School Is Reopening!

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Oct. 9, 2020

Hello Wildcat Families,

Thank you for your patience, as we get ready to pivot into a hybrid in- person schedule on Nov. 17. Below is important information regarding our reopening. If you have any questions I am always available by phone or email and will be hosting a live Q and A session on zoom before we return to campus. We also will be making a video that explains everything, which we will have ready the first week in November. Below is a link that you can use to post any questions you may have. I will try to have answers for any questions posted here before our live meeting 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Yl3_hO63Yvq20Kc51X_wzxqojNyJdBw5J7xv6w0wPEM/edit?usp=sharing

Hybrid/ Virtual Schedules:

The hybrid/ virtual middle school schedule is included at the bottom of this message. All virtual and hybrid students will move to the same schedule on Nov. 17. Every student is assigned a cohort group of A or B. These groups were arranged to best meet the needs of each student and our families. You will be able to see your child’s cohort group on Aeries in the coming weeks. 

Cohort A will attend school on Tuesday and Wednesday in person and Cohort B will attend school in person on Thursday and Friday. Virtual students will also be grouped into Cohort A and B and will follow the Cohort schedule with zoom instruction. Hybrid and virtual students are not in the same classes.

This schedule was selected for several reasons:

  1.       Every student whether hybrid or virtual receives the same amount of Live instruction in a given week. Every student, whether virtual or hybrid is seen by their teachers every day. This ensures equity for each and every student.
  2.       We selected a half-day schedule due to mask fatigue and the health and safety needs during lunch. All hybrid students will exit campus at 11:30 am and can grab lunch on their way out. They will eat lunch at home.  Drive up lunch pick up will still be available for students who are virtual or who are on the zoom meetings in the afternoon.
  3.       Mondays will remain an asynchronous day with both virtual and hybrid students having homeroom for the hour and teacher office hours for additional help after that. Students would again have the remainder of the day to complete any missing work and get caught up for the week. This allows additional help for all students either hybrid or virtual.

 

 Arrival and Pick up 

Hybrid Students should arrive on campus no earlier than 7:45 am. No students may be dropped off earlier and then told to wait. If this happens, we will contact the parent to make sure they understand the expectations. Having students arrive too early makes social distancing challenging.  Students who are repeatedly dropped off prior to 7:45 am may be moved to the virtual model. In addition, all students must be picked up at 11:33 pm. To help ensure the safety of our students they need to leave campus after being released. Students may walk home if the parent allows that. Childcare is available with limited space, if you need that service. Please contact our Extended Learning Program at 714 894-7311 Ext. 1075   

Student Schedules 

All students will be receiving new schedules for the second trimester.

Schedules are linked here https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1hNR2wSD5PdxuzVTACOIPW1JtNk9b9j9tWpgh3djzffw/edit#slide=id.g9ba454d96f_0_7 

 Schedule pick up will be on the following days.  (Remember Wed. Nov. 11 is the Veteran’s Day holiday) Please remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing.  Families may come onto campus during schedule pick up to look at their child’s schedule and where to go. We know that our 6th grade and some of 7th grade students are new to our campus.  All students must be accompanied by a parent.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 1- 4 pm in front of the office.   6th and 7th graders only

Thurs. Nov. 12 1- 4 pm in front of the office    7th and 8th graders only

Friday Nov 13   9- 3 pm in front of the office.        All grades 6-8

We also will be handing out the Chromebook cases to our students who did not receive those at our registration student pick up day.

 Certain electives may only be offered to hybrid students. We are making every effort to allow students who are virtual to keep their yearlong electives, but if this is not possible, Students will be placed in an alternative elective.

All PE classes will take place but students will not be dressing out for PE and will not be in the locker room. Individual fitness will be the goal.

 

Health and Safety:

 The health and safety of students and staff is our top priority. A health and safety family manual will be coming out from the district office. There are certain health and safety protocols that should be done at home prior to a student coming to school. Here are just a few of the requirements.

1.       Please assess the temperature of your child before coming to school. If they have a temperature please do not send them. Giving any fever reducing medications and sending your child to school is not allowed. In addition, parents should check the health status of their child. Students should not have coughs, runny noses, and diarrhea or feel fatigued and achy.

2.       Students will enter the campus at an assigned gate and will wait to have their temperature checked before being allowed on campus. Any student with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be allowed to rest and then retake the temperature. If it is still elevated, the parent must pick them up immediately. Parents should not get out of their car to walk their child to the correct gate. Students should be dropped off and proceed to the gate on their own.  More information will be forthcoming about which gate your child will enter and exit from.  After entering through the assigned gate, students will proceed to the assigned quad area. They will socially distance with supervision until the bell rings at 8:05 am and then all students must go to class. Teachers may have their classrooms open early and may allow students to enter prior to 8:05 am.

3.       All students must sanitize their hands when entering every classroom. They also must sanitize their hands when exiting.  Handwashing stations will also be available in each quad area with soap and water.

4.        Restrooms will be monitored; there will be a limit to the number of students in a restroom at any time.

5.       Each classroom has been set up for approximately 16 students. Desk shields and moveable shields are available and social distancing between desks is required. 

6.       All hybrid students while on campus must wear their mask and follow all social distancing and handwashing requirements. Any student who is unable or unwilling to follow these requirements will be given an opportunity to fix the behavior and possibly meet with the school nurse or counselor to review health and safety expectations. At the third incident, a student who is unable to follow these health regulations will be moved to the virtual setting.  Parents will be notified after each incident and will be required to review the health and safety expectations with their child.

7.       Directional arrows will be placed around campus, entrance and exit gates will be one way only.

8.       Social distancing signage will also be placed around campus along with social distancing standing marks.

 

I know this is a lot of information, and I will be reviewing this again in the video that will be provided as well as during our live Q and A session. Please do not hesitate to call or email me with questions. We are looking forward to seeing some of our students on campus.

 

 Mrs. Harville

714 894-7212

tharville@wsdk8.us