POW Popsicles on the Playground
Save the date for Saturday, August 21, as POW welcomes Westview back to school. We are excited to be able to bring a slightly modified version of POW's annual event to campus for the 2021-2022 school year. 

POW will host the meet and greet. Make sure to check the schedule below for your class time. Come chill with POW for 45 minutes. Grab an icy treat and get to know your incoming classmates. Our event will be held outdoors. 

1900 Playground
9:00 - 9:45 AM - ECD & Prekindergarten
10:00 - 10:45 AM - Kindergarten
11:00 - 11:45 AM - Lower Elementary

1830 Playground
10:00 - 10:45 AM - Upper Elementary
11:00 - 11:45 AM - Middle School
Message from POW: Teacher Luncheon + Back-to-School T-Shirts
POW TEACHER APPRECIATION BACK TO SCHOOL LUNCHEON
Please join us in giving a big Welcome Back ​to our Westview teachers and staff as they return to campus. Our first Teacher Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Thursday, August 19. The luncheon will be a "contact-less" volunteer opportunity. We will be ordering individually boxed lunches for the staff and providing beverages. As always, we will be purchasing gift cards for a small raffle too, so any donation amount helps our event. Please support POW, and donate ​if you can.
POW BACK TO SCHOOL T-SHIRT PREORDER
There is nothing POW loves more than a super cute, back-to-school t-shirt! This year POW is joining the Happy Birthday, Westview celebration with a Big Dreams and Bright Futures themed shirt. Preorders are available in the  POW Spirit Store, and the cost per shirt is $18. You also have the option to gift a teacher a tee. Teacher shirts are $15 each. 
 

Thank you, and I look forward to working with you this year in POW! 

If you have any questions, please email me at jange30@gmail.com.

Ang Jennings 
POW President
School Hours, Arrival Procedures, and School Year Calendars
SCHOOL DAY HOURS
For the 2021-2022 school year, drop off and pick up times will be staggered to accommodate daily health screenings
Early Childhood Development: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Pre-Kindergarten: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Kindergarten: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lower Elementary: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Upper Elementary: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Middle School: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
EARLY DISMISSAL THURSDAY
  • Early Childhood Development, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Upper Elementary dismissal is 12:00 pm on Thursdays.
  • Lower Elementary dismissal is 11:45 pm on Thursdays.
  • Middle School dismissal is 12:30 pm on Thursdays.
ARRIVAL PROCEDURES / CARPOOL TIMES
To expedite health screenings conducted each day at drop off, start times are staggered. Please familiarize yourself with our carpool map to determine where you will drop off and pick up your child.
  • Students should remain in the car, with seat belts fastened, until their health and temperature screening has been completed by a member of staff.
  • Students will be escorted to a hand sanitization station before proceeding to their classroom.
  • Cars should not be left unattended in the driveways at any time.
  • Cell phone use is not permitted in the carpool line.

Establishing a predictable, consistent daily routine is a critical element of our program. Your child’s planned activities for the day begin shortly after carpool, and it is important that he/she not be late. Should you arrive after this time you must park and bring your child to the front office to complete the health screening, and someone will escort your child to the classroom. 
2021-2022 ACADEMIC SCHOOL CALENDAR
Our 2021-2022 academic calendar is available in a one-page format, or a digital version is available to download to your mobile device. Subscribe to The Westview School calendar online by visiting our calendar page or by using this direct link.
2021-2022 COVID-19 School Protocols
FACE MASKS/COVERINGS
COVID-19 is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets among close contacts, generally within 6 feet.  Today, Harris County was reclassified at Level 1 (RED), signifying a severe and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 in Harris County, meaning that outbreaks are present and worsening and that testing and contact tracing capacity is strained or exceeded. The guidance from Harris County for managing risk at Level 1 is that unvaccinated individuals should take action to minimize contacts with others whenever possible. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to mask, physical distance, and avoid all medium and large gatherings. Vaccinated individuals are urged to follow the latest local public health guidance on whether to also wear a mask while indoors in public spaces, in crowded outdoor settings, and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. 
 
Currently, vaccines are only available to individuals 12 years old and older, thus we will continue to require masks as outlined below until vaccines are available to all members of our community ages six and up OR Harris County reaches Level 4, which would signify a minimal and controlled level of COVID-19, meaning new chains of transmission are limited. At that time, masking will become optional.

Until Harris County reaches Level 4 OR vaccines are available to children six years and older:
  • All staff will wear face masks when in the presence of students inside the buildings.
  • All campus visitors must wear a mask while in the building.
  • Students in Prekindergarten through Middle School will be required to wear masks when inside the building.
  • Masks should be brought from home; however, we will also have some available at school.
  • Masks will not be required outside for staff or students.
  • During carpool, face masks must be worn by all staff and students.
  • If there is a medical reason preventing an individual from wearing a mask, a doctor’s note stating the reason should be provided to the building principal waiving the requirement. 
HEALTH SCREENING FORMS
Health screening forms must be completed weekly before dropping your child off in Monday morning carpool. You will find a link to the form in your inbox every Sunday evening. Or, you can easily easily navigate to this form through the ParentPortal in RenWeb.

Login with WV-TX. Enter your child's username and password. You will answer the screening questions for your child. You will find the Health Screening Form under Web Forms. For ease of use, we suggest adding a shortcut to the web link to your phone’s home screen.

To help carpool be completed in a quick and efficient manner, we ask this form be completed before 8:00 AM daily.

Teachers will provide your child's log-in and review this process in further details during your meet the teacher on Friday, August 20, 2021.
TRAVEL GUIDELINES
It is important for us to remind families that our ability to stay open and serve our students on campus depends on all of us doing what we can to stay healthy and avoid contracting and spreading the COVID-19 virus. One of our school policies requires a quarantine after travel by airplane, train, bus, etc. 

If you and your family are planning to travel prior to the start of the school year, please let us know so we can plan for your student to be absent from school 7-10 days following your trip. Thank you for your continued attention and dedication to keeping our students safe and healthy. For additional information, please refer to the CDC’s recommendations for minimizing exposure to the virus during travel.

It continues to be the practice of The Westview School to rely on the CDC recommendations plus advice from our Medical Advisory Board for all COVID-19 policies, procedures, and protocols. 
A PUBLICATION OF THE WESTVIEW SCHOOL
We are proud to present the summer edition of our school magazine, the Wildcat Chronicle. In this issue, we take a look at The Westview School - celebrate our history, highlight some of our present achievements, and share a look at our future.
 
The upcoming 2021-2022 school year will mark 40 years of The Westview School. We have a long history of being a place where students can dream big for a bright future. Thus, our 2021-2022 school year theme was born.
 
We hope you that enjoy what we have to share, and we encourage you to tell us what you may want to read about in future publications. Happy reading!