Tiger Family Newsletter Sept 21-27

All the important deets to stay in the know!

May It Be of Benefit

Hello Families,

Welcome back to campus starting Monday! I realize that some students in 4th and 5th grades have chosen to remain on distance learning and will still be a part of Shasta Meadows virtually, but others (and maybe even brothers and sisters from the same families) have remained on DL and will be with new teachers and will not be on our campus. We hope that soon everyone can return to campus together, but until then, just know that we miss you!

We are so excited to have students back on campus. I also want to recognize that your decision to have your children return may come with some nervousness about infection and the spread of Covid-19. Here's what we are doing to minimize the risks:

  1. Students will remain with their cohort (class) to minimize exposure (they will come into contact with less people).
  2. All students and adults will wear masks coming to and going from school.
  3. Adults/employees will wear masks or face shields at all times (except when eating and drinking).
  4. All 3rd - 5th-grade students will wear masks during the school day except when playing at recess and eating/drinking (lunch).
  5. As much as possible, space between student desks will be maximized striving for 3 feet of distance between students and 6 feet between students and adults.
  6. Staff will have students wash hands or use sanitizer whenever entering the classroom and when leaving the classroom...teachers will encourage handwashing and allow class time for handwashing and hand sanitizing.
  7. We will not have extra adult traffic on campus. Adults may not volunteer in classrooms or come to classrooms to pick up or drop off students (with the exception that we will allow parents of kindergarten students to accompany them these first few days to help them get comfortable with school).
  8. ALL adults must wear masks when dropping off or picking up students or if they have business in the school office.
  9. Dismissal procedures have been carefully thought through (though there are bound to be hiccups that will need to be overcome). Please see the article below with an aerial map of the campus to find the location where you will pick up your child, and most of all, please be patient and courteous while we get used to this and work out the bugs. Plan for a slower flow of traffic until we get it down.

I understand that there is a wide spectrum of beliefs about the current pandemic. I will not minimize those who have extreme feelings on either end of the spectrum. On one end are those who are very fearful of the health risks and on the other end are those who believe it's not a big concern. I stand on the truth that we here at Shasta Meadows are essential workers and our essential work is educating children. We are here to both educate and nurture them. We are tasked with keeping them safe and helping them learn. Let's do that. Let's work together to do what needs to be done.

With gratitude,

Mrs. Gold

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Help Us All Stay Healthy

We are counting on you to screen your child/children each morning before sending them to school. If a student presents with any of these symptoms, please keep them home and call the school to report that they are staying home:

  • Fever or chills
  • 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
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Riding the Bus?

I previously sent home information about how to register your child for a seat on the bus. As of the time I am writing this newsletter, the link is still open on the EESD website. After you completed the survey, you were contacted by the transportation department and they told you whether you had a seat on the bus and the time and location for your pick up. If you were not contacted, they are not planning to allow your child onto the bus.

At SM, the bus will arrive at 7:50 and if that is later than your child's start time, they will not be marked tardy. The bus is scheduled to depart from the front of our school at 12:35.

Please remember that students must wear a mask at all times on the bus and remain seated 6 feet from the driver. We are expecting parents to provide their children with a mask prior to students getting on the bus.

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Mrs. Mix's Newsletter for Families

Here's the link to our Counselor's Newsletter. In this week's letter, she talks about "practicing positive behaviors". My favorite line is "research has shown that happiness can be practiced and learned". With all the stress and change I've experienced, I need to practice happiness.

Thank you, Mrs. Mix