Blue Valley Early Childhood Update

fall edition

Hello!


We've officially made it past the first quarter mark of the strangest school year in my career. After more that 25 years, that's saying something! While we've had unprecedented challenges to overcome, I couldn't be more proud of our students, staff, and families for rising to the occasion! Whether your child is attending in-person, virtual, or appointment-based services, I hope you'll agree that our staff has found ways form effective relationships and provide excellent experiences for your student.


We've even found some new practices that leave us wondering why we haven't been doing them all along. Conferences where you don't need a sitter and can wear your jammies? Yes, please!


Please see below for updates relating to our entire program. You can expect program-wide news about once per quarter.


Best Wishes,

Kendall Burr

Principal of Early Childhood Programs

Upcoming Calendar Items

November 25-27 -- No School -- Thanksgiving Break

December 23 - January 1 -- No School -- Winter Break

January 15 -- NO EC -- End of Quarter

January 18 -- No School -- MLK Day



Be sure to check out the updated Blue Valley School Calendar by clicking here or on the image!

Learning Modes Update

If you have older students in Blue Valley, you are likely making your choices for virtual or in-person attendance for the second semester. Due to the nature of our program, you will not have to formally indicate a choice for your early childhood student.


Your early childhood student will remain in the same learning mode throughout the 2020-21 school year unless you tell us otherwise.


If you are considering a change from virtual to in-person or from in-person to virtual, please let your child's teacher/case manager know. As this may cause staffing changes, we appreciate working together with you to plan this transition as far in advance as possible.


Please note that if Blue Valley instructional attendance plan should change in response to the gating criteria, the Early Childhood program will follow the plan below (click the image for more information on the gating criteria):

Staying Safe

We place a high priority on the health and well-being of our students and staff. At school, we continue to use strategies to create a safer learning environment during the pandemic. Some examples include consistent mask wearing, frequent hand hygiene, diligent cleaning protocols, and careful cohort procedures.


Outside of school, you can help keep our school communities safer by:


  • Following health department guidance including mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing, and
  • Keeping your child home and notifying your child's teacher/school nurse if he or she is ill or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


The holidays can pose special challenges as families naturally want to gather and experience traditions together. The CDC has advice for a safer Thanksgiving.


We know that mental health and well-being is just as important as physical health. Coping with the the pandemic can bring added stress to children and adults alike. Click here for some tools from one of our favorite resources!


Want more information about the district response? Click here for the Blue Valley COVID-19 dashboard.

Masks

Mask wearing has been our most effective defense against COVID-19 and our best tool to keep kids in school. When we have had positive cases in classrooms, students who consistently wear their masks throughout the day typically do not have to quarantine.


We have learned a lot about masks in the past few months! Here are some tips to keep your student safe and in school:


  • Check the Fit -- Ensure your student has child-sized masks that fit well. Try them out at home to make sure that they go on well and stay on well. Masks that are too large are difficult to wear correctly and become uncomfortable.


  • Send spares -- We are happy to store a few extra masks with your child's spare clothing so there there is always a clean one ready.


  • Wash frequently -- When masks are in high use, daily washing keeps both sides clean and safe.


  • Give your child choices -- Fun colors and patterns or favorite characters can help!



Luckily, there are many options for inexpensive child-sized masks in stores and online. It may take a little experimentation to find the style that fits well and that your child finds to be comfortable.


If your child is still struggling with mask wearing, here are some ideas to help:



Thanks for working together to keep everyone safe and in school!

Snow Day Planning

Your early childhood team will be ready in the event of inclement weather! On a district Remote Learning Day, you can expect contact from your child's teacher with fun learning choices for the day via SeeSaw as well as an opportunity for a brief contact via zoom.


If a Delayed Start is used, AM students will NOT report to school, and PM students will report at the regular time. AM families can expect activity choices via SeeSaw.


There may still be instances in extreme weather conditions when a traditional "Snow Day" is announced, meaning no school for all students.


Weather or emergency related changes will be communicated via the district website, text alerts, email, and social media.


A Free Resource For You!

Our partners from Johnson County Infant-Toddler Services and Blue Valley Parents as Teachers are making this session available for free to our families!


3 hour parent session with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson. First two hours is a webinar style presentation last hour is Q&A. All focused on parenting children 0-5 years of age. Learn about how your child’s brain is developing, how that impacts behavior and how to best respond to raise resilient, connected kids. Link expires Nov 30th.

Link to View the Session

or click the image above