The Acton Update for Parents

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Greetings Acton Parents & Families!

Thank you very, very much for your cooperation and support during our first week of in-person learning. I know that we were able to have a successful week because of your commitment to support your children and our school. I appreciate you! Acton appreciates you!


This newsletter is packed with new information and repeats some previous information so you have everything in one place. This will help as we move into the 2nd 9 weeks and more families make decisions about returning to in-person learning. Thank you in advance for staying informed.


As students prepare to participate in our Red Ribbon Week (Drug-Free) activities, I want to provide a few reminders. If your child is participating in dressing up, please ensure they can manipulate their own clothes for activities like walking, playing, working, eating, and using the restrooms. We look forward to having fun while we learn important information about staying sober, and drug-free so we can all be successful citizens.


All teachers will continue to spend time during in-person learning reviewing and practicing guidelines to ensure every student understands and practices preventive and protective behaviors. To support these guidelines, all students will be required to come to school wearing their mask and keeping the mask on throughout the day. Please review all videos, links and other information regarding school.


You will note that we will check the learning preference of each child upon arrival as well as take the temperature of each child until further notice. In order to support a smooth operation of school each day, we ask that if your child is ill you keep them home until they are well.


We also ask that if you have not selected and been approved for in-person learning you stay home and participate in virtual learning. This helps our teachers, custodians, cafeteria, and administration prepare for an expected number of students.


Thank you for your patience and partnership as we continue to write success stories, one student at a time.


Sincerely,

Jessica Linwood

Principal

Acton Elementary School

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Acton's School Motto:

We will learn. We will lead. We will succeed. We are simply the best!

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Enrollment

If you or a parent you know needs to complete enrollment, please click here.
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Attendance

Compulsory attendance law is in full effect for the 2020-2021 school year. Daily attendance is mandatory for all students enrolled in school. Student must demonstrate attendance in class each day by completing one of the following actions:


  • participating in the live class sessions
  • completing the work posted in the online class
  • contacting their teacher if they are unable to complete one of the above due to technical difficulties.
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Grades

Students will receive grades on work completed in class each week. Teachers will provide information on assignments that will be graded. It it very important that all students complete their assignments each day by 11:59 pm. If you experience concerns accessing the materials, please speak directly to your child's teacher.

Changing Learning Preference

How to change learning preference for 2nd Nine Weeks, which begins Nov. 9th

All families will have the opportunity to change between in-person and virtual learning at the end of each nine-week grading period. To make a learning preference change starting with the second nine-week grading period, parents can do so using the Learning Preference Change Form between October 12 and October 26. The second nine-week grading period begins Monday, Nov. 9.
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Welcome back in-person learners Monday, October 26, 2020! Please see important information below.

Morning Arrival Covid-19 protocol.

Arrival staff outside will keep handheld thermometers to take the students' temperatures. If the thermometer reads Hi this indicates the student is ill and has a fever. The parent will be asked to seek medical attention for the child and follow guidelines for return to school. 48 hours fever free with no medication.

If the thermometer reads Lo, this indicates the students is ill. The parent will be asked to seek medical attention for the student. In all cases of a Lo or Hi temperature the student will be escorted to an isolation room to wait for the parent to pick them up.

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Late Arrival/Early Departure/Appointments

Students leaving for any reason during school hours must use the main entrance for exit and re-entry using the student late arrival/early departure campus QR code and procedures. Parents must remain outside. Parents dropping off students after an appointment must call the office upon approaching the campus and follow the late arrival guidelines. Parents will remain in their car and the student will be checked in including temperature check. At that point the parent may depart/drive away. Parents picking up early must call the office upon approaching the campus and follow early departure guidelines. The student will be checked out using the provided information from the parent (doc appointment, etc.). Parents must wait in the car in front of the main entrance only. The student will be checked out and walked out of the main door. Student will not be released/admitted through any other door for early departure or late arrival.

Due to supervision and safety guidelines doors will not open before 7:30am. Early departures are not allowable after 2:45pm.

See our dismissal map below for your information

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Daily Personal Protective Behaviors

We will work with students daily to follow guidelines and make safe choices. Please work with them also by practicing the following at home: wearing a mask for an extended period of time. It is an adjustment for all of us and will certainly be for them. Have them participate in some play and regular activities with the mask so they have less of a struggle in school. Practice regular hand washing. We have sanitizing stations and we will use them. However, regular hand-washing and not touching the face are key safety measure everyone can take. Have them practice being 6 feet apart. Our nature is to be close to other for talking, etc, especially in school. We will practice the 6 feet in order to follow Covid-19 protocols and safety measure.
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To All Virtual Parents

The daily schedule for all students will change as we transition to accommodate both virtual and in-person learning. Live times will take place during the school day, during in-person class. There will be a need to balance the learning and manage different numbers of students during these times. As we prepare to receive new students, we will keep you up to date if other adjustments to the schedule need to be made. Thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility.
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Acton Virtual Library

Support Acton's PTA

Download the Box Tops App and scan store receipts to earn digital Box Tops.

Our Parent Teacher Association needs you. All meetings will be virtual. Please join the PTA to support initiatives at the school. The work of this committee helps students and teachers. Call the office for more information. We look forward to working with you.

Counselor's Corner

Parents,

My name is Dr. Robyn Midkiff and I am the School Counselor here at Acton! I am so excited to get to work with each of your amazing students this year. Here are some ways that you can support Acton’s Counseling and Guidance program.

First, join the Counseling Google Classroom. The information is located in the classroom teacher’s Google Classroom.

Second, I would love your feedback as I select topics for my classroom guidance presentations this year. The link to the short parent survey is: https://forms.gle/xVr8qNL5YH35C8nV7

Finally, please plan to attend the Counselor/Parent Zoom Meetings that will be held once a month. The next meeting data and time will be posted soon. If you would like to view my presentation from the first meeting, it is available in my Google Classroom.

If I can help support your student in any way throughout the year, please don’t hesitate to reach out. My email is rmidkiff@duncanvilleisd.org and my phone number is 972-708-2408.

Parent Workshops

Duncanville's Family and Community Engagement (FACE) has a variety of informational trainings to offer families that will help manage school and home life. The next upcoming event will be Oct. 27, 2020 @ 6:00pm. Topic: Personal health & hygiene practices and how to communicate with child. Flyers with more details will be posted in English and Spanish on social media.


Click here for more information about the workshops being offered.

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Make it a great week Aztecs! The choice is yours!