Principal's Pen

New Year's Edition , January 3,2021

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Looking Forward to our work together in 2021! Here's what to expect next week!

Happy New Year to all of our JC Friends and Family! It is truly remarkable to say we have completed 70 days of in person learning at Julian Curtiss School. . While there were a few hiccups and brief transitions for some to remote learning, 16 weeks of face to face learning is quite an accomplishment.

This week we will shift to remote from January 4th - 8th with a return to face to face learning on the 11th. It is very important to remember these are full school days not an extension of the vacation. Please help ready your children for learning by keeping the following in mind:

1. Identify a distraction-free, centralized location to work at a table or desk - for example not in a bedroom or playroom (or lying down on a couch)

2. Dressed for school - they can absolutely be comfortable, but we ask the children to be dressed for learning

3. Have breakfast before the children login. Please don't have them eating while the teachers are trying to teach, as it is a distraction for everyone. There will be breaks for snacks, drinks, and lunch etc.

4. All cameras must be on and stay on throughout the learning unless the teacher directs you otherwise. This is how our teachers are taking attendance and ensuring all students are fully attending and engaged during the school day.

5. Please keep devices charged and ready for each day of new learning.

6. Our day begins between 8:15 - 8:30 and ends at 2:45.

Teachers will send more guidance on what time to log in and their individual expectations. They will take attendance and report it to the office by 9 am as we do during a regular school day. Students will be marked absent or tardy if they aren't in attendance on the screen by this time.

7. Please be available to provide tech support for your children throughout the week, but also know our teachers have put in a tremendous amount of planning and preparation for a switch to remote - so the children should be able to manage this largely on their own. Ms. Ripegno and Mrs. Murray are available for advanced additional tech support via email.

May 2021 provide us all good health in the New Year!

Did Your Family Travel Over the Holiday Break?

We know many families decided to travel to visit loved ones to states and counties listed on the state of CT travel advisory list over the holiday break. It is imperative, if you have traveled outside of CT, NY, NJ, or RI over the holiday break please contact our office to determine necessary quarantine and testing for your children to return to face to face learning on the 11th.

As you know the Governor's travel advisory to states, territories, and countries on the restricted travel list requires all returning Connecticut residents to comply with the Connecticut Travel Guidelines set by Governor Lamont's Executive Order No. 9S and explained in his recent press release. Some of his key points include:

  • A traveler who has spent 24 hours or longer in an Affected State or an Affected Country are required to (1) complete the Connecticut Travel Health Form and (2) self-quarantine for a period of 10 days from the time of last contact with an Affected State or Affected Country.

  • Self-quarantine means to stay home or in your designated self-quarantine location, separate yourself from others, and monitor your health. You should not enter any public places.

  • An Affected Traveler is exempt from the self-quarantine requirement if the Affected Traveler (1) has had a test for COVID-19 in the 72 hours prior to arrival in Connecticut or at any time following arrival in Connecticut, (2) the result of such COVID-19 test is negative, and (3) he or she has provided written proof of such negative test result to the Commissioner of Public Health.

Quarantine Timeframes - taken from the December 22nd email from Dr. Jones

After careful consideration, with the aid of health providers, GPS has decided to remain with a required 14-day quarantine for students and staff that have been exposed to a positive case. While the CDC has recently lowered the amount of days of quarantining under specific circumstances, we feel that keeping our current guidelines of quarantining for 14 days is the safest route.

If you have traveled, and are awaiting test results please provide a copy of all test results to Nurse Theresa.

Additionally. over the last several weeks, we have had instances of parents and other family members testing positive for Covid-19 resulting in a positive exposure for the children. If you, another member of the household, or someone the children have had close contact with tests positive for Covid 19 after December 26th, your children will potentially require additional quarantine before returning to face to face learning on the 11th. Please contact our offices with any positive exposures during this time so we may determine a safe return date for the children. With the state reporting a 9.1% positivity rate and Greenwich reporting over 150 new positive cases since Christmas Eve, I ask you to please continue your vigilance in an effort to keep our entire community safe during our return to school in January. Vaccines are on the horizon, but this global pandemic is not yet over. We all need to continue the safe practices we have followed over the last nine months.

Remember the 3 Ws:

Wear the Mask

Wash your Hands

Watch Your Distance

(Even outside if you're within 6 feet of someone, when sledding, skiing, or snowman building)

Important Email Addresses

Magnet School Applications

Magnet School applications must be received online or be postmarked by Friday, February 5th. Placement decisions will come at the end of February.

Julian Curtiss Magnet Open House dates are:

January 14th at 6:30 PM

Join by phone

‪(US) +1 316-536-0728‬ PIN: ‪398 640 883‬#

January 19th at 9:15 AM

Join by phone

‪(US) +1 216-839-9986‬ PIN: ‪148 765 243‬#

To access additional information and applications go to:

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