Staying Connected

September 13, 2020

Dear Families;

In just a couple of days will will officially kick off the 2020-2021 school year! As we all know, this is a year like no other. Every aspect of our day has had to be reconfigured and planned for. It has been quite an undertaking to say the least. I have certainly appreciated parent and staff patience during this challenging time. It has not been easy on any of us. We are all in this together and we will rise above and meet all of the obstacles that come our way!


We're all in this together!

Arrival and Dismissal

For families transporting their child(ren) to and from school, there are new procedures in place. At this time families will not be parking at the Rec Center. Families will drive down to the school, drive along the last row of parking spots and the transportation department fence, proceed to the end and pull up along side the curbing. Parents can drop off in the morning 8:45-9:00 AM and pick up in the afternoon, 3:00-3:15 PM. Students will enter school at the main entrance and will dismiss from this or the middle door depending on where cars are located. We will signal when your child can get out of the vehicle and when you can pull away.

Please stay in your car unless your child needs help getting out or into their car seat or seat belt. If stepping out of your car, a mask is required. Students need to be wearing a mask to enter the school. We will have some on hand if needed.

We also ask that no car pass another car during arrival and dismissal. Please wait for a signal to pull away from the curb. We do not want to have any vehicles moving as students are walking down the sidewalk.

This year we will be using a dismissal program to help with parent pick up. This is something new and there are likely to be kinks to work out. Expect the first day to be much slower. Please have patience with us as we are try something new. In the end, it should all work really well and no one has to walk so far in the rain and the cold! Bonus!

On the first day of pick up, you will receive a display tag which will be used for future pick ups. These tags will help us in notifying the classroom teacher when you have arrived for your child(ren). For families with multiple children, one tag includes all children in a family. This program has more features we will likely use once we get this part perfected.

Buses are planned to arrive at the end of parent drop off and pick up time. Not knowing how all of this is going to work out, we may have to direct families to wait to pull up so that we can get some buses loaded or unloaded. Hopefully we won't have to.

Lunch and Breakfast

The following information was shared on Friday.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently extended universal free lunch and breakfast under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) through as late as December 31, 2020! In essence, this means that Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District will be providing free meals to all students for the first several months of the 2020-2021 school year, whether at school or learning remotely, regardless of families’ financial means.

To enable accurate preparation and delivery of meals to classrooms and for curbside pickup, families will need to pre-order meals. Visit the School Nutrition Department’s page on the District website for menus and additional information.

More information will be sent on Monday.

For remote learning students, families can pick up lunch and next day's breakfast between 11:00-11:30. There are not any alternate sites at this time for Granville and Tolland.

Drive down to the school, drive along the last row of parking spots and the transportation department fence, proceed to the end and pull up along side the curbing.

When there are holidays, we will double up the day before.