EBE Home Connections

October 12, 2020

Principal Message, 10.12.20

Message from Mr. Hanzeli (NEW for 10.12.20)

ATTENDANCE vs. ACTIVE PARTICIPATION


Hello Elger Bay Families,


As you can imagine, the topic of attendance has had many strange twists and turns as a part of last spring and this school year. I'd like to take a quick moment and update how we are recording attendance for the children. At the same time, I would like to take a moment to press forward our hope that each student is participating as much as reasonably possible given all the current circumstances.


CONTINUOUS LEARNING (ONLINE) STUDENTS (currently Mrs. Bardon, Mrs. Nelles, and our G4 and G5 classes until 10.26) are being marked as present when they attend a scheduled Google Meet scheduled for M/T/Th/F. For Wednesdays, student attendance is recorded based on whether the student has logged into and engaged with iXL and/or Reflex OR if the teacher can see evidence that the student has logged into their online environment (Google Classroom or SeeSaw) through Clever and engaged with the lessons or activities that have been provided.


HYBRID STUDENTS are marked as present on the days they are scheduled for school when they are actually in attendance. For the other three days, student attendance is recorded based on whether the student has logged into and engaged with iXL and/or Reflex OR if the teacher can see evidence that the student has logged into their online environment (Google Classroom or SeeSaw) through Clever and engaged with the lessons or activities that have been provided.


This gets us to the idea of encouraging and supporting as much active participation as possible. Ultimately, students will be graded this year based and their ability to engage with, learn from, and master the lessons that are being taught and it will be the basis for their academic results at the semester and year's end. We know and understand there are many factors that potentially pull us away from engaging regularly with the online environment, but I am hoping we can work as partners to keep the children connected, engaged, and working to grow and learn as much as possible during this difficult times.


Please take a moment as a family to talk about the difference between minimum attendance v. active participation and let me or your teachers know if you have any questions.


Gratefully,


Mr. Hanzeli

Individual Student Health Attestation (QUICK TASK FOR YOU :-)

We must collect from EVERY family a health attestation showing you understand the elements we are all watching for each day before children are sent to school.


If not, it takes one minute to read and one minute to complete and submit the form acknowledging that you have read this over.


Even if you are not sure whether you did, go ahead and submit again and we will sort through the info.


Thank you for taking two minutes right now to complete this.


SCSD / EBE Student Health Attestation Form (Click this link to access the form)

SCSD Healthy Student Return to School Process

SCSD Healthy Student Return to School Process


As you are aware, Stanwood Camano Schools have implemented new processes and procedures during this outbreak of COVID-19 and we are committed to keeping students and staff safety our top priority.


Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills (> 100.3)

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Instructions

  • Please contact your student’s medical provider for additional health instructions and/or testing.

  • If your student is not tested for COVID-19, they may return to school 10 days after symptoms began AND symptoms are resolving AND 24 hours after fever resolves.

  • If your student is ill for additional days, please notify the attendance office of your student’s absence.

  • If your student is positive for COVID-19, they may return 10 days after symptom onset AND symptoms are resolving AND 24 hours after fever resolves.

  • If your student is negative for COVID-19, they may return to school campus when symptoms are improving AND they have not had a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication for > 24 hours.


Elger Bay Attendance: 360.629.1290

Donna Hunter, EBE School Nurse: 360.629.1290

Transportation Plans AND Change of Plans

Our office works incredibly hard on making sure we understand your daily transportation plans for each student. To that end, it is really important that you make sure you have done all of the following:


  • K - G3 students have all had a "blue" daily transportation form sent home by the EBE office to be completed by you regarding the daily plan for your child's transportation to and from school. G4 and G5 will have these sent home when they return to school on 10.26.
  • If there is a change from this plan, you must call the office or send a detailed note/Email in advance, so that we might write a "pickup slip" to inform the teacher to make sure that we all know the plan for each child and can communicate about the change.
  • Finally, keep the EBE phone number (360.629.1290) loaded in your phone. We know there is the occasional emergency that requires a quicker change at day's end. Please do everything you can to avoid this as it does get a bit hectic, but if there is an emergency, please don't hesitate to call.


I thank you in advance for helping us with this significant safety and communication issue.




Transpo forms from Kristie (K-3), coming for 4-5


Welcome Video to non EBE families

Important Upcoming Dates

Fingers crossed :-)


Monday, October 26

Grades Grade 4 and 5 Hybrid AA or BB In Person Model Begins (depending on metrics)

Grade by Grade Hybrid Transition Reminders (UPDATED)


Kindergarten

  • K Students are in one cohort of 10 students in the regular kindergarten rooms.

  • On Monday, October 5th, in person kindergarten students transitioned to full days from 9:00-3:30 in the hybrid model AA/BB.


Grade 1 - Grade 3

  • Hybrid teacher placement and AA (Monday / Tuesday) or BB (Thursday / Friday) assignments have been communicated by School Messenger.

  • Students in grades 1-3 who are opting for Continuous Learning are assigned a new teacher.

  • The technical transitions are supposed to be happening in the very early hours of Monday, but I suggest you prepare for a day or two of potential corrections. NOTE: Please let your online teacher know by Email if you continue to have any technical difficulties.


Grade 4 - Grade 5

  • The hybrid students in grades 4 and 5 have been assigned a teacher have been notified of their teacher. NOTE: G4 and G5 families returning on 10.26 have been informed if they are in the AA or BB Hybrid sections.

  • On Monday, October 5th, any student in grades 4 or 5 who were assigned a new teacher began working with that teacher.

  • All students in grades 4 and 5 will continue in distance learning until October 26, unless the metrics indicate otherwise.

  • Students in grades 4-5 who are opting for Continuous Learning have been assigned a teacher.


PBS Students


  • PBS students electing to attend in person in the PBS program began full time on Thursday, October 1.

Message from Mr. Hanzeli (REPEATED from 10.5.20)

Hello Elger Bay Families,


Our next big transition day is upon us. On Monday, October 5, Elger Bay will have students moving into one of two important environments: Many of our K-3 students will begin attending on the AA (M/T) or BB (TH/F) schedule OR several of our students will be working with their distance learning teacher.


Fingers crossed, this will happen for our G4 and G5 students in a few weeks.


As we do this, I want you to know that the safety of every child and every adult is top of mind. In our trainings with the RNs of the district and in preparation of the transition, there really are 5 key ideas that drive our safety protocols. My guess is you know them, but let me share them with you.


1. Masks / shields

2. Social Distancing (6 feet "plus") as much and as often as possible.

3. Hand washing and frequent hand sanitizing

4. Minimizing cross cohort activity

5. Avoiding shared items


What this means for your child is learning many new routines, from how we walk in the hallways, to how we are screened on the bus, to how they get their breakfast/lunch, when they can take off their masks, and more :-) As a small sample of just one item, I wanted to share a brief video that I have made to help reinforce our bathroom (one person at a time) entry, not because it is particularly THE most important procedure, but just to give a picture of how our staff really has to look at everything as new again. EBE Bathroom Procedure


People have done great work and we are feeling ready to go, but we are also hopefully humble enough to stay on alert for refining and changing methods in order to improve them over time.


Thank you for being our partners in this effort.


Sincerely,


Mr. Hanzeli