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Letter from the Principal

Dear Lions Park Families,


I hope your child(ren) had a wonderful week! It was a pleasure to welcome so many parents and guardians in person and/or on Zoom. We look forward to working with you during this year in support of your child.


We will be having our safety week next week. As part of safety week, we practice evacuation (Monday and Tuesday), hard lock down (Wednesday), bus evacuation (Thursday), shelter-in-place (Friday) procedures. A new state law requires schools to give parents an opportunity to opt out of the hard lock down drill. If you prefer that your child does not participate, please email me. When I announce this drill the morning we will have it, I share with students that we would use this procedure to keep everyone safe if there is something dangerous in the hallway. I do not go into any detail about specific scenarios that would require us to enact a hard lock down. I share that it is essential to listen to the directives of the staff in this and all emergencies. If you have any questions, please reach out to me.


We really need your assistance with safe drop off and pick up. Please view this document and the video below for details. Also, please be aware that it is illegal to use a cell phone in a school zone. In addition to it being illegal, we want to ensure every driver near our school is focused and aware. Children do not always move in predictable and safe ways, so drivers need to be aware of their surroundings.


If you haven't already done so, please watch this video shared on Tuesday as part of our Back to School night.


Warmly,

Katie Kelly

Principal

Lions Park School

DATES TO REMEMBER

Monday, September 6 - NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

Tuesday, September 7 - NO SCHOOL, Non-Attendance

Accessing Instruction When Quarantining at Home

We want to provide families with important reminders about our health and safety protocols, as well as information regarding accessing remote instruction when quarantining at home.

  • It is important to continue to monitor your child’s health and the onset of symptoms. If your child is sick (fever (100.0°F or higher), headache, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue, muscle or body aches), please keep your child home and notify your child’s school.

  • If anyone is experiencing COVID-like symptoms (noted above) in your home, please keep your child home until it is confirmed that the family member does not have COVID-19. Contact your child’s school if you have questions.

In the event that a student needs to quarantine, students will have access to remote instruction. (Please note that this is different from students who receive concurrent instruction within our Remote Education Program.) This only applies to students who need to be quarantined for COVID-19 purposes and are feeling well enough to participate.



After the school is notified, it may take up to 24 hours from notification, excluding weekends, to set up the classroom to allow for remote instruction. Teachers will notify families if materials are needed for pick-up and will share when those will be available. Remote instruction during quarantining will provide students with a window into the classroom. This is an opportunity for the student to observe and follow along with the lessons occurring in the classroom long-distance and an opportunity for the student to stay connected with school. Students/Families will receive a Zoom link through Google Classroom for the student to be able to see and/or hear the day’s lessons. Student participation in the lessons and feedback from the teacher will be limited during this time. If students are experiencing symptoms and they do not feel well, please call in your child’s absence. Your child’s teacher will support your child when he/she returns to school. Access to remote instruction is not available for students who are taking any other type of sick day, missed the bus, vacation, woke up late etc.

TRANSPORTATION

Throughout the year buses may be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g., vehicular congestion; train traffic, weather, mechanical issues, etc.). The district has been using Bus Bulletin for several years now and is confident that this online notification system is the best way to inform parents should the need arise. For more information about Bus Bulletin, see the flyer below and sign up at www.BusBulletin.com/parents.