Yesterday, we began the process of slowly bringing our K-5th grade students back into the building. It feels so good to see the excitement in their eyes (we can’t see their little faces behind their masks!) as they start their in-person school year. It will continue to be energizing each day as we welcome back the next classes. I only wish the number of positive Covid cases would be low enough to welcome all of our students back. I know it is only a matter of time, but we won’t feel complete until all are back together.
So, tomorrow the first grade returns, followed by the second grade on Thursday. Just a reminder that drop off will begin at 8:10am on the playground. Before arriving, please make sure you have reviewed the Daily Health Screening Questions with your child/ren. Cars will enter (as usual) from Second Ave. West heading East. There will be three temperature stations. Please drive forward in the line and wait for us to come to your car to do the screening. The staff member will ask the parent if the student has passed the health screening questions, then we will take the student’s temperature and if it is under 100.4 degrees, they will exit the car to head directly to their classroom. Please, have your child/ren ready to exit on the driver’s side so that they will not have to cross in front of cars to get into the building.
If you have a PreK or Kindergartener, you may park on the west side of the playground (marked by the cones and chain) in order to walk your child to the front where they will enter their classrooms through their usual doors. If you have a student in an older grade and a PreK or Kindergartener, please have the older child come to one of the temperature stations on the playground before taking your younger student to the front of the building for entrance to PreK or Kindergarten.
Just another reminder that we cannot have visitors (including parents) inside the building. One of the greatest gifts of St. Anne School is the community that has been built over the years. It is difficult for us to restrict entrance, but if we remember that it is for the health and safety of our students and staff, we can adjust.
Please remember, at all times when you are around the school, to mask and distance. At dismissal time, when parents love to socialize, it is important that all set a good example for our students by distancing and leaving as soon as your child gets to you. Additionally, limiting your outside exposure by restricting interactions with others and avoiding crowds will help to keep the positive numbers down and even promote lower numbers so that our middle school students can return. We can all do this if we work together!
Thank you once again for your patience, prayers and support as we continue to battle this virus situation. It has meant the world to all of us to have your backing and encouragement.
Have a great week!