The Dolphin Echo
Families: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
We have some exciting updates. On Feb. 24th, the Board of Trustees approved our Return to School 3.0 plan. Under this plan, as long as we are legally permitted to do so, we WILL return to in-person hybrid instruction for all KA-6th grade students in the first week of April. Our Community A students will begin on Thursday, April 1 and our Community B students will begin on Friday, April 2. The week following, April 5-9, will begin a normal hybrid instruction week with Community A on campus on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00-12:20 and our Community B on campus on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00-12:20. KA/K kids do get out at 11:20 though free KinderCare until 12:20 is available.
If you originally chose distance learning, you should have received a phone call earlier this week to confirm you still want this option. It is MORE likely that you students will have their current teacher if they return in-person. For those who do not get their same teacher, they will have a substitute or a teacher with remote accommodation.
Student stable group days (Monday/Tuesday vs Thursday/Friday) for hybrid will be shared on Friday, March 19th. Student color groups will be assigned by their current teacher and where they will be dropped off will align with this color (see map in section below).
I will be holding a parent forum on Thursday, March 11 from 6:00-7:00pm. At this time, I will present what the learning schedule looks like, how stable groups are determined, our safety protocols, a video we made to show you how you will drop off and pick up students, and information on the contract parents will have to sign in order to have kids in-person. There will be question and answer time at the end of the presentation. The presentation will be in English with Spanish translation. We highly encourage you to attend but I will also record the presentation in case you cannot.
It is extremely important that you get connected with the Parent Portal and Parent Square to receive all information coming from our school and district. Please look in the section below for Parent Resources regarding these. It is likely that you will need to use these programs in the future to complete the student screener each day to indicate your student has no COVID exposure or symptoms.
Here are some other updates:
- The city has noticed the homeless camp behind the school. They will officially be relocated the second week of March.
Vaccines appointments are now available to all staff who wish to get one. It is not mandatory as it is a personal decision.
All PPE supplies have been distributed to our school.
Our isolation tent staff have received mandated training.
Our site has finished painting pathways with 6-foot markers to keep students socially distanced while on campus (see pictures below)
After speaking with other principals from sites that have already opened, I am reassured that we have our safety measures ready. We are really looking forward to getting to see our students face-to-face once more. 16 more days until the hopeful start of hybrid and YES--I am counting down with excitement!
Drop Off/Pick Up location based off location of the classroom
- Students in green group will be dropped off and picked up at the gate in the BACK of the school on New York Drive.
- Students in the purple group will be dropped off and picked up at the front of the school through the kinder playground gate.
- Students in the blue group will be dropped off and picked up at the front of the school through the main entrance near the school office.
- Students in the red group will be dropped off and picked up at the front of the school at the far end of the parking lot (large gate between the MPR and portables).
- All students that ride the bus will be dropped off at the front of the school at the bus drop-off zone then they will follow their color group line to their classroom.
Colored pathways to ensure social distancing
Students will be assigned a color based on classroom location.
All sitting areas have been marked with six foot distances
The report card window closed March 3. The report cards will be sent home in the week to follow.
- All students who attend school on Wednesday will automatically be put into a school raffle and winners will be randomly chosen. Winners at each grade level will be announced on Fridays and students can come to pick out a toy of their choosing.
- All students with perfect attendance for a month will be put in a BIG raffle--again, winners are randomly chosen to receive a bigger prize. For March, we will be giving out filled Easter baskets. We will continue to do a big monthly prize each month going forward!
Resources for Parents
Walk & Roll: March for Miles
This March we will March (& Roll) for miles!
On ANY ONE DAY during the FIRST WEEK OF MARCH (Mar 1st-8th), students can choose any destination to walk, bike, scooter or skateboard to. It can be anywhere from campus, to the park, home or a friend's house!
Complete this SURVEY to share when, where and how far you walked or rolled to and from your destination.
Complete and Submit our March (& Roll) For Miles Tracking Sheet for a Chance to Win a Fabulous Pair of Sneakers!
For more information visit Sonomasaferoutes.org
When you are on campus
As we welcome families/students to campus for our various material distribution, we'd like to remind you of a few health and safety protocols.
1. Please stay home if you or your student:
- exhibit COVID-19 symptoms (i.e. fever of 100.4°F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, etc.)
- tested positive for COVID-19, and are within the 10-day isolation period
- have had close contact (longer than 15 minutes) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days
- live or cohabitate with a person who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
- traveled outside of the state (specifically to high-risk areas) within the past 14 days
2. While on campus, please respect social distancing of 6 feet and wear a mask at all times. We recommend sanitizing your hands prior to and after the event.
This is a good time to remind students how to wear a mask as they will need to wear one at all times while on campus.
Weekly meal bundles now include seven days of breakfast, lunch, and supper for all children under 18.
District Meal Information LINK
Password Hotline: 707-890-3777 If a District Chromebook is not working submit a help ticket through this link or call 707-890-3848
This link will take you to a flyer with numbers for crisis support, local mental health services, and other holtlines.
This link will provide you with the locations and times of all meal distributions.