BobCat Nation Newsletter

October 2020

Safe Return to School

Throughout the past week the district has outlined our plan for a phased approach to return to in-person learning with our Family 3/2 Instructional Model. Earlier this afternoon, we shared the timeline for that phased return by email. Details are also posted to our website, ops.org. Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan shared a video message with our community.


We also have a Frequently Asked Questions webpage that walks through details of the plan.


Health and safety is our priority. Returning in the Family 3/2 Instructional Model allows for social distancing in addition to our layers of precautions for the protection of students, staff and families.


Elementary Instruction Family 3/2 Instructional Model

· All students attend a daily morning meeting for attendance and community building via Teams.

· All students will receive five days of instruction in English language arts and math.

· Students will receive instruction in science, social studies and specials (art, music, PE and library) on their in-person days.

· Students will receive asynchronous (pre-recorded videos) instruction in English language arts and math on their at-home days created by district staff.

· Teachers will schedule independent learning time for students to practice and apply what they learned while they meet with 100% Remote Learning Program students for 1:1 or small group support.

· Interventions will be provided to students on their in-person days.

· Special education, EL, gifted and talented education and guidance services will be provided.

· Dual Language instruction will be provided to students in both languages on their in-person days.

· OPS common grading practices will be followed.


100% Remote Learning Program (RLP)

· Students must commit to the 100% Remote Learning Program for the duration of the semester.

· Students attend a daily morning meeting for attendance and community building via Teams.

· Students will receive five days of instruction in English language arts and math through asynchronous (pre-recorded videos) lessons and task sheets to complete.

· Students will receive at least two days of instruction in science or social studies through asynchronous (pre-recorded videos) lessons and task sheets to complete.

· Teacher will meet 1:1 or in small groups with all remote learners at least once a week.

· Students will login, via Teams, for specials (art, music, PE, library) and/or complete asynchronous (pre-recorded videos) lessons.

· Limited Dual Language support will be provided.

· Special education, EL, gifted and talented education and guidance support will be provided

· OPS common grading practices will be followed.


I know you have many questions about the 3/2 Model and how this will work. Below is a link to information about learning in this next phase. https://district.ops.org/DEPARTMENTS/General-Finance-and-Administrative-Services/District-Communications/In-Person-Learning/fbclid/IwAR0sAZY9Nq1QIuWmBtdK5wEah4ZOPsqWGxeIuN-et6dtE3LiXNAJyWUsvic

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To prepare for students back in the building, NO SCHOOL October 1st and 2nd. School Resumes October 5th in the 3/2 Family Model

Students Returning in Phases

PRE-K and Head Start Special Education Students start school Wednesday, September 23 at 8:50AM in the West parking lot side of the building.


All other Belvedere students will start the week of October 5th in the 3/2 Family Model.


Students may be dropped off in the front of the building from 8:35 AM to 8:50 AM. A staff member will greet students at the door as no one may enter the building at this time. Any student arriving after 8:50 AM will check in at the main entrance.

WELCOME BACK TO THE BUILDING!!!

We continue to follow the guidelines of the CDC as well as OPS in our preparation for the new year. Student and staff health and safety continue to be a primary focus as we plan to reopen. We know that conditions will continue to evolve and guidance may change. We are prepared to support students and families. We want our kids back 100% every day learning; however, current conditions will have us following the 3:2 Plan for OPS, which has students whose last name begins with A-K attending on A Days/Blue Days, and students whose last name begins with L-Z attending on B Days/Yellow Days.


This will mean a revision in our arrival and dismissal locations for some families. It will mean that families with multiple children will need to create a meeting point for their children at dismissal (We recommended the older siblings walk to the younger sibling’s dismissal location and wait for a parent pick up there and/or begin walking home with their sibling). Safety is our number one priority.

Anyone who arrives on the wrong day will be expected to pick their child up immediately and take them home.

Our Pre-Kindergarten students follow the same schedule-last names beginning with A-K attend on A days/Blue Days and students whose last name begin with L-Z only attend on B days/Yellow Days. A parent or guardian will need to sign your child in every day. This, too, will look differently and will occur at the door vs. the in classroom.

Please make sure we have your most up to date email address, mailing address and phone numbers.

The other topic to address also has to do with drop-off. All Omaha Public Elementary Schools have the “Grab and Go” model of breakfast. Students will enter the cafeteria at 8:35 AM, choose a hot or cold breakfast. A bell will ring inside the building for those students to go to their classroom to eat their breakfast. Therefore, students should NOT be dropped off before 8:30 AM. Students not eating breakfast should be dropped off any time after 8:35 AM. There will not be supervision before 8:30 AM.


We recommend bringing a water bottle each day to the school due to the closure of the water fountains. Students will be able to refill water bottles as needed.

Additional Safety Information

How are we preparing to Social Distance in the hallways?


1. All stairways will be one-way. There are arrows in the floor showing social distancing.

2. Specials will be in the classroom with the exception of P.E. and Art. The reason for this is to reduce the amount of hallway transitions and extra areas to disinfect for our custodians.

3. Grade levels will have assigned times to recess. Classes have always had an assigned area for lunch/recess and will follow that schedule for the week. This will allow us to properly social distance and still enjoy recess. We will not be utilizing the main playground or universal playground equipment at this time.


Visitors in the Building

As presented to the Board of Education on July 13, 2020, there will be no visitors in the building at this time. This would include all school volunteers. All meetings will be scheduled virtually. If meetings must be held at school or if you are picking early or dropping off late, please adhere to the following protocol:

- If you are picking a student up after school, wait outside on identified markers 6ft apart.

- If parent/student/daycare arrives before 8:30 they will be asked to stay in their cars until 8:35. Students remain in cars with parents until 8:35 and then may exit to enter building.

- If parent/daycare arrive before 4:05 they will be asked to stay in the car.

- Early dismissal, parents may call school and ask for student. Parents will wait outside main entry way and greet student at front door and sign student out. Visitors will not be allowed in the building.


Dismissing Students Safely

We will follow the procedure below for dismissal.

· 3:50 PM: Bus students and Girl's Inc. will be picked up from classrooms.

· 4:00 PM: 1st will dismiss to Door #1 (Main entry door on North side of building).

· 4:00 PM: 2nd will dismiss out the North East entrance.

· 4:00 PM: 5th will dismiss out the East entrance.

· 4:00 PM: 2nd will dismiss out the North East entrance.

· 4:05 PM: 3rd will dismiss out the North East entrance.

· 4:05 PM KDG will dismiss to Door #1 (Main entry door on North side of building).

· 4:05 PM: 4th will dismiss out the East entrance.

Pre-K and Head Start will dismiss out the West doors.

SUPPLIES BACK TO SCHOOL

Please bring back the following items to school: HMH My Book, Go Math Textbooks, Grammar book, Social Studies Textbook, Pearson Realize Science book.


The following should come to and from school everyday: charged iPad and headphones.

Meals To Go

Meals To Go pick up will be from 9:30 to 10:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays at the northwest doors. They are still available for any child 1-18 years old. All breakfast and lunch meals are free until further notice or Dec. 31, 2020.

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Nebraska requires physical exams including a vision exam for students in kindergarten and those transferring in from out of state.