Paramount Elementary School

November 8, 2020



11/9 - End of 1st Quarter/Team 2 in-person/Team 1 at-home/No early release

11/10 - K-5 students begin attending daily

11/11 - NO LATE START - School starts at 9:10

11/11 - Reflections Contest Entries Due!

11/13 - Online Bookfair Ends

11/23- 11/27 - Thanksgiving Holiday


12/21 - 1/1 - Winter Holiday Break


Monday (11/9) - Team 2 attends school in-person. Team 1 at-home learning day (Please see email from 11/2 regarding this change)

Tuesday (11/10) - (1st day of Q2), Students K-5 begin daily attendance in-person.

Wednesday (11/11) - Students K-5 attend daily in-person (NO LATE START).

Thursday (11/12) - Students K-5 attend daily in-person

Friday (11/13) - Students K-5 attend daily in-person

  • Monday 9:10 - 2:10 pm (early release)
    • AM Kindergarten 9:10 - 11:20 am
    • PM Kindergarten 12:00 - 2:10 pm
  • Tuesday - Friday 9:10 - 3:55 pm
    • AM Kindergarten 9:10 - 12:07 pm
    • PM Kindergarten 12:58 - 3:55 pm

The new schedule starts November 10. Elementary school students will not have their first early release Monday until November 16. We will no longer have late start on Wednesdays.


In anticipation of all students returning on Tuesday next week, there are many concerns and obstacles in trying to consistently meet the physical distancing criteria. As a district, and as a school, we are going to do the best we can. Six feet will continue to be a goal, but being very realistic, we are not going to solve that issue in every building, and every classroom.

  • We will utilize our building health and safety plan as well as continue to identify feasible changes to the plan that can help to increase the consistency of physical distancing if possible.
  • The reality is that consistently maintaining six feet of physical distancing between students is not possible, and there is no short term or even long-term solution this year that will change that for everyone.

Dr. Pate continues to consult with our district team on a rewrite of our plan and within that plan, six feet of physical distancing will continue to be preferred. That said, Dr. Pate will be invited to come out to some of the buildings to see the legitimate obstacles that exist to that goal being consistently met in all situations within our schools.

The plan that is being rewritten will be the district plan for operations in an educational setting and with education as the continued primary objective. We will continue to do the best that we can to provide distancing. We know our plan will not be perfect or complete, but we will continue to refine as the district completes the rewrite of the district plan.


We have received several requests from parents requesting that students participate remotely rather than attending in-person. Currently, we do not have a full-remote option for Paramount students to attend school virtually from home.

The West Ada Virtual School House may have availability in some grade levels for families interested in pursuing a fully-remote option. If interested, please submit an in-district transfer form.


Based on CDH recommendations, updated language regarding the use of face shields will be presented to the School Board during the November 17th board meeting. If approved, this language will be added to the Elementary Parent/Student Handbook.

The revised language is based on recent recommendations from CDH indicating that face masks rather than face shields provide greater protection from the spread of respiratory droplets. As a result, CDH recommends staff and students wear face masks to reduce risks and only recommend the use of face shields as a necessary alternative to accommodate medical and/or communication conditions.

In anticipation of this change, we strongly encourage students to transition to the use of face masks rather than face shields. If your child wants to wear both, they can as it still provides appropriate protection. If your student has a medical and/or communication concern that you believe may require the use of a face shield rather than a mask, please reach out to our school nurse, Tina Hemseri (

More information will be sent out following the November 17th board meeting.



Once we receive a confirmation of a positive case, there are many details we will not release regarding each situation to protect the privacy of others. Please know that we will immediately notify employees and parents of students if we have reason to believe there has been a close contact. This notification could come from West Ada and/or Central District Health.


Close contact to COVID-19 occurs when you are within six feet of someone who is showing symptoms of COVID-19, for at least 15 minutes and the infected person later tests positive for the coronavirus. The 15 minutes can be cumulative. This can also apply to situations in which the infected person did not show any symptoms at the time of contact, but it is much less likely.


West Ada also works with Central District Health collaboratively to investigate those who have been in close contact to a positive. Because the identity of the individual who is positive is confidential, we must rely heavily on them to help us understand who may have been exposed. Through this contact-tracing process, we want to know if there were any individuals that were within six feet for 15 minutes or longer to the individual(s) who tested positive.


  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19
  • People who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
  • People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider or health department


West Ada works with Central District Health each time we have a positive case. When it is determined that individuals have had a close contact or have a confirmed positive test the following quarantine timeline are:

  1. An employee or student has a positive COVID-19 test: Required ten-day quarantine from school and all school activities including athletics. The ten days are counted from the onset of symptoms.
  2. An employee or student has had first-hand exposure to a confirmed positive case or a probable case: Required 14-day quarantine from school and all school activities including athletics. The 14 days are counted from the last day of exposure. A probable case is defined as a person who has had exposure to a confirmed case AND is now symptomatic.
  3. Notify your provider or the health department if you become symptomatic while on quarantine as this will change your return to school dates.


  1. What happens if an adult in my household has a positive COVID-19 test? Please immediately notify the school nurse. If your children have been exposed, they will need to quarantine for 14 days from their last date of exposure to the person with the confirmed case (yes this does mean that the individual with the positive test will need to quarantine from your children while you are both home).
  2. Q: Can I get out of quarantine early if I get a negative test result during that time period?
    A: No. A negative test result during that timeframe (14-day self-quarantine) doesn’t shorten that period. If the health department or someone with COVID identifies you as a close contact, you need to quarantine for 14 days after that last exposure.
  3. If my child has been quarantined, why are my other children allowed to attend school and school activities? Quarantine only applies to first-hand exposure. Your other children would only be quarantined if they had first-hand exposure. This does change if your quarantined student develops symptoms. If this occurs, please call the school nurse right away.


West Ada School District recently released a dashboard to provide parents and educators with meaningful information on school and district progress that can be used to make decisions to improve student learning. This dashboard provides positive case numbers by school level and school building. The data is collected by the school district’s health services department.

The dashboard can be viewed on the district website -

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Following the illness decision tree guidelines set out by Central District Health when operating in the red category, if a student is sent home with COVID-like symptoms such as fever of 100.4 or higher, loss of smell or taste, chills, new or unusual headache, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, cough, muscle aches, sore throat, shortness of breath, fatigue, congestion/runny nose, or you keep your child at home with symptoms, the following three are the only options for returning to in-person learning.

  1. Follow up with your health care provider and get a note verifying an alternative diagnosis
  2. Receive a negative test for COVID-19 accompanied by a note verifying safe return to school
  3. Stay at home for 10 days following the start of symptoms

📌 To encourage parents to keep kids home when they are not feeling well, the school will not be awarding attendance awards this year.


Open now through November 13th!

Get books for your family and help us earn books for our Paramount Library!

Books will ship FREE to the school and will be distributed to students the week of November 9 - 13th!

CLICK HERE to order! Make sure you USE THE COUPON CODE "Paramount" when you check out so our school can earn credits toward new books!



Please remember that all entries are due to the front office on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2020 – 2021 theme: I Matter Because...

All entries will be displayed at our annual Art Night in the Spring. First place winners in each category will be sent to the regional competition. All entries will be judged by persons not affiliated with Paramount Elementary.

Hint: Entries are scored on three criteria: 20 points for Interpretation of the “Look Within” theme, 10 points for Creativity, 10 points for Technique. Make sure to write your “Artist’s Statement” about how your piece relates to the theme! And DO NOT use trademarked characters as it is an automatic disqualification (e.g. Disney characters, Spiderman, Superman, etc.).



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