Tiger Talk

Countdown to In Person Learning


If you have not already created a parent login using the SMART TAG Parent Portal, please do so as soon as possible. You will need your child's student id along with their birthdate to register.

If you have already registered, please go back into SMART TAG and update your child(ren)'s

dismissal default to accurately reflect how you would like your child to go home regularly.

If you need to make a change to the way your child goes home for a specific day, please log in to SMART TAG and submit a temporary change. The cut off time to make changes is 2:00 pm.

All parents, it is very important for your default to be correct as we will be sending students home based on the information in SMART TAG.

Specials and Recess

Dear Tiger Families and Staff

The LTISD Return to School Protocols for COVID 19 have been updated on the district site. I want to encourage you to read the entire document. However, over the next several days you will receive a message (like this one) from me highlighting a specific section explaining how it will pertain to our campus. Today's topic is Specials and Recess.

Future topics include:

1st Day of In Person Learning at WCHE - Friday, September 4th Newsletter
Visits to the Nurse - Monday, September 7th Newsletter

I hope you find these messages helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any additional questions.

Thank you,

Melanie Beninga, Principal of WCHE

District Specials Protocols


★Appropriate social distancing measures will be followed, when possible.

★Music equipment will be sanitized and wiped down after each use.

★Students will be required to wear a mask in music class to allow for singing in class and rehearsals.


★Whenever possible, physical education classes will be held outside to allow for maximum physical distance between students.

★ Students will be required to wear a mask in PE when not outside and socially distanced.

★Any activities bringing students into close physical contact or requiring multiple students to touch or handle the same equipment will be avoided.

★PE equipment will be disinfected and wiped down after each use.

★Visual markers will be placed on the gym floor and bleachers as reminders of social distancing rules.

★Students should avoid touching their face at all times, but especially while playing games.

★Access to handwashing or hand sanitizer will be provided.


★Students will have minimal sharing of art supplies, equipment, utensils and supplies as much as possible.

★Students should complete cleaning protocols and disinfect their areas in between use.

★Shared art equipment will be disinfected after each use.

★ Students will be required to wear a mask in art class.


★Visual reminders will be added and furniture rearranged to help students maintain social distancing while in the library.

★Students and staff will wash/sanitize hands upon entering and after visiting the library.

★High-touch surfaces (e.g., table tops, chairs, door handles, etc.) will be disinfected regularly.

★Occupancy will be limited.

Extended Care

★On-campus after school programs will adhere to the requirements for elementary schools as outlined in this document.

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District Recess Protocols


★All students and staff will be required to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the playground and upon exiting recess.

★Students will be required to wear a mask at recess. Students will not be required to wear a mask while outside if they can maintain six feet of social distancing at all times.

★Teachers will monitor students to ensure safety guidelines are followed.

★Campuses will consider staggered schedules to limit the number of student groups when possible.

★Consistent cohorts will be utilized when possible.

★Administrators will provide training for staff on guidelines and procedures associated with outdoor play and student activities.

West Cypress Hills Procedures

*Students must wear their masks in situations where they cannot maintain 6 ft. social distancing.

*If a student needs a mask break, they must be given a space away from other students (at least 6 ft.) for the mask break.

*Teachers will be vigilant to watch for signs of distress or overheating while students are wearing masks.

* The playground and field will be broken into five zones. Zone Five will be designated for PE. Zones 1-4 will be rotated through by classes in a grade level through the week. The teacher of the class will monitor their class’s zone. If there are fewer than 4 classes, the teachers may adjust where the classes can play, but the classes are not to mix.

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