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SMART TAG

If you have not already created a parent login using the SMART TAG Parent Portal, please do so as soon as possible. You will need your child's student id along with their birthdate to register.


If you have already registered, please go back into SMART TAG and update your child(ren)'s

dismissal default to accurately reflect how you would like your child to go home regularly.


If you need to make a change to the way your child goes home for a specific day, please log in to SMART TAG and submit a temporary change. The cut off time to make changes is 2:00 pm.


All parents, it is very important for your default to be correct as we will be sending students home based on the information in SMART TAG.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Dear Tiger Families and Staff


The LTISD Return to School Protocols for COVID 19 have been updated on the district site. I want to encourage you to read the entire document. However, over the next several days you will receive a message (like this one) from me highlighting a specific section explaining how it will pertain to our campus. Today's topic is arrival and dismissal.


Future topics include:


Specials & Recess - Friday, September 4th Newsletter
1st Day of In Person Learning at WCHE - Friday, September 4th Newsletter
Visits to the Nurse - Monday, September 7th Newsletter


I hope you find these messages helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any additional questions.


Thank you,


Melanie Beninga, Principal of WCHE

District Arrival Protocols

★ When possible at peak times doors will be propped open and supervised to limit the need to touch door handles and assure students are wearing masks.

★ Sanitizer stations will be placed at each doorway and students will be encouraged to sanitize hands upon entry.

★ Schools will have campus-specific schedules and entry plans to reduce student congestion as much as possible during peak drop off times.

★ Staff will be utilized for duty where needed to maintain distancing in hallways.

★ Students will go directly to either the cafeteria for breakfast, or their homeroom or first period classroom.

★ Parents will not be allowed to walk students to classrooms.

West Cypress Hills Arrival Procedures

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Car riders

K-2 and siblings :

Cars enter from Cypress Ranch Blvd. or Verbena Pkwy. K-2 and siblings will be dropping off in the loop on Verbena. Please stay in your vehicle at all times. Students will exit their vehicles from the right side. Please have your student gather his/her belongings and say your goodbyes before you enter the car loop. WCHE staff members will be there to assist students open doors. Prior to entering the building students will hand sanitize.

3-5 students:

Cars enter through Cypress Ranch Blvd. Please stay in your vehicle at all times. Students will exit their vehicles from the right side. Please have your student gather his/her belongings and say your goodbyes before you enter the car loop. WCHE staff members will be there to assist students open doors. Prior to entering the building students will hand sanitize.

Masks: Students will be required to wear masks when entering the building. Please have your child(ren)'s mask ready when exiting the car.

Walkers and Bikers

Students walking to school can either enter the front doors off Cypress Ranch Blvd or the side entrance on Verbena Drive. Students will be required to wear masks and hand santize upon entering the building. Parents who are walking their student(s) to school, please be prepared to say your goodbyes when approaching the school to avoid congregating near the entrances.


Masks: Parents who are walking your students must be masked upon entering school property. Students will be required to wear a mask upon entry to the building.


Bikers will walk their bikes to the bike racks once they have come on to school property. Bike racks are located in the front car loop. Students will enter through the front doors. Students will be required to wear masks and hand santize upon entering the building.

Bus Riders

Bus riders will enter the building at 7:15 am. A staff member will be outside to greet our students. Upon entering the building students will hand sanitize. Students will sit socially distanced in the cafeteria in family groups until 7:20 when the bell rings. Students will go directly to their classrooms at 7:20.


Masks: Students will be required to wear masks when entering the building.

District Dismissal Protocols

★ Sanitizer stations will be placed at each doorway and students will be encouraged to sanitize hands prior to exit.

★ Schools will have campus-specific schedules and exit plans to reduce student congestion as much as possible during peak pick up times.

★ Parents picking up students during the day will call ahead so that students can be accompanied to meet a parent at the front office door.

West Cypress Hills Dismissal Procedures

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Transportation Backpack Tags

During the first day of school, WCHE staff will affix a transportation tag to your student(s)'s backpack on the front side of the right shoulder strap. It is important that the badge remain in that position so that the badge can be easily reached by the student for scanning purposes.


The color of the tag should match your arrangement for default transportation (the usual way home.) Pink tags are provided to students who usually ride home by car/daycare bus, blue tags are provided for unescorted walkers, orange tags are for escorted walkers, and yellow tags are for students who usually report to extended care at the end of the day.


Red and green tags are for students who usually ride LTISD school buses. A red tag is issued to K - 2 students because they are not allowed to get off of the bus unless an authorized person is there to escort the student home. A green tag is issued to 3 - 5 students who can get off of the bus without an escort.

Escorted and Unescorted Walkers: A change from last year

The traffic on Sabino has increased significantly during pick up times making it hazardous for our students who are walking home.


Because the safety of our students is our top priority, parents will NOT be able to pull up and/or park on Sabino Drive to pick up walkers. ONLY students walking to their homes or another parent designated area will be dismissed from the exit off Sabino Dr. A staff member will be outside to kindly ask parents who are waiting and/or parked off Sabino to secure their place in the car rider line. A staff member will ensure your child is transported back to the car line for pick up.


If you indicated your child was going to be a walker and had planned to park and pick up off Sabino Dr., please make the necessary changes in SMART TAG.


We appreciate your understanding.

We will dismiss the unescorted walkers before releasing the escorted walkers to their parent/guardian.


Escorted Walkers:

Parents will meet their child on the sidewalk off Verbena. Please socially distance while waiting for your child.


Unescorted Walkers:

Students will be escorted to the crosswalk at the corner of Sabino and Cypress Ranch Blvd (turning right) and down the school side of Sabino drive (turning left). Parents who are meeting their unescorted walkers will need to stand socially distanced on the sidewalk nearest the school on Sabino drive and, if needed, safely escort their child(ren) across the street.

Bus

Bus riders are picked up in the afternoon behind the cafeteria. Staff escorts will be present and assist with loading. Buses will depart the school at approximately 3:05 pm.

Car

Car riders will be dismissed from the front car loop. Please have your tag displayed from your rear view mirror.


If you are in need of a car tag, please call the front office for assistance. The first car tag will be provided for free and each additional car tag is $1 each payable in exact cash/coin or check payable to WCHE.

Bikers

Bikers will be escorted to the side of Sabino Dr.

Extended Care

Students who attend the after school extended care program will be picked up in their neighborhood and escorted to the cafeteria by a staff member.