WCS Online Program Extension – COVID-19: Fall 2020
“Williamson County Schools exists to provide all students with a quality education that supports their intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development.”
The district recognizes that students learn best when they are with their teachers, so it is the goal of Williamson County Schools (WCS) to have students in classrooms with teachers to the maximum extent possible given current CDC safety recommendations. However due to COVID-19, for the 2020 - 2021 school year, students and families will have the choice to sign up for online learning.
A goal of our current WCS Online Program is to expand services to create rigorous instructional programming to meet the needs of every WCS family during this global pandemic. For that reason, WCS Online is extending its programming and course offerings for the 2020 - 2021 school year to meet the needs of students in grades K-12.
Are you interested in your child taking classes fully online this fall?
We are asking interested parents to fill out the questionnaire received from your principal the week of July 6, 2020. This initial request will connect you to the ongoing communications by your child’s school for families interested in WCS Online, but please note this is not your commitment to join the program for the fall semester. By completing the questionnaire, you are triggering a review of your child's fall schedule by your school team to determine if online learning is right for your child. It will also allow us to compile the list of classes and courses students in WCS want to take this fall through the expanded version of WCS Online. We estimate it will take one to two weeks to fully evaluate every request at the school level, which is why we ask for the quick turnaround on interest.
Once we have evaluated your child’s schedule, we will reach out to individual families with the available options and allow the families to then make a final decision. After reviewing the options specifically available for their child, families will be given 48 hours to notify the school if they would like to lock-in the traditional class schedule or the WCS Online class schedule for the fall semester.
Although we may not be able to offer every single course currently delivered in our traditional schools, we will be able to expand considerably for those students who are electing to be fully online due to the global pandemic. Much like the class registration process in a traditional school, course offerings in WCS Online will be based on student interest, course availability, and teacher availability. While WCS teachers will teach a majority of these courses, we will use WCS-approved online vendors for courses and teachers as needed (high school only). WCS Online capabilities can incorporate such courses as Honors, AP, Fine Arts, and CTE. However, keep in mind that not every course offered in a traditional setting may be appropriate for virtual delivery or offered this fall through WCS Online.
The previously offered WCS Online classes will not be affected by this extension created to serve our growing needs during the global pandemic.