JMS Hybrid A/B/Cyber Update

October 1, 2020

Dear JMS Families,


We have some more information about our transition to hybrid to share with you. Details about the following topics can be found in the "New Hybrid Information" section below.



Students who are part of the Cyber Cohort will continue to log in to class as they have been. On Monday, we will begin following the Hybrid Bell Schedule.


We greatly appreciate your continued patience and support. Please reach out to myself or Ms. Deet if you have any questions.


Sincerely,

Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal

Ms. Katelyn Deet, Assistant Principal

New Hybrid Information

Asynchronous Instruction on Friday (10/2)
Friday (10/2) will be an asynchronous instruction day for all students. Students should log into Clever and Google Classroom to see instructions from their teachers. Students will not log in to live sessions on Friday, rather they will engage in independent lessons that have been posted by their teacher. Teachers will be preparing for the switch to our hybrid model and will not be available to students.



Bring a Device to School

Students will need to bring a device to school. They will also need to bring a charging cord and headphones. If you are in need of a device, you can request on here.



Student Self Screening

Students must self screen before reporting to school. Any person with a positive symptom will not be allowed to attend school. If your child is feeling ill, please keep them home.



Staffing

Families will be notified if their child will have a teacher who is teaching remotely while a classroom monitor/substitute teacher assists in the classroom.


Our community values Mt. Lebanon teachers delivering the Mt. Lebanon curriculum, and this approach allows us to best facilitate that while providing needed accommodations to our faculty.


Our priorities are the health and safety of our students and staff while continuing to deliver a quality, teacher-led educational experience. If you have any questions concerning your child’s class as we move forward, please contact his/her/their teacher, school counselor, myself or Ms. Deet.



Item Drop Off

Only in emergency circumstances should forgotten items be brought to the school building by family. Lunch will be available for students who forget their lunch. Students who forget homework, musical instruments, or other things for class can make arrangements with the classroom teacher to submit assignments at a later date.



Water Bottles

Students should bring a water bottle to school. Students will have access to water bottle filling stations, but they will not have access to communal water fountains.



Breakfast

We will be serving breakfast beginning at 7:30. Only students who will be eating breakfast are permitted to arrive at 7:30 due to occupancy limits in the cafeteria. Children eating breakfast should enter JMS through entrance C-23 (in the back of the building). Students who are not eating breakfast will begin to arrive at 7:45.

Arriving to School

Arriving to School - 7:45-8:00AM

Students should arrive to JMS between 7:45-8:00AM. In an effort to physically distance we are asking students to use the following doors for arrival:

  • Twisters = D-28
  • Wildfire = A-2
  • Stars = C-18
  • Thunderbolts = A-1
  • Emerald = C-27
  • Sapphire = C-25


Entering through these doors will allow the students to enter the building nearest to their lockers/homerooms. You can view a map here.


We will have adults at each door to welcome and guide the students to their homerooms.

Suggested Drop-Off Routes - 7:45-8:00AM

In preparation for returning to school, I would like to provide some guidance regarding traffic flow around campus so that we can ensure a safe environment for all students, and also reduce congestion and lengthy delays for drivers. If you are not the person that will be dropping your child off, please this information with the appropriate person.


Please drive slowly around the campus during drop off and dismissal times. If possible, have your children walk or carpool to reduce congestion. Families that are dropping off need to pull ahead along the green painted curb all the way up to the auditorium/gym entrance (A-2), by the steps, before letting your student(s) out of the car. Cars that pull up just to the JMS main doors and let students out cause additional back ups to occur, and cause much of the drop off zone to go unused.


There will be traffic. Please be patient and present when you are driving around the complex.


See the link below for suggested drop off routes for those families that choose to drive their children. Please keep in mind that you cannot turn onto Moffett from Bower Hill during drop off and pick up times. You will need to access the complex from Old Hickory to Pin Oak, or from Ruth Street to Pin Oak.


Suggested AM Drop Off Routes

  • If you need to turn right onto Bower Hill after drop off, it is recommended that you utilize the yellow route. Right turns are not recommended from Moffett because there is a crossing guard at that intersection and only 1-3 right turning cars can get through because of students crossing.

  • If you need to turn left onto Bower Hill after drop off, it is recommended that you utilize the blue route. The left turn is not affected by the crossing students.

  • If you do not need to access Bower Hill after drop off, it is recommended that you utilize the red route through the JMS parking lot, which allows you to exit the back of the campus to Pin Oak.


Following these guidelines will help to create the safest environment and best flow of traffic possible. Thank you for your attention to this. The staff at JMS is looking forward to many smiling faces on Monday.

Weekly Schedule - October 5th-9th

Hybrid A/B/Cyber BELL SCHEDULE

On Monday, all students (A/B/Cyber) will begin following the Hybrid Schedules. We will no longer follow the "Full Remote" schedule. Please notice the tabs at the bottom of the sheet for the Oct. 5, 6, 8, 9 Hybrid Schedule and the Normal Hybrid Schedule.


We will be running the October 5, 6, 8, 9 schedule on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday (October 7th) will be a Normal Hybrid Schedule. Normal Hybrid Schedule will resume the following week.


Monday (10/5) - Day 4 - 1st Day of Hybrid

  • A-E - Report to school by 8:00.
  • F-Z, Cyber Cohort - Home - log in to homeroom at 10:00.


Tuesday (10/6) - Day 5
  • F-L - Report to school by 8:00.
  • A-E, M-Z, Cyber Cohort - Home - log in to homeroom at 10:00.


Wednesday (10/7) - Day 1
  • A-Z, Cyber Cohort - Home - log in to homeroom by 8:00.


Thursday (10/8) - Day 2
  • M-R - Report to school by 8:00.
  • A-L, S-Z, Cyber Cohort - Home - log in to homeroom at 10:00.


Friday (10/9) - Day 3
  • S-Z - Report to school by 8:00.
  • A-R, Cyber Cohort - Home - log in to homeroom at 10:00.

Weekly Schedule - October 12th-16th

Hybrid A/B/Cyber BELL SCHEDULE


Monday (10/12) - No School - In Service


Tuesday (10/13) - Day 4

  • Cohort A (A-L) - Report to school by 8:00AM.
  • Cohort B (M-Z), Cyber Cohort - Home - log in to homeroom by 8:00AM.


Wednesday (10/14) - Day 5

  • A-Z, Cyber Cohort - Home - log in to homeroom by 8:00.


Thursday (10/15) - Day 1

  • Cohort B (M-Z) - Report to school by 8:00AM.
  • Cohort A (A-L), Cyber Cohort - Home - log in to homeroom by 8:00AM.


Friday (10/16) - Day 2

  • Cohort B (M-Z) - Report to school by 8:00AM.
  • Cohort A (A-L), Cyber Cohort - Home - log in to homeroom by 8:00AM.

Hybrid Information

Gradual Return to the Building - (10/5, 10/6, 10/8, 10/9)

Beginning the week of Oct. 5th, we will begin gradually welcoming our students back to the building. Students who are scheduled to return to the building will begin their day at JMS at 8:00AM. Students who are scheduled to be at home, will begin their day at 10AM. 1/2 of each cohort will report to JMS following the schedule below:


Monday (10/5) - Day 4 - 1st Day of Hybrid

  • A-E - Report to school by 8:00.
  • F-Z, Cyber Cohort - Home - log in to homeroom at 10:00.


Tuesday (10/6) - Day 5

  • F-L - Report to school by 8:00.
  • A-E, M-Z, Cyber Cohort - Home - log in to homeroom at 10:00.


Wednesday (10/7) - Day 1

  • A-Z, Cyber Cohort - Home - Log in to homeroom by 8:00.


Thursday (10/8) - Day 2

  • M-R - Report to school by 8:00.
  • A-L, S-Z, Cyber Cohort - Home - log in to homeroom at 10:00.


Friday (10/9) - Day 3

  • S-Z - Report to school by 8:00.
  • A-R , Cyber Cohort - Home - log in to homeroom at 10:00.



From 8:00AM-10:00AM (10/5, 10/6, 10/8, 10/9)

We have scheduled orientation time from 8:00AM-10:00AM for students who will be in the building. During this time, students will:

  • Learn about our new rules, expectations and procedures.
  • Have a guided tour of the building.
  • Have an opportunity to walk their schedule.
  • Spend time learning about their team.



Hybrid A/B/Cyber Cohorts

After the week of October 5th, the students will be split into three cohorts for the Hybrid Model.

  • A-L - Report to JMS on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • M-Z - Report to JMS on Thursdays and Fridays
  • Cyber Cohort - Home Monday - Friday

Hybrid Rules, Expectations & Procedures

Arrival

  • Students should report to JMS between 7:45-8:00AM.
  • Students will enter the building and report directly to homeroom.


Lockers

  • Students will be dismissed from homeroom in small groups to use their lockers.
  • Lockers will be used to store coats, boots, umbrellas, and sporting equipment.
  • Students will use their backpacks to carry their materials. They will not be visiting their lockers throughout the day.
  • Lockers will be assigned to maximize physical distance between students.


Hallways

  • Students will walk in a single file line on the right side of the hallway.

  • At the end of class, students will be released by a staggered bell schedule to avoid congestion in the hallways.


Restrooms

  • Students will use an electronic passes.

  • No more than 3 students at a time (unless there is an emergency). Students will wait their turn using the 6ft. markers on the floor.


Cafeteria/Lunch

  • We will be using the cafeteria and classrooms for lunch.

  • The cafeteria and classrooms will be set up with desks for individual students spaced 6 feet apart, all facing the same direction.

  • Students will wash/sanitize hands before and after lunch.

  • Lunch will be free and grab and go.


Classrooms

  • Desks will face the same direction.

  • Desks will be 6ft apart where feasible.

  • Ultraboard Barriers will be used when 6ft is not feasible.

  • Students should wash/sanitize hands at the beginning and the end of each class.


Masking

  • All staff and students are required to wear a mask when in the building.

  • Mask breaks can occur for no longer than 10 minutes and students must be 6 feet apart.

  • Students will have masks off when eating, but must be spaced 6 feet apart.

  • When not eating, students must wear masks.


Ultraboard Barriers

  • Are required to be used when 6ft of space is not feasible in a classroom.

  • Can be used anytime.

  • Will remain in classrooms (students will not travel with them).


Bring Your Own Technology

  • Students will bring their own device, charging cord and headphones to school everyday.

  • Charging stations will be provided in classrooms.

  • If a student does not have a portable device to use, you can request a device using this link.


Item Drop Off

  • Only in emergency circumstances should forgotten items be brought to the school building by family.
  • Lunch will be available for students who forget their lunch.
  • Students who forget homework, musical instruments, or other things for class can make arrangements with the classroom teacher to submit assignments at a later date.


Physical Education

  • Students will not be changing for PE.
  • Students should wear appropriate clothing on PE days.
  • We will not be using the locker rooms.


Dismissal

  • Students will dismiss from JMS through their arrival doors.

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