Springville Saga

Back to School Edition (9/7/21)

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Principal and Assistant Principal's Message

Dear Springville Families,


School starts tomorrow for our 1st-5th graders and we can hardly wait! We know that there are many questions about what school will look like as students return to campus for in person learning. Please be sure to read this message carefully for arrival and dismissal procedures. We are also re-running health and safety information. As OHA and Washington County Health continue to adjust their guidance, we encourage you to check the District's Back To School website which is continually updated.


Please reach out with any questions or concerns. We are looking forward to an amazing year!


Be Well,

Robin Kobrowski and Ellen Arnold

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Important Dates

Back to School Dates

September 8: First Day of School for Students in Gr 1-5

September 9: First Day of School for Students in Gr 7-8

September 8-9: Individual Kindergarten Appointments

September 10: First Day of School for Kindergarten Students-last names beginning with A-M

September 13: First Day of School for Kindergarten Students-last names beginning with N-Z

September 14 - All Kindergarten Students attend school


Parent/Teacher Conference Dates for 2021-22

October 21-22: Fall Conferences

April 28-29: Spring Conferences

BSD Back-to-School Information & FAQ

Click here for BSD-specific information and answers to commonly asked questions

Staffing Update

As a result of declining enrollment and students choosing to attend FLEX Online school, last week we transferred two teachers to FLEX and one teacher to another Beaverton elementary school. This change affected several grade levels and some classroom teacher assignments. While it is difficult to lose teachers, we also understand that the district needs to allocate resources in a responsible way by making sure each school is staff based on their current student enrollment.


Margaret Long (Gr 1) and Abi Lane (Gr 3) transferred to FLEX Online school, and Judi Grant (Gr 2) transferred to Bonny Slope Elementary School. Families with a classroom change have been notified.

What to Expect the First Day of School

First Bell rings at 8:25 and Second Bell rings at 8:30. Class will begin at 8:30.


Doors will open every day at 8:20am and students will walk directly to their classrooms.

If you are driving or walking your student to school, please do not arrive or leave your child at school prior to 8:20.


Unlike the years prior to Covid, on the first day of school we are not allowing family members to walk their students to the classrooms. Please say goodbye to your student at the front of the school (car drop off) or near the bike racks that are on the south side of the school. Thank you for your cooperation.


The school day ends at 3:05pm.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

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Arrival Information

Staff will be outside and at doors to welcome students starting at 8:20. Students arriving on campus will enter in one of the following ways:

  • Buses:
    • Bus riders will exit buses and walk across the playground to their assigned door (see map).
  • Parent Drop Off:
    • Students will get dropped off in the upper/guest parking lot. They will walk along the sidewalk to the lower lot, and enter the building from the playground at their designated door (see map), or through the cafeteria door to pick up breakfast.
    • For safety, we ask that all families (other than students) remain in their vehicle during drop off and pick up.
    • Students may not be dropped off before 8:20. This will be the earliest we open doors to the building and have supervision.
  • Walkers:
    • There will be two entry points for students. One will be by the upper/guest parking lot, in the grass. Students will then follow the path, passing the bike racks, and will enter the building from the playground.
    • The second drop-off point is after the bus/staff parking lot driveway. Students will follow the sidewalk from the grassy area and enter the building from the playground.


Once students get in the building:

  • Students should use the dots and travel on the right side of the hallway in the direction of the arrows. Teachers will greet students at classroom doors. Teachers will provide hand sanitizer as they come in and sit in their seats.
  • Students who are breakfast eaters will enter the building through the cafeteria to pick up breakfast and then walk to class via outside doors
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Dismissal Information

The school day is over at 3:05 pm. Classes will be led out by their teachers. They will drop students off in this order:


Bus → → → Walkers → → → Vehicle Pick-up


Walkers:

  • Walkers will leave our campus from the grassy area near the staff parking lot. Please be sure you are maintaining 6 feet of distance from other families.


Vehicle Pick-up:

  • We ask all families to stay in vehicles and pull forward as far as you can to keep traffic flowing. No parents will be able to wait in the front entry area. The line moves quickly once students are out of the building. It would be helpful for parents to hold up a piece of paper with your child's name, grade level and teacher so we can load students more efficiently.


Change of Going Home Plans

If there is a change of going home plans please make sure to notify BOTH the front office and your child's teacher before 2:00pm. Unless it is an emergency, we cannot accommodate for last minute changes to your child's going home plan. Our attendance hotline is (503)356-2481.

Oregon COVID-19 Resiliency Framework for 2021-2022

Click here for Oregon's guidelines for operating schools for the 2021-22 school year

Safety Protocols at Springville

All students and staff will wear masks inside and outside during school hours.


Classrooms
at Springville will be set up with the recommended 3 feet spacing between student chairs. Staff will maintain 6 feet from students. Teachers will have assigned seats for students in order to minimize contact with other students. Other mitigation strategies will be used: mask wearing, hand washing and sanitizing. Our building has increased ventilation and air filters as well.


Recesses

Classrooms will go to recess as cohorts in specific playground zones that will rotate weekly. For example your child's class may be under cover for a week and then out on the bark chips area the next week. Masks are to be worn outside and students will be encouraged to maintain the recommended 6 feet of distance to the greatest extent possible.


PE Classes will be held outdoors for a minimum of six weeks. Students and teachers will be wearing masks.


Music and Choir will be meeting outside if they will be singing. Students and teachers will be wearing masks.


Lunches

Based on guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and Washington County Health, we are making adjustments to our lunch plans. Classes will be divided so that some are eating in the gym and some are eating in the cafeteria. This will allow for 6 feet between each student. Students will also be sitting in assigned seats for lunch so that we minimize contact with other students throughout the day. Doors and windows will be opened for increased ventilation.


Buses

Spacing on buses will be dependent on how many students are present during a given ride. There will be no mandatory 3-foot or 6-foot distancing requirement.


The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recognize that many Oregonians are asking why there are differences between buses and school facilities with respect to distancing. There are important public health distinctions in these environments, and these distinctions require diverse solutions:

  • Time spent: While students ride the bus for different amounts of time, generally, these trips are shorter than time spent inside school buildings, making bus rides safer.
  • High seat backs act as barrier. Like plexiglass or other dividers, seat backs offer some protection from droplet transmissions.
  • Frequent door opening/closing and open windows help fresh air circulate in the buses, which lowers the risk of infection.


Other Bus Safety Measures include:

  • Hand sanitizer and masks will be available from the driver
  • A minimum of four windows per side will be kept open to ensure ample airflow. Roof hatches also may be opened depending upon weather conditions.

  • High-touch areas on buses will be disinfected each day between the morning and afternoon routes with EPA-approved products.

  • Buses which have transported a student with a positive or presumptive case of COVID-19 will be deep cleaned and disinfected prior to returning to service.

  • At the elementary level (and K-8), students will have assigned seats to help with possible contact tracing.

Too Sick for School?

Parents/guardians should perform a daily health evaluation before sending students to school. If a student is exhibiting a fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, a new loss of taste or smell or any of the symptoms on our Too Sick for School - Keep Ill Students Out of School, the student should stay home.


A staff member will do another visual check as students arrive at school.


If a student exhibits or complains of any COVID-like symptoms, an adult will accompany the student to the school isolation room. A designated staff member will then take the student’s temperature. If the student presents with COVID-like symptoms or symptoms warranting exclusion, the student will be instructed to wait in the isolation room until a parent/guardian can pick up the student. The student will be encouraged to see a health care provider for evaluation.
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Mask Guidance

Please visit the Back to School Information page for the most recent mask guidance and answers to questions. The most recent update requires students to wear face masks both indoors and outdoors during recess and PE.
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Universal and correct use of face coverings keeps kids learning in-person, which is best for students. Face coverings mean more days in school for students.


When students are at least three feet apart and everyone is wearing a face covering, students who are in close contact with someone with COVID-19 don’t need to quarantine unless they have symptoms.


Without face coverings and at least three feet of distance, students in close contact to someone with COVID-19 will need to quarantine and miss school days. This could include all members of the stable small group (cohort).


If no face coverings are worn and students do not distance, it becomes more difficult to track down close contacts. Exposure to a confirmed case can compound when students shift to new classrooms or visit other indoor spaces in the school, such as the library or gym. This could lead to quarantining of full grades or full school closure.

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How to Wash Your Hands and Wear a Mask

Click this button to access a slide deck for reviewing these safe practices with your child(ren)

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Attendance and Late Entry

All students are expected to attend school daily. If your child must be absent, please call the attendance line to let us know (503-356-2481). Some excusable reasons for absence include illness, quarantine, bereavement, family illness, inclement weather, religious instruction or emergencies. Please note that vacations are recorded as unexcused absences per District policy. In the event that a student is absent for ten consecutive days, the student will be dropped from the roll and must be reactivated upon return to school. Please make every effort to schedule your child's appointments, family vacations, music lessons, etc. around the school day and calendar. Missed instructional time, even in small increments, quickly adds up and impacts your child's overall learning.


It is very important for your child to be on time to school so that they start the day with everyone else. The school day begins promptly at 8:30am. Children who arrive after 8:30am are recorded as tardy. In order to get your child off to a good start in the morning, and prevent disruption of classes, please help your child be at school on time. If you child arrives after 8:30am, you must park and escort him/her to the office to obtain an late slip.

Springville Office

Visitors will be allowed in our school's front office for 15 minutes or less during the school day. For example, family members or guardians can drop off paperwork or pick up a child. However, please note that we will only be able have two people in our office at a time. You may be asked to wait in the entry way or outside until there is room in our office to accommodate you.

ParentVUE - Name Pronunciation Feature

Did you know there is a cool new feature in ParentVUE that allows you to record the pronunciation of your child's name. We want to encourage you to do this - it is important to us here at Springville to know and correctly pronounce every child's name!!