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Hello 2021!

Alexander Families,

Welcome to 2021! We deeply hope that this new year is filled with joy and happiness. We are thankful that you and your child(ren) are part of the Alexander Panthers community, and we cannot wait to begin this new year together on Monday, January 4.


Please remember that all COVID-19 positive cases for Denton ISD students and staff must be reported to the campus. Additionally, if your child(ren) have had direct exposure to a COVID-19 positive case, this also needs to be reported. Between December, 19-January 3, if your child receives a confirmed positive lab test for COVID-19, please email Lindsay Henderson at lhenderson@dentonisd.org.


Face-to-Face learning and Connected Learning will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021. Tardy Bell rings at 7:40am and dismissal is at 3:05pm.


Positive COVID-19 cases and/or reports of exposure to COVID-19 positive cases will be reported to the school nurse, Marisol Zapata, beginning again on Monday, January 4, 2021.


Below are the Denton ISD protocols for individuals returning to school after a positive case:

Any teacher, staff member, or student who experiences any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) should self-isolate until the below conditions have been met.

  • In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school/program when all three of the following criteria are met:

    • at least 24 hours have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications); and

    • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

    • at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared; or

  • In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and does not get evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19"

  • the individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to work until the individual has completed the same three-step criteria listed above; or

  • If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above self-isolation period,

    • (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or

    • (b) obtain a negative molecular (PCR) test.

COVID-19 Symptoms for Screening:

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Chills

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Diarrhea

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Known close contact with a person who is test confirmed to have COVID-19

Students who need to isolate will continue to learn remotely from home if they are well enough to learn remotely. If a device or wifi hotspot is needed, please contact our Front Office- 940-369-3500 to request these items.


Don't forget those face masks and we will see everyone on Monday!


All my best,


Lindsay Henderson

Principal

Alice Moore Alexander Elementary

lhenderson@dentonisd.org

940-369-3501


Jan. 4-8

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Coming up at Alexander...

Upcoming Important Dates:

January:

  • 15- Last day of the 2nd 9-Weeks
  • 18- Holiday- Staff & Students
  • 19- PLC Day- Student Holiday
  • 20- 2nd 9-Weeks Report Cards distributed in HAC
  • 20- 3rd 9-Weeks grading period begins

Campus Reminders!

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications

Free & Reduced Lunch Video - English

Our goal is to give our students the best opportunities to succeed, and the Free & Reduced Lunch application is one small tool in helping us meet this goal! Please click link to view a short video regarding applications.

Free & Reduced Lunch Video - Spanish

Nuestro objetivo es darles a nuestros estudiantes las mejores oportunidades para tener éxito, y la aplicación de almuerzo gratis y reducido es una pequeña herramienta para ayudarnos a alcanzar este objetivo. Haga clic en el enlace para ver un video.

Free & Reduced Lunch Application

You can find the application on Denton ISD's Child Nutrition page. Puede encontrar la solicitud en la página de Nutrición Infantil de Denton ISD.

Car Line Reminders

Just a friendly reminder - in order for your child's number to be called, you must have your car tag! If you don’t have a car tag, please notify the front office to receive one. This helps with communicating with office staff and classroom teachers when students' cars are here to pick them up. Thank you for being courteous and kind to our teachers and staff working the car line- we aim to be efficient yet safe in getting all students to their cars when they arrive. Thank you!

Reading and Writing Workshop for Parents

The educators at Teachers College has created free videos for families to assist you in your child's literacy. These resources include:


Family Videos

These family videos help you support your child with their reading and writing. Some of these videos show you games to play at home while others help you support phonics, avid reading, writing, study skills, research, vocabulary, or abstract thinking. You can access these collections via our YouTube Channel or the following links: Pr-K-2nd Grade, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-9.


Book Collections

Want help finding some books your child will love to read? We’ve curated book collections of all-time and brand-new favorites, designed to hook readers young and old. Find these collections here.


Office Hours for Parents and Caregivers: Ask a Literacy Expert

Have questions about your child’s reading or writing? Talk over Zoom with Lucy Calkins and experienced educators. These office hours are free and open to all, on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Registration information is found here.


Grade Levels:

-Pre-K-2 Families: Wednesdays 8-9 PM EST
Dates: December 16, January 6, January 13, January 20 (with more to come!)

-3-9 Families: Thursdays 8-9 PM EST
Dates: December 17, January 7, January 14, January 21 (with more to come!)

You might…

  • Check in about your child’s literacy development.
  • Ask what you can do (and should not do) to support your child at home with particular literacy issues, or in general as reader and writer.
  • Inquire about what to expect across developmental stages in reading, writing or language acquisition, early to later years.

Parent and Caregiver Workshop Days (free, synchronous, virtual)

If you’d like to learn more about ways to support your child’s literacy education at home, or learn more about what or how they are learning in school, consider attending part or all of our virtual workshop days for parents. These free days are typically about 3 hours, composed of a series of 15-minute small-group presentations. Parents and caregivers can choose the workshops that match their needs and are invited to come for one workshop or many. These sessions are not recorded; the days are live. Registration information will be posted here.


Upcoming date: Thursday, January 28, 1-3 PM EST.

COVID Testing for Students

If your child is tested for COVID-19, parents contact the School Nurse, Marisol Zapata- 940-369-3506. Students may not return to the building until COVID -19 test results have been communicated to the School Nurse and clearance has been given to return.


Students will learn remotely during their time at home to ensure students have access to learning.


If there is a COVID-19 positive case living in your child's household, students will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Report all COVID-19 positive case in Alexander students' homes to the Front Office 940-369-3500 or the School Nurse- ext. 3506.

COVID-19 Screening for Students

Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their student to school:

  1. Fever or chills

  2. Cough

  3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  4. Fatigue

  5. Muscle or body aches

  6. Headache

  7. New loss of taste or smell

  8. Sore throat

  9. Congestion or runny nose

  10. Nausea or vomiting

  11. Diarrhea


  • Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are test-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met: In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:

i. at least 24 hours have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

ii. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

iii. at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.


  • In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above.


  • If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either:

(a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or

(b) obtain a negative molecular (PCR) test.


Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document) or is test-confirmed with COVID-19, and instead should transition to remote instruction until the below conditions for re-entry are met.

  • If a student has had close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed with COVID-19 they should participate in remote instruction until the 14-day incubation period has passed. The 14 day quarantine does not begin until the first day after close contact with the positive individual.

  • Teachers will monitor students and refer to the nurse if symptoms are present.

Very Important!!! ATTENDANCE INFORMATION!!!

VERY, VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ATTENDANCE!


If your child is ABSENT from Face-to-Face school one day, or your child is participating in Connected Learning/Remote Instruction, your child will be counted PRESENT if one of the following actions take place the same-day:


  1. Student demonstrates daily progress and participation in SeeSaw.
  2. Student participates synchronously with the teacher via Zoom/Microsoft Teams.
  3. Student Completes/Submits an assignment to the teacher online via SeeSaw.


Also Important!

Students enrolled in Connected Learning must meet the required Synchronous (live) instructional minutes and complete all asynchronous learning assigned by teachers everyday. Connected Learning is just like a normal day at school, students need to begin learning at 7:40am and attend all Zoom, Teams, etc meetings with the teacher.


  • Students not engaged in the required learning (synchronous or asynchronous) may be considered Partial Day Absence and Parent-Teacher-Administrator meetings will begin to be scheduled.



We are all working together to ensure all students master the grade level essential standards and curriculum. Thank you for helping our Connected Learners meet the instructional minutes requirements.


If you would like your child to switch back to Face-to-Face learning, we will be happy to make that change happen as soon as possible. Please contact the Front Office or your child's teacher. Thank you!

Attendance Notes

Our Attendance webpage is updated for our new District Absence Note. This link will be located in the center of each campus website on the square that says Absences (see below).


An autoreply has been added to the email for attendance notes. Parents will receive the following autoreply message each time they send an email to our campus email for attendance notes:

Denton ISD is no longer using campus email accounts to submit absence notes. Please click on the link below to submit an absence note for your student.

https://forms.dentonisd.org/Forms/absence-note

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Panther Paw News YouTube Channel

Each Wednesday and Friday, we will share video announcements, our Panther Paw News, to help connect our learners at home to school!


Subscribe to our Panther Paw News channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRv6m_ksNErQGgMopc2FC6A

Panther Paw News - 12/11/20

Face-to-Face Panthers Reminders...

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Running low on Face Masks....

Panthers, please bring your mask to school EVERYDAY! Our campus is running low on child-size masks. Children need to bring their masks back, especially if they are given one at school.


Thank you for helping keep everyone safe and healthy!

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Important Links for Parents:

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