Week of 10/12/20 at Richland Elementary School
This week, we move to two types of learning: full virtual or full in person of 5 days a week from 9:00-2:00. We are so proud of in person students for following mask wearing and social distancing protocol inside the school building and outside at recess! I am happy to share that in addition to balls, jumpropes, hula hoops, and sidewalk chalk offered to students at outdoor recess, playgrounds and swings are now open. Students will continue to stay with their classes on their blacktop areas and playground. Look below for recess bag ideas too!
With full classes, we will ensure a 6 foot distance during lunch times by using classrooms and our lunch room to socially distance students.
Parents of full virtual students, please enusre your children are completing their daily check in by 2:00 so they are marked as present. In person students are marked as absent if they are not physically present, unless they are ill or are quarantining per our school nurse. In that case, they become virtual learners for a period of time. We appreciate your communication, and continue to reach out with questions.
Enjoy your week!
PACK A RAINY DAY RECESS BAG!
This ziploc bag will stay in students' school bags until recess. They may bring the items home and exchange for others as often as they like. We have lots of spare bags at Richland!
SCENES FROM THIS WEEK
RICHLAND HAS A NEW MASCOT!
NEXT WEEK, WE'LL REVEAL ITS NAME!
All students will receive this free t-shirt with our new Richland mascot!
You can see additional new Richland spirit wear available here. All items will be delivered to Richland Elementary School 3 weeks after end of sale and will be distributed to in person students. Full virtual students will be contacted to pick up their t-shirt and any additional items ordered.
Order new Richland wear here! Online ordering is open now until October 11.
VIRTUAL BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
WEDNESDAY, 10/21 at 6:30
Our first classroom session will begin at 6:30, and teachers will share a recorded message from the principal before speaking about their classrooms. In the second classroom session, teachers will share the same information from 7:15-7:45. Choose a session that best fits your schedule.
This night is for parents/guardians only. Teachers will share Google Meet links.
Session 1: 6:30-7:05
Session 2: 7:15-7:45
FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL QCSD STUDENTS
The free food program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.
The United States Department of Agriculture has extended a nationwide waiver to allow the Quakertown Community School District to provide FREE meals to ALL students regardless of need through December 2020, or until available federal funding runs out. No qualification or identification is needed.
In QCSD, all students are eligible to receive FREE breakfast and FREE lunch beginning Wednesday, September 23.
Breakfast will be served at Richland in our lunch room from 8:45-9:00.
Lunch is cold service, with three selections daily: A sandwich or wrap, a salad with a protein and roll, or a Grape/Peanut Butter Uncrustable. An assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables along with milk will be available daily. Students will order their lunches in the morning and will eat lunch in their classrooms. Lunches will be assembled by the cafeteria staff in bags, with aides delivering to rooms at the scheduled lunch times.
For Virtual Learners, bagged breakfasts and lunches will be available for pick-up Monday through Friday at Quakertown Community High School from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The food distribution location is the High School bus loop.
FROM MRS. STAUFFER, OUR SCHOOL NURSE
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO QUARANTINE?
What should you or your child do if asked to quarantine due to exposure to Covid-19? After an exposure to Covid-19, it may take between 2-14 days for symptoms to appear. When ordered to quarantine, you must stay inside of your home until cleared by the Department of Health. Even if you have no symptoms, you or your child should not be outside of your home having close contact with friends and neighbors. If you become infected with the virus, with or without symptoms, interacting with others not in your household can cause community spread of the disease.
While in school, we require children and staff to be masked, wash their hands often, and socially distance to prevent our Richland community from becoming ill. Even if your child has been diagnosed with a common cold, please ensure they avoid contact with other children to prevent transmission and missed school days. Following these same good habits outside of school will prevent you, your children, and others from becoming sick, whether it be from Covid-19, Flu, or any number of common fall and winter illnesses.
For more information, please read QCSD Exclusion from and Return to School Requirements.
LIVE AND VIRTUAL DAILY ATTENDANCE
Every day Monday through Friday is a school day.
Please keep your child home if they show any symptoms and call to let us know. You will receive a follow up call from our school nurse. We will confirm if your child will become a virtual learner for a period of time so they are not marked absent from in person instruction while staying home with symptoms.
FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE PHYSICALLY IN THE BUILDING:
Attendance will be taken as in the past, and students will be marked absent if they are not physically present. *Please note, only students who need to quarantine or are approved by the school nurse will learn virtually instead of in person.
FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE 100% VIRTUAL LEARNERS:
Attendance will be taken daily. All students are to complete their "check-in" activity as explained by their teachers by 2:00 daily. To allow for the completion of work asynchronously, students may complete other school activities after 2:00, but the check-in must be completed by 2:00 in order to be marked as present.
IF YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT:
You will receive an email At 3:00 on the day your child is marked absent. The school must receive an excuse from you within 3 days of the absence.
New this year, you may respond to the email with your absence reason. If you prefer, you may send in an absence note to the office. All excuses must be received within 3 days of the absence.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
The live school day begins at 9:00 and ends at 2:00.
Please note AM Kindergarten pick up at 11:00 and PM drop off at 12:00 are in the front of the school.
All buses will drop off and pick up in the front of the school.
OUR WORDS FOR 2020
VIRTUAL BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT 10/21
For Parents and Guardians
6:30 First Classroom Session
7:15 Second Classroom Session