Peek at the Week

Week of August 31, 2020

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CALENDAR

Monday, August 31

  • NO SCHOOL - Professional Learning
  • School Supply Drop Off (sign up below)

Tuesday, September 1

  • NO SCHOOL
  • 1 - 5 Grade Virtual Orientation
  • Kindergarten Student and Parent Conference with Teacher
  • School Supply Drop Off (sign up below)

Wednesday, September 2

  • NO SCHOOL
  • 1 - 5 Grade Virtual Orientation
  • Kindergarten Student and Parent Conference with Teacher
  • School Supply Drop Off (sign up below)

Thursday, September 3

  • NO SCHOOL - Professional Learning
  • School Supply Drop Off (sign up below)

Friday, September 4

  • NO SCHOOL - Professional Learning

Monday, September 7

  • No SCHOOL - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 8

  • 8:45 am - 3:45 pm - Staggered Start (only students with last name A-K come to school)

Wednesday, September 9

  • 8:45 am - 3:45 pm - Staggered Start (only students with last name L-Z come to school)

Thursday, September 10

  • 8:45 am - 3:45 pm - School Begins for ALL Students

Friday, September 11

  • 8:45 am - 3:45 pm - School in Session

SCHOOL SUPPLY DELIVERY

1st through 5th grade Families

We would like to provide you an opportunity to drop off your students' school supplies on August 31st, September 1st, September 2nd, and September 3rd. You are welcome to just have your child bring them on the first day of school; however, this is an opportunity in the event that you want them delivered prior.


Procedure:

1. Drive through the student drop off area/car ride location (southeast side of building)

2. A staff member will take the school supplies from you and deliver them to your child's classroom. Please make sure that the bag of supplies is labeled with your child's first and last name and teacher's name (preferred).


Click on the link below.


Thanks, Dana

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Nurse Information

Many have had many questions about health forms. Our new forms are not yet ready to go out. In the meantime, if your child has a medical condition, an allergy or medication please email me at collinsj@usd385.org.


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Jessica Collins RN

Prairie Creek Elementary School

(316) 218-4830 ext 3

Meadowlark Elementary School

(316) 218-4630 ext 3

ELEMENTARY RECESS

  • Students can play with friends in their grade level on the playground.
  • Equipment may be used. Hands should be washed/sanitized before and after recess.
  • Masks will not be required on the playground. Students will be given a bag to put their mask in.
  • Grade level sets of play equipment (balls, ropes) will be provided and should be sanitized each evening.
  • When possible, the overlapping of grade-level cohorts will be avoided.
  • Students will be instructed on ways to maintain social distancing while on the playground.
  • Students will be expected to separate on the play systems.

ELEMENTARY DRINKING FOUNTAINS

  • Drinking fountains will not be available.
  • Bottle filling stations will be available.

FOOD SERVICE SAFETY PROTOCOLS

OPAA Food Service will implement health and safety practices including the following

  • OPAA will use pre-packaged meals as much as possible to limit touch points.
  • All kitchen staff will wear gloves and masks. Cashiers will also have face shields.
  • Temperature checks will be done daily for staff.
  • Touch point areas will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
  • When possible, schools will use a least two different spaces for students to eat.

LATCHKEY

We WILL be offering latchkey at Meadowlark but it can take up to 90 days for the licensing to get done due to the location being in a new building. At this time, the district will plan on busing students to and from Prairie Creek Elementary School.

SEPTEMBER 1-2 - STUDENT CONFERENCES

Teachers will conduct virtual meetings to help parents navigate the learning models, expectations and support on September 1-2, 2020.


  • Virtual Orientation and Open House
  • The Roadmap to Reopening Playbook for Parents will be available prior to conferences.
  • Each family has a 15-20 minute Parent/Student/Teacher Conference with one of their child’s teachers.
  • Teachers will be given an optional facilitation guide for the conferences.

STAGGERED START FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

The first two days of school, September 8-9, will be a staggered start for students to reconnect, participate in an orientation for new safety procedures, and prepare for the learning model. Students will be divided into two groups, last names A-K and last names L-Z.


Families will be in the same group. For blended families who have children with different last names, if you wish to have your children attend on the same day, we are happy to accommodate that. We will use the last name of the oldest sibling to determine which group your family will be in. Parents will need to communicate whenever possible with non-residential parents so there is clarity on the plan. In addition, the parent with residential guardianship will need to email the principals at each school where children attend to make them aware of the request.


  • Sept. 8: Last names A-K at School
  • Sept. 9: Last names L-Z at School


School begins on September 10 with the learning models recommended.

ROADMAP TO REOPENING: Family Playbook 2020-2021

This playbook will continue to evolve as we add resources and as conditions change in our community’s health situation during the year. We want this to be a “living” document and a place that you can go for the latest information about the school year. As we continue to update you during the year, we will let you know of significant changes or additions that are made to this playbook.


As always, we appreciate your partnership and support of your child’s education.

CLICK HERE TO OPEN THE FAMILY PLAYBOOK

Everything you need to know is in the Family Playbook!

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

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CAR RIDING


ARRIVAL

Please enter the second entrance on 159th and follow the drive to the back of the school building (southeast end). Cars will need to be single file and students need to remain in the car until school personnel signals students to exit the car.



DISMISSAL

Please enter the second entrance on 159th and follow the drive to the back of the school building (southeast end). Cars need to be in a single file and students will be dismissed to your car. ALL students need to load the car from the passenger side. This is done for the safety of your child. We ask that you have a sign (8 1/2 x 11) visible on your front dash/window so that we can quickly identify which child goes with each vehicle. Please list the names of all the children whom you are picking up (WRITE BIG!). Click on the form below.

BUS RIDING


In the morning, the buses should arrive at the school at approximately 8:35 am and will deliver students to the bus oval on the north end of the building.


In the afternoon, the buses should arrive at the school at approximately 3:35 pm and will pick up students from the bus oval on the north end of the building. This is NOT to be used by parents for pick up or drop off.

Transportation Safety Protocols

Durham School Services will implement health and safety practices including the following:

  • While continuing to offer transportation services per the approved fee schedule to those families who live within 2.5 miles of school, we will encourage parents who live within 2.5 miles to transport their own children or secure transportation outside the district option.
  • Buses will be cleaned and sanitized following each route.
  • Drivers and students will be required to wear masks or face coverings.
  • Students will have assigned seats, with siblings or those living in the same house seated together.
  • Buses will be filled starting with the back of the bus and filling to the front as students load.
  • Students will be spread out as much as possible.
  • Buses will be unloaded from the front to the back.

WALKERS ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

ARRIVAL

  • Students should wear a mask once on school property.
  • Students are welcome to enter the building at 8:25, and should not arrive much earlier than 8:25 to maintain social distancing.
  • Students will enter the building, have temperatures screened, and will then proceed directly to their classroom or cafeteria for breakfast. If a student has a temperature, he or she will be taken to the health screening area.

DISMISSAL

  • Students will wait in a designated area until they are dismissed.
  • Students need to social distance and wear their mask.

CAR ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

ARRIVAL

  • Students are asked to please stay in the car until school personnel signals to unload.
  • Students will enter the building, have temperatures screened, and will then proceed directly to their classroom or cafeteria for breakfast. If a student has a temperature, he or she will be taken to the health screening area.

DISMISSAL

  • Students will be dismissed by grade level from their classrooms.
  • Students will wait in a designated area until they are dismissed.
  • Students need to social distance and wear their mask.

BUS ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

ARRIVAL

  • Students are welcome to unload and enter the building once school personnel has signaled the bus driver.
  • Students will enter the building, have temperatures screened, and will then proceed directly to their classroom or cafeteria for breakfast. If a student has a temperature, he or she will be taken to the health screening area.

DISMISSAL

  • Students will be dismissed from their classroom by bus.
  • Students need to social distance in the hallway and wear their masks.

Check-In and Check-Out Procedures

Checking students out

Office staff will conduct all signing in and out of students. Parents may call to check-out students and then the student is sent out to the parent with visual identification. For in-person checking out, once a student is checked out, the parent will go back to their vehicle and the student will be sent out by the office.


Checking students in

Staff members will check students in to create a touchless system. Students need to have temperature checked before proceeding to class if they are arriving for the first time that day.

VISITOR PROCEDURES

Non-essential visitors will be strictly decreased within schools to protect the well-being our our students and staff.


All visitors are required to wear a face covering.


  • Only essential visitors are permitted in the building.
  • No volunteers or lunchtime guests until further notice.
  • Scheduled appointments: Visitors should call the office upon arrival and wait for notification to enter the building. School phone numbers are posted.
  • For social distancing purposes, office staff may request that visitors wait outside of the building or in the foyer.

SPECTATOR GUIDELINES FOR ATHLETIC EVENTS

Dear Student Athletes, Coaches, Parents, and Patrons,


Due to Covid-19, we have put the following guidelines in place to keep you safe as possible while enjoying USD 385 - Andover athletic events.


These guidelines are subject to change based on disease activity in the area and in consultation with the Butler County Health Department.


  • Spectators will be limited to approximately 25% of venue capacity.

  • Each participant will have access to 2 spectator tickets per event.

    • Additional participant tickets may be available depending on venue capacity at that given time.

  • Spectators will utilize the designated ticket system used by each school.

  • All passes will be suspended until spectator restrictions are lifted.

    • This includes staff ID, Gold passes, complimentary, and league passes.

  • Spectators will be required to wear a mask at all events.

    • Indoor Events: Masks are to be worn at all times

    • Outdoor Events: Masks are to be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained.

  • Spectators will not be allowed to re-enter the venue once exiting.

  • Sport-Specific Requirements:

    • Cross Country - Masks will be worn by fans in shared common spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained. Example: Start/Finish Line areas and team tents. Masks may be removed if social distancing can be maintained. Social distancing must be practiced throughout the course facility.

    • Football/Soccer/Tennis/Golf - Masks will be required for entry and at shared common spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained. Example: Concession areas, restrooms, and main entries. Masks may be removed if social distancing can be maintained. Social distancing must be practiced in the stands.

    • Volleyball - Masks will be required for entry. Masks will be worn at all times while indoors. Social distancing must be practiced in the stands.

  • Spectators should sit as family units.

    • Children should be with their parent/guardian at all times

  • Spectators will not be allowed near participant groups, on fields or courts, or by locker rooms.

  • Only necessary personnel will be allowed in the pressbox and at score tables.

  • As soon as the event ends, spectators will make their way to the exit. No congregating in the facility.

  • Concessions will be limited to pre-packaged items. Please social distance when waiting in line.

  • Restrooms will be available. Please social distance when waiting in line.

  • Attendance at away events will be determined by host school based on the school and or county gating policy. Schools will communicate with patrons as soon as possible and preference will be given to participants.

  • Media requests must go through the school athletic director 24 hours in advance

    • Media members must follow all spectator guidelines.

    • Media access will depend on spectator capacity.

    • Media members will check in with the event administrator upon arrival and must remain in the designated media area.


We thank you for your cooperation. Together, we can make our events safe and enjoyable. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school’s athletic office.


Andover Public Schools