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A Message from Mr. Ash - Nov. 4, 2020 - Schedules

Message from the principal

Good evening Speas Bees,   (November 4, 2020)

You will be getting similar information from your student's teacher, but I wanted to explain what will be taking place next week and why.

We will begin having Kindergarten students transitioning into the school on Monday the 9th and then 1st grade on the 16th. The plan is for other grade levels to also begin transitioning to in-person learning in the near future. With all of this we have to adjust the schedule to mirror an actually day of school.

We must plan for lunch (with students getting their lunch and returning to eat in the classroom), recess, Specials, breaks, travel times, and other logistics. Classes will have the webcams so those students at home will be able to (and expected to) follow along with the instructional day. We have taken into consideration screen time, needs for breaks at home and school. This schedule attempts to meet all of these requirements and considerations. We have it even planned for a mid-day cleaning in each room as students are out of the classroom for short times.

With this said, I wanted to provide all of our families with what their schedules will look like based on the homeroom teacher. As you can see even teachers on the same grade levels had to be separated apart. Most are linked in groups of 2, this is only to logistically use the 2 lines in the cafeteria and accommodate recess and specials. (Distancing protocols and safety guidelines will be in place at all times for recess, travel in the school, restrooms, breaks, etc)

Please take some time to find your students grade level and homeroom teacher to find the new schedule. Again, these will start for every student on Monday, November 9th. These will be the new schedules whether learning in-person or remote. If you should have questions or concerns feel free to reach out to your teacher or myself.

Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding in these unprecedented times.

Kindergarten parents, your teachers will be contacting you for a brief Open House on Friday to discuss the plans for students returning to in-person learning on Monday. We understand the stress and difficulties in dropping off your "babies" and we want to show you how they will be safely monitored and cared for. I promise, we all will do just fine. We have been welcoming in Kindergarteners under my own watch for over 17 years (many more years at upper levels), my own 2 kids made it through, and many teachers have been doing this much longer than I at the elementary level. To put it nicely..."we got this :) " They will be safe, cared for, loved, and monitored. Just give us the chance and time, in a day or two they will be jumping out of the car excited to go...more so then their parents are ready to let them take this next step in the adventure that is life. We are all in this together.

Again, if you have questions or concerns please let us know. Thank you all

Robert Ash, Principal