APRES October Newsletter
An Extraordinary Place to Learn
A Message from Principal Wilson
Greetings Dolphin Families!
As you already know, Fulton County Schools (FCS) has set target dates for returning to face-to-face instruction through a measured “phased in” approach. Phase IV begins today and if the COVID-19 data continues with the positive trends we are seeing in Fulton County, the remaining phases will begin for all grades as follows:
- Phase IV – begins Oct 5 for two full days of in-person instruction per week (grades Prek-5th)
- Face to Face – begins Oct 14 for full-time in-person instruction five days a week (grades Prek-5th)
I want to thank you for selecting your child’s participation for the upcoming phases and completing the survey with us.
As we are preparing for our Dolphins to return, safety and flexibility are of the utmost importance. This school year will look and feel different in many ways as we strive to keep our students and staff safe while providing quality instruction. Our teachers will be providing instruction for students reporting face to face and for those remotely learning. Here are things that you need to know.
Based on your survey responses, we have selected the Simultaneous teaching model for Randolph for the remainder of this semester. This model will best accommodate the number of students we have reporting face-to-face and remaining in Remote Learning (RL).
Simultaneous model – the same teacher teaches students both face and face and remote at the same time.
If you elected for your child(ren) to return to face to face instruction, please be aware that class sizes have NOT been reduced. Therefore, we will do our best to implement modified social distancing in the classrooms, when transitioning in the hallways, etc. Our student classroom assignments are based on data, and an intentional effort to maintain balanced class sizes for student and staff safety, no exceptions. So, know that we will not be honoring any parent classroom requests at this time.
Your child(ren)’s safety is of the utmost importance. Thus, here are a few reminders that I want to make sure you are aware of:
- Masks are required for all students and employees.
- Per the new CDC guidelines, vented masks (with built in filters/vents) and gaiters are NOT allowed.
- Visitors are not allowed in the building.
- Parents will not be allowed to enter the building and walk students to class.
- We ask that you DO NOT drop your child(ren) off before 7:10AM.
- Remain inside your car during arrival and dismissal to ensure social distancing and safety. Staff will not open or close your car doors, so be prepared to assist your scholars.
- Please have your child bring his or her book bag, school supplies, and charged laptops (grades 2-5 only) daily.
- Students will not be allowed to share materials.
- Prior to sending your child to school, conduct a wellness check (ex. Take their temperature, make sure they do not have any flu like symptoms, upset stomach, etc.). If you see any symptoms of illness, please keep your child(ren) at home and contact your child(ren)’s teacher.
- Make sure you are on time for dismissal and/or present at the bus stop when your child is picked up and dropped off.
- During face to face instruction, your child(ren) will participate in special area classes such as art, music, media center, and P.E. Please make sure your child has an extra mask and appropriate shoes and clothing for P.E.
- Please do not forget to send a labeled reusable water bottle with your child. Water fountains will not be used due to CDC safety recommendations.
Lastly, feel free to join me on Thursday, at 12:00 Noon for a Principal's Chat regarding Phase V of the return to face-to-face instruction.
+1 470-705-1712 United States, Atlanta (Toll)
Conference ID: 969 015 386#I hope you will be able to join me. As always, thank you for your continued participation and support.
Principal Wilson, Proud Dolphin
Daily Schedule (Subject to Change at the Discretion of Administration)
Contact your classroom teacher directly with questions.
Remote Learning Updates
- Make sure your scholar knows to mute the mic when the teacher is teaching. The mic should be turned on only when the teacher requests for it to be on.
- Be mindful of your background. Everyone in the class can see what is happening in your homes. Please secure a space for scholars to learn away from distractions (both sounds and visual distractions).
- All scholars are expected to dress appropriately for the school day. No scholars should be in pajamas or underclothes when online. There will be times when scholars are asked to share their video and must be appropriately dressed to do so. This applies to parents and other family members who may be in the background as well.
- The virtual school day is for scholars to interact with their teachers and classmates in order to learn effectively. Parents, please refrain from engaging the classroom teacher during the lesson.
- Due to the return to face-to-face full time for many scholars, our teachers no longer have office hours built in to the workday. Please be mindful when requesting to speak with teachers, you will need to schedule a conference outside of the work day. Also give staff 24-hours to return emails and telephone calls.
- Many of the technology issues we experience are not occurring at the local school level. Do know when we have such issues, an email or school messenger call will be shared as soon as the problem is identified. Calling the front office will often times not fix problems that are not a result of something happening at the school level. We appreciate your patience with technology glitches and outages.
- Effective Wednesday, October 14, 2020, during Phase V, all Specials classes will be live and taught via the Simultaneous model unless otherwise communicated by the Special Area teacher. Art will continue to be asynchronous for scholars in RL on Monday's ONLY!
Instructional Materials, Packets, Resource Bundles & Devices
If you have a scholar in 2nd grade who is attending face-to-face, he/she received a device on the day they arrived for face-to-face instruction. We deployed some devices to 2nd graders remaining in RL last week and will deploy again this Wednesday, October 7, 2020 between 12:30-3:00 PM.
For students in PreK-1st grade Unit 2 Resource Bundles will be distributed on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. You may pick up resources between 8:30 AM-12:00 PM and 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM.
For any students in PreK-1st grade needing instructional packets, please contact the front office to schedule an appointment.
Front Office: 470-254-6520
If you have a device, and it needs repair please drop it off at Randolph during regular school hours. We do not have replacement devices on site, however, we no have a repair kiosk and will contact you when the device is ready to be picked up.
Infinite Campus Parent Portal
We will not provide paper progress reports or report cards, unless requested. The best way to stay abreast of your scholar's grades and assignments will be through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Use the link below to sign up for your parent account if you have not already created one.
School Meals are FREE for All Students- Important Info from School Nutrition
Thanks to the temporary expansion of Child Nutrition Waivers, USDA has approved flexibilities to support meal distribution due to COVID-19. Fulton County Schools will continue to provide free meals to all children 18 & under, or under the age of 21 for youth with special needs. All children, regardless of school enrollment or meal eligibility status, can receive free meals.
Students attending school face-to-face will continue to receive free meals during their school’s scheduled mealtimes. Nutritious and delicious student favorites will be provided at breakfast and lunch. Breakfast and lunch meals at school, do NOT need to be pre-ordered. To view the breakfast and lunch menus, visit www.fcsnutrition.com.
Students will be charged for any extra sale items they order such as additional entrees, additional sides, or bottled water. For contactless transactions, families are encouraged to load funds to their student’s account through MyPaymentsPlus. Student Meal Barcodes will be used to purchase extra sale items. Visit https://nutrition.fultonschools.org/BarCode and follow the on-screen instructions to receive your Student Meal Barcode.
There are two ways of picking up grab & go meal kits: Curbside Pick-Up OR Bus Stop Pick-Up.
- Curbside Pick-Up will be available at 93 Fulton County Schools on Wednesdays from 11:00-1:00. Curbside Pick-Up provides an opportunity for families to drive-thru and pick-up free grab & go meal kits for all children 18 & under. To maximize social distancing, drivers are not to leave their vehicles; however, walk-ups are allowed. For a full listing of Curbside Pick-Up Locations please visit HERE.
*To accommodate lunch service for face-to-face students, the hours of Curbside Pick-Up will change. Beginning October 14th, Elementary School locations will be open Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30. Middle School and High School locations will be open Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30.*
- Bus Stop Pick-Up is available at designated locations on Wednesdays from 10:45-12:00. For families unable to pick-up grab & go meal kits at a school, Bus Stop locations serve as another option to pick-up free grab & go meal kits. Due to the amount of food provided, please bring something to help you carry the meal kit(s) home. For a full listing of designated Bus Stop Pick-Up Locations please visit HERE.
*The last day of Bus Stop Pick-Up will be Wednesday, October 7th. Beginning October 14th, meal kits will only be available from Curbside Pick-Up locations on Wednesdays.*
Pick-up a free grab & go meal kit from any Fulton County School Curbside Pick-Up OR any designated Bus Stop Pick-Up location. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal kit. A student’s ID number is not needed.
Free grab & go meal kits need to be pre-ordered each week by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. All participants, including enrolled Fulton County students, Fulton County teachers, Non-FCS students, and community members, are encouraged to complete the pre-order form to help with order forecasting. Grab & go meal kits will continue to be free for all children 18 & under. Families will provide the number of requested grab & go meal kits and choose from a list of pick-up locations, Curbside from a Fulton County School OR at a designated Bus Stop. CLICK HERE for the online pre-order form.
Due to the Columbus Day Holiday & Teacher Workday, meal kits provided on Wednesday, October 7th will contain five meals - three lunches and two breakfasts. Grab & go meal kits contain a variety of kid-friendly choices such as whole-grain rich breakfast cereals, 100% fruit juice, and assorted fresh fruits and vegetables. Grab & go meal kits also include reheat-ready choices such as whole-grain rich grilled cheese sandwiches. Meal safety, reheating instructions, and a menu are provided in the meal kit.
Did you know free & reduced meal applications benefit your family, your school, and the entire district?! By completing an application, you are helping to ensure continued funding for school athletics, classroom resources, school funding, and discounts for fees associated with standardized tests and college applications. It’s more than just free meals!
Even though all students will temporarily receive free meals, all households are encouraged to complete a meal application. Once the extension of USDA waivers expires, students will be charged for their meals based on their meal eligibility status (free, reduced, or full pay). If there is an interruption in benefits or the household does not reapply, the household is responsible for payment of meals until the application is approved. A new application must be completed every school year. Visit www.fulton.schoollunchapp.com to begin the online Free & Reduced Meal application.
We appreciate your assistance and will coordinate this effort as efficiently as possible, but our goal remains to feed the students while keeping potential exposure to the community as limited as possible. For more information regarding Fulton County School Nutrition please visit www.fcsnutrition.com.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Fulton County School Nutrition Program at 470-254-8960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fulton School Nutrition Program | Fulton County Schools
6201 Powers Ferry Road NW | Atlanta, GA 30339
On the Horizon
- 7 - Device Pick Up 2nd Grade ONLY
- 7 - Resource Bundle Pick-Up PreK-1
- 8 - Principal's Chat 12:00 PM via TEAMS
- 12 - School Holiday NO SCHOOL
- 13 - Teacher Workday NO SCHOOL for Students
- 14 - Phase V Face-to-Face Begins
- 16 - Report Cards Available in Infinite Campus (Create or Update your IC Account)
- 27- SGC Meeting 4PM via TEAMS
- 3 - Teacher Workday NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS
- 17 - SGC Meeting 4PM via TEAMS
- 23-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday