PES Panther Parent Update

1/18 to 1/21/22

PES Vision

We are a family of learners who trust each other and work together

to ensure all are safe and successful.

PES Updates - Message from Mr. Angeloni - UPDATED

Dear PES Parents,


Hello!


Hello, I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. Please be sure to read the newsletter in its entirety.


An update from Dr. Simmons, CCHD and CCPS COVID-19 testing dates and information, and reposts of several important news items included: our partnership with Edmentum, the calendar changes for CCPS for the 21-22 school year, quarantine information, and more.


This information will also be posted on our website blog and Facebook page.


We also have reposts of screening for student wellness before sending to school, as well as reposts of information for the tutoring and food services being offered to students currently in quarantine.


Transportation - It is stressful when your child’s bus is delayed. When a delay is experienced, our first priority is to ensure student safety and correct the issue causing the delay. However, we will make every effort to send a SchoolMessenger call or email to advise of a delay. Please make sure your contact information is accurate by calling our front office staff with any changes. Please also see this newsletter for Car Rider Line Tips!


Health & Wellness - Please be assured that staff is here to help in any way possible. If you or your student would like to speak with a school counselor, administrator, or staff at the School-Based Health Center, please just ask. We have the resources at hand to ensure students have a healthy and successful school year.


All CCPS students and staff, regardless of vaccination status are required to wear masks while at PES. regardless of whether students are present. In addition, mask-wearing is still mandated on all of our buses per federal and state instructions. Please see below, in this newsletter for comments from me on the mask mandate and resources from CCPS behind this important decision. I am confident that by continuing the strong community partnerships we have built, and by following the outlined health and safety protocols PES will continue to be safe for all of our staff and students during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Finally, if you have any questions related to transportation or the happenings at PES please reach out to me via email (angeloni.antonio@ccpsstaff.org) or by calling the school directly.


Here are the contents of this week's newsletter:


  • Message from Mr. Angeloni - UPDATED
  • MLK Jr. Day - 1/17/22 - No School - NEW
  • Preparation for Potential Closures - NEW
  • CCPS 21-22 Calendar Changes - REPOST
  • CCPS Edmentum Updates - REPOST
  • CCPS Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols/Guidelines - REPOST
  • Attendance Modifications for Quarantined Students - REPOST
  • COVID-19 Testing Available Once a Week in All Schools - REPOST
  • CCPS Food Backpack Program - REPOST
  • Please Keep Students with Symptoms of Illness at Home - REPOST
  • PES Tutoring for Quarantined Students - REPOST
  • Food Delivery for Quarantined Students - REPOST
  • CCPS Mask Requirements - REPOST
  • PES School Lunch Menu - REPOST
  • Free Lunch and Breakfast for All Students during 21-22 - REPOST
  • CCPS 21-22 Calendar - REPOST
  • This week at PES - UPDATED
  • Promoting a healthy and safe environment for ALL students and staff - NEW
  • PES Parent Title I Information - REPOST


We appreciate all of the patience, kindness, and flexibility our community continues to show our staff!


Sincerely,


A.J. Angeloni

MLK Jr. Day - 1/17/22 - No School - NEW

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Preparation for Potential Closures - NEW

Please see the message from Dr. Simmons regarding the possibility of short-term classroom/grade or school closures. Please note:


  • Teachers will post on their Google Classroom if the class will be synchronous (live instruction online) or asynchronous (assignments posted in Google Classroom).

  • Teachers will be taking attendance for synchronous classes just like they do for regular school days. Asynchronous class assignments will be used to record attendance for those classes. If a student is unable to log in for a synchronous class, the student should email the teacher requesting work so that the teacher knows the student is engaged in learning.

  • Students will follow the same class schedule as they do in person.


To prepare for the possibility of a virtual day:


  • Check that your child is bringing home their device each day.

  • Designate a space at home for your student to work with a power source nearby to charge the device.

  • If you do not have internet or your internet does not work well enough, please contact the front office at the school directly to ask about a Kajeet (hotspot) device.

CCPS 21-22 Calendar Changes - REPOST


CCPS Calendar Changes


The 2021-2022 school year calendar has been amended as detailed below. Changes impacting student days are bolded.


  • Jan. 25 and April 1, 2022, are currently scheduled as half days for students so teachers may complete grading for the end of the semester. All teachers will now have the option to work virtually after students are dismissed.

  • March 4, April 13, and May 27, 2022, have been changed to half-days for students, with April 13 and May 27, 2022, early dismissal for all staff.


For complete details of these changes, please see the news release (Board Amends 2021-22 School Year Calendar) on the CCPS website.


All school calendars can for the 2021-2022 school year be found here, at the CCPS website in English and Spanish.

CCPS Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols/Guidelines - REPOST

Updated Guidelines for Quarantining Students


Based on updated guidance from the Caroline County Health Department (CCHD), quarantining protocols will be as follows:


Updated Quarantine and Isolation Guidance for PreK-12 *


Fully Vaccinated Individuals (completed primary series or booster) who test positive-

  • Must isolate for 5 days from symptom onset (or from date of test if asymptomatic)

  • Can return to work/school on day 6 with no symptoms or symptoms resolving and fever free for 24 hours prior

  • Must wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days


Unvaccinated Individuals who test positive-

  • Must isolate for 7 days from symptom onset (or from date of test if asymptomatic)

  • Can return to work/school on day 8 with no symptoms or symptoms resolving and fever free for 24 hours prior

  • Must wear a mask around others for an additional 3 days


Fully Vaccinated Individuals (completed primary series or booster) who have close contact with a positive individual-

  • Are not required to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic

  • Continue to wear a mask when around others


Unvaccinated Individuals who have close contact with a positive individual-

  • Must quarantine and monitor for symptoms

  • Can return to work/school:

    • after 10 days (return on day 11) from exposure and symptom free or

    • after 7 days (return on day 8) if a negative PCR test is completed on or after day 5 from exposure and symptom free


*At this time, no changes are being made to protocols for student athletic programs. These updates apply only to the regular student day.


Contact Tracing Updates


Contact tracing will be completed in settings where masks are removed such as the cafeteria and high school sports programs.


Principals will send an email to the parents/guardians of students who have been identified as close contacts in unmasked settings.


The general positive notification will continue to be sent to all students and staff.


With masking:

In settings where all students are masked, an asymptomatic student who is identified as a close contact will no longer need to quarantine from school as long as the following conditions are met:


  • If at any time the student develops symptoms of COVID-19, he or she should isolate and get tested right away.

  • The student must continue to wear a mask properly for 14 days after the exposure in all settings.

  • The student cannot participate in activities within a school or public setting for 14 days where universal masking and social distancing are not in place. This includes sports and extracurricular activities.

  • Testing is recommended 3-5 days following the exposure.


Without masking:

Students who are identified as close contacts while not wearing a mask (such as during meals) will continue to be quarantined. Students currently quarantined under these conditions (no masks) must remain quarantined as directed. Please check with the school nurse if you are unsure about the conditions of your child’s quarantine.

Parents will be notified by phone, followed by a letter in the mail. There are two options for quarantined students:


  • Option A: Quarantine at home for 10 days from the last date of known exposure. Your child can return as long as they remain without symptoms.

  • Option B: Quarantine at home for 7 days from the last date of known exposure with testing on or after day 5 from exposure. Your child can return to school on day 8 with a negative PCR test result.


For more details, please see the CCPS News Release.

CCPS Edmentum Updates - REPOST

CCPS has partnered with Edmentum again this year utilizing Exact Path and their coaches to monitor, guide, and support your students throughout the program. Parents will receive individual letters regarding the recommendation for their child followed by a phone call from the Exact Path coach to get started.

Attendance Modifications for Quarantined Students - REPOST

Attendance Modifications for Quarantined Students


Attendance procedures for quarantined students have been modified as of the 2nd quarter of this school year (Nov. 8). This modification was made based on guidelines set by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).


For quarantine students who are unable to participate in academic activities:

An isolated student who is ill and unable to participate in academic activities will be reported as absent, which follows the CCPS attendance policy.


For quarantined students who are able to participate in academic activities:

Quarantined students who are healthy will be reported as present and are expected to participate in meaningful academic activities that advance student learning. CCPS will continue to use Google Classroom for access to class assignments and offer Zoom tutoring to support students who are quarantined.


If a quarantined student does not return to in-person, in-school instruction after the assigned quarantined period, the normal attendance or make-up work policies for absent students will be followed.


News Post on the CCPS Website

COVID-19 Testing Available Once a Week in All Schools - REPOST

COVID-19 Testing Available Once a Week in All Schools


Voluntary COVID-19 testing will be available one day a week in all schools, beginning the week of November 8, 2021.


CCPS has contracted with 20/20 GeneSystems in Rockville, Maryland to provide this service. Registration is required prior to participation in the testing program. Parents will be able to register students online with a one-time enrollment, which grants permission for once-a-week testing for the remainder of the school year.


Testing schedule:


  • Mondays beginning Nov. 8 - Federalsburg and Preston Elementary Schools, Colonel Richardson Middle and Colonel Richardson High Schools

  • Wednesdays beginning Nov. 10 - Denton, Greensboro and Ridgely Elementary Schools, Lockerman Middle and North Caroline High Schools


20/20 GeneSystems has developed a Frequently Asked Questions sheet for parents which includes information about the registration process.

CCPS Food Backpack Program - REPOST

Please see the flyer, and the link to the form for food backpack registration directly below the flyer.
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Please Keep Students with Symptoms of Illness at Home - REPOST

Please Keep Students with Symptoms of Illness at Home


We are doing our very best to keep students in school but we need the help of our families. We are finding that some students who come to school with symptoms of illness are then testing positive for COVID-19. This leads to having to identify close contacts who then must be quarantined, meaning more students are missing school.


PLEASE help us keep students safe and in school as much as possible. Keep your child at home if they have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

PES Tutoring for Quarantined Students - REPOST

Dear PES Families,


Quarantined students in need of help with assignments may now connect with a tutor at their school.


Zoom links for tutors may be found on student’s Google Classroom.


If no Zoom link exists for your particular grade level please reach out to your student(s) teachers or the PES front office via email or phone call with questions until tutoring is available.


Sincerely,


A.J. Angeloni - Principal

Food Delivery for Quarantined Students - REPOST

Students who are not in school due to being quarantined as still eligible for free meals. Families interested in receiving meals may complete a form:


Student Meal Form, English

Student Meal Form, Spanish

Student Meal Form, Haitian Creole


Questions or concerns may be directed to Caroline County Public Schools Food Services, 410-479-3261.


The form also has information about Caroline Helping Hands which is a volunteer-based organization in partnership with Caroline County Public Schools, serving the children of Caroline County with holiday & weekend food bags.


If requested on the form, this program will provide children in need with a nutritious care pack of food to have as a supplement for weekend meals. This program is provided by generous donations and will continue to serve the community as long as funding is available. This program is absolutely FREE, there is no cost to the family.

CCPS Mask Requirements - REPOST

Dear PES Families,


Please see the following information on the mask mandate in CCPS. I encourage any of our families to reach out to me with questions. I know that no one enjoys wearing masks - as a father and principal I am keenly aware of this - however; I firmly believe our PES teachers are the best in the world, and that the very best thing we can do for our kids is to keep our doors open for in-person instruction - 5 days a week, 180 days of the year! To do this, and to keep our kids from quarantine based on the information below, masks provide us with the best strategy to accomplish that goal. Please read the press release and the FAQ that has details on the data that went into this decision. Thank you for your support and for always advocating for our PES students.


- A.J. Angeloni, Principal of Preston Elementary School

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Do students have to wear masks?


Masks are now required for all individuals inside Caroline County Public Schools buildings, regardless of vaccination status, when students are present. In accordance with the Federal mandate, all students and staff are required to wear masks while riding a school bus.

August 17 News Release


Masks are required because we want our students to stay in school, in person. If a child is not wearing a mask and tests positive for COVID-19, the unvaccinated students around that child (masked or unmasked) are then required to be quarantined. However, if all students are masked and at least three feet apart in the classroom, only the child testing positive would miss school days. There may be other settings such as the bus or the cafeteria where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Our best chance at keeping classrooms and schools safe and open is to require everyone to wear masks and maintain three feet whenever possible.


NEW:


Please remember:


Masks should cover the nose and mouth without holes, valves or vents, and be in

accordance with the dress code.


Stay home if:


  • You have had any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or another illness in the last 10 days
  • You have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days


Please visit the CCPS Back to School page which includes a Frequently Asked Question section about the mask requirement.
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PES School Lunch Menu - REPOST

Parents please see the following link for PES and all CCPS school lunch menus:


CCPS/PES Lunch Menu Dashboard

Free Lunch and Breakfast for All Students during 21-22 - REPOST

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This week at PES and beyond - UPDATED

  • No School - MLK Jr. Day - 1/17/22
  • STEM Club Meeting - 1/18/22 - 3:45 PM
  • BOE Work Session - 1/18/22 - 6 PM
  • Math 24 Club Meeting - 1/19/22 - 3:45 PM

Promoting a healthy and safe environment for ALL students and staff - NEW

CCPS is committed to providing a safe, respectful, nurturing educational environment where the worth and dignity of individuals are valued and their safety and rights are protected. Behaviors that compromise this environment, interfere with school operations or are otherwise contrary to the basic mission of our public schools will not be tolerated. Bullying, hazing, harassment or other discrimination affecting a student or a staff member should be reported by a victim, parent/guardian, witness, staff member or other person having knowledge.



Staff members with knowledge of such conduct are required to promptly report it to the building principal.

PES Parent Title I Information - REPOST

Parents Right to Know


The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains several provisions that promote a parent/school partnership through communication. One such provision gives parents the right to ask for and receive information about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers. A parent may request the following information:


  • Any college or university degree, major or certification held by the teacher

  • Whether the teacher is certified by the State of Maryland to teach a particular grade level or subject area

  • Whether the teacher holds a conditional teaching certificate

  • The qualifications of the paraprofessionals serving the student


If you would like to request the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers or paraprofessionals, please submit a written request to the principal. The principal will provide the information to you within 30 business days of the date of your request.


Parents may also request information on the level of achievement and academic growth of their child, if applicable and available, on each of the State academic assessments.


Parents will receive timely notice if the student has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet applicable State certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.


If you have any Title I questions please do not hesitate to school the school directly.