DAVIS HILL COMMUNITY UPDATE
October 12, 2020
Dear Davis Hill Community,
Certainly hoping that everyone is enjoying their long weekend. I know that my own family demands forced me to take a little break from the screen/ email for a little bit yesterday (Saturday) and I discovered it was much needed. I hope that everyone in our community is doing the same from time-to-time.
This week, our biggest change is that there is no school on Monday; therefore, Wednesday will be a full day of school.
-PLEASE NOTE: Due to this change, on Wednesday (10/14) classes will follow a 'Monday' Specials Schedule. For example, if you have PE on Monday, this week you will have PE on Wednesday.
Wishing everyone an awesome week! Thanks to all for your continued support and efforts! Grateful for DHCommunity!
Jay Norton, Principal
HEALTH OFFICE INFORMATION
Return to School Reminders from Health Office
All Medication orders must be renewed each school year. New Medication orders and medication/s should be brought in by appointment to the school nurse by an adult. Students are not allowed to transport medications to school. (the two exceptions are: Epipens or rescue inhalers that a student carries in their backpack)The school nurse must be notified of any self- carry medications.
Medication order forms can be downloaded off the school website using the
Health tab on the website. Allergy action plans can also be downloaded
ALL medications administered at school must have a physician order and parent permission (signature on form). This includes prescription and over the counter medications. Please see medication policy on the website.
All students must be fully immunized by the first day of school. The only exceptions are written documentation from a doctor for medical exemptions or a written document by parent/guardian stating due to religious beliefs your child has not been vaccinated. The exemption forms must be renewed at the beginning of each school year. Those not fully vaccinated may be excluded from school if a immunization preventable disease occurs at school. Please remember that the influenza vaccine has been mandated by MDPH . You must send in one of the two exemptions if your child will not be receiving the influenza vaccine by December 31 2020.
All new students including kindergarten students are required to have an updated physical and immunization record on file.
Students entering the 4th grade need to have an updated physical and immunization record on file in the health office. Please send in as soon as they get their physical.
Students in 5th grade who did not send in an updated physical and immunization in 4th grade will need to send in ASAP.
Students in grades 2-12 will be required to wear a mask, K and one students are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.
Please contact the health office - Sandra Berquist for any questions or concerns about any health related issues.
Sandra Berquist BSN RN NCSN
Davis Hill School Nurse
COVID-19 INFORMATION/ IN PERSON LEARNING
Dear Davis Hill Community,
To help families prepare for the eventual return to in-person learning, it is important that the following information pertaining to student illness is reviewed before students start school. As the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the medical community learn more about COVID-19, it is possible that this guidance will change. The information below is based on the most recent, reliable medical guidance.
Parents whose child has one or more of the following signs/symptoms of illness, that are also associated with COVID-19, should keep their child home from school. It is also recommended that parents contact their primary care physician for further evaluation:
Fever of 100.0° F or higher accompanied by chills
Persistent cough that is not due to another known cause such as chronic cough
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
New loss of taste or smell
Headache in combination with other symptoms listed here
Muscle aches or body aches
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Fatigue in combination with other symptoms listed here
Nasal congestion or runny nose that is not due to other known causes such as allergies and is in combination with other symptoms listed here
Click here for the CDC’s COVID-19 Information Page
The following information, related to when child(ren) may return to school, is based on the WRSD School Reopening Plan and Department of Health guidance:
If a student is referred for further medical evaluation for symptoms of illness, they may only return to school with a note from their doctor or following a 10-day quarantine IF symptoms have improved AND they are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
Close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
If a student is considered to be a close contact, they may only return to school following a 14-day quarantine period, even if a negative COVID-19 test result is received.
It is recommended that anyone who is considered close contact gets tested for COVID-19 four to five days following exposure.
If a student has tested positive for COVID-19, they may return to school 10 days following documentation of the start of symptoms if they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND if their symptoms have improved.
Important: All documentation must be faxed or emailed to the health office prior to returning to school.
As the District refines and finalizes school reopening plans, it is understood that there may be situations unique for families that require further discussion. Your child’s school nurse is available to discuss these situations, as well as to provide further explanation for the protocols outlined in this message. Please be aware that the WRSD school nurses have been integral in shaping the District’s protocols and procedures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and they are a valuable resource for parents and guardians.
I appreciate the questions and concerns that have arisen in our outreach to the families of students. Our ability to work together and collaborate during this difficult period of time is integral to our success.
Jay Norton, Principal
CELEBRATE SUCCESES -CREATE YOUR OWN SUNSHINE!
I am loving seeing these positive messages to our staff. If you have positive feedback, please share with me and I will try keep collecting and posting. This section is open to anything positive in the DH Community.
-We had a few parents/ guardian's send in some tokens of appreciation to staff members this
Some quotes from emails received (Love to hear the positives and I always appreciate being Cc'd or emailed to hear about the awesome things our staff are doing to try and support our students and families):
Thank you to Ms. OBey for going above and beyond and supporting our daughter during a challenging time. Your kindness and availability was so greatly appreciated and made all the difference! Thank you!
Just wanted to send a quick note about Mrs. Riedle.
Her poise and demeanor has been unbelievable delivering information to the kids.
We are fortunate to be able to sit with our daughter throughout the day and just wanted you to know that we are amazed how she is navigating the challenges of second grade. There is no way this is easy for her!
(Mrs. Walsh)... I want you to know that I am beyond thankful and appreciate of of all you continue to do for my daughter. She told me she reached out to you to help refresh her memory on multi-digit multiplication. Not only have you always responded to her, but you took time out of your schedule during this madness and scheduled a zoom with her. And the best part was her 94 on the quiz on the topic she couldn't do and wouldn't let me help her with just days earlier. So thank you, thank you for always going above and beyond for your students be it current or former dragons. It really takes a village right now to educate these kids and I want you to know how thankful I am for teachers like you :)
October 12th: No School/ State Holiday
October 14th: This is a Full-Day of school Wednesday due to Monday Holiday (Monday Schedule for Specials will be followed)
October 21st: Half-Day for Students (Professional Development Day for Staff)
October 23rd: Remote/ Hybrid Survey Due for Central Office
November 3rd: Election Day/ No School For Students
November 4th: This will be a Full-Day of School for students (Tuesday Schedule for Specials will be followed).
WRSD 2020-2021 Calendar Link HERE