IHES NEWSLETTER

October 26, 2020

RED RIBBON WEEK

Every October we celebrate Red Ribbon Week and display our commitment to drug awareness and healthy choices. Below are the special days we have designated during this time:


10/20 - Hat Day (A Day)

10/21 - Hat Day (B Day)

10/22 - Wear Red Day (A Day)

10/23 - Team Day (B Day)

10/26 - Pajama Day (B Day)

10/27 - Pajama Day (A Day)

10/28 - Wear Red Day (B Day)

10/29 - Team Day (A Day)

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Attractions Dining and Value Guide Fundraiser

Our PTO Fundraiser will officially kick off this week and we need your help for it to be a success. We are raising money with the Attractions Dining and Value Guide to provide our school and classrooms with resources needed to improve the experience for our children.


Register your EZShare page on the link below to invite friends and family to help support India Hook Elementary! When you register you will get a FREE gift certificate to Adventure Air. We will also have a spirit day coming up for all students that participate! After you register, try sharing your page with 5-10 friends and family members to help support us reach our goal! Everyone loves to save money! See attached for more information! Thank you for your support!


Please refer any questions to your PTO at indiahookpto@gmail.com.


Register here: https://www.attractionsbook.com/seller/invite/ihes

2nd Grade: Cog-AT testing and IOWA Assessment

The Cog-AT and IOWA assessments are administered to all second graders and the results will be used as part of the criteria for qualifying students for the Elementary Gifted and Talented program.


The tests are not a typical classroom assessment and do not measure what your child is currently learning; therefore, they are not something for which students can study. We just ask that students be well-rested, well-nourished and here on time each day.


A Day Testing Dates: October 12th, 13th, 15th, 20th, and 22nd

B Day Testing Dates: October 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, and 26th

UPCOMING DATES OF INTEREST

ATTENDANCE ON REMOTE LEARNING DAYS

For students in K – 1st grade:

Students will complete teacher assigned work to turn in on the next day back at school. An example of teacher assigned work would be signing a reading log, completing an activity or worksheet, etc. If this work has NOT been completed, the student will be marked ABSENT for the remote learning day.


For students in 2nd - 5th grade:

For attendance to show up for students, they must have logged in to Launchpad, Canvas, SeeSaw, or any other application required by their teacher on their remote learning day. Teachers will view the login information and mark student attendance accordingly.


Documentation for All Absences:

All students are to provide official documentation for any absence to the home school. A written excuse (signed by a parent/guardian) OR a medical excuse is to be provided within three days after returning to school. This documentation may be submitted electronically by using the email link located on each school’s website under Quick Links. This documentation will be entered and filed in the student’s attendance file in the attendance office at their home school.

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

CAR RIDERS:

Our school hours this year are 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Our doors will open at 7:10 a.m. to allow students into the building.


If you are arriving by car, we will have staff outside to help with arrival. If you are wanting to walk your child to the front door, please pull into our parking lot. Unfortunately, we can not allow you to walk your child to class due to our no visitor policy this year.

Dismissal begins at 2:20 p.m. Please make sure you are here by 2:30 p.m. to pick up your child.



BUS RIDERS:

Transportation information can be accessed for your student(s) using E-Link and MyStop.

E-Link must be accessed first before you can access MyStop.

You can access more information to set up the account here:

https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/Page/8202

Or email:

BUSHELP@RHMAIL.ORG

INFORMATION FROM THE NURSE


I am happy I will be taking care of your children at school this year! I wanted to update you on the new guidelines, for staff and students, to help all of us stay healthy at school. Please remember at this time, all students and staff members will need to wear a mask at school. The School Board’s latest policy states that masks with one-way valves or vents will not be allowed based on CDC recommendations. Please remember to wash your child’s cloth mask daily.

The following link gives great information about taking care of your child’s mask! https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html


I will update you regularly as information changes, but currently, these are the symptoms that require immediate exclusion from school due to COVID-19.

Students or staff with symptoms of COVID-19 (but no known exposures to someone contagious with COVID-19) Students and staff should be excluded from school if they have:

• Any of the following with or without fever:

o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing -or –

o Loss of taste or smell -or –

o New or worsening cough


Because these are symptoms associated with COVID-19, it is recommended that you follow-up with your child's healthcare provider. Your child can not return to school until the following criteria have been met:

• Your child has a negative COVID-19 test, and has had no fever without the use of medicine and symptoms are improved. Written documentation of the negative test from the testing site must be provided to the school nurse prior to your child’s return to school.

OR

• Your child receives written confirmation of an alternative diagnosis for symptoms from a healthcare provider, and has had no fever without the use of medicine and symptoms are improved.

OR

• At least 10 days have passed since your child developed symptoms, your child has had no fever without the use of medicine and symptoms are improved.

**If your child has a positive COVID-19 test, please notify the school nurse. She will provide guidance regarding your child’s return to school transition.



For symptoms that are not COVID-19 related, please see the DHEC School exclusion brochure for information about when to keep your child home from school. http://www.scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/Library/CR-010752.pdf


I will be calling about absent children each day. If your child is sick, please call or email me. I need to keep track of all illnesses in each classroom.


If your child needs medication at school, you can find medication forms on the district website. https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/Page/1825

Please remember that in order for a prescription medication to be given at school, a prescription medication form must be signed by a medical provider.


Do not hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your help in keeping all at India Hook healthy!


Alison Bosdell, RN, BSN

India Hook School Nurse abosdell@rhmail.org

803-985-1617

COVID-19 DASHBOARD

The District has developed a dashboard to be as a transparent as possible regarding COVID-19 in our schools. Each weekday, excluding holidays, this dashboard will be updated with school-level information and a district summary. This dashboard provides access to everyone seeking the latest and most accurate information. In a time when fear and anxiety continue to be off the charts, we believe it is vital to make this information available to staff, parents, and our community at-large.


When there is a probable or known case in your child's class, you can expect to receive an e-mail notification from your child's principal. Unless your child is determined to be a close contact, there will not be a phone call notification. When appropriate, notifications will take place at the classroom, school, team, and/or district-level. Close contact notifications will be completed by each school nurse.


https://datastudio.google.com/reporting/309767f4-229c-49f9-ab4f-411e75224a9f/page/WgaeB

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES AND INFORMATION

Kindergarten and First Grade Devices:

Devices just arrived at the school for Kindergarten and first grade and will take at least a week to image and set up for each student. More information will be communicated through your teacher soon.


4th and 5th Grade Parents (PLEASE READ - VERY IMPORTANT):

A technology protection plan fee and signature page of the Mobile Computing Guide is required every year from every student who has been issued a device from the school. Typically this is done when you pick up the device. This year, you were able to keep the device over the summer and did not have to make a separate trip to pay the fee and sign the Mobile Computing Guide. However, this is still a requirement to protect your wallet!


The protection plan fee is to protect you from having to pay out of pocket for repairs to the device and/or a replacement device if accidental or deliberate damage occurs. Please make sure you make every effort to return both of these to your child's teacher this week, if you haven't done so already. More information can be found at the link below. You can also complete the guide electronically by visiting the site below. If you would like to request a waiver for the fee, please contact Mr. Fielder or Mr. Roorda.



There is a wealth of information regarding technology services accessed through the link below:

Tech Support

Mobile Computing Guide

Information for Device Repair

Hot Spot Request


Please take some time to find what you need.

https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/Page/8759