September 4, 2020
For Your Information
Hello, hello, hello! I hope everyone is doing well!
~ Please take time before you come to entrance conferences to watch this really important video that details many of the logistics about starting the year. There will be lots of details to pay attention to related to safety expectations, arrival and dismissal, and much, much more. Please take the time to watch it!
~ Distance Learners: Here is a newsletter filled with important information to start the year, including information about material pick up next week! Check it out (you maybe have already seen this as it came directly to you this morning in a separate email).
~ Entrance Conferences: If you haven't yet signed up for an entrance conference, please do so soon! These begin on Tuesday.
~ Lunch Information: Here is a link for more information on Nutrition Services and Free and Reduced Applications. If you think you may qualify for free or reduced meals, please fill it out. It's an important part of how we receive funding for our Title I services.
~ Lunch Delivery volunteers: I am on the hunt for parents who might possibly be interested in consistently volunteering to help with lunch delivery to the classrooms. If you might be available and able to consistently help with this, please contact me via email (email@example.com), and I'll call you. Currently lunch is scheduled to run from 10:15-1:05. I wouldn't necessarily need help the entire time, but those are details we could discuss when I call. Thanks for considering.
~ ACES is hiring part time Child Care Assistants to join their team. Interested candidates can apply online or contact Sam Schirmers at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Interviews will happen on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
~ Mask Wearing: How's the mask wearing practice going? Are kiddos building stamina to wear them all day? Yes, there will be times when students can remove his/her mask (lunchtime, outside time), AND we have purchased breakaway lanyards for all students so they can clip their mask to the lanyard when they are eating or outside.
See you soon!
Parent Information regarding Covid-19 and Health Services
As we start the 2020-2021 school year amidst Covid-19 pandemic, please be aware that we will need to follow established guidelines in order to promote the health and safety of all staff and students. These guidelines are developed with an abundance of caution in order to prevent transmission of the Covid-19 virus. The protocols we will follow are in alignment with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health. In order for schools to be open for in-person learning, it is essential to do all that we can to prevent and/or slow the spread of the virus.
Here are the things you need to know:
* Please check your student for signs or symptoms of illness every morning before they come to school. If they are ill or have a fever (100.4 F or more) they need to stay home. Please do not give them Tylenol, Advil, or any other fever reducing medication before school as this may mask a fever and possible illness. Students who develop a fever at school will be sent home. If they have a new onset cough OR shortness of breath, keep them home. These may be signs of Covid-19.
* If your student has at least two of any of these symptoms or one symptom and a fever, they should stay home as these also may be a sign of Covid-19:
~ Muscle pain
~ Sore Throat
~ Nasal or chest congestion
~ Diarrhea, Vomiting, Nausea
~ Loss of smell or taste
~ Any other new symptom of illness with no other diagnosis
Contact your primary clinic to find out if your student needs to be seen and if and where they can be tested for Covid-19
* Please call the attendance line to report an absence due to illness and include the reason for the absence, including your student’s symptoms.
* When a student becomes ill at school we will need to contact you. Please provide the school with at least 2, and preferably 3 emergency contacts, with up-to-date phone numbers. This can be added to the registration process in Infinite Campus. Ill students will need to go home as soon as possible to prevent the spread of illness. Please make arrangements to be able to have your student picked up promptly.
* Students who are ill and need to go home will be escorted by staff out of the building to the parent or emergency contact. Parents will need to call when they arrive at school to pick up their child, as they will be instructed to not enter the school building.
* Students who are ill with Covid-19 symptoms will need to be home for at least 10 days since the symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least 24 hours without pain reducing medication. Siblings and household members, including those in other school buildings, will also need to be picked up and stay home for at least 14 days, to monitor for symptoms of Covid-19.
* If your student has a known health condition, please contact the school health office and fill out an Individual Health Condition/Emergency Plan Form. If symptoms are related to the health condition we will discuss this with parents. We may require a note from your healthcare provider which indicates a specific diagnosis, if other than Covid-19.
* Students will be required to wear masks in the building. This can be a cloth mask made of at least two layers of material, and should not be a gator style mask or mask with a vent. All students will be expected to wear a mask. If there is a health condition that prevents the student from wearing a mask, the school will require a note from the student’s Primary Care Provider. Staff from school will contact you to discuss alternative protective measures.
* If you plan to have medication at school for your student (prescription AND nonprescription) we will need a Primary Care Provider to complete the Consent Form For Administration of Medication During School Day form. Please call the school to arrange for a time to drop off medications. Please be aware that you will need to keep a supply of medication at home also, in case the school transitions to distance learning. If at all possible, medications should be given at home.
* We know that this year will be like no other. We ask for your patience and understanding as we go through this together. If you have any questionsor concerns, please call Health Services at your child’s building.