Dear WLCSC Families,
Welcome to the 2020/21 School Year. Since the start of school, many things have been happening. I would like to provide you with a brief update regarding the opening of school.
As of September 1, 2020, there are 1,423 students attending school onsite and 895 students attending school online. Per the request of many parents, all eLearning and all onsite instruction are being taught by
WLCSC teachers. I requested authorization from the WLCSC School Board to extend 79 teacher contracts and to hire additional teaching staff to accomplish this. With the assistance of WLCSC teachers,
administrators, guidance counselors and technology staff, WLCSC has been able to provide all eLearning instruction and all onsite instruction without using an outside vendor. Also, all advanced placement and honors classes at West Lafayette High School are being taught by WLCSC teachers.
The additional cost to the school district to accomplish this is approximately $428,000. I would like to professionally thank members of the WLCSC School Board Alan Karpick, Brad Marley, Tom Schott, Rachel Witt, Karen Springer, Melissa Prochnau and Brian Bittner for supporting these efforts.
The administration is working on a communication process with the Tippecanoe County Health Department (TCHD) officials to keep families informed. In addition, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is working to develop a COVID-19 dashboard containing data for all schools in Indiana. In the meantime, WLCSC administration has instituted a COVID-19 Tracker which can be found at www.wl.k12.in.us/Covid-19.
The WLCSC administration and staff will continue working closely with the TCHD and ISDH to monitor cases and to ensure that WLCSC’s plans are up to date and you are kept informed.
I want to commend WLCSC students, parents, families, teachers, staff members and administration for following the safety guidelines and protocols as recommended by the TCHD. Also, I commend the staff and students who are self-quarantining to keep everyone safe and to help keep WLCSC’s number of those testing positive very low. Dr. Chet Ho, WLCSC physician, just recently told me that West Lafayette Community School Corporation’s “measures and guidelines are working so far.”
Thank you everyone.
Dr. Rocky Killion
Superintendent of Schools
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