Our long-awaited return to the school building has been a success. Although, for the time being, WOLCS is operating on a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning, our outstanding teachers and staff have been enthusiastic about returning to school. Everyone has shown commitment to ensuring the 2021-2022 school year will be full of learning, growth, and success.
Because our goal is to promote a healthy and safe school environment, we have continued the protocols set forth by the Philadelphia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While we look forward to a return to normalcy, the recent rise of COVID-19 cases throughout Pennsylvania makes it essential that we all exercise caution. By state mandate, masks continue to be required, and precautions such as social distancing remain in place. We ask parents and guardians to continue to ensure students wear face coverings to school each day.
Remote learning has opened public schools to a world of technology that can make our lives easier and our work more streamlined. School makeup days due to significant weather events are becoming a thing of the past. Parents no longer need to scramble across the city during rush hour for teacher conferences. And students can collaborate on projects during evenings and weekends, each from their own homes. These activities and so much more can all be accomplished by using our electronic devices.
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That’s right, you can now keep up with all of the who, what, when and where for West Oak Lane Charter through the West Oak Lane Charter app by SchoolAppExpress available on all mobile devices!
Scan the QR code below to download the West Oak Lane Charter app by SchoolAppExpress on your iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry or Windows device. With our new app, you can:
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The West Oak Lane Charter School Scholars’ Club is in its fourth year of existence. This prestigious program is designed to offer enhanced academic and social opportunities to challenge and enrich our most talented fourth through eighth grade students.
Our pharmacy partner is experiencing a staffing and vaccine supply shortage beyond their control, therefore the West Oak Lane Charter School Vaccination Clinic Event on Sunday, January 2, 2022 has to be limited to only those individuals who attended the December 11th event for their first vaccine dose and are pre-scheduled to receive their second dose on January 2nd. For those individuals receiving their second dose, please remember to bring your vaccination cards with you. Unfortunately, no booster or other shots will be available on January 2, 2022.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is aware of the situation and is working to secure another vaccination partner for us. When this is confirmed, we will schedule another vaccination clinic event in the very near future.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to offering another vaccination clinic opportunity soon!
On June 30, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 66 of 2021 (Act 66) into law. Act 66 permits students that were enrolled during the 2020-21 school year to repeat their grade level in an effort to make up for any lost educational opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, even if the student met the requirements to be promoted to the next grade level. Based on this Act, parents/guardians and students, at or over the age of 18, have until July 15, 2021, to elect to have their child or themselves repeat a grade level for the 2021-22 school year. Please click "Read Full Story" to access the link to the PA Education department page on Act 66 and the form for retention in grade.
We are excited to share with you our summer learning program. This summer, students will be able to earn pin by completing challenges. We’re challenging our students to earn 2 pins a week!
There’s over 30 pins for students to choose from. Students can choose the ones that interest them the most. To view all of the pins, visit our website at http://www.wolcs.org/apps/pages/2020SummerChallenge.
As students complete challenges, they will email their work to Summer2020@wolcs.org to receive the virtual pin. They’ll be able to view their virtual pins through the Badgr app connected to clever. The first time students sign into Badgr, they will need their WOLCS google account and password.
Students will receive a $25 Amazon gift card for every 7 pins they earn! In addition, students will receive an honorary lunch when we return in the fall along with the real pin.
Don’t forget to check ClassDojo for announcements of the weekly student in the spotlight and zoom events where students will be able to come together to earn the pin of the week!
West Oak Lane Charter School (WOLCS) is breaking new ground in response to COVID-19 as it will hold its enrollment lottery via Facebook Live. PA charter schools are required to hold lotteries when applications exceed available seats. After COVID-19 closed school buildings, WOLCS officials extended the school’s 2020-2021 school year lottery so that parents who did not submit enrollment applications before March 13 could participate in seeking public school choice for their children.
WOLCS CEO Dr. Debbera Peoples-Lee said, “While we will miss seeing the smiles, hugs, and high fives when a family’s child is selected from the lottery, we are thankful for technology like Facebook Live that will ensure winning families are not cheated out of their special celebratory moment.”