UCA Elementary Newsletter

Week of January 17th, 2022

UCA Elementary--Go Eagles!

Principal--Lauren O'Brien lauren_obrien@uwharriecharter.org

Assistant Principal--Kelly Phillips kelly_phillips@uwharriecharter.org

Receptionist--Yanett Gomez yanett_gomez@uwharriecharter.org

Data Manager/Treasurer--Charity Shore charity_shore@uwharriecharter.org

Digital Learning Coach--Marley Knapp marley_knapp@uwharriecharter.org

MLK Holiday

There will be no school on Monday, January 17th due to the MLK Holiday.

Thank you!

Mask Update and 2022-23 Calendar

At last night's board meeting, it was decided to continue with masks. Please help us with this task and send your child with a mask daily. It is helpful to also send a backup if possible.

The calendar for next school year was also approved. It is attached at the bottom of the newsletter.

Updated Guidance for Covid Cases and Exposures

The CDC has updated their guidance on how long a person should isolate after testing positive for covid and covid exposures. Please contact Mrs. O'Brien if your child has been exposed to covid or is experiencing covid-like symptoms. The new information is below.

  1. Staff and students who have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status should – get tested and isolate from others while waiting for a result. If testing is not possible, follow the guidance below as if the person is positive.
  2. Isolation: Staff and students who test positive, regardless of vaccination status, and

· Do not have symptoms – should isolate from others for 5 days, then wear a mask for 5 additional days.

· Have symptoms – should isolate from others until fever-free and symptoms are improving. Individuals should isolate for at least 5 days since symptoms began and then wear a mask for 5 additional days.

  1. Quarantine: Staff and students who are exposed to someone with COVID-19, and

· Not vaccinated – stay away from others for 5 days, get tested on day 5 after exposure, and if they test negative, return to school while wearing a mask for 5 additional days.

· Vaccinated and eligible for a booster, but not yet been boosted – stay away from others for 5 days, get tested on day 5 after exposure, and if they test negative, return to school while wearing a mask for 5 additional days.

· Vaccinated, and have either received a booster or are not yet eligible for a booster – individuals do not need to stay away from others, but should wear a mask for 10 days.

  1. StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit guidance that remains unchanged includes:

· Individuals who are not fully vaccinated after a close contact in a classroom or other school setting if masks were being worn appropriately and consistently by both the person with COVID-19 and the potentially exposed person do NOT need to quarantine.

Do Not Drop Off Before 7:30!

Please do not drop off prior to 7:30 am. Teachers and staff do not have to be at school before 7:30 and even though some staff might come in early, they're not on duty yet. Please do not drop off prior to 7:30. If no one is outside on duty, please do not let your student out of the car.

Lunch Delivery Policy!

Please see the information below regarding our lunch policy.

To protect the integrity of the classroom environment, we do not accept the delivery of flowers, food, or gifts for students in the main office. Parents who deliver items for students (lunches, athletic equipment, etc.) should be aware that we do not deliver items to students, they may pick up items in the office at lunch and after school. Every effort should be made to refrain from dropping off forgotten items. Only lunches, athletic uniforms on game days, and eyeglasses will be accepted in the front office. Homework, musical instruments, and additional coats, or umbrellas will not be accepted unless there are extenuating circumstances. We believe in encouraging student responsibility and would ask parents not to come back to the school with forgotten items.

Tardies and Drop Off! IMPORTANT!

This is a reminder that our school day begins at 8:15 am. If your child arrives after 8:15, please walk them to the front door and sign them in at the front desk. You can wear a mask and enter the building to sign them in to school. This is an updated procedure as covid restrictions have eased off a bit. Since after 8:15 am there are no staff members on duty, for safety reasons, please walk your student down the steps and to the door.

We have morning drop off from 7:30-8:15 am. There is very little traffic between 7:30-7:55. If you arrive during that time, traffic shouldn't back up as badly.

Thank you!

Send a Mask with Your Child!

Please send your child with a mask every day. We will provide one if they occasionally forget but if they forget multiple times, we will contact you directly. If we have given them a cloth mask before, those are machine washable and you can keep them. Thank you for your help with this matter.
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Lowes Foods Cart to Class!

Lowes Foods Cart to Class allows customers to sync their rewards card to a specific school and that school will receive a portion of the funds of the Lowes Foods private label items that are purchased. It's very simple to do and provides an easy way to earn money for our school! You have to sign up each school year to earn rewards. Please see the flyer attached below with instructions on how to link your card.

Volunteer Info.!

If you are interested in volunteering at some point in our school, please visit the following link:



This year, Fridays are face to face and students are considered absent if they do not come to school in person. We are having a lot of absences that occur on Fridays. This could result in having to submit a waiver at the end of the school year in order to promote them to the next grade level. Dismissal time on Friday is 12:25. Thank you!

Dismissal Reminders!

Everyone needs to go through the staging lot for arrival and dismissal. Especially for dismissal, it is important that everyone follow the correct procedure so we can keep traffic flowing. Please share this information with anyone who picks up your child. When you get to the staging area, there will be staff members there to direct you where to go and to get the name of your student. If you don’t go through the lot then we don’t know to call your student to the patio area. Starting Monday, August 16th, if you do not go through the lot and your child’s name isn’t on our list, you will be directed to go back through the lot. Following this pattern will help traffic to run more smoothly. When you pull into the school parking lot, please pull up as far as you can in the loading lane. Please also be mindful of spacing between cars because we try very hard to keep traffic off the main road. If you have any questions, please let us know.

For morning drop off, please follow the correct traffic pattern in the staging lot and do not cut through the middle lane. I will share the traffic maps below. There was also a video that went out through email. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Please do not block the Klaussner entrance or exit at any time!

If for any reason you have a change in transportation for your child, send in a note, message the teacher, and/or email the teacher or front office. We must have that information in writing

Thank you for helping us with these efforts!

Symptom Screening!

Due to updated guidance from our state, we will no longer be completing temperature checks in the mornings. We will need your help to monitor for symptoms and wellness. Please keep your child at home and do not bring them to school if they have developed any new symptoms such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Temperature (external) of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Sore throat
  • Cough (for students with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from usual)
  • Difficulty breathing (for students with asthma, check for a change from their baseline breathing)
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

If your child has any of these symptoms, they might have an illness they can spread to others. Check your child for these symptoms before they go to school each day and monitor for symptoms that changes from usual or baseline health. Please let Mrs. O'Brien know if your child or another family member in the home is tested for COVID. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/symptom-screening.html#strategy

Important Dates!

Monday, January 10th through March 23rd--Open enrollment for lottery for 22/23 school year

Monday, January 17th--MLK Jr. Holiday; no school