Pinewood Weekly Newsletter
October 2, 2020
Message from the Principal - A Focus on Safety and Wellness
As we welcome students on campus starting next Tuesday, you will experience several procedural changes. Please know that we have worked hard in the past weeks to adapt our routines to align with the California Department of Public Health guidelines (this document is attached in this week's newsletter).
Perhaps the biggest change to our procedures is the arrival and dismissal routine. Going forward, we will be using a curbside drop-off and pickup process. Rest assure my staff and I will guide students that are dropped off in front of the school to get directly to class. Parents may no longer park and walk their child onto the campus.
While we are accustomed to welcoming all visitors and volunteers on campus, at this time we need to avoid having additional people at Pinewood. In the event that you need to come on site, we request that you come directly to the office and we will help you.
We hope that this week's newsletter answers any questions you may have. As always if you need clarification or more assistance, please reach out to our school office or email me directly.
Looking forward to seeing many of you next Tuesday!
Principal, Pinewood Elementary School
Hybrid Daily Schedule
Mondays. Asynchronous/At home learning Tuesday - Friday: In person Cohorts
Cohort A MORNING
- Student Drop off - 8:00 - 8:15 am *
- Instructional Block (with a 10 minute grade level break) - 8:15 -10:55 am
- Bus Rider Dismissal and Loading - 10:55 -11:00 am
- Parent Pick up - 11:00 am
Cohort B AFTERNOON
- Student Drop off - 11:35 - 11:50 am*
- Instructional Block (with a 10 minute grade level break) - 11:50 am - 2:30 pm
- Bus Rider Dismissal and Loading - 2:30 - 2:35 pm
- Parent Pick-Up - 2:35
* Please do not drop off your student before the stipulated drop-off time. Students need to wait in their vehicle until greeted and cleared by a staff member.
Because the Pinewood water fountains will be closed when we start our hybrid schedule, we ask that students bring their own water bottles labeled with their names.
Please send your child to school with a mask or cloth face covering labeled with their name. Transitional Kindergarten through second grade students are STRONGLY encouraged to wear a face covering. This is required for our students in third and fourth grade. All students must wear masks while riding on the bus. We also thank all adults for adhering to this safety guideline when on campus
Grab and Go Meals
Please make sure your child eats before coming to school because we will not have formal eating times during their shortened hours at school. As they leave campus for the day, ALL students will be offered a grab-and-go snack and lunch at no cost. It is important to know that some of these meals will be served frozen and will require heating once kids are at home. For our students enrolled in Boys and Girls Club and extended day, the food will be ready to eat.
Grab and Go Meals
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Departure - All students being picked up will be walked by teachers to the front of the school after the busses have loaded and are departing the site. Kindergarten students and their siblings will be picked up in the red zone near the flagpole at the front of the school. First and second grade students along with any of their older siblings will be in the Yellow zone by the playground. These students will be at the inside fence line and a supervising adult will announce when their car is curbside. Finally any 3rd and 4th graders will be in the blue zone located between the school kitchen and district maintenance building. Again any family with more than one Pinewood students should go to the zone of their youngest child. Look for colored signs to guide you. Please drive very slowly and be mindful of cars pulling away from the curb to exit.