Chisholm Update

July 2020 Information

The Adventure Awaits!

Although this newsletter may not contain ALL the information you may need, we hope this gives you a great head start to being part of the Chisholm Family. Please call the school office after July 27th if you have any questions. WE ARE HERE TO HELP!! :)

This document and the student handbook are updated with COVID safety measures that EPS and Chisholm will be taking. Please keep in mind that as COVID precaution protocols from our federal, state, and local governments change, our safety measures may change as well.

One thing we want to prioritize this year, of course student and staff safety, but we will focus on assuring the student experience remains fun and adventurous. "Perception and attitude make a huge difference in how kids handle things. For example, if we talk about masks as these cool new things we need to wear to keep others safe and look, mine has puppies on it and yours has Poke'mon on it and that is so awesome, the kids will respond better to that. If we talk about ourselves as teachers and how we are learning new things along with our students, we help build those bonds that make the school year go much more smoothly. If we as a team of parents and teachers do this right, we hope our students will see these safety measures as an adventure!"

Procedures and practices that are being created right now will be analyzed and evaluated throughout the course of the year. Adjustments will be made frequently as necessary. It is our commitment to have traditional school with students here in classrooms 5 days a week. We also know that this school year will look completely different from any previous school year. With all the uncertainty and change as we start this adventure, the ability to display grace and compassion will be vital. The changes we make are not all going to be agreed upon or popular, but they will be made in the hopes of increasing safety. We look forward to seeing the students and hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.

School Hours

8:50 am to 3:25 pm

Front doors and bus loop open at 8:20 for drop off. Teachers are on duty to provide supervision beginning at 8:20 am. Students are not to arrive before 8:20 and please do not leave students before this time. Boys and girls will go directly to their classrooms to allow for COVID safety measures once they are dropped off or arrive at school. Students are allowed to eat breakfast in the cafeteria if parents wish. Students should arrive at the cafeteria before 8:40 in order to have time to eat and not to be late to class. The tardy bell rings at 8:50.

Office hours are held from 8:20-3:55


First Bell 8:45 and Tardy Bell 8:50 (students should be in seats by this time)

Dismissal Bell 3:25

District Pre-K Times (early start schools)

Information on Pre K arrival and dismissal will be coming shortly

Chisholm Elementary Office

Principal - Thomas Higdon

Assistant Principal - Michelle Wartley

Counselor - Allie Nobles

School Psychologist - Stacey Howard

Media Specialist - Brette Butler

School Nurse - TBA

Registrar - Mendy Massey

Financial Secretary - Kathy Pollock

Attendance Secretary - Cece Pearson

Meet the Teacher Day Aug 12th

The district is sending all enrolled families an email Monday, July 13 regarding Utility Bill Online Verification and Meet the Teacher information and a link for you to sign up for times. There will be virtual times (which is highly suggested for older returning students) and in person appointments (which is highly suggested for young and new students).

First Day Procedures Aug 13th

Due to COVID safety precautions, parents and guests may not enter the building. We will have staff members on hand to help get students to their desired location as they arrive at school. We hope this relieves those worries about just dropping off your little one to walk in alone. There will be an adult that will take your child and escort them directly to their classroom.

More information and details will be sent out closer to this day.

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Mascot - Chargie - Colors Royal Blue and Gold

Chisholm Mission:

To impact and empower our community of learners to be responsible, productive citizens.

Chisholm Vision:

All Chisholm students will be proficient learners at grade level or above and will exhibit positive character traits that will enable them to be responsible and productive members of society.

  • Provide differentiated instruction to meet the learning needs for all children.
  • Recognize that children are developmentally different and learn at individual rates of speed.
  • Provide learning opportunities which strengthen and enrich the whole child (i.e. social, eotional, physical, as well as academic.)
  • Create a safe, nurturing environment in which students will be able to experience success.Realize that a child’s success and growth is a team effort involving parents, teachers, and students.

Chisholm Motto:

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Return to School - General Guidelines for Families

District Guidelines for return to school for August of 2020


Each child will need to bring a mask to school each day to wear when social distancing protocols cannot be followed. Students will not be required to wear their masks all day long, however. Wearing the mask is highly encouraged but not required in EPS elementary.

*There are times when masks should be worn in school- at the teacher table when social distancing to other students and teacher is not possible, at center time when social distancing is not possible, and any other small group time.

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Please call in all student absences to the attendance line at 405-340-2950 by 9:00 for EACH day your student will be sick or late. If your student is going to be late to school for any reason, please make sure and let our office know ahead of time (if possible) by calling our attendance line by 9:00 that morning.

EARLY CHECKOUT is discouraged.... and will count towards their total absences.

Students will not be called out of class until a parent is present to sign them out. Please plan ahead for appointments, as students are learning from bell to bell and miss valuable instructional class time when checked out. If you do have to check your child out early, please try to do so before 3:00, as classes and students will begin preparing for our 3:25 dismissal.

Student illness & Exclusion Policies


COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL If a teacher suspects that a student may have COVID-19 symptoms, he/she will contact the office to arrange for an adult to come to the classroom and escort the student to an isolation room. Parents will be contacted immediately to pick up their child and seek a medical opinion.

Exclusion Policy

To prevent the spread of disease and to protect your student, please keep your student home for the following symptoms:

  • temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher (must be fever free with no medication for 24 hours before return to school)
  • vomiting (must be vomit free for 24 hours before return to school)
  • diarrhea (must be diarrhea free for 24 hours before return to school)
  • head lice - Students can not return to school until they have been treated and examined by district nurses.

If a student becomes ill during school, the parent/guardian of the student will be contacted and if student meets above criteria, student must be checked out to go home. It is important to provide your student's school with updated contact numbers so parents/guardians may be reached concerning illness, as well as emergencies.

Medication Policy

If your child requires medication to be given at school, please contact the office immediately. There are forms to fill out and specific procedures to follow. This is the EPS policy regarding medications:


District Policies on Medications

Programs, Events, Guests

Due to COVID safety measures this year, we will not have in person programs and special events. As the year progresses, we will look to or try and replicate some of those events through video if possible. Charge ups and school gatherings in the cafeteria will also not occur. We will look to replace those activities with virtual events when and wherever possible.

Guests: There can be no guests in the building to protect our students and staff by minimizing possible exposures to COVID. District procedures also state no parents can have breakfast or lunch with their child in the cafeteria this year.

A small number of guest exceptions can be made by contacting the school principal for an appointment.

-One PAL can be assigned to work only in the workroom at a time, but no small children can attend with the PAL. This will be coordinated through the PTO PALS committee leader and principal.

-One Media helper or volunteer can work in the media center if the time has been arranged with Media Director.

-Appointments for meetings and conferences can be prearranged with the teacher and principal. We would prefer to meet through a virtual platform if possible to reduce and minimize the potential for spread.

*All of these approved guests must participate in a screening, including temperature check and symptom questions.

Lunch and Recess for our students

Lunch and Recess procedures will change slightly due to COVID safety measures.

Lunch: As long as possible, lunch will still be in the cafeteria. Students will still sit by class but only on one side of the table and skip every other seat. We are still working out the schedule , which will be released closer to the start of school. District procedures also state no parents can have breakfast or lunch with their child in the cafeteria this year.

Recess: As long as possible, students will still have outside recess when weather permits. Classes will be assigned zones to remain in that will rotate each day.

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Dismissal - Car Rider Plus

All Chisholm students will receive backpack tags with an assigned number that is assigned to the individual student or family. Parents will receive two rearview mirror tags that display their student/ family numbers. Parents will need to place their mirror tag when they arrive at school to pick up their students. The number will be entered into a computer system , which will alert students in their rooms their ride is here.

This same system can be used for bus riders and walkers since every student will have an assigned number. It will also give us the ability to track how and when students are picked up or leave the school property.

More information about this Car Rider Plus system will be sent out as we get closer to school.

You can watch a video of this process in action that was made Frontier Elementary School last year.

Car Rider Plus in Action

This system was used during the 19-20 school year at Frontier