20-21 NSE Mustang Message Aug/Sept

#BetterTogether #MustangStrong

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Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

We are looking forward to beginning the 2020-2021 school year. Whether you select in person learning or remote learning, we are here to help your child be successful. We are looking forward to an amazing school year!


No matter your choice, this year will be like no other we have had in the past. As we navigate all of the new protocols this year will bring, I ask one thing from you.....GRACE. We will do our best to make things as smooth as possible, but I am sure even with all of our effort we will have some challenges along the way. Your grace and patience will help us get through these challenges with ease. I encourage you to remain positive and encouraging with any conversations you have with our staff. I ask you to understand every decision we are making is to keep your child as safe as possible. We appreciate all of our parent support. Your kind words and encouragement have made a world of difference.


Sadly, due to COVID 19, our campus will be closed to all visitors. If you need to come to school and drop something off or to pick up your child, please call the school when you arrive and we will come outside to your car. We are happy to provide you curbside service. We still want you to be involved, so please stay in regular contact with teachers through email, phone calls. or the Remind app.


This is a very long newsletter with a lot of important information. Please keep reading and scrolling until the end. Thank you for working with us to make this year Better Together!


Sincerely,

Mrs. Atkins

Principal NSE

Important Dates

August 20 - Welcome Post Cards were mailed. The post card will have a link to your child's virtual meet the teacher. Check your mail box!


August 23 - Teachers will begin calling parents to set up curbside appointments for remote learners and PK & K in-shool learners. Please answer the call or return the call quickly in order to set your appointment.


August 27th and 28th - Grades PK-4 curbside appointments for remote learning consumable pick-up. (Teacher will call parent and schedule appointment.)


August 27th and 28th - PK & K ONLY In-person students curbside supply drop off by appointment only. (Teacher will call parent and schedule appointment.)


August 27th- Grades 1-4 In-Person Learning Car Riders need to pick up their car tag from 8:00-11:00 am


Sept 1- First Day of School


Sept 3 - Remote paper students must begin turning in work to the elementary school. Work must be turned in each Tuesday and Thursday after this date.


Sept 7 - Labor Day NO SCHOOL


Sept 13 - Happy Grandparents Day! We will not be able to have an event, but we send our love to our grandparents!


Sept 17- Remote Paper students will pick up week 4 paper packet. From this date on, each Thursday, the next week's packet will be distributed.


Sept 22- Progress Reports

Immunizations (SHOTS)

ALL students including remote students, MUST be up to date on their immunizations (shots) before they can start school.

Transportation

Covid-19 Mitigation Strategies

Your child's safety is very important to us. These are some of the things we are doing to prevent the spread of COVID 19 in our school.


  • Parents are required to self prescreen their child before placing the child on the bus or dropping off at school. Any child with symptoms will not be sent to school.
  • All students will eat breakfast in their classrooms.
  • PK and Kinder will eat lunch in their classrooms.
  • Grades 1-4 will eat lunch in the cafeteria one grade level at a time to allow for social distancing.
  • We will teach and practice hand washing and social distancing.
  • Frequent hand washing and sanitizing will occur throughout the day.
  • Specials schedule will keep classes separated or socially distanced.
  • Governor Abbot's mask order will be followed.
  • Students will be encouraged to wear a mask or face shield when social distancing cannot take place. Students will be given lanyards for their masks.
  • Student desks will be spaced apart throughout the classroom.
  • High touch areas will be sanitized often.
  • Library books will be quarantined 3 days after being checked in before being placed in circulation.
  • In grades K-4, in-school students will be assigned their own iPad or Chromebook to use at school.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed in common area entrances.
  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 during school hours will be evaluated by our campus nurse and parent will be notified.
  • Visitors will not be permitted on campus. Curbside service available.
  • All rooms will be sanitized again each evening.
  • Birthday cupcakes must be store bought and dropped off only.
  • We will not have assemblies or large school gatherings.

Will My Child be Required to Wear a Mask?

Governor Abbott's executive order requires masks for people ages 10 & up. Schools are required to follow the order. The majority of our students are below this age. The CDC does recommend children wear masks form ages 2 and up. Although masks will not be required for our students, we do highly recommend students wear a mask or a face shield. This will add a layer of protection and help slow the spread of Covid-19 if exposure occurs. In order to instruct elementary students, small group teaching is very important. Social distancing cannot occur in a small group setting. In order to be taught in a small group, a student and the teacher need to be protected with a mask or a face shield. There will also be many opportunities for your child to social distance and take mask break. We are providing each student a lanyard for their face shield to keep it form falling on the ground if it is taken off. Will a student be in trouble if he/she takes their mask off or forgets to social distance? Of course not. We understand we have young children on our campus and it may be difficult for a child to comply. We will take every consideration into account and we will be helpful and understanding through the process. You can help us by practicing mask wearing before school begins. The flyers below are a helpful guide in helping your child become comfortable with wearing a mask at school. We appreciate you helping us with this added safety measure.

The importance of wearing a mask:

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Links to Children's masks and face sheilds

Educational Rights & Responsibilities During COVID 19

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