Dear Staff and Community at Bluffs and Winchester School Districts,
I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. As you may know the Illinois State Board of Education released guidance for schools on the 2020-21 school year.
This 60-page document has been much anticipated and will go a long way toward answering critical questions all of us share about what the 2020-21 school year will look like in terms of in-person learning, scheduling, transportation, wearing masks, social distancing and other measures intended to keep everyone safe and healthy, while also re-engaging students in the learning process.
Right now, we don’t have all the answers to those questions as this document was released to school districts at the same time it was released to the public. Therefore, we kindly ask for your patience as our staff thoroughly reviews this detailed guidance and implements the suggestions into our district’s own transition plan.
Our school districts are keenly aware of the urgent need to communicate to families about what to expect next school year and we will share an update on our planning process and timeline in the coming weeks. Keep in mind in the short time since the release of the guidance document, it has been modified several times. We expect additional modifications as the situation changes.
Our district has formed transition teams and has already been discussing options. This guidance will accelerate those conversations, and I’m confident our district can put forth a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our students while maintaining a dynamic learning environment.
Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as our districts navigated a situation together that none of us could have imagined.
I will be in touch soon. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your summer.
WINCHESTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REGISTRATION
Registration will be held for the following dates for the Winchester Elementary School:
Tuesday, August 4th - New students to the district only and kindergarten students - 8 a.m. to noon.
Wednesday, August 5th - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, August 6th - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, August 12th - Late Registration only - 8 a.m. to noon.
*Registration will start in the Winchester Grade School cafeteria .
The first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 19th with a 2:15 p.m. dismissal. On August 20th and the 21st, classes will be dismissed at 2:15 p.m. also.
**Most forms can be found and printed off on the website (www.winchesterschools.net) or will be available at the time of registration.** Please keep in mind that we will require proof of Residency Verification. Failure to provide verification will result in not being able to register your child(ren) at that time.
**Social distancing and wearing a mask will be required throughout the registration process. Kids will not be allowed in the building.
Parents and students are reminded that physicals and immunizations for kindergarten, sixth, and ninth grades are required to be completed and records must be turned into the school office before the first day of school. Dental examinations are needed for kindergarten, second, and sixth grades. Vision screenings are also required at the kindergarten level. Immunization records and a certified copy of a birth certificate are required for enrollment of any students that have moved into our district. A physical is also required if moving from another state.
Students participating in any sports program must, also, have a physical completed before practice begins.
The following fees for K - 8 are due upon enrollment:
Book Rental $60.00
Technology Fee $20.00
J. H. Science Lab Fee $10.00
Art Fee $ 5.00
Student Planner (3rd - 8th) $ 5.00
Recorder (4th grade) $ 5.00
Athletic Fee $50.00 for 1 sport
$65.00 for 2 sports
$80.00 for 3 or more sports for the school year
30 meal days for August & September
Lunch @ $2.25 Grades K – 2 $67.50
@ $2.50 Grades 3 – 12 $75.00
Breakfast @ $1.50 All Grades $45.00
WGS Registration Info and Packet Y21.pdf (See days/dates above for registration as they are stated wrong in the letter attached)
Student Internet Agreement Y21.pdf (The verbiage only - no sign off page)
Student Residency Verification (This will redirect you to a page with all verification forms if you can not use the one in the packet.)
Over the Counter Form 20-21 .pdf (must be signed by a doctor) -
Other medical forms and medical requirements for the 2020-2021 School Year can be found - Various Medical Forms
We want to say "THANK YOU" to all the WGS parents who participated in the survey; here are the results.
Winchester/Bluffs (now called West Central) Junior High Cheerleading Sign-up!!
This form is for students entering 6th-8th grades who attend Winchester OR Bluffs Junior High and are interested in trying out for cheerleading for the 2020-2021 school year.
WCC (HS) - WCC Cheer Tryout Sign-Up (high school)
Parent Meeting: WHS Home Ec Room on July 6th at 6PM
Practices: WHS Gym on July 6th, 7th, and 8th from 7-9PM
*Tryout numbers will be drawn at practice on July 8th.
Tryouts are July 9th at 11AM.