In-Person Changes on April 5th!
Wednesday 31, 2021
Note from Ms. Moulton
Good Morning, Hosmer Families!
Hooray! We are so excited to welcome your child(ren) back to in-person school on April 5th! We hope that this newsletter will answer any lingering questions you may have and also invite you to an option Q&A session with us tomorrow (see link below).
Mandatory Pooled Testing
As Dr. Galdston recently communicated at the School Committee meeting and in The Superintendent's Newsletter, as of April 5, 2021, pooled testing will be mandated for all students who are learning in-person. The School Committee unanimously approved the recommendation contained within the updated COVID-19 Handbook Addendum.
When families select in-person instruction five days a week at a distance of less than six feet, they agree to and understand the health and safety expectations as outlined by the District including but not limited to wearing a mask, participating in COVID-19 universal surveillance pooled testing, and abiding by social distance guidelines.
COVID-19 universal surveillance pooled testing will be completed once a week with a non-invasive anterior nasal swab testing protocol and is mandatory for all students who are learning in-person.
All students who will be returning to full 5-day in-person instruction will be required to fill out the “Commitment to In-Person Learning, COVID Protocols, and Consent for Pooled Testing” form prior to returning to in-person school. This additional safety measure is fully supported by the Watertown Health Department.
With the return to in-person school, students are no longer able to "attend remotely" unless of a confirmed COVID-related absence. Please plan accordingly regarding transportation to and from school and in making travel plans.
Students in Watertown Virtual School
Virtual School students will also be facing some changes, with students entering or leaving the cohorts. Additionally, they will now spend the full school day (8:15-2:30) with their teacher. They will follow a new schedule, mirroring that of the in-person day. Specialist teachers will be able to zoom into the existing classroom link.
Let's celebrate our first day back together by showing some Hosmer Husky Spirit! Wear red or don your Hosmer gear!
Q&A with Ms. Moulton & Mrs. Fitzpatrick
Wednesday, March 31st, 6pm
This is an online event.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 929 2479 2341
What Children Should Bring to School
To maintain a safe environment, students should bring only essential items into school.
If your child is returning to full-time school, they should bring all school-provided materials back on April 5th. Individual teachers will provide more clarity in their weekly smore
--- Morning Arrival ---
Doors open at 8:05.
Students are expected to arrive between 8:05 (when Morning Announcements begin) and 8:15.
Any students arriving after 8:20 will be marked tardy for the day.
Please see the map below for reminders about which door your child should enter.
Note: Masks must be worn by all adults and children while on school grounds.
This includes everyone dropping off or picking up.
Drop & Go
AS we increase the number of students attending daily, it is especially important that families follow the procedures for Drop & Go along Chauncy St.
- PLEASE pull as far up on Chauncy as possible before stopping.
- There is NO parking or live parking in this area.
- Do not get out of your car.
- Students will exit out the passenger side door. Staff will be there to open the door and direct students where to go.
- Masks must be on!
Which Door Should My Child Use to Enter the Building?
--- Schoolwide Procedures ---
Masks & Hygiene
Masks & Hygiene
Masks will be worn at all times when inside the building.
Mask breaks can be taken when outside.
Masks can be taken off when eating.
When eating outside, children must be seated so they cannot touch a peer with outstretched arms when eating - 6 feet apart
If a child needs or loses a mask, Nurse Sabrina will provide them with a new one.
Hand hygiene is critical. Students and staff are required to exercise hand hygiene (hand washing or sanitizing) throughout the day.
Entering the classroom
Before and after eating - handwashing
Exiting the bathroom - handwashing
Before putting on and taking off masks
Exiting the classroom
Hand-sanitizer outside of all classrooms
Students demonstrating procedures for one student using the restroom at a time. (Way to use that elbow, K!)
Directional arrows in the hallways
Grade 3 -- 3 feet apart
Update on Specials Classes
PE will take place outside. In the case of inclement weather, it will move to classrooms and teachers are planning rainy day lessons accordingly.
--- Lunch/Recess ---
- This is a brief time, so please send food that can be easily opened and eaten.
- Please send snacks in disposable packaging.
- We will be eating outside seated on stadium cushions picnic style.
- Lunch can be brought or children can eat the school lunch that will be provided daily free of charge. There are always two choices, including one vegetarian option.
- School lunch menus can be found here.
- If your child will be eating the school lunch they will order it as they enter the classroom. Please be sure that your child knows if they are eating school lunch that day.
- If you send in lunch items, please send food that can be easily opened. We can no longer cut or peel fruit.
- Please do not send in glass containers.
Our New Picnic Cushions
--- Dismissal from School ---
The school day ends at 2:30. The staggered dismissal schedule is below.
We will continue conducting a staggered and strategic dismissal to allow for continued social distancing. Teachers will bring their students to the locations indicated below and will hold up signs with their names for the first week or so.
Please remember that we will also need you to wear a mask and maintain social distancing when you pick up your children. We ask that parents remain on the sidewalks and wave to students and teachers. (Kindergarten families, you should wait on the grass but away from the kindergarten doors.) The teacher will send the child to you. Please do NOT come directly to the area where the class is waiting.
Students are staggered for dismissal as followed: