Weed Elementary poised to emerge from pandemic more powerful than at any time

Weed Elementary School students wear masks and remain at a respectful social distance.

Because COVID-19 struck, Weed Elementary School has confronted the pandemic head on, emerging after a lot more than a calendar year of consistent tests, mask wearing and a bout of black mildew much better than at any time.

The faculty – which held its doorways open up for in-man or woman discovering last 12 months as most other folks transitioned to online understanding – is poised to start out the university year on Monday with about 27% much more learners than it experienced pre-COVID.

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“At the conclusion of 2020, we had 255 students,” explained superintendent/principal Jon Ray, who’s starting off his second calendar year at the helm of WES. “Now we have nearly 325 … so we’ve grown drastically.”

These more learners arrived from surrounding college districts, desperate for confront to experience instruction. Ray said it was the board’s precedence to remain open considering that it was vital for the neighborhood.

The Weed Elementary School building that houses the office, library and two special day classrooms has been affected by dangerous black mold.

25% of district’s funding goes to staffing

The bump in enrollment led to an boost in earnings. Ray said 25% of the district’s funding is currently being utilised for staffing.

This calendar year, WES is concentrating on a wellness plan, led by Licensed Medical Marriage and Spouse and children Therapist Arden Carr. They also employed four qualified wellness coaches: Anna Christie, Mercedez Billingsley, Kellie Perkins and Gwen Hopkins to assistance kids navigate the stresses of childhood, college, and COVID.