English Landing Family News

January 14, 2022

Building Successful Futures-Each Student-Every Day

Health and Safety Updates (Repeat Information)

MASKS:

Masks are required in our school buildings.

NEW CDC GUIDELINES

Isolation of Sick People:

In compliance with the CDC's new guidance, we will require anyone who tests positive for COVID to stay home for five days, beginning on the date of the positive test or on the first day symptoms appeared.

If the person has no symptoms or their symptoms resolve, they may return after five days. They might need to stay home a little longer if one of their symptoms that resolved was a fever, as they must have had no fever without medication for more than 24 hours to return.

We will ask them to wear a mask for the next five days after they return, but we will not enforce mask wearing.

Quarantine of Exposed People:

The CDC also updated quarantine guidance for people who get exposed to someone with COVID.

People who are fully vaccinated within the last six months or fully vaccinated and boosted do not need to quarantine, but the CDC does recommend they wear a mask for 10 days.

The CDC recommends people who are not fully vaccinated within the last six months or who are not fully vaccinated and boosted to quarantine for five days and then wear a mask for another five days.

The CDC says "If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days. Test on day five if possible. If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home."

Starting in January, the Kansas City Health Department will take back the contact tracing duties when a Park Hill student or employee has a positive case of COVID-19. We will let families and staff know if there is a positive case in their building. We will also provide a message to families if there is someone with COVID in any of your child’s classrooms. It will be the health departments that will let you know if there needs to be a time of quarantine.

CONTACT TRACING:

Park Hill will no longer conduct contact tracing.

  • KC Health Department will be responsible for this when a student or staff member tests positive.

  • KC Health Department will tell people if they need to quarantine (not the school).

  • Students/families should contact the school nurse if they want their child to be tested at Park Hill’s testing center.

COVID Communication:

  • All staff and families will receive an email, like they did last semester, stating the total number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.
  • If you receive an email stating that someone in your child’s classroom tested positive for COVID-19, it does not mean that your child needs to quarantine. We are sharing that information with you so that you know your child may have been exposed sometime during the school day and so that you can monitor your child for symptoms.
  • For privacy purposes, we cannot give you any information about the person that tested positive, including but not limited to, where your child sits in relation to that person or whether the person wore a mask or not.
  • The Kansas City Health Department (KCHD) has taken over the process of contact tracing. If they gather information that someone needs to quarantine based on an exposure, they will reach out to those people individually. If you believe your child was exposed to someone that tested positive for COVID-19, you can contact your child’s doctor or the KCHD (816-513-6008) to get guidance about quarantining procedures.


If you have any questions, our school nurse, Julie Brockman , is a great resource. You can reach her at 816-359-4370. We appreciate your patience as we work through these new protocols.

AMI Distance Learning Days

Details About Inclement Weather Days

The state of Missouri allows distance learning from home, which they call "alternative methods of instruction," or AMI.

What is an AMI distance learning day?

The state says school districts may use up to five AMI distance learning days, and we will not have to add those days to the end of the school year. These are school days for both students and teachers.

How many AMI distance learning days can we use in Park Hill?
We build in five AMI distance learning days, as this is the maximum number allowed by the state of Missouri.

What will we do if we use up all our AMI distance learning days?
If we have to use up all five AMI distance learning days, starting with the sixth day, we will go back to the old system of calling a snow day and adding the day to the end of the school year.
This would mean all of our students and teachers would have the day off. In fact, because we must stick to our contract with our teachers, even our Park Hill Online Academy students would have the day off if we run out of AMI days and have to call a snow day.

What will an AMI distance learning day look like for students?

  • All of our students, both in-person and Park Hill Online Academy, will have distance learning on an AMI day from 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m., with a break from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Students should check their online learning platform (Schoology or Seesaw) at 9 a.m. to see what teachers have planned for the day.

Park Hill Spelling Bee

Registration now open for Park Hill Spelling Bee

The Park Hill District spelling bee will be held Saturday, February 19th at PHSHS with the winner advancing directly to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington, DC., May 30-June 4. Awards will be presented to the top ten finishers. All current Park Hill 5th-8th graders are eligible, but students must sign up by January 31st. Register thru the link below, or by going to the district website and selecting “spelling bee” under the Family section. You may also contact your school office for assistance.

http://tinyurl.com/PH2022spellingbee

Save The Dates! Upcoming Musicals

2nd Grade Musical: Thursday, February 10th 7pm

1st Grade Musical: Thursday, March 10th 7pm

Kindergarten Musical: Tuesday, April 26th 7pm

Recess Reminder

The cold weather is upon us! Just a friendly reminder that students are expected to go out for recess each day. Appropriate clothing and shoes should be worn for outside activities. On days when the temperature and/or wind chill is above 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the playground is cleared of snow and ice, there will be outdoor recess. Please put your child's name on their winter clothing (coats, gloves, hats, etc..). This will help us return your child's lost clothing to them quickly!

Birthday Treats

Because of food and labor shortages, our Nutrition Services department can no longer provide birthday treats after Friday, Sept. 17.
If you already ordered treats, we will be able to fill orders that were scheduled to go out this week.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but we must cancel any birthday treat orders that were scheduled to go out on Monday, Sept. 20 or later. If you need a refund, please let us know by calling the Nutrition Services department at 816-359-4090.


APPROVED BIRTHDAY TREATS:

We will start allowing families to send birthday treats if they want to do so, as long as they come from our list of treats that contain none of the major allergens.

Thank you for understanding that all classroom treats must come from this list, because we do not have the staff capacity to check for allergens that could threaten the health of some students.
Please bring birthday treats ahead of time (two hours after the start of school, at the latest)


  • Stickers
  • Erasers
  • Pencils
  • Crazy straws
  • Blow Pops
  • Juice boxes
  • Popcorn (pre-packaged)
  • Smarties
  • Dum Dum lollipops
  • Jelly Belly
  • Nerds
  • Ring Pops
  • Skittles
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Starburst
  • Swedish Fish
  • Life Saver Gummies

Virtual Mystery Guest

Mystery Guests are back for a 3rd year at English Landing. This year visits will be virtual, conducted through TEAMS. Your child's teacher will be sending detailed information about how Mystery Guests work in their classrooms. We hope to "see" many of you this year!

Park Hill Star

Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.

That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a Pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee. Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.

Important Dates To Remember

January 17-No School

February 2-Early Release Day

February 10-Mathletics Competition

February 10-2nd Grade Musical @ 7:00

February 14-Friendship Parties

February 17-Spring Student Showcase (See Details Below)

February 21-No School-President's Day

Spring Student Showcase

Thursday, Feb. 17th, 6pm

6500 Northwest Klamm Drive

Kansas City, MO

Spring showcase, formally known as student led conferences, will include the following:

  1. AVID Showcase

  2. PBIS Showcase

  3. Classroom Visits

  4. Book Fair

  5. Art Show

Please be on the lookout for a signup genius from your child's teacher.

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