Grayhawk PAWSletter

February 2021

Dear Grayhawk Family,

I am excited to share the news of our return to brick and mortar learning on February 16th! Last night our governing board approved to reopen our buildings for students that wish to return to in-person learning. While we will continue to follow the same safety protocols we had in place last Fall, we do have some changes that will impact you. Students can enter the building at 8:40 am. each day. The doors will close at 8:55 a.m., instead of the previous 9:00 a.m. start time. Our dismissal will begin at 3:10 p.m. for walkers, 3:13 p.m. for car riders and 3:15 pm. for bus riders. We believe this will give students plenty of time to get where they need to be and also give our teachers an additional 10 minutes per day to work with students.


Another important change that will impact our families is early release Wednesdays. Students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m every Wednesday for the rest of the year. Wednesday afternoons will be provided to teachers to plan for both in-person and PVConnect students. Teaching through two models has been a challenge for teachers in ensuring that all students receive quality education while also making sure that all their needs are met. For this reason, the district recognizes teachers need additional preparation time to meet those needs.


Below you will find the survey letter that I sent home last week regarding your choice between in-person learning or remaining on PVConnect. If you have not filled out that survey please take a moment to click on the link in this newsletter and do so. We are preparing for students to return and it is helpful for our teachers to know who they need to prepare for both in person and virtually. If you have filled out the survey PLEASE do not fill it out again.


While I know this has been a challenge, I believe we have all grown in many ways through this Pandemic. Teachers have taken professional development classes and implemented various strategies and programs to engage and challenge their students online. We have been forced to find other ways to connect as a community. Our PTO is still going strong and working behind the scenes to support our school and its efforts.Technology skills have improved for everybody including myself. Most importantly, we have discovered that for the most part our students have shown great resiliency and learned to adapt daily. I am very proud of our students. I recognize that it is a difficult task to stay online throughout the day and stay focused. Overall, they have done an outstanding job.


I'm looking forward to seeing all of our Grayhawk Families very soon. Take care and stay safe.


Respectfully,


Michelle Pavlik, Principal

Intent to Return to In Person

If you have not filled out the form stating whether you are planning on returning to in-person learning or staying on PVConnect that Mrs. Pavlik has sent out, the link is attached below.


INTENT FORM

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Nurse Katie's Corner

We are all so excited to have our students back in the classroom! The health and safety of our students and staff will continue to be a top priority! As a district, we continue to follow recommendations from Maricopa County Department of Public Health. Appropriate face coverings are still required along with social distancing, diligent hand washing, and frequent disinfecting of common areas.

If any student is showing any COVID like symptoms, they will be required to isolate at home for 10 full days from the onset of symptoms before being cleared to return to campus OR the student can return with a negative COVID test along with improving symptoms. ALL students must be fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before they can return to campus.

Maricopa County has recently updated the quarantine guidelines. If any student is exposed to a positive COVID case they are required to quarantine at home for 10 full days from the date of exposure, rather than 14 full days. Early release from quarantine with a negative test may be considered if certain criteria is met after talking with the school nurse.

When any student is unable to be on campus, due to isolation for symptoms or quarantine for exposure, they are able to log into their virtual classroom from home.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns!


Thank you,

Nurse Katie

School Nurse

KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP

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Dates coming up

2/4 Material Pick up

2/4 Governoring Board meeting 7:00 P.M.

2/5 Crazy Hat Day

2/6 & 2/7 Unplug and Play

2/8 PTO meeting 9:00 A.M.

2/9 Early Release at 12:30 P.M.

2/10 UPC meeting 4:00 P.M.

2/10 Kindergarten Roundup 6:00 P.M.

2/12 6th Grade Dedication for the Yearbook

2/15 No School