Lyons Mill Elementary Explorer

January 2022

Happy New Year!!

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When it gets cold outside, we bring the playground inside

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COVID Isolation and Quarantine Procedures- Update January 18


Student/Staff has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19:

  • Students and staff must stay home for at least five full days from the first date of their symptoms or the date of the positive test if they have no symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after symptoms begin or the first full day after the date of the test if no symptoms.
  • Students and staff may return to school or work on day 6, if
    • They have no symptoms, or
    • Respiratory symptoms, including cough, have improved and fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without medication.
  • Students with a disability who have an exemption to the mask requirement must remain at home for a full 10 days. For all other individuals, masks may only be removed when eating or napping.


Student/Staff with a close contact exposure to someone with COVID-19:

Quarantine required if:

  • The student/staff member is unvaccinated or only received one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
  • The student/staff member is 18 years or older, and
    • Received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than five months ago and is not boosted, or
    • Received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine more than two months ago and is not boosted.

These students and staff members should quarantine as follows:

  • Stay home for at least five days after the last close contact with the person with COVID-19. Day 1 is the first full day after the date of last close contact.
  • If the student or staff member have symptoms they should be tested immediately.
  • If the student or staff member have no symptoms, they are strongly encouraged to be tested no sooner than five days after the last close contact.
    • If the test is negative, they may return to school wearing their masks at all times unless eating or napping.
    • If the test is positive, they should follow the above directions for isolation.
    • If a student or staff member is unable to test, they must remain home for at least 5 days and upon their return, they must wear their mask at all times, unless eating or napping.

Quarantine NOT Required:

  • Students/staff not experiencing COVID symptoms do NOT need to quarantine after exposure if:
    • They are 18 years and older and have been boosted, OR
      • Received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last five months, OR
      • Received their Johnson and Johnson vaccine within the last two months.
    • They are 5-17 years old and have received the Pfizer vaccine series as recommended AND have no symptoms.
    • If they had a prior COVID-19 infection (using a viral test) within the last 90 days AND have no symptoms.
  • These individuals are:
    • Required to wear a mask around others at all times for ten days after the last contact with the person with COVID-19. Day 1 is the first full day after the date of last close contact.
      • Masks may only be removed when the individual is eating or napping.
    • Strongly encouraged to get tested no sooner than five days after the last close contact (or as soon as they develop symptoms).
      • If the test is positive, please follow the above directions for isolation.
  • Required to get COVID tested if they develop symptoms.

COVID Test Kits - January 12

On Tuesday. 1/11 we handed out over 200 COVID test kits to our LMES students.

This morning, our BCPS Office of Health Services shared that the COVID test kits should not be sent home in elementary students' backpacks because the liquid in the kit has the potential for serious eye injury. So, this afternoon we were able to hand out additional COVID test kits to parents and caregivers as they picked up their students from school.

However, we were not able to send a COVID test kit home with our bus riders and our walkers. We also did not send COVID test kits with our students who attend Hot Spots. If your child has not received their COVID test kit you are welcome to stop by school during school hours and pick it up anytime.

At this time, we are only able to provide one test kit per child.

You are welcome to test your child as soon as you receive the test kit, or you can hold on to it and test your child if they start showing any symptoms. Testing your child is completely optional.

Last but not least, our elementary student- sized KN95 masks will be arriving Friday or by early next week at the latest. As soon as the KN95 masks arrive we will be handing them out to students.

Baltimore County Department of Health - Vaccination Clinics

We are hosting clinics every day this week except Friday.

Schedule you appointment today for your initial vaccine or the booster.

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The Week of January 10

As a follow up to the email from Dr. Williams we just wanted to clarify the schedule for this week.

Monday, January 10

All teachers and staff members at Lyons Mill will have the opportunity to participate in COVID testing. Teachers will also use this time to prepare and plan for any temporary transitions to virtual learning if needed in the future.

As shared in Dr. Williams' letter, on Monday, students in all grade levels will participate in asynchronous learning. This means our students will log into their BCPS computers using their username and password. From there, our students will go to Schoology to access their courses. By Monday morning your child's teacher will post independent learning activities in the areas of reading/ELA, mathematics, science, social studies and/or health. Throughout the day on Monday your child is encouraged to work at their own pace to complete these assignments.

Tuesday, January 11

On Tuesday, all students at Lyons Mill will have the opportunity to come to Lyons Mill to pick up a rapid COVID testing kit. (See below for additional information) Lyons Mill staff members will be helping with the distribution of test kits, while other teachers continue to plan.

On Tuesday, students in kindergarten through Grade 4 will again participate in asynchronous learning by accessing learning activities in Schoology. Throughout the day on Tuesday your child is encouraged to work at their own pace to complete these assignments.

Students in Grade 5 only, will participate in synchronous, on-line learning with the teacher via Google Meet.

Please be on the look-out for additional information from your child’s teacher.

Wednesday, January 12

All Lyons Mill Elementary students, in all grades will return to attending school in person.

Distribution of COVID Test Kits

Starting at 8:30 on Tuesday morning, we will have staff in the front of school handing out one COVID test kit per student in a "drive thru" fashion. As you pull up to school, you will be asked to fill in a short form with your child's name, grade, and teacher's name. Students do not need to be present to pick up their test kit. If you choose to do so, you will take the test kit home and follow the directions provided to test your child. Only positive results need to be reported to the school. The use of the COVID test kit is completely optional.

The distribution of test kits will run from 8:30--3:30 on Tuesday at the main entrance off of Lyons Mill Road. If you are not able to pick up your child's test kit on Tuesday, we will send it home with your child when they return to school for in-person learning on Wednesday.


Free meals will be available for students while buildings are closed on Monday and Tuesday through curbside service. No sign-up or registration is required. On Monday, January 10, between 12:00 and 1:00 students/parents will be able to come to the main entrance of any BCPS school to pick up bagged meal for both days - 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches.

Again, the health and safety of staff and students remains our top priority and BCPS is using all strategies and resources available to ensure that schools can stay open safely and we minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our school communities.

Thank you for your continued partnership and cooperation.

Keep Yourself & Others Safe in 2022..,,,

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Please mask sure your child wears a mask to school every day!!

Closings, Delays, Cancellations & Postponements

Information about school operations is announced publicly as soon as possible on local radio and television stations and other media including the Internet.

  • BCPS Web Home Page links to page displaying emergency announcements
  • BCPS TV, Comcast Cable Channel 73 & Verizon Fios Channel 34
  • BCPS Telephone Information 443-809-5555
  • Local radio and television stations
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SERC Free Parent Workshops

SERC FREE Parent Trainings are back! For more information and to register visit our website.

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Out #1 priority is to keep all our students safe and healthy. If your child is not feeling well please keep them home.

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Arriving Late or Picking Up Early?

Just a quick reminder if your student arrives after the 8:45 late bell a parent or guardian will need to come into the main office to sign their child in and obtain a late pass.

If your child has an appointment and needs to be dismissed prior to 3:30 a parent will need to come into the main office and sign their child out. Students begin preparing for dismissal at 3:15 so it is helpful if you pick your child up prior to 3:15.

Reminder....Only adults listed on your child's contact information card in FOCUS may pick up your child. A photo ID is required.

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Creating a Focus Schoology Parent Account


November 4, 2021

Where can I get COVID vaccine for my 5-11 year old child?

· Check with your child’s pediatrician. If they have COVID vaccine, please register for an appointment with their office.

· If your child’s pediatrician does not have COVID vaccine, please sign up for an appointment on the Baltimore County COVID Vaccine website.

What if I only see a few appointments on the website? Don’t worry. Additional clinics for the week of November 8 will be added to the website soon.

Where is Baltimore County offering COVID vaccines for 5-11 year olds? Baltimore County is holding clinics at the following locations in the next week:

· White Marsh Mall in the old Sears store;

· Sollers Point Community Center;

· Randallstown Community Center;

· Lansdowne Elementary School.

How can I get more information?

· Talk with your child’s pediatrician about COVID vaccine; both the risks and benefits as well as ways to get an appointment.

· Call the Baltimore County COVID Hotline at 410-887-3816.

BCPS School Calendars

Just a quick reminder that you can find the 2021-22 BCPS School Calendar on the school system's website

In the month of November Lyons Mill ES will be closed on the following dates: 11/5 Half Day. 11/23 (Report Card Conference Day), 11/24, 11/25, and 11/26.

In the month of December students will have a half day on 12/23 and schools will be closed 12/24 through 12/31.

Sneak Peek at the LMES Art Club's Masterpiece

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