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Parent Letter: Return to School Info

September 21, 2020

 

Dear Campbell STEM Families,

 

I hope this letter finds everyone healthy, in good spirits, and looking forward to a possible restart of in-school learning on October 19.  I imagine this news was received in different ways by families, depending on each unique situation.  Please know that we at Campbell STEM will do everything possible for a safe return to school, as the viral spread in our community permits. 

 

While in a medium risk model, school will not look like it did in years past. The school day will begin for K-6 students at 9:30 and end at 3:00.  Preschool hours are 12:00 to 4:00, for limited days of the week.   Students will not travel to PE, Music, Art, Health, Library, etc.  Instead, our Specialists/Generalists, TAs and Tutors will be assigned to limited classrooms in order to lessen the number of people in spaces.  Students will eat lunch in their classrooms and wear masks and social distance while at recess.  Additional modifications will need to be in place in order for us to ensure the safety of our precious students and staff.

 

To that end, our Campbell STEM Staff Foundations Team will conduct a series of meetings, beginning this week, to plan for:

 

Safe arrivals in the building and classrooms;

Safe dismissals (which may include new car/pedestrian traffic patterns for drop-offs/pick-ups;

Bus safety;

Protocols for adults entering the building;

Rearranging classrooms to allow more room for safe social distancing, materials handling, etc.;

Hallway traffic patterns;

Lunchtime procedures;

Recess/playground procedures;

Bathroom usage;

And other procedures/modifications to keep our community safe.

 

Returning to school is a step toward beginning to live with a virus that will likely be around for a long time.  In addition to safety, many other considerations have gone into this decision including students’ social emotional needs, behavioral and mental health concerns, school lunch programs, Special Education programs, after-school programs, etc.   The best resource for up-to-date information on ASD return to school plans can be found on ASD’s website.  I have also included this link to the latest research from the CDC, that indicates considerations schools need to make. 

 

I welcome your input and will, of course, keep you apprised as we get closer to October 19.  Stay safe, and I hope to see our Campbell STEM Cubs back in school as soon as possible.

 

Sincerely,

Michelle Johansen, Principal