Oak Grove Newsletter - August 6, 2021
Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year!
The first day of school is quickly approaching and we are very excited to welcome you back. A special welcome to families new to Oak Grove! We are glad that you have joined the OG family. As principal, I am looking forward to getting to know and work with your child.
We want to assure you that we have been working extremely hard in preparation for this school year. The staff at Oak Grove is amazing and going above and beyond to meet the needs of each student.
Our district theme for this year is "Full Steam Ahead!" Working together as partners in your child's education, we will move "Full Steam Ahead" to make this a great school year!
SCHOOL START Dates
The 21 - 22 school year is just around the corner! School start dates are below.
Early dismissal for Oak Grove is 12:25 pm.
OG Bell Schedule
Last year, ten minutes were added to each school day to accommodate for the later start. This year, we will resume our normal bell schedule so five minutes will be subtracted at the beginning and five minutes at the end.
8:25 am - The first bell rings. Students can enter the building.
8:50 am - The tardy/late bell rings. All students should be in class ready to start their day.
3:50 pm - Students will be dismissed by bus, car or walker.
Meet the Teacher Night
Infinite Campus Parent Portal
Your Infinite Campus Parent Portal includes all of your contact information. Please make sure that phone numbers and email addresses are updated so that you can receive communications from Oak Grove Elementary and the district.
Use this link to access the IC Parent Portal: https://turnerusd202.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/turner.jsp
If you need assistance accessing your IC Parent Portal use the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR
We are looking forward to welcoming students back into our school buildings next week.
TUSD 202's priority for the 21 - 22 school year is to keep our school buildings open and provide a safe in-person learning environment for our students and staff. We strongly recommend and encourage that masks be worn in our school buildings, especially by and around our unvaccinated students. This recommendation is supported by the Unified Government Public Health Department, Children’s Mercy Hospital, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among others. Health experts with the Unified Government Public Health Department advise that the most proactive way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to wear masks in indoor settings.
In addition to preventing outbreaks in our schools, wearing masks will help keep students and staff in our classrooms. Should there be a confirmed positive case in a building, we will offer the following options for close contacts:
- Unmasked and unvaccinated individuals who are close contacts to a positive case will quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine days for students will be excused absences. In lieu of the 10-day quarantine, an individual may quarantine at home for 7 days and return to school with a negative COVID-19 test after 7 days. Another option would be the individual remaining in school, masking, and taking a daily rapid COVID-19 test for 7 days. All rapid tests have a 15-minute wait time and will be administered in school buildings without cost.
- Vaccinated and/or masked individuals who are close contacts will not be required to quarantine.
In addition to mask wearing, we also ask that parents do not send symptomatic students to school. In our buildings, we will be doing daily sanitization practices and physical distancing when possible. We will have COVID-19 testing available for families as well.
We cannot emphasize enough that we want students to be in-person in our classrooms this year. Should an outbreak in a school building occur, action will be taken, which could include future restrictions and the possibility of a temporary closing of the school building. We need our families to help us prevent this from happening by following the recommendations set by our local health officials.
Please note that our COVID-19 protocols and procedures are subject to change.
Ultimately, we want to keep our students and staff safe, keep our schools open, and continue to move “Full Steam Ahead.” We appreciate your consideration of these COVID-19 mitigation efforts in order to help us provide a safe in-person learning environment.
Covid Protocol Updates
Last year, we changed several of our building routines and procedures to meet health department requirements. Reflecting on those changes, we found that some had a positive impact on the learning environment for our students, and we see value in continuing with them.
Designated Hug Zone
There will be a “hug zone” for students being dropped off. Last year, students were better able to develop routines and teachers were better able to establish procedures when we did not have parents/guardians walking children to class. Again this year, we will ask parents/guardians to say goodbye to their student(s) at the front entrance of the building where we will then have a staff member walk them to their classroom.
We understand that sending students off to school can be difficult for parents, and so we truly appreciate your consideration of these changes which will help us provide a great learning environment for our students.
To limit the potential for COVID exposure, we are discouraging visits during our daily lunch period. We ask that parents refrain from visiting school to eat lunch with their child but in special circumstances, will allow these visits. Any visit that is allowed will occur outside (weather permitting), or in a private space within the school.
ONLINE REGISTRATION (OLR)
In order to enroll your child and to help us better prepare, please login to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account to register for the upcoming school year. In the online registration application, you will review your child's current information and make any updates needed. Included in the registration this year is a Household Economic Survey. It will be important to complete this section for your school to receive state and federal benefits and funding. Future P-EBT distribution will be based on completion of this Household Economic Survey. Again this year, you will also mark whether your student(s) will ride the bus as we will only route students that indicate they are planning on riding.
After logging into the portal, please go to MORE on the left-hand launch menu, once a new screen appears click the Online Registration (OLR) link near the bottom of the screen to begin the process (see attached image for reference). Simply click the link and follow the instructions on each page. Online Registration (OLR) must be completed by July 31st. Students will not be issued a schedule, teacher, or mobile device until the OLR is complete. If you need assistance accessing your online Infinite Campus parent portal account, email ParentPortalHelp@turnerusd202.org.
Parents who have not yet downloaded and registered for the Ride 360 app are encouraged to do so before the school year begins. Instructions for how to sign up the app can be found here. Bus routes will be available in Ride 360 in the days before school starts. You can contact TUSD Transportation with questions at 913-288-3700.
Students will get their first bus card for free, but replacement ones will be $5 each.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS FOR ALL STUDENTS!
School breakfast and lunch will be free for all students during the 21 - 22 school year! This is being provided by a federal program through the USDA, which covers the cost of the meals for all students. There is no need for families to fill out an application. We encourage families to take advantage of the free school meals - every meal that is served helps Turner food service program financially and keeps local food service staff members employed. The free meals, which are safe, nutritious, and delicious, help extend family food budgets, too. For more information, contact Nikki Parrett, Food Services Coordinator, at 913-288-4141.
TURNER REC BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE
TURNER REC ALL DAY OUT PROGRAM
Turner Recreation Commission offers childcare on the days school is out during the school year! This program is operated at the TRC Community Center and includes daily activities that help develop character and focus on health and wellness. The fee is only $15/day per child. Below are the upcoming days:
September 17th (Deadline to register is September 8th)
October 15th (Deadline to register is October 6th)
October 20th-22nd (Deadline to register is October 6th)
November 1st (Deadline to register is October 27th)
December 20th-23rd (Deadline to register is December 8th)
December 27th-30th (Deadline to register is December 8th)
Click here for more information & registration!
PTA loves being able to help Oak Grove each year with classroom grants, school equipment, special learning supplies, carnivals and events, etc. This year will be no different! To accomplish this, we need the help of the parents, grandparents, staff and community to please join PTA so we are able to help our students and teachers and try to make this year feel as normal as possible! This year, you are able to join and pay online through our MemberHub website below. Thank you in advance for supporting Oak Grove PTA! 💚