Pinewood Weekly Newsletter

November 20, 2020

Principal's Message - Stay Safe so we can Stay Open

Dear Families,


As you are aware our county is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases. This has caused our county to move into the most restrictive purple tier. (see the EDCOE News release issued 11/16, linked below). Please note that because we are already operating under a hybrid model, we are permitted to stay open. At this time, there are no active cases among our students and staff. Also we are in close communication with the county health department regarding local cases.


Certainly our goal is to avoid infections that will lead to another closure. On our end we will continue consistent sanitation practices. We will also strive to keep our students distanced at school to the extent practicable. We will also monitor students for symptoms and work with our school nurse to determine when students need to be sent home and when they may come back.


I appreciate your continued support and daily screenings at home. We are grateful to the families that keep their kids at home when they are showing symptoms that include fever (100.4 and higher), headache, cough, sore throat, and digestive issues. If you ever have questions, please call the school and we will connect you with our school nurse.


As we enjoy our Thanksgiving break, I ask that you heed the advice of our public health officials to limit your exposure to others and large gatherings. We want to keep our schools open and appreciate your commitment to following these prevention guidelines.


Above all, I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Please take a moment to find to the positive in this most difficult time. As a reminder, students need to be checking in with their teachers and completing their assigned work on Monday, November 30th. Students will be back on campus on Tuesday, December 1st.


Respectfully,

Kim Little

IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION NEWS

Due to the uncertainty of school due to COVID-19, the district deferred transportation fees for bussing until December 2020. The modified bus fee for the remainder of the school year will be $75.00 for theses services. If you qualify for reduced transportation, the fee will be $37.50. These fees are due by January 5, 2021.


If your family qualifies for the free or reduced prices on the lunch program, they will also qualify for free or reduced (half-price) bus fees. To receive free or reduced transportation beginning in January, you must complete an Alternative Income form (linked below) and return it to the school office or the transportation department by December 16, 2020.


If you have questions, please contact the transportation department at 644-3750.

Free and Reduced Application

Families must submit this application each year to get approval for free or reduced services.

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Every Kid Outdoors Program

Did you know that every year fourth graders and their families can get a voucher to get into our National Parks for free? Recognizing that our students from last year may not have been able to travel due to COVID restrictions, the National Parks Service has extended this offer to both fourth and fifth graders until August of 2021. Please click on the link below to learn more about this amazing offer.

Upcoming Dates

  • Regular Board Meeting at ET Professional Development Center - December 15th, 6:00pm
  • Winter Break - December 21st - January 4th