Central Elementary News September 25

09/25/20

HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR FACE-TO-FACE

Continue to be diligent with your daily health screenings in the mornings and making sure your child has a clean mask every day. This is what we are all agreeing to in order to keep everyone safe.

All students attending in person must be screened prior to school each day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30a on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30a. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who should not enter our buildings either because they are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement. Please contact the school if you have problems with the screening at 453-6351.

LEARNING

This week we have been working on building relationships and getting to know your child, as well as communicating the expectations of school. We also spent time talking about staying safe and when we need to wear our masks. Next week we will start our standardized testing for Reading and Math on the computer.

TRANSPORTATION

**IMPORTANT: all transportation will revert to what is listed in our system on Monday. If you are hoping to make a change from the first week or if your transportation is different on different days you will need to let the teacher, transportation, and the office know of the changes by 2:00pm. (ayancey@khps.org, sdevries@khps.org, or (616) 453-6351)

DROP-OFF

In accordance with the Executive Order limiting group sizes as well as social distancing best practices, please keep your child in your car until 8:30am. To ensure safety and social distancing we cannot have students gathering outside of cars at drop-off. Your child will need to have his/her mask on when he/she gets out of the vehicle.

PICK-UP

If you are picking up your child, he/she will be brought to your car. Please do not exit your vehicle. We will bring them right to you. Be patient with us the first couple weeks as we get used to the bus and parent pick-up loops. Eventually we will know what cars to look for. No parents should be entering the bus loop off of Nolan.

SNACK & WATER BOTTLE

We will have snack time; please send in a healthy snack for your child to have. Some classrooms are peanut or latex-free due to allergies. Your child's teacher will communicate this. Please send a clean water bottle. Spigots are closed, but filling stations are open.

NEWSLETTER & EMAILS

I will email newsletters out usually on Thursdays. These are very important to read. Sometimes, funny. But mostly, important. :)

QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Please contact me if you ever have questions or concerns. My cell phone is 616-401-7829. We both want your child to have the best year possible. Texts, calls, or Facebook messenger is the best way to contact me. Feel free to email as well - I try to be in the classrooms as MUCH as possible, so email responses can be delayed up to 24 hours.

IMPORTANT DATES

September 25: No School for Students: Staff Professional Development
September 29: Geskus Picture Day - Face-to-face students photographed in the morning, virtual students 3:30-5:30 p.m. Watch your email for updates.

ACCURATE CONTACT INFORMATION

Due to our desire to be overly cautious with students' health this year, we anticipate the possibility of requiring students to go home when they are not feeling well. Please be sure our school has updated contact information.

SCHOOL HOURS

Our regular school day is from 8:35-3:02. The earliest drop-off time is 8:30.

VISITORS & VOLUNTEERS

Due to the current Executive Order as well as the safety/health of our students, visitors and volunteers may not enter the school at this time. For health purposes, we want to reduce the number of people in and out of the school building each day.

DISMISSAL

We are staggering our dismissal to allow for social distancing. KK (Y5s) and K will dismiss first. At the end of the school day, students will have various exits based on their grade level and exit the building by class. We will have staff on hand to walk with and direct students. Although we hope to build efficiency as we work with this new routine, please be patient as we work through the process.

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL HEALTH SCREENER

As we continue and expand our efforts to address students' social and emotional needs, this fall the district will begin the use of a mental health/social/emotional screener. This activity is a strongly recommended component of the Governor's Return to School Roadmap. The collected information will help our building teams develop targeted social/emotional lessons as needed. Student-level responses will only be shared with staff and administrators who have an educational interest. The social/emotional health screener is compliant with HIPAA and FERPA, and will include instructions for students to speak to confidentiality and mandated reporting guidelines.

BIRTHDAY TREATS

For health reasons, we will not be permitting birthday treats or other items to be distributed to students at this time. Teachers will do their best to recognize students on their special day.

LUNCH & RECESS

Students will eat in their classroom if having cold lunch and hot lunch will be taken in the cafeteria. If social distancing permits, we may move more students to the cafeteria. The first week of school, everyone will eat in the room at this time.

FACE COVERINGS

Masks are required to be worn throughout the school day. Our teachers will be working to instruct outside when possible in designated areas and will be finding ways to give children mask breaks with social distancing in place.


FAQs

Will insurance be offered on devices? YES. If you are interested contact chorner@khps.org.

Do we bring back devices on the 1st day of Face to Face or keep them home? Bring them back on the first day of face-to-face.

Where does my student line up on the morning of the 1st face to face day? (See Below)

IMPORTANT DATES

9/29: Picture Day; 3:30-5:30 for Virtual Students
10/6: Virtual PTO Meeting at 6:30pm
10/7: Count Day
10/12: No School for Students, Staff PD
10/22: Conferences 4:00-7:30pm
10/23: ½ Day for Students, Conferences 12:30-2:30pm
10/27: Conferences 4:00-7:30pm

KHMS News September 25

09/25/20

UPCOMING DATES

September 28 - Photo Retake Day

SCREENING FOR FACE-TO-FACE STUDENTS

All students attending in person must be screened prior to school each day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30a on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30am. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who should not enter our buildings either because they are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement.

MASKS

Students MUST wear a mask. District provided masks will be distributed on the first day so please send them with their own mask for the first day.

STUDENT IN/OUT

Visitors are not allowed in the office unless it is an extenuating circumstance. If you have to pick a student up early please call ahead to the main office (616) 785-3225. You will then sign your student out in the vestibule and they can leave the building. If a student will be entering late from an appointment or is tardy please leave a voicemail on the attendance online (616) 785-355 #3. They will enter the building upon drop off and a pass then will be issued.

DROP OFF

Doors open at 7:30am. If your student walks or is dropped off, they will enter the main office door. Students are NOT allowed to enter prior to 7:30am.The drop off loop MUST be used at all times. Dropping off on Hendershot and having your student cross the parking lot presents a serious safety issue. For the safety of ALL students, please follow the flow of traffic and use the drop off loop.

The bus loop is for busses ONLY.
In order to avoid crowding, students who ride the bus will NOT be entering through the main office door. Those riding the bus will enter the building daily through doors 3, 4, & 10.

PICK UP

Pick up is to take place using the main entrance doors and by using the drop off/pick up loop. Students are released at 2:17pm.The pick-up loop MUST be used at all times. Parking on Hendershot and having your student cross the parking lot presents a serious safety issue. For the safety of ALL students, please follow the flow of traffic and use the pick-up loop.The bus loop is for busses ONLY. Bus riders will exit the same doors they entered during the A.M. drop off

Zinser Elementary News September 18

09/18/20

FAMILY COUNCIL FACILITATOR

The Zinser Family Council is the name for our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The facilitator role will be open after this year as this will be Rylee Beauvais’ last year as facilitator of our Family Council (as her daughter Abby is now in 5th grade). We are searching for the next person to take on this important role and are looking for a dedicated parent that would fit this position. Please email Mr. Willick if this interests you, or you would like to nominate someone else. Although this year looks very different in terms of Family Council's involvement in the school, it would be great to have someone ready to learn this year to take over the role next year.

At this point we do not intend to hold monthly Family Council meetings since parent involvement is very limited at school. Stay tuned for more information about our council and the direction moving forward.

PARKING LOT NOTES

  • Please consider utilizing our bus transportation option to avoid the busy parent pick-up lot. The buses have few students riding. We had a very high percentage of pick-ups today!
  • We turned most of the signs around so parents won’t want to stop at the sign and keep moving forward. Always look to pull up where and when possible to help with the flow. Tell your child to look for the correct car and be ready. If your child is late to the sign, you can circle around the lot and keep your car moving.
  • Thank you for those turning right only. We know it’s an inconvenience for some but we believe it will help speed up the line and be safer in the long run (we've had a couple accidents at that intersection).
  • Drop off starts at 8:30; If you are in the lot before 8:30, you may drop your child off a few minutes early to get the traffic flowing, but the child will be standing by the grade sign until the 8:30 bell. Starting Monday all 1st-5th grade students can enter at the bell in the designated door.
  • Please only use the right lane for drop off and pick-up, the inside lane is a pass by lane only. It is very dangerous to let students out in that lane.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Canvas Support: Here is a document to help our KK/K/1st families log into Canvas from iPads. Canvas iPAD Login Directions.pdf
  • Temperature Checks: Parents/guardians are expected to do temperature checks before they come on the bus or are dropped off to school. Stay tuned for how this process will take place, we expect an app to be available so we will know which students were checked before coming to school.
  • School Nurse: We’re excited to add a school nurse for the 2020-21 school year. The nurse will have a classroom as their “office” at Zinser, and will be assisting with any COVID related situations, temperature checks, and more.
  • Screening for Face to Face Students: All students attending in person must be screened prior to school each day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30a on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30a. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who should not enter our buildings either because they are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement.
  • Recess and Lunch Schedule: All students are able to receive a free breakfast and/or lunch now!
    • Cold Lunches will be in each classroom, with hot lunch students eating in the cafeteria. We are looking at 20 minutes for lunch and 20 minutes for a recess before or after lunch.
    • We will be separating outdoor recess in zones with the hope that students will be outside without masks (unless they prefer one).
    • Classes have scheduled one other recess in the morning or afternoon for each class, but again limiting numbers outside so they can be without masks.
  • Drop Off Expectations:
    • Drop off starts at 8:30 with the day officially starting at 8:35.
    • Staggered Entrances will be used. Grade level signs will be put outside by the designated door. After the first week, students will walk in the correct door at 8:30 or later and head directly to the classroom.
    • We will be very flexible with tardies, and do not expect to track them until after 8:50 am. We will welcome staggered drop offs from 8:30-8:50.
  • Dismissal Expectations:
    • The school day ends at 3:02.
    • There will be multiple exits used to social distance exiting.
    • No parents will be allowed to come inside the building to pick up Kindergarten and 1st graders, so we are finalizing a plan to meet outside or pick up from the car line.
    • We are expecting Kindergarten families to park and walk to the front of the entrance outside for a more intimate and safe pick-up. We are expecting to use a numbered system for Kindergarten families with pick-up (with the goal of expanding to all grades).
    • 1st-5th grade families will use the car line in the parent parking lot for pick-up. Your child will stand at the correct grade level sign and enter the car when it’s at the sign or close to the nearest pull up spot. You may need to pull up past the grade sign to help with the flow.
    • We plan to be flexible in finding a way to release students in the pick-up lot before 3:02 (possibly 2:55) if it makes sense to keep cars moving outside.
  • Face Coverings/Masks:
    • The district’s expectation is for all staff and students to be wearing face masks throughout the day.
    • There will be mask breaks allowed, with social distancing expectations, for snacks, lunch, recesses, and phonics lessons, etc.

MEDICATION FORMS

If your child will be or possibly need to take any medication(s) while at school, please print and complete the attached form(s) and personally return them to school along with the medication that needs to be given. Students are not allowed to carry any medication to and from school:

IMPORTANT DATES

September 25: No school, professional development day

Alpine Elementary News September 18

09/18/20

SCREENING FOR FACE-TO-FACE STUDENTS

All students attending in person must be screened prior to school each day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30am on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30 a.m.

Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who should not enter our buildings either because they are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement.

STUDENT DROP OFF AND PICK UP

Our first week implementing our new procedures for student drop off and pick up have gone well. Below are some important reminders for everyone:

  • Students may get out of their cars starting at 8:30 and go to their designated entrance in the front of the building.
  • There is no need for parents to get out of their car if using our drive up lane. If parents decide to park, they may walk their child to our crosswalk to effectively communicate to staff as needed.
  • Students will be escorted out of the building at the end of the day by a staff member. Our students will be dismissed youngest to oldest. Please arrive no later than 3:05 as our school day ends at 3:02 pm.

STUDENT DROP OFF
Bus Transportation: Students will line up in various locations designated by grade level on the playground. Staff will be assisting students in finding the correct location.
Parent Provided Transportation:

  • Students should remain in vehicles until 8:30 to aid in traffic flow coming into the building. Students will line up using multiple entrances. Staff will be assisting
    students in finding the correct locations.
  • Kindergarten and 1st Grade will enter on the north side side of the building near our retention pond.
  • 2nd Grade will enter at our main entrance.
  • 3rd Grade will enter at our south end of the building near our staff parking lot.
  • 4th and 5th Grades will walk around the building and line up with their grade level.
  • Entrance to the building will be staggered to avoid congestion in the hallways.

STUDENT PICK UP

  • As parents arrive to pick up their child, we will have staff available to assist with dismissing students from classrooms.
  • Teachers will be staggering exits so we can reduce congestion in the hallways.

FOODSERVICE FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS

Please remember that families who would like to take advantage of our free breakfast/lunch program, they may pick up food at our HS using the field house
entrance between 11-12. Please be sure to complete the survey recently distributed to those attending KHOLA.

KNIGHT STRIDERS

Knight Striders (formerly known as Let Me Run) team is in the process of discussing options to hold a running season for 3rd-5th grade boys. Please stay tuned for more information to come later in September. If e are able to run a program it will be a shorter season.

ACCURATE CONTACT INFORMATION

Due to our desire to be overly cautious with students' health this year, we anticipate the possibility of requiring students to go home when they are not feeling well. Please be sure our school has updated contact information.

SCHOOL HOURS

Our regular school day is from 8:35-3:02. The earliest drop-off time is 8:30.

PTO NEWS

Our PTO board is still in need of board officers for the current school year. If you have interest in volunteering to provide support to our school, please email our PTO at
khpsalpinepto@gmail.com

SCHOOL FUNDRAISER

In past years, we have had a fall school fundraiser starting in September. At this time, our PTO board has tabled the discussion pertaining to a fall school
fundraiser in light of our current reality. Please stay tuned for more information.

VISITORS & VOLUNTEERS

Due to the current Executive Order as well as the safety/health of our students, visitors and volunteers may not enter the school at this time. For health purposes, we want to reduce the number of people in and out of the school building each day.

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL HEALTH SCREENER

As we continue and expand our efforts to address students' social and emotional needs, this fall the district will begin the use of a mental health/social/emotional screener. This activity is a strongly recommended component of the Governor's Return to School Roadmap. The collected information will help our building teams develop targeted social/emotional lessons as needed. Student-level responses will only be shared with staff and administrators who have an educational interest. The social/emotional health screener is compliant with HIPAA and FERPA, and will include instructions for students to speak to confidentiality and mandated reporting guidelines.

BIRTHDAY TREATS

For health reasons, we will not be permitting birthday treats or other items to be distributed to students at this time. Teachers will do their best to recognize students on their special day.

LUNCH & RECESS

Students will eat in their classroom if having cold lunch and hot lunch will be taken in the cafeteria.

FREE & REDUCED MEAL BENEFITS

Families must reapply every year for Free and Reduced Meal Benefits. Meal benefits from last year will expire on October 6, 2020. Families impacted by the pandemic are
encouraged to apply as you may be eligible for benefits. Please fill out your application as soon as possible to ensure your students benefits are ready for the upcoming school year. The online application can be found here:. https://lunchapp.com/ Paper applications are also available at each school site.

FACE COVERINGS

Masks are required to be worn throughout the school day. Our teachers will be working to instruct outside when possible in designated areas and will be finding ways to give children mask breaks with social distancing in place.

UPCOMING DATES

September 25 - No School
October 1 - Geskus Picture Day
October 7 - Count Day
October 12 - No School
October 13 - PTO Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

KHHS News September 11

09/11/20

IMPORTANT DETAILS FOR THE WEEK OF 9/14/2020

Students that are returning F2F, you will begin coming back Monday, 09/14/2020 by last name.
Assignments by last name:
Monday, 09/14/2020 Last Names A-F
Tuesday, 09/15/2020 Last Names G-N
Wednesday, 09/16/2020 Last Names O-Z

For Mon-Wed only next week, you will attend on the day that you are assigned. You will attend all six hours on that day. The other two days, you need to be checking your canvas and emails to see if anything has been assigned from your teachers.

As of Thursday, 09/17/20, ALL students will return Face to Face and we will return to the block schedule. Thursday, 09/17 will be a Knight Schedule- 3rd and 6th hour
Friday, 09/18 will be a Black Schedule-1st and 4th hour Teachers will let you know what lunch you have and where you will be eating lunch. You will be eating with your afternoon class in your assigned area.
**Please note the new dismissal time this year, 2:17 P.M.**

HEALTH SCREENING FOR FACE-TO-FACE STUDENTS
All students attending in person must be screened prior to school each day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30am on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30am. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who could be experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement.

FACE COVERINGS
All students and staff are required to wear a mask properly while riding a bus, on school property and within the school. We are providing three face coverings for each student and disposable masks, if needed. Students can wear any cloth mask as long as it is appropriate for the school setting and is not a distraction to teaching and learning; however,bandanas are not allowed as they have been found to be ineffective. All cloth masks should be hand washed or laundered after each use. Thank you for
helping your student(s) build their tolerance and comfort for wearing a mask. The district will be providing 3 masks to all students returning F2F during their 1st hour next week.

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURE
If your student is going to be absent, you may call the Main Office and leave a message on the attendance line at 784-2400, Ext 2 or you may now email us at hsattendance@khps.org. The email must come from a parent’s verified email address. When you are reporting your student absent either by phone or email, please state your student’s name, reason for absence, and a call back number for verification if necessary.

ATHLETICS RETURN-TO-PLAY

Executive Order 176/MHSAA Update
Facemasks:
1. All athletes in soccer, football, and volleyball must wear facemasks while competing in all games/contests.
2. Social distancing must be followed at all times.

Tickets:
1. Each athlete is allowed two tickets per game. More information is to come on how we will distribute them to athletes/families. There is no exceptions. The maximum number of a attendees both inside/outside is either 100 people including teams, officials, coaches, workers, etc., or all of those people plus two parents per athlete, per team.
2. NO PASSES will be accepted at this time. This includes the Golden Age passes, OK Conference and coach passes. Attendance is limited and monitored very closely.

Attending Competitions:
1. The two guests per player can only attend the event their child is competing in. Once that contest is finished, all spectators are asked to leave the competitive arena.
2. Cheer can attend with two parents but unfortunately dance and band cannot attend at this time.
3. We are going to attempt to live stream as many games as possible. We will get you information as we move forward.
4. Fans must adhere to wearing facemasks and social distancing guidelines. Failure to wear a mask can/will result in the contest being stopped until everyone is wearing a mask and/or removal from the contest.
5. Students cannot attend unless they are one of the two spectators allowed per player.
6. Tailgating will not be allowed at football games.

Transportation:
Two-way transportation is being offered for all athletic events. However, due to the rules governing the Executive Order, if you would like to take your son/daughter home from an event, you are welcome to do so. We ask that you sign out with a coach prior to leaving. We will reassess as things evolve and will keep you updated as the season
progresses.

Concessions:
1. No concessions are allowed at indoor competitions.
2. Athletic Boosters are working with the Health Department to see if outdoor concessions will happen.

Spring sports
1. Teams may still practice 16 times.
2. Fall athletes are asked not to practice with spring sports but to focus on their fall teams.
3. In order to practice, athletes must have physical on file dated on or after April 15, 2019. You will have to be cleared by the athletic department prior to practicing.

IMPORTANT DATES

Sept 14-16 Return to F2F by last name
Sept 17 All Students return F2F
Sept 25 No School for Students
Oct 2 Picture Retake Day
Oct 7 Count Day

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