Tips for Starting Back to School 4.8.21

Tips for Starting Back to School 4.8.21
Posted on 04/08/2021

School Update (04-07-2021)

As shared yesterday, in-person and online instruction will start for Quarter 4 on Monday, April 12th.  The bell schedule below will be for those attending school on campus and from home.  Students with the last names A-L will attend Monday and Tuesday and last names M-Z will attend Wednesday and Thursday.  The 37 students who attended Phase I learning on campus will come to school all four days next week. 

Bell Schedule for Monday through Thursday.  

        *Students will work on asynchronous assignments on Fridays

Period 4         8:50-10:04           74 Minutes

Period 5        10:13-11:27           74 Minutes

Period 6        11:36-12:50           74 Minutes

Lunch              12:59-1:29            30 Minutes

Flex Time        1:38- 3:29           111 Minutes

If students do not have a period four class, students should arrive 15 minutes before the start of period five, at 9:58 AM, and resort to the outside window by the attendance office to check-in.  

Here’s what to expect the first day either Monday, A-L, or Wednesday, M-Z: Gates to the campus will open at 8:00 AM.  Formal check-in of students will be from 8:15 AM to 8:45 AM.  There will be daily check-in places at the main gates of the quad area. It’s critical students be prepared to bring completed two forms: 1) The Opt-in Form and 2) The ClearPass verification or The completed Symptom Checklist Form.  

Conversations to have at home before attending in-person school next week.  

Here are 10 things you can do to prepare:

1. Have an age-appropriate conversation with your student about why your family chose the hybrid model or the online option. Students may have friends who made a different decision, and it is important for students to understand every choice deserves to be respected.

2. Practice proper hygiene. Remind students to thoroughly wash their hands for enough time to kill all germs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends scrubbing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. 

3. Practice wearing a mask. Masks will be required when students return to campus, and they are still recommended every time you leave the house. Students should practice covering both their nose and mouth with a snug but comfortable mask.

4. Review the rules on physical distancing. As much as friends may wish to greet each other warmly on campus next week, everyone must keep a respectful distance between themselves and other students. Remind your students about these rules for everyone’s safety.

5. Help your student prepare for the new school lunch program. All students may get a free grab and go meal that includes: lunch, breakfast and dinner.  For the remainder of the school year, meals will be provided to all students at no cost but students will not be able to sit together to eat unless they are able to maintain 6 feet of distance. Explain this to your students and practice a few times to make them feel comfortable.

6. Confirm your transportation plans with the school staff. Busses will be running modified schedules and routes, so review your plans to get to school on time.  Please email Norma Smith at [email protected].  

7. Take time to learn the new entry points for school and the rules on lining up by the gate entrances and check-in areas.. These rules are in place to minimize the chance of Covid-19 coming onto campus from the surrounding community.

8. Check in with your students to measure their emotional health. Returning to the classroom after a year can be as emotionally difficult as starting school all over again for the first time. Counselors will be available to help, but you can make things easier by talking with your students about their feelings.

9. Talk to your teacher. Think of April 12th or 14th as the start of a whole new experience for your student. Remember to share with your teacher how your student has been coping during the past year. Share your goals for your student for the remainder of the school year.

We look forward to seeing some of our Centurions very soon!   Mr. O.  

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