WHITELEY WILDCAT UPDATE

September 18, 2020

We are excited that our kindergarten students and our self-contained special education classrooms will be joining us on Monday. We have been busy putting together our final details as we focus on ensuring the safety of our Whitley community. We are grateful for our amazing staff that has gone above and beyond, since August to create an amazing learning experience for our students.

ARRIVAL VIDEO

Our district has created a video that is on the district website. We have also placed this video on our school’s Facebook page. We have created a video that is specific to Whiteley’s arrival through our carpool area. Please take a moment to watch this video if you are dropping off your child when their grade begins in-person learning.

IN-PERSON PROCEDURES AND TIPS

I am sure our in-person learners are excited to be coming back. There are some procedures we would like to share with our families. We are also asking that parents consider sending an additional masks with their child to school. This will allow students to have a back-up mask for those unexpected occurrences. Below are some procedures we would like our families to help with:

MORNING ARRIVAL

CAR RIDERS

-Supervision does not begin until 8:35, this is when we will begin to allow students into the building.

-Please have your child’s lanyard on and signed. Students need to have their lanyard signed for entrance into the school.

-Please pull all the way forward to allow for a continuous flow of cars.

-Parents will need to remain in their car when their student(s) exit the vehicle.

-Children need to be ready to exit the vehicle, with their backpack and lunch bag ready when you pull into the parking lot.

-Students must have their mask on when exiting the vehicle.

-All students will have their temperatures checked and will sanitize their hands upon entry.

-We ask that students remain an airplane arms length away from others.

BUS RIDERS

-Students riding the bus will have an assigned seat the entire year.

-Students must wear their mask on the bus.

-Students will have their temps taken prior to entering the building.

-Students will sanitize their hands prior to entering the building.

-Students must wear their lanyards and staff will ensure there is a parent signature on the card inside the lanyard.


DISMISSAL

-Students will begin dismissing at a staggered time to ensure social distancing.

-Students will load buses immediately and sit in their assigned seats.

-Students that walk home or ride their bikes will be dismissed at 3:25.

-Students that are care riders will be lined up in sections {A-L and M-Z}.

-Parents will pull their cars up in the car line, and remain in their vehicle.

-Staff will call students to the car and students will walk to the car maintaining social distancing.

-Once students are safely loaded into the car, parents may pull-out of the carpool line safely.

SPARK (Special Education Parents Accessing Resources & Knowledge)

The district will host the first SPARK meeting for the school on September 28th at 7:00 p.m.. This meeting will occur virtually. Ann Scully, the new assistant superintendent of Special Education will be giving an overview of services and programming. A flyer with more information is attached within this newsletter

BUS INFORMATION (SAFE AND SECURE)

Our transportation has put together bus protocols for the 2020-2021 school year. If your child will be riding a bus, please take a moment to read through their protocols. If you have any questions after reading the protocols(Safe and Secure) please feel free to reach out to the school office.

PTA

Our PTA is busy working behind the scenes. As they work through creating ideas to support the students and staff at Whiteley, they wanted to share information about their PTA membership. Please take a moment to read through their letter in regards to PTA and membership.

Breakfast

Breakfast is part of a relief effort related to Covid 19. This offering is for all students, regardless of need. The program runs from the first day of school until December 31, 2020. While in-person learning is occurring, each student will receive five days worth of breakfast at the end of the day on Monday. As our nutritional service department works to estimate the number to prepare, we would appreciate families completing this form if they are interested in receiving breakfast when your child begins in-person learning.

UPCOMING EVENTS


September 18th-Student Non-Attendance Day

September 21st-Kindergaren, AIME, and SEAL In-Person Learners @ Whiteley

September 25th-Spirit Day =HAT DAY

September 28th-1st and 2nd Grade In-Person Learners @ Whiteley