As of March 16, 2020, Westerly’s faculty, staff and students are currently practicing social distancing. Students are transitioning to a mobile learning program and our faculty and staff are working limited hours from home. Thank you for your patience as we do our best to keep our community safe.
This webpage is intended to serve as a hub for all communications sent within our school community, as well as additional resources for parents and community members, and will be updated regularly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Mobile learning will begin on Tuesday, March 17th and all mobile learning days are considered actual school days. Our accrediting agency, the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), requires 3.5 hours of work per school day for K-2 and 3.5 to 4 hours for grades 3 - 8. This is active, engaged learning time which students can access on their own schedule, at their own pace from any location with standard internet access each day. On two predetermined occasions each week, students will need to log into a live session with their teacher.
This graphic from the Global Online Academy provides some helpful tips for engaging in online learning. All of our students have spent classroom time over the past week familiarizing themselves with the system, as well.
After much careful thought, discussion and deliberative consideration, we have made the decision, in concert with the Board of Trustees, to transition to mobile learning and ask our families to remain off campus beginning Monday, March 16th. All related school events, including athletics and performing arts, are postponed.
We are taking this step because it is the right thing to do for our community at this time. We also want to be very clear: there are currently NO diagnosed COVID-19 cases on our campus or in our Westerly community.
We will continue to closely monitor the most current information available about COVID-19 locally by aggregating information and recommendations from government health agencies, maintaining close communication with other independent schools and monitoring actions by other educational institutions in the region.
We know this transition will bring difficulty for each of our families and for different reasons, not least of which is removing the comforting routine of coming to school during unsettling times. Please know our Westerly community will remain connected and strong as we weather this unprecedented challenge together. We will be in regular communication with our families in the days and weeks ahead and please remember that even from home, our families are part of the same engaged, supportive and wonderful Westerly community.
Right now, Westerly's campus will be pupil-free through at least April 3rd. However, we are prepared to deliver mobile learning sessions for a longer period of time if we need to do so. The City of Long Beach is now prohibiting all gatherings of 250 or more people through April 30th. This is similar to actions taken by major American sports leagues, sporting events in Europe which have been played in empty stadiums, and universities which are shifting to delivering classes online for extended periods of time. These "social distancing" measures are being rapidly rolled-out in an effort to slow the rate at which COVID-19 spreads and to protect the health and well-being of the entire community. It is quite possible that mobile learning will continue for several weeks. We want to be forthright with you so you can take whatever steps necessary to prepare your family for what may be a prolonged period away from campus. Just as we ask our students to be adaptable, we will be ready to extend or modify our plans as events warrant.
If you need assitance with Google Classroom, Renweb, Hardware, etc, please click here to open a Westerly Mobile Learning Support ticket. Our staff will assist you as soon as possible!
We strongly discourage any play dates or other forms of student congregation during this time, as the goal of social distancing is to protect individuals and public health by reducing the number of contact we have with others. Instead, we recommend that students connect online via video chat, text message, or phone.
These are challenging times for travel and there is little evidence recommended restrictions will loosen in the foreseeable future. Please closely monitor evolving advisories from CDC about Coronavirus and Travel in the United States and any emergent outbreaks domestically. We also ask that you pay close attention to the advisories and follow instructions from the State Department and CDC regarding international travel. There is now a Global Level 3 Health Advisory in place. Use your judgment, follow any isolation directives from government agencies and make appropriate decisions based on what is best for your student, your family and the community in which we live and thrive.
Yes. All Choice Lunches ordered during our temporary school closure period will be canceled, and full refunds will be issued by Choice Lunch.