Dear Loveland Families,
Welcome to the start of the 2020-21 school year. I am so excited to have the students back at Loveland filling the classrooms and hallways with energy and enthusiasm for learning, new friendships, and fun.
I spent my spring and summer catching up on the many things I have put off for years. My favorite memory was teaching my 75 year old mother how to schedule and create Google Hangouts for our family. I have since been told by my older sister and brother, we need to have a family discussion before we teach our mom and dad new technology. Needless to say we spent lots of quality family time over the computer this summer.
Each new school year brings with it the promise of what is before us and this school year will be unlike any other we have ever experienced. Opportunities will present themselves for our school community to grow closer together than ever before. The global pandemic affecting this school year will require a very strong partnership between families, extended families, caregivers, and the entire Loveland staff. We have a large task ahead of us but I could not pick a better school community to partner with as we navigate through these unprecedented times.
Aug. 18 First day of School 8:30 am (first bell rings at 8:20 am)
Sept. 7 Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
Sept. 21 Professional Learning - NO SCHOOL
Health and Safety
The health and safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. In using guidance from health officials throughout the metro and beyond, as well as District Guidelines and Policies, listed are measures we have developed in order to provide a safe and healthy educational environment for our Loveland students and staff. To view Westside’s full pandemic plan, including the information below, please go to our district website. More information, expectations and procedures will occur throughout each classroom in Loveland upon our return to school. As guidelines change, communication will be made from the District and/or the school.
Masks - Masks will be required. There will be mask breaks taken throughout the day. Masks will be required upon arrival and dismissal of the school day.
Social Distancing - With the wearing of masks, students and staff will maintain social distancing in the hallways and classroom seating between 3’-6’ of separation.
Hand Washing & Sanitizing - Hand washing and sanitizing procedures will be taught throughout the building and will occur frequently throughout the day. Classrooms will have hand sanitizer for students and staff to use.
Plexiglass - Plexiglass will be used throughout Loveland most specifically in the office area, tables in the classroom, and the Art and Library classrooms.
Lunchroom - Students will eat lunch in the lunchroom with social distancing measures.
Specials - Specials will occur with Music and P.E. being held inside the gym or outside for instructional purposes. The gymnasium provides space great enough to provide social distancing in these two disciplines. Art and Library will travel to the classrooms.
Student Supplies - Students will use individual supplies, textbooks and resources. Items will not be shared among the community in the classroom as well as in specials.
Water Bottles - Students should bring their own water bottles that are clearly labeled with their name. Touchless hydration stations will be installed in the upcoming weeks.
New Staff at Loveland
Please welcome our new staff members to Loveland. They are excited to get started and look forward to being part of our Loveland school community.
Ms. Megan Thompson- EY Teacher
Ms. Ariel Shearer - Art Teacher
Art, Music, Library, and PE
As part of the District Pandemic Plan and to support our learners in school and at home, Art, Music, Library and PE have adjusted schedules.
*30 minute specials daily
*Two week rotation of specials~ PE/Library will be at Loveland for 10 days, then Art/Music will be at Loveland for 10 days.
Due to restriction of visitors to the building, please feel free to send school supplies over a couple of days if it is too much to carry. Please make sure to bring a water bottle to school on the first day. We understand this list is long, thank you for purchasing what you can during this time.
Extended Learning Campus Supply List
Highlighted items on the supply list are recommended items for all extended learning campus students.
Extended Learning Campus Student Material Pick-Up
For students who opted into the Extended Learning Campus, iPad, materials, and mask pick-up will be available on August 17th or 19th. Your classroom teacher will contact student families during the week of August 10th to determine day and time for pick-up.
Interim Restrictions for Visitors
Virtual Sneak-A-Peek Nights
Sneak-A-Peek Nights at all Westside elementary schools will be VIRTUAL for the 2020/2021 school year.
On August 14th, we will send you a web link to access the video shared by your child's classroom teacher, art, music, library, physical education teacher, and building administration. The videos will contain information about the classroom teachers, what they are excited about for the new school year, and a tour of the classroom.
With parents and students not being allowed to gather during the first day of school, we are providing a photo opportunity to start the 2020-2021 school year. On Friday, August 14th, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, we will have balloons next to the Loveland Elementary sign along Ridgewood Avenue. Please feel free to come to school during this time to snap a photo of your student in lieu of a first day of school photo. This will allow proper social distancing at a time that is conducive to the health and safety of our students, families, and staff. As a reminder, there will be no access to the building the first day of school.
Returning Student Registration
All returning students must have their information updated so we have current contact information on file. Starting August 3rd the returning student registration will open for the 2020-2021 school year. Please complete your returning student registration as soon as possible.
How do I get started?
Login to your parent PowerSchool account at ps.westside66.org. Click on the Returning Student Registration button. Remember that the registration must be completed for each returning Westside student in your home. Once you're finished, your child will be registered for the 2020-2021 school year.
What if I forgot my PowerSchool account login information?
You can reset your password using the “Forgot Username or Password?” link on the login page (ps.westside66.org). Please be aware that the recovery email will be sent to the email address you used to create the account, which may not be your current email address. If you need further assistance please email email@example.com or call 402-390-2100.
Our school day begins at 8:30 am. Students may enter the building at 8:20 am. We will have supervision outside starting at 8:10 am. We ask that students not arrive before 8:10 am unless:
- Serving on Safety Patrol
- Working with a teacher
- Attending Club 66 Before & After Care program
Morning and Afternoon Drop-Off/Pick Up Procedures
Students may NOT be dropped off before 8:10 am. Students needing to be dropped off before 8:10 am, must enroll in the morning Club 66 Program. We ask all parents please stay in their cars and use the drop-off lane in the morning. The 6th grade safety patrol, Mrs. Streff, and Mrs. Sloup will be outside on Ridgewood Avenue helping children out of their cars and they will be keeping traffic moving safely. Please have your child get out on the passenger side of the car. Remember, we have these procedures in place to ensure the safety of all students.
Drop Off/Pick Up Tips
- When dropping off your child in the morning, pull forward as much as you are able to allow more than one car to drop off at the same time.
- Please DO NOT park in the handicap spaces unless you are entitled to do so by having a sticker or a placard visible.
- When picking up at the end of the day, stay in your car and pull forward as much as possible. Your child will then be permitted to enter your car with a teacher escort.
- Staff will be on duty before and after school to assist your child in any way.
- Vehicles should never be parked and left unattended.
Dismissal - One way south, 8:00 am-4:00 pm - Grades 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th
There are two lanes of moving traffic. All students waiting for rides will wait at the far end of Ridgewood Avenue (near the storm shelter). Teachers will be there to help get students into cars and on their way. We will also have staff helping with the traffic. We ask for your help and support, please be patient as you slowly approach the area for student pick up.
Loveland Drive - One way north, Grades K - 1st & siblings
Teachers will accompany all kindergarten and first grade students to Loveland Drive. All siblings will join them on loveland Drive. Parents are to drive through and wait for teachers to help students get into the cars. Parents, we ask that you do not park on both sides of Loveland Drive or in private driveways, and that you never leave your car unattended to walk down to the playground.
* Please do not enter the parking lot for drop off. At 8:10 am cones are put across the entrance to block traffic from entering. This allows staff to find a parking place and keeps the parking lot safe from moving traffic.
2020-2021 Meal Prices
Daily Hot lunch - $2.50
Reduced Lunch - $.40
Breakfast - $1.60
Reduced Breakfast - $.30
2020-21 Breakfast and Lunch Update
Grab and Go Breakfast will be available at 8:15 am each morning in the cafeteria.
Free/Reduced Applications - Applications for free/reduced meals must be completed every year regardless of whether you qualified in the past. Forms are available on-line now and anytime at wcsapplyforfreelunch.heartlandapps.com .
Check out Westside Community Schools Online Lunch Menu!
Each day begins by taking attendance. For students who are assigned to attend school in-person, student attendance will be taken per traditional methods. It is very important that students be in their classrooms by 8:30 am so they are not missed during this procedure. Students learning off-campus/at home as part of “extended campus” will have attendance taken during different learning blocks throughout the day.
The school secretary will call the home or work of parents who have not called in and reported their child's absence. Please help us with this by calling the office at 402-390-6455 by 8:30 am when your student is not coming to school or will be late for school. Safety is our focus in making this request.
Students coming in after 8:30 am or after attendance is taken in the afternoon must come to the office and sign in. Students coming or going during the day for appointments, illness, etc., must also sign out through the office.
- Your child will be absent from school for any reason
- Your child will be late for school.
Often times parents will email or tell the teacher when their child/children will be absent, however, the office needs to know as well. We would appreciate your help with this anytime you know your child will be out of school.
Also, please let the office know if you are going to be out of town and someone else will be taking care of your child/children. In the case of an emergency, we don't want to waste precious time trying to get in touch with someone who is not available.
Incoming kindergarten students will come to school during the week of August 18th according to the Kindergarten Group 1 or 2 Letter that was sent to families. Please come to school on the days you were assigned according to the letter:
Group 1: August 18-19
Group 2: August 20-21
The Yellow Plan will begin for kindergarten students the week of August 24th. If you have questions or need a reminder if your kindergarten student is in Group 1 or Group 2, please call the office at 402-390-6455.
Outdoor Education is a time honored tradition for 6th graders in the Westside Community Schools. The experience at Platte River State Platte traditionally takes place in the fall during the sixth grade year. Due to an abundance of caution, Outdoor Education will be postponed and moved to the spring of 2021. The District will continue to evaluate and to receive recommendations from local experts as the year progresses towards spring as we want Outdoor Education to be a positive, safe and healthy experience for all sixth graders and our staff.
- All medication must be brought to school and taken home from school by a parent. It must be in the original container, labeled with the child's name, date prescribed, name of medication, directions for use, dosage information and the time the medication is to be given.
- Cough drops and any over-the counter medication must be in the original box/package, and a Medication Authorization form must be filled out. These medications are kept in the health office.
- Scrapes and cuts are washed and bandaged, if needed. We do not and cannot use any ointment or cleaning product on an individual. If an injury is severe or questionable, a parent will be contacted.
- All medication, including cough drops, must be picked up by a parent at the end of the duration. We will not send any medication home with a child.
Flip-Flops and Recess/Gym A Dangerous Combination!
Use of Telephone and Cell Phone Procedures
If cell phones are brought to school, they are to be kept in backpacks with ringers turned off during the school day. They may only be used by students outside of the school building prior to 8:20 am or after 3:30 pm dismissal. If the need arises, school phones are always available.
After School Plans
Please remember after school plans should be made in the morning. Students are expected to go directly home and be off school grounds by 3:45 pm. Students going home with another child after school should make plans ahead of time.
Please remember to notify the school if there is an unexpected change of after school plans for your child. If you know in the morning, a note to the teacher is always appreciated. We appreciate your cooperation in making sure your child is safe.
- Inform the teacher you would like to receive progress reports (this may be electronic), conference schedules (when appropriate), and notices about school activities.
- Attend parent/teacher conferences to show your child that both parents are behind him/her - acting as a team.
- Provide your child with a special folder to save school papers for you. That way, you'll see your child's finished work as well as the teacher's comments.
Please Keep us Informed
- A change in your phone number or address at home or work.
- You have a separation or divorce, or an addition or death in the family
- If your child is being picked up by someone other than usual.
- If your child is going to the doctor or dentist
- Any other change in routine
The school needs a yearly update of any legal documentation concerning your child. This might include restraining orders or custody changes, for example. Lastly, please inform the school if parents are not living together, and if both would like any mailings from the school.
Annual AHERA Notice
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA) requires each public school district to annually notify parents, staff, and employee groups of its asbestos management plans. A management plan is in place for Loveland and is available for review either at the school building or at the Westside Service Center, 9437 J St. Omaha, NE.
This school building was originally inspected in the1980’s and re-inspected by a certified inspector every three years thereafter. The three-year re-inspection and a ceiling tile inspection was conducted in 2019, and periodic surveillance will be conducted as required. No abatement activities are currently in progress or scheduled for the 2020-2021 school year at this building.
The Designated Person responsible for managing the District’s AHERA compliance and the contact person for questions or to review a management plan is the Director of Facilities, Russ Olsen (402) 390-8331.