Werner Weekly

February 11, 2022

Coming Up

Stay up-to-date with the Werner School Calendar


  • Feb. 1-28- 5210+ Challenge
  • Feb. 16-Werner Dines Out-Chipotle, 2120 E. Harmony Road, 4-8 pm
  • Feb. 18- Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day
  • Feb. 21- No School, Staff Work Day
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FAQ-Mask Mandate Expires Feb. 12

With PSD' s recent announcement about the mask mandate expiring, here are some Frequently Asked Questions for more clarity. Please go the PSD 2021-22 Health and Safety site for the most up-to-date information. If you have any specific questions, please let us know.


Q: As a parent/guardian, I still want my child to wear a mask, what should I do?

A: That is your choice to make, as a parent/guardian. You do not need to notify your school or teacher but may choose to do so. PSD staff are not tracking who intends to wear a mask or not, once PSD’s mask requirement ends on Feb. 12.


Q: What about students, staff or family members who are immunocompromised?

A: We recognize that this change, due to ever-evolving community conditions, may prompt different feelings among members of our community. Although PSD’s mask mandate expires at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 11, students and staff members may choose to continue wearing a mask. Additionally, PSD health and safety protocols will continue. These include but are not limited to the cleaning and disinfecting of schools and classrooms; promotion of hand washing; and maximizing distance as much as possible. PSD will also continue contact tracing exposures in high-risk settings (such as athletics, band, choir), following health department guidance. Some students, including those with disabilities, may not be able to wear a mask or handle the mask independently due to their unique circumstances. Staff will work with these students to utilize face shields and/or social distancing. Staff will promote additional health and safety measures, utilize personal protective equipment, and collaborate on effective protocols to ensure the safety and health of these students and the staff. If it continues to be difficult for a student, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team meeting may be called to discuss appropriate accommodations, modifications, and changes to the IEP to ensure student/staff health and safety. More info >>


Q: What do I do if my student is bullied for taking off their mask/wearing a mask?

A: PSD does not tolerate bullying of any kind. If you or your student is experiencing bullying, please reach out to their teacher or a member of the school’s administrative team for support. Information about PSD’s bullying policies is available in the 2021-22 Student Code of Conduct.


Q: Can I ask that my child only sit next to people who are masked?

A: No.


Q: Is PSD enhancing its COVID health and safety protocols because of this decision?

A: Each of us is responsible for the health and safety of our PSD community. Please keep students experiencing illness symptoms home from school; staff are expected to do the same. PSD follows the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Return to Learn guidance, which outlines when someone can return to work or school after experiencing illness symptoms. More info >>

PSD health and safety protocols will continue, including but not limited to the cleaning and disinfecting of schools and classrooms; maximizing distance as much as possible; and continuing contact tracing in high-risk settings (such as athletics, band, choir), following health department guidance.


Q: I saw that students or staff who are positive for COVID or who are identified close contacts of a positive individual must isolate for five full days and then wear a mask for days six through 10 when they return to school. What if I don’t want them to wear a mask at school, since there is no longer a county mask order?

A: Public health guidance requires that any COVID-positive individual follow these protocols. If you do not want your child to wear a mask at school for days six through 10, you may keep them home for 10 full days of isolation, as outlined in public health guidance. They may not be in school without a mask on days six through 10.


Q: If my student has to wear a mask on days six through 10, after being COVID-positive or if they are identified close contacts of a positive individual and returning to school from isolation, isn’t that a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violation? People will know why they’re wearing a mask.

A: No. Poudre School District is not a medical provider and is not covered under HIPAA. If you are concerned about your child’s privacy or do not want your child to wear a mask at school for days six through 10, you may keep them home for 10 full days of isolation, as outlined in public health guidance. They may not be in school without a mask on days six through 10.


Q: I am considered a “close contact” in a school-based or home-based exposure but have been vaccinated and had COVID. Do I need to still isolate for five days and wear a mask upon return?

A: In order to be exempt from quarantine, those 12 years and older need to have received their booster dose or be currently ineligible for their booster dose AND have completed their full primary vaccine series (two doses of Pfizer Moderna plus 14 days or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson plus 14 days). A confirmed viral test that is positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days will also exempt a close contact from quarantine.


Q: What if I want my student to do virtual schooling? What are my options?

A: PSD Global Academy is the only PSD school with a 100% online option for students. Once a school year begins, open enrollment (school choice) for that school year is over. Applying to attend another school is considered a transfer and must be approved by either the assistant superintendent of elementary schools or assistant superintendent of secondary schools. PGA is currently at capacity in most grade levels, so transfer requests will only be approved on a space available basis. You may begin the school transfer process by completing the School Transfer Request, (also available in Spanish - School Transfer Request).


Q: Is it possible that PSD will put a mask mandate back in place in the future?

A: As much as we would like to answer that, it is difficult to say with certainty, given the ever changing conditions of the pandemic thus far. As stated in the district’s Feb. 4 announcement about lifting PSD’s mask mandate, staff will monitor PSD-specific and Larimer County data to understand the effects of this change and its implications for our school year drivers: prioritizing in-person learning; keeping student and staff safety at the forefront of decisions; and using data to inform our decisions.


Q: Does this decision indicate that masks are no longer effective in controlling the spread of COVID?

A: No. Federal, state and local public health officials still recommend the use of masks to control the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID, and individuals may choose to continue wearing them as a layered mitigation strategy. The county health department’s decision to remove its current mask order and PSD’s decision to lift its mask mandate are tied to projected reductions in COVID cases in our community in the coming days and weeks, along with increased community immunity due to the percent of people in Larimer County who are vaccinated or have had COVID. Each of us is responsible for the health and safety of our PSD community. Please keep students experiencing illness symptoms home from school; staff are expected to do the same. PSD follows the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Return to Learn guidance, which outlines when someone can return to work or school after experiencing illness symptoms. More info >>

PSD health and safety protocols will continue, including but not limited to the cleaning and disinfecting of schools and classrooms; maximizing distance as much as possible; and continuing contact tracing in high-risk settings (such as athletics, band, choir), following health department guidance.


Q: I/my student had an approved medical mask exemption at PSD, prior to this decision. What happens to that now?

A: Medical mask exemptions will remain with the student’s health file. Please note that students or staff who are quarantined or have recently tested positive for COVID must be able to wear a well-fitting mask to return to school on Day 6 through 10 of their quarantine or isolation period. Those students or staff that are unable to wear a mask must remain at home for the full 10-day period.


Q: Why did the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment lift its mask mandate, effective Feb. 12?

A: The Larimer County Department of Health and environment attributes its decision to end the countywide mask mandate due to declining COVID case rates and hospitalizations; a high level of community immunity (LCDHE Director Tom Gonzales estimated a community immunity rate of about 80%, as of the week of Jan. 31); and to additional protective measures, above and beyond vaccinations, that are more widely available, including increased access to rapid at home tests, high-quality masks and COVID treatment options. Poudre School District has and will continue to follow guidance from public health officials, including those at the LCDHE, whose team includes licensed medical professionals and epidemiologists. Additionally, PSD will continue other layered mitigation strategies, including but not limited to contact tracing of high-risk settings (athletics, band, choir), cleaning and disinfecting of schools and facilities, and a strict adherence to illness protocols, as part of which students and staff should not be at school or work with illness symptoms.


Q: Will volunteers or visitors be required to wear masks?

A: After PSD’s current mask mandate is lifted, effective Feb. 12, masks will still be required for staff, substitute teachers, students, visitors and volunteers on buses and in Early Childhood Education classrooms/facilities, due to federal mandates. Volunteers and visitors will NOT be required to wear masks in PSD otherwise.

NEWS FROM WERNER

Sock Drive For The Homeless

Please bring NEW socks for all ages and NEW large men's boxers. Please put the items in boxes located near the trophy case (by the front doors). Please bring items through February 14th-23rd.

· Please Bring NEW Socks for all ages

· Please Bring NEW Mens Large Boxers


Please and Thank You!!!

-Werner Kindness Group

Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found is overflowing with all kinds of winter gear. We will be cleaning this out after February 18 and donating to charity. If your child is missing anything, please encourage them to look in there, or parents can stop by to check for themselves during school hours.

Werner February Newsletter

Here is our February newsletter.

Werner Science Fair-March 4

Dear Werner Community,


The Werner Elementary School Science and Engineering fair will be held on March 4th. All students are invited to participate. Students may work independently, with a partner, or in groups of three. We will have two divisions, K-3 and 4-5. All students who complete a project will get to share their results with friends and will receive a participatory ribbon, a scoring sheet with comments, and accolades from their teachers. This is a great opportunity for students to make a scientific discovery or develop their building and engineering skills. It’s also a fun and memorable experience for kids!


Please click here to complete the online registration form.

There are many incentives to participate. Everyone who completes a project will receive a participatory ribbon and will have the opportunity to share their project with their peers. First place winners’ names from each division will also be engraved on our Science Fair plaques beside the Werner trophy case! Plus, the top two projects from the grades 4-5 division may have the opportunity to advance and represent our school at the Poudre School District Fair at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.


So how do you get started? Completing a project is not as hard as it sounds. You’ll need to get a tri-fold project display board. Projects following the scientific method should contain a question, hypothesis (prediction), procedure (the steps taken to carry out the experiment), results (observations, data, etc.), and conclusions (discussion/reflection on what was learned). Engineering projects should include a problem, background research (optional), and preliminary designs and sketches. Then, your child should build a prototype (this can be a smaller model of their invention) and test it out to see if it works. Display the prototype (or pictures of it) along with a results and conclusions section on your project board. Detailed information for those who are interested will be posted on the Werner website including examples, ideas, and the scoring rubrics.


The bottom line is that we want as many students as possible to participate and to share their ideas and inventions. We are not as strict as the district fair will be about projects containing all the criteria, so please don’t feel intimidated by the requirements. All projects are welcome to be put on display.


Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if you need help coming up with an idea. More information about the Science Fair is on our school website. I hope that you have fun with this great opportunity to allow your child to be curious and creative.


Kind regards,

Jeffrey Putman

Third Grade Teacher

Werner Elementary

Science Fair Promo Video- 2/10/22

Pictures Needed

Throughout the year, our yearbook committee collects pictures. Please share your pictures of your student to our Werner Photo Album.

Staff Favorites

We often get questions about our staff and their favorite things (for appreciation, etc.). You can access those remotely at Staff Favorites.


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NEWS FROM WERNER PTA

PTA Update

PTA Spirit Wear

Like our Cool PTA Mom tees? The Werner PTA has designed some Grownup Tees and Coffee Mugs for purchase to show your PTA spirit!


Follow us on Facebook to stay engaged with School Events and see what the PTA is up to at the school.


FREE MONEY FOR YOUR SCHOOL! Did you know there are ways to donate money to the school by doing things you already do?

  • If you shop at King Soopers with a loyalty card they will donate to Werner when you sign up here.

  • If you shop on Amazon, you can sign up for Amazon Smile and they will donate 1% of purchases.

  • If you like to eat out, the PTA hosts Werner Dines Out once a month and the restaurants we partner with will donate back to the school.


Thank you for supporting the Werner Elementary PTA!

PTA President | Anjani Rogenski

PTA Vice President | Nicole Kidd

PTA Treasurer | Patti Haswell

PTA Secretary | Chelsea Padgett

PTA Board member | Juliana Schump

Connect with us at PTAWernerElementary@gmail.com


There Is No Wrong Way to PTA. How Do You PTA?

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Follow us on Facebook to stay engaged with School Events, Werner Families, and see what the PTA is up to.

NEWS FROM PSD

PSD Now Newsletter

One of many ways information is shared is through the PSD Now community newsletter, which features timely information about the latest happenings in the district. This is emailed to families and interested community members about every other Thursday.


Here is the most recent newsletter of PSD Now. For archived newsletters and information about how to sign up, go to: https://www.psdschools.org/department/communications.

NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY

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