Hope Valley School WEEKLY UPDATE

Friday, November 13, 2020

Important Information

Please see the important updates in this section:

  1. Updated Mask Guidance: With nationwide COVID spikes, scheduled mask breaks are not encouraged like they were in September. You can read the whole document in its entirety HERE (see page 14). Students will be encouraged to eat quietly so we can significantly limit any droplets. Therefore, our staff will need to encourage quiet snacks and lunches. If a child needs to say anything, then they must have their mask on. Teachers can certainly continue to take students outdoors for a mask break, but students must be 10 feet apart while not talking. All the elementary schools have been spared thus far. Knock on wood and we want to keep our numbers at zero at Hope Valley. :-)
  2. At the last school committee, it was decided that students will now enter classrooms at 8:30, instead of 8:35. That means parent drop off in the morning will be available between 8:20-8:35. The reason for this change is so that students are ready for learning by 8:35. Bus students will also be let off at 8:30 as well. For parents dropping off their child in the morning, please arrive between 8:20-8:35 (preferably by 8:30). We will keep the door open until 8:35, although any child entering after 8:35 will be marked tardy.

Message from the Superintendent

Email sent today:

Dear Chariho Community,

I am writing to share some updates and guidance. Monday, November 16th is a Statewide Professional Development Day. Teachers have coordinated assignments for students, however, there is no live instruction on this day, all students will be distance learning (DL). All of our schools (including our high school and middle school) will be back to in-person learning on Tuesday, November 17th.

On November 24th the Chariho School Committee will be meeting to review our current learning scenarios. Currently, all our schools offer either full in-person learning every day or an option to move to full-time distance learning. There is a discussion that will take place at our 11/24 School Committee Meeting to determine if we should consider moving to a 4-day in-person week/1-day distance learning day, or possibly other alternatives. A four-day week would consist of Monday as a distance learning day for all students to allow teachers the opportunity to have additional planning time and to create office hours for students who need additional support. Please note these options are based on a full/partial return plan.

If cases of COVID19 continue to rise we may be placed in what is called a limited model. In a limited model, our administrators prioritize our students based on the level of need I.e. grade level, students with IEP's, multi-lingual learners, students who require response to intervention, and have large learning gaps.

We are asking our families to complete this survey so we can gather feedback for the School Committee meeting on possible learning preferences moving forward. Please complete the following survey by Wednesday, November 18, 2020:

Elementary School Families- Click Here

Middle School Families -Click Here

High School Families -Click Here

We recognize that keeping the schools open is important for the education of our children. I am asking everyone to do their part so that we can continue to do what is necessary for the good of the entire community.

I continue to appreciate your ongoing support and partnership.


Gina Picard


Virtual Learning Monday for all students

Your child's teacher will send information in Google Classroom by 8:30 am on Monday. Please be sure to do your child's attendance for Monday. Parents must complete this Google Form for their child’s attendance on MONDAY: https://forms.gle/gc7LmFYSyZ2y1HSu9

Calendar of Events

November 2020

11/16 - State Professional Development Day (Virtual Learning for All)

11/16 - Online Parent Support/Open Forum (Last Session - see more information below)

11/20 - Food Drive Ends

1125-11/27 - No School

December 2020

12/7 - PTO Meeting at 6:30pm (Virtual)

12/11 - End of Trimester 1

12/18 - Report Cards Distributed

12/24-12/31 - Winter Break (No School)

January 2021 (2021 can't come soon enough)

1/1-1/3 - Winter Break continued

1/11 - SIT Meeting (4:00pm)

1/11 - PTO Meeting at 6:30pm (Virtual)

1/18 - Martin Luther King Day (No School)

1/25 - State Professional Development Day (Virtual Learning for All)

Attestation Self-Check: https://ps.chariho.k12.ri.us/public/

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Harvest Food Drive ends soon

Friday, Nov. 20th, 3:30pm

15 Thelma Drive

Hopkinton, RI

The Annual Harvest Food Drive ends Friday, November 20. Please send in any non-perishable foods. The donations collected will be shared with families in need within the community. This is an annual contest between all the schools and we determine the ratio of non-perishable foods to the number of students. Two or three years ago Hope Valley School won for the first time ever. Let's win it again. I'll do something special for the class who collects the most cans, and if we win the banner I'll do something special for the whole school. Send in your contributions through the end of this week. Thank you in advance for your contributions!

student absence protocol

Before School Scenario:

If your child wakes up and exhibits 1 or more possible symptoms of COVID and needs to remain home, PARENTS NEED TO EMAIL THE STAFF MEMBERS LISTED BELOW. This is imperative so we are getting the same information.

For day 1 of the absence, the student can complete this learning plan, only if he or she feels up to it. Completing this learning plan will count as a learning day as long as ALL assignments are completed and shared with the teacher(s). The teacher will be given the day to prepare the necessary materials needed for instruction on day 2. The teacher will notify the parent when the materials are ready to pick up.

If your child is unable to attend school on day 2 (or longer) due to exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or needs to be tested or quarantined, he or she will be able to participate in distance learning on day 2. It’ll be imperative that materials be picked up before 8:30 am on the second day of the absence, so the child has his or her learning materials to complete for the distance learning day.

During School Scenario:

When a child is sent home from school due to COVID symptoms, the child will have the option, only if they feel up to it, to complete this learning plan.

If your child is unable to attend school on day 2 (or longer) due to exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or needs to be tested or quarantined, he or she will be able to participate in distance learning on day 2. It’ll be imperative that materials be picked up before 8:30 am on the second day of the absence, so the child has his or her learning materials to complete for the distance learning day.

Online Parent Support/Open Forum

I received this information from a colleague and friend at URI. She will provide general support to parents who are parenting children in the early childhood years. We will answer questions, offer resources, suggest guidance and discipline strategies, bring up topics, summarize competing opinions, discuss COVID-19 regulations, etc. Please click on the attached for more information and scheduled meeting dates.

Host: Phyllis Penhallow, MS, Certified Family Life Educator, University of Rhode Island

Parent support_open forum.docx


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