Stephen Decatur Re-entry Plan
Family Edition July 24, 2020
A Message from the Principal
I hope everyone is well. I know the frequent updates and changes can be frustrating. I appreciate the patience you have all shown as we all work together to do what is best for students. Dr. Prusiecki, our Superintendent, updated the district's plan to ensure we are all following the guidelines announced by Mayor Hogsett and the Marion County Health Department. You can find the district's plan at www.decaturproud.org.
The changes that affect elementary students at Stephen Decatur follow:
1. The first day of school is now August 6th.
2. You may change to remote learning or back to in-person learning until July 29th.
2. All students riding the bus must continue to wear a mask.
3. Students in grades three through six must wear a mask.
4. It is highly recommended that students in first and second grade wear masks.
5. All Meet The Teacher Nights will be virtual.
Please remember that at this time, masks are required on the bus and at school. Students will wear the masks when social distancing is not possible. Write your student's name on the mask with marker. If you can send two masks, please do. The extra should be in a sealed baggie. The second mask will only be used if they lose or soil the one they are wearing.
If you would like to opt out of bus transportation this year, please contact the school so we can cancel the bus and add your child to the car rider list. Also, it is very important to update your numbers and any emergency contact numbers in Skyward. Miss Craig, our secretary, would also be happy to update numbers for you. Give her a call for all of your student information and registration needs. Feel free to contact the office at 317-241-0183 with any other questions or concerns.
I continue to be Decatur Proud of our community!
Mrs. Jennifer Pearson
Online registration is available now. You can register from the comfort and safety of home. If you have any trouble or questions while registering, please call the school office at 317-241-0183 between the hours of 8:00 and 3:00.
-If you are choosing our COVID-19 E-learning, you must go into Skyward and make that selection on the form, even if you have already registered for school. The deadline for this selection is July 29th.
Pre-screening for symptoms
Parents, please screen your children for symptoms prior to the school day. If they are sick, please keep them home. Attendance guidelines are flexible this year. Please look for the following symptoms and keep students home that display any of the following:
Fever at or above 100 degrees
Congestion or runny nose
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Nausea and vomiting
Muscle pain or fatigue
New loss of taste or smell
If you thy are in close contact with any symptomatic person within the last two weeks
Car Rider Line
To accommodate more car riders, the line will change. Cars will enter at the entrance located closest to the intersection of Foltz and Mooresville. They will then wrap through the front entrance to the traditional car rider line and follow previous procedures. There will be staff to assist with this intersection.
Visitors are prohibited from entering the building this year. Parents and others will not be able to eat lunch with students or volunteer in classrooms. Field trips and guest speakers are cancelled this year. Convocations and celebrations will be virtual.
When dropping off a student after 7:55, use the front door, Door 2. Only the child will enter the building. To pick up a child, parents will need ID to show at the door for verification. Students will then be released to the parent. Please call ahead if/when you will need to pick up your child before dismissal. If additional information is needed by the parent, the parent may call in to the front office or use the speaker option to share this information.
Parents will need to make appointments to turn in medication at the school. You can do that by calling 317-241-0183 and asking for the nurse.
There will be two areas in our clinic, one for well children and one for sick or symptomatic children.
If a child is symptomatic, the teacher must call the nurse, the nurse will come to the student, the student will not be sent to the nurse’s office.
Both the nurse and the student must have their masks on for all check-ups.
If a student has a temperature of 100 or more they will be sent home. Only the nurse can take temperatures and use the thermometer.
It is important for families to have established contacts who are able to pick up students within 30 minutes during the school day.
Children that are determined to go home will stay in the sick area of the clinic until they are picked up.
Other major injuries or illnesses will be addressed by the nurse. (Examples: Illnesses that occur at school, injuries that occur at school, emergency response, immunization compliance, and communicable disease assessment)
Teachers will be provided with a bag of bandages, tooth carriers, etc. Students with minor scrapes, clothing issues, restroom visits, minor headaches lasting less than 20 minutes, minor stomach ache/nausea splinters, paper cuts, picked scabs, or loose/lost teeth will not go to the clinic.
Medication will be administered through the clinic but children will have to knock on the locked door and wait on the bench to be seen.
In order to practice social distancing as best as possible, transitions will look differently this school year. Students will move through the school in a counterclockwise direction for all transitions. During transitions, masks will be worn and a 6 ft. distance will be maintained as much as possible. Fifth and sixth grade teachers will switch to teach their classes, students will not rotate.
Students will be able to use the recess equipment. It will be disinfected after each group plays. Games and interactions will take place on the blacktop or other available areas outside. All games and activities at recess will not include touching or using equipment with their hands. Mask will be worn when social distancing is not possible.
Special Area Classes
Specials classes will look differently this school year. Please see the following changes:
STEAM: Students will sit at tables with only two students at a table. Art supplies will be cleaned between classes and not shared when possible. Tables and chairs will be cleaned after each class.
PE: Class will take place outside as much as possible. If not possible, class will take place in the gym. Activities will include dance, exercise videos, and activities that do not require sharing equipment. Equipment will be disinfected after each use.
Music: Students will be seated in chair spaced 6 feet apart. The teacher will have a portable plexiglass barrier. Students will continue to wear masks while singing. If any music equipment is used, it will be cleaned after each class along with the chairs. Recorders will not be used at this time.
Media: Class will continue to take place in the library while students socially distance from one another. Students will not be checking out books at this time. Students will use MyON as a replacement for checking out books and will complete digital literacy lessons.