FES Falcon Parent Update

10/19/20

Federalsburg Elementary School

Todd Nichols, Principal

Briana Walker, Assistant Principal

Thank you so much to our FES community for their support as students return to the building. We have over 150 students attending in person learning and are planning for our 3rd grade falcons to return very soon.


It is our ultimate goal to create the safest environment possible while allowing students to return to school and learn with their teachers. We understand there are varying opinions as to whether or not students returning to the building is the best option, but rest assured we will continue to offer two options for parents, virtual learning from home, and in person learning at FES. It's important to us that parents have the option to choose what works best for their children/family.


As always, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me through email or phone.


Sincerely,

Todd Nichols

3rd Grade Parent Questionnaire

We currently have 28 out of 68 questionnaires completed.

Please help up get every student counted. If you are having difficulty filling out the questionnaire online, come to the FES lobby and we will help you fill it out or just call FES at 410-754-9054 and we can take your answers over the phone.


Based on current conditions, Caroline County Public Schools is planning to bring third-grade students back to school buildings on Thursday, November 12, 2020.


All students, whether in-person or virtual, would follow the current schedule which is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday every week. Wednesday would continue to be an asynchronous day at home.


CCPS needs to know how many students will be returning to the building and how many will require transportation. Please help us by filling out the questionnaire.


Please note:

  • Transportation will be provided. However, because of social distancing, transportation is a challenge. Please consider if you have options other than using CCPS transportation.

  • Face coverings are required for students ages five and up.

  • Protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19 through cleaning, self-assessment, and social distancing are detailed in the CCPS Recovery Plan.

  • Virtual Learning will continue for students who remain at home.


Please complete a questionnaire for each student in third grade.


https://carolineschools.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d59epbad3nkgJxz

What are we doing to ensure student/staff safety?


1. The custodial staff's work day has been altered to allow for more custodians to be on day shift. This allows us to clean bathrooms and frequently touched surfaces regularly throughout the day and still have custodial staff in the evening for routine cleaning after students and staff leave the building.


2. CDC approved cleaning products are used throughout the building. In addition, we've included the use of electrostatic sprayers for an additional layer of sanitizing.


3. Alcohol based hand sanitizer & hand wipes are available (under supervision) in all classrooms.


4. Every effort has been and will continue to be made to distance students to the extent possible. At FES we strive to space student desks/seats 6 feet apart wherever possible.


5. Clear desk shields are placed on student desks as an additional precaution.


6. All breakfast is delivered to students in the classrooms. Some classrooms are eating in the cafeteria safely spread out following the 6ft guidelines and based on grade level numbers returning. The remaining classes will continue to eat lunch in their classrooms.


7. All staff and students wear cloth face coverings. (4 year old students in our PK program are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings however it is not mandatory until the age of five.)


8. Students are brought into the building as soon as buses arrive to reduce the amount of time sitting on the bus and to create a more "distanced" entrance to the building, therefore eliminating students standing in lines and groups before entering.


9. Staff continue to teach students about social distancing in an age appropriate manner. For example, Phoebe the Falcon is teaching our falcons to be a wingspan a apart to allow for distancing when lining up for dismissal and walking around the building. Our goal is to teach our students the importance of social distancing without frightening them.


10. The 6ft/15min rule. The CDC defines "close contact" as being closer than 6 feet apart for longer than 15 consecutive minutes. All staff and students are expected to abide by this rule regardless of a face covering. Teachers are deliberately arranging classrooms and planning student interactions, lessons, and small group instruction around this 6/15 model.

Some important Notes:

1. Students are required to complete assignments and hand them in for a grade. Reach out to your child's teacher if they are having difficulty completing and handing in assignments.

2. Attendance is important and counted daily.

3. Students returning for in person learning should bring their device charged and ready to go. Send the charger with them as well every day. Also bring send in any resources and material that were picked up from the beginning of the year to be used by your student only while learning in school.

4. Note pick up and drop off times for buses. Give yourself ample time to make it to the bus stop.

5. Students under 8 years old cannot be left unattended at the bus stop and a parent must be visible to the bus driver in order to drop a student off.

6. Students can only ride their assigned bus as bus drivers have a seating chart to spread students out on the bus.

7. Please use the car rider line in the staff parking lot to drop off and pick up car riders to ensure student safety. Do not walk students through the bus loop while buses are parked.

8. Call the office 30 minutes prior to your child's dismissal time to give ample time for changes in their dismissal.

9. Please send in a note to the attendance secretary if your students is absent whether virtual or in person.

10. Also, if your child that returned to the building is feeling slightly under the weather, it is ok for them to attend virtually for that day at home and still be counted for attendance.

Grade level nights planned for November

Grade Level Nights will be virtual this year. Each night will be from 6:00-7:00 with 2 rotations. More information to come...


Wednesday November 4th

Kindergarten

1st Grade


Tuesday November 10th

3rd Grade

5th Grade


Thursday November 12th

4th grade

2nd grade

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Halloween Parade Cancelled

Halloween is just around the corner and unfortunately under our current status we will have to make some changes to our annual plans.


  1. No Halloween parade this year
  2. No Halloween food buffet-style parties. Children may bring their own single-serving snacks with them, they can not share snacks
  3. No parents/guardians or outside visitors will be permitted at FES on Halloween due to classroom capacity limits and social distancing guidelines
  4. If students are dressing up in costume on Friday, 10/30, they must come to FES in costume already. No staff member will be permitted to help students into or out of costumes this year.
  5. We will not be handing out Halloween Candy.
  6. Masks are still required. Due to no Halloween parade, we will not allow students to wear Halloween masks that are a part of their costume at school. Please keep those at home.

1 hour and 30 minute Delay Schedules

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online updates

Now more than ever it is so important for us to have updated information for all of our students. An email address is required to begin this process. All parents/guardians are encouraged to have an email address on file at the school. Please see the information below. If you have questions, please call the school office for assistance.

Student Update Forms

To the parent(s) of:

Caroline County Public Schools is now using online updating of student information for the upcoming school year. This process replaces the paper Student Information Update Form sent home at the beginning of each school year. You will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal to access the online Student Information Update Form.


Please be sure to complete this form for each child you have enrolled in Caroline County Public Schools ASAP. If your address has changed since last school year, you will need to submit a new Proof of Residence for the new address. You may upload this document however if you are not able to upload, contact the school to provide them with this document. Your update is not complete until the new Proof of Residence has been received by the school.



How do I get started?
Visit carolinecps.powerschool.com and log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal. (You must log in via a browser, not the app) From the Parent Portal:

  1. Select the student you wish to update along the top

  2. Select the Student Information Update form Icon on the left side for 2020-2021.

  3. Agree to the terms and conditions

  4. Select Begin Forms

What if I don't have a Parent Portal account?

Contact your child's school or email powerschool@ccpsstaff.org to get the information you need to create your parent portal account.

I can’t remember my login for the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
If you aren’t able to retrieve your login credentials using the “Having trouble signing in?” link on the Sign In page, please contact your school directly for assistance logging in to the Parent Portal.

Do I have to answer all the questions?
No, but some questions are marked "Required" and must be answered before you can submit your form.

What if I make a mistake?
If you would like to make a change prior to submitting the form, you can either navigate back to the page using the “Prev” and “Next” buttons or if you are on the Review page select the underlined field. If you have already submitted the form you will need to contact your student’s school so they can make the changes for you.

I’ve completed the form, now what?
Once you have finished entering your information select “Submit.” This will send all of the information you’ve entered to the school. If you cannot select this button you will need to make sure that you have answered all required questions.

What if I have more than one student in the district? Do I need to do this for each child?
Yes you will need to provide information that is specific to each child. We recommend that you complete and submit one form and then start another. This will allow you to “snap” (or share) selected family information, which saves you time.

Help! I’m having technical difficulties .
For technical support, visit our PowerSchool Community help center or click “Help” from any form page.