2020-2021 Limited In-Person Information

RETURN TO LEARN - Important Links

Second Semester Start and End Times

  • This shows what time the schools in WLCSD start and end.
  • Sarah Banks Middle School starts at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.  

Sarah Banks Middle School Bell Schedule 

  • This bell schedule shows when all classes begin and end
  • This bell schedule shows when all students will eat lunch, which is determined by grade level
  • All students, regardless of learning option path, will attend classes and lunch following this Bell Schedule

WLCSD Second Semester A/B Block and Rotating Limited In-Person Cohort Calendar

  • The Rotating Calendar is KEY to understanding what classes will meet each day and also if a student is to report to school or remote in from home

Frequently Asked Questions

  • WLCSD District FAQ document

Parent Handbook for Limited In-Person Learning

  • Reviewing this parent handbook is KEY to understanding all of the new protocols for safety and how a typical day will go from start to finish
  • Please take the time to review this handbook and review important information with your child
  • Our success in the re-opening of Sarah Banks MS is dependent on a strong partnership with our students and families

Student Guide for Limited In-Person Learning

  • It is very important for students to review this information
  • Students will view a video version of this guide in classes this week


  • If your child takes a medication while at school, we need an Authorization to Administer Medication Form on file in the main office
    • Email this completed form to Sinahkostik@wlcsd.org
    • You may also drop off a copy of the form during regular school hours
  • Medications may be dropped off beginning this week, during regular school hours of 8:00 - 3:00


6th Grade (New 7th and 8th Grade Students)  Building Walkthrough Tours

  • Please see this informational flyer regarding our Building Walkthrough Tours
  • Students must sign up to attend the building walkthrough
  • Information on how to sign up is in the flyer
  • This opportunity is only open to students in 6th grade and any student in 7th or 8th grade who is new to Sarah Banks Middle School


Busing Information 

  • Bus route information will be posted on the District Transportation Website sometime this week
  • At this point, only elementary information is available
  • Bus routes will also be available in skyward later this week


Athletic Information 

  • We will be offering an after school athletic intramural program
  • This program will begin January 25
  • Students and families will receive information the first week we return to in-person learning



All of the information parents need is found in the parent handbook, but below are highlights, broken down by category, from the Return to Limited In-Person Parent Handbook.  



Students must bring either a personal or district device and power cord back and forth to school. The device and power cord should be labeled with their name. If you have a district Chromebook, do not remove the district label. 

  • If your child has been using a desktop at home or other device that they cannot bring to school, please make arrangements to come to our Educational Service Center (850 Ladd Rd Building D) to check out a district Chromebook.
  • We are open Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 am-4:00 pm. We are not a 1-to-1 district, so if students have a personal device to bring, they should not check out a district Chromebook.
  • Also, if they received a new device over the holidays, they can return the district Chromebook at our ESC on the same days and times for check out.

Each classroom will have one empty Chromebook cart for charging purposes. We will NOT have classroom sets of Chromebooks. All students need to bring a device to and from school on the days they attend.


Understanding and following the calendar is critical.  The calendar is a combination of two things, the rotating block and the rotating cohort.

WLCSD Second Semester A/B Block + Rotating Limited In-Person Cohort Calendar

Rotating Block Process

  • Students will attend their A or B block classes on a rotating basis
  • Students need to know if it is an A Block or B Block day.
    • If it is an in-person day - they need to know which materials to bring to school
    • If it is an at home day - they need to know which class to join remotely
  • Our students are familiar with the block rotation, as we did this same rotation during semester 1.

Rotating Cohort Process

  • Students will report to the school building on their last name cohort day. 
  • Students will remote into class on their NON cohort day
    • Cohort A - K
      • Notated in BLUE on the calendar
      • Report to the school building on BLUE days
    • Cohort L - Z
      • Notated in WHITE on the calendar
      • Report to the school building on WHITE days


  • January 20
    • Students with the last names A-K
      • Bring Materials for A Block, hours 1, 2, 3
    • Students with the last names L - Z
      • REMOTE IN
      • Login to A Block classes, hours 1, 2, 3.
  • January 21
    • Students with last names A - K
      • REMOTE IN
      • Login to B Block classes, hours 4, 5, 6
    • Students with last names L - Z
      • Bring materials for B Block, hours 4, 5, 6


Arrival and Pick-Up

  • Students may not exit their cars in the drop-off loop until a Banks staff member is present at the drop-off loop to direct them
  • Parent drop-off loop has been extended and students will enter at the last set of doors on the west side of the building
  • Students must be picked up by 2:05
  • More info can be found in the complete parent handbook

Health and COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms at school will be expected to be picked up immediately
  • Please use this COVID-19 Symptom Checklist each day to determine if your child is exhibiting symptoms
  • If your child has an underlying health condition that causes COVID-19 symptoms (cough, sneezing, headache, nausea, etc.) you will need to have a medical note on file with the office.
    • Please send these to jenniferdean@wlcsd.org.
    • If a child exhibits any COVID-19 symptom, and we do not have a note on file, the student will be sent home and the district COVID-19 policy will be followed.

Student Absences

  • If a student is not feeling well at home before school, they should stay home
  • Students who stay home on a limited in-person day can Zoom/Google Meet into their classes if they feel well enough to do so. They will not be marked absent if they are in the full class period remotely
  • Parents only need to call the attendance line if their child will be absent from both in-person school and Zoom/Google Meet


  • Masks are mandatory
  • A clean mask is needed each day. Students should have a backup clean mask with them each day. Students will receive a mask lanyard at school

Social Distancing and Visitors

  • Social distancing is mandatory when the environment allows for it
  • Parents and visitors will not be allowed in the school building past the main entrance vestibule
  • We ask that parents not bring non-essential items to their child during the school day.


  • Hot lunch will be available for FREE if a student takes a FULL lunch
  • If a student chooses not to take a FULL lunch or breakfast, they will have to pay a la carte prices

Lockers and What to Bring to School

  • Students may bring a water bottle, the type with a straw is best
  • Students MUST bring their device and charging cord each day to access assignments through Google Classroom
  • Students will not have a locker
  • Backpacks will be allowed
  • Students will carry all of their items with them, including their cell phone and lunch
  • Cell phones are expected to be powered off and secured in the student's backpack


  • Students will clean their desks and lunch tables with school-use-approved disinfecting wipes
  • Students will be separated by trifold partitions in the classrooms and at the cafeteria tables