Lake Elementary

Week of October 5, 2020

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Message from Mrs. Berntsen

Dear Families,

As we near a month into school, we have (mostly) found our groove! We are so appreciative of the feedback you have shared, and we have been working with our teams to look at the input you all have offered. Teams are talking about the things you've said have been difficult or overwhelming, and they are working to make adjustments to better meet your and your students' needs. Please be patient and flexible as they make these tweaks, and keep offering your input as we make these small changes. We're all learning more and more every week about this uncharted territory we're in, and your input is incredibly valuable as partners in education.

We are also moving full-steam ahead to be ready to welcome our Vista Classic students back onto campus starting October 20th. In an effort to be sure all Classic families are informed and prepared, we will be sharing pieces of information that you will need to know each week. While it is largely a return to "normalcy" to have kids back on campus, we have had to make a lot of adjustments to how we've always done things in order to make this return as safe as possible. There's a lot for you to know, so we'll be sending out portions of it each week for you to read and prepare. As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions!

In other news - we are holding another parent forum to talk about projects related to Measure LL ("the bond") on September 13th at 8:00 am. Please see the link in this newsletter to join us and give your input!

Vista Classic Updates

As we get closer to bringing our Classic students back on campus on October 20th, we want to start sharing some information about what to expect. (Please remember - Virtual students will remain virtual, even after Classic students return to campus).

This week's topic - Health Precautions and Protocols

  • ALL students will be required to wear a mask when on campus at all times, except when eating or drinking.
  • Students will work and play in classroom cohorts. Within each cohort, we may not be able to maintain social distancing between students at all times. However, cohorts will be distanced from each other, utilize separate equipment on the playground, and eat at designated tables at lunchtime.
  • Students will NOT be sharing supplies or materials within the classroom.
  • We will NOT be checking students' temperatures each day; rather, we will be monitoring students for any symptoms and referring them to our nurse's office if they present any signs of illness.
  • Any student showing symptoms consistent with Covid-19 that are not due to a documented pre-existing condition will be quarantined, and parents will be asked to pick them up immediately.

As a district, we are following San Diego County Office of Education guidance on how to respond to and prevent any potential Covid-19 infections on campus. We are utilizing their decision tree to guide us in responding to students who present symptoms consistent with Covid-19. Please be aware that in some cases, students with symptoms that match Covid-19 may be required to stay at home for 10 or more days. Please review this decision tree to better understand the process we will follow for maintaining a healthy school for students and staff.

A Moment with Mrs. McManus


TK/Kindergarten: 11:45- 12:30 on Tuesdays

1st Grade: 11:30-11:55 on Wednesdays

2nd Grade: 10:50-11:15 on Tuesdays

3rd Grade: 11:00- 11:25 on Thursdays

4th Grade: 12:50-1:15 on Wednesdays

5th Grade: 12:50-1:15 on Thursdays

Attendance Information

Distance Learning means some changes in all things, including how we deal with attendance. Here's a few key things for you to know:

  • It's important for students to log in to class and participate with their teachers every day.
  • We are responsible for marking student attendance daily, just like we do when we're on campus.
  • If your child is ill, you should still call the health office to report the reason for the absence.
  • If your child is missing a portion of the day for an appointment (e.g., doctor, dentist), please communicate with your child's teacher and ensure your student participates in as much of the school day as they can. You will not need to call the office if your child still participates in part of their school day.