Nixon Elementary School

Notables From Nixon

Return to In-Person Learning For Families

Dear Families,


We are so very excited for the return of increased in-person learning for children on Monday, April 5! Our schoolhouse is ready and all staff look forward to welcoming every child!


Please find the following increased in-person learning share for Nixon School. This information is lengthy and important, so please take your time when reading our learning plan.

General Mitigation Guidelines

Children and staff will:

  • wear masks at all times, except during designated mask breaks.

  • maintain a minimum three-foot physical distance at all possible times.

  • maintain a minimum six-foot physical distance when unmasked.

  • wash hands at regular intervals, including before and after eating.

  • support individuals who participate in COVID-19 pool testing.

Arrival

The safety of our Nixon community is priority number one. Please be mindful of the traffic flow requirements during drop off. The map below is provided to you for a visual reference.


Arrival begins at 7:45 a.m. The school day begins at 7:55 a.m.


*Please note the double green lines in the center of the parking lot on the right hand side of the map indicate a double line of cars.


After entering the campus from Concord Road and taking a right into the parking lot, a double line of cars will be created. This is to accommodate the increase in car traffic at drop off time in the morning. This double line of cars will then merge into one line that flows through the the typical drop off procedure, noted below in the single green arrows around the drop off loop.


Staff will be outside assisting in the drop off procedure and offer guidance as needed.


Car Drop-Off


  • Children exit on the passenger side only.

  • Numbered traffic cones indicate that students cannot disembark until reaching a particular point.

  • Parents may safely exit cars to assist students in getting out of the vehicle. Staff will generally not assist with the exiting from cars.

  • No one should exit a car prior to 7:45 a.m.

  • Children enter the building in a single file through the front door proceed directly to their classrooms.

  • Cars may NOT pass; the car line will remain single file unless school staff direct otherwise.

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Please refrain from passing on the left when departing from the drop off loop line. This is noted in the image below. Be patient and wait until the car(s) in front of you depart in a single line. Staff, families, and children are potentially moving around vehicles at this departure time, we do not want someone to get hurt.
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Walkers & Bike Riders

Walkers/bikers will enter through the front door. Children should not arrive on site until 7:45 a.m. Please be certain to time your travel accordingly.

Buses

You can access bus routes on the SPS Transportation Site.



Buses will be unloaded one at a time beginning at 7:45 a.m. Children will proceed through the rotunda doors and proceed directly into their classrooms.

Dismissal

As with arrival, the safety of dismissal comes before speed. To accommodate a safe and orderly end of day and the anticipated number of car pickups, we will use the double line of cars when on the Nixon campus.


After entering the campus from Concord Road and taking a right into the parking lot, a double line of cars will be created. This is to accommodate the increase in car traffic at drop off time in the afternoon. This double line of cars will then merge into one line that flows through the the typical drop off procedure, noted below in the single green arrows around the drop off loop.

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Car Pick-Up


  • Car pickup occurs in our front drop off loop.

  • Parents place a large sign in the window with the family’s last name.

  • Cars pull as far forward as possible and park at a numbered traffic cone.

  • Children will be dismissed from the front door of the schoolhouse in order of car arrival and corresponding numbered cone.

  • Parents may safely exit cars to assist students in getting into the vehicle.

  • Staff will generally not assist with the exiting from cars.

  • Cars may NOT pass; the car line will remain single file unless school staff direct otherwise.

  • Families requiring additional assistance can pull all the way up to the front of the line off to the right hand side and put on their flashers to indicate stopping and that other cars may pass.

  • Parents should not arrive on foot to pick up a student; parents on foot will wait until the end of the car line dismissal; no individualized “line jump” calls will be accepted.

Walkers & Bike Riders

The walker line is designated for children who will be walking directly home. Children should not be picked up regularly on a neighboring side street or parking lot.


There is an increase in walker line participants and this has offered great challenge for dismissal. The walkers now depart the schoolhouse in the last wave of dismissals. Walkers and bike riders follow the directions of the crossing guards at all times.

Buses

Buses will depart school at 2:25 p.m. or as soon after as possible. Children will proceed through the rotunda doors and proceed directly onto their buses.


You can access bus routes on the SPS Transportation Site.

Changes In Dismissal

All changes in dismissal must be communicated ahead of time. Parents may either call the main office or email nixon_sudbury@k12.ma.us by 1 p.m. (10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays). Changes in dismissal cannot be guaranteed if received after 1 p.m.

Chromebooks

Chromebooks will be used in-school only beginning April 5. All student Chromebooks (along with chargers and cases) should be returned to classrooms beginning Monday, April 5. Devices will no longer go home, except in rare circumstances with approval of the principal. Devices borrowed for returning remote learners in K-1 will be recalled to the front office.

Peanut/Tree-Nut Free Foods

Nixon will continue to be peanut/tree-nut free. Snack and lunch items should not contain nuts or tree-nuts.

Lunch

Children will eat lunch daily at an assigned individual desk in the cafeteria. Our cafeteria is organized by seating chart that remains the same each day.


Children will be six or more feet apart from one another at all times. Children will remain in their seats for the duration of lunch to accommodate the removal of masks for the purpose of eating. Children will wear masks whenever not eating, and whenever there is a need to be out of a seat. Children will be directed to use bathrooms before/after lunch. Children will wipe down their desk/table at the end of lunch.


Teachers continue to be limited in ability to assist students with opening food items. Please be sure that students are able to open containers independently.


All Sudbury elementary classrooms are peanut/tree-nut free. For the safety of all children, do not send food items that contain these ingredients.


Lunch through our cafeteria is available each day with two options from which to select. Orders will be taken with attendance at the start of the day, and meals will be placed out on tables by cold or hot lunch designation. Children will retrieve their bagged lunch when entering the cafeteria and then proceed to their seat. Teachers will reiterate to children that there is no opportunity to change one’s option once selected in the morning. Children with lunches from home will move directly to their seat when entering the cafeteria. With any specific questions related to ordering lunch, please contact your classroom teacher.

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Snack

Students will have a scheduled snack break with their class every day. Classes will eat by homeroom either outside or in the cafeteria.

Recess

All children will have a 25-minute recess daily Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, and a 20-minute recess on Wednesdays. Recess is scheduled by grade. The playground is divided into zones, with one classroom in each zone. Masks are to be worn at all times at recess. Children must abide by our distancing expectation of three or more feet at recess. Recess will take place in the classroom during inclement weather.

Masks/Mask Breaks

Whole-class outdoor mask breaks will also be scheduled. Each student is expected to have three masks with them from home available to them at school each day. All children and staff will wear masks at school.

Water/Water Bottles

There is no access to water fountains (“bubblers.”) Students should bring one or more water bottles to school for use. Bottles can be refilled throughout the day as needed.

Dropping Off Items

Parents dropping off items like forgotten lunches, etc., should ring the front bell. One of our team members will assist you. A table by the door is also available to leave items for us to collect. Please pre-label any items with your child's name and classroom. Parents are not allowed to enter the building.

Important Dates

April

4/1/21 Professional Day - No School

4/2/21 Good Friday - No School

4/5/21 Full In-Person Learning for Students Begins

4/7/21 11:45 Early Release Day

4/8/21 9:00-9:30 Coffee Talk Link Here

4/9/21 Nixon Spirit Day - Mismatch Day

3:00-5:00 Remote Student Materials Pick Up (Now on Fridays)

4/13/21 11:00-11:30 Coffee Talk Link Here

PTO Staff Appreciation - Spring Catered Lunch

2:35-3:35 School Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting

4/14/21 11:45 Early Release Day

4/16/21 3:00-5:00 Remote Student Materials Pick Up (Now on Fridays)

4/19/21-4/23/21 No School - April Break

4/28/21 Food Pantry Collection

11:45 Early Release Day

2:30 School Meeting Video Release

4/29/21 Food Pantry Collection

9:00-9:30 Coffee Talk Link Here

4/30/21 Food Pantry Collection

3:00-5:00 Remote Student Materials Pick Up (Now on Fridays)

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April Break Pooled Testing



Wednesday, April 21, 2021

8:30-11:30 AM

Curtis Middle School, 22 Pratts Mill Road, Sudbury


Sudbury Public Schools and the Sudbury Board of Health invite SPS students and staff to participate in pooled testing. Drive through testing will be supervised by trained observers. Students in grades 2-8 will self administer the test. Parents or caregivers will administer the test to students in PK-grade 1. Administration is easy and quick, as demonstrated by this video.


If you are interested in participating in the April break pooled testing, please complete this linked authorization form. The form will prompt you to print your response and bring it with you on the day of testing. The information collected will be used for contact tracing should a positive pool be identified. Please note, that a separate form is required for each testing participant, regardless of whether prior permission has been granted at the school level.


More information about SPS COVID-19 protocols and reopening is available on the district website.


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Sudbury Public Schools COVID Pool Testing: Step-by-Step Nasal Swab Instructions (Students & Parents)

A Note About Nixon Coffee Talks - Back On!

Nixon Coffee Talks will begin again!


Tuesday's from 11:00-11:30

Thursday's from 9:00-9:30


We currently have two opportunities per week for connection. This frequency may shift as two times a week can pose s scheduling challenge, we will keep you posted!

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