Kingswood's Weekly Update
June 7, 2021
Dear Kingswood Families and Friends,
We are at the end of another school year and this one was different than any I have known and you all know how long a history I have had. We made it through the most taxing school year in history and we learned so much and continued to make good things happen for students and learning.
I want to thank all the Kingswood Staff for never giving up on teaching and learning. Parents and students, you faced a situation you have never had to deal with and kept on learning. I personally am looking forward to a calm and possibly predictable school year next year. What exactly did that look like anyway? Students were working actively in groups, communicating and collaborating. Teachers planned activities that promoted creativity and critical thinking. I am looking forward to students working together on their work plans and using the whole room and outside areas as their learning environment. Look for a renewed STEM focus next year with a huge emphasis on Project Based Learning and Montessori philosophies. We will be back at composting and doing our part for a greener world!
This will be a wonderful summer reigniting our active engagement focus at Kingswood.
Please enjoy your summer and I look forward to seeing you next year at Kingswood.
See you soon, The Specialists
The health and safety of our students and staff is of the upmost importance. All students will be required to wear masks as we all need to follow the 3W's (wait 6 ft, wear a mask, wash hands frequently). This return to school guide is a good place to start for getting your questions answered https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Yg8St2cQtu4u-aQpY8ouHd7XZmRitwP4/view
Please have your child practice wearing a mask if they have not done so before so as to make the transition easier for them. Let them know there will be a health screening before they enter the building.
- Car riders: will arrive in the same fashion as last year. One recent change is that we are no longer required to do a health screening of your child in the morning. However, if your child has a fever or is not feeling well, please do not send them to school and do not give them fever reducing medications and then send them to school.
- Breakfast is being served in the Cafeteria. If your child is a car rider, please try and get them to school by 8:45 so they have enough time to eat and get to class by 9:05. We are finding quite a few people are coming to school late this year.
Dismissal: Students will all be dismissed from the classroom. Car riders: when you pull up in line make sure your carpool tag is prominently displayed. If you do not have one, the staff member who is identifying the cars will ask your name and ask if you need a tag. You will receive a tag (with your student) during the first week. Since dismissal will take longer than usual please have patience as we do our best to keep all the children safe and socially distanced. Bus riders: as always in the beginning of the year dismissal takes a bit longer than later in the year. If you would like to know where the bus is, please download the "Here Comes the Bus" app and follow the directions here https://www.wcpss.net/Page/35380 Please have patience as we make sure students are socially distanced for dismissal and everyone can stay safe.
- Water fountains are closed at the present time. Please send your child to school with a water bottle. If that is not possible, we will have cups available for students to get a drink of water from the sink in their classroom.
- Students are required to wear a face covering at all times while on the bus. Drivers will submit a bus incident form if a student arrives at the stop without a face covering. Drivers will have a supply of face coverings to give to students who don’t have them. This video shows parents and students all the bus health and safety procedures.
- EC Riders: A parent/guardian should wear a face covering to accompany the student to the vendor vehicle while maintaining a six-foot distance from other passengers. The student will need to pass the symptom screening checklist and a temperature check before boarding the vehicle. The parent/guardian will need to answer the symptom screening questions for the student. If the parent/guardian does not accompany the student to the vehicle, the driver should ask the student the symptom screening checklist questions. The driver should use their best judgment if the child can respond on their own. If the student cannot respond on their own, the driver will perform a temperature check only and notify school staff upon arrival at school.
- Training on student boarding procedures, along with bus safety training, is required for ALL students during the first week of school. This is a State of North Carolina requirement. Drills that include physically evacuating out of the rear emergency door are not proposed this year given the amount of close contact.
Visitors: will not be allowed in the building. If you come to school to pick up your child ring the doorbell (or follow the instructions we have verbally given you over the phone if your child is sick) and we will come to the door to speak with you.