WHS-03/17/20-06/17/20 School Closing Information
Good Afternoon WPRSD Students, Parents, Colleagues, Alumni and Friends:
This afternoon, May 4, 2020, Governor Murphy closed all NJ schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We realize that this decision was made to protect our students. However, we are heartbroken because we miss our students so much and sympathize with the Class of 2020. There will be additional information to come as we continue to refine and make our plans.
Please stay safe,
Dear WHS families,
As you know, due to the COVID-19 crisis, our schools have now been closed for the next two weeks. We will reevaluate the situation at that time and will keep you updated through this process. We understand that this is a difficult and stressful time, and we will do everything we can to support you and your children as we all work through this. Right now, the priority is to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 through physical distancing. It is very important that you speak to your children about limiting their travel outside of your home and their interaction with anyone outside of their immediate family in order to help reduce the spread. This may prove to be difficult for our students, however, it is imperative that they minimize their potential for exposure to this virus.
We will do everything we can to support our families throughout the closure. Our families with children on free and reduced lunch will be receiving a separate correspondence with information about how to sign up for breakfast and lunch for their children during the school closure.
We are providing your child with two weeks of instruction in order to keep their learning moving forward. The majority of our students will access their work online through Google Classroom. For students without internet access, we have hard copies of the work available for pick-up at the WHS main entrance from 7:30-9:30 AM. In the event that we were not made aware that your child will need hard copies, please just email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get a packet printed for you to pick up as soon as possible.
Here is the link to the google folder that contains all of the home instruction information for all teachers in Woodstown High School: https://drive.google.com/
During the school closure, it is important to maintain as much structure for your child as possible throughout each day. This will be extremely important in making the transition back to school an easy one. It is recommended that you build in time each day for school work, for outside time, for time away from devices, and for free time and relaxation. I included a link below that will give you access to a sample schedule for your child. There are also many more resources online.
Sample Schedules from Khan Academy (includes Khan Academy lessons, but daily schedule is helpful):
Here is a link to a parent guide to Google Classroom:
The Woodstown High School School Counseling Office will continue to provide school counseling services to our students for the duration of our school closure as well. Support will be offered for a variety of services and in a variety of formats. The information below explains how you can take advantage of this ongoing support during this difficult time.
What counseling services are going to be offered while school is closed?
College Counseling/Financial Aid Questions
Scheduling of Classes
Referrals for Outside Resources
How can you contact your counselor for support?
Mrs. Heyel - email@example.com
Mrs. Knorr - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Strachan - email@example.com
Mrs. McBride (CST) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Call and leave a message - 856-769-0144
Mrs. Heyel - ext. 55242
Mrs. Knorr - ext. 55240
Mrs. Strachan - ext. 55241
Mrs. McBride (CST) - 55229
Remind.com - text 81010
Mrs. Heyel - @heyelg
Mrs. Knorr - @knorrk
Mrs. Strachan - @strachand
Mrs. McBride - @mcbridecst
What support is available if there is a mental health emergency?
At the time that this email is being sent, the following supports are available:
If you have a mental health emergency, you can call PerformCare, and they will dispatch a mental health professional to your home 24/7/365. The phone number is 877-652-7624.
Healthcare Commons is also available for mental health emergencies. The address is 500 S. Pennsville-Auburn Road, Carney’s Point, NJ 08069, and the phone number is 856-299-3200.
If you are in crisis and it is a life-threatening situation or if PerformCare and Healthcare Commons are forced to suspend services, call 911 or go to the closest hospital.
Another resource is 2-1-1, a New Jersey based program that provides support for its residents in a variety of ways. Call 2-1-1 or 877-652-1148, email them at info@211NJ.org, or go to their website to chat by visiting www.nj211.org
If you are worried about quarantining in a home where you do not feel safe, live help is available from the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7/365 at @ndvh by chat (on Twitter) or by calling their hotline at 800-799-7233.
What other supports are available?
The state of New Jersey has information available on the website, www.nj.gov, regarding ways to protect yourself and your family, how to prepare, and reliable information.
Check your local food pantries for your food insecurity concerns.
What if you don’t have internet access?
If you do not have internet access, you can call and leave a voice message for your school counselor. They will get back to you at their earliest opportunity to answer your questions and provide support.
(For Parents/Guardians) How do I talk to my child about COVID-19?
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Video)
Talking to Children About COVID-19 - A Parent Resource (PDF)
Please check the WHS website main page regularly for additional information and resources. We will continue to share resources with you as we find them. If you need anything or have any questions, please contact me via email or call myself (x55224) or Mrs. Spaventa (x55236) and we will get back to you as soon as possible.