We Are Bobcats!
From The Principal's Desk
Parents and Guardians,
We are excited to welcome back our little Bobcats! Our Dozier family has made the final preparations to ensure a safe and orderly environment for our students to learn and grow when we open our doors tomorrow. We ask for your patience and understanding as we begin our adventure together. The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are our main priority.
If you should have questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's teacher or the front office at (337)937-6915.
Let the Adventure Begin!
Andrea Ford, Principal
The following safety measures have been put into place to ensure the safety of all on campus. All students and adults that enter the building will go through a temperature check scanner. Students will wash their hands with warm water and soap before breakfast and lunch. Students and staff will wash hands frequently throughout the day. Frequent sanitation will take place by janitors and faculty and staff throughout the day. Students will be kept in "static groups" with social distancing to the greatest extent possible throughout the school day.
If your child is showing symptoms or running fever, we ask that you keep them home from school. If a child begins running fever during the day, we will call home for the child to be picked up from school and the child should remain home until they are 24 hours fever free.
PreK Orientation will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Please remember only one adult is allowed with the student for orientation. Adults will be required to wear a face covering and will be temperature checked upon entering the school. Your child's teacher should have called on Wednesday of last week to share information on date changes for the upcoming orientation sessions. If you are not sure of when you attend orientation, please call the front office during office hours.
PreK students will attend either September 10th, 11th, or 14th. All PreK will attend on the 15th and each day after that. Your child's teacher will let you know which day your child will attend. Due to COVID guidelines, parents/guardians will not be allowed to escort their child to class on the first day of school.
Please bring school supplies to orientation to turn in to the teacher.
Please send your child with a water bottle each day. The water fountains are turned off. We will supply water if you forget to send a water bottle but we would greatly appreciate your help with this matter.
Kindergarten will conduct testing on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Please remember only one adult is allowed with the student for testing and orientation. Adults will be required to wear a face covering and will be temperature checked upon entering the school.You should have received a call on Wednesday of last week from your child's teacher letting you know the new testing date and time. If you did not receive a call, please call the front office during office hours. Virtual students will report for testing during this time as well.
Please bring school supplies to testing to turn in to the teacher.
Half of kindergarten students will attend school on Friday, September 11th and the other 1/2 will attend on Monday, September 14th. All Kindergarten students will attend on the 15th and each day after that. Due to COVID guidelines, parents/guardians will not be allowed to escort their child to class on the first day of school.
1st - 5th Grade Students
1st - 5th grade girls will attend school on Tuesday of this week. 1st - 5th grade boys will attend school on Wednesday of this week. All 1st - 5th grade students will attend on Thursday, September 10th and each day after that.
First Day of School Name Tags
PreK & Kindergarten students will receive lanyards with name, class, and form of transportation. These will be given out at PreK Parent Meetings & Kindergarten Testing. Please make sure your child wears their lanyard each day during the first few weeks of school.
1st - 5th grade students received a name tag in the mail. This name tag should be worn by your child on the first day of school. It will help our staff ensure that each child gets to their classroom in a calm orderly manner on the first day of school. We will have many duty teachers available to assist students in finding their classroom for the first time. If your child did not receive a name tag in the mail, one will be provided to them upon their arrival on campus.
Campus opens at 7:30. The car rider line will begin moving at that time. We ask for your patience if dropping your child off at school in the mornings. We are required to practice social distancing. Students will be washing hands, passing through temperature check and collecting breakfast upon entering the school. We will do our best to unload students as quickly as possible while maintaining safety guidelines and protocol expectations.
Do not drop off students in the front of school, the back parking lot, or streets near or on Primeaux road.
Car rider drop off will end at 8:05. If you are dropping your child off after 8:05, you will be required to drive to the front of school, park in the back parking lot, and walk to the front entrance to sign your child in.
Buses will drop students off from 7:30-8:45. Once bus routes are complete, the front gates of school will be locked.
There will be no early check-outs after 2:45.
Please make sure that your child’s teacher knows how your child will be getting home each day. If you have not spoken with your child’s teacher and informed them of how your child is getting home, please call the office during office hours and the secretary can assist you.
Bus riders are only allowed one morning pick up and one afternoon drop off. This is to ensure proper bus capacity.
Car rider dismissal will begin at 3:05. In the mail, you should have received a flyer with a number that is assigned to your child as a car rider. If your child is going to be a car rider, please put this sheet on the dashboard of the vehicle that you are picking your child up in. The duty teacher will use this number to notify your child that it is their turn to line up for car rider pick up. It is essential that this number is visible to the duty teacher to ensure an efficient and orderly dismissal. If you have more than one child, you will need to display a tag for each child to let the duty teacher know exactly who you are picking up each day.
Once all car riders are picked up, walkers will be escorted down Primeaux road. (Tentatively scheduled for 3:45.) An adult or designee must be visible to accept the child from the duty teacher.
Visitors On Campus
The front gates of the school as well as the front office will remain locked during instructional time. Visitors will be required to park in the back parking lot, walk through the side front gate and make their way to the front entrance. To gain access to the building, visitors must call the front office. Upon entry, all visitors will be required to use hand sanitizer, comply with temperature check, wear a face mask, and sign in on the Visitor’s Log. Please note, visitors will be limited to IEP/504/SBLC meetings and emergencies only. Parent-teacher conferences will strictly be by appointments only.
Lunch Menu for the Week
Wednesday: Chicken Nuggets
Friday: Chicken Burgers
Prek & Kindergarten students will bring supplies for parent orientation/testing. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you label your child’s supplies. If you were unable to participate in our drive by school supply drop off, supplies may be sent with your child on the first few days of school. Please only send what can fit in your child’s booksack. It may take multiple days for your child to bring all school supplies to school.
$1.00 Jean or Athletic Shorts/Pants
Students will be allowed to wear blue jean or athletic shorts/pants for $1 with spirit shirts or uniform shirts on Fridays. Jeans and/or athletic shorts must comply with school board policy. See student handbook for details. (Leggings and/or tight fitting Yoga pants are not permitted. Running shorts are allowed however they must meet the length requirements.) Spirit shirts must be from DES. Spirit shirts can be from this year or past years.
Proceeds will help provide funds for instructional materials, operating expenses, motivational incentives for staff and students and other expenditures, which are not funded through other sources.
Spirit Shirt Orders
We have extended the deadline to turn in paperwork for spirit shirt orders to Friday, September 18th. All paperwork and money must be turned in by this date. Our winter spirit shirt order forms will be sent home at the end of September.
Remember to send all paperwork back to your child's teacher as soon as possible.
Virtual Vermilion Contracts and Acknowledgement forms are due on September 11th. These can be dropped off in the front office.
Digital Parent/Student Handbook Sign Off
Link is @ https://des.vpsb.net/287203_2
NOTE: If you are on a phone and it doesn't open correctly, go to your browser (like Safari) and type in Dozier Elementary and go to the link from there.
Face coverings are required for everyone 3rd grade and above except for the following:
● Anyone who has a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering
● Anyone who is consuming a drink or food
● Anyone who is trying to communicate with a person who is deaf and/or hard of hearing
● Anyone who is giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience
Allowable Face Coverings For Students:
Cloth, disposable or clear window masks and neck gaiter are allowed. Face shields in conjunction with masks are allowable. Bandanas are not allowed.
Face coverings shall be solid in color and shall contain no pictures, writings, or messages of any kind. Notwithstanding this requirement, face coverings that contain references to the school system (i.e., name or insignia) or individual schools within the system (i.e., name or mascot), which are approved by principals, may be worn.
***Approved masks include: solid colored masks or a mask that says “Bobcats”, “DES Bobcats”, or “DES/Dozier”. Logos that will be approved are bobcat paws, the oval E, and a bobcat face. Ms. Ford highly recommends that parents email her a picture of what they wish to purchase, so she can approve it before parents buy it.