Kinsner News

Mr. Diedrick's Newsletter- August 13, 2021

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Kinsner PTA's Annual Popsicle Playdate

Kinsner PTA’s Annual Popsicle Playdate is right around the corner! Monday, August 16th at 4pm! Parents and students of Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd graders are invited to the Kinsner playground to reunite with old friends and make new ones!


Popsicles provided by Kinsner PTA

Hope to see you all there!!

Drop Off/Pick Up (Procedures same as last year)

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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL SIGNS - #MustangsFirstDay

We want to see pictures of students celebrating their first day of school! To help with your first day pictures, we have created printable signs for your students. Click HERE for signs for all of our grades and schools. No matter how you are documenting the memories of the first day of school, make sure you tag your posts with #MustangsFirstDay. Good luck to all of our students on this very special day of the school year!

Open House: Monday, August 16th

Open House will be a Meet and Greet/Drop-Off Event, rather than our traditional night with formal presentations from our staff. This night will allow you to familiarize yourself with your child's classroom, drop off school supplies and meet your child's teacher. In order to prevent a large number of parents and students in the building and individual classrooms, our procedures will be as follows:


  • We ask that only one parent/guardian attend Open House with their child.
  • Only children who attend Kinsner should accompany a parent/guardian, but it is not required that you bring your child with you.


We will provide 3 sessions for families to come in for our Meet and Greet. Please adhere to the time that is provided based on the first letter of your last name (for those who have children with different last names, please use the time slot that you would for the youngest child)


  • 5:00 - 5:30: A-I
  • 5:40 - 6:10: J-Q
  • 6:20 - 6:50: R-Z.


After 30 minutes, announcements will made to begin exiting the building so the next group can enter. Please assist us in making this a smooth process, as we want to promote a beneficial and safe night for everyone. Remember, this is not a time to hold a conference with your child's teacher. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for September 30 and October 6.


Note: Teachers will be sending home pertinent information regarding classroom procedures/ expectations by Friday, August 20

Kindergarten Orientation: Wednesday, August 18th

Please check your mail as you should have received a letter in regards to Kindergarten Orientation.


Here are some important reminders:


The first official day of kindergarten will be Thursday, August 19, 2021.


Kindergarten Orientation times are:

Mrs. Canning: 1:00-3:00

Mrs. Lempner: 9:30-11:30

Mrs. Keirnozek: 1:00-3:00

Mrs. Darrah (Half-Day Kindergarten): 9:30-11:30


Please bring your child’s school supplies to your orientation session.


You should have received an email from Linda Konopinski (after registering) containing directions on how to create and access your parent account in our online Powerschool Unified Classroom Parent Portal. If you need this information again, please contact Linda Konopinski at lkonopinski@scsmustangs.org or 440-846-4137. This will be important to set up to access important information.

Chromebooks

Students in Grades 3-5 will be receiving Chromebooks that they will take home with them and bring back to school each day. Below are some specifics about Chromebooks in our building:


  • ALL students will have access to a chromebook, as we are 1-1 at our building.
  • Only 3rd-5th Grade students will be given a device to take home each day.
  • Third grade students and NEW fourth and fifth graders will receive a carrying case that should be used to protect the device when traveling to and from school.
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade students received a case last year. They were allowed to keep their cases, so they should continue to use that to protect their device. If your child no longer has their case, a new one can be provided at cost, or you can purchase your own at a retail store.

Health and Safety Protocols

COVID-19 prevention strategies remain critical to protect people, including students, teachers, and staff that may not be vaccinated. As we want to provide a safe and supportive environment for everyone, we will continue to implement the following preventive measures for the 2021-22 school year in consideration of the recommendations provided by the Ohio Department of Health.


  1. Vaccination. We will continue to share vaccination opportunities/locations for eligible students and staff.

  2. Wearing Masks. Per the CDC, masks must be worn by all students and staff when riding on the school bus. When at school and indoors, masks are optional for students and staff, yet strongly recommended for those who are unvaccinated. When outdoors, masks are not necessary, but still are optional based on individual/family preference.

  3. Ventilation. We will continue to implement our ventilation protocols to bring in as much outside air as possible and provide air filtration at the highest level possible for our existing HVAC units.

  4. Social Distancing. We will strive to maintain 3 feet social distancing within classrooms, cafeterias, and learning spaces. Cooperative grouping opportunities for students may be phased throughout the fall based on COVID trends in the school district.

  5. Additional Mitigation Strategies. We will continue to provide opportunities for regular hand washing / hand sanitizer use and educate students on proper respiratory etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes.)

  6. Cleaning / Disinfection. We will continue to implement the same cleaning / disinfection procedures as were implemented last school year.

  7. Health Screenings. Families/Staff continue to be required to perform daily health screenings and must stay at home when feeling ill and/or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms (CLICK HERE).

  8. Contact Tracing, Isolations, and Quarantines. We will continue to perform regular contract tracing in combination with isolation or quarantine mandates as set by the Ohio Department of Health or other state/local mandates.


Note. The Superintendent may enact further restrictions, such as mandatory masking and increased social distancing by classroom, grade-level, or building based on COVID-related data and trends.


For additional information on the prevention strategies listed above and COVID-related restrictions in our buildings for the 2021-22 school year, click on the link below.


PREVENTION STRATEGY DETAILS


SCHOOL BUILDING OPERATING PROCEDURES / RESTRICTIONS

Transportation

Transportation services will be provided to all students that live one (1) or more miles from their school and are not residing on a non-busing street. The communication timeline for transportation services is as follows:


Bus Stops/Pickup Time information can be accessed in families’ PowerSchool/Unified Classroom accounts beginning on August 2, 2021.


GPS Information for parents through the Here Comes the Bus app will be accessible on August 2,2021, as well. The app will be fully functional on the first day of school. You can CLICK HERE for enrollment instructions for the Here Comes the Bus app.


The health and safety of our students is our top priority and that is inclusive of their transport to and from school. To ensure their health and safety while waiting for the bus and riding the bus, and per CDC mandates, the following safety protocols will be implemented.


Bus Stops. Due to being outdoors, students are not required to wear facial coverings at their bus stop.


On The Bus. Unless a facial covering exemption is on file, per the CDC, all students and staff are required to wear facial coverings while riding District transportation.


Seating. There will be a maximum of two (2) students per seat with students in the same household seated together. All students will have assigned seating

Breakfast and Lunch Procedures

USDA Free Breakfast & Lunch Program / Cafeteria Protocols


As of April 22, 2021, the USDA has announced that ALL students will be able to receive free breakfast and lunch through June 2022. This will be available for children learning in person and those in SOLO.


We plan to resume cafeteria access for all students. Meaning, students will be eating in the cafeteria during the allotted time for lunch. To the extent possible, students will be asked to sit at least 3 feet apart where space allows. To help maintain social distancing, visitors are not permitted in the cafeteria. Finally, we will continue to discourage the practice of sharing outside food during breakfast, lunch, or for classroom celebrations.


Note. Elementary students wishing to receive breakfast and/or lunch at school must pre-register the day before no later than 10:00 p.m. Click Here for the pre-registration link.

Important Dates:

  • August 16th: Open House (see above for times)
  • August 18: First Day of School (Grades 1-9) & KG Orientation

  • August 19: First Day of School (KG & 10-12)

Questions? We Got Answers!!

If you have questions please feel free to reach out!


Important Phone Numbers to Note:


  • Attendance Line 440- 572-7003 choose Option 1 for Elementary Schools and then Option 2 for Kinsner
  • Mr. Diedrick, Principal 440-572-7120
  • Mrs. Hawk, Assistant Principal 440-572-7120
  • Mrs. Marconi, Secretary 440-268-5400
  • Kinsner Clinic 440-268-5916
  • Transportation 440-572-7060