From the Principal's Pen

September 17, 2020

REMINDER: School Closed Tomorrow - Friday, September 18th

Rosh Hashanah begins tomorrow, Friday, September 18th. We wish all of our families who celebrate a very Happy New Year! L'Shanah Tovah!
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This message is intended to clarify our district expectations and procedures with respect to monitoring your child’s health. As the weather changes and we experience various physical symptoms of the Fall season, it is important that every member of the school community is responsible for doing their part to prevent the spread of viruses. To that end, please adhere to the following:


  • Prior to each school day, you need to review the GPS Self Checklist for your child. If your child has ANY of these symptoms, they MUST stay home.

  • If the symptoms are identified as “low level” (headache, congestion, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, muscle or body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) a student can return to school 24 hours after being symptom-free, so long as they have had no known exposure to COVID-19.

  • If your child has multiple low-level symptoms or a single higher-level symptom (fever over 100.3, loss of smell or taste, chills, cough, difficulty breathing), they MUST see a doctor to get tested or receive an alternate diagnosis. If they test negative, or the doctor offers an alternate diagnosis, they may return to school once they have passed 24 hours without a fever and the symptoms have improved. If they test positive, they can return to school after 24 hours without a fever and symptoms improved AND approval of the local health department (typically 10 - 14 days). They will also need approval from their primary care provider in the form of a written note submitted to the school nurse.

  • In the event you are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with that person, with or without symptoms. If symptoms develop you will need to obtain a COVID test and follow instructions for a negative or positive test as explained in the points above, but must complete the quarantine period.

  • If you happen to travel to a state on the travel advisory list or to a CDC identified ‘level three’ country, plan to quarantine for 14 days upon your return.


Thank you all for your help in keeping everyone in our JC community healthy!



Buenas Tardes Familias de Julian Curtiss,


El proposito de este mensaje es para aclarar las expectativas y los procedimientos de nuestro distrito con respecto al control de la salud de su hijo. A medida que cambia el clima y experimentamos varios síntomas físicos de la temporada de otoño, es importante que cada miembro de la comunidad escolar sea responsable de hacer su parte para prevenir la propagación de virus. Por esta razón, por favor cumpla con lo siguiente:


  • Antes de enviar a su hijo a la escuela, debe revisar la Lista de Verificación para COVID-19. Si su hijo/a tiene ALGUNO de estos síntomas, DEBE quedarse en casa. Estamos viendo niños en la enfermería con estos síntomas, y algunos afirman que los tenían antes de salir de casa por la mañana. Esto no puede pasar.

  • Si su hijo/a tiene un síntoma de bajo nivel (fatiga, congestión, secreción nasal, náuseas, vómitos, diarrea), puede regresar a la escuela 24 horas después de haber estado libre de síntomas, siempre y cuando no haya tenido una exposición conocida al COVID-19.

  • Si su hijo/a tiene varios síntomas de nivel bajo o un solo síntoma de nivel superior (fiebre superior a 100.3ºC, pérdida del olfato o del gusto, escalofríos, tos, dificultad para respirar), DEBE consultar a un médico para que le haga una prueba o reciba un diagnóstico alternativo. Si dan negativo o el médico ofrece un diagnóstico alternativo, pueden regresar a la escuela una vez que hayan pasado 24 horas sin fiebre y los síntomas hayan mejorado. Si dan positivo, pueden regresar a la escuela después de 24 horas sin fiebre y los síntomas mejoraron Y la aprobación del departamento de salud local (normalmente de 10 a 14 días). También necesitarán la aprobación de su proveedor de atención primaria en forma de una nota escrita enviada a la enfermera de la escuela.

  • En caso de estar expuesto a alguien que haya dado positivo en la prueba de COVID-19, debe estar en cuarentena durante 14 días desde el último contacto con esa persona, con o sin síntomas. Si se presentan síntomas, deberá obtener una prueba de COVID y seguir las instrucciones para una prueba negativa o positiva como se explica en los puntos anteriores, pero debe completar el período de cuarentena.

  • Si viaja a un estado que aparece en la lista de avisos de viaje oa un país identificado por los CDC como de "nivel tres", planifique la cuarentena durante 14 días a su regreso.


¡Gracias a todos por su ayuda para mantener saludables a todos en nuestra comunidad de JC!

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Arrival and Dismissal

Many thanks to the JC community for adhering to our rules and being safe during arrival and drop off. The procedures are working out much better. Please remember:


  • It is best to enter from the Milbank circle in the morning and drive up and around the loop at arrival.

  • We are not permitting left-hand turns from the front circle. Cars will need to turn right and continue around the loop to exit.

  • If your child needs assistance to exit the car in the morning, please park legally and help your child out of the car in order to keep traffic moving.

After School Care

Family First: Family First will begin on Monday, September 21st. If your child attends the program, please add Family First to your child’s dismissal plan and make sure their teacher knows that is where they are going at the end of the day.


Eagle's Nest: There are 3 remaining full-tuition spaces in the Eagle's Nest aftercare program. All scholarships have been allocated. Please email Mrs. Brush at brenda_brush@greenwich.k12.ct.us if you are interested.

School Meals

Please know that through the USDA Federal School Lunch Program every student is entitled to free breakfast and lunch up until December 31st. If you have added money to your child’s food account it will not be used until January.

District Mask Policy Reminder

Gaiters are not permitted to be used as masks at school. This information was included in our beginning of the year Smore newsletter. If your child is wearing a gaiter we will give him or her a child's mask and let them know. Click here for a link to our opening slide show that includes information about the mask policy on Slide 3.


The official district policy can be found by clicking here.

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Forgotten Items

There are too many items being dropped off after students are at school. Please do your best to help your child be prepared for their school day. The child’s iPad is essential and they should remember it each day. We will accept parents leaving those in the bin outside the front door. Parents do not need to drop off water bottles. We have cups in every classroom and we will make sure children can get water. They can also do without their blanket or towel for the day. Thanks for your cooperation!


Remote Learning Transfers

Per Dr. Jones, Elementary transfers in/out of the remote learning school will be reviewed weekly on Mondays at 3:00 pm. The goal is to "move" the students on the following Friday so they can start their "new" class on the following Monday. Any change can take up to two weeks to fully process.


Until you receive district notification that the move is "official" the student will remain enrolled in their current placement. If a student is scheduled for in-school instruction but does not attend in-school learning in the interim, they will be provided work at home as they would receive if out for illness.

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Picture Day - Tuesday, September 22nd

Picture Day will be Tuesday, September 22nd. This year we will be taking individual photos only. Forms were sent home today in your child's folder. Below is also a link with instructions to order your photos online!


Coffee Pond Online Ordering

Open House - Tuesday, September 29th

Open House will be virtual this year! Be on the lookout for more information coming soon!
From the Desk of Mrs. Brush

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Don't Forget to Show Your JC Spirit!

Each Friday, we show our Julian Curtiss School spirit by wearing our JC Spirit Wear or our school colors which are green and white. We would also love to see everyone come to the first day of school showing lots of JC Eagle pride!


If you are looking for some new Spirit Wear, families, staff, and teachers may order whatever they like. There are masks, stadium seats, blankets, and other fun accessories as well as clothing. You can customize the logos, colors, etc. (within select choices). There are no minimums. The company will produce and ship directly and Julian Curtiss will receive a 12% commission. Hopefully easy for all! Click below to see all of our fun, new JC Spirit Wear!


https://apparelnow.com/julian-curtiss-school-apparel

There is also limited inventory leftover which will be sold at the Kindergarten orientation on Tuesday, September 8th.

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