November 13, 2020
November 13- Conference Scheduling begins for families with multiple children at Flynn.
November 16-Conference Scheduling begins for families with one child at Flynn.
November 17-Picture Retake Day
November 20-Report Cards Go Home
November 23 and 24- Parent Teacher Conferences (Virtual)
November 23-27- No School Thanksgiving Break
December 3- PTO Meeting 6:00 PM
December 10- Principal Coffee 9:00 AM meet.google.com/yqd-aupp-txd
December 23-January 1- No School Winter Break
In this Edition
Change in Lunch Menu for next week
Update on Travel Restrictions
Hunt Apparel for 5th Graders
Scheduling for our November 23rd and 24th Parent Teacher Conferences has begun. Please use the following link to begin the scheduling process:
Please know that all conferences this November will be held virtually, using Google Meet. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions link below for more information related to virtual conferences using Google Meet.
Frequently asked questions can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/flynnptcsupport
If needed, please call the school office, 864-8478 for assistance.
Multiple Children / Begin Scheduling Friday November 13th
One Child / Begin Scheduling Monday November 16th
Scheduling Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences
Flynn will continue to use the electronic scheduling system, PTC Fast, to schedule our November 2020 Parent-Teacher Conferences. This system will allow you to select the teacher(s) with whom you would like to conference. By registering your email address, you will be able to view and select conference times that work for you.
What if you need to schedule multiple conferences (more than one child at Flynn)?
If you have more than one child at Flynn School, you may begin scheduling your conferences on Friday, November 13th.
You should select (check) all teachers with whom you need to conference from the list of available teachers. You will then be prompted to enter each child’s name for the corresponding teachers. When that is done, you can proceed with registering your email address. You will receive a link via email to access and view the teachers’ schedules. You will see all selected schedules at one time! Click here to begin scheduling:
Families that need to schedule a conference for only one child may begin scheduling conferences on Monday November 16th.
Supporting documentation can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/flynnparentconferencehelp
If you are not able to access this system and need help, please call the Flynn office (864-8478) to schedule a conference appointment with our administrative assistant, Karen Priebe.
Frequently Asked Questions
PTC FAST and Flynn Elementary School
Parent Teacher Conference Scheduling Support
JJ Flynn Elementary uses a system for Parent Teacher Conference scheduling called PTC Fast. This system allows the parent/guardian to select the teacher(s) with whom he/she would like to conference and by registering an e-mail address, view and select a desired conference time(s). Please see below for some frequently asked questions about this process.
Q. Where do I go to schedule my child’s conference?
Please visit the following web address which will contain a list of Flynn teachers. This link will also be available from within an announcement on the Flynn School web site home page: http://www.ptcfast.com/schools/John_J_Flynn_Elementary_School
Q. I tried to type in the address for accessing my teacher’s conference schedule, but I am getting an error. What did I do wrong?
A. You may have missed the underscores in the latter portion of the address. These underscores are not visible when the link is hot, as in the blue example above. You can copy and paste the following url into your browser’s address bar: http://www.ptcfast.com/schools/John_J_Flynn_Elementary_School
Q. What if I can’t access the Internet to schedule a conference?
A. If you are not able to access this system via the Internet, you may call the Flynn office at 864-8478 and schedule a conference appointment with Karen Priebe or you can contact your child’s teacher directly.
Q. What if I need to schedule multiple conferences (more than one child at Flynn)? A. If you have more than one child for whom you need to schedule, you should select (check) all teachers with whom you need to conference from the list of available teachers. You will then be prompted to enter the children’s names for the corresponding teachers. When that is done you can proceed with registering your email address. You will receive a link via email to access to view the teachers’ schedules. You will see all selected schedules at one time!!!
Q. What happens if I realize I cannot make the scheduled time and need to delete or reschedule my conference?
A. When you register your email address for the conference, PTC FAST sends an email (from Admin) with a link for scheduling. Another link and a parent code are provided for making changes to already scheduled conferences or for logging into the site if the scheduling link does not work for some reason.
Q. Will I be reminded of my conference from PTC Fast?
A. You will receive a confirmation email indicating that you have scheduled the conference and a reminder email 2 days before the conference date. Teachers may elect to send out additional reminders as needed.
Q. I went to the PTCFast web site, http://www.PTCfast.com , and I went to the Parent Sign-in page , but I do not have a code for my child.
A. When you register your e-mail address for the conference, PTC FAST sends an email (from Admin) with a link for scheduling. Another link and a parent code are provided for making changes to already scheduled conferences or for logging in to the site if the scheduling link does not work for some reason. Please use these links for making changes to your conference appointments.
Q. I signed up for an appointment. The system told me the appointment was made, but I have not gotten a confirmation email.
Update on Travel Restrictions
A Message from School Health
Thank you families for continuing the challenging work of screening your children each morning to ensure that we all do our best to keep our school community healthy and COVID free. Please continue to review the symptoms for which to keep your children home. Also, please remember that fever-reducing medication, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) will treat and mask a fever, and that students should be fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school. If you have not returned your screening contract, please do. If you need another one, or a copy to keep at home, please contact your school nurse.
We work closely with the Vermont Department of Health to keep our community healthy. The VDOH conducts necessary contract tracing for positive cases by phone call. Please pick up the phone if the VDOH is calling you. Please call the VDOH back as soon as possible if you receive a message from them.
In-person learning is immensely valuable for the academic, social and mental health of our students and school community. As we approach fall and winter school vacations, please partner with us to prioritize remaining in-person in school. Please plan thoughtfully and with the health of our school community in mind. It’s hard to balance the desire to celebrate the holidays or vacation time with loved ones and the growing risk of COVID-19 infection. Travel and gathering increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19, so please think about how you can make your holiday and vacation plans safer.
Make safety a priority for your family and take these steps:
1. Decide if the risk is worth it for your family,
3. Quarantine when you return.
You can celebrate the holidays and vacation time, but like other aspects of our lives right now, they will likely look different. Take extra precautions when attending or hosting an event and insist that people wear masks, keep gatherings small, and cancel if anybody in your family or group is sick.
If people are coming to visit you:
Tell your visitors about the Vermont requirements for quarantining. They will need to quarantine at the place they are staying for 14 days. Or they can quarantine for 7 days, get a COVID-19 test, and end their quarantine after receiving a negative test result. (Check the Health Department website in advance for testing availability). Visitors can also complete these quarantine options in their home state if they are driving to Vermont in their personal vehicle.
If you are hosting travelers under quarantine in your home, you do not also need to quarantine. But if you’re sharing space, you should stay at least 6 feet from the people under quarantine. People under quarantine should wear a mask in common spaces. They should eat in separate spaces and use separate bathrooms. Be sure to disinfect commonly touched surfaces, and check yourself for symptoms for 14 days.
Discuss your expectations for visitors during their stay. Will people wear masks, stay 6-feet apart, keep the gatherings small?
Ask your visitors to get a flu shot two weeks before they arrive.
Please also don’t hesitate to call or email your school nurse with any questions.
Thank you for your care and thoughtfulness this season!
The ACCD Map is no longer in effect per the governor’s press conference on 11/10/20. All travelers who go outside of Vermont’s borders are expected to quarantine upon their return.
Vermont public health officials, University of Vermont infectious disease experts, and local pediatricians HIGHLY discourage travel over the upcoming vacation time and holidays, and advise minimizing the size of all gatherings. Please consider that your personal choice to travel may impact more than just you and your own family members.