Family Newsletter- August 6
We engage, equip, and empower all scholars to achieve their unique potential.
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Welcome Back Panthers
Welcome to Central Elementary! We are excited about starting the 2022-2023 school year. We hope that this year will be an exciting year for your child. The staff and I began this new school year with high expectations and great enthusiasm for a positive, productive year. We have been actively engaged in a variety of staff development sessions that are sure to result in unparalleled commitment and service to the students in our care. We have also been engaged in discussions, planning, and preparations to start the school year with procedures in place to create a safe environment for all students, faculty, and staff.
At Central, we are committed to engaging, equipping and empowering all scholars to achieve their unique potential. This year, Central has been selected to be a Performing Arts and Digital Media Academy. Our teachers will be focused on integrating the arts into our core curriculum and our 3rd graders will be learning to play the piano.
Returning families may notice new faces and routines upon return. Rest assured that our campus has a complete staff of dedicated and qualified teachers, support staff, and paraprofessionals who stand ready to strengthen your child’s ability to grow as a lifelong learner.
We are very proud of our diverse population and the contributions we each bring to the school. Our teachers are some of the very best in the state of Texas. We pride ourselves in the high standards we set for ourselves and for the quality of education we offer at Central. The bottom line for us is to ensure our classrooms are always good enough for our own children. You can trust that the staff here will go the extra degree to be sure your children are treated respectfully and fairly. We will treat your child the way we want our own children to be treated. Our students are always our first priority.
As the school year progresses, stay tuned for information regarding PTO, student clubs, programs, and various other campus activities. Together we can help our students reach their full potential.
We look forward to partnering with you in educating your child.
School Lunches- No longer free!
The federal waiver that made lunch free to all students has expired. Families must apply to see if their child is eligible to receive free lunches for the '22-'23 school year. Apply at http://schoolcafe.com/duncanvilleisd. Breakfast will remain free to all students in the new school year.
New Dress Code
Campus doors will open at 7:30 AM.
Parents should drive to the rear of the school to drop off students. Staff members will be waiting to greet students as they arrive.
Students that walk to school may enter through the hallway located on the east of the campus.
While on campus, face coverings are recommended but not required.
In the event that a student has COVID-19 symptoms, they will be housed in a designated space until they are picked up by their parent/guardian or designated emergency contact.
PLEASE NOTE: Students are expected to be picked up from campus within one hour of parent/guardian or emergency contact being notified.
- Students that choose to eat breakfast will go straight to the cafeteria to eat their breakfast.
- Students who are not eating breakfast will immediately walk to their homeroom class.
Breakfast will end at 7:55 a.m.
First period will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.
Each classroom will be thoroughly sanitized nightly.
All classrooms will be provided with sanitation supplies to support surface and resource cleaning.
Materials and resources that need to be sanitized should be left out in the open.
When students enter the classroom, students are encouraged to:
Students are encouraged to sanitize hands as they enter and leave classrooms.
Students are recommended but not required to wear a mask during class.
RESTROOM/WATER FOUNTAIN PROCEDURES:
Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.
No other liquids will be allowed.
Restrooms will be cleaned throughout the day.
Students will be directed to serving lines by lunch monitors to pick up their individual lunches.
Food delivery for lunch is prohibited for safety reasons.
Students will need to know their ID number to purchase lunch. Please help your student memorize their ID number.
Cafeterias will be cleaned often, and physical distancing will be enforced as much as is physically possible.
Face coverings are recommended but not required.
Students will sanitize entering, before browsing, and exiting the library.
Students will sit at an assigned table with proper distancing.
A limited number of students will be allowed to browse at a time, and students will be encouraged to browse bookshelves with their eyes to reduce the number of books touched on the shelves per day.
The librarian will wipe down tables, chairs, and the circulation desk between each class.
Computers in the library (keyboard, mouse, monitor and table) will be wiped down after each use.
Computers in the computer lab (keyboard, mouse, monitor, and table) will be wiped down after each class by the class/teacher assigned for the day.
Mobile Carts - Wipe down each device (keyboard, monitor, touchpad, and outer case) between classes and at the end of the day before returning to the computer lab.
Classroom assigned standards devices - Wipe down each device (keyboard, monitor, touchpad, and outer case) between classes and at the end of the day. * Encourage sanitizing before and after utilizing a device.
Dismissal tags are required before releasing a student to an adult.
Student release will be staggered.
First--Walkers will be released by hallway.
Second--Students that will be traveling home by car (car riders) will be released by hallway.
1st--Students that ride a bus and daycare will be released to wait in the gym. Upon arrival of the buses and daycare, the students will be called to board their bus or daycare van.
2nd- Walkers will be dismissed
3rd- Car Riders and Parents that walk up to pick up their students will be released. Cars will need to have their dismissal tag displayed in the front window. Parents who walk up to the school will need to have their dismissal tag.
Dismissal tags are required for dismissal. ID will be required in the front office if there is no dismissal tag.
Teachers will be monitoring to ensure that students leave the campus safely and promptly at dismissal.
Car riders, bus, and daycare riders will be picked up in the rear of the building. Faculty will help supervise dismissal of students.
Perimeter doors should never be propped open for any reason.
All staff must be able to present their ID at all times.
Under no circumstances will anyone open a door for another student, parent, or faculty member
All members of the community or any visitor are required to enter Central Elementary through the main entry doors located at the front of our campus.
OVERALL CAMPUS SAFETY:
While on campus, all stakeholders have the option to wear face coverings at all times.
Students and staff are encouraged to bring their own water bottles for personal use throughout the school day.
Hand sanitizer machines are placed throughout the campus for both staff and student usage.
Students will be encouraged to practice social distancing at all times throughout the school day.
Signs will be posted throughout the building for social distancing and safety precautions.
Staff Safety Guidelines:
Staff members that leave campus for any portion of the day are required to sanitize, wash hands, and sign in upon return.
Staff members are encouraged to disinfect all common areas of their individual classrooms throughout the school day.
All staff will be required to remove all items from the faculty refrigerator daily.
Doors to common spaces will remain open to avoid multiple people touching handles.
Prior to entering the building all visitors (parents, school stakeholders) must ring the doorbell located by the front office.
Parents will be allowed in the building to walk students to class on Day 1 and Day 2 only. All parents will need to exit the building through the front office after walking their student(s) to class so instruction can begin.
Parents will not be allowed to drop off lunches with students during the school day.
If parents need to pick up a student early they will enter through the front office to sign their student out.
Visitors will not be allowed on campus during the school day with the exception of the front office.
Student Drop Off (after the 8:00 bell)
Parents and students will enter through the front office
Parents will sign their student in and the student will be given a pass to enter class.
Student Early Pick up
The parent will come to come into the building to present their identification and physically sign the student out.
The student will be called to come to the front office to leave with the parent.