Thank you once again for your patience and your efforts as we continue to navigate so many changes and restrictions due to the coronavirus. Teachers have been so impressed with the level of engagement, positive attitude and willingness of our students to forge ahead during these difficult times. We know that students would rather be back together in the building experiencing “normal” school and socializing with their peers, and with continued efforts on the part of all, maybe we’ll ALL be together sooner than later.
A reminder that STAR assessments are taking place this week for our 4th through 8th graders. It has been great seeing the 7th and 8th graders who took the assessments yesterday and today. Never before have I seen students so happy to come to school to take a test! We look forward to seeing, even for a short time, our 6th, 5th and 4th graders the remainder of this week. Last Friday, parents in those grades were e-mailed a google sign-up form. We need to have the names of those attending and parents need to ask students the questions on the Daily Health Screening before arriving for temperature checks, and hand sanitizing. All students must wear masks and remain in their assigned room/desk until dismissed.
Next week, grades 1st – 3rd will take their STAR assessment. The scheduled time for students is attached here. You will be sent the sign-up form and Health Screening Questions this Friday. All protocols will remain the same as with grades 4th – 8th.
As we finalize details for our re-opening of in-person instruction for our Kindergarten through fifth grade classes, please review our Re-opening Plan for specifics on procedures and expectations. This is a fluid document and it will be updated as we move forward and learn where changes may be necessary. We are looking forward to welcoming our Kindergarten through second grade students on a staggered schedule during the week of October 5th – 9th. Third through fifth grades will return starting October 12th. Just a reminder that there will be no remote classes on October 1st and 2nd so that teachers can make final preparations for welcoming their students.
Our plan to re-open and continue with in-person learning will take safety efforts by all of us. As you start looking for that old uniform and backpack, make sure your child has a supply of good fitting masks. Take time to fit a mask so that it is comfortable on their face and does not slip down their nose. Also, as we are a little less than two weeks out, it would be wise to focus on protecting your “bubble” from exposure. Self-quarantining your family by staying away from crowds and limiting visits to places where 6-foot distancing is difficult will go a long way in helping to keep the virus at bay. Let’s all commit to hand washing, mask wearing, and distancing to protect one another.