A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School
November 22, 2021
The Scotty Updates has been created to provide families and staff with information regarding upcoming events, happenings, and programs at Scotland Elementary School. Please take time each Monday to review our newsletter. Thank you!
A Message from Mrs. Katkocin
Dear Scotland Families,
I hope you are all well, and had a great weekend! Our conferences will continue this week on Monday, 11/22, and Tuesday 11/23. There will also be an early dismissal on Wednesday, 11/24, the day before Thanksgiving. Students will be dismissed at 11:40am on these days. As you come in for conferences, please take a walk through our lost and found, which has been set up on the risers in the cafeteria. With the weather getting colder, there are a lot of sweatshirts and jackets hoping to make their way back to their owners.
Our COVID screenings for families who have opted in will continue this week on Tuesday, November 22nd, beginning at 8:50am. All of our screenings have come back negative thus far this year!
This week, Principal Laus and I were featured on the Ridgefield Tiger Talk Podcast! Check out the link to Dr. DeSantis' podcasts below!
Please find updates shared by Dr. Da Silva on Friday:
Health and Safety
With the new Screen and Stay program now in place, it is important to remind families and staff that those who are experiencing a symptom of COVID-19, whether vaccinated or not, must stay home from school. We are still following Addendum 5 which states that any person with a COVID-19 symptom must get a negative antigen or PCR test to return to school, or isolate at home for 10 days if not tested. Students who are sent home by the school nurse may return to school immediately upon receipt of a negative COVID-19 test as long as fever, vomiting, or diarrhea are not present.
As shared last week, RPS has begun following the CT DPH Screen and Stay protocols. Unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 at school with masks on may opt to continue coming to school if parents or guardians attest that they are performing a COVID-19 symptom check daily for 14 days. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 if they remain symptom free. This applies even if the exposure happened within six feet during lunch with masks off. Students who are not fully vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19 within six feet while masks are off at lunch are not eligible for Screen and Stay and still need to quarantine at home. Students participating in Screen and Stay may continue to come to school but must quarantine from extracurricular and after-school activities. They can get a negative test on day five and return to after-school activities on day eight if they remain symptom free. The detailed protocols can be found here.
Health and Safety
With the adoption of Screen and Stay we have created a short FAQ for families:
Q: I have learned that some students within the classroom are placed in quarantine, while others can participate in Screen and Stay. Why didn't the entire class have to quarantine?
A: The DPH has found that student to student transmission is rare when masks are worn in school and has prioritized having kids in school given that transmission in school is rare. Screen and Stay was created to allow students who were wearing a mask during exposure to COVID-19 in school to continue participating in in person learning. When students are unmasked and within 6 feet like at lunch time, Screen and Stay does not apply and we follow Addendum 5.
Q: In regards to the Screen and Stay, it is my understanding that no one has to get tested and my child can still come to school tomorrow. However, if symptoms begin then he/she would have to get tested and quarantined from school. Is that correct?
A: Yes, if symptoms develop during the 14 day Screen and Stay period. Addendum 5 applies. A fully vaccinated student with a symptom would be able to return with a negative test after symptoms have resolved. An unvaccinated student would be allowed to return to school on day 8 with a negative test on day 5 or later. Those opting not to get tested must isolate at home for 10 days.
Q: Is it required that Screen and Stay students get tested?
A: Screen and Stay students are not required to get tested, but it is highly recommended.
Q: Is it OK for the students participating in Screen and Stay to take the bus to school?
A: Yes it is.
Q: How long are students in Screen and Stay quarantining socially (after-school programs, sports, etc.)?
A: Students should quarantine from social events for 14 days or get a negative test on day 5 and return to social activities on day 8.
Q: How long are we monitoring for symptoms?
A: 14 days.
Ridgefield Tiger Talk: On this week’s show we invite two guests to talk about social emotional learning at the elementary level. Becky Laus Principal of Barlow Mountain Elementary and Jill Katkocin Principal of Scotland Elementary tell us about the Responsive Classroom, RULER, the Mood Meter, and other methods that provide meaningful touch points that give our youngest students autonomy. Thanks for listening!
PS: Ridgefield Tiger Talk will be taking a break for the week of Thanksgiving and will return the following week.
Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your families!
Snaps around Scotland! 📸
Second Grade Writing Celebration
Fifth Grade Mathematicians
Events and Happenings 🗓
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, November 22nd
- A Day
- Early Dismissal - 11:40am
Tuesday, November 23rd:
- B Day
- Early Dismissal - 11:40am
Wednesday, November 24h:
- C Day
- Early Dismissal - 11:40am
Thursday, November 25th:
- Happy Thanksgiving - No school!
Friday, November 26th:
- Thanksgiving Recess
Thursday, November 25th:
- No School
- Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 26th:
- No school
- Day after Thanksgiving Day
A Note from Our PTA
SES Holiday Boutique 2021
Return your vouchers to school and set up your Boutique Bucks
NO LATER THAN THIS WEDNESDAY 11/24!!!
Please fill out the Boutique Bucks form on the PTA website to add money to your child's Boutique Bucks Account. NO cash will be accepted day of the boutique. We do this so kids can shop quickly and for easy checkout because we will have a very limited number of volunteers this year. Any extra money that has not been spent from your child’s account will be donated to support the Scotland PTA. Please do not give more than $25, that is plenty for your child to purchase a good selection of items. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't forget to also fill out the shopping voucher (HERE) and send it back to school with your child by Nov. 24th.
The PTA Needs You! Volunteers Wanted!
We're so excited to get parents involved again at SES! We're so LUCKY to be able to offer opportunities for you to help our kiddos and our school!!
Volunteering with the PTA allows you to contribute your skills and knowledge for the benefit of both your own children and the greater school community. You’ll also meet and make new friends!
Please fill out the form and you'll hear back from us soon!
CLICK HERE to find out all the ways YOU can make a difference this year - opportunities available for those with extra time and those with little time!)
Important Information to Keep Handy! 📝
Quarantine Learning Information
If an entire class is placed in quarantine, students will be logging into their Google Classroom, and will participate in daily lessons with their classroom teacher. Our essentials teachers will also be logging into the Google Classroom to provide virtual instruction for students.
If individual students are placed in quarantine (perhaps due to an outside exposure, or an exposure on the bus, sports, etc), students will be invited to join our Quarantine Learning Classroom. You can view the Quarantine Learning Parent Handbook here. During their time home, students will receive grade level appropriate instruction provided to all students in their grade level district-wide who have also been placed in quarantine. You can find additional information about Quarantine Learning, shared by Dr. Da Silva on September 10th.
Our virtual learning expectations in either situation remain the same as last year.
- Students will be visible to the teacher and other participating students (please remind your child to have their camera on throughout the lessons).
- Parents are encouraged to have their students independently participate via a location that is quiet and free of distraction, to the extent possible. Other individuals in the home are not permitted to participate in or be visible on the video conference, or otherwise observe the lesson, other than reasonable adult supervision of the student.
- Parents and students are prohibited from recording video conferencing sessions. The district will also not be recording any classes/sessions.
- Depending on each student’s individual circumstance, teachers or service providers may request the facilitation of the supervising adult to assist the student in engaging in the session.
- In addition, if your child needs to leave for a period of time during instruction (i.e. doctor or dentist appointment), kindly notify the quarantine learning or classroom teacher ahead of time, just as you would if they were in the building.
As always, I thank you for your partnership and support as we continue to navigate this school year together.
Health & Safety Update
The CT CSDE and DPH released updated quarantine and isolation guidelines for schools this week via Addendum 5. RPS will be following this guidance, please take a moment to read it. Key components that families need to know are:Vaccinated and unvaccinated students and staff should stay home from school if you have symptoms; and contact your school nurse. You may return to school with a negative COVID-19 test after symptoms have resolved. Vaccinated and unvaccinated students who come to school with a symptom of COVID-19 will be sent home by the school nurse. Students who are sick should tend to their health and will not access quarantine learning.
- Fully vaccinated students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 and have not developed any symptoms may continue to come to school. Unvaccinated students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 must quarantine at home. They can get a test on day 5 after exposure, and return to school on day 8 if they remain free of symptoms. Students who are required to quarantine and are symptom free will have access to quarantine learning.
RPS is asking families who travel domestically or internationally to follow CDC travel guidance which can be found here.
Welcome Back Library Volunteers!
Click on the links here or find them on the SES PTA WEBSITE:
Please contact Amy Tomasco at email@example.com with any questions.
- School Lunch will be available from the first day of school. Chartwells is the District-wide food service provider. The school lunch menu is available online on the RPS website; click District Offices and click on Food Service, as well as below.
- School lunch will continue to be free during the 21-22 school year. Snacks and additional items will be available through The Lunch Time POS system that allows students to purchase their lunch by entering a 5-digit code at the cash register. These items can be prepaid online at School Payment Portal Powered By LunchTime Software and at the school kitchen.
- Questions in regard to Lunch Time POS can be directed to John Morris, RPS Food Service Director at 203-894-5550 x1127 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We will follow a similar drop off / pick up procedure that we did last year.
- Drop off begins at 8:30am. Please do not drop off your child prior to 8:30am as there will be no supervision at this time.
- Pick up will begin at 3:20pm.
- Each day, please have your child(ren)’s first and last name displayed on your passenger visor, and have it remain visible until your child is in the car. This needs to be bold and large enough to be visible at a distance. This is a very important step to ensure we have your child ready when you arrive.
- For the safety of both students and staff, proceed carefully and slowly through the lot.
- Please have your child exit/enter the vehicle when your gear is in the park position and is one of the cars at the front of the line designated for drop off.
- Students must exit the vehicle on the passenger side (building side) of the vehicle. Multiple children must exit on the passenger side. It is dangerous to exit/enter on the driver's side of the vehicle!
- Students need to have all of their items ready in hand and will then exit the car immediately.
- Parents, please stay in your vehicle at all times so that the process will prevent backups on Barlow Mountain Road.
- If you miss the drop off time (after 8:45 a.m.), please park in the front lot and walk your child across the designated crosswalk to the main entrance of the building. If you arrive after the drop off window and must park in the parking lot, we ask that you kindly use the crosswalk.
School Dismissal Manager
We will continue to use School Dismissal Manager this year at Scotland. Please click below for information regarding this system. This system will be available to families in late August. A welcome letter will be emailed to families when the system is available. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us!