Heritage Elementary Badger Tracks

November 13, 2020

The Mission of the Bennington Public Schools is to provide educational opportunities in a safe, caring environment that will prepare all students to meet the challenges of the future.

Upcoming Events!

Nov. 16 PTO Meeting, 6:00 pm via Zoom

Nov. 24 Early Dismissal, 11:40 am

Nov. 25-27 Thanksgiving Break, no school

Dec. 9 Early Dismissal, 11:40

Dec. 18 Early Dismissal, 11:40

Dec. 21-Jan. 4 Winter Break

Jan. 5 Class resume for students

UPDATED Student Health/COVID19 Information

We will continue to follow the Directed Health Measures guidance with sending home any staff or students that experience one or more of the following symptoms: loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, or onset of new cough.

The newest DHM also added back the language that you need to stay home if you experience two or more of the following symptoms: fever of 100.4 or higher, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or fatigue. Your continued support in following recommendations from our local health department while both inside and outside of the school environment is a necessity for all. For us to continue with in-person learning, we continue to emphasize to our stakeholders the importance of staying home versus going to social events, social distancing when it is not an option to stay home, wearing your face masks whenever in public or near non-household members, and continuing to make sanitization a priority.

To see the most up-to-date guidance, please click on the link provided: DCHD Requirements for Screening, Exclusion, and Re-Admittance or Ill Students and Staff in Schools.

We will continue to send students home who have diarrhea and vomiting per our previous school health policies, as well as students who show signs of influenza. Temperatures of 100 degrees or above, diarrhea, and/or vomiting are signals warranting immediate dismissal conditions. Children who have vomited, had diarrhea, or a fever of 100 degrees or above during the night or prior to school need to remain at home, fever free for 24 hours. Students who are sent home from school with these symptoms may not return to school until they are symptom/fever free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours. Most viruses are highly contagious for 24 hours after the vomiting/diarrhea has occurred.

As we enter Flu season, please keep your child home if they are experiencing the following symptoms: Fever of 100 degrees or more, muscle aches, congestion, headaches and /or fatigue, as we know these are common signs of the influenza virus. Following the guidelines we have had in place in the years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, students with diarrhea and vomiting should not return to school until 24 hours after last episode and are able to tolerate food. Students with fever need to be fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medication.

Thankful for Our Teachers and Staff!

The Heritage Climate Committee needs your help and support! November is a time that we all think about the things we are thankful for. Teachers and support staff are a big part of our children's lives and work so hard to educate them, especially this year. Let's take a minute and share some of the reasons we are so thankful for them, share some encouraging words, or anything else we want them to know. Please click on this link to complete a form to for as many teachers and staff and support as you would like!
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PTO News and Updates!

Please click here for the most updated PTO information!
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Heritage Elementary Activity Calendar 2020-21

The activity calendar was updated on 10-6-20.

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Dressing Appropriately for Recess

We have made a quick change in season and are headed to our first real snow fall of the season! Please make sure your students come to school dressed appropriately for winter weather and the changing weather conditions. Students should come dress appropriately with a coat, gloves and hats as needed for their afternoon recess. Layering clothing is sometimes the best option for cold mornings and warmer afternoons. During inclement weather such as rain or wind chill, students will have indoor recess. Students are required to participate in recess and will not be excused from participation without a doctor’s note verifying the reason.

Inclement Weather

In cases of inclement weather or mechanical breakdown the decision to close school, delay starting time, or dismiss early will be announced over radio station KFAB (1110 AM), television stations KETV, KMTV, WOWT and KPTM. Reports in the morning will be around 6:30 a.m. If we have to use more than the number of days we have scheduled, time will be made up at the end of the school year.

If the decision to delay the start time of school is made, all beginning of the day procedures will be adjusted to reflect two hours. Staff supervision would begin at 10:00 a.m. and a student would be considered tardy at 10:20 a.m. All transportation services will run two hours behind schedule.

Please check your student verification information to verify that all emails and phone numbers are correct and up to date.

Title I Parent Support and Engagement Information

The reading and math interventionists have created a slide deck full of Reading and Math Resources that are available for parents. Please click on the PDF below to learn more about Title I services.

Transportation Information

Bus Riders - BPS has a new app for parents to download called Ride360 for all bus riders. This is a fabulous tool to let you know bus stop location/times and it lets you know the exact time your child gets on/off the bus.

Bus Fees - The transportation department will be sending out invoices through My School Bucks in September. You will pay for transportation fees through the website.

Bus Passes - Lost bus passes cost $25 to replace. Please email or call the office to order a replacement bus pass if needed.

November Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Click on this button to access the monthly breakfast/lunch menu.

My School Bucks

Click on this button to pay for snack milk and add lunch money to your student's account.

Sack Lunch Order Form

Click on the button to order a sack lunch for your student on early dismissal days. Lunch orders must be completed by 9:00 a.m. the morning of early out days.

NebSIS Family Account Link

Click on this button to access the NebSIS Family Link. This link will take you to the sign in page for student verification.

2020-21 School Calendar

Click on this button to access the district calendar.