Back To School at Peter Noyes

August 30, 2021

Dear Families,

We are so close!! We cannot wait to see our students in grades 1-5 for their first day of school this Wednesday, September 1, 2021. This is a full day of school. For students in preK-K, we look forward to welcoming you for your visit days this week and your first full day of school on Wednesday, September 8. Thank you for taking a few minutes to read this important information about school.

Warmly,

Annette Doyle

Important Reminder about School Hours: School starts at 7:55 a.m. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. School dismissal is 2:25 p.m.

General Guidelines and Procedures

Students and staff will:

  • wear masks at all times, except during designated mask breaks and during lunch/snack.

  • maintain three feet of social distance in classrooms to the extent possible.

  • wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the school/classroom, before/after eating lunch and snack, before/after recess and when taking bathroom breaks.


More information on reopening in Sudbury:

Arrival Process

  • Students will wear masks when they enter the school building. Masks are not required outside.

  • We will allow visitors inside the building this year with a scheduled appointment. Visitors must wear masks.

Car Drop-Off

  • Cars will enter between the Town Hall and the Grange Building, proceed along the upper parking lot and down to the back of Noyes onto the basketball court as we did last year.

  • One line of cars will disembark at time as directed by staff.

  • No one should exit a car without staff direction and none prior to 7:40 a.m. Mrs. Doyle and/or Mrs. Moffat will be outside as close to 7:40 a.m. as possible and students must wait outside until 7:45 a.m. when staff are on duty before entering the building.

  • All students will use hand sanitizer as they enter the building.

  • Students enter school via the door closest to their classroom and proceed directly to their classrooms.

  • Parents may safely exit cars to assist students in getting out of the vehicle, if absolutely necessary; however, it is safer and more efficient for students to exit on the passenger side of the car on their own. Bonus points if the goodbye hugs and kisses are given at home and not as we're trying to move the car line along. The parents behind you really appreciate that too.

  • After 7:55 a.m., the rear school doors will close and students who are tardy will enter through the front entrance doors. This “late” time will likely be adjusted during the first few weeks of school depending on traffic flow. If you are tardy, please have your child drive with you to the front of the school to enter through the front entrance.

Bus Riders

  • Federal regulations require all students wear a mask on the bus.

  • Bus windows will be open.

  • There is no distancing requirements on the bus.

  • When arriving at school, staff will greet each bus and indicate when it is safe to disembark.

  • All students will use hand sanitizer as they enter the building.

  • Students will proceed through the front doors of the school and walk directly to their classrooms. Staff members are available to help students who need assistance finding their classroom.

  • Be sure your child knows his/her bus number.

Walkers/Bike Riders

  • Walkers will enter through the front doors.

  • Walkers should arrive on site no earlier than 7:45 a.m.

  • All students will use hand sanitizer as they enter the building.

  • Students will proceed to their classrooms. Staff members are available to help students who need assistance finding their classroom.

STUDENTS ATTENDING MORNING SED

  • Students will proceed to their classrooms from the cafeteria.

  • SED teachers will escort students in grades K-1 to their classrooms.

Dismissal Process

Car Pickup

  • Students proceed from classrooms to the back basketball court via the exit door closest to their classroom. Staff will help.

  • Students in K-1 will have assigned staff to assist.

  • Students will stand behind the bollards on the sidewalk or on the grass.

  • We will load 2 rows of cars at a time. Please follow the direction of the staff members on duty.

  • Parents must not use their cell phones while driving in the Car Pickup line.

  • Once all students have been loaded in the 2 rows, staff will direct cars to exit and another group of cars will enter for loading.

Bus Riders

  • The office will dismiss classes by Zone (one class per grade level at a time).

  • Teachers or assistants will accompany their classes to buses and make sure students board the correct bus.

  • Students must wear masks on the bus.

  • Windows will be open.

WALKERS/BIKE RIDERS

  • Walkers/Bike Riders are dismissed with bus students.

  • Teachers will accompany the walkers and bus riders through the front entrance.

  • Teachers will connect the walkers with their parent/guardian and then load the students taking the bus.

  • Parents meeting Walkers are asked to meet their children near the bike rack area/alongside the Flynn Building as we did last year.

SED Students

  • Students in grades 2-5 proceed from classrooms to the cafeteria entrance.

  • Students in K-1 attending afternoon SED will board a bus to take them to the First Parish Church.Teachers will make sure students get on the correct bus.

Changes in Dismissal

Teachers keep track of each student's typical dismissal plan. If there is a change in the regular plan for your child, this must be communicated with us. Ideally, a note is sent in with your child noting the change. For example, if your child normally rides the bus on Mondays, but you are going to pick him up by car, you will send in a note saying he will be Car Pick Up for that day.


Students who have bus passes may only take their own bus. They cannot ride their friend's bus.


If something urgent causes a late change in dismissal, parents must contact the main office before 1 p.m. Changes in dismissal cannot be guaranteed if received after 1 p.m. If you email the main office and you do not hear back confirming that we've received your request, please be sure to call Julie Williams to be sure the change has been received and can be honored.

Lunch

  • Students will eat in the cafeteria at their assigned desk.

  • Desks are six feet apart.

  • ALL CLASSROOMS AND THE CAFETERIA ARE PEANUT AND NUT-FREE.

  • Whitson’s staff and our staff will deliver lunches to the correct desks at the start of lunch. Students order lunch in the morning in their homeroom classes. School breakfast and lunch are free this year.

  • Students bringing lunch from home should be able to open all containers themselves, and have all items needed (e.g. spoons, etc.). There are staff members to assist, but student independence is fostered.

  • Given that student masks are off, remaining in the assigned seat is mandatory. If a student needs to get up for any reason, he/she must wear a mask and must be given permission by one of the cafeteria supervisors.

RECESS

  • All students will have a 25-minute recess each day. Additional outdoor time may occur as well. Snack breaks are outdoors as often as possible.

  • Recess is scheduled by grade level. All third graders have recess at the same time, for example.

  • Masks are not required at recess, but can be worn if the child/family desires.

  • Students will be able to play with all the other students in their grade level. We will not be limiting cohorts to a particular zone this year.

ILAP Early Release Wednesdays

The first Early Release Wednesday is September 15. It is the only Early Release day in September. Please consult the SPS Calendar to note all of the Early Release days, which occur, on average, twice per month. During these afternoons, teachers participate in professional development and parent conferences.

Breathe

During our "forced fun" staff activity this morning, one of the groups had to answer the question, "If you could tell the world one thing, what would it be?" After a few folks said, "Get vaccinated," one teacher talked about how when she was driving to work this morning, she was stopped at the center of town at the light. The car ahead of her did not immediately begin driving when the light turned green and the person behind her laid on the horn, startling her. She said, "I would tell people to 'to take a minute, to breathe, to give people a little grace.'" My hope is that we do just that.


Your children are going to learn so much this year and it won't all be academics. Some of the most important lessons they learn come from watching us and how we treat each other. Let's be kind and patient with ourselves and with each other even when things are hard and even when things aren't exactly as we wish they were. We are all doing our best. A deep breath and a little grace won't solve all of the world's problems, but it sometimes makes all the difference in the moment.


Sincerely,

Annette Doyle

Principal