Return to school: Q and A

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When will WHHS start hybrid learning?

WHHS students, grades 7-9, returned on March 31. Grades 10-12 returned on April 6. 


What is the weekly schedule? 

The weekly schedule can be accessed here. Students will alternate between Block Day 1 (bells one, three, four and six) and Block Day 2 (bells two, three, five and seven). This schedule was announced in the Eagle Flyer, along with other information. 


When/where will we have lunch?

Students will eat lunch “outside when the weather permits or at an assigned indoor location on inclement weather days”, according to the Eagle Flyer. During the third bell period, there are 45 minutes designated for class and 40 minutes designated for lunch by grade level. Vending machines and club fundraiser food sales will not be available.


How will I pay for lunch?

Lunch and breakfast are free for all students for the rest of the school year. Students can pick up school lunch at kiosks designated by their third bell teacher. 


How will arrival work? Will we still have to go through the metal detectors?

Students must enter through Blair Circle, Lot D, Sulsar, or the Plaza. They must go through the metal detectors, where their backpacks will be searched as normal. Additionally, students will have their temperature checked upon arrival. Students will report to their first bell of the day for “homeroom” and announcements before the start of class at 8:20.


How will dismissal work?

There will be a staggered release for students who ride the bus from 2:50 to 2:55. Students who drive or are picked up in the car line will be released at 2:30. The first group of bus riders will be released at 2:40 and the second group will be released at 2:50.  Students learning concurrently may also log out of their 6th or 7th bell class at 2:30. All students must leave the building by 3:00. 


How will busses work?

Bus passes will be distributed on the first day in English classes. Bus cards will not be required in the first week of school. Bus routes can be found here. The bus line up, along with arrival, dismissal and departure times, can be found here. For dismissal, busses are separated into two groups. Group 1 bus riders will be dismissed at 2:40, their busses will depart between 2:55 and 3:00. Group 2 will be dismissed at 2:50, with busses departing between 3:05 and 3:10. Busses will load from back to front, and students will exit through the back door only.


Do I need a parking pass?

Yes. Parking passes are available to students for free in the main office. Drivers must pick up a pass by April 9. 


How will bell transitions work, and how much time will we have?

Students will have 10 minutes for bell transitions. Transitions will not be staggered. Students will walk single-file in hallways. All hallways will be two-way and stairs will be one-way with the exception of two small stairways that lead to the 3500 classrooms. is a student-created tool to help students navigate the building and is updated with new procedures.


Will desks be sanitized?

Students will sanitize their own desks before and after each class using sanitizing spray and paper towels provided to each classroom. 


How will study halls be organized?

Study halls will be held with assigned seating, students’ seating assignments can be found at the following links. Bell 1, Bell 2, Bell 5, Bell 6 and Bell 7 will all be held in the cafeteria. Bell 3 will be held in the auditorium. Bell 4 will be held in both the cafeteria and senior high gym. Students learning concurrently do not need to log into a Google Meet for their scheduled study hall. 


How will late arrival/early dismissal work?

Students in all grades may have a late arrival or early dismissal if they have study halls during bells 1, 2, 6 and/or 7. Permission slips are required for late arrival or early dismissal. 


Will the library be open for study hall?

The library will be open for study hall starting April 8. Students still need to report to their assigned study hall location and wait for attendance to be taken. After attendance, the librarians will come and take students to the library. The College Information Center, the Writing Center and Student Success Center are available by appointment only. To make an appointment, email the respective center at the emails linked above. 


Will students keep their school-issued laptops?

Yes. Students are expected to bring their school-issued laptops to school, fully charged.


When can we use the restroom?

Students are advised to use the restrooms during classes to keep restrooms from becoming crowded during bell changes.


Will clubs be in person?

At this time, clubs will not meet in person. Many clubs have continued to operate online this year, and information about joining them can be found on Schoology on the Student Body page.


Will the students have lockers?



Will we have exams? 

No, there will be no second-semester exams. Students who opted into AP Exams will take them in May.


Will water bottles be allowed?

Yes. Water bottle filling stations will be open, and CPS will provide water bottles for students. Regular water fountains will not be used. Students are permitted to drink during class. 


Can students go outside between bells to get to classes?

Yes, students are encouraged to walk outside between classes while continuing to wear masks and social distance.