Hutsell Elementary News

Volume 2, Issue 1 - July 22, 2020

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Back to School Information

Dear Parents,


Hutsell Elementary is preparing to re-open for the 2020-2021 School Year. Parents are encouraged to review safety rules and procedures implemented to support a safe learning environment. Registration opened July 20th and will continue through August 5th, parents can go to Power School and choose one of the two options, the Katy Virtual Academy (online platform) or In-Person-Campus Instruction.

Teacher assignments can be accessed on August 17th through the Home Access Center. Meet the teacher will be virtual on or before August 18th.

This beginning of the school year is unlike any past years. I ask for your patience and understanding as there will be rules put in place to ensure safety and maximize instruction. Here is a peek of a few changes:

Early Start 7:55-3:05

No outside food delivered

No class treats (birthday)

No visitors in the lunchroom

Medication drop off to the nurse will be by appointment only

Facial coverings will be required of adults and 4th & 5th grade students; and will be recommended for PreK - 3rd grade students.


Sincerely,

Dr. Margie Blount

Principal

Safety Procedures

You may find more information here: KISD Safety Protocols

Return to School Phase 1 Campus Protocols
Schools are required to comply with the Governor’s executive order regarding the wearing of masks. In addition to the Governor’s executive order, TEA has provided school districts with guidance that can require the use of masks or face shields for adults or students for whom it is developmentally appropriate. To limit outside exposure for staff and students, the following Katy ISD Return to School “Phase 1” campus protocols are in effect through the end of the first six-weeks (secondary) and nine-weeks (elementary) grading periods. Phase 1 protocols are reviewed and may be updated in preparation for the start of the next grading period. We appreciate your support for the Return to School Phase 1 Safety Protocol to ensure campus staff have the flexibility to distance students in common areas.

  • Facial coverings required for all district staff

  • Facial coverings required for students grades 4 through 12

  • Facial coverings encouraged for students Pre-K through 3

  • Instructional day temperature checks required for new enrollees and late arrival students

  • No outside food or gift deliveries will be accepted (no birthday treats)

  • Visitors, non-essential to school operations, will not be given access to the campus including on the first day of school and during scheduled meal times

  • Parents/volunteers required to conduct campus visits by phone, virtual or by pre-scheduled appointment

  • No student field trips during the instructional day

  • No large group gatherings or events will be held during the instructional day or evenings

Transportation

Per TEA’s COVID-19 guidance regarding transportation, Katy ISD is implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures between each bus trip. Therefore, additional time is now required between bus trips. For the 2020-2021 school year, the instructional day start and end times have been adjusted to accommodate the enhanced hygiene protocols. Bus transportation is provided for eligible riders and every effort is made to ensure students are able to socially distance. In addition, TEA encourages families to drop students off, carpool, or walk with their student to school to reduce possible virus exposure on a bus.

  • All transportation staff required to wear facial coverings

  • All students, grades K through 12, required to wear facial coverings upon boarding

  • In most cases, bus seating is assigned, with no more than two (2) students per seat

  • Students and staff required to use provided hand sanitizer upon boarding the bus

  • Bus windows will remain open to allow for additional ventilation and air flow

  • Buses will be thoroughly cleaned after each bus trip, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as bus seats, steering wheels, knobs, and door handles

Cafeterias & Food Service

To minimize possible outside exposure and to allow for adequate physical distancing for students during meal times, Return to School Phase 1 protocols include no food/gift deliveries will be accepted and visitors non-essential to school operations will not be allowed on campuses or in cafeterias. Phase 1 protocols will be reviewed at the end of each secondary and elementary grading period.

Nutrition & Food Service Protocols

  • Katy ISD Nutrition & Food Service staff use face shields, facial coverings and gloves when performing job responsibilities and are trained to practice health and hygiene regulations

  • Katy ISD cafeterias are cleaned and disinfected daily

  • Katy ISD cafeterias, serving and eating areas are cleaned between uses

  • Grab N Go carts are utilized as needed at designated campuses to minimize cafeteria lines, increase the speed of service and enhance social distancing

  • Signage is located in cafeterias to reinforce social distancing

Meal Service

  • Students must wear ID at breakfast and lunch to ensure efficient scanning of ID for payment and minimize touching of ID by multiple staff

  • Students must follow social distancing signage displayed on the walls and floor markers

  • Students may be directed to eat in various locations throughout the building, including classrooms, to maximize social distancing

  • Parents are encouraged to use the Pay N’ Go mobile app to provide student meal money instead of sending cash to your child’s campus

In-Person School Times

Our campus will have new school times this year. Here are the new bell times:


Doors open: 7:30 am

*Tardy Bell: 7:55 am

*Dismissal Bell: 3:05 pm


*New times!


We will update the bell information as the district provides us with a final schedule.

School Supply List

Our school Supply List for this year, can be found on our website under "Other Links"

Welcome to our new staff members!

Please help us welcome our new teachers!

Upcoming Events

Save the date!

August 17 - parents can see teacher assignments in HAC / beginning of Meet The Teacher

August 19 - First Day of School and Fall Semester

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KISD New Character Strong Program

A District character trait program has been adopted to support social and emotional learning, stay tuned for more information!
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Check out the Katy ISD Summer Reading Program, all you have to do is keep track of at least 12 activities and turn in your paper or email it when we return to school for a surprise from the library! Use the link here or find all resources and information in the library website!

You may email your completed reading log to Mrs. Mion!