Elkton Elementary School Memo
August 31, 2020
A Note from Mrs. Palmer
I know that, amid all the uncertainty and fear right now, it's overwhelming to think about all the responsiblility that comes with a new school year. But we all could use a little extra help at the moment, so here are some tips to help you get through this first month or two as the education system adjusts.
- The first thing I want to tell you is to find a quiet moment and take three slow, deep breaths. Remind yourself that although we are experiencing perhaps the greatest challenge since WWII, everything is going to work out. It's easy to get overwhelmed with panic, frustration, and anxiety, but you have to maintain a level of calm and certanity for your child.
- Be patient with school officials during this period of reopening the school. School officials are working diligently to ensure that kids are protected.
- Finally, reach out to your child's teacher or administration if you have questions about instruction and/or the health/safety guidelines. Communication is very important.
I have attached a link to the Reopening of Schools Parent and Student Handbook. The first section is a letter from me and a summary of our reopening health and safety guidelines. This is followed by a more detailed handbook with information about instruction, school programs, meal costs/policies, and much more. Please take time to go through the school handbook.
I will highlight several reopening policies each week:
- Staying home if sick:
Students must stay home if they are feeling sick or have any symptoms associated with COVID-19. It is important that each parent do a “health” check on their child before sending them to school. If any student comes to school and Covid-19 Symptoms are noticed, the school nurse will contact the parent.
Here is the health check list:
Isolation and discharge protocols for students who may become ill during the day:
A specific room near the nurse’s clinic will be available for students with COVID-19 symptoms. This room will be supervised by an adult. The parent/guardian will be asked to pick up the child within an hour of a phone call. The child will need to stay home the next school day. The child must be fever free for 24 hours without taking medicine. Admin will follow up with a phone call to the parent to check-in on the student.
Barbara Palmer, Principal
Bus Transportation Form
Immunizations/ Physicals Update
Any new student (PreK- 5), that is new to RCPS must have an updated physical on file. This does not matter if they are HLA or physically present in school.
Device Deployment- CHANGE IN DATES
No child will receive their device (iPad/Chromebook) without having a parent sign the release form. The device release form is below, if you want to print it out, read, and sign before Sept. 3/4TH.
Daily Schedule for the Blended and HLA Platforms
All students are expected to participate in the schedule above. School virtually, is held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Teachers will also provide some independent work on Wednesdays.
Emotional Well Being Survey
EES is seeking information about the emotional well-being of your child so that we can be a resource for you and your child. Feel free to complete the survey. Information will go to our school counselor, Mrs. Hepner.