Hawk Flock Family News

1/21/2021

Big & Exciting Changes Are Underway

Though we are closing in on nearly a year of dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. As a district we have been working on plans for next steps for some time, looking for, and finding ways to safely bring students and staff back to campus. While we aren't quite at the point that we can fling our doors open for everyone, we are going to be taking the first steps to bring groups of students back to campus in a hybrid format for those that are ready, while still affording others to stay online.


We are excited to be able to take these next steps and to work with many of our students on campus again. We know that there are many questions as to how this will work, what changes have been made, and the timelines for the transitions. The information below includes schedules for both Hybrid (In-Person) and Remote (At Home) learning. In the next few weeks you will be receiving more detailed information about school safety protocols, teacher assignments and requirements for students and families during hybrid learning.


  • January 27th & 28th - Early dismissal @ 12:00. This is new to the calendar, but very important for our staff to have time to prepare for the transition to Hybrid Learning.
  • January 29th - No School. Teacher Directed Day!
  • February 1st - {Hybrid A/B & Remote Students} - Many students will be assigned a new teacher, but regular zoom sessions will continue until the start of Hybrid. (More information about this coming soon from your teacher!)


While these are few key dates with important information, please continue to read through and click on the links below for more details.


Kind regards,


Mr. Sims

Hedden Elementary Principal

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Planned Start Dates for Hybrid

Following the latest guidance from the Governor, along with information and resources from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, we have determined start dates for all of our elementary grade levels:


The week of February 1st:

  • Kindergarten students return in A/B hybrid cohorts

Included in this transition, is time for one to one parent/student orientations.


The week of February 8th:

  • 1st and 2nd Grade students return in A/B hybrid cohorts


The week of February 15th:

  • 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade students return in A/B hybrid cohorts


Secondary start dates will align with the Governor’s updated school guidance for in-person instruction and information and resources from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.


The week of February 22nd:

  • 6th and 7th Grade students return in A/B hybrid cohorts


The week of March 1st:

  • 8th -12th Grade students return in A/B hybrid cohorts

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Below you'll find the links for both the Hybrid A calendar and the Hybrid B calendar. Each has the dates highlighted for when students will attend school at Hedden. Please note that 2nd Grade only will start attending Hedden the week of February 8th. All other Hybrid students in grades 3, 4, & 5 will begin attending the week of February 16th.

++Hybrid Weekly Plan for Elementary++

Mondays (All A/B Cohorts & Remote Learning Models in grades 2-5)

Students will attend Zoom meetings, (9:00-10:00 & 3:00-3:30.)

More information to follow from your classroom teacher.


Tuesday & Thursday (Cohort A)

Students will meet in person at school for full days of instruction.

  • Arrival begins @ 9:05
  • Tardy bell @ 9:20
  • Dismissal: Stage I Buses @ 3:20, Stage II Buses & Parent Pick Up at 3:30


Wednesday & Friday (Cohort B)

Students will meet in person at school for full days of instruction.

  • Arrival begins @ 9:05
  • Tardy bell @ 9:20
  • Dismissal: Stage I Buses @ 3:20, Stage II Buses & Parent Pick Up at 3:30


On days when students are not attending in person, they will engage in teacher-directed (asynchronous learning) at home. Teachers in the Hybrid Format will not be available on asynchronous learning days.


***More detailed schedules will be communicated by your individual teacher soon***

***Elementary Remote Only Weekly Plan***

Mondays (All A/B Cohorts & Remote Learning Models in grades 2-5)

Students will attend zoom meetings, (9:00-10:00 & 3:00-3:30.)

More information to follow from your classroom teacher.


Tuesday-Friday (Remote Learning Model in grades 2-5)

9:00-10:00 {Synchronous Learning} ONLINE w/ Classroom Teacher

10:00-11:00 {Asynchronous Learning OR Assigned Support Classes)

11:00-11:35 {Asynchronous Learning} w/ Art, Library, Music & PE

11:35-12:30 {Lunch & Recess}

12:30-1:00 {Synchronous Learning}

1:00-3:00 {Asynchronous Learning OR Assigned Support Classes}

3:00-3:30 {Synchronous Learning} ONLINE w/ Classroom Teacher}


***More detailed schedules will be communicated by your individual teacher soon***

FOOD SERVICES

Food Services will be providing lunch and breakfast for all students.

For information regarding food services with breakfast and lunch, please click HERE.

Fife School District will limit gatherings and potential mixing of classes or groups.

Elementary students will be eating breakfast and lunch in their classes.

All students will need to be seated with all food items on their desk ready to eat before the class takes off masks.

If your student is bringing their own lunch it would be helpful if they are able to open and access their food and drink without adult assistance.

Desk and hands will be cleaned following meals.

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The driver and students onboard will be required to wear a face covering as per guidelines.


Transportation will fully adhere to the OSPI guidelines. Public health experts believe that a “multi-layered” approach is preventative even when we cannot use every tool to prevent the spread of COVID19. We will do our best to place siblings in seats together; however, students will most likely be placed in each seat and sometimes with non-family members on the bus.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available to each student as they board the bus.

  • Bus windows and roof hatches will be opened to fresh air ventilation as weather permits. Coats, hats and layers of clothing are highly suggested during the cooler months.

  • Sanitation of bus equipment will be guided per the manufacturer's instruction and hygiene guidelines.

  • Bus routes will be optimized to reduce the amount of time each student is riding the bus.

  • As students load the bus in the mornings, they will be directed to sit to the rear of the bus to the front.

  • For the return to home, all students at all school levels will be assigned seating according to their bus stop to promote distancing. School staff will assist in student line up and boarding onto the buses.

  • Social distancing will be encouraged and promoted at bus stops.


Families are encouraged to have students walk or bike to school using safe routes or consider driving students to school if possible.


Buses will be cleaned frequently. Buses will be cleaned at the end of each route set or trip, meaning at the completion of morning routes and then again at the end of the day. Sanitation of bus equipment will be guided per the manufacturer's instruction and COVID-19 guidelines.


For information regarding transportation services, bus stops and times, please click HERE or contact them at 253.517.1060.

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Student Drop Off & Pick Up

Our process for drop off and pick will continue to be similar to years past, but with some key differences. A full document will be shared next week, but some highlights include:


Morning Drop Off:

1. Complete the required Health Attestation online prior to arrival

2. Pull to the most forward area in the fire lane along the sidewalk

3. Before exiting the vehicle, students should have bags ready & masks on

4. 2nd and 3rd grade students will use the Main Office Entry

5. 4th & 5th grade students will use the Gymnasium Entry

6. Parents and family should stay in their vehicle

7. Staff and students only are allowed in the buildings at this time

8. More information to come;-)


Afternoon Pick Up:

1. Post your placard/hanger (coming next week) on your rearview mirror to help match students to vehicles.

2. Pull to the most forward area in the fire lane along the sidewalk

3. Wait in the vehicle while your student(s) is called from the gym

4. Students should be able to enter the vehicle from the right side

5. Parents & families need to remain in their vehicle

6. Students will not be able to cross the parking lot as in past years

7. More information to come;-)

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We look forward to getting students back in school, learning, having fun, and being active. Recess will once again be a part of school, but it will look a bit different. Students will have two recess outside each day, unless we have severe weather events. Please make sure your student is coming prepared for outdoor recess each day.

Our playground will be visually separated into 4 sections. Only one classroom cohort/group will be allowed to use each section at a time in order to support our social distancing goals. Students will be able to take off masks while outside, only if they can maintain six feet of distance. If they are closer than six feet, then they will need to continue to wear their mask.

To help limit potential spread of Covid 19, each grade level will also have their own set of equipment that will be cleaned at least daily.

Upcoming Dates & Events

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27TH

  • Early Release at 12:00 noon
  • Staff will be working to prepare for new class rosters & prepping classes


THURSDAY, JANUARY 28TH

  • Early Release at 12:00 noon
  • Staff will be working to prepare for new class rosters & prepping classes


FRIDAY, JANUARY 29TH

  • No School ALL GRADES
  • Teacher Directed Work Day


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST to FRIDAY, FEBRUARY, 5TH

  • All students continue in the online format
  • Any students changing classes will begin on this date


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH

  • 2ND GRADE, HYBRID A STUDENTS BEGIN TO ATTEND HEDDEN
  • THIS IS ONLY FOR 2ND GRADE, HYBRID A


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH

  • 2ND GRADE, HYBRID B STUDENTS BEGIN TO ATTEND HEDDEN
  • THIS IS ONLY FOR 2ND GRADE, HYBRID B


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH

  • Mid-Winter Break
  • No school for any students


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH

  • Mid-Winter Break
  • No school for any students


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH

  • ALL (2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade) Hybrid A students attend class at Hedden


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH

  • ALL (2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade) Hybrid B students attend class at Hedden