High School FAQs
Beginning of School Year Information
When will students know their class schedules?
Schedules are available to see on Infinite Campus. There will not be printed copies.
Will there be Open House at the High School?
There will be a virtual open house video for our 9th graders and new students.
Getting to/from School
What are the drop off and pick up procedures?
Parents can drop off and pick up their child at Door 1. The bus drop off and pick up will be at door 6.
Can parents drop off high school students early?
We would prefer that all drop-offs occur after 7:50.
When will we be informed of bus assignments?
Bus route information was sent to families from Koch Bus Company during the week of August 17th. For more information or questions call 952-955-1866.
Typical School Day
Will there be high school band and choir? If so, what will this look like?
Yes. They will be utilizing various outdoor spaces and the PAC. They will also be altering instruction to ensure students are in a safe environment.
How will Industrial Tech, FACS, and other similar elective courses be handled at the high school since they involve so much hands on learning?
We will have those classes and will regularly clean all materials that are used in the courses.
What will the hallways look like? Directional arrows?
Hallways will have one way traffic. There will be directional arrows and teacher supervision helping students get used to this.
Where will students keep their supplies?
Students will be allowed to carry backpacks all day. Lockers will not be given to students unless a special request is made.
Will lockers be used?
We will not issue lockers to students unless a special request is made. The athletic office will be communicating with athletes about the availability of athletic lockers.
Will all classes be held inside? Any outdoor learning space being considered?
Classes will be held inside, but we will utilize outdoor spaces as much as we can.
How will students be able to use bathrooms at non bathroom breaks?
Students will be allowed to use bathrooms as needed. Teachers will monitor how many students are leaving their room for bathroom breaks.
Will there be social distancing put in place in the classrooms?
Tables and chairs will be set up with social distancing between students.
Can my child wear a face shield?
Based on the executive order from the Governor, high school students need special permission to wear a face shield.
How will breakfast and lunch be served?
Breakfast will be served out of the concession stand in the high school.
Lunch will be served in the auxiliary gym.
Lunch and breakfast will be a grab and go style.
Can students bring lunch from home?
Yes. There will be designated areas where they can eat in the school.
How will my child receive meals when they are not in school on their distance learning days?
Breakfast and lunch will be available to all students requesting during distance learning. Meals will be available for purchase and pick up at two locations daily:
Watertown-Mayer High School (Door 6) from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mayer Community Center from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Distance Learning Lunch Request Form
Refer to the WM Return to School Plan for more detailed information on Food Services.
Can I start my child in distance learning and then have them placed in the Hybrid Learning model at a later time?
You can change to the hybrid learning at the quarter break. Because of certain restrictions (like 50% room capacity), it may impact their schedule upon return.
How will A/B students be split?
Group A students will be made up of students with the last name starting with letters A-K. These students will be on site Monday and Thursday and will take part in distance learning on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
Group B students will be made up of students with the last name starting with letters L-Z. These students will be on site Tuesday and Friday and will take part in distance learning on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
What will distance learning days look like in the hybrid model?
It will vary and this is a continual work in progress. Lessons can and will be pre-recorded and posted for at home students to watch but in most cases they will not be live. Some classes may have a live streaming option, but this would be available to students as a second look at a lesson. It would not be the only way for students to learn the content. Any live sessions will be pre-scheduled and students will be notified of these times at the beginning of the week.
How do students get help from teachers on distance learning days in the hybrid model?
There are several ways. They can email the teachers. Many teachers will have daily availability to meet via Google Meets. They will also be able to access Schoology pages with class information.
Will students be able to switch from the A Group to the B Group for the hybrid schedule?
This will only happen for special requests. One main factor will be the space we have in rooms and this will have to be looked at on an individual basis as each student’s schedule can vary.
Why did you set up the A/B rotation the way you did? Wouldn't it be better to go AA on Monday and Tuesday and BB on Thursday and Friday?
We were concerned about the large break in seeing the students; there would be a five day break between seeing students in an AA-Wed-BB schedule. We also felt strongly that seeing students more regularly would help maintain a sense of community, routine, and accountability. When we received the assurance that the building and public spaces could be cleaned and sanitized each day, we felt more confident in moving ahead with a plan that we felt was educationally more sound.
What will the first week of school look like for high school students in the hybrid model?
There will be a lot of time spent getting students used to new procedures.
Teachers will be going through their expectations.
Students need to be available and participate during their distance learning days.
There will be instruction related to the curriculum of the course.
What type of device do I need for my high school student?
The Watertown-Mayer Technology Plan outlines device expectations for students in grades 9-12. Students have three options for devices: use a personal device, take part in the Best Buy Dual Funded BYOD program, or borrow a district issued Chromebook.