A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School
January 3, 2022
The Scotty Updates has been created to provide families and staff with information regarding upcoming events, happenings, and programs at Scotland Elementary School. Please take time each Monday to review our newsletter. Thank you!
A Message from Mrs. Katkocin
Dear Scotland Families,
Happy New Year!! 🎊 I hope you are all well, and had a wonderful holiday and restful vacation!
I would like to extend a tremendous thank you on behalf of myself and the Scotland main office staff to all of our families for all of your kindness and generosity this holiday season. We are so grateful for your thoughtfulness and generosity. Thank you for thinking of us during this time.
Kindergarten Registration is coming soon. If you have a child turning 5 before January 1, 2023 please contact the main office at (203) 894-5825. More information will be forthcoming!
Our COVID screenings for families who have opted in will continue this week on Tuesday, January 4th, beginning at 8:50am. If you would like to opt your child in, kindly indicate so in PowerSchool, and notify Mrs. Martire (email@example.com) and Mr. Crook (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once your child is fully vaccinated please email Aaron Crook email@example.com to remove your child from the testing roster.
COVID-19 Protocol Update (shared 1/2/2022)
January 2, 2022
Happy New Year and welcome back! This message is a follow up to the January 1, 2022 communication from Dr. DaSilva (RPS Letter 1/1/22) regarding the RPS return to school plan for tomorrow, Monday, January 3, 2022.
RPS will follow the recently released CDC guidance stating that regardless of vaccination status, students and staff who test positive may return to school on the 6th day (day 1 is the first day of symptoms or the date of a positive test), so long as symptoms are significantly improved and they are fever free for 24 hours.
RPS students in these circumstances will be required to adhere to specific protocols during days 6-10 while in school. Notably, students must wear a mask at all times during the school day; this will affect participation in some in-school activities. Examples include:
- Physical Education class (student would need to remain masked at all times, even outdoors)
- playing wind instruments in music class
- whole class mask breaks (will need to remain at least 6 feet from others)
- recess (student would need to remain masked at all times, even outdoors)
Regarding lunch and snack on days 6-10, where students must remove masks, there will be alternate seating arrangements for students who are either in days 6-10 of illness or quarantine. This may include eating in a different area within the cafeteria, or if numbers require, a different location within the school.
In order to prepare for your child’s return to school tomorrow, parents/guardians of students who are returning to school on the 6th day after testing positive with COVID-19, whose symptoms are significantly improved and have been fever free for 24 hours, must complete the attached form no later than Sunday, January 2 at 8:00pm. RPS will continue to offer remote learning options to students while at home with COVID-19 or in quarantine. Please continue to contact our school nurse, Lisa Martire at firstname.lastname@example.org if your child is positive for COVID-19 so we can arrange educational plans specific to your child’s needs. It is important to note, families are not required to send children back to school for days 6-10.
As we approach tomorrow morning, I ask that you please communicate directly with your child regarding their health before sending them to school. If your child is sick, or has any symptoms, please keep them home; symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nasal congestion or runny nose, vomiting or diarrhea. Furthermore, I ask that you remind your child that wearing a mask properly inside our schools is necessary. Staff will continue to remind students to wear a properly fitted mask covering both their nose and mouth.
If you have questions about the return to school plan for tomorrow, please reach out to me directly at email@example.com. However, if your question is in relation to a student illness, quarantine, or positive test result, please reach out directly to our school nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snaps around Scotland 📸
Events and Happenings 🗓
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, January 3rd:
- D Day
Tuesday, January 4th:
- E Day
Wednesday, January 5th:
- F Day
Thursday, January 6th :
- A Day
- Early Dismissal for Students - 11:40am
- Professional Learning for staff
Friday, January 7th:
- B Day
Monday, January 17th:
- No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Thursday, January 20th:
- Tentative Date for Winter Concert
- Grade 4 - 6pm
- Grade 5 - 6:45pm
Health and Safety Updates (Shared by Dr. Da Silva)
With the new Screen and Stay program now in place, it is important to remind families and staff that those who are experiencing a symptom of COVID-19, whether vaccinated or not, must stay home from school. We are still following Addendum 5 which states that any person with a COVID-19 symptom must get a negative antigen or PCR test to return to school, or isolate at home for 10 days if not tested. Students who are sent home by the school nurse may return to school immediately upon receipt of a negative COVID-19 test as long as fever, vomiting, or diarrhea are not present.
As shared last week, RPS has begun following the CT DPH Screen and Stay protocols. Unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 at school with masks on may opt to continue coming to school if parents or guardians attest that they are performing a COVID-19 symptom check daily for 14 days. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 if they remain symptom free. This applies even if the exposure happened within six feet during lunch with masks off. Students who are not fully vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19 within six feet while masks are off at lunch are not eligible for Screen and Stay and still need to quarantine at home. Students participating in Screen and Stay may continue to come to school but must quarantine from extracurricular and after-school activities. They can get a negative test on day five and return to after-school activities on day eight if they remain symptom free. The detailed protocols can be found here.
Health and Safety
With the adoption of Screen and Stay we have created a short FAQ for families:
Q: I have learned that some students within the classroom are placed in quarantine, while others can participate in Screen and Stay. Why didn't the entire class have to quarantine?
A: The DPH has found that student to student transmission is rare when masks are worn in school and has prioritized having kids in school given that transmission in school is rare. Screen and Stay was created to allow students who were wearing a mask during exposure to COVID-19 in school to continue participating in in person learning. When students are unmasked and within 6 feet like at lunch time, Screen and Stay does not apply and we follow Addendum 5.
Q: In regards to the Screen and Stay, it is my understanding that no one has to get tested and my child can still come to school tomorrow. However, if symptoms begin then he/she would have to get tested and quarantined from school. Is that correct?
A: Yes, if symptoms develop during the 14 day Screen and Stay period. Addendum 5 applies. A fully vaccinated student with a symptom would be able to return with a negative test after symptoms have resolved. An unvaccinated student would be allowed to return to school on day 8 with a negative test on day 5 or later. Those opting not to get tested must isolate at home for 10 days.
Q: Is it required that Screen and Stay students get tested?
A: Screen and Stay students are not required to get tested, but it is highly recommended.
Q: Is it OK for the students participating in Screen and Stay to take the bus to school?
A: Yes it is.
Q: How long are students in Screen and Stay quarantining socially (after-school programs, sports, etc.)?
A: Students should quarantine from social events for 14 days or get a negative test on day 5 and return to social activities on day 8.
Q: How long are we monitoring for symptoms?
A: 14 days.
A Note from Our PTA
Toys for Tots Collection at SES
Exciting news: Starting today SES will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for our local Marine Toys for Tots.
The collection box will be in the front hallway until December 15th.
Please help us bring the joy of the holidays to local children in need.
The PTA Needs You! Volunteers Wanted!
We're so excited to get parents involved again at SES! We're so LUCKY to be able to offer opportunities for you to help our kiddos and our school!!
Volunteering with the PTA allows you to contribute your skills and knowledge for the benefit of both your own children and the greater school community. You’ll also meet and make new friends!
Please fill out the form and you'll hear back from us soon!
CLICK HERE to find out all the ways YOU can make a difference this year - opportunities available for those with extra time and those with little time!)
Important Information to Keep Handy! 📝
Quarantine Learning Information
If an entire class is placed in quarantine, students will be logging into their Google Classroom, and will participate in daily lessons with their classroom teacher. Our essentials teachers will also be logging into the Google Classroom to provide virtual instruction for students.
If individual students are placed in quarantine (perhaps due to an outside exposure, or an exposure on the bus, sports, etc), students will be invited to join our Quarantine Learning Classroom. You can view the Quarantine Learning Parent Handbook here. During their time home, students will receive grade level appropriate instruction provided to all students in their grade level district-wide who have also been placed in quarantine. You can find additional information about Quarantine Learning, shared by Dr. Da Silva on September 10th.
Our virtual learning expectations in either situation remain the same as last year.
- Students will be visible to the teacher and other participating students (please remind your child to have their camera on throughout the lessons).
- Parents are encouraged to have their students independently participate via a location that is quiet and free of distraction, to the extent possible. Other individuals in the home are not permitted to participate in or be visible on the video conference, or otherwise observe the lesson, other than reasonable adult supervision of the student.
- Parents and students are prohibited from recording video conferencing sessions. The district will also not be recording any classes/sessions.
- Depending on each student’s individual circumstance, teachers or service providers may request the facilitation of the supervising adult to assist the student in engaging in the session.
- In addition, if your child needs to leave for a period of time during instruction (i.e. doctor or dentist appointment), kindly notify the quarantine learning or classroom teacher ahead of time, just as you would if they were in the building.
As always, I thank you for your partnership and support as we continue to navigate this school year together.
Welcome Back Library Volunteers!
Click on the links here or find them on the SES PTA WEBSITE:
Please contact Amy Tomasco at email@example.com with any questions.
- School Lunch will be available from the first day of school. Chartwells is the District-wide food service provider. The school lunch menu is available online on the RPS website; click District Offices and click on Food Service, as well as below.
- School lunch will continue to be free during the 21-22 school year. Snacks and additional items will be available through The Lunch Time POS system that allows students to purchase their lunch by entering a 5-digit code at the cash register. These items can be prepaid online at School Payment Portal Powered By LunchTime Software and at the school kitchen.
- Questions in regard to Lunch Time POS can be directed to John Morris, RPS Food Service Director at 203-894-5550 x1127 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We will follow a similar drop off / pick up procedure that we did last year.
- Drop off begins at 8:30am. Please do not drop off your child prior to 8:30am as there will be no supervision at this time.
- Pick up will begin at 3:20pm.
- Each day, please have your child(ren)’s first and last name displayed on your passenger visor, and have it remain visible until your child is in the car. This needs to be bold and large enough to be visible at a distance. This is a very important step to ensure we have your child ready when you arrive.
- For the safety of both students and staff, proceed carefully and slowly through the lot.
- Please have your child exit/enter the vehicle when your gear is in the park position and is one of the cars at the front of the line designated for drop off.
- Students must exit the vehicle on the passenger side (building side) of the vehicle. Multiple children must exit on the passenger side. It is dangerous to exit/enter on the driver's side of the vehicle!
- Students need to have all of their items ready in hand and will then exit the car immediately.
- Parents, please stay in your vehicle at all times so that the process will prevent backups on Barlow Mountain Road.
- If you miss the drop off time (after 8:45 a.m.), please park in the front lot and walk your child across the designated crosswalk to the main entrance of the building. If you arrive after the drop off window and must park in the parking lot, we ask that you kindly use the crosswalk.
School Dismissal Manager
We will continue to use School Dismissal Manager this year at Scotland. Please click below for information regarding this system. This system will be available to families in late August. A welcome letter will be emailed to families when the system is available. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us!