BES RAILROADER EXPRESS

March 11, 2021

*DO YOUR BEST. WORK HARD. BE KIND.*

IMPORTANT DATES

March 11 - Thursday <> Interims Issued (sent electronically from classroom teacher; will not be mailed)


March 12 - Friday <> Request for change in Instructional Model deadline (see below for details)


March 29 - April 5 <> Schools Closed - Spring Break


March 30 - Tuesday <> Spring Break Food Distribution @ BES <> 11am - 1pm


April 1 - Thursday <> Spring Break Food Distribution @ BES <> 11am - 1pm


April 9 - Friday <> End of Term 3


April 9 - Friday <> Deadline for Inclusive Pre-K Program Applications prior to Lottery Selection (see below for more details)

NEW INFORMATION

Change in Instructional Model Request

As referenced on our parent inventory from December 2020, parents/guardians may email Justin McConnaughey, Principal (justin.mcconnaughey@fcps.org) with a request for a change in instructional model (from hybrid to virtual or virtual to hybrid) for Term 4 no later than Friday, March 12th. School teams will consider each request to determine if it can be honored based on multiple factors in our currently assigned cohort groups including: class size and available classroom space and transportation arrangements. All decisions must be in compliance with current guidance from health experts. Please note, if the request cannot be accommodated, it will be placed on a waitlist for consideration if availability occurs at a later date.

How Positive COVID-19 Cases are Communicated

Important Definitions


Confirmed Case of COVID-19 - Cases of COVID-19 that are lab confirmed positive results of a PCR test.


Probable Case of COVID-19 - COVID-19-like symptomatic individual who has had close contact with another individual with a laboratory confirmed positive result within the past 14 days.


Close Contact - Close and prolonged contact within 6 feet of a cumulative 15 minutes in a 24 hour period.


Confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in the school prompt a case investigation to determine if anyone has been in close contact with the confirmed or probable case of COVID-19. A joint effort between FCPS administrators and the Frederick County Health Department identifies all close contacts. All close contacts are contacted individually and advised to quarantine at home, monitor their health, and to contact their healthcare provider for any health concerns.

The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. Brunswick Elementary follows all COVID-19 related health and safety guidelines, including requiring face coverings for staff and students, encouraging frequent hand washing, maintaining social distance, and following all cleaning and disinfection protocols.


The FCPS Health Metrics Dashboard reports the number of positive COVID-19 cases for staff and students that are in-person attendance at all FCPS schools. The cases are reported two different ways: (1) total number for all of FCPS; and (2) by each school. The dashboard is updated every Monday morning to report the number of cases from the previous week.


Spring Pictures Information Coming Soon!

We are working on finalizing dates and a few details with Lifetouch to be able to offer Spring Pictures for students. There will be an afternoon / evening option for our Virtual families . At this time, we do not anticipate the availability of a yearbook. Stay tuned for more details as we hope to have dates finalized within the next week.

Interested in a 5th Grade T-Shirt?

Each year the BES PTO helps to celebrate our 5th graders accomplishments by purchasing t shirts for them.


Please fill out this google form ensure your child will get a shirt, forms are due back by 3/26/2021.


https://forms.gle/vDzoAk3KH1SMf8Jj8


If you’d like to purchase shirts for family members the link is listed on the google form.


Any questions please contact brunswickpto@gmail.com

RESHARING IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Visitor Screening Protocol

FCPS is committed to minimizing the number of visitors to a school building to ensure the safety of students and staff. We have instituted a contactless drop-off and pick-up area inside our security vestibule. This area is accessible during school hours. We also have an outside contactless pick-up option for families requiring access to picking up materials after school hours.


Upon arrival, our Front office staff are required to follow a new screening protocol consistent across all FCPS buildings. The following 5 screening questions will be reviewed with each visitor. (Note: A “close contact” is defined as being within 6 feet of someone with or suspected of having COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes over a cumulative 24 hour period.)


  1. With the exception of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC, have you traveled outside of Maryland?
  2. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10-days?

  3. Have you had close contact with anyone who is either confirmed or suspected of being infected with COVID-19?

  4. On the sign, there are two lists of symptoms labeled A and B. Do you have any of these symptoms? (see links below as reference)

  5. What is the purpose of your visit? Do you have an appointment with <staff member>?


If a visitor answers yes to any of the above questions, they may not enter the building. They will be asked to wait outside and a staff member will provide assistance by means other than through entering the building.


Visitor Screening Door Sign - English


Visitor Screening Door Sign - Spanish

Transportation

Bus Route Information


Please check this information frequently as routing information could change with the addition / removal of students to routes.


https://www.fcps.org/transportation/bus-stop-information-online

Inclusive PK Program Information & Application

Frederick County Public Schools is offering a unique pre-kindergarten educational program. The Inclusive Pre-K program is in addition to, and different from our regular pre-kindergarten class. These classes are available at 15 FCPS locations and educate all students using pre-academic standards with an emphasis on social emotional skills and communication. Participation in this program is based on a random peer lottery.


Inclusive Pre-K Classrooms are available for 3 and 4-year old students who will attend ½ day sessions. Students must be 3 or 4 by September 1st. Applying for a student to participate as a peer in this program does not guarantee enrollment and students must reapply every year. Parents must provide transportation to and from school and may apply to any location, regardless of home school location. The application process is now open and students will be selected via a lottery process. All applications must be submitted to Lauren Perry for consideration for the peer lottery by April 9, 2021. Applications submitted past this date will not be included in the initial lottery any may be waitlisted pending student enrollment numbers.


Inclusive Pre-Kindergarten Program Information and Application


Please note the application process for the 2021-2022 school year for our General Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten will be announced at a later date. Watch for the FindOutFirst Communication in March 2021.

The ABCs of Hybrid Learning

BES PTO INFORMATION

Please visit www.BESPTO.org for school news or you can visit PTO Facebook Page- Brunswick The PTO can also be contacted at brunswickpto@gmail.com with any questions.