The Hardy Herald Week 20

January 31st

Important Dates and Updates

Track Day Schedule-

Track "A" Days- 2/3, 2/8, 2/10, 2/17, 2/22, 2/24

Track "B" Days- 2/4, 2/9, 2/11, 2/16, 2/18, 2/23, 2/25


2/1-2/2- No school for students due to teacher work day and professional development

2/3- Second semester hybrid student return to in-person continuum

2/10 and 2/11- Report Cards Distributed

2/15- President's Day- All schools and offices are closed

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No school on Monday and Tuesday due to teacher work day and professional development day. In-person school for hybrid students will reconvene on Wednesday, 2/3 and Thursday, 2/4.

Second Semester Hybrid Students

All second semester hybrid families will return to in-person learning on 2/3. Letters were mailed to families last week to include the new teacher's name and new track. All second semester hybrid students were assigned to a new teacher. All virtual students will remain with their current teacher until the end of the school year.

Hybrid 5-Days A Week

Isle of Wight County Schools is considering moving some students who are on the In-Person Continuum to a full, five-day weekly schedule in February. The In-Person Continuum model allows for students to move between learning remotely, learning on a hybrid model, or learning in person 5 days a week, based on data related to COVID-19.


The division will continue to monitor data for positive cases and quarantines over the next several weeks. If the numbers are favorable, we plan to return PreK through 5th grade students to in-person learning, 5 days per week, beginning Tuesday, February 16. By this date, IWCS will finish replacing tables with desks at our elementary schools. The desks will help physically distance students in the classroom. ​ In addition, we also have almost 500 employees who have registered for the COVID-19 vaccine with many receiving their first dose last week.


The mitigation strategies in place at all of our schools are working and preventing transmission of the virus. Since school opened on September 8, there have been NO cases of student to student spread, student to teacher spread, or teacher to student spread. ​However, if we do have issues with rising numbers of cases or quarantines, the Superintendent, Dr. Jim Thornton, can close a classroom, a school, or even the entire division and return students to temporarily remote or hybrid learning if necessary. ​​We will continue to monitor data for a potential return of additional grade levels to five days a week in person.


IWCS will make an announcement by Monday, February 8, regarding the final decision to welcome back PreK-5th graders on the In-Person Continuum model to a 5-day week beginning Tuesday, February 16​. Information on student transportation and any schedule modifications will be shared as soon as details are finalized.


This decision does not impact students on the Virtual Learning Model for the second semester.

Meal Distribution Reminder

Isle of Wight County Schools has been granted the ability to continue distributing free meals to all students, regardless of financial situation. The division will distribute free meals to families on Fridays at three locations—Georgie Tyler Middle School in Windsor, Smithfield High School, and Carrsville Elementary. Meals can be picked up from 10:00am to 2:00pm at all three locations. Parents will receive 5 days-worth of breakfasts and lunches for each child.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday at SHS, GTMS, or Carrsville Elementary.

Join IWCS on February 2 for the LIVE Virtual Solar Groundbreaking at 10:00 AM! There will be addresses from Superintendent Dr. Jim Thornton, Sigora Solar CEO Logan Landry, Delegate Roslyn Tyler, and celebrations from the students! Watch the event on the IWCS Facebook page @isleofwightcountyschools or YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/iwcschools
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Ongoing Reminders


  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED for all adults and students 5 years and up.
  • Visitors will not be allowed in the building without a mask AND and Identification.
  • If you would like to schedule counseling sessions with our AMAZING School Counselor, please complete the form here. The form is also listed below under the heading Hardy Elementary School Counseling Form. Sessions are held via zoom or in-person for hybrid students.
  • School hours are 8:25 AM -3:30 PM. Students can arrive starting at 8:25 AM. Students may not be dropped off prior to 8:25 AM. If you bring your child to school after 8:55 AM, you must escort them inside to the office and complete a tardy slip.

  • Please see nurse Nancy Cowan for prescription medicine intake. All medicine must be accompanied by a parent and include a physician’s prescription. Students are not allowed to transport medicine to school.

  • Breakfast is served in the classroom starting at 8:25 AM each morning.

PTA Information

Hello Hardy Families!


With our new year at Hardy Elementary, PTA membership enrollment is now open! This year, membership enrollment is available online and drastically discounted! The price this year to join is only $3.75 per person! Follow the link or visit the Member Hub store and join the PTA today! https://hardymustangs.new.memberhub.store/store

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Hardy Elementary School Counseling Form

Remind Notification App

Are you receiving the most up to date school information and notifications from administration and teachers? The Remind app allows you to stay on top of what’s happening at school and in the classroom. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you can receive important school updates right on your phone. Click here to sign up with the Hardy Elementary school code.

IWCS COVID-19 DASHBOARD

The purpose of the IWCS COVID-19 Dashboard is to provide families and staff with a transparent summary of COVID-19 cases. Click on the the link for more information.

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Attendance for All Students

Parents,

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the attendance process for students participating in the A/B Hybrid Model or in 100% Virtual Learning. In response to the changes with in-person learning, attendance procedures were modified this year to support the different learning models.


For A/B Hybrid Students:

  • Days students are scheduled to be in school (synchronous days)--Students need to physically be in the classroom to be marked "Present" If they are absent, they should bring a note from a parent or a health care provider when they return to school.
  • Days students are learning from home (asynchronous days)--Students are marked "Present" when work assigned for that day is complete. Student work turned in within 5 days of the due date will be used to demonstrate attendance. If there is no assignment for a class on an asynchronous day, the student would be considered "Present" for class on that day.

For 100% Virtual Students:

  • Days students are scheduled to Zoom for class (synchronous days)--There are several ways students may be counted present:
    • Students need to participate in the Live Zoom session to be marked "Present."
    • Students unable to participate in the Live Zoom but turn in the assigned work within five days will be marked "Present."
    • Students absent from a Live Zoom, and no work is assigned that day, may have the absence excused with a note from the parent.
  • Days students are not on Zoom (asynchronous days)--Students are marked "Present" when work assigned for that day is complete. Student work turned in within 5 days of the due date will be used to demonstrate attendance. If there is no assignment for a class on an asynchronous day, the student would be considered "Present" for class on that day.


We realize the attendance procedure is more complex this year than during a traditional school year. However, the modifications allow flexibility for students and also address concerns for students who are unable to participate in live Zoom sessions for virtual learning. Students are held accountable for their work and we need your assistance to make sure they are completing their assignments. Teachers and principals will be reaching out to parents regarding missing grades and discussing strategies for improvement. Please take advantage of the PowerSchool Parent Portal for checking on your child's grades on a regular basis.


This year is certainly presenting many challenges for everyone. In spite of the unusual situation, our goal is to keep students on track with their learning. I am confident that we can accomplish this by all of us working together. Thank you for your continued support of your child's education during these challenging times.


Director of Community and Media Relations

Isle of Wight County Schools

820 W. Main St.

Smithfield, VA 23430

757-365-1611 (o)

757-603-1904 (c)

www.iwcs.k12.va.us

Hardy Construction Tracking Plan

The journey to the new Hardy Elementary School is underway, and Hardy is happening! Click on the video below to hear Dr. Thornton discuss the current timeline for the project and explain a few of the important dates to come. Follow along with us to stay up to date on everything that is happening with this exciting project by clicking on the picture below.
Hardy is Happening!!

PTA Updates

PTA Membership Is Now Online

Hello Hardy Families!

With our new year at Hardy Elementary, PTA membership enrollment is now open! This year, membership enrollment is available online and drastically discounted! The price this year to join is only $3.75 per person!

Why join the PTA? On a local level, your membership allows us to support the students and teachers in our own building! We support school events and fund classroom initiatives throughout the year. On a state-wide level, the PTA serves as your advocate; sharing a story or experience that your child, school or community is dealing with and turning it into an action item - or a request - for a new policy, protocol, change in funding formula or improved training opportunity. We speak out on behalf of children’s rights to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of all children and youth.

The PTA is a non-profit, non-commercial, non-sectarian and non-partisan organization with volunteer leaders and members. We want to work with you to support Hardy Elementary, students, parents, teachers, and staff. Equality and inclusion are at the core of our work.

Equality and inclusion are at the core of our work.

Join us today and be a part of Every Child. One Voice

Follow the link or visit the Member Hub store and join the PTA today!

https://hardymustangs.new.memberhub.store/store

Kind regards,

Mendy Gonzales | President

Erin Matzen | Vice President

Elizabeth Siebenbrunner | Treasurer

Beth Thompson | Secretary

iPad Canvas Help for Parents



Topic: IWCS Parent Canvas Support-iPads
Time: Dec 2, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 825 4968 4054
Passcode: 689835

Daily Home Screening

We wanted to take this time to remind you about the symptoms related to COVID-19. We've updated the daily home screening document and included all the symptoms identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) related to COVID-19. The new document is attached to this message.

Parents are urged to keep their children at home if a child is showing any of these symptoms. The goal for Isle of Wight County Schools is to bring more students back into our buildings as soon as possible, but that will only be successful if individuals who are sick stay home and avoid contact with others.

Help protect your community and your school by staying home when you are sick.


Thank you for keeping our schools safe!

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Directions for accessing the video tutorials are as follows:

Navigate to the IWCS Website: iwcs.k12.va.us

Click on Parents/Students

Click the link for Online Learning Resources

Scroll to the bottom of the page for links to videos that will assist parents/students/teachers with using and understanding the in's and out's of Canvas.


You can also initiate a chat directly with Canvas support and/or contact the Canvas Hotline by doing the following:

Login to Canvas

Click on the Help icon located at the bottom of the left side toolbar

Click on "Initiate support with Canvas" or "Contact the Canvas Help Hotline" (Phone number is listed there.)

Parents can also email our Canvas Support Team by emailing us at canvashelp@iwcs.k12.va.us

If you have a child in need of school-based counseling services, please complete a referral form.

Hardy Elementary Google Site

Canvas, Clever and COVID, Oh My! We understand how this school year can be overwhelming for students and parents due to virtual learning, curriculum expectations, and technology support. We created a one-stop shop of resources and information by implementing our Hardy Elementary Google Site. Click on this link to view our new resource hub.

Important Reminders and Updates


  • School hours are 8:25 AM -3:30 PM. Students can arrive starting at 8:25 AM. Students may not be dropped off prior to 8:25 AM. If you bring your child to school after 8:55 AM, you must escort them inside to the office and complete a tardy slip.

  • Please see nurse Nancy Cowan for prescription medicine intake. All medicine must be accompanied by a parent and include a physician’s prescription. Students are not allowed to transport medicine to school.

  • Breakfast is served in the classroom starting at 8:25 AM each morning.

Welcome to all of our new Hardy family members and Welcome HOME to our current Mustangs!! We are so excited to start our Virtual and Hybrid educational experience with you this school year. It's hard to believe we are finally starting the new school year, and even harder to believe it's been almost six months since we've seen your wonderful kids inside these walls!

As you can imagine, we have been feverishly planning and preparing for this day over the past month. We understand your concern regarding health and safety precautions for students participating in the hybrid model. However, I can assure you that we have taken extensive measures to ensure the safety of students and staff members. Your child is one of your most valuable possessions. We are here to serve you and to help make your child's educational experience a success. Please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment or contact Mrs. Dewees @ ldewees@iwcs.k12.va.us or myself Shante Denson @ sdenson@iwcs.k12.va.us should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's educational success or social/emotional concerns. You may also contact our school office manager, Shelby Matthews @ smatthews@iwcs.k12.va.us or our bookkeeper Mrs. Miriam Arnett @ marnett@iwcs.k12.va.us for questions regarding attendance, PowerSchool, financial needs, etc. Welcome to our new "normal" and again...welcome back!!!

Instructional Tips for Virtual Instruction

Welcome Back Documents

The attachment to this message includes the following schedules: • PreK through 3rd Grade Hybrid • PreK through 3rd Grade Temporary Remote • Prek through 3rd Grade Virtual • Grades 4-12 Temporary Remote • Grades 4-12 Virtual

Important Information for IWCS Families

Hardy Families,


Please read the information below for specific guidelines on health and mitigation protocols.


Symptom Checker
For students attending school in person, the Symptom Checker document should be referred to each day before coming to school. To keep everyone safe and healthy, we need to all do our part to prevent the spread of germs, which is why it is important to keep your child home if they are sick.

What Will Look Different
Another resource for in-person learning is the What Will Look Different document. It covers many of the safety procedures IWCS has in place from the moment they get on the bus until the end of the school day.

Accessing Online Assignments
Teachers will be using the Canvas learning management system to post all of their course information. Students can access Canvas and other resources by logging in to Clever. Directions for logging in can be found in the Connect for Success document.

Bus Routes
Bus routes are now posted for PreK-3 students on the hybrid schedule. Routes are designated by school and day (A or B). Routes are posted on the IWCS website at: https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/busroutes

Connecting to the Internet
We have families that do not have internet, or reliable internet, and are concerned with how their children will participate in online activities. Teachers will be recording their Zoom sessions and adding these videos, and other resources, to their classroom in Canvas. If students can connect to the internet at least once a week, they can download the videos and assignments to view and complete later, without internet. When they reconnect again, they can upload their completed assignments again and download the new material for the week.
The division is continuing to investigate ways to get internet to families without but we have not found a successful solution at this time. We tested hot spots in multiple areas of the county but could not maintain reliable service at any locations. We are still researching other options and working with the Board of Supervisors for a long term solution for all citizens of the county. Until other options are available, we have boosted the WiFi signal at all of our schools so student devices can connect from the parking lots. There are also buses placed throughout the community with internet hot spots. There is a document in the attachment that shows where families can find free WiFi.

Meals- Breakfast and Lunch
On September 3, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) approved the continuation of the summer meal program through December 18. Here’s what that means for your child:

PreK-3 on the Hybrid schedule:

  • Students will be able to select a breakfast and lunch at no cost on the days they are in school. They will also be able to take home breakfasts and lunches for the days they are at home.
All Temporary Remote or Virtual Students:
  • IWCS will distribute meals to families on Fridays at two locations—Georgie Tyler Middle School in Windsor and Smithfield High School—beginning September 11. Meals can be picked up from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Parents will receive 5 days-worth of breakfasts and lunches for each child.

Return to Learn Plan
The division’s plan for reopening schools can be found on the IWCS website at https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/coronavirus

Returning to School Safely in IWCS

Returning to School Safely

New Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Arrival Procedures:
  • Parents may drop students off starting at 8:25 on the bus ramp.
  • Parents will not be allowed to enter or leave the parking lot between 8:25 and 8:55.

Parent Drop Off:

  • Starting at 8:25 am, parents/guardians will drop students off in the morning on the bus ramp.
  • Staff members will assist with unloading students from the car. There is no need for parents/guardians to get out of the car.
  • Students must exit the car from the passenger side and enter the school through the bus ramp door.
  • Parents were assigned a unique number on a large car tag and given 6 passes during open house. If you have more than one child, you will need more than one pass - one pass per child/student being picked-up.
  • One pass will be used to hang on the student’s book bag (clip provided) and the other passes are to be used at the parent’s discretion to share with family and carpool friends.
  • Parents must have the large car tag clearly displayed on the dashboard during arrival. o The assigned staff member will verify the number on the student’s book bag, with the car tag on the dashboard for accuracy.
  • If both numbers match, students will be released to go to class. o Students being dropped off after 8:55 am must be signed in by a parent/guardian in the front office.


Dismissal Procedures:

Bus Dismissal:

  • Students are not permitted to ride a bus other than the bus they were assigned to according to their home address by transportation.
YMCA:
  • Students attending the YMCA program at school will report to the cafeteria.

Parent Pick-up:

  • Parents will park one after another on the bus ramp starting at 3:30 pm.
  • Students who are designated as parent pick-up are dismissed from the bus ramp door of the school.
  • Once students are on the bus ramp, the assigned staff member will verify the car tag on the dashboard with the number on the student’s backpack.
  • If the number on the dashboard matches the number on the child’s backpack, the student will be released to the parent/guardian.
  • Once in the parent-pick up line, the parent/guardian must stay in the line, as it is extremely dangerous to pass a car waiting in line.
  • All parents will be released to leave once the staff member gives the signal.


Car Riders Safety Instructions:

In an effort to maintain the safest possible environment for our students and families, please read and follow the expectations below for drop-off and pick-up of students in the car line:


  • Please help us keep the parent pick-up/drop-off line moving by displaying your car tag on the dashboard each afternoon for our staff to clearly see. For student safety, cars not displaying this sign and/or cars with parents/guardians that are unfamiliar to our staff will be asked to park and go to the main office to sign a child out.
  • Stay in one line and pull your car up as far as you can along the bus ramp at the direction of the staff member. Even if there is not a car directly behind you, chances are one will be soon. It is courteous, efficient, and safe to pull up as far as you can to allow the maximum number of cars to line up along the bus ramp.
  • Allow your child to exit and enter from the PASSENGER SIDE of the car, directly onto the bus ramp. A staff member will directly assist your child as they exit and enter cars onto the bus ramp. It is very dangerous to exit and enter on the driver’s side and walk through traffic.
  • Never pull around a car that is unloading. Cars passing other cars actually create situations that slow traffic down. Oftentimes the few seconds that may be saved, lead to stops in traffic that actually lose time and create dangerous situations. This arrival/dismissal process is new and we are all learning together. We will work to expedite the unloading and loading process as quickly as possible.
  • Never park your car or leave your car unattended on the bus ramp to come inside the school for any reason.
  • Above all, please model cooperation, patience and teamwork for your child/children at all times in the parking lot and car line.

Mustang Behavior Expectations

Hardy Elementary is implementing a new systematic school-wide behavior program this school year. We are continuing our behavior expectations of Growth, Respect, Empathy, Accountability and Trustworthiness; however, we are specifically defining how these characteristics look in each location within the building (such as hallways, restrooms, offices, cafeteria, playground/school grounds, bus etc.).

  • The G.R.E.A.T expectations document is based on a proactive behavior model approach which teaches the behaviors, reinforces and recognizes students who are able to model these behaviors and has systems in place to support students who have a difficult time or may present with more challenging behaviors.
  • Behavioral expectations are clearly defined- GREAT- Growth, Respect, Empathy, Accountability and Trustworthiness- for various settings and taught to all students in the school.
  • Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught, they are acknowledged in various ways on a regular basis. Specifically, the stable to purchase items or house points.
  • Every person who works in the school is aware of the behavioral expectations and works to ensure students are consistently getting the same message, regardless of the setting they are in or the adult they come in contact with.
  • Individual support is provided for students not responding to the school- wide system. Our school has a system for developing plans for individual students who may have a difficult time and need more support in a school setting. Parents will be notified if their child is in need of the above support(s)

Active support by all stakeholders is imperative. The entire school community is needed in order to make this system successful. Our new behavior system is a building-wide behavior program for establishing a positive school culture.

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Hardy Elementary School

Hardy Elementary is a GREAT school. Our vision is to create a learning environment that will enable each child the ability to discover his/her own unique gifts and talents. This is done by creating flexible learning spaces, ongoing communication between families and teaching our students how to be GREAT (Growth, Respect, Empathy, Accountability and Trustworthiness) and demonstrate GREAT citizenship.