Charles Acton Leadership Academy
CALA Update for Parents!
Week of August 28, 2022
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Greetings Acton Parents & Families!
It's week 4 of the 9 weeks. Soon students in 1st through 4th grade will receive progress reports in Skyward. You will receive an alert when they are posted for you to review. Now is the best time to be sure you are partnering with your child's teacher to determine what at-home supports would make them most successful at school.
If your child arrives to school by car, they may unboard from the car as soon as you come to a stopping point. They do not need to wait for us to unload them. This helps our morning traffic flow quickly and smoothly.
**The person picking up your child/children should have the provided car tag containing the student's grade-level, name, and number with them for a speedy and smooth pick up. When the person does not have this, our process slows down. The additional seconds it takes to call a name instead of entering the number in our system, or stopping to check an ID turns into minutes for everyone working as waiting. Our dismissal is delayed. Please help us by having the appropriate car tag available and visible.
We are still gearing up to launch of our house system. If your child is new, they will be sorted into a house to help build community, leadership, and character. You will receive more information about this soon.
Thank you very much for your cooperation during our inclement weather this past week. Also, thank you for your continued cooperation with EVERYTHING as our enrollment continues to grow and we focus on strengthening foundational skills.
Please see all other updates below. I hope you have a restful weekend.
Charles Acton Leadership Academy
Dress should be free of holes, rips, and inappropriate images or messages.
- Shorts should cover all of the thigh and be near the knee
- Tights/bike shorts are not permitted
- Clothes with holes/rips where we can see the skin beneath
- Crocs are not appropriate for school. They are dangerous and make it much easier for students to trip and fall while running or using the stairs.
- Flip flops are not appropriate for school. They are dangerous and make it much easier for students to trip and fall while running or using the stairs.
- Skirts should cover all of the thigh and be near the knee
To ensure the safety of students and staff, parents/guardians will be encouraged to monitor their students for COVID-19 symptoms daily prior to sending them to school.
Parents/guardians are required to submit a “student self-reporting form” if their child is symptomatic or has been confirmed as being COVID-positive.
Campuses may choose to check student temperatures daily or periodically throughout the week as long as there are routine checks for symptoms.
I want my child to quarantine even though the nurse is not requiring it. Will they be counted absent?
Your child will be counted absent but their absences will be excused with a parent note.
Can students learn asynchronously if they are quarantined?
Asynchronous learning is not an option this year because the student does not receive attendance credit. Students will be counted absent when quarantined or out sick. They can work on schoolwork to not get behind if the teacher is willing to provide them with their assignments.
How would a nurse (in partnership with campus administration) decide whether to quarantine students?
in accordance with the time identified by the CDC Quarantine Calculator.
Can an at-home test be used to indicate whether a student is positive or negative with COVID-19?
At-home tests can’t be validated for accuracy or patient identity, therefore testing must be done at school or under the supervision of a medical professional.
Our PTA water bottle fundraiser has been extended through Friday, September 2nd! There is still time to get one of these fantastic bottles to stay refreshed and show school spirit!
Purchase your student a spirit shirt and hoodie. Store closes on September 12, 2022.
After the 4th week of school, many of the updates below will be removed to shorten the news and focus on key upcoming information.
The school building is opened for students at 7:30am and staff supervision begins at that time.
Breakfast is served 7:30-7:55am
Students arriving by car will be lined up at the front of the school.
PK3 & PK4 students will be dropped off in the back of the building and meet in the cafeteria.
Parents are NOT allowed to accompany students into the building.
PK3 & PK4 students will eat in the cafeteria with their teacher/para.
Kinder-4th grade will go to the cafeteria to eat breakfast then report straight to class.
Traffic Flow Procedures - Front:
Parents enter the drive from Wheatland then split into 2 lanes after the curve.
The center lane is to be used as a passing lane outside of arrival time.
Cones/barricades will distinguish the lanes.
Parents will exit by merging into one lane circling around the parking lot and back out the drive.
Traffic Flow Procedures - Back:
Parents will enter the back drive from the gate off Clark Road (behind Walmart) or through the side gate from the front drive.
Parents will drop off students, with the assistance of teachers, under the awning in the far right lane.
The left lane will be used as a passing lane for those leaving as well as those parking.
Parents will exit the drive through the Clark Road gate.
We ask that you follow all traffic signs and faculty directions. Please stay in your car and do not get out in the lane or other area unless you are parking in the parking lot and coming into the campus for an appointment. Students will only be permitted to cross the street at designated walkways. Please help us keep everyone safe.
During non-arrival and non-dismissal times parents and other non-district visitors may park in the front of the campus only using the designated pathway for driving. They may not park in the fire lane for any reason. Double parking is prohibited. Parking in the driving lane directly in front of the campus or any space not designated as the parking lot it strictly prohibited. No parent should be stationary for an extended period of time during arrival or dismissal unless they are waiting on their child. Non-Acton, Duncanville ISD employees may park in the parking lot of their choosing.
All students arriving late will use the main entrance see the clerk to document arrival time. Tardies affect leadership opportunities, recognition, and incentives. Please make every effort to drop off students on time daily. Parents will no longer need to enter the building to sign in students who are tardy. We have a new system in place and will notify you electronically of tardy concerns.
Dismissal Plan & Procedures
Kindergarten - 4th grade students are eligible to be bus riders.
Only 2nd-4th grade students are eligible to be a “walker.”
All car riders will be released from the designated exits.
PK3 = back awning
PK4, K, 1st= main doors (front drive of the building)
2nd, 3rd, 4th = side doors by the elevator (back drive of the building)
Sibling car riders will go to the youngest sibling’s dismissal location.
bus/daycare will dismiss form the cafeteria
walkers will leave out of the side facing the playground
Parents of PK3 students may walk up to the gym to pick up their PK3 child and siblings.
Parents of PK4 - 4th grade students should not walk up to the door to get students but should be in the drive with their car tag.
Please make only 1 lane when coming into the drive. You will only split in two lanes when you approach the gate. This helps everyone be served quickly and fairly.
Student walking to school will be directed to enter on the cafeteria side only.
The school building is open for students at 7:30 a.m. daily and staff supervision begins at that time. Students arriving by car will begin being checked in at 7:30 a.m. Cars will follow proper parking lot arrows and will be lined up at the front of the school. Students may unload on their own without needing to wait for us to come to the car. We ask that you be patient and courteous and follow all directions of the faculty assisting with arrival for the safety and security of everyone.
Parents are asked to wait at the bus stop in the morning and afternoon as often as possible to alleviate concerns at the bus stop.
If a student is unable to attend school, please contact the main office to e-mail a note regarding their absence within 3 days of their absence.
Lunch takes place on the campus only. No deliveries will be accepted during the school day. Parent lunch visits will be permitted once lunch time routines and procedures are running smoothly. I will provide more guidance about what this opportunity looks like over the next few weeks. If a student forgets their lunch, we will provide a lunch for them from the cafeteria. Since lunch is no longer free, there will be a cost for students needing their lunch replaced multiple times.
During lunch students will be seated 4-6 students to a table.
We believe recess in an integral part of student's social and emotional development and will therefore have recess daily. The playground equipment will be used with students sanitizing hands before and after use. Students will also participate in organized play time indoors so their brains and bodies get a break from the day during inclement hot/cold/wet weather.
During lunch students will be seated 4-6 students to a table.
Late Arrival/Early Departure/Appointments
Due to supervision and safety guidelines doors will not open before 7:30am. Early departures are not allowable after 2:45pm to allow everyone enough time to prepare for the dismissal transition.
If your child requires medical attention at school such as taking medicine, following an asthma plan, diabetes, or other health plan, please meet with the nurse to ensure we have this information and supplies on site. Please also inform your child's classroom teacher.
Every Friday is spirit day. All Duncanville Panthers are encouraged to wear spirit attire. If your child already has spirit attire we look forward to seeing them represent the district or our school. If they do not, The store link will be available soon.
Water fountains will be open for use. However, students are allowed to bring water bottles for hydrating throughout the day. If your child brings a water bottle, please label it with their name, The more unique the bottle that also includes the label the more likely students will bring their bottle back home. If students have similar bottles with no name and there is concern about the owner of the bottles, we will remove them and no one will be able to use the bottles in question. Disposable bottles left behind will be thrown away.
To ensure a safe environment and focus on instruction, parents will be permitted to complete the volunteer application and support during class time with the following: field trips, planned academic projects, planned academic/leadership/behavior incentive activities. Please sign up for orientation with our parent liaison and coordinate one of the above supports with your child's teacher. There may only be a few opportunities at the beginning of the year. The opportunities will definitely increase as the year progresses.
- ready-made party bags for the class. Students will not open the bags while at school. Therefore, all bags should be pre-filled with the items you choose, closed, and ready to take home. Any food items included in the bags should be pre-packaged/store bought only.
- cupcakes for the class. Store bought cupcakes are permitted to be dropped off for the class. They are allowed to be passed out by the teacher only during recess only. No parents/visitors are permitted during this time. Please check with the classroom teacher for the number of cupcakes to purchase. Dropping off cupcakes is an opportunity we are bringing back while navigating the pandemic. We have not had it for the past 2 years. I will keep an eye on it and determine if we need to make any changes to manage the spread of germs.
DAILY GRADE-LEVEL SCHEDULES
MAKE SURE YOUR SKYWARD ACCOUNT IS ACCURATE
- Stay up to date with everything happening on campus by having a working phone number and e-mail address on your child's account.
- Make sure all communication information is open to receive messages and not blocked. If it is blocked in any area, electronic communication will be blocked and unable to be received.
- Ensure that anyone you anticipate picking up your child during the year is listed on your child's Skyward account with their full name (as printed on their identification) and phone number.
- Please make sure that you respond to the photo/media release section. We take pictures and videos of things happening throughout the year and post them to our social media accounts. Be sure to let us know in Skyward if you do not want your child's image to be posted to our social media account.
FREE SCHOOL LUNCH FOR ALL WILL NOT CONTINUE IN NEW SCHOOL YEAR
If you are a parent who needs free or reduced lunch you may qualify under the new elegibity guidelines. New Income Eligibility Guidelines for Determining Free and Reduced-Price Benefits: INCOME GUIDELINES HERE
The 2022-23 meal application will be available on July 1, 2022. Complete the federal meal application in School Cafe.
La solicitud de comidas 2022-23 estara disponible despues del 11 de Julio de 2022. Complete la Solicitud de comida federal en School Cafe.