We are thrilled to see the kids come back into our building or online, and I hope you feel that your kids are in good hands with us. Here are some information pieces you might be wondering about:
WHAT'S NEW? WHAT'S CHANGED?
The answer is "a lot." But I don't want you to think we've abandoned our identity as a school that kids look forward to every day. I'll bullet some points here that are commonly asked questions or things I'd like you to know.
- Information about our morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up procedures are on the page HERE. We did make one change...older siblings (grades 3-5) will dismiss to car pick-up outside the gym with their younger siblings (K-2) if they have any. The only kids who will dismiss out front are families where ALL the kids are in grades 3-5.
- Social distancing is something we will be very cognizant of. We will do our best to ensure kids have minimal exposure throughout the day, no matter what we are doing.
- Homerooms will stay together at recess.
- Water fountains will be off--the district ordered a water bottle filler station, but until it comes, we will have water available for refills from sinks in the building (not bathroom sinks). It's critical that your child comes with a reusable water bottle!
- Students in grades 4 and 5 must wear a mask, regardless of age. We encourage it for younger students, but will not require it. All staff will wear masks and/or face shields.
- Unfortunately, we cannot allow visitors in the school this year for lunch or even for volunteering. That is one of the more disappointing consequences of the pandemic.
- You are always welcome to come into the front office to conduct business--to check out your child for an appointment, drop off lunch or clothes, ask for records, etc. You may enter into the building if you have a scheduled appointment for a meeting with school staff.
Our teachers for asynchronous learning (Ms. Gillispie KG/1st ; Mrs. Foreman 2nd/3rd ; Mrs. Coker 4th/5th) have been working hard to prepare for the year. They are your primary contact for questions involving both curriculum and technology.
- Students may change from in-person to asynchronous learners atany time. Once you elect to become an asynchronous learner, you may rejoin the in-person class at the beginning of the next 6-weeks.
- Here is the 2020-21 DISD calendar. Decatur ISD School Calendar 2020/2021
- Students in all grades will use district-provided iPads as their technology tool. K-2nd grade will interact through a program called Seesaw. Older kids will use a program called Canvas.
- Asynchronous learners are expected to participate daily, attend on-time, and perform at a high level. This will be a different feel from what you experienced in spring 2020.
HEALTH AND HYGIENE
We outlined some of the measures we are taking to keep kids and staff safe above. Additionally:
- Staff members will screen themeselves for symptoms before coming to work every day.
- We ask that parents check your kids for symptoms (especially fever) before sending them to school. Please do not knowingly send a sick child to school!
- Hand sanitizer will be stationed throughout the building for easy availability. Teachers and the nurse will emphasize hand washing and good hygiene practices.
- We will minimize the sharing of equipment and maximize the cleaning of shared equipment as much as possible.
- There are a number of "what happens if..." scenarios involving sick or symptomatic kids, staff members, siblings, classmates, etc. We will do our very best to communicate clearly what risk, if any, your child was exposed to and to make it clear what happens next if any of these scenarios actually play out.
If you have any other questions not covered above, please let me know!