Heart to Heart 2021
Spreading kindness from a distance
Important Hybrid Learning Dates
- March 1-12, 2021 (phase I and II): Students in Kindergarten-2nd grade will have a 2 hour early dismissal. Preschool and PK will follow a half day AM or PM schedule.
- March 15, 2021 (phase III): Students in Grades 3-5 with special needs served outside general education (special education regional program)
April 6, 2021: (Phase IV): Remaining students in Grades 3 – 5
What will Hybrid Learning Look Like?
- Students whose families chose hybrid learning will be assigned to Cohort A or B based on their address. Students whose families chose to continue fully virtual learning or who did not respond to the questionnaire will be assigned to Cohort C.
- Wednesday: virtual learning is asynchronous/independent learning with scheduled small groups
- Please refer to the reopening plan guide and Hybrid Links for more information: https://cos.bcps.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9046799/File/Updated%20Documents/Hybrid_Learning.pdf
Switching from Virtual to Hybrid Steps
- Parent complete the survery online or email principal or assistant principal to make written request to begin hybrid model.
- Administrator documents the request
- Admin will consult with the Office of Health Services to ensure the change will not impact the implementation of all mitigation strategies.
- If approved, students may begin the hybrid model within 2 calendar weeks after the request is made in order to: all planning; access transportation; and ensure student cohort guidelines are followed.
Updated School Rules
- Visitors: to reduce the opportunity for exposure and implement effective safety strategies, visitors are not permitted inside the school building unless there is an emergency and must have permission directly from the principal
- Anyone on school grounds (staff, students, and people) must wear a mask (contact admin for questions regarding exceptions)
- Students and staff will minimize movement through the building. Mixing of groups is not permitted.
Signs are placed throughout the school to direct traffic flow.
Signs are placed throughout the school to direct traffic flow.
The COVID-19 Health Screening and Emergency Contact Form
- Every student and staff member must undergo a daily health screening for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to school
- The form must be completed and sent with child on first day back to school and first school day of each month. The form states the parent/guardian takes responsibility of completing the health screening daily and lists 2 emergency contacts.
- COVID-19 Health Screening Tool: https://scs.bcps.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=66710107
SEL and Mental Health Resources
How can I prepare my child for going back to school?
- Talk with your child about their concerns and the things they are excited about.
- Communicate what school will look like now as compared to when they were in school before Covid. We have provided various resources in this newsletter to help with that conversation.
- Two weeks before your child goes back to school, start getting them into their school routine.
Encourage your child to work independently. They will need to get use to you not sitting with them.
Discuss new school rules: wearing a mask, washing hands regularly, social distancing, not sharing materials with others, new school or classroom layout (pictures have been provided to help)
- Go to bed early to make sure your child has a full night's rest.
- Wake up earlier to allow time for brushing teeth, getting dressed, breakfast, and travel time to school.
- Should shower time be before bed or in the morning?
- The night before have clothes picked out and school device, device charger, and supplies ready to go.
How to Support my Child Who's Staying Virtual
- Discuss how each family chose what is best for them which means some friends will be in school while others will learn only at home.
- Acknowledge the different emotions they might experience when seeing others at school-sad, frustrated, mad, feeling left out, etc
- Let your child know they are just as important as the students learning from school and the teacher wants them to participate and be part of the group.
Anxiety and Change
If your child is going to be participating in either virtual or hybrid learning, they might experience some anxiety due to the new schedule.
- Be prepared.
- Have open communication.
- Get in a routine.
- Participate in Mindfulness Activities (BCPS calming room) https://scs.bcps.org/departments/social_emotional_support/office_of_school_climate/school_social_work_responsive_student_programming/mental_health_services/virtual_calming_room
Random Acts of Kindness Day- February 17th
- Leave a special note for your postal worker.
- FaceTime or video chat with someone you haven't seen recently.
- Kindness rock- decorate a rock with a special message and leave it for someone to find in your neighborhood or at a park.
- Pay for the person behind you at a drive-thru
- Leave a special note in someone's mailbox or on their front door.
- Make a special treat for someone.
- Make cards and drop them off at a nursing home.
- Give someone a compliment
- Free Kindness Printables: https://www.doinggoodtogether.org/free-kindness-printables
Mind Yeti is a research-based digital library designed to help kids and their adults calm their minds, focus their attention, and connect better to the world around them.
- Healthy Tips for Elementary Students: https://scs.bcps.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=66710095
- BCPS COVID-19 Information: https://www.bcps.org/covid19
- Parent University Info Center: https://cos.bcps.org/departments/communications/family_and_community_engagement/parent_university/b_c_p_s_info_center
- BCPS Virtual Learning Links: https://cos.bcps.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9046799/File/Virtual_Learning.pdf
- CDC COVID-19 Parent Resources- books, handouts, stories, and more:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/parental-resource-kit/childhood.html
Mental Health Resources
- Baltimore County Crisis Response: 410-931-2214
- Crisis Text Line: Text the word "HOME" to 741741 for free 24 hour support
- Trevor Lifeline: Text “START” to 678-678
- Maryland Suicide and Crisis Hotline: 1-800-422-0009
- National Suicide Prevention Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK
- Stephanie Peters, school social worker: email@example.com
- Bridget Kurcoba, school counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Administration Contact Information: