January 17, 2021
Reminder- There is no school tomorrow- Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Students have been learning about Martin Luther King Jr. in school. It is also known as the national Martin Luther King Day of Service. Right now, it has been difficult to get out and serve others with many COVID restrictions, but it could be a great way to guide our students to learn to serve others. Examples could be cleaning up trash at a local park, cleaning out clothes/toys for donations, writing notes of gratitude for first responders.
We will be honoring Debra Smith, one of our Prosper ISD School Board Members with a link to our flipgrid with videos of students, staff, and families expressing gratitude for her service. We will give her the link at the school board meeting on Monday, January 18th.
As always, please let us know if we fall short in communicating with you. We want this to be a partnership in order for your child to succeed!
Principal, Baker Elementary
If your child is learning in person, please make sure to go through the Screener questions each day. Here is the link to the Screener. If your child tests positive has been exposed to a COVID positive individual, or has one or more of the symptoms on the screening questionnaire, use the link at the bottom of the questionnaire to notify the school nurse and do NOT send your child to school until receiving clearance to return from the school nurse.
*If your child has a chronic condition that presents as one of the symptoms on the screening questionnaire, it is recommended that you contact the school nurse and your child's teacher about the chronic symptom so that both of these key school personnel are aware.
Inclement Weather Procedures
When inclement weather is a possibility, Prosper ISD district officials continually monitor weather conditions during the overnight and early morning hours. The district takes several factors into consideration before making a decision to cancel school, delay school, or dismiss school early due to inclement weather. These primary factors include:
- The health, safety, and welfare of students and staff; and the safe transport of students and staff to school.
- Teenage drivers on the roads and their safety
Cancellations, Delays, and Early Releases – How Decisions are Made
When inclement weather threatens normal school operations, the following steps are taken:
- District officials evaluate the roadways and travel conditions across the district.
- The Superintendent consults with Prosper ISD transportation staff and district safety and security personnel.
- After taking into account all the information that is received from external and internal sources, the Superintendent will make a decision as early as possible whether to delay or cancel school.
The Communication Process – What Happens Next
When a decision is made to cancel school, delay school, or dismiss school early, the district will notify parents using Blackboard Connected through email, phone, and text notification alerts and the Prosper ISD website will be updated as quickly as possible.
Information about school closures, delays, or early dismissal will also be communicated through the following media, including but not limited to:
- Prosper ISD Twitter: @ProsperISD
- Prosper ISD Facebook
- Prosper Instagram: @prosper_isd
- Local television stations
- Local radio stations
Because of the uncertainty of weather conditions, we ask that parents and staff monitor local media, the Prosper ISD website, and email before heading to school or sending children to the bus stop. An important rule of thumb to note is, if there is no announcement from Prosper ISD, then classes will be held on a normal schedule.