GES Parent Update 10.12.20

Thank you for your support this week!

Thank you so much to our GES community for their support this week as we began email communication with our families in regards to Covid-19 positivity in our school. We’re committed to being as transparent as possible while protecting student and staff privacy. It is important to have the trust of our families and community as we navigate what will most certainly be a challenging school year.

In my perfect world, Greensboro Elementary School would be immune to the effects of Covid-19, and I would never have to send another positivity email, but that would be naive. GES along with other schools and businesses open to the public will continue to have to work through this pandemic while trying our best to provide a quality education to our students, in the safest way possible, while striving to return a bit of normalcy to our students.

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 our school. 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.


Mrs. Swann

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 GES 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. Breakfast and lunch is delivered to students so that they may remain safely in their classroom.

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, having students use their "Frankenstein Arms" and/or "Helicopter Arms" to allow for distancing when lining up for dismissal. 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.

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 Information Update Form

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 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 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.