Back To School 2020

2nd/3rd/4th Grade Face To Face Update

Zoom Q & A Meeting

I will be hosting a Q & A session Monday, October 19th at 6:00 pm for families in 2nd/3rd/4th grade students. Please email me your questions prior to the meeting at

Topic: Return To School Meeting

Time: Oct 19, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 894 3033 8336

Passcode: TA9Er2

School Hours

Monday, November 2nd is the first day of face to face instruction for our 2nd, 3rd, & 4th graders.

Our 1/2 days will follow the times listed below:

AM- 9:10am-11:50am

PM- 1:20pm-4:00pm

How will Arrival and Dismissal Work?

School officially begins at 9:10 or 1:20. Students may begin lining up outside their classroom door at 9:00 or 1:10.

As a reminder, due to our security protocols, parents WILL NOT be allowed in the classroom.

Arrival Procedures

  • Students will wait on a social distancing spot outside of their classroom door while they wait for their teacher to welcome them into the classroom.
  • If you are driving your child to school and walking them to the classroom we are highly encouraging ONE ADULT ONLY per student (and no siblings)
  • Students must wear a mask
  • Masks are required for all adults and children over the age of 2 years old
  • The playground is not to be used while waiting for the teacher to open the classroom door

Dismissal Procedures

Car Riders:

  • Parents who are picking up students after school are encouraged to stay in their cars until dismissal. This will help us maintain social distancing and reduce overcrowding in the pick-up areas.

Classes will be staggered during dismissal at these times:

  • 2nd & 3rd Grade- 11:40 am / 3:50 pm from their exterior classroom doors
  • Fourth Grade- 11:45 am/ 3:55 pm from their exterior classroom doors

Self Screening / Reporting An Absence

    Self-screening students before school is essential to the health and safety of the school community.

    Before your child leaves in the morning, ask these simple questions:

    • In the past 10 days has the student tested positive for COVID-19?
    • In the past 14 days has the student come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
    • Is the student experiencing one or more of the following symptoms?
    • Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
    • Sore throat
    • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing
    • Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain
    • New onset of severe headache, especially with fever

    The answer should be no to all of these questions. If not, your child should remain at home for their protection and the health and safety of his/her classmates and the adults in your local school.

    Please call our attendance line at 586-797-5299 to report the absence. Be sure to include the specific symptoms that your child is experiencing/reason for the absence.

    Will My Child Have to Wear a Mask?

    Face coverings provide an essential shield to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 from spreading from child to child, adult to child, child to adult or adult to adult. Face coverings will be used by all individuals in schools at all times. This includes hallways, indoor common areas and classrooms.

    The only exceptions will be during the meals or taking a water break. When removing the face covering to eat, they should only be touched by the strings and students should be careful not to rub their eyes, nose or mouth. Below is a sign being displayed at schools that shows the proper way to wear face coverings.

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    Building Protocols

    Our school staff members have been working collaboratively to establish the health measures that will be in place when our students return. These protocols include:

    • Distancing in hallways and classrooms
    • Regular, scheduled handwashing with soap and water
    • Limiting the sharing of personal items and supplies to small groups and disinfecting between use
    • Keeping student personal items limited and making sure they are individually labeled and placed in student cubbies, desks, containers or backpacks.
    • Your child may have seen evidence of these protocols through various signage in the building.

    Our staff will be modeling proper protocols for our students, including line ups, movement in the halls and distancing. In addition, we have placed reminders throughout the schools about the importance of taking simple steps to support our health and safety measures.

    The signs are in place to encourage students to wash their hands frequently, maintain appropriate distancing, help locate disinfecting stations and reminders on wearing face coverings. There is also signage on each UCS school entrance reminding everyone about COVID-19 protocols.

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    2nd Grade Suggested Supply List

    We are looking forward to welcoming your child for face to face instruction. The following supplies will be used by your child here at school. If you need any help in obtaining these items, please let us know ahead of time so that we can ensure all are ready on the first day.

    Pencil box


    24 box of Crayola Crayons


    glue sticks

    2 PLASTIC folders (1 duotang 1 regular)


    colored pencils

    2 highlighters

    Spiral notebook


    Things to go back and forth


    Labeled Water Bottle (there is no use of a drinking fountain)

    Extra Mask in a brown paper bag

    Lanyard for the mask

    The following items are “wish list” items if you have any desire to donate. These items will be stored here in the classroom for a variety of uses. These are not required to be sent in.

    Wish List Items:

    -gallon size zip locks

    -brown paper lunch bags


    -clorox wipes (for ease of cleaning after painting or other crafts)

    Thank you so much for your support!

    3rd Grade Suggested School Supply List

    Pencil Box


    24 box crayons or colored pencils

    Crayola 10 pk fine line markers


    1 Plastic Folder


    1 Highlighter


    Headphones/Earbuds (will travel back and forth)

    Water Bottle (needed daily as we have NO drinking Fountains)

    Extra Mask (In a paper bag)

    Lanyard for mask

    Wish List:

    Ziplock Bags (Sandwich and Gallon)


    Clorox Wipes

    Small Prizes for class store

    4th Grade Suggested Supply List

    Pencil Box


    24 box crayons or colored pencils

    Crayola 10 pk fine line markers


    1 Plastic Folder


    1 Highlighter


    Headphones/Earbuds (will travel back and forth)

    Water Bottle (needed daily as we have NO drinking Fountains)

    Extra Mask (In a paper bag)

    Lanyard for mask

    Wish List:

    Ziplock Bags (Sandwich and Gallon)

    Clorox Wipes

    Transportation News

    Students are eligible for transportation service if their residence is 1.5 miles or farther from the school. Elementary students should not walk further than 0.5 mile to reach a bus stop and secondary students should not walk further than one mile.

    The Transportation Department and schools will be contacting families directly regarding pick up and drop off times and locations.

    While On the Bus

    For students receiving bus service, the commitment to health and safety for in-person learning starts and ends each day at their bus stop.

    Prior to entering the bus, students will need to use hand sanitizer provided by the district and wear face coverings. The students should look to their driver for instruction on proper seating and distancing while on the bus and the process for exiting the bus at arrival at school.

    Before and after each run, buses will be cleaned and disinfected, including frequently touched services and any specialized equipment students may need to ride the bus safely. If weather permits, the windows will be open to allow the air to thoroughly circulate.

    Procedures for Safely Riding School Buses During COVID-19

    Structure of the Day

    Remote Time-

    They will be attending their special and logging in to their teachers meeting for attendance. For example, if your child is starting their day at home with you, they will log into TEAMS for attendance and a check in from their teacher. They will work on their independent work that the teacher has given them and they will attend their special.

    Our teachers will be communicating to you what the structure of the day will be later on this week.

    Face To Face Time-

    Students will receive direction instruction from their classroom teacher on math and reading. They will tie in social studies and science concepts during their reading block whenever possible.

    Students will be able to have a short recess break outside.

    Students will receive lessons on how to wash their hands and how to wear/take care of their mask.

    More specific information will come directly from your child's teacher.

    What If I Need to Pick My Child Up From School Early or Check Them In Late?

    • For the safety of our staff and students, parents/visitors will not be allowed in the building unless they have an approved appointment.
    • If you need to check your child out of school early, you will need to walk up to the main entrance, buzz the intercom and request your child be released.
    • Be prepared to show ID so we can verify you are authorized to pick up the student.
    • The student will check out with the office staff and then walk out the front entrance to the parent.
    • If your child needs to check in late, simply walk him/her to the front door, buzz the intercom, state the reason for being late, and the student will be allowed to enter the building.

    What if I need to bring something to school for my child?

    If your child forgets an item at home, you may bring that item to school. Walk up to the main entrance and buzz the office. Let the office staff know that you are dropping off an item for your child. Place the item in the box outside the main door.

    How do I contact my child's teacher?

    • Your child's teacher sent you an invitation to join Remind in the back to school letter. The Remind App is a quick and easy way for the teacher to communicate with you and send you information. In turn, you can also send text messages to the teacher.
    • Every teacher has an email that he/she checks frequently. Feel free to email the teacher with questions or concerns. The teacher will respond within 24-48 hours.
    • You may also phone the front office to leave a message for the teacher to call you. Our number is 586-797-5200.

    Can I drop my child's school supplies off before the first day of school?

    YES! Parents may drop off their child's school supplies by walking to the classroom exterior door between 8:00am-3:30pm. To limit the number of interruptions to instruction we ask that you leave the supplies in a bag that is clearly labeled with your child's name outside of the classroom. We also recommend that you message your teacher and let them know you dropped off supplies.


    We love having parents volunteer in our schools. Unfortunately, we need to limit the interactions among adults and students to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19.

    Visitors are not permitted at school at this time. If you do have a need to meet personally with school staff, please call ahead to make an appointment. Before you arrive, please make sure you have completed a self-screening process (see appendix for self-screening document), wear a face covering and use hand sanitizer as you enter the building. Be sure to have your photo ID available.

    Food Service/Meal Information

    All students attending in-person programs will be provided meals by the UCS Food Services department. Meals are temporarily available at no cost through funding provided by the USDA.

    All elementary students in the AM and PM programs will be provided a grab and go breakfast and lunch at the end of their school day. Please refrigerate these meals once they come home. If you prefer that your student does not receive this service, please ask your teacher to remove them from the meal count.

    For allergies, please have your physician fill out and sign the MDE Dietary Needs Form. These forms need to be returned to the school or the Food and Nutrition Service office. Someone from the office of Food and Nutrition Services will contact you about the request.

    More information and to see menus this link:

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    UCS Wellness

    Utica Community Schools has created a wellness page for parents that provides resources to make sure we are all caring for our physical, mental and social well being. The page includes resources for self-care, supporting your child and remote learning strategies.

    The page is located at