Chester Elementary School

March 4, 2022. Connect. Thrive

CES Happenings

Hello Families!


We have a busy week ahead at CES! Our renovation project begins this week, bathrooms are on the playground, and we are eating outside now. Please remember to send your students with appropriate clothing for eating outside. There is a temporary wall along the main corridor and you will need to follow the green signs to the main office.


This week is our second week of the Read a Thon! Our students have read 3500 minutes and have raised $ 4,200 for CES so far!!!!!


In March, we like to focus of the joy of reading and building a culture of reading. Activities that support this include our Read a Thon, Read Across America, and March Madness. The Read a Thon continues this week with book drawings, wearing a shirt others can read, a school book walk, and a popcorn party for the class with the most reading minutes! Our March Madness Tournament of books also begins as part of our Read a Thon. For March Madness, we are rereading each Book of the Month to determine our favorite. Stay tuned to see which book wins! You can check out our events and Tournament bracket below!


Have a great week CES!


--Mrs. Fischer and Ms. Crowther

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Upcoming Dates

3/1-3/11 CES Read a Thon!

3/13 Daylight Savings Time Begins

3/18-School in Session (since we used a Snow Day on 12/14/21)

5/27-School in Session (since we used a Snow Day on 12/15/21)

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STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Dan Bickel

Dan Bickel, our Head Custodian, has been with Chester Elementary School since 1970. Mr. Bickel felt that it was an excellent job opportunity because it was located in a small, wonderful community.


Mr. Bickel loves the students and the staff of CES. He loves the different personalities of all the students. He appreciates their humor and all the different things that they have to say. Mr. Bickel also enjoys working with so many dedicated staff members who all have the best interest of the kids at heart.


Mr. Bickel loves wood working, gardening, and the outdoors. He loves meat and potatoes and his favorite color is blue. Mr. Bickel would love to visit Switzerland to learn more about their culture.

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Appendix B Changes-January 2022

Based on the latest guidance documents from the CDPH, and in consultation with Plumas County Public Health, we have updated Appendix B in regards to our COVID protocols. We have followed the convention of strikethrough for deleted content, and Red lettering to denote newly added content.


https://www.pcoe.k12.ca.us/apps/pages/AppendixBHealthSafetyProtocols


The most significant changes involve quarantine and isolation periods under various conditions, and can be found in Sections 7.2, 7.7a, 7.7b, and 7.9. These sections can be used when determining isolation (positive test) and quarantine (close contact) periods.


Antigen testing plays a large role in shortening both isolation and quarantine under this new guidance.


The source documents include the updated 1-12-22 CDPH Guidance for K-12 schools, the CDPH Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine for the general public, which is adopted by reference under some circumstances in the K-12 guidance document, and the Group Tracing Approach to Students Exposed to COVID-19 in a K-12 Setting document, which describes in-school quarantine under certain conditions.


It is the hope that the implementation of these new strategies will reduce the number of students excluded.

Volunteers on Campus

Volunteers on campus

CES values our volunteers who help us so much. This year, in addition to the paperwork that volunteers complete we will be requiring

  • proof of vaccination

  • Or a weekly Covid test

  • and be fingerprinted (this can be done at the District Office in Quincy)


You are considered a volunteer if you come in consistently to assist at school in your child’s class. Field Trip drivers or parents that help for one event are not considered volunteers in this circumstance.


Testing will occur on campus once a week starting in early October but one can get a test result from anywhere convenient. The “quick test” AKA antigen will be the test provided at the school. At this time, over the counter tests will not be accepted.