Huffman News 10/1

October 1, 2020

The Huffman Commitment

We will work with every student, staff member, and family to develop and maintain a safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning community. We are committed to continuously improving our professional practices and take responsibility for the academic, social, and emotional growth of every student. We believe all people can grow in a positive direction.

Principal's Note

Dear Huffman Families,

I hope this finds you well. I hope you are enjoying the Fall colors. Looks like the leaves won't last much longer.

Today's news is pretty short and sweet with a few repeats. Please find a pdf document below sharing family questions and answers from the past few family surveys. I consulted with health services and operations on a number of questions and passed on a couple of questions that were more geared to the overall district level.

As we plan for the possibility of students returning, I wanted to give you some background knowledge and insight into Huffman's risk mitigation planning. The various departments in ASD including Health Services, Operations, Student Nutrition among others are providing detailed guidance to schools in alignment with CDC risk mitigation strategies. Our school leaderships teams have begun to meet daily to apply that guidance to Huffman specific logistics. I will share detailed procedures with families prior to students returning. All planning is grounded in the CDC guidance around:

  • Universal Use of Masks
  • Social Distancing
  • Hand Washing & Hygiene
  • Student Cohorting (classes not co-mingling)
  • Protocols for confirmed cases and contact tracing

We are breaking down our planning into the various phases of a school day including:

  • Arrival
  • Navigating to & from the classroom
  • Pods and student gear management
  • Hallways
  • Restrooms
  • In class routines and procedures / including individualized student learning materials
  • Lunch
  • Recess
  • Dismissal

All staff will be trained in all protocols prior to students returning.

ASD leadership continues to monitor our community's Covid data. I encourage you to review ASD's Risk Level Decision Criteria. The decision to bring students back to the building remains a fluid process which considers a number of data points. Dr. Bishop recently discussed the uptick in Covid cases and other decision data points over the past week. She will be sharing an update on the information and decisions in the near future. Regardless if the timetable changes, Huffman will continue to prepare, plan, and communicate.

As always, please feel free to reach out if I can assist in any way.

All the best, Chris

Chris Opitz, principal

FAQs: Notes and Answers to Family Questions

Please review the following questions and answers from our last family survey. Some questions were not Huffman specific and were passed on to the appropriate departments. We did our best to not repeat questions. Thank you.

Student Learning Material Pick Up today from 4-6pm

ALL K-3 families, please plan to pick up student learning materials today, Thursday, 10/1, from 4-6pm.

All students may pick up and drop off their library books as well.

If you miss today's pickup, please call the office at 742-5650 to make other arrangements.

When to Stay Home, When to Come Back to School

Please review this document. Nurse Krista will continue to share information and guidance for families.
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Battle of the Books Permission Slip

Please use the following links for Battle of the Books Permission Slips. Please contact Mrs. Schroeder with questions.

5th & 6th Grade BOB Permission Slip

3rd & 4th Grade BOB Permission Slip

Are you on the list to Pickup Library Books this week?

Please check the list HERE. If you see your student's name (alpha by first name) on the list, you made the deadline and are scheduled for a pick up this Thursday. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to RETURN library books if you are done with them. If you do NOT see your student's name on the list, you are NOT scheduled for a pick up this week. Please email Mrs. Schroeder with any questions.

If you want to order books for next week, be sure to visit Mrs. Schroeder's Library Link on your student's Clever page.

Library Pick Up / Drop Off: This Thursday from 4-6pm.

News from Nurse Krista

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