August 20, 2020
Dear Westview Community,
 
I love numbers. Did you know that I began my educational career as a math teacher? I spent over 12 years teaching middle school math. Think things such as statistics and probability and linear equations. With that in mind, I have some numbers to share with you.
 
(88) 88 percent of our Westview families have chosen in person instruction for the 2020-2021 school year.
 
(20) We have 20 days until The Westview School welcomes your children back to campus.
 
(16) There are 16 days until the start of the long Labor Day weekend.
 
(14) The CDC has stated 2 to 14 days is the window of time when a person exposed to COVID-19 could be contagious and start exhibiting symptoms.
 
So, let’s do a small exercise. Pull out your calendar and count 14 days after Labor Day. Your children will have been back to school for two weeks. Settled into the new normal of routine. Getting the much needed in-person instruction that has been missing for the last 5 months. This is good and what 88% of our families are asking of The Westview School.
 
The two previous holidays, Memorial Day and Fourth of July, caused a surge in cases throughout our country. Our hope is that Labor Day is not more of the same, especially for our Westview community. My take home point is this - we are working hard to set up our campus and train our teachers to have the best possible success for maintaining face to face instruction with your children.

The Westview School is committed to doing our part. This includes wearing a mask, cleaning and disinfecting regularly, social distancing on campus and off as much as possible, and multiple other big and small changes specifically outlined in our Child First Reopening Plan.
 
However, we are in this together. So, we have a strong ask for our families: Please stay home. Math and science tells us that social distancing is our key to successfully reopening.
 
We miss having a campus filled with your lovely children. The joy that has filled our halls adding just our teachers this week was truly awesome. Adding back your children can only make that JOY grow exponentially. So, while that Labor Day gathering with friends and family may seem appealing, we ask that you use the upcoming, long holiday weekend to remain socially distanced and prepare to send your kids back to The Westview School campus.
 
Stay safe and stay well,



Head of School
The Westview School
Calendar at a Glance

Friday, August 28
  • Teacher Informational Videos sent to families

Wednesday, September 2
Thursday, September 3
  • Virtual Meet the Teacher

Tuesday, September 8
  • First Day of School
WELCOME BACK TO OUR WESTVIEW TEACHERS

We welcomed our TEACHERS back to school with much anticipation on Monday. Non-contact greetings were encouraged but it sure was tough for our school family not to be able to hug it out. Elbow bumps, jazz hands and lots of smizing (smiling with your eyes) was the next best thing for a greeting. 

Due to COVID-19, our teacher in-service looked a little bit different, but it was not unlike what school will look like for your children when they arrive in a few weeks. 
 
There was quite a bit of professional learning on the schedule this week and a few new topics added to our normal training which we felt were essential in lieu of the current COVID -19 climate. Russell Avery, 1830 principal trained on "Zoom: Tips & Tricks". Michael McKee, behavioral specialist and Carol Harrison, 1900 principal, covered our updated "Employee Handbook and Cleaning Protocols", and Mimi Le, behavioral specialist, took time to get a pulse on our staff and teachers with her "Self-Care" sessions. It was a fruitful week of preparation, and we are excited to share with our families a sneak peek of our week. 
ZOOM: Tips & Tricks with Mr. Avery
Handbook and Cleaning Protocols
"Self-Care" with Mrs. Mimi
Resources


Please refer to COVID-19 tab on The Westview School website for the most up to date information regarding our Child First Reopening Plan.


For the Kids

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