WAJCSD Initial Reopening Plan Website Summary Page


The Windham-Ashland-Jewett CSD is looking forward to the start of our 2020-2021 school year this fall. During the COVID pandemic everyone has had to make significant adjustments to remain as safe from the viral infection and spread as possible. It is within this uncertain environment that all public schools have been tasked with developing and updating plans that address the perpetually evolving and complex situations created by the COVID environment. WAJ’s goal is to meet our mission and provide safety concurrently, while following the law and meeting the diverse needs of all students.

WAJCSD Initial Reopening Plan has been broken down into topic segments below.

To view the WAJ Initial Reopening Plan document, please click here:


The Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School District Initial Reopening Plan for the 2020-21 school year is outlined on this site and by following the links provided. Each major area of the Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School District Initial Reopening Plan has been broken down for easier access.

To read to Plan’s Introduction, please click here.

Communication and Engagement

Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School District is committed to communicating all elements of this reopening plan to students, parents and guardians, staff and visitors. Please be advised that frequent updates and modifications are to be expected, based on updated health and guidance data.


To learn more about the District’s Plan for Communication and Engagement, click here.

Health & Safety

The most important priority for our District is to maintain the health and safety of our students, our staff and their families. We want students and employees to feel as comfortable and safe as possible in returning to school. WAJ is expecting all people with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to stay off campus and to stay home.


To learn more about the District’s Plan for Health and Safety, click here.


Teaching and Learning

Based on current data and guidance, while WAJ is making every effort to prepare for in-person instruction, online instruction will be necessary during the 2020-2021 school year.  WAJ has planned providing instruction following a hybrid model that combines in-person instruction and remote learning. Parents will always have the choice to remain in the remote learning model. However, ALL PARENTS MUST BE PREPARED FOR ALL REMOTE LEARNING. If the District cannot meet our standard for in-person instruction outlined within the plan, a decision to go full remote on a particular day, for some or all students may be necessary. Any decision to close the building and conduct remote learning only will be communicated with families in a similar manner as when an emergency closure day is called for inclement weather.

To learn more about the District’s Plan for Teaching and Learning, click here.


In order to minimize risk and spread of COVID-19 infection in the district, facilities operations are focused on meeting social distancing requirements and frequently cleaning high-touch spaces. The District postponed the capital project vote until May 2021.


To learn more about the District’s Plan for Facilities, click here.


Child Nutrition

WAJ will continue to make meals available to all students attending school in-person.


To learn more about the District’s Plan for Child Nutrition, click here.



WAJ will be providing transportation to and from school when possible.  WAJ will conduct transportation activities that are consistent with state-issued public transit guidance and NYSED School Reopening guidelines. Students and school staff will be required to wear acceptable face coverings at all times on school buses and should maintain appropriate social distancing to the extent practical.


To learn more about the District’s Plan for Transportation, click here.


Special Education and Social Emotional Well-Being

WAJ will provide special education services using in-person and remote learning.

WAJ has made available resources to address mental health, behavioral, and emotional needs of students, faculty, and staff when school reopens for in-person instruction.


To learn more about the District’s Plan for Special Education and Social Emotional Well-Being, click here.


School Extracurricular Activities and CROP

At this time, WAJ continues to evaluate if providing extracurricular activities is feasible during this health crisis.  In regard to interscholastic athletics, the District will not be running or participating in any fall sports activities. WAJ will make a decision regarding the winter sports season in the coming weeks. CROP will not be offered this September.


To learn more about the District’s Plan for School Activities, click here.


Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism

School attendance and active engagement is required if a student is to successfully learn. While WAJ teachers will be required to keep daily attendance and engagement records, it is imperative that parents and students take responsibility for their own engagement each day whether in the classroom or participating remotely.


To learn more about the District’s Plan for Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism, click here.



Technology and Connectivity

WAJ will be providing remote, digital content to students each day.

To learn more about the District’s Plan for Technology and Connectivity, click here.


Staff Evaluation

All teachers and principals will continue to be evaluated pursuant to the district’s approved APPR plan.



WAJ Initial Reopening Plan Supplemental Q&A

Additionally, a supplemental WAJ Reopening Plan Question and Answer Document has been created, based on the recent parental survey questions and responses. To see the Q&A Document, please click here.

Thank you all for your thoughtful submissions.