Dear North Families, 8/6/2020
Welcome North Stars!! We hope this letter finds you and your loved ones healthy. It was an interesting spring and summer after the crazy end of the school year due to COVID19. However, Uinta County School District #1’s plan is to have students at school receiving instruction provided by highly qualified educators and socializing with peers for the 2020-2021 school year, which starts Thursday, August 24th, 2020. We are excited and cannot wait to have you back at school!
We recognize that as you send your children to school, you are trusting us to do all we can to help them stay safe and healthy, which includes from COVID19. We will be doing all that we possibly can to follow the public health safety guidelines to protect our students, staff and parents.
Mr. Thomas shared the district’s reopening plan which was sent as an attachment with the parent survey on July 27th, 2020. This document communicates with students, parents and staff of Uinta County School District #1, the plan for safely reopening schools on August 24, 2020. Please review the plan requirements prior to your children returning to school: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10UDUKIBl3Z8iIfz_5xmLgu0LVcjGlxD5NHPLZulJtKo/edit?ts=5f19a41f
Reopening plan North Elementary:
- Uinta County School District #1 will resume daily face-to-face instruction for students on August 24, 2020. This is Tier 1 in the reopening plan. The district is working hard to develop and provide an online learning option for students that have an underlying medical condition that identifies them as “at-risk”.
- “Delayed Start” Mondays are scheduled for staff Professional Development providing time to collaborate with peers working on curriculum, interventions, and meeting student needs. Monday’s school starting time is 10:05 AM - 3:40 PM with breakfast at 9:35 AM. Tuesday-Friday school starts at 9:05 AM - 3:40 PM with breakfast 8:35 AM
- While we are in Tier 1, local health orders stating that every employee and student will be expected to wear a mask or face covering when 6’ physical distancing cannot be maintained. Teachers are trying to arrange classrooms to ensure that desks are 6 feet apart so students will not be required to wear masks all day. Masks will only be required when in small groups for short periods of time. Examples include but are not limited to: transportation to and from school, transition times, classrooms and when arriving and dismissing from school. Exceptions may be made under the discretion of the teacher when 6’ of physical distancing can be maintained, or when outdoors.
- Transportation: Normal bus routes will run and masks or face coverings must be worn at all times for students and adults while riding a bus until health orders change.
- Students will wait for the bus driver to signal for them to enter the bus.
- Please encourage students to physically distance while waiting for the bus.
- As students enter the bus, they will be required to get their temperatures checked, put on a mask and be seated before the next student enters the bus.
- If a student has COVID 19 symptoms, the parent/guardian will be contacted and the student sent home. If no contact is made with a parent/guardian, transportation will send someone to pick up the child and take them to the Transportation Office. If a reasonable effort to contact is not successful, law enforcement will be contacted.
- Food Service
- Breakfast will run as normal, but students will be asked to sit at designated areas at the table so ensure physical distancing. (Monday @ 9:35 AM - 10:00 AM and Tuesday - Friday @ 8:35 AM - 9:00 AM)
- Lunch is a different story. With the limited amount of table space and sanitizing of the tables, only Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be eating in the cafeteria. 2nd - 5th grade students will be eating in their classrooms. Lunches will be delivered to the classrooms on carts. After students are done eating, students will then go outside for recess.
- Parents, if your child is eating a cold or sack lunch from home, please do not send food that needs to be heated in a microwave. Most teachers do not have microwave ovens and they will not be able to heat the food.
- After students are finished eating, trash will be collected by custodial staff.
- Student arrival is at 9:30 AM on Monday and at 8:30 AM Tuesday through Friday. At this time, no early birds will be ALLOWED.
- Students will be allowed to participate in morning recess outside without masks. When weather doesn’t allow, we As they line up in their class lines.We ask students to follow physical distancing by using the dots painted on the blacktop as markers. Masks will need to be put on as students enter the building.
- Students will use different entrances in the mornings:
- Drop-off or Walkers will use main entrance if they were not out at recess and just getting to school
- Kinder through Kindergarten playground
- 1st Grade through their entrance
- 2nd & 3rd Grades middle doors
- 4th Grade door near bus drop off
- 5th Grade modulars door
- Health Screening: Procedures and Protocols
- Students will be screened as they enter the building. Temperatures will be taken and each student will be asked the screening questions.
- Student temperature is >(less than) 100.4 degrees
- Screening questions:
- Do you have any of the following:
- Body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste/smell
- Chills/shaking with chills
- Masks are required by the local health orders, every staff member and student will be expected to wear a mask or face covering when 6’ physical distancing cannot be maintained. Students are not required to wear masks outdoors.
- Exceptions may be made under the discretion of the teacher when 6’ of physical distancing can be maintained in the classroom.
- Students are required to wear their masks in the bathrooms and hallways, regardless of a 6’ physical distance.
- Students are required to bring their own mask.
- Please initial your child(s) mask.
- North will have disposable masks on hand in the event that a student forgets or loses theirs. However, we ask that you not rely on us to provide your child with a mask each day.
- UCSD#1 will purchase one gaiter for each student that they can take home.
- We suggest that each student has one gaiter or mask for each day of the week. It is imperative that students have clean/sanitized gaiters/masks while at school.
- Guidelines for Students
- Stay home when ill, or when you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19
- Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face. If you cannot wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer. There will be sanitizer stations throughout the school and students will be asked to wash their hands or use sanitizer as they enter the classroom.
- Sit in assigned seats in classrooms and on the bus to promote physical distancing and to support contact tracing until health orders change..
- If needed, bring a personal water bottle to school each day. Do not share food or drink, and do not use the public water fountains.
- Guidelines for Parents
- Screen your child each morning for symptoms of COVID-19 and do not send them to school if they are ill or exhibit any of the following signs:
- Fever greater than 100.4 degrees
- Cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
- Chills or muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Can’t smell or loss of sense of taste
- If they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last ten days
- Communicate with your school’s attendance officer
- If symptoms persist, it is recommended that you see your primary care physician.
- Reinforce the expectation for frequent hand washing, mask wearing or face covering, and physical distancing.
- Monitor your child’s use of technology in the home.
- Parents will be screened when visiting schools. Screening will include a temperature check and health related questionnaire. A mask or face covering must be worn until health orders change.
- As weather permits, students will be going outside and will not need to wear masks.
- All areas will be cleaned and sanitized every evening with hospital strength cleaners.
- Frequently used areas including door handles and bathrooms will be sanitized and wiped down multiple times during the day.
- Specials class furniture and equipment will be sanitized between classes.
UCSD #1 Virtual School Option:
K-5: Classroom Based Virtual School Model
- The Uinta County School District will allow off-site instruction and will be the virtual education provider for students who do not want to participate in face-to-face instruction.
- Virtual instruction will focus on core content areas (Language Arts, Science, Mathematics and Social Studies).
- Teacher office hours and Zoom instruction will be scheduled between 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
- There will be assignments for students to complete outside of those instructional hours.
- Students will be assigned an appropriate grade level teacher that will mirror the curriculum offered during instruction at school.
- Student attendance will be tracked daily/weekly.
- Student grades will be standards based, the same as if the student were attending in person. Virtual School students will not receive a grade of Pass or Incomplete. They will get a standards based grade based on their level of proficiency in each core subject.
- The ability to provide a K-5 Virtual School option will be reviewed quarterly to determine if it is needed based on enrollment, the current health orders from Wyoming and Uinta County Public Health, and/or when district resources for the program have been exhausted.
- During phase I of the District’s reopening plan, students selecting the K-5 virtual option, and those who have selected homeschool will not be allowed to take face-to-face elementary classes (specials). This may change as state health orders are relaxed.
- Students will be allowed to transfer from the K-5 virtual option to regular school (face-to-face instruction) at any time. However, switching back and forth multiple times will not be allowed.
- If parents make a change to virtual learning inside the year there is no guarantee, if they go back to school, that they will get the same teacher.
Student class assignments will not be posted until after the survey, looking at the middle of next week.
Diane Gardner Principal