WHITELEY WILDCAT UPDATE

September 25, 2020

It was wonderful having students back in the building this week! The students did an amazing job adapting to in-person learning and understanding all of the different procedures that we need to follow. Our first and second grade teachers are eagerly waiting for the anticipation of our next group of students. We ask that parents send in an additional mask for any unforeseen incidents. As each group rolls into learning, I am sure we will find some different ways we can fine tune our procedures and we appreciate your patience as we do this together.

IN-PERSON PROCEDURES AND TIPS

I am sure our in-person learners are excited to be coming back. There are some procedures we would like to share with our families. We are also asking that parents consider sending an additional masks with their child to school. This will allow students to have a back-up mask for those unexpected occurrences. Below are some procedures we would like our families to help with:

MORNING ARRIVAL

CAR RIDERS

-Supervision does not begin until 8:35, this is when we will begin to allow students into the building.

-Please have your child’s lanyard on and signed. Students need to have their lanyard signed for entrance into the school.

-Please pull all the way forward to allow for a continuous flow of cars.

-Parents will need to remain in their car when their student(s) exit the vehicle.

-Children need to be ready to exit the vehicle, with their backpack and lunch bag ready when you pull into the parking lot.

-Students must have their mask on when exiting the vehicle.

-All students will have their temperatures checked and will sanitize their hands upon entry.

-We ask that students remain an airplane arms length away from others.

BUS RIDERS

-Students riding the bus will have an assigned seat the entire year.

-Students must wear their mask on the bus.

-Students will have their temps taken prior to entering the building.

-Students will sanitize their hands prior to entering the building.

-Students must wear their lanyards and staff will ensure there is a parent signature on the card inside the lanyard.


DISMISSAL

-Students will begin dismissing at a staggered time to ensure social distancing.

-Students will load buses immediately and sit in their assigned seats.

-Students that walk home or ride their bikes will be dismissed at 3:25.

-Students that are car riders will be lined up in sections .

-Parents will pull their cars up in the car line, and remain in their vehicle.

-Staff will call students to the car and students will walk to the car maintaining social distancing.

-Once students are safely loaded into the car, parents may pull-out of the carpool line safely.

SELF-CERTIFY

Please make sure you are certifying that your child is healthy for school, by signing the card that is placed in the lanyard. Every Friday, the teacher will place a new card in the lanyard for the upcoming week.

ATTENDANCE

If your child will be absent from learning for the day we ask that you please use our attendance line. Parents can all 847-963-7202. When you call please leave your child’s name, teacher name and the reason for their absence

PTA

Our PTA is busy working behind the scenes. As they work through creating ideas to support the students and staff at Whiteley, they wanted to share information about their PTA membership. Please take a moment to read through their letter in regards to PTA and membership.

EARLY INTERVENTION SCREENING

The district is providing free developmental screenings for children age birth to 33 months. The screenings are virtual. There is a flyer attached within this newsletter for more information.

Breakfast

Breakfast is part of a relief effort related to Covid 19. This offering is for all students, regardless of need. The program runs from the first day of school until December 31, 2020. While in-person learning is occurring, each student will receive five days worth of breakfast at the end of the day on Monday. As our nutritional service department works to estimate the number to prepare, we would appreciate families completing this form if they are interested in receiving breakfast when your child begins in-person learning.

USING THE CARPOOL LANE?

This year we are anticipating a larger number of vehicles in the car pool area. As we will work to have procedures that keep our students safe please keep in mind that this will impact the time in the carpool line. Families may want to consider walking if they are closer in proximity. As we work through the first few weeks we ask for your patience as we learn this new normal and how to do things safely and effectively.

UPCOMING EVENTS


September 28th-1st and 2nd Grade In-Person Learners @ Whiteley

October 5th-3rd and 4th Grade In -Person Learners @ Whiteley

October 12th-Columus Day-No School

October 13th-5th & 6th Grade In-Person Learners @ Whiteley