Arcola- Magic in the Middle

Friday, 2/5/21

SPIRIT DAY~ EVERYONE MATTERS!

AS WE WELCOME A NEW START TO MARKING PERIOD 3,

IT IS A GREEN OUT THIS WEEK FOR EVERYONE!

WEAR YOUR METHACTON GREEN AND LET'S BOND TOGETHER

TO SHOW OUR ARCOLA STRENGTH AND PRIDE!

Dear Arcola Families,

As we begin a new marking period we are also welcoming students back on campus who are transitioning from virtual to hybrid. As we prepare for this week there are several items to be aware so please take the time to review this full document. We will also continue to place important documents on the main page of the Arcola website.


We fully realize this is a difficult time for everyone, change is not easy and the first priority for ALL is be safe and healthy. We will all need to work together to achieve this goal so procedures are important to follow for everyone.


I am also continuing to host coffee chats on the last Friday of the month, hope to see you in the zoom!


Respect, kindness and compassion!


#Arcolastrong


Dr. M

Schedule This Week:

7-12 Hybrid Model~

On Monday, February 8, 2021, Our hybrid model continues for 7-12 students. Please reference the schedule below. *Please note: Achieve Group (IEP) in 7-12 have a 5-day in person option or 5-day virtual option.

Please review the Reopening Guide for Students and Families for additional information related to the instructional models currently available to K-6 students and 7-12 students.


Locating Learning Model in PowerSchool Parent Portal~

Students and parents can see their child’s assigned group/learning model by signing into the PowerSchool Parent Portal (https://powerschool.methacton.org/guardian/) and selecting the “School Information” menu option. Please note that assignments are final and cannot be changed. The student’s assigned Learning Model will be displayed on this page. A step-by-step guide is also available HERE.


Transportation~

Busing assignments (bus #, stop, location, time) can be found in PowerSchool Parent Portal under the Transportation tab.


Student Self-Screening Checklist~

DAILY- Please review and complete the Student Self-Screening Checklist with your child prior to leaving home for school every day.

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Arrival and Dismissal on Campus

We look forward to welcoming students back to campus. Please note the following information regarding arrival and dismissal procedures for the Arcola/Skyview campus.


General Information

  • Please observe the one-way traffic pattern (clockwise) on campus.

  • Car Rider drop-off/pick-up is in the front of the Arcola/Skyview.

  • Buses will drop-off in the back of Arcola/Skyview.

  • Please obey directions given by campus security guards.

  • Methacton School District will be eliminating the practice of allowing “Guest Riders” on a bus. A “Guest Rider” is an individual who is riding home on a bus that is not their assigned bus. There are several reasons for why this change is being made; Covid-19, overcrowding and safety.

  • Arrival/Dismissal times:

    • Arcola/Skyview doors open at 8 a.m. - the late bell rings at 8:15 a.m., students are expected to be “in class” whether virtual or hybrid.

    • Bus Dismissal at 3 p.m. and 3:05 p.m.

    • Car Riders will be dismissed at 3:10 p.m.

Arrival

Bus Arrival

  • Students will be greeted by staff on duty who will assist students in getting to homeroom Skyview) and first period (Arcola).

  • Students will travel inside hallways to their locations (they may not run outside between parking lots.)

Car Arrival

  • Students remain in cars until building doors open at 8 a.m.

  • Vehicles will pull up along the curb in front of the buildings.

  • Please maintain a single line.

  • Students are to exit using the car door(s) closest to the curb. Drivers are not to exit vehicles.

  • Students enter at their appropriate school door (Arcola or Skyview).

  • This area will be supervised by staff on duty.


Dismissal

Bus Dismissal

  • Buses will follow a 2-tiered dismissal (3 p.m. and 3:05 p.m.)

  • Students with a bus in the “Arcola” lot will be walked to that area by staff.

  • Students will travel inside hallways to their locations (they may not run outside between parking lots.)

  • Bus areas will be monitored by on-duty staff.


Car Dismissal

  • Dismissal for students being picked up will be at 3:10 p.m.

  • Students will be dismissed from the front doors of Arcola and Skyview. Adults will be on duty in this area to assist students with locating their ride.

  • As Skyview students are younger, the following additional procedures will be in place:

    • Skyview students who are a daily (every day) pick up do not need a daily note; homeroom teachers will have a list of these daily car riders and will supply them with their “daily car rider slip”. Skyview Families who intend to pick up their student every day are asked to complete this google form: https://forms.gle/GtNdGs6KEYxaxYwS8 Please complete this form no later than Sunday, November 8.

    • Families of daily (every day) car riders will receive a hang tag for their car - please display this tag with your child’s name. This will help our staff on duty to assist students.

    • Students who are periodic car riders must bring a note on the day they will be going to parent pick up. These notes will be collected and students provided a daily car rider pass for dismissal. For example,if you pick your child up on Tuesdays and Thursdays you must send a note on these days for your child to receive his/her car rider daily pass.

  • Please take care when pulling out to leave the pick up line.


“Walkers”

We understand that some students would like to walk home versus ride a bus home; however, this can present a challenge due to the required crossing of heavily traveled roads. Therefore, Methacton School District will only permit Walkers from Skyview or Arcola that live within the boundaries as shown in Exhibit A. These individuals will be required to provide the Building Administration with a signed permission slip daily in order to walk home. While providing a permission slip daily seems like a lot, it does allow the Building Administration to know who is to be on a bus and who is allowed to walk home. We cannot assume that because a student walked home a prior day that this is still the parent’s/guardian’s desire every day.

Permission will not be granted for crossing Eagleville Road or Sunnyside Road.

Students will turn in the permission slip to the main office for a daily walker pass to be issued.



Thank you for taking the time to read these procedures.


Dr. Amy Mangano, Arcola Principal

IMPORTANT items for your review!

  • Masks are required on campus at all times unless eating or drinking.
  • Social distancing is enforced as are directional signage and passing in all areas of the building.
  • Bring any and all items you need in your back-pack if coming to school- this includes food, water, school-related items and fully charged Chromebooks.
  • Students on campus will receive an assigned seat in all classrooms, cafeteria and on the bus.
  • Charge your Chromebook every night so that you are fully charged and ready for the day; if you want to bring your charger, label it as we cannot share cords. Students can charge at lunch if needed.
  • There is a full Chromebook service station, appointment only.
  • Students will use Smartpass in school, we will review this procedure with everyone.
  • ALL health/COVID related matters must go to the nurse, Mrs. Cosgriff.
  • Attendance will be taken every morning, all students are expected to be in class by 8:15 ready to start! There will be attendance calls going out two times a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
  • If for any reason your child is not attending school either in hybrid or virtual, please call or email the attendance office: Attendance Office (610-831-5314) OR you may send an email to: attendance-ac@methacton.org.
  • Please continue to check PowerSchool for all assignment and grade updates.

Happy National School Counselor Week!

For 8th Graders who are interested in attending the North Montco Technical Career Center next year, a reminder that applications are due to the Arcola Counseling Office by February 26. Space is limited at North Montco, so It is extremely important to meet the deadline in order for a student to be considered in the first round of applicants. Electronic applications can be found here: https://bit.ly/3cKfjty or students can stop by the Counseling Office to pick up a paper copy. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Mueller in the Counseling Office at x30220 or mmueller@methacton.org.


Special thanks to our school counselors, Mrs. Berardelli and Mr. Mueller! Also, thank you to our Reach counselors and Ms. Cullen. All of you do so much to help all of us. We are grateful for your support.

THANK YOU~ make it a great week!