Important reminders for remote, in-person elementary learners

Posted On: Friday, September 11, 2020

The Elementary School has prepared these important reminders for both remote and in-person learners:

Remote Learners and their families

Thank you for a fantastic first week of in-person/remote learners. This week has brought attention to a few things you could help with to ensure a fun and successful year for your child(ren). Parents and guardians, we understand the commitment you are making to help your child find success in this virtual environment. We are so grateful for your support from your home. We want to partner with you and need to ask for your help. Here are a few things you can do...

With so much to keep up with, please prioritize the following:

  • Make sure to pick up student work from the elementary main door vestibule on time. This will ensure your child has what he/she needs for classes each day.
  • Make sure you have printer access. Though teachers will do their best to provide materials for students, there will be times when you will need to print items to use for various lessons.
  • When you pick up your materials packets each week, pay special attention to any assessments/tests in the packets. Take care to read and follow the instructions carefully to ensure accurate test results. This will likely mean you are not able to assist your child with the assessment in any way. By allowing your child to take the assessment without parent assistance, the teacher can get an accurate picture of where each student needs additional support. Remember: It is not about the score on the test. It is about helping your child learn skills and content for success. In order to do this, an accurate picture of your child's knowledge and skills is important.
  • Remind your child to engage in the following online etiquette:
    • Students must have their cameras on at all times unless directed by the teacher. This allows the teacher to watch for confusion and to be sure the student continues to be present throughout a lesson.
    • Students should be sitting at a desk or table. Please do not allow your child to lay in their bed during lessons.
    • Students should follow the school dress code. Unless there is a special theme for the day (pajama day, hat day, etc.), students should attend classes fully dressed, following the dress code described in the Parent Handbook.
    • Remote students must complete ALL classwork and homework, and turn in work on time.
    • Student in grades 4-6 and their parents/guardians should check Powerschool regularly to check for late and/or missing assignments.

Stay tuned for upcoming information about how your children can participate in Picture Day Sept. 25. All picture orders for the 20-21 school year should be ordered through the Inter-State Studio website. Make-up Picture Day is Nov. 6.

Thank you for all of your help as we work to make this a fun and successful school year for your children.

In-Person Learners and their families

Thank you for a great first week with both remote and in-person students. This week's staggered start has given us the opportunity to review and practice new procedures with all of our elementary in-person learners in small groups.  As we prepare for full attendance next week, there are several things you can do to help us have a fun and safe full return to school.

Drop-off

  • Please DO NOT drop students off at school before 8:00am.  Our doors are not staffed before 8:00.  Therefore, there is no monitoring of social distancing before 8:00am 
  • If you drive your children to school, please use the circle, allowing children to get out of the car, after 8:00am, independently.  This cuts down on the number of people crowding the sidewalks, and allows for appropriate social distancing. 
  • If you walk with your children to school, please walk only as far as your child needs you to find his/her door.  It is important that we minimize gathering on the sidewalks as students enter school to allow for appropriate social distancing.
  • If your child walks to school on his/her own, please encourage your child to leave home so he/she arrives on property between 8:00 and 8:05 so he/she can go straight to his/her entry door for temperature checking and entrance to the building.

Lunch Boxes

  • Please label your child's lunch bag/box. Many lunchboxes are not labeled with the child's name and student number.  Without labels, lunch staff members are not able to safely distribute lunches, resulting in children having to unnecessarily rummage through the lunch bins.  
  • Make sure your child has a packed lunch every day. Our hot lunch program is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. OHSPA has graciously provided non-perishable items such as cereal and applesauce for emergency lunches, but these supplies are not intended to replace regular student lunches.
  • No drinks will be sold at school until further notice. Please pack a drink for your child. Students will not be allowed to go to their classrooms to get water bottles.

Open Lunch

  • Students may only leave the building for lunch during their assigned lunch/recess time. Unfortunately, this means that siblings with different scheduled lunch/recess times will not be able to leave the building during the same time span.
  • Students must let their teacher know they are leaving for lunch at the beginning of the day.

Lunches/Items Dropped Off During School Day

  • Leave forgotten items on the cart in vestibule with child's name, homeroom teacher, & lunch number.
  • All forgotten lunches must be dropped off at school no later than 10:30am to make it down the the lunchroom in time for lunch.
  • Office staff will check the cart periodically throughout the day.

Appointments/Early Pick-ups

  • Please send a note with your child at the beginning of the day (or upon return to school) stating the date, reason for absence, and time you will pick up (or picked up) your child.
  • Please enter the vestibule and sign your child out on the clipboard attached to the wall.
  • A staff member will bring your child to you.

Stay tuned for upcoming information about how your children can participate in Picture Day Sept. 25. All picture orders for the 20-21 school year should be ordered through the Inter-State Studio website. Make-up Picture Day is Nov. 6.

Thank you for all of your help as we work to make this a fun and successful school year for your children.





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