SEPTEMBER 2021

BAYVILLE SCHOOL

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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Welcome back to a new school year! Whether you have a returning student or a new one, we are extremely excited to have you at Bayville School. Please read through this Newsletter as it will address many of the questions you may have. If you have any other questions please feel free to reach out to me at srieder@btboe.org.


For security purposes, visitors will not be permitted into the building. If you need to enter the lobby at any time, please be mindful that masks must be worn at all times, and we ask that you practice social distancing.


We again thank you for your cooperation and support throughout this process and wish you a wonderful school year!

INTRODUCING OUR NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, MRS. LABARCA!

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Parent Portal

The parent portal will continue to be an essential connection between home and school. Parents have access to their children's report cards, progress reports, teacher's homepage, lunch account, and a variety of pertinent information via the parent portal. Parents can log onto the portal by clicking on www.fridayparentportal.com/berkeley. Having access to the portal allows parents to keep all important school information up to date. Please check your information and make any necessary changes. It is the parents' responsibility to keep this information current.

Berkeley Police Officer

During the 2021-2022 school year, you will continue to see an active Berkeley Township Police Officer on duty daily as school security remains a top priority of all our schools. A huge thank you to the Berkeley Township Police Department for their constant support.

Back to School Night will be held on Wednesday, September 15th

More information regarding this will be forthcoming.

Medications In School

All medications, prescribed or over-the-counter, must be brought to the school by a parent in the original labeled bottle or container. All medication need written and signed order from a physician.


Please contact the school nurse, Mrs. Reece, with any questions at (732) 269-1300 (ext. 4005).

Absence Reporting

The Berkeley Township School District has an automated calling system for absences. A phone call will be automatically placed to the home of any student who is absent from school whether the child's absence was called in or not. We do ask that you continue to follow our school's procedure(s) for calling in an absence and continue to send in absence notes and/or doctor notes to assure that the absence is recorded correctly. Attendance will be taken when students are physically in the school building as well as on hybrid days when they are working from home. A 24 hour voicemail absence reporting line may be reached at (732) 269-1300 (press 1).

Transportation Requests

Due to vehicle capacity and safety considerations children are unable to take a bus other than their assigned bus home. Permanent bus changes require filling out a form that allows forty-eight hour notification to the Transportation Office prior to the change. Please note that most buses are running at capacity and will not be able to accommodate extra students on the bus.

Material/Student Item Drop Off

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of our school community, visitors will not be granted access to our building. Should you need to drop off something for your child, please utilize the box that will be placed in the vestibule with your child's name and teacher clearly displayed.

Masks

As per the directive from the Governor, students and staff must wear masks at all times when in the school building. Please send your child to school with extra clean masks daily in case of soiling. Students may remove masks outside during recess if social distancing of six feet or more can occur.

Arrival and Dismissal

Our arrival and dismissal procedures will stay relatively the same for the upcoming school year with a few small changes. All staff, students, and families will be required to wear masks during the entirety of arrival and dismissal in accordance with the guidelines set forth by The Road Forward.


Throughout arrival and dismissal, our front parking lot will be inaccessible. Although this is an inconvenience, we do this as a safety measure for our students and staff. We appreciate your understanding.


Only students and staff will be permitted in the school building. If you need to talk to the secretaries, please let one of our staff members know and we will direct you accordingly.


ARRIVAL

During arrival, all buses and vans will be in the front parking lot of the school. We will start bringing the kindergarten and preschool students in at approximately 8:35. The rest of the school will start filtering in at 8:40.


Curbside Drop Off: Parents can drop their children off on Cranmer Road. During this drop off procedure, parents do not get out fo the car, and students are able to walk up to the school by themselves. All preschool and kindergarten students will be escorted to the school.


Parking Drop Off: If you want to walk your child up to the school, please park on Pine Tree Road and use the crosswalk to get to school. There is a crossing guard stationed at this intersection to ensure everyone's safety.


We will have staff members stationed throughout to help direct students to their classrooms. If at any time you or your child has a question, do not be afraid to ask one of us.


DISMISSAL

If you are picking up your preschool or kindergarten student, your child will need to be signed out at the end of every day. If you plan on picking them up daily and do not want them taking the bus to or from school, you can waive transportation entirely (see post below), and notify the main office and the classroom teacher of your plan to pick up every day.


If you want your child to take the bus to school, but you will pick them up at the end of every day, please notify the main office and the classroom teacher. However, you do not need to fill out a transportation waiver.


If your child traditionally takes the bus home, but you need to pick them up from school on a specific day, please notify the main office and the classroom teacher by 12pm.


Preschool and Kindergarten Pick-Up: All preschool and kindergarten students and their siblings will be picked up at Door #9 at the back of Bayville School.


Grade 1-4 Pick-Up: If you are picking up your student(s) not in preschool or kindergarten, you do so at the front of Bayville School.

Waiving Transportation

If you do not wish for your child to take the bus to or from school, please fill out this transportation waiver. This will let us know that you will pick up your child at the end of every day. If you waive transportation and have a child that is in preschool or kindergarten, you will pick all of your children up in the back of the school by Door #9. If you do not have a child in preschool or kindergarten, you can pull alongside of Cranmer road and your child will walk to your car.

Covid Protocol Reminders

Many of the same protocols that were in place last school year are still in place. Students and visitors are required to wear masks while in the school building. Students will receive mask breaks when outdoors and when engaging in strenuous physical activity. Please send your child with additional masks in case their mask needs to be changed throughout the day. We have additional masks at school for emergency purposes.


Each morning you will be required to complete a health screening in the Parent Portal. If the results of this health screening indicate that your child should remain home, please keep your child home and call the school nurse Mrs. Reece at ext. 4005.


We will be following all health department guidance on quarantining students and staff. Please visit our website at www.btboe.org>District>Safe Return>Covid 19 Return to School Guidelines for updated information. Keep in mind that the guidelines change depending on the level of community transmission that is present at any given time. These guidelines will be updated at the beginning of September to reflect the current information.

Breakfast & Lunch

School breakfast and lunch will again be free for the 2021-2022 school year. However, please continue to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch form on the Parent Portal. Completing this form may make you eligible for additional programs or assistance, and impacts funding received by the school. This form must be completed each school year.


This year food will not need to be pre-ordered and will not be sent home. Breakfast and lunch will both be served and eaten in school.


If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Sodexo at 732-269-1302 extension

Important Dates for September


September 7: First day of school

September 10: Spirit Day: Wear red, white, & blue

September 15: Back to School Night

September 17: Spirit Day: Wear Gold (Childhood Cancer Awareness)

September 28: Board of Education Meeting at BTES at 7:00 pm.