The Lion's Share Newsletter

September 14, 2020

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From the Desk of Mr. Miller:

Parents and Guardians,

I hope this update finds you all well. By this time, your family is either getting ready to settle into online learning or is preparing for your student's return to Grant beginning the week of September 21st! Either way, we are happy to help serve the needs of our students. Again, I will ask everyone for some grace as we try to move forward in creating an entirely new instructional system that best serves our students. As a friendly reminder, here is the schedule for the students planning to return:

  • Monday, September 21: Kindergarten returns and continue all week
  • Tuesday, September 22: 1st Grade returns and continues all week
  • Wednesday, September 23: 2nd Grade returns and continues all week
  • Thursday, September 24: 3rd Grade returns and continues all week
  • Friday, September 25: 4th & 5th Grade return

There are a few important items to note regarding online vs. in-person learning starting the week of Monday, September 21.Starting September 21, will be on a normal school day schedule as students begin to return. As you know, some of our online students have been coming to school each Tuesday and Thursday during our hybrid instructional model. If you are a family that has elected to remain online beginning the week of September 21, please know that your student(s) will not be coming to school and all instruction will remain online. As always, attendance and work completion for online students is mandatory. Report card grades will reflect the work completed by students. Furthermore, if you have elected for online instruction, please know that you are committing to remaining online until December 18th. Shortly before winter break, you will be given the option of having your students remain online or return to school in January.

If you have not already let your teacher or the school know of your decision to return, please do so as soon as possible. Our instructional schedules depend heavily on the number of students we have returning. As we are working on scheduling both online and in-person learning, there may be a need to have to move students to a new homeroom teacher. As of right now, about 1/3 of our students in each grade level are electing to remain online. What this means is that, in most cases, each grade level will have a teacher that will become the online teacher. The other remaining teachers will teach face to face. Like I said, however, there is a great chance that we will have to move students from one teacher to another in order to create some equity within the classrooms.

You will hear from your grade level teachers this coming Wednesday, with a follow up from me on Thursday, regarding our Return to Learn the week of September 21!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me, or our Assistant Principal, Katie Cincoski.

Thank you and have a great night,

Ryan Miller

Principal, Grant Elementary School

D11 Return to Learn Plan

Have you had the chance to look over the district's Return to Learn Plan? If not, you can find it here:



Safety First!

In order to help keep both our students and our staff safe, we are implementing numerous safety procedures. Here is what you will find at Grant:

  • Face masks are always worn by everyone
  • Daily schedules will include mask breaks for students as well as numerous hand washing breaks
  • Students will be kept in cohorts by grade level, which will limit student exposure to others
  • We will maintain a strict cleaning and sanitizing schedule throughout the day, with additional cleaning and sanitizing each night
  • Parents, volunteers, or other non-D11 groups will not be allowed into the building at this time to reduce exposure to others
  • We will utilize our outside doors when transitioning students from one place to the next, in addition to having specific traffic patterns in the building, to limit student exposure to other cohorts
  • Our HVAC system will run before students arrive and will stay on after they leave with an increased air ventilation of 150% each day
  • We will always maintain social distancing rules throughout the building (we will work hard to teach routine with our younger students to help encourage social distancing!)
  • Protective plexiglass dividers will be used where needed

At Home Symptom Screening for Families

Did you know that every day when our staff first arrive to the building, each person fills out a health screening to ensure the safety of our students and each other? Once students return, we are going to ask that you also screen your students prior to their arrival for school each day. Please make sure this is done BEFORE they arrive to Grant. Please keep your childI(ren) at home if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher, feeling feverish, or having the chills
  • New or unexplained persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose or congestion