Nixon Elementary School

Important Notes About Joining Back Together After Break

Dear Nixon Families,

As we begin a new year together, we return from a break that for many of us was impacted, directly or otherwise, by COVID-19. The last two weeks have highlighted the need for thoughtful actions to assure that we can safely open and keep open our schools in 2022. Please read on for information related to our return to school tomorrow, Monday, January 3.

DELAYED START MONDAY

School reopens Monday with a two-hour delayed start. Arrival begins at 9:45 a.m., and students should be in school by 9:55 a.m. Please plan for bus/van arrival two hours later than regularly scheduled.

POOL TESTING MOVES TO MONDAY THIS WEEK

SPS has moved pool testing to Monday this week at all our schools. This will allow for a more timely report on the status of all our pool participants. We will then test members of any pools testing positive to identify the positive case. Given the demands on testing right now, it is possible our pool testing results will not have a 1-day turnaround as we have come to expect.

SIGN UP FOR POOL TESTING IF NOT ALREADY REGISTERED

If your child is not currently participating in weekly pool testing, please reconsider and sign up today. Our weekly testing is quick and supports the overall health of our community and allows us to stay open. Click here to sign up.

UPLOAD YOUR CHILD(REN)'S VACCINATION RECORD

If you haven't already, use this link to submit your child(ren)'s COVID-19 vaccination record. This information will be maintained confidentially as is all of your child(ren)'s personal and medical information.

WHAT WE'RE DOING IN THE NEW YEAR

At Nixon and across SPS, we're taking additional steps to keep everyone healthy and safe. These include:

  • Assuring students' minimal distance from one another (three or more feet) at their individual seats.

  • Limiting small group work except for when teachers can monitor and assure distancing between students.

  • Providing state-issued COVID tests and KN-95 masks for all staff members.

  • Continuing weekly pool testing for staff and students.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

The following actions will go far in supporting the health of our school community:

  • Keep your children at home when they are sick (with COVID or otherwise) or identified as a close contact.

  • Report any COVID cases in your home to the Nixon School Health Office.

  • Participate in pool testing.

Wishing you and yours a gentle start to the 2022 year. Please enjoy these new year moments. I look forward to seeing you and your family at our schoolhouse.


Sincerely,

Susan