WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL 2020-2021
FAIRMOUNT PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Greetings Falcon Families:
We are excited to finally get to say WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!! We missed our scholars so very much!! Whether you have chosen to come to the school building or learn online, we are excited to have you back with us for another year of learning. Please keep reading for some important back to school information.
School starts August 24th for all scholars face to face and MyPCS Online students.
FAIRMOUNT PARK VISION AND MISSION
Mission: At Fairmount Park Elementary, we will promote the growth of lifelong learning and academic excellence by teaching the WHOLE child through a broad-based curriculum which fosters a positive self-concept, creativity, self-discipline, values and life skills.
2020-2021 School Improvement Plan (SIP) Areas of Focus:
- Culture & Environment specifically relating to Student Attendance
- Instructional Practice relating to Standards-Aligned Instruction
- Culture & Environment specifically relating to Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports
- ESSA Subgroup specifically relating to African-American
Guidelines for Success:
Own your Actions
Always Do Your Best
Respect Yourself & Others
Virtual Meet the Teacher: Thursday, August 20th from 1:00-2:30 PM
First Day of School: Monday, August 24th
Virtual Open House- Tuesday, September 15th
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
Scholars' start and end times are 8:15 AM and 3:15 PM
The campus opens for scholars at 7:45 AM. Scholars should not be dropped off prior to 7:45 AM. We do not have staff on campus before 7:45 AM to adequately supervise scholars.
Families will use the car circle to drop their scholars off. Please do not leave your cars. Falcon staff will be available to assist scholars with making it to class. I know this will be a little bit different, but we will get through it together. Due to social distancing we can no longer have our scholars eat breakfast in the cafeteria. Upon arrival all scholars will get a breakfast to go and eat it in their classroom.
This year as scholars are dismissed they will wait in their classrooms until their cars arrive and their names are called. Please have your car tags posted in the car window. All family members riding in the same car should be listed on the car tag. Please follow the traffic patterns and continue to move down as you await your child. We ask for grace and patience until we get our car circle process perfected.
Please see staggered dismissal times below:
- 3:05 Pre-K Bus riders and SVE , North Walkers, Bike Riders, Pre-K-Kindergarten siblings, Car Riders
- 3:10 South Walkers, Bike Riders, and Car Riders
- 3:15 Car Riders, Bus Riders, and R’ Club
*ALL Scholars will be dismissed through our closed circuit television system.
MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
All classrooms, including Music and Art, as well as the cafeteria, have been arranged to maximize distance from one scholar to another. We have incorporated signage to help scholars and staff follow directional paths and to maintain a safe distance when walking in line, waiting for the restroom, waiting in the lunch line, and sitting at a cafeteria table.
VISITORS ON CAMPUS
HEALTH AND THE SCHOOL CLINIC
We ask that you sincerely commit to doing this to help keep our scholars and staff healthy. All staff will complete a self screening tool to affirm their wellness each day before entering our school building.
If a scholar gets sick during the school day, our nurse will assess the child and consult with the parent/guardian. If a scholar exhibits illness beyond the normal stomach ache or “boo-boo”, we will request that you pick your child up. I strongly encourage you to make back-up plans for pick up. Please provide the front office with several people for us to contact on your behalf.
Scholars who exhibit Covid -19 symptoms will be isolated in a designated area in our administration building until you arrive to pick them up. The District has established a COVID-19 team that will work closely with the Pinellas County Health Department to assist schools with making COVID-19 health decisions.
MESSAGE TO MY PCS ONLINE SCHOLARS AND FAMILIES
MYPCS Online is a 9-week commitment for scholars and will be delivered virtually on a daily bell schedule with the same or similar curriculum as in-person instruction and interaction with scholars.
Grades: Scholars will earn grades for lesson completion, assessments, and participation, as if they were face to face. Scholars in grades 1st and 2nd earn E, V, S, N, U and scholars in 3rd through 5th earn A, B, C, D, F.
Attendance: Scholars must participate in the entire days school schedule to be counted as present. Our school's Student Services team will conference with parents and conduct home visits to ensure that each and every Fairmount Park Elementary scholar has what they need to be successful in this program.
Parents of MyPCS Online scholars please consider the following:
- Establish a in-school routine everyday just like you would for face to face school.
- Communicate often with the school and teacher to make sure your scholar has the supplies and working technology they need to be successful.
- Be prepared for parent teacher conferences via TEAMS or ZOOM to talk about your scholar's progress.
- Consider talking to your scholar and telling them that this is important work. You might want to develop an incentive plan for FOCUS and Attention to learning while in MYPCS Online.