Heart to Heart 2021

Spreading kindness from a distance

Hello Charlesmont Families! As you are aware, the hybrid learning will start on March 1st for Pre-K to 2nd grade. April 6th will begin hybrid learning for grades 3, 4 and 5. This newsletter will provide helpful information about Hybrid Learning along with social emotional learning (SEL) and mental health supports. Please take a moment to complete the Microsoft Form (Parent Survey) so we can get your feedback and understand how we can best support you!

Hybrid Information

Important Hybrid Learning Dates

Information for children in hybrid learning:
  • 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
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Switching from Virtual to Hybrid Steps

If a family decides, after the questionnaire has closed, that they wish for their student to participate in the hybrid model, the following process will be use:


  1. Parent complete the survery online or email principal or assistant principal to make written request to begin hybrid model.
  2. Administrator documents the request
  3. Admin will consult with the Office of Health Services to ensure the change will not impact the implementation of all mitigation strategies.
  4. 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.

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)

Routine

Things to consider when re-establishing the school routine:
  • 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

If your child is going to be participating in virtual learning only, it is important to talk with them about being home while some of their friends may be in the school building.
  • 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.

How to Spread Kindness Safely to Others

  • Wave to a friend.
  • Give someone a compliment.
  • Remind yourself, even though you must keep distance from someone, they can still be your friend.
  • Ask someone to do "safe activities" such as play charades, I Spy, make kindness rocks, or write to a pen pal.

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 Videos

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.

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

Contact Information

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