Staying Connected

October 18, 2020

Half Day of School on Wednesday, October 21st for Parent/Teacher Conferences

The school hours on a half day of school are 9:00-12:00.

Half day parent pick up time is 11:45-12:00 pm. Buses dismiss at 12:00 pm.

AM preschool pick up time is 11:30.

PM preschool pick up time is 2:45.

This week there will be no PM Preschool due to conferences.

Regular parent drop off time in the morning for kindergarten through second grade is 8:45-9:00 am.

Regular parent pick up time in the afternoon for kindergarten through second grade is 3:00-3:15 pm.

Mrs. Kimball's class continuing their learning while taking a mask break

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More Information Regarding Massachusetts Travel Order

When returning from travel from a non-lower-risk State, children 10 or younger do not need to be tested if negative tests from the adult travelers are provided.

Diagnostic Testing to begin This Week

Students in kindergarten through grade 2 will complete the IREAD Screener in one session this week and the i-Ready math diagnostic test in two or three sessions over the following two weeks. Remote teachers will communicate with families the dates for these assessments.

Recess Safety Protocols

Children need to move their bodies and stay physically active. Getting outside for fresh air and movement on a daily basis is important to support physical and mental health. In accordance with DESE and CDC guidelines, cohorts will remain separated during recess times and each cohort will have its own assigned recess area. Students should wash or sanitize hands before and after recess. Particular attention should be paid to washing and sanitizing hands before and after masks are removed and put on, if applicable

With physical activity, individuals tend to breathe more heavily and speak louder, which increases the potential for dispersal of respiratory droplets. Students who are seated and maintaining 6 feet of social distance may use recess as a mask break. Students who choose to engage in play not directed or facilitated by an adult must wear their mask.

In alignment with DESE physical education guidance, students may engage in supervised physical activity, such as a group game, without a mask as long as these activities can occur with 10 feet of distance between individuals.

Engaging children in active recess is another way to create opportunities for physical activity and time outdoors that is not dependent on shared equipment.

  • games that limit physical contact such as relays, red light/green light, obstacle courses based on activities rather than equipment, etc.
  • track and field type of events (e.g., long jump).
  • rotating circuit challenges – individual activity stations.

During recess students can use traditional recess equipment. Shared equipment will be cleaned between uses.

After careful consideration of the guidelines for shared equipment, the playscape at Woodland will be used by all students. It will be assigned to one group for Monday and Tuesday. It will not be used on Wednesday. A new group will use it on Thursday and Friday. Each piece of equipment has a set occupancy to allow for social distancing. Students will be required to wash or sanitize hands before and after using equipment. Students must wear a mask on the playscape.