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"First Street School is dedicated to guiding students to become positively contributing citizens and life-long learners."

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Principal's Office

Hello First St. Families!


Here is our Roadrunner Weekly for the week of October 12th through October 16th. What a great week back to school! I know we had some tech glitches and things have to be a little different for safety reasons, but it was just so GREAT to have many of our kids back with us in person! The kids are the reason we do what we do, and having them back just breaths life into our campus! The kids did a pretty good job of wearing their masks properly and maintaining appropriate social distancing, so thanks for your support and reinforcement of those important details.


Remember, our school day is 8:30 AM-12:00 PM. We will have supervision available beginning at 8:00, but gates will not open until 8:15. If possible, please drop your kids off at their appropriate gate between 8:15-8:25. Our school library will also be open each morning from 8:00-8:25. For a complete set of re-opening details, please see the First Street Principal's Message "BACK TO SCHOOL" COVID EDITION section as well as the "Highlights from Mr. Leaman's Parent Update #70" which are below.


One big point that I need to make clear is the distinction between in-person and distance learning. If you have chosen to have your student return to school, they will be expected to be in-person everyday unless there is an illness other valid reason to miss school. In-person students CAN access distance instruction if they need to miss school, but they will still be counted as absent in terms of our school attendance recording.


Continue to stay healthy and safe, and remember to feel free to call or email me directly if you have any further questions or need support or help in any way! And we hope you can join us this Tuesday for our "FSS Family Dinner Out" at Old Town Pizza. Whether you choose to safely dine in/out or order your food to go, if you present the coupon below, 15% of what you spend on food will come back to our school!


Have a great week!


Mr. Cubias

Download Our First Street School App!

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First Street Principal's Message "BACK TO SCHOOL" COVID EDITION - OCTOBER 2020

As you already know, we have been working throughout this past summer to plan for a safe opening of school and to implement state and county protocols to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19. Please know that our re-opening plans will ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff while building a supportive and consistent environment that fosters growth and academic excellence for our students.


If you have not already done so, please read each section of my complete "Principal's Message" here carefully as they contain important details about various aspects of our return to in-person instruction, as well as some details for our students continuing on with InterCONNECT.

WPUSD COVID-19 Prevention Video

Student Accident Insurance (Digital Version)

The safety of our students is one of our most important concerns and we take appropriate steps to protect your child from injuries. Even so, accidents can and do happen during school events and resulting medical treatment (ambulance transport, surgery, hospitalization, etc.) can be very expensive. Please know that the District does not assume responsibility for these costs. However, as a service to you and your child, your school has joined with thousands of others by offering you access to a low cost, voluntary purchase student accident/health insurance program. The program is arranged and administered by Myers-Stevens and Toohey & Co., Inc., a firm that has specialized in such coverages for 40 years. Details and an enrollment form are in the link and accompanying brochure here. Please read it here carefully.


If you are interested in signing up for "Student Accident Insurance" please click on the application link here.

"Roadmap to Reopening" - Highlights from Family Update #70 - Mr. Leaman, WPUSD Superintendent

Here is the UPDATE for Friday, October 9, 2020. There is information about the first week, tech issues, masks, bus transportation, meal distribution, and more.


FIRST WEEK

Thank you for your patience this week as we finished our 4th day of in-person instruction and conversion to our new InterCONNECT (distance) program. It was great having students back on campus. I know we had some tech issues this week (look below) but people got into routines very quickly.

Remember, you have an important part to play as we reopen. One of the main tasks is to assess your child’s ability to attend school each day by seeing if they have any COVID symptoms that cannot be explained by preexisting conditions. These symptoms include:

  • Fever (100.4 or higher) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you child exhibits any of these symptoms due to an unknown condition, do not send them to school and call your school to see what your next steps are. Every child will be required to wear a mask unless they have an exemption. Please read the Roadmap HERE and any information your child sent home.

We have put together a video located HERE that outlines our protocols and reinforces everything we, and I know you, will do to keep everyone safe!


TECH ISSUES

We had tech issues this week. I know that goes without saying and I am sorry for the off and on problem of being connected. We couldn’t know the extent of the needs until everyone logged in and now we are making adjustments. The plan is to continue to make adjustments to our system, install a new firewall (which was completed Thursday night), and increase our bandwidth from 1 gigabyte per second to 3 gigabytes per second. The additional bandwidth should come online next Wednesday and everything will go smoothly from there. Until then, thank you for your patience and understanding. I know it is very frustrating and we are making changes as quickly as we can.


MASKS

Our students are wearing masks unless they have an exemption (the exceptions are outlined in the guidance located HERE) when they may wear a shield. Masks do not have to be worn when eating or drinking, or in special “outdoor classrooms,” some schools are offering.

Just as a reminder, please wear a mask if you are going to be on campus, including the offices, at any time. I do want to let you know you may observe some people in the offices not wearing masks based on State office protocols.

The guidance for PE and masks includes, “Activities that require heavy exertion should be conducted outside in a physically distanced manner without face coverings.” Students in PE are not dressing out and will not be engaging in heavy exertion until masks are not required.

Parents, remember to model good social distancing out in front of the school while you are waiting for your students.


UPDATE CHANGE

This is the 70th update since March and I don’t want to cause update overload. With our schools starting in-person instruction this week and probably sending out more information, Tuesdays’ update is going to be a verbal update with the large update happening every Friday. Thank you for your diligence this year.


InterCONNECT – SAME NAME, DIFFERENT DELIVERY

When we went to in-person instruction this week, our InterCONNECT program went from a distance only program to one that is taught by the same teacher delivering in-person instruction. If you have concerns about the change and your InterCONNECT student, please contact your school so the administration and teacher can make adjustments and your student is served.


HALLOWEEN

With Halloween around the corner, I am so sorry to let you know students will not be able to exchange candy, treats or items under the current guidelines. I feel like I’m taking away part of the fun of being in school, but it just wouldn’t be safe.


BUS TRANSPORTATION

We have a bottleneck and a solution as to why students are sitting at Lincoln High School on the bus and waiting to be transferred after school. All buses are arriving at Lincoln High for the transfer around 12:45, except the bus from Twelve Bridges Middle with about 7 students that arrive at 1:10. This delays the departure of all buses for about 30 minutes and the students have to wait. This is not safe in today’s environment. Our district doesn’t provide transportation in the city limits and the Twelve Bridges Middle School bus is an in-city bus with only 7 students on it. We are going to eliminate this route with its last run on Wednesday and all students should get home about 30 minutes earlier. All students currently on Route 1 are going to be contacted personally.

Reference the transportation schedules are HERE for a change in the bus drop off times starting next Thursday!


THE COMPLETE "ROADRMAP TO REOPENING" DOCUMENT

This "Roadmap to Reopening" document represents the foundation to start our school year. Click here to see the complete document in English and Spanish. As we have learned from the last few months, change is inevitable, and we will continue to hone the guidelines as our school year continues. In planning for this year, we were guided by the following principles:


  • Student and staff safety
  • Educational program quality
  • Students and staff returning to a physical school site for in person learning
  • Parent choice in programs
  • Staff engagement, training and support
  • Offering a quality distance learning program
  • Collaborating with surrounding districts, Placer County Office of Education, Placer County Health Department


This road map is just a map. There will be many decisions and changes along the way. But the roadmap also gives us a way forward to continue our essential duty of educating and supporting students.


Scott Leaman, Superintendent

WPUSD Medication and Immunization - Annual Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please review the following information regarding medications and health care plans on campus.


Medication Orders and Health Care Plans:

  • If your student will require medication on campus (including non-prescription medications, inhalers, epinephrine auto-injectors...), please visit our website to find the required forms (Student Health Concerns and Medications).
  • Please have your student's health care provider complete and sign the appropriate forms before returning to on-campus instruction.
  • Medication will NOT be allowed on campus without the appropriate paperwork.
  • If your student has a complex/personalized care plan, you will be contacted individually in early August to update their plan. Please do not hesitate to contact your school nurses if you have any questions.


Immunizations:

  • Incoming Kindergarten and 7th Grade students will need to be up to date on required immunizations before returning to on-campus instruction. Information about required immunizations can be found on the Shots for School website.
  • See attached flyers for Placer County's Back to School Immunization Clinics.
  • If your family is unable to access medical care or immunizations, please contact your school nurse (see contact info below) for assistance and information.


Kelley Gordon, School Nurse at FSS, COES, SES, GEMS, LHS, and PHS

kgordon@wpusd.org


Madi Schumann, School Nurse at FRE, LCE, SLE, CCC, TBE, and TBM

mschumann@wpusd.org

Meals for Students -Tuesday, October 13th & Friday, October 16th

From the District Office & Food Service Dept.:


GOOD NEWS! FREE MEAL DISTRIBUTION NEW INFORMATION


The USDA has allowed us to provide FREE meals to all WPUSD students 18 years or younger regardless of their eligibility status through December 31st of 2020. For students who are coming back to school for in-person instruction, meals will be distributed to your student's class at the end of the day on Tuesdays and Fridays. The meals will be delivered in plastic bags and have enough breakfast and lunch items for 3-4 days. If you would like your child to receive these free meals but you did not complete the meal distribution survey that was due last Monday, or if your student just did not receive their meal, please notify our school office ASAP so we can add their names to the distribution list.


If your child is going to be staying on distance learning and you would like to receive the free meals, InterCONNECT meal distributions will occur once per week at Glen Edwards Middle School. Our next InterCONNECT meal distribution will be Wednesday, October 14th from 1pm-2pm. Please submit a Meal Bag order form HERE.


For additional information regarding meal distribution or other food service items in general, visit our WPUSD Food Service page here.


For any other questions or concerns please email Christina at clawson@wpusd.org

Celebrating Our Birthdays!

We typically give a morning "shout out" to our kids and staff who have birthdays on a daily basis.


Here are our upcoming birthdays for the week:

Monday, October 12 ~ Giovanni Munoz Valdez

Tuesday, October 13 ~ William Feliz, Lincoln Pope, and Zafina Punzalan

Wednesday, October 14 ~

Thursday, October 15 ~

Friday, October 16 ~ Elizabeth Gomez

Saturday, October 17 ~

Sunday, October 18 ~ Michael Stump

"Week at a Glance"

Tuesday, October 13th

  • In Person Food Distribution - All students who completed the survey discussed in the "Meal Distribution" section above will have bagged meals delivered to their classroom prior to the 12:00 dismissal time. See above for more details
  • FSS "CHAMPS" PTC Cookie Dough Fundraiser Begins - The fundraiser will run through the end of October. More details to come...
  • FSS "Family Dinner Out" at Old Town Pizza in Lincoln. 15% of what we spend in dine in or takeout orders will come back to our school! Don't forget the flyer that must accompany your order. We hope you can join us!


Wednesday, October 14th

  • InterCONNECT Meal Distribution - Students can pick up their meals if requested from Glen Edwards Middle School between 3:00-4:00 PM. See above for more details.


Friday, October 16th

  • In- Person Food Distribution - All students who completed the survey discussed in the "Meal Distribution" section above will have bagged meals delivered to their classroom prior to the 12:00 dismissal time. See above for more details.

Save the Date

Monday, November 2nd - Now a School Day - Originally, this day was scheduled as a teacher in-service day, but was since switched with this past Thursday, October 1st.

CHAMPS Corner

C.H.A.M.P.S. (formerly known as PTC) stands for "Committed to Honoring and Motivating Parents and Students". Parents play a vital role in helping to fundraise, plan school functions, and guide the direction of our school. See the flyers attached below for more information, and please contact Lisa Chandra at lisac.fss.ptc@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Peachjar

Our school district has invested in a great new way to communicate with our families. Peachjar is a program that sends flyers out to families and also saves and organizes them on our school websites for future viewing. Click here to go to our First Street School Peachjar page.

PowerSchool Parent Portal

Please click here to view and update parent and student information.

"My School Bucks" Account

Click here to enroll and manage cafeteria accounts and balances.

Free and Reduced Priced Meal Application

Click here to found out eligibility criteria.

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