Kutz Cougar Courier Times
KUTZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL'S NEWSLETTER
September 25, 2020
Dates to Remember
- September 28- SCHOOL CLOSED - Yom Kippur Holiday
- Tuesday, September 29 will be a 100% online asynchronous learning day for ALL students. The exception will be online-only students, who will be asynchronous through the lunch period.
- September 30- Traditional Students return to school (Monday-Friday On-Campus)
- October 1-2- Hybrid 2 Students On-Campus (Thursday & Friday On-Campus)
- October 5-6- Hybrid 1 Students On-Campus (Monday & Tuesday On-Campus)
We are so excited to welcome back some of our students beginning on September 30th!
Our teachers are in the final stages of preparing for the start of in-person instruction. Tuesday, September 29th will be a 100% online asynchronous learning day for all traditional and hybrid students. Online only students will be asynchronous in the morning, until the end of the lunch break.
As we enter the in-person phase of our reopening plan traditional and hybrid teachers and students will follow our building schedule. We are an “B” school our day begins for all students at 8:50, students may begin to arrive at 8:30. AM Kindergarten dismissal begins at 11:10. PM kindergarten arrival is at 12:05 (instruction begins at 12:10). All students are dismissed at 2:30. Students that arrive to school prior to the doors opening at 8:30, must follow social distancing guidelines while waiting, maintaining a 6 foot distance with others.
Students are encouraged to use the blue drawstring bag to carry materials back and forth from home to school. This is for a few reasons. We will not be using closets or hooks, all student belongings must hang on the back of their chair. Chairs can tip easily and this could cause an accident. Students are not permitted to bring any "extras" such as toys or sports equipment to school. Students will need their laptop or iPad each day. Device bags for grades K-4th grade are on order and should arrive shortly. if you feel your child needs a backpack, please select a small bag with no wheels, again it needs to fit on the back of the chair.
The following materials should come to school every day: mask, water bottle, and device (fully charged). Hand sanitizer should come on the child's first day and remain here. This will be your personal use only. Headphones can either come back and forth with your child or can remain at school. If your child is bringing a lunch, that should come with your child each day too. You can either use a disposable lunch bag or lunch box.
Linked below is a video that shows families several aspects of our health and safety plan, in action. This resource is provided to you so that you may share it with your children in advance of them returning to in-person instruction next week. Please know, we will spend time modeling, explaining, and demonstrating these new procedures when our students return to school. We will all learn together, and no one is expected to know the rules on day one!
Find the video here: https://vimeo.com/461978559. I will be creating short videos to share with you before Wednesday to review some of the procedures specific for Kutz.
The most important message we can convey is that when we come back to school, things may look different, but we will still have fun, and it will be good to be together! More helpful resources and information may also be found on the district’s website at www.cbsd.org/2020-21. We look forward to welcoming those who will be returning in-person “back to school.” If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!
Mrs. Christina Adelberger
STUDENT EMERGENCY AND INFORMATION FORM
Dear Central Bucks families,
It is time to update your children’s “Student Emergency & Information Form.” This must be done each year. The process will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and will ensure we have current contact information for you and your family, which is even more critical as we begin the school year virtually. All CBSD families (with the exception of those who are new registrants for 2020-2021) are required to complete this update on/before September 30, 2020.
The online form will ask you to confirm and/or update the following:
· Demographic Information
· Emergency Contacts
· Health Information, including permission for emergency care and analgesic administration
· Media Release Preferences
Visit the CBSD Infinite Campus parent portal at www.cbsd.org/parentportal and don’t forget to hit submit at the end. You will receive an email verifying that your submission was received. Thank you!
Students are expected to be logged on virtually daily and present for daily instruction - both synchronous (LIVE) and asynchronous instruction. Children will be expected to attend all elements of the school day, unless they have an excused absence (i.e. illness, appointment). It is important to understand that attendance is mandatory for all students per the compulsory attendance laws of Pennsylvania. Attendance will be taken each school day. Students that are not logged on at the start of class will be marked absent or tardy if they arrive late to their virtual class.
If your child will not be able to attend school virtually or needs to miss part of the day for an appointment, parents need to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is strongly preferred but if you are unable to email the school, please call the school attendance line at 267-893-3900.
Health Check Reminder
1. Please monitor your child daily for fever and/or other signs of COVID-19. Be sure to keep students home if they have one of the following symptoms –cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new lack of smell or taste; or two of the following symptoms – fever, sore throat, runny nose/congestion, chills, muscle pain, nausea or vomiting, headache, diarrhea, and fatigue.
2. Students with fever/symptoms/with no known COVID-19 exposure may return to school when asymptomatic and fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication; or confirmation of alternative diagnosis by health care provider.
3. Families are required to report confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 to the School Nurse.
4. Students who exhibit signs or symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be placed in isolation and masked until arrangements are made for dismissal.
5. Students with positive COVID-19 test may return to school after 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared and being fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. The student will need to produce the Isolation Release Letter from the Bucks County Department of Health.
6. Students returning after COVID-19 infection will be checked by the School Nurse prior to returning to the classroom.
7. If a student is exposed to a person with a positive COVID- 19 test, the student will have to quarantine for 14 days. If the student becomes symptomatic, they will be treated as a positive COVID-19 case and will need to isolate at home for 10 days from the date that the symptoms began.
Breakfast and Lunch
When students return to in-person instruction, meals will be made available.
At the Elementary level a meal consisting of an entrée meeting grain and protein requirements, fresh fruit, fresh vegetable, and a milk will be offered at no cost at this time. Grab-and-go breakfast will be also available to all students at no cost at this time.
You can access the CB breakfast and lunch menus on the district webpage found here, Oct. Menus. Below you will find our grade level lunch schedule.
The Technology and Innovation Department strongly recommends that students "restart" their computers at least 1 time per week. New updates happen frequently. Restarting the device allows these updates to happen, making the device function at its best.
Restarting is different then simply shutting down your laptop. Follow the steps below to restart your laptop.
- Click on the windows icon in the lower left corner
- Click on the power button
- Click on restart
- Once it has powered down and restarted sign back in
- Shut down the device when you are finished working
- Set a reminder on your calendar or phone to do this each week
Is there something wrong with your device? For example, it won't turn on, keys are broken. Submit a Help Desk Ticket here.
News from the Nurse
Yoga and Exercise Videos
District Health and Safety Plan
Breakfast and Lunch Programs
During the period of online-only learning to begin the 2020-21 school year, grab-n-go breakfast and lunch will be available to all students at no cost. The student does not need to be present at pickup. Meal distribution will occur as follows beginning on the first day of school, September 8, 2020:
- Meals will be available for pickup at the following locations on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.:
- CB East
- CB South
- CB West
- Barclay Elementary School
- Groveland Elementary School
- Meal distribution will occur on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Distribution will be held on Tuesday 9/8/20, not on Monday 9/7/20
- Distribution will be held on Tuesday 9/29/20, not on Monday 9/28/20
Enrollment in the free and reduced lunch program for the 2020-2021 school year is now open online. Visit www.cbsd.org/freeandreduced for more details on how to complete the necessary forms. Questions may be directed to Renee Ziccardi by sending an email to email@example.com or by calling 267-893-2000, ext. 2076.
Daily School Hours
Elementary School B (Kutz)
- Grades 1-6: 8:50 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- AM Kindergarten: 8:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
- PM Kindergarten: 12:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
DAILY SCHEDULE – ONLINE-ONLY
The daily schedule for ALL CBSD elementary schools (A/B/C schools) will be as follows. This schedule is in effect only for those students enrolled in the online-only program model. (This schedule is similar to the “Virtual Learning Schedules” distributed to families on Friday, September 11.)
- Grades 1-6: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Student Directory 2019-2020
Kutz Student/Parent Handbook
Below is the Kutz Parent and Student Handbook. This handbook provides a comprehensive summary of school and district policies and programs for students and their families. We hope you will find this to be a valuable resource.
*We are in the process of updating the handbook for the 2020-2021 school year. This will be shared soon.
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