Carman Paw Print
December 13, 2020
Blended (In-Person) Learning Model
Dear Carman Families,
I wanted to provide a reminder that students will participate in distance learning on Monday of this week. Attendance will be taken and new learning will be introduced.
For your reference, here is the blended learning calendar.
With CT pride,
Helpful Tech Tip
Parent Pointer - Tech Tip: Creating Bookmarks on the Chromebook
Help your child navigate to a video conferencing room with just a click of a button! To do this on the Parkway-issued student Chromebooks:
Click on the teacher’s video conferencing link to get the web address.
Highlight the star at the end of the web address to add it as a bookmark.
Change the name of the bookmark to the teacher’s name or the subject.
The icon with its name will appear below the web address.
Elementary In-Person Calendar
- Elementary students in grades K-5 will continue the blended schedule through the end of the semester. See the Elementary School In-Person Calendar here. Distance learning days have been added around the upcoming holiday breaks to limit the spread of illness. Distance learning days are the three days after Thanksgiving (November 30-December 2); and before and after winter break (December 21-22 and January 5-6).
We will continue to practice health and safety precautions at school and if at any time we reach critical illness or staffing levels, we may need to close an elementary school or schools for a period of time until the situation improves.
- Virtual Campus students will continue with their daily schedule for the remainder of the first semester.
- Parkway Early Childhood students will continue on their current schedule with the same distance learning days as our elementary schools as outlined above.
CALLING ALL CARMAN TRAILS SCOUTS!
If your troop is interested in taking on this project, we have a SignUp Genius link below for your use. We would appreciate having a minimum of 2 scouts each day. The sign up form is designated by Group 1, Group 2 and Virtual students. Please be sure the date selected for the student is a date they will be available at school that day (their Group day). For any Virtual students who are scouts, students will need to be driven to school in the morning to raise the flag and brought back to school at the end of the day to lower it.
We appreciate your help!
Needs Assessment Links
Dear Carman Families:
As the days continue to change our circumstances, we wanted to make sure you were aware of some of the resources that are available to you and your family. Please know that we are with you and for you! If you need help or have questions about any of these resources, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are happy to help you in any way we can as we all maneuver the days ahead.
The attached is a form you can fill out to request one or more of the resources that are available to you and specific ways we may be able to help. There is one in English and one in Spanish. Please complete the attached form and let us know how we can support you.
We are Carman and we are stronger together!
Tracy Kiso (K-3 Counselor) and Grant Steward (Grades 4-5)
December Sustainable Schools Challenge
December: Environmental Justice
This month's mini challenges focus is on environmental justice! But what does that mean?
Environmental justice means that everyone has a fair chance of living the healthiest life possible. The opportunity to have a healthy life often depends on the environment where someone lives, plays, and works.
The fact is that many racial and ethnic minorities and poor people have to live, work and play in environments that cause them to be sick. Because they do not have the ability to move to other areas or change jobs, they often remain exposed to harmful materials for long periods of time, and suffer from a variety of illnesses.
December Mini Challenges
Green (1 point; no photo required)
Take a survey about environmental justice!
Greener (10 points; submit photo through Points Reporting form)
- What Color is Your Air Today?
- Coldwater Creek (no photo required)
- West Lake landfill (no photo required)
Greenest (20 points; submit photo through Points Reporting form)
- Opposing a Toxic Waste Incinerator
- Understanding local food deserts
- Design a Merry-Go-Round for Dirty Air
Become a Green Classroom Professional!
We are excited to be able to offer 10 subscriptions to the Center for Green School's Learning Lab and the Green Classroom Professional certificate program. Please fill out this form if you are interested by December 10th!
Learning Lab is an online education platform for K-12 educators to find over 600 lessons, activities and resources that encourage student leadership, sustainability literacy and real-world action.
The Green Classroom Professional Certificate is a certificate program that provides pre-K-12 educators and school staff with the knowledge to identify what supports or impedes healthy, resource-efficient and environmentally sustainable learning spaces.
The required documents are as follows:
- Birth certificate, passport, or other appropriate documentation to verify age.
- Immunization Records
- Two Proofs of Parent/Guardian's Residency. These documents should contain parent/guardian's name and address.
- Current real estate tax receipt, mortgage statement, deed or signed lease and
- One other proof of residency such as: current unpaid utility bill, credit card statement, employer's record of address, bank statement, or governmental acknowledgement of address (i.e., Social Security, voter registration, etc.).
- Custody Papers. A copy of the section of the parenting plan which stipulates educational address of the student.
- Individual Education Plan and Evaluation (IEP) and/or Section 504 Accommodation Plan (IAP) and Evaluation (if student has a disability)
Daily Health Screening
Daily Health Screening
- All students and staff will complete a daily health screening before coming to school. If your child has any symptoms, including known exposure to COVID-19, flu or cold symptoms, you should keep them home and call your school. Medical evaluation will be required if students are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-like illnesses.
Parkway Community Health Dashboard
The Community Health Dashboard now includes the number of cases and quarantines for our students and staff in each school. The dashboard is updated daily.
You can follow our key metrics on the new Parkway Community Health Dashboard
As we return to in-person learning, we want to share the procedures we will use to notify parents and staff when there is a positive case of COVID-19 at school and how you can help keep our children, staff and school communities healthy.
We have also outlined some scenarios here to help you determine what to do if your child has had contact with a symptomatic person or positive case, as well as other scenarios.
Free meals and changes to food service
All meals including breakfast and lunch will be distributed for free to all students K-12. Free meals will be available for Virtual Campus students and those attending in-person at school.
Students enrolled in Virtual Campus will need to complete the weekly meals signup page. You can sign up for meals here. Only students not attending school in person need to signup for meals. You can choose your pickup location as well as how many days you will be picking meals up for your children. Families can choose a box that includes three meals or five meals, which will be available for Virtual Campus students and during blended learning schedules.
Students learning in-person will receive lunch at school. This free program is provided to all public school districts with federal USDA funding through December 31, 2020.
Free and reduced lunch links for parents.
Meals and menus can be found here.
Please check out the December Nurse's Newsletter for health information, safety tips, COVID resources, and so much more!
Coronavirus-Evaluation of Symptoms
All students and staff should complete a daily health screening before coming to school.
If your child has any symptoms, including known exposure to COVID-19, flu, or cold symptoms, they should stay home and call your school.
When will your child be sent home from school?
- If your child has 1 low risk symptom they will be sent home and may return to school in 24 hours after symptom resolution if there is no known COVID-19 exposure
- If you child has 2 low risk symptoms OR 1 high risk symptom they will be sent home and require a medical evaluation
When will we need a doctor's note?
- Healthcare provider confirms alternative diagnosis for symptoms
- Medical clearance required from your healthcare provider or Department of Health for student to return to school after medical evaluation
When can my child return to school after COVID testing?
- If negative, the student may return after 24 hours without fever and symptoms improving
- If positive, the student may return to school after 10 days since symptoms onset, 24 hours without fever, and symptoms improving
When can my child return if they are found to be a close contact?
- The student may return after 14 days from last contact with COVID positive individual, unless symptoms develop
- If symptoms appear the student should receive a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test
Stay Connected with These Updates!
December 14: Distance Learning K-5 (at home)
December 15: PTO General Meeting at 7:00 via Zoom (details in an email invite)
December 17: Virtual PAMEE Meeting
December 21: Distance Learning K-5 (at home)
December 22: Distance Learning K-5 (at home)
December 22: Virtual Winter Party (more directions coming from your child's teacher)
December 23: No School-Winter Break Begins
January 4: No School-Professional Development
January 5: Distance Learning K-5 (at home)
January 6: Distance Learning K-5 (at home)
January 7: Virtual Kindergarten Registration opens
January 11: Group 2 in-person, Group 1 Virtual
January 11: Virtual Student Supply Pick up (9:00 am-5:00pm)
January 15: No School-Grading/Records Day
January 18: No School-Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 19: Wonderful World of Kindergarten (virtual)
January 27: Progress Reports Sent Out
February 15: No School Presidents' Day
February 26: No School-Grading