Chimacum Elementary Newsletter
January 14, 2021
Return To In-Person Learning
Chimacum School District was part of 5% of districts in the state to safely open in September with in-person learning which continued for almost three months. Since our pivot to full remote learning just after Thanksgiving due to a sharp increase in community infections, our school has been working hard on ways to best educate our students while following the required COVID-19 protocols such as masking and physical distancing. We know that the remote learning model is difficult for our students and families. Thank you for your continued patience.
We have missed seeing all of our students on campus and are eager to have them back here at school. Therefore, we are excited to reopen our school to in-person learning starting Thursday, January 21st with a slightly different hybrid model that gets all students in our school, every day. The benefits of this model are:
- Seeing every student, every day for a half-day 5 days per week. This will greatly improve our ability to physically see and teach each of our students, every day.
- The hybrid model will continue to keep class sizes as low as possible to facilitate social distancing.
- Reliance on Zoom/Meet will be greatly reduced. Students would still need to work at home for the rest of their day on teacher-assigned independent practice or lessons from their in-person learning using Google Classroom.
- Students will receive a breakfast and lunch to take home.
What Cohort Is My Child In?
- Current Cohort A students will attend school in the morning from 8:45-11:15
- Current Cohort B students will attend school in the afternoon from 1:00-3:25
- Students returning from a fully remote model will receive communication from the school regarding which cohort their child is in.
- In extreme cases of family need, switching a student may be considered by the school, but not guaranteed in order to preserve balanced classrooms. If your family is in this circumstance please contact our school office by calling or emailing.
Drop Off And Pick Up Procedures at CES
Please be sure to complete the health screening for your child before they come to school. This will help to reduce congestion for our before-school screening.
Be sure to follow the following drop off & pick up times:
Parent Drop Off- 8:40-8:45 (no earlier than 8:40)
Parent Pick Up- 11:15
Parent Drop Off- 12:55-1:00 (no earlier than 12:55)
Parent Pick Up- 3:25
- When picking up your child in a private vehicle, please either wait in the yellow car lane or stand near the flagpole. Please do not have your child cross the parking lot to meet you. You will need to walk them to your car if you are parked in the parking lot.
- Parking Reminder- Please DO NOT park or stop to drop your child off in the red fire zones. Please use the areas designated with yellow curbs.
School Meal Plan
- Cohort A (the morning group) will be taking home a lunch to be eaten that day and a breakfast to be eaten at home the next morning.
- Cohort B (the afternoon group) will be taking home a breakfast and lunch to be eaten at home the next day before arriving at school.
Our food service will be communicating school meal pick up options and schedules for our 100% remote students. Details will be communicated shortly.
Morning Attestation Required & Student Arrival Screenings
Our school will continue using the web application called PickUp Patrol (PUP) to help us better manage our health screening and dismissal process, and it will make it easier for you to make changes to your children’s dismissal plans. If you don't already have an account, an email has been sent to the account we have on file to set up your PickUp Patrol account.
AT-HOME SCREENING: Use your PickUp Patrol app to screen your children each morning before leaving for school. Please complete the PickUP Patrol health screening each day before sending your child to school.
The PickUp Patrol app is:
● Convenient: Make changes days, weeks, or months in advance.
● Reliable: A confirmation email is sent to you each time you submit a plan change.
● Safe: Accurate dismissal tracking will help ensure a safe dismissal for all our students.
After School Dismissal Plans:
● PUP is free to parents and is accessed from your smartphone or computer.
● To make a dismissal change, simply log in, select a date, your child, and a plan change option. Then hit submit!
● Changes and absences can be entered months in advance, but submit all same-day changes by 10:00 for Cohort A and 2:00 for Cohort B.
● Teachers will be automatically notified of any dismissal changes for the day and will communicate them to your child.
● This program makes it easier for everyone- no papers lost on the bus or backpack, and parents and school staff are notified in one step!
How to Register
- Registration Email: You will receive an email with registration instructions to set up your password. Be sure to register right away, because the link will expire soon.
- Setup Default Plans: Once logged in, review & set your child’s Default Plan. This is the normal, regular dismissal plan that they follow on a daily basis.
- Add PUP to your Phone: The PUP app is not accessed through the app stores. Instead, you’ll simply add it to your phone’s home screen for easy access.
- Make Plan Changes: Once registered, please start using PUP to report all plan changes and absences. If you have any questions, contact us here in the office at email@example.com
School COVID Guidelines
- If 2 or fewer of the less specific symptoms resolve in 24 hours (fatigue, body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea) THEN students may return to school when fever-free and improving symptoms after 24 hours.
- If any of the more specific symptoms are exhibited (fever of 100.4 or greater or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste or smell) THEN students or staff need to get a COVID-19 test.
- If the COVID-19 test is negative, then students/staff may return to school when fever-free for 24 hours and improved symptoms.
- If no COVID-19 test is obtained, then students/staff may return to school after 10 days AND symptom-free for 24 hours.
- If a COVID-19 test is positive, then the student/staff member will be excluded from school and Jefferson County Public Health will advise on a return date.
Please note that COVID-19 tests are usually free and can be obtained by calling:
Jefferson Healthcare COVID-19-NURSE CONSULT LINE
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
COVID-19 Testing Drive-Thru is by appointment only. Please call the consult line to schedule an appointment.
- Jan. 18 - MLK Day- No School
- Jan. 29 - Pajama Spirit Day
- Jan. 29 - End of Semester
- Feb. 1 - Semester Break Day
- Feb, 12 - Snow Make-up Day
- Feb. 15 - Presidents' Day
- Feb. 26 - Mis-Match Spirit Day
- Mar. 24 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Mar. 30 & April 2 - Occupation Dress Up Spirit Day
- April 5-9 - Spring Break
- April 30 - Favorite Sport Spirit Day
- May 28 - Snow Make-up Day
- May 31 - Memorial Day
- June 8 & 11 - Beach Spirit Day
- June 18 - Last Day of School
About Chimacum Elementary
Our MISSION is to use S.T.E.A.M. as a foundation for unique and powerful learning experiences rooted in our community.
Our VISION is to grow students who, through powerful community-connected learning experiences, are prepared for life's requirements, challenges, and adventures and empowered to be engaged citizens and creative problem solvers.
Our Motto: "We grow kids!"
Chimacum School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Civil Rights, Title IX, and Section 504 Coordinator
PO Box 278, Chimacum, WA 98325