Gator Greetings

Monday/September 14/2020

Dear Families,

This year, my goal is to increase communication between school and home. In addition to using our new schoolwide communication app, Bloomz, we will continue to use our robo-call system, and this new newsletter format to send important school-wide messages. The intention is to keep you up-to-date with important information as we navigate this school year together. This issue includes very important information regarding a second chance to complete the P-EBT application, vaccine information, the 2020 census, and virtual learning information.


Directly below this section is the survey to declare your option for remaining virtual or changing to hybrid. This deadline for completing this survey is Friday, September 18. We need this information to plan for changes in staffing for the second grading period.


COVID 19/Hybrid Model Update:


I'd like to say thank you to all of the hybrid parents for adhering to the guidelines for sending your children to school symptom free. I am pleased to report that we have not sent anyone home for a temperature over 100.4 or with other major symptoms of COVID 19. To date, we have had only one staff member who tested positive, 4 staff members who quarantined as a close contact of someone who tested positive, and several students who started the year in quarantine due to family members who had tested positive or due to traveling out of state. I will routinely keep you updated on our COVID stats. I hope that this information confirms or increases your confidence in us to maintain safety protocols. Yes, we know that we will have COVID cases on campus, but rest assured that we are committed to following protocols.


TOTAL CURRENT POSITIVE CASES

Teachers: 0

Other Staff: 0

Students: 0


TOTAL CURRENT QUARANTINE CASES

Teachers: 0

Other Staff: 0

Students: 1


Thank you for your continued support. Have a great week!

Sincerely,


Loren M. Decuir

Director

For Virtual Families: Return to Hybrid Learning Survey

Please complete the survey linked below to indicate if you wish your child(ren) to remain in 100% virtual or return to school in-person in our hybrid model. Please complete the survey for each child. The deadline to submit this form is Friday, September 18.


https://forms.gle/1nJnYPJW7LRdhdvF6

Virtual Learning Update

We have had many issues surrounding virtual learning. Many of these are related to logging in, following the daily schedule, and finding and turning in assigments. We will be planning grade level face-to-face meetings for parents and students of the virtual program soon. It is imperative for virtual parents and students to attend these sessions, especially if you did not attend Orientation in August when your child's teacher went over all procedures. I will also say again, participation in all lessons and assignments is mandatory. It is not optional. We will let you know the schedule of meetings soon.


Students who are absent from live, synchrounous sessions with teachers will be marked absent for that subject. Once students have completed all assignments for that subject, the virtual absence will be changed to a virtual present. This procedure will be followed for full virtual and Wednesday virtual students. All required minutes are in effect for all students for this year. Excessive abcences, virtual or in-person, will be reported to the Families in Need of Support (FINS) office.


Please use the technology email hotline to report issues or to receive help with technology devices.

New Technology Help Email

Starting this week, we will have a dedicated email hotline for technology issues. Please email technologyhelpdesk@vbglencoecharter.org. Please understand that most of our teachers are teaching two sections of in-person classes as well as up to two sections of virtual classes and are not available to answer questions at certain times of the day. Be sure to check google classroom directions before calling or texting them for help. Our teachers have gone over and above the call of duty, and their plates are full. Yes, we are all learning something new this year, teachers and parents. The need for patience is needed more than ever.

Second Chance for Louisiana Families: Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Application Re-Opens

Louisiana is giving families another opportunity to apply to receive Pandemic EBT benefits. Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, is a one-time benefit that provides families with children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals or who attend CEP schools with funds to help purchase food. Through P-EBT, eligible Louisiana families can receive up to $285 per child to buy food through an Electronic Benefits Transfer card that can be used at food retailers who accept EBT, such as grocery stores and farmer’s markets.

Louisiana has re-opened the P-EBT application to give families another opportunity to receive benefits. This second application period (September 8 – September 29, 2020) is for families who have not yet received P-EBT. Families are not eligible to apply if they previously received P-EBT benefits after the initial application window this summer. Receiving P-EBT benefits or school meals does not impact a parent or child’s immigration status. The public charge rule does not apply to P-EBT benefits. Additionally, P-EBT does not impact families’ eligibility for other benefits like WIC, SNAP or Disaster SNAP. Visit www.dcfs.la.gov/pebt to learn more and apply for P-EBT by 5 pm on September 29.