It is hard to believe we are one week away from seeing so many smiling faces! You will get a final email from me next Sunday with many more details. I wanted to send a quick follow up to a few things I mentioned in my email last week.
Meet the Teacher Friday, 8/27:
This event has been modified down to one hour and will take place from 9:00-10:00. We will decide later in the week which format to take. We hope to be outside at LTES for social distancing, weather permitting. If that is not possible, we will move to a virtual posture. Please look for an update later in the week.
Class Assignments and Staffing Updates:
We had several staff on leave Friday, so if you are a family who did not receive notification, please give us until Monday at 3:00 p.m. before inquiring more. In an effort to provide clarity and transparency, I want to give you more details related to staffing. We have two staff who are taking intermittent maternity leave, one staff member in PK3 who retired last Friday, and six various types of staff members still processing through DCPS/HR onboarding (which I have no control over). We will begin the school year with substitutes in some areas. Employment offers are made daily to employees from DCPS, so each day we keep our fingers crossed that these employees are processed in a timely fashion.
Thanks to everyone who has started to return devices to LTES. Please continue to do so and don't forget the charger!
Spirit shirts have arrived, but still have to be organized by PTO. These will be ready for pick up late this week, or we will send them home with your child in their book bag, during week one of school.
Kide Ride Free:
These cards are only for students in K-5 and must be picked up by the enrolling parent at our school location. Just wanted to clarify these details.
ASK, ASK, LOOK Forms:
It is our goal not to require the health forms daily, but conduct verbal screenings with our kids who are old enough to verify in their own words. If they are not, for example thinking PreK and K, we will take a parent verbal at drop off.
Mayor's Situational Update:
The Mayor's situational update from Wednesday can be found online via Youtube if you want to watch the recording.
A Few Points To Note:
*Families are strongly encouraged to skip travel at this time.
*If a student must quarantine/isolate, asynchronous learning will occur for the most part. This means learning at home with materials provided by the teacher. Often times, this may be traditional paper/pencil class assignments. Our teachers may be utilizing Canvas to post assignments in this case.
*Simulcasting (teacher teaching in person and virtually at the same time) will only occur in special cases. You will be notified in the event this occurs.
*COVID testing protocols will exist in all schools and parents will have to sign consent.
*Any partner who conducts work within DCPS, including any after school programs or clubs, will have to comply with COVID regulations.
*We are trying our best to keep grade level cohorts of kids together and decrease any chances of mixing multiple aged children in close spaces.
*Our school is fully stocked with PPE supplies. Anything that you send in as a family is a bonus to the teacher, but not required.
*More information on morning entry points and grade levels assigned to each location. We plan to have 2-3 locations.
*More information on our morning and afternoon dismissal routines.
Other Important Notes:
*Parents should provide a healthy snack for their child daily (per teacher's request or directions) and water bottles that are filled and labeled with your child's name. We will have a way to provide water to students, but our water fountains are in the off position.
*All parents should communicate to the classroom teacher by Friday in writing, how your child will be getting home each day. Additionally, let them know who may be authorized to pick up your child if it is not you. They also need to be made aware of any medical alerts and custody issues.
Thanks as always for your support and we look forward to making connections soon. Never hesitate to email if you have more questions.
Dr. Rachel A. Williams