Baron Elementary Parent Newsletter

Nov. 20th

Mr. Pyle's Message for Nov. 20

Principal's Message

I'm hopeful that you and your families are doing well and staying healthy. Along with many of you here, I recognize that it's been a trying couple of weeks for many of our staff, learners, and parents as we try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 around our community and adjust to the changing learning plans for your children. I also recognize that we have a lot of challenges ahead and will continue to do our best to keep our doors open for all of our learners attending our schools. That said, I'm optimistic that we can return Dec. 7th and move forward with face-2-face instruction as long as we work together in preventing the spread of this virus. Our entire staff at Baron Elementary understands and values the benefits of having our learners in our building, however, we also have to make difficult decisions when the health and safety of our learners and staff are at risk. We appreciate all of the efforts we have seen from our community in following the MCSD Health and Safety Plan. Your ongoing support of this plan will allow us to continue to welcome learners each day through our doors. We look forward to returning to school on Dec. 7th. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Thank you,


Mr. Michael Pyle

Principal, Baron Elementary

MCSD Health & Safety Plan

www.manheimcentral.org

Virtual Learning: Nov. 23-Dec. 4 (Message from Dr. Aiken and Dr. Flannery)

Dear Parents and Guardians of Manheim Central School Learners,


As a district, we have been tracking our county and district COVID data since the return to in-person learning this fall. In the last two to three weeks we have seen a consistent rise in COVID cases. Additionally, the number of COVID cases in our school district has been consistently on the rise.



We have consulted with Lancaster General Hospital/Penn Medicine throughout the fall and they have confirmed that the last two weeks of COVID data puts our county in the “substantial” level of spread. This data is not isolated to the city of Lancaster like the spring but represents a spread in all communities in the county. Additionally, they have prepared us to anticipate an increase in spread in the upcoming weeks as a result of the holidays and students returning home from colleges.


As a result, our administration and school board has decided to take preventative action to mitigate the risk of spread and transition to virtual instruction (Red Phase of our Instructional Plan) for learners at Manheim Central School District from Monday, November 23 through Friday, December 4, 2020. We will continue to monitor data during this time, but expect to be able to resume in-person instruction on Monday, December 7, 2020.


We will monitor our data throughout the month of December, and if COVID rates do not improve, we could transition to virtual instruction again from January 4 through January 8, 2021. We wanted you to know this now for your planning purposes but will not make a final decision until the end of December.


Information will be coming from your individual school buildings later this week as we transition to virtual learning. During this phase, please continue to notify your school building administrator and/or school nurse as soon as possible if you or anyone in your household becomes symptomatic or tests positive for COVID. This will allow us to continue to monitor our local data.

Covid-19 Website and Data

Please access the COVID-19 tab on the Manheim Central School District website for case counts and COVID updates. The link below will take you to this site directly. Please feel free to access the Parent Resources for additional information.

https://www.manheimcentral.org/domain/316

Red Phase Schedule

Learners will follow the Red Phase schedule outlined in the link below. They should access SeeSaw or Schoology for all Zoom links for their classes as outlined by your child's teacher. Please look for a Red Phase Video from your child's teacher to explain your child's schedule in more detail. The virtual learning will simulate a normal day of school through synchronous and asynchronous instruction and work completion.

*Please note that on Tuesday, November 24th, learners will have a half-day...dismissal begins at 11:10AM.

Home Access Center / Marking Period 1 Report Cards

Please access the Home Access Center to review your child's report card information for the first marking period. Report cards were uploaded for your review on November 18th at 3:00PM. You can locate the Home Access Center under the Parent tab on the MCSD website. Please refer to the email sent out last week that contained your username and password. Please write these down as you will use the same username and password in the future. If you have any difficulty accessing this information, please call the school office (717) 665-8900.
Home Access Center

Username & Password was sent to you through email

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Nov. 23 and 24)

You still have time to sign-up!

We look forward to meeting our parents for our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences on Nov. 23 and 24. The conferences will be held virtually using the Meet the Teacher program. If you have not done so already, please use the Meet the Teacher link (below) to schedule a conference with your child's teachers. Along with your child's homeroom teacher, you can meet with their Music, STEM, Art, Health & PE, Library, and Reading teachers. Conferences are 15 minutes in length. We ask that you be ready to connect at your scheduled time in order for our teachers to stay consistent with their time. If the meeting ends before your questions are answered, please feel free to communicate to our teachers through email to finalize your conversation. If you have any issues scheduling a time, please call our office (717) 665-8900.


For quick tips on how to use Meet the Teacher during your video conference, please click on this link.

https://support.meettheteacher.com/article/803-video-parents-how-to-attend-appointments-over-video-call


Parent-Teacher Conferences:

Nov. 23 (5:00pm-8:00pm)

Nov. 24 (12:00pm-3:00pm & 5:00pm-8:00pm) *This is a 1/2 day for students

Meet the Teacher

Please sign-up here!

Virtual Learning Environment and Etiquette

Just like in class, there are certain rules that learners should follow to ensure that a professional learning environment is maintained.

Please see the Learner/Family Streaming Notice below for details, in regards to expectations for learners and families in the areas of preparation, connection, participation, engagement, attendance, and safety.


The essential items to note are:

  • The camera MUST be on and facing the learner.

  • Learners should refrain from playing with background settings.

  • Learners should be in a quiet location...free from distractions.

  • Learners must be fully and appropriately dressed.

  • In order to be present, learners must log onto scheduled Zoom links and complete the assigned work.

Learner/Family Streaming Notice

Please review before Nov. 23rd

Daily Attendance

Daily Attendance:

In order for a learner to be marked as "present", they must attend the class via Zoom and complete all of their work for the class. There are asynchronous work times built into the schedule for learners to complete work for their classes.

- If circumstances arise where a learner is not able to connect for a lesson, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

- If a learner is not feeling well and is unable to participate or complete assignments, please contact your child's teacher. Please submit a doctor's note to avoid any unexcused absences after 3 consecutive days have been missed. Please send attendance information to lipskys@manheimcentral.org

MC Virtual/Online Learners

If you are enrolled in the Manheim Central Virtual Academy, you will continue on with your classes. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Zac Bauermaster, Director of Online Instruction. Mr. Bauermaster's email: bauermasterz@manheimcentral.org

Technology Information

T-Mobile is running a free program that offers WiFi to qualifying families. If you are a household that needs assistance with WiFi, please refer to the link below and sign-up today!


https://www.t-mobile.com/brand/project-10-million-form/start


If a learner requires assistance with a device or connection, immediately contact the helpdesk by calling 717-664-1865 or emailing helpdesk@manheimcentral.org.

iPads may be dropped-off at respective buildings during the Red Phase if maintenance steps are required. Please call our office (717) 665-8900 to make us aware that you are here. Baron Elementary will be open from 7:30AM-4:00PM each day.

Food Services/Meal Distribution

If your family needs to be connected with meals, please contact Sara Payne 717-665-8816 or paynes@manheimcentral.org.

Nurse

Mrs. Shearer, the Baron Elementary Nurse, will be able to connect with you throughout the closure. Please contact her if you have any medication concerns or needs (717)665-8904 or shearerk@manheimcentral.org

Guidance Counselor

Ms. Coonan, guidance counselor, is available to connect with you or your child throughout the closure. Please contact her if you have any questions or concerns (717) 665-8905 or coonanh@manheimcentral.org

Important Dates

Nov. 18...Report Cards were posted. Please access through the Home Access Center

Nov. 23...Parent-Teacher Conferences (5-8PM)

Nov. 23-Dec. 4...Virtual Learning (Red Phase)

Nov. 24...1/2 Day (early dismissal at 11:10AM)

Nov. 24...Parent-Teacher Conferences (12-3PM & 5-8PM)

Nov. 25-27...No School (Happy Thanksgiving) *Learners do not need to log on.

Dec. 4...School Picture Retakes are postponed...new time/day is yet to be determined.

Dec. 7...Learners return to school for regular instruction

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