Worthington Park Shark Sentinel
Sunday, January 10th, 2021
Dear Worthington Park Families,
We are beyond excited to see our students next week! Our A Day students start in person on Monday the 11th and our B-Day students' first day here at Park will be the 12th. Below are the "Top 10 Things to Remember About Hybrid." As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or the office with any questions or concerns.
1) COVID SYMPTOMS
Parents need to be attentive to the daily health of their children and are expected to make a commitment to ensure their child is symptom-free and safe to attend school each day. This includes being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Parents are encouraged to use the Worthington Home Screening Checklist to evaluate students before going to school.
Students and staff members should not attend school if:
- they have Covid-19 symptoms
- a household member has tested positive
- they have been in close contact with a positive case
- someone in the household is being tested
- The Centers for Disease Control recommends postponing travel and staying home as the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Review these CDC travel protocols if you have recently spent time outside of central Ohio.
2) COVID MASK REMINDER
Students and staff wear face masks on the school bus and at school and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet. Please be sure your child comes to school with extra face masks.
3) HYBRID CALENDAR
Please take a minute to review our district hybrid calendar so that you can plan which days your child will attend school in person. Click here to view the 2020-2021 Hybrid Calendar or view the calendar below!
Nut-Free Zone - All Worthington Schools are nut-free for the protection of students with severe nut allergies. Please keep this in mind as we plan our transition to hybrid (in person) learning where students will be eating both breakfast and lunch in their classrooms.
Ordering School Meals - Please go to onlineordering.linq.com when ordering school meals! Parents should pre-order breakfast and/or lunch using the Online Ordering System. Meal orders can be placed daily, but parents should consider ordering for at least one week at a time. Keep in mind your student(s) "A" or "B" schedule for ordering purposes.
English - http://bit.ly/20210110mealseng
Spanish - http://bit.ly/20210110mealsspan
Portuguese - http://bit.ly/20210110mealsportArabic - http://bit.ly/20210110mealsarabic
Outdoor Recess - We will continue to go outside for recess unless the "feels like" temperature is below 20 degrees and/or the weather is not suitable for going outside (heavy rainfall). We will likely go outside if it is sprinkling, so please be sure your child comes to school with proper clothing and outerwear for outdoor recess.
Indoor Recess Kits - Parents are encouraged to provide indoor recess kits (coloring books, play dough, etc) for students when we are not able to be outdoors since kids will not be able to play games in groups during indoor recess.
Please take some time to review with your child the grade-level specific entrances to our building. You can find maps and videos in regards to drop off on our school's website, under the "Principal's Corner" tab. Our tardy bell rings daily at 7:55 am. We are excited to have our new, permanent, walkway leading from our parent drop off that connects to our main sidewalk!
Dismissal begins daily at 2:25 pm. For parents that are picking their children up, please head to the back parking loop on Park Dr. Staff members will be looking for the blue sign in your passenger window that states your child's name and grade level. Please have those ready, so we can get your child into your vehicle quickly and safely.
What should we do if we need to get our student early?
- Please call the office to make them aware that you are coming to pick up your child.
- If possible, please avoiding early picks from 1:30pm on, as our school buses arrive at that time and block the front entrance to our building.
- Once you arrive at Park, you can either call the office or come to the front doorbell to pick up your child!
What should we do if we have a change in dismissal plans?
- If you require a dismissal change for your child, please call or email the office before 1:45 pm. This will give us adequate time to contact your child's teacher. You are of course welcome to send in a note as well.
- Please refrain from emailing teachers a change in dismissal
- Please remember, due to COVID safety measures, students will not be allowed to ride on a bus other than the one assigned for the location of your home.
8) UPDATE FROM OUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR
9) ESTABLISH YOUR "at home days" ROUTINES
We are so thankful to be back in hybrid learning! However, sometimes it’s difficult to get back to a positive routine on our “at-home” learning days. We want to encourage you to get back to a consistent routine during the at-home learning days that works for both you and your child(ren). Have a designated space with all materials needed and use a schedule so everyone knows the expectation for the day. Make sure to limit the time on school tasks (use a timer) so you all have a healthy balance of work and breaks throughout the day. Ask your child(ren) to come up with their own rewards when their work time is finished.
10) UPDATE FROM THE COMMUNITY (Girl Scouts)
KINDERGARTEN GIRL SCOUTS - All K girls at Worthington Park are invited to try out Girl Scouts at a virtual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 6:30pm. Girls will learn Girl Scout traditions and do activities relating to the importance of being courageous and strong, including the story of Tula and how she stands up for Darla on the playground. Contact Laurie Wirt at email@example.com for more information and the link to join the meeting!
----- 2020-2021 YEARBOOKS ------
---- UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES -----
Monday, January 11th- Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm
Monday, January 11th- Return to Hybrid Learning (A-Day)
Tuesday, January 12th- Return to Hybrid Learning (B-Day)
Monday, January 18th- No School in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 25th- Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm
Monday, February 1st- Friday, February 5th: Parent-Teacher Conference Week
---- MESSAGE FROM THE DISTRICT -----
The events on Capitol Hill this week were disheartening to say the least. It is an assault on our beliefs and our values as a nation. We condemn violence and hate symbols of any kind. While this egregious chapter in our nation's history takes place, we are grateful for Worthington’s civic strength and we want to assure our residents that we remain vigilant to make sure no one here imitates the violence we have witnessed. We are committed to the safety of all our residents.
These actions have been unavoidable for our students to witness. How we respond now matters, as educators and as trusted adults in the lives of each of our students. We are obliged to our children to be positive examples in how to respond. We must be a source of strength for our students. We must be there to lead by our actions, to stand up for what is right, and to support our children through these disturbing times.
What many of our families have endured is inconceivable. There is a critical need in our community for empathy, civil discourse, togetherness, and hope.
In recognition of the emotional stress and questions these events may produce with our staff and students alike, we wanted you to know that our district leadership team met Thursday morning to discuss and share resources that teachers could use with their classes.
Here are some of the resources that were provided:
- Facing History and Ourselves
- Fostering Civil Discourse guide
- Education Week
- Resources for School Communities in Times of Crisis (https://bit.ly/EducatorCrisisResources)
- When Bad Things are Happening (Listen-Protect-Model-Take Care of Yourself)
- American School Counselor Association
- Helping Children Cope With Frightening News
Every Worthington Schools staff member remains committed to helping your child through these difficult times. EACH child should have a trusted adult, or many trusted adults, that they know cares about them, understands them, and believes in them.
Here are some resources for families to help talk with their children about this week’s events:
- How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime and War, Common Sense Media
- How to Talk to Your Children About the News, KidsHealth
- How to Talk to Children about Difficult News, American Psychological Association
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Educators, National Association of School Psychologists
---- DISTRICT HYBRID CALENDAR ----
---- UPDATE FROM THE WOPARK PTA ----
~ Remaining spirit wear items should arrive any day. We will contact individuals still waiting for items with details for pick up of your items once they are in. Thank you for your patience!
~ Be on the lookout for ways you can help support our staff during Parent-Teacher Conference Week coming up in February. More information to come soon!
Thank you for your continued support of our school and the PTA!