Wakefield Reopening Update: July 28th

Dear Wakefield Families,
As July comes to a close and we get closer to the start of the new school year, I know that you all have many questions about how what is happening and what the start will look like.  Between now and the first day of classes on September 8, I will be sharing period updates with our community.  I will also be scheduling several virtual Town Hall meetings for students where I can talk directly with them about their thoughts, ideas, and suggestions, with the first one taking place next week.  Please let your student know and ask them to keep an eye out for the Microsoft Teams meeting invitation.

New Students and Families:

  • We are looking at the last two weeks of August for the distribution of MacBooks and collection of iPads from 9th graders who attended an APS middle school last year. Exact dates and the distribution plan will be sent out on SchoolTalk, the PTSA-Booster listserve, and social media (Twitter: @principalWHS and Instagram: chris_willmore)
  • During the last two weeks of August our plans also include:
    • A virtual orientation for incoming 9th grade and new students that will include:
      • A welcome video and introduction to Wakefield administrative team, PTSA and Boosters
      • A series of videos on helpful topics (MacBook, Canvas, academic and social emotional supports available at Wakefield, etc).
      • Ninth grade teachers and counselors will share short videos introducing themselves.
      • A virtual orientation town-hall session for parents and a virtual clubs and activities fair for students.
      • A small group meetings for new students and upper-class students to talk about life at Wakefield.

Senior Pictures:

  • We are working with the photographer to schedule dates toward the end of August and to finalize the plan to ensure we are in compliance with CDC guidelines to protect the health of students, staff, and the photographers.
  • We will also schedule make-up dates for later in the fall.

Virginia High School League Sports:

  • The VHSL Executive Committee voted on July 27 to move forward with the Condensed Interscholastic Plan. This model delays all VHSL sports and activities until December 14.
    • Season 1 (Winter) December 14-February 20
      • Basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, swim/dive, and wrestling
  • Season 2 (Fall) February 15 – May 1
    • cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, volleyball
  • Season 3 (Spring) April 12 – June 26
    • baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field
  • Please monitor the Wakefield website and social media (Twitter- @WakeAthletics) for updates on summer conditioning.

Schedules and Distribution of School Supplies:

  • Students’ course schedules will be mailed home by the end of August.
  • We will distribute school supplies to students (textbooks, art supplies, course packets, etc) once the school year starts.Information on the dates, times, and process will be shared in mid-August.