IHES NEWSLETTER

December 14, 2020

Information for the week of December 14th

Parents,

Thank you so much for having your child here last week for MAP testing. With the small window we were provided for testing, it really helped having your child present, well-rested and prepared for testing.


With only a week left until Winter Break, the excitement is in the air. We are hosting Dress Up Days and encourage everyone to join in the fun.


Dress Up Days

Monday - Tree Topper - Dig out your favorite holiday headgear, headband, or hat

Tuesday - Wacky, Tacky Holiday - Wear your favorite tacky Christmas sweater/shirt, tights, holiday socks, etc.

Wednesday - Visions of Sugar Plums and Candy Canes - Wear purple and pink and get all sparkly OR wear red and white

Thursday - Long Winter's Nap - Wear PJs, slippers, and your robe

Friday - Dash Out December - Dress like your favorite reindeer



Friday, December 18th is a half day for students. We will dismiss at 11:00 a.m. Please make sure you know how your child will go home that day. If it is different than a normal day, please provide a written note to the child's teacher ahead of time.


Winter Break starts December 21st and lasts through January 4th. Students return to school on Tuesday, January 5th.

UPCOMING DATES

  • Friday, December 18th - Half Day - Dismissal @ 11:00 a.m.
  • Winter Break 12/21/2020 - 1/4/2021
  • Tuesday, January 5th - Students return to school
  • Monday, January 18th - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, January 25th - Early Release Day - Dismissal @ 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, February 5th - No School - Teacher Work Day

Reminders:

Students are reminded to bring their device with them every day and have it charged before coming to school.

Students are encouraged to bring water with them to school.

A mask must be worn at all times in the building.


Parents, for the safety of our staff and students, please monitor your students for any illness prior to sending them to school. If your child is running a fever, has symptoms related to COVID-19 or been a close contact to someone with COVID-19, please keep them home and contact the school.

District Elementary Art Display

Recently, the elementary art teachers put up their Fall Show at the Center for the Arts. India Hook 3rd-5th grade students designed cubes as part of a "Thank You X Mural" inspired by the work of artist Thank You X. One of our 5th grade students, Miss Keasia Stover, also has a special piece on display. Mrs. Thomas is so proud of their creative work!


Please click on the link below to experience a 3D tour of the show. Clicking on the white circles will navigate you around the gallery space. Enjoy!

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=JQPfVVdrvkz&brand=0

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