Be Safe ~ Be Respectful ~ Be Responsible ~ Be a Mustang
It is with great excitement that I write to you today. As you have likely heard, our district has received a waiver from the State to reopen to in-person learning. There is no doubt that this announcement has brought a myriad of emotions to you and your family. I know it has for me personally and professionally. We are all weighing the pros and cons of this decision. This is a normal and reasonable response given our unique circumstances having suffered a major natural disaster during a global pandemic. Even typing these words out, I am still in shock a bit about all we have gone through this year. It has been a lot.
My only hope for you and your child/children is that you make the best decision for your own comfort level. Yesterday we sent out a survey to gather information about which educational setting you would like for each of your children at our school. There is no right or wrong answer here. You simply need to do what makes sense for your family. We are here to serve you wherever you land in this process. If you have not already filled out our survey, please do so today, find the link to the survey below. We are relying on this information to finalize plans and begin preparations for in-person learning. Thank you!!
If you are considering an in-person option, be assured that we will strictly follow all safety guidelines set forth by the State. The safety of our students and their families, along with the safety of our staff and their families, is our top priority. We do not take this responsibility lightly. As you have seen through our survey, we are leaning towards a hybrid option that offers students 3 hours of on-site learning (either in the morning or afternoon) 4 days a week for our instructional model. Through many conversations with various stakeholders, we have come to the conclusion that a schedule that allows students to attend school 4 days a week to receive in-person instruction in our core content areas of reading and math is the best approach to meeting the educational and emotional needs of our students. Equally important, by splitting each class in half so that we only have half our student population on campus at a given time, we limit the number of people that our students come into contact with.
I also want to acknowledge that we know childcare is a real challenge for many of our families. As a mom myself, this was one of the first things to pop into my mind when we were considering various hybrid options. There is no simple answer to this issue but please know that we are working with our partners at Boys & Girls Club to find support for our families that need their help.
There are many more details to our reopening plans that I will share with everyone in the near future, especially as they relate to safety, instruction, and timeline. I know that this decision is a big one to make and am here to help you think through it if you need my support. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions.
Heather Lowe Rogers
Principal, Talent Elementary School
Link to Parent Survey
*ODP Parents ~ A seperate survey will be sent for your input, please do not fill out this one.
Flu Shot Clinic
1:00 pm to 6:00pm ~ Wednesday, October 21, 2020 ~ Central Point Health Center, 4940 Hamrick Rd, Central Point
8:00am to 5pm ~ Saturday, November 7, 2020 ~ Phoenix Health Center, 3617 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford
Available at no cost for most insured, including members of OHP. Cost of uninsured is $20 to $42 depending on income.
Title 1 Notices
Our school receives federal funds for Title I programs. A requirement of receiving these funds is that we send out specific notifications. One of these notifications is your right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher. If you request this information, the district or school will provide you with the following as soon as possible:
* if the teacher has met state licensing requirements for the grade level and subject in which the teacher is providing instructions;
* if the teacher is teaching under an emergency status for which state licensing requirements have been waived;
* the type of college degree major of the teacher and the field of discipline for any graduate degree or certificate;
* if your child is receiving Title I services from paraprofessionals and, if so, his/her qualifications.
If you would like to request this information, please contact Talent Elementary School. We currently have 100% of our teachers meeting the current qualification requirements.
Every fall, winter and spring Phoenix-Talent Schools administer screening assessments to each of our students. Students may be recommended by the school’s Instructional and Behavioral team to receive interventions and to have their progress monitored. You will be notified if your child will receive additional instruction.