Peak View Elementary School
Home of the Pioneers
LUNCH & BREAKFAST
Our PTO officers for the 2020-21 school year are:
President - Ashley Gordon-Becker
Vice President - Donielle Davies
Secretary - Nicolette Myers
Treasurer - Hillary Irons
Fundraising Chair - Jennifer Taylor
As our 2nd - 5th graders return to school it is CRITICAL that you are aware of the following information. While we want to remain a warm and welcoming school, the safety of our students and staff takes top priority! Therefore, I must bring the following items to your attention and let you that these will be strictly enforced.
1. All students and adults in the school building must wear a mask at all times. Students are to provide their own masks daily.
2. Students should bring their school device (chromebook/ipad) on days they are at school.
3. Parents Providing Transportation to and From School: Thank you for providing transportation for your child as encouraged. Parents who are picking up their child were sent 3 car passes for their window and the CAR PASS must be visible with the child's name before we will send your child to the vehicle. No driver or parent should exit the car during drop off or pick up. DURING DROP AND PICK UP: PLEASE, DRIVE SLOWLY, TURN OFF CELL PHONE, STAY IN YOUR LANE, AND DRIVE VERY CAUTIOUSLY. Your child's safety is our number one concern. Here is a video of our new practices.Dismissal for Prek-1 will begin at 2:45pm, with the 2-5th following. Bus riders will dismiss at 2:55pm
Please watch this short video for instructions on dropping off and picking up children.
We will start this new process on Monday November 9th to give our younger children practice before the older children return on the 16th. https://www.wevideo.com/view/1908205944
4. For the safety of those returning to school, Visitors (parents, grandparents, siblings) will not be allowed in the building. Parents may not walk students to class or visit the classroom at this time. Please take care of all school business with emails or a phone call to the office. According to RCPS COVID Health Plan, if it is critical that you enter the main office you will initiate that by buzzing the secretaries in the entry, state your business, and then we will ask questions related to health screening, similar to those in the Daily Health Screening listed below. Only the adult having business will be allowed in, so please do not bring small children as we are desperately trying to keep everyone healthy. Anyone entering the building must have a mask. Here is the complete plan for your review: Link to Health Plan Document
5. Students returning to school, in grades 2-5 (as well as parents of students in PreK-1): Parents must perform a "Daily Health Assessment" before sending you child to school. Please DO NOT send your child to school if any of the symptoms are present. Here is the Daily Health Assessment: Daily Home Screening Tool - Adapted from CDC August 2020
6. Parents will NOT be allowed to make transportation changes for their students during the school day. Students MUST wear a mask on the school bus. No child can ride home on the bus with another child. No child can change buses to ride to or from school. If a parent needs to take a child home early a note MUST be brought in with that child that morning. CDC guidelines on the buses are very strict.
7. If you have NEW MEDICINE to drop off for your child, please call Nurse Michele to set up an appointment. This must be done BEFORE your child returns to school next week. Do NOT send medicine to school with your child.
The above examples are just some of the more critical items. Please read a more detailed list in the document.
FROM THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
What is bullying? There are a lot of ideas about what bullying is or isn’t. According to Stopbullying.gov, bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Examples of bullying include actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. For more information on what bullying might look like please visit https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/index.html and scroll down.
If you feel that your child is being bullied here are some warning signs: unexplainable injuries, lost or destroyed personal property, change in eating habits, faking sickness, difficulty sleeping, declining grades, decreased self-esteem, self-destructive behaviors. Visit https://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/warning-signs/index.html for more information about signs that your child is either being bullied or is the one doing the bullying.
Children who are being bullied might not ask for help for many reasons. Some feel like there is nothing that can be done or that others don’t/ won’t care. They might worry that there will be “payback” if they tell or that they will be looked at as weak if they seek help. Please talk to your children about being respectful to others and about what it means to be treated respectfully whether you see signs of bullying or not.
If you are not sure what to do or have questions of any kind please reach out to Mr. Wilson, the school counselor at Peak View. Rwilson@rockingham.k12.va.us or 540-289-7510.