PRINCIPAL NEWS AND NOTES
MLK DAY OF SERVICE PROJECT
RETURN OF CURRENT HYBRID STUDENTS - FOUR DAYS
As you know, our MTSS team (Multi System of Support), along with teachers, have been recommending students to return to school four days. Multiple factors were looked at and considered prior to recommending students (assessment data, attendance concerns, math/reading concerns, social/emotional/mental health concerns, students with non speech 504s). These recommendations did not include students with IEPs or English Language Development students as they had the option to return four days when we returned to Hybrid in October. Many might say their student is experiencing some of the factors looked at and question why they have not been recommended. We clearly understand that. However, those students recommended have been the neediest and raised grave concern to teachers and the team. We are not negating the fact that this has been a difficult situation for many.
While in the process of bringing recommended students back four days, I have assessed and determined what classes of our remaining Hybrid Cohort A & B students can return four days. Please be aware and remember, this entailed being able to maintain the required six feet of distancing in classrooms and the cafeteria. This also means, that because of the size of a class cohort, some classes do not have the space. Please understand that I cannot change the distancing requirement.
If your child's class is able to accommodate students for four days of in-person instruction, you will receive communication (brief survey) from me on Monday, February 8th . Please note, if your child's class cannot accommodate students returning four days, you will not receive a communication from me.
EXPRESSIONS OF EQUITY
Unconscious Bias in Schools describes the phenomenon of unconscious racial bias and how it negatively affects the work of educators and students. Through personal anecdotes and real-life scenarios, Tracy A. Benson and Sarah E. Fiarman provide an essential roadmap for addressing these issues directly. They draw on literature on change management, leadership, critical race theory, and racial identity development to provide guidance for creating conditions necessary to do this work - awareness, trust, and a "learner's stance."
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Hidden Figures, Benjamin Banneker, Fifty Cents and a Dream, Freedom Summer, I Love My Hair, The Youngest Marcher, Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights, I Am Enough, Hair Love, A Taste of Colored Water - Just to name a few.
Here are some helpful videos for students, if you are interested in sharing with your child(ren).
FROM THE NURSE
FROM THE OFFICE
ABSENTEE HOTLINE - Please call 484-266-1410 (Safe Schools line) and leave a message when you know your child will be absent from school or late. You must still report your child's absence for a remote day. You can call the number at any time. Please do not call 484 266-1400, 1401 or 1402 to report an absence.
FORGOTTEN LUNCHES - If a student forgets lunch, they may get a school lunch.
LUNCH ACCOUNTS - Student lunch accounts are not being charged. Breakfast and lunch remain free to all students through the end of the school year.
VACATION REQUESTS - When needing family vacation time, email Dr. Alston (TAlston@wcasd.net) and cc KNagorny@wcasd.net with your request. The vacation request form is on the school website. Five days are allowed as excused absences for family vacation.
CONTACTING TEACHERS/STAFF - All staff email addresses are first initial, last name @wcasd.net. (BJones@wcasd.net.). District policy affords teachers twenty-four hours to respond.
STUDENT DROP OFF AND PICK UP - Drop off and pick up is on the playground . Please do not drop students off before your designated time as supervision is not available. We ask that you do not exit your car during drop off or pick up or drive around the line. We also ask that you be courteous and patient with one another as well as staff on duty. Our students are watching and listening. Lastly, PLEASE SLOW DOWN ON HENDRICKS AVENUE WHEN DROPPING OFF in the morning. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
CHANGES IN TRANSPORTATION - If there is a change in after school arrangements or pick up, we must have it in writing. Please email your child's teacher and cc TSpranger@wcasd.net and KNagorny@wcasd.net. You can also send in a note. We will not change a student's arrangements if it is NOT in writing.
A SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING PARENT PICK UP
- Students are called to parent pick up at 2:30. Please do not arrive prior to 2:20. We need to avoid cars backing up on Hendricks Ave. as much as possible.
- Please follow the procedure in place.
- Please do not call your child to the car.
- Please, please, please be courteous to staff on duty. They do not deserve to be yelled at or treated rudely.
PATIENCE, FLEXIBILITY & GRACE
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE