October 2, 2020
What You Need to Know
- Please check your child daily for any symptoms (see note about Protocols for students, symptom checks).
- Please make sure your child has a cloth mask to wear at school. We recommend that students have an extra left at school in case they forget or need a replacement. We will have some extra masks if needed. If you have any questions about face covering, please let me know (email@example.com).
- If you drive your student to school, use the south parking lot for drop-off of students. Pull up in the lane to let your child out and there will be staff onsite to help with directing to the classroom. You may also park along Highcastle Drive or Roma Valley Drive.
- If you walk up with your child, please maintain distance and leave after dropping off your child.
- Start/End time for K-2 students will be 8:50-3:28. Students may arrive no earlier than 8:30 and will need to go directly to their classroom through the outer door.
- For those students that need breakfast, it will be served on the playground (near the modular) and students will grab a sack breakfast (and one shelf stable breakfast for the next day) to be eaten in the classroom.
- Lunches will be eaten in the classroom (see note below about meals).
- School is dismissed at 3:28 pm. Students will be escorted out by their teachers and staff will be onsite to provide support for students to get to their bus or parent. Please work with your child on what your plan for pick-up is.
- Your child's teacher will communicate any needs for what to bring to school (e.g. snack, supplies, water bottle, etc.)
- If you have any questions, please call our main office line (970-488-5550). The office will be open from 8:00-4:30.
- If your child needs before/after school care, AlphaBEST is onsite all day from 7-5:30 and offering care for students on their in-person days. Go to their website (https://www.alphabest.org/poudreco/) for more details.
- For our 3rd-5th grade students still in remote learning, your child's teacher will notify you about any changes to schedules, etc.
Have a great weekend!
ADDITIONAL DETAILS FOR PHASE 3
- Face coverings: Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings that covers their mouth and nose (anything that follows county guidance). Parents/guardians are responsible for providing their students with face coverings.
- Face covering breaks with social distancing outside or in well-ventilated areas will be scheduled during the school day.
- Face coverings will be required of all bus drivers and riders.
- This decision is supported by the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. It also aligns with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’s July 16 statewide mask order, requiring that face coverings be worn at all times in indoor public spaces, such as classrooms
- While at school, please keep in mind the three W's - "Wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance." Signage and wayfinding markers have been placed throughout the school.
- Hand washing and other hygiene practices will be promoted throughout the day.
- We will have a designated isolation room or area to separate anyone who exhibits COVID-like symptoms.
- Removeable plexiglass dividers will be in front offices and classrooms have small mobile dividers to use with students while at tables.
- Hand-sanitizer and touchless water bottle-filling stations are in installed. Students will be encouraged to use water bottles and hydration stations since water fountains have been shut off per county orders.
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND INTERACTIONS:
- Student arrival, drop-off and pick-up times - Students may be dropped off no earlier than 8:30. Students will go directly into the buildings after drop off. Gatherings outside of the school before or after school will not be allowed.
- Students and staff will maintain six feet of social distancing to the fullest extent possible, but it may not be possible in all instances. All students and staff are asked to limit close contact with others, which is defined by the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment as being within six feet of another person for more than 10 minutes.
- Visual cues such as floor decals and/or signs will be utilized to indicate the flow and direction of one-way traffic and effective distancing.
- Students will be separated into cohorts. When at school, students will remain in the same cohort throughout the day.
- Classroom guidelines:
- Maintain maximum desk/table spacing based on room dimensions.
- Seating charts will be used in classrooms
- Classroom floor space will be maximized by removing non-essential furniture.
- Furniture that can't be disinfected (i.e. soft fabrics) will be removed from classrooms and common areas.
- Students will have their own school supplies and backpacks. Personal items will remain at the desk with the student.
- Shared school supplies and materials are discouraged. If supplies are shared, disinfection will take place between uses.
- Students will be encouraged to bring their own water bottles. Drinking fountains will be shut off, per county orders, but bottle-filling stations will be open where available.
- Recesses, lunches, and students passing in the halls will be staggered to keep students separated. Recess will occur outside with the following protocols
- Cohorts will play in different zones (playground equipment, grassy areas, or ball courts) and will not mix during recess time. Cohorts will rotate zones on a regular basis.
- Playground equipment will be used by small groups of students.
- Students will wash their hands upon reentering the school.
- Recess times will be staggered for each grade level.
- Students may bring their own lunch or get one provided by the school. Meals are free to all students until Dec. 30. For more information and menus, go to: https://www.psdschools.org/programs-services/school-meals/menu.
- Breakfast will be served beginning at 8:30 am outside on the playground near the modular for students attending school in-person that day. Students may grab a breakfast and will take to classroom to eat. We want to remind you that these are free to our students until Dec. 30. Students may also grab a shelf stable breakfast for the next day as well.
- If students will be having a lunch provided by the school, they will need to let the teacher know in the morning which entree (hot or cold entree) they want. Please let our office staff if there are any special dietary needs if you have not already. There will be no self-serve options such as salad bars.
- Meals will be eaten in classrooms.
- Students will be asked to wash and/or sanitizer hands before and after lunch.
- Grab-and-go/sacked meals will be available for remote students out front of Werner until Oct. 9 between 11-1. Beginning Oct. 12, remote students may go to one of several sites available (Kinard Middle School is the recommended site closest to Werner). For more information, go to: https://www.psdschools.org/psd2020-21/meals2020-21.
Playground equipment is provided for each A/B cohort for each classroom and will be used by that cohort. Students will wash hands or use hand sanitizer before entering and after exiting the playground.
RESTRICTIONS FOR NONESSENTIAL VISITORS, VOLUNTEERS, AND ACTIVITES
- In order to limit contact, nonessential visitors or volunteers will not be allowed at school until further notice. Parents may walk their young child up to the classroom, but will need to leave afterwards.
- There will be no field trips.
- No in-person assemblies will be held (e.g. all-school assemblies, music performances, extracurricular activities).
This year, students may celebrate their birthday by choosing a special activity or extra recess for their class. With current pandemic and restrictions, we will not be allowing birthday treats. If your child has a summer birthday, please let your teacher know when you plan to celebrate it.
SPIRIT DAYS AND COMMUNITY BUILDING
- We will be working on options for possible virtual assemblies and will continue to work with PTA on possible ways to build school spirit and a sense of community when we can do that safely.
- We will also continue to work with our staff and students on ideas to build community spirit. Our Werner Cares and Shares Team is already working on some special projects to bring encouragement to our community. Stay tuned on communication coming soon.
CLEANING, DISINFECTION, AND VENTILATION
- Spray bottles of disinfectant for staff use in each classroom.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers available in high-traffic areas.
- Circulation of outdoor air will be increased as much as possible by opening windows and doors. Additionally, school ventilation systems are designed to recirculate air and are designed to work best when windows are closed. PSD is upgrading air filters to MERV 13 filters throughout buildings to filter out micron levels of COVID-19 where possible.
- Staff will be disinfecting high touch areas, bathrooms, and common areas throughout the day.
Protocols for students, symptom checks
Protocols for students, symptom checks
All staff are required to use the COVID-19 Daily Screening app and must get a "green light” from the app to work before entering a PSD facility. Staff who are sick must stay home, following staff protocols. >>
Families must check their student(s) for COVID-19 symptoms daily and not send them to school if they are experiencing any of the following, or are too sick to go to school, following student protocols. >>
· Feeling feverish, having chills, or temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
· New or unexplained persistent cough
· Shortness of breath
· Difficulty breathing
· Loss of taste or smell
· Muscle aches
· Sore throat
· Nausea or vomiting
· Runny nose or congestion
If any of the above symptoms are present, please keep your child at home; call your school and leave a message on the attendance line (970-488-5551); and contact your health care provider.
If your child develops symptoms while at school, they will be removed from class, parent/guardians will be notified, and the student will be isolated from others until their parent/guardian is able to pick them up. Under current protocols, students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, not from another diagnosed condition, should isolate at home until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and if the student has had no fever for 24 hours, and if other symptoms have improved.
PTA Meeting-Oct. 8
Technology Support Tips
You can also use the Tech Portal for tech support when you need it: https://techportal.psdschools.org/. If you have any other questions about technology, please contact our Media Specialist, Debbie Powers, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PSD 2020-21 School Year
Stay up-to-date with PSD's plans for the 2020-21 school year at: https://www.psdschools.org/psd2020-21. This site will house all the information needed for the different phases and updates throughout the year.