TCE Weekly Update
September 21, 2020
At this time the district timeline continues to be October 5 for students in K-3 to return to in person instruction and grades 4-5 on October 26. We are waiting on the response of 11 families for their selection of hybrid or online model. Once the data is collected, Dan Johnston will be making decisions on staffing changes needed to meet the needs. This information will be shared with you as soon as possible.
I am spending the next two weeks preparing the building by setting up classrooms with desks spaced 6 feet apart. We will be removing any furniture that will be in the way of maximizing the number of students in a room. I will also be marking the hallways with directional signs and designate bathrooms for specific classrooms.
Staff is grades 1-3 will have their Health and Safety Protocol Walk Thrus on Wednesday, September 23 with Mark Carter, our school nurse, and myself. Please check your email for a calendar invite.
There continues to be a million unanswered questions and concerns regarding hybrid model. Please refer to the Hybrid Transition FAQ document for answers whenever possible.
I appreciate the support you have shown one another during these uncertain times. Thank you for continuing to pull together and hold each other up. I also greatly appreciate the kindness and care you have given me. Thank you to our paraeducators for the surprise treat of self care! TCE means the world to me and I am grateful for each of you.
The month of September will be focused on KINDNESS. Through weekly lessons and activities we will help the students bring good things into their lives and our world through kind words, gifts and actions.
This week we dig in to the Science of Kindness to learn about the benefits that kindness has on our own health. This week's Kindness Dare is to complete a random act of kindness for another staff member.
Digital Calm Down Corner
Now more than ever, we are thinking about our health. Flu shots are highly recommended. Costco will be providing flu shots on September 29 from 7:00-10:30AM and from 1:00-4:00PM at the District Office board room. All of our insurance carriers will be accepted. All staff will need to fill out a Google Form before receiving a flu shot so please respond ASAP.
If you are in need of an extra monitor to use at home the Tech Department still have about 75 monitors and adaptors to give out. Please contact Frank Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pick up at the tech center.
NED Mindset Virtual Assembly
Google Meet Issues
There is an issue of students entering Meet sessions before the teacher and affects host controls and recordings. In a nutshell:
- Students entering Meet sessions before the teacher is a known Google issue that will hopefully be resolved soon.
- The first one in the meeting is the host and has all the host controls.
- The blue badge with the lock on the bottom left is displayed for the host.
- Meet recordings are saved in the Drive of the host only.
- When the Meet session is over, the teacher needs to be the last one to leave.
- Use the red phone icon at the bottom of the screen to end the Meet- do not simply close the tab.
Don't forget to submit tech ideas to Laura and Colleen so that they can design Tech Specialist lessons that fit your student's needs.
IEP at a Glance
Technology Help Line
Safe Schools Trainings
Tiger Tales Newsletters
Health Attestation Upon Entry
If you have the following symptoms, you may not enter school and should self isolate until your doctor can be consulted:
- Cough you cannot attribute to another illness
- Sudden onset of shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
If you plan to enter the building you must come through the front door and follow procedures:
- Use hand sanitizer
- Take your temperature with the thermometer provided by holding 1-6cm from your head and pressing the trigger button until you hear it beep.
- Verify that your temperature is less than 100.4 degrees on thermometer display.
- Sign the attestation questions that verify that you do not have unexplained symptoms.
- Initial the attestation sheet that your temperature was less than 100.4 degrees.
- Use hand sanitizer again.
If you have two or more of any of the following symptoms, you may not enter school and should self isolate until your doctor can be consulted:
Temperature over 100 degrees
New loss of taste or smell
New muscle aches that you cannot attribute to another health condition, or that may have been caused by specific activity or physical exercise
Chills or repeated shaking with chills
When in the building masks are required and must be kept over your nose and mouth unless you are working alone. You must maintain 6 feet of distancing, wash hands often with soap and avoid touching your eyes/nose/mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and avoid using other employee's work stations and equipment.