1st Day In Person Kindy: Monday!

September 18, 2020

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Important Information for our Kindergarten Families

We are very excited to see our Kindergarten students begin In Person Learning on Monday, September 21, 2020. This start date applies to those families who committed to In Person Learning. Those that committed to Virtual Learning will continue as usual from home. Please know that our staff continues to work hard to make sure our campus is clean and safe for your children. We have worked closely with CCSD15 Administration, our Health Services Coordinators, and our Facilities and Operations teams to make sure Lincoln School is following all safety protocols. Below is what you need to know to be ready for Monday. Also, parents may park and walk their child to our kindergarten door, but parents are not permitted into the building at this time to go to classrooms. We hope you understand we need to follow our safety protocols on building visitors. Rest assured we will take excellent care of your children. Please don't hesitate to call if you have any concerns or questions. 847.963.5700

What to Expect When Children Return to School This Year.

What to expect at school during COVID-19

Arrival

If parents want to escort their child to the kindergarten door for the start of the school day, you may park on Cunningham or Farmgate or use our parking lot. Please do not park on Ridgewood as that is our bus lane. If you are dropping your child off, use the car loop on Farmgate. (Access the Farmgate loop by entering from Hicks Road.) A staff member will wait for your car door to be opened. Please do not use the Prince of Peace parking lot. An adult will help your child out of the car and adults will make sure students get to the kindergarten door. Students in each grade level, depending on classroom location, will enter and exit through different doors this year. Kindergarten students will enter and exit at door 5. This is in the back of the building near our portable classrooms. This door will provide direct entry and exit to our kindergarten classrooms. Please see map below. Staff will be outside to direct students and families to door 5.
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Chromebook Return

Please have your child return their Chromebook and cord. They will be housed in carts at school. We will alert you if we need to send them home again.

KIndergarten Schedule

AM Kindergarten: M-Th: 8:45 am - 11:20 am, Fr: 8:45 am - 10:50 am

PM Kindergarten: M-Th: 12:50 pm - 3:25 pm, Fr: 12:25 pm - 2:35 pm

All Day Bilingual Kindergarten: M-Th: 8:45 am - 3:25 pm, Fr: 8:45 am - 2:35 pm

Face Masks

Per IDPH guidelines updated August 13, neck gaiters/athletic neck warmers are not acceptable forms of face coverings. All other cloth or medical face coverings are permitted. We suggest sending an extra face mask in your child's backpack just in case it is needed.

Daily Activities

  • Parents should fill out the self certify document each morning in your child's lanyard. Lanyards were sent home in supply bags this week. The teacher will send home a new self certify document at the end of each week.
  • Temperatures will be taken upon arrival at the kindergarten door.
  • Students will have masks on in the classroom and will be seated at desks spaced apart appropriately. The masks can be attached to the lanyard.
  • The classroom will be disinfected each night and in the middle of the day before the pm Kindergarten students arrive. There will be periodic disinfecting throughout the day of high touch points by our custodial staff.
  • Music instruction will be in the classroom. PE will be outside or socially distanced in the gym.
  • Movement around the building will be very limited. Students will be taught how to use "Airplane Arms" to visually understand social distance on the playground, in the classroom, and in the hallways.
  • If a student does need to leave the classroom, an escort will be provided.
  • Handwashing protocols will be followed throughout the day.
  • Mrs. Carreola's all day kindergarten class will stay for lunch and recess. Students will eat in the classroom and will be 6 feet apart and supervised closely.
  • Students will be in zoned areas for recess with just their classmates. Masks outside are not required, as students will be socially distanced.

Dismissal

Students will exit through door 5, the kindergarten door, each day. The class will be escorted to the front of the building to the buses, the car loop, or to parents waiting for them on Ridgewood. At the end of the day, car loop and walker students will be dismissed first. Then, as each bus arrives, students and teachers will be dismissed by office staff to the bus. Please remember to be at the bus stop when your child is dropped off or your child will be brought back to school. Bus tags will be provided and should remain on backpacks for easy access by staff and bus drivers throughout the school year.

Bus Information

Please sign in to the Parent Portal in order to see your bus routes.

ROLLING RE-ENTRY PLAN UPDATE

This update was shared by Dr. Heinz regarding CCSD15's rolling re-entry plan:

New restrictive guidance issued from the Illinois Department of Public Health, paired with several positive COVID-19 cases among our own staff following new teacher orientation one week ago, have unfortunately made it clear that we must delay our re-entry to in-person instruction at this time.

Specifically, our starting date for rolling re-entry will be delayed until Monday, September 21 and be implemented on a modified schedule.

Monday, September 21: Kindergarten and K-8 self-contained special education programs

  • CLA: ACES, Multiple Needs (MN), Early Childhood SIP: Half-day only (9:00-11:30 a.m.); transition to a full- or extended-day starting on Tuesday, October 13

Monday, September 28: Grades 1-2 and self-contained early childhood

Monday, October 5: Grades 3-4

Tuesday, October 13: Grades 5-8 and ECDEC/blended early childhood (junior high in hybrid model)

** We look forward to welcoming all of our in-person bilingual self-contained students back to our classrooms at the same time their grade level peers are scheduled to return.

Virtual Learning Website

Click on the link above for Parent Universities, tech support, instructional information and more.

Chromebbook Issue Google Form

Use this button if you need help with your Chromebook. Lincoln staff will be in touch to assist you.

An Update from the Health Office

Health, Immunization, and Eye Exams:

For the purpose of safeguarding the health of children, CCSD15 enforces Illinois student health requirements. These requirements consist of health, dental and eye exams and immunizations specific to grade and age. Health exams are required for students entering Preschool, Kindergarten, Sixth grade, and those who are new to the school. Click here for required health forms: Required Health Exams and Immunization Recording. ** All health forms are due by October 15, 2020 **

(According to Board of Education Policy 7:100, Health, Eye and Dental Examinations, Immunizations, and Exclusion of Students and Illinois School Code, students who do not provide proof of receiving the required immunization and/or exam are excluded from school on October 15. Students new to Illinois schools, who register midterm, are allowed 30 days following registration to comply with the health requirements.


Dawn Plizga, RN, BSN

Lincoln School Nurse/Enfermera de la escuela

Phone: 847.963.5702

Email: plizgad@ccsd15.net

CCSD15 Helpline Available

Do you need help and are not sure who to contact? Do you have concerns or worries about yourself or others? The District 15 helpline is only a call or text away Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Our student services staff are available during these stressful times. Call or text:

English: 847-460-2099

Spanish: 847-460-2129

Calls or texts received outside of these hours will be answered the following workday. You can reach out about multiple topics, including but not limited to:

  • Social or emotional concerns;

  • Resources such as food, housing and transportation; or

  • Ideas on how to support your child

Here is some information from the CDC of how to help your child during this challenging time.

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