Dear Elementary Parents,
Last week, Head of School Dr. Moran shared the great news that students in EC – Grade 5 will be welcome back to campus after Tet. We are very eager and ready to welcome your children to physical school.
Return to Campus Information Session
We understand that you may have many questions about the return to campus. If you were not able to attend the parent information session earlier this week, I encourage you to view the video here: “Return to Campus” information session. The presentation addresses our rigorous health and safety protocols, and at the end, we answer the questions parents had in the meeting. You can also view the slideshow here.
Also, you will find the answers to many general questions about logistics, such as purchasing uniforms and busing, on our Return to Campus website.
Please Complete the Return to Campus Survey
So that we know how many families are planning to send their children back to in-person learning on campus, we ask that ALL parents complete our Return to Campus Survey before February 7, 3:00 pm.
Staggered Start for All ES Students
The return to physical school will be staggered in three phases: 1) Virtual School, 2) Orientation Days, 3) Physical School. This allows us to ensure that we can support each student individually as they get used to being in physical school, interacting in person with teachers and classmates, and are trained in our new COVID health and safety routines.
Below you can see which day your child will return to physical school. You will also find additional information about pick-up and drop-off.
|Virtual School||February 7-9|
|On-campus orientation*||February 10, 11|
|Physical School||February 16 and after|
*A special on-campus orientation is being developed that will be shared with parents separately. It will be reviewed at the Parent Orientation sessions (see below).
We will hold parent orientation sessions after the Tet break to provide additional information to parents about the return to physical campus:
|Parents of Students in grade||Date||Zoom meeting link|
|3, 4 and 5||Monday,
Feb 7, 2022
6:00 – 7:00 pm
|EC, KG, 1 and 2||Tuesday,
Feb 8, 2022
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Meeting ID: 990 2883 3201
Drop-Off and Arrival at Campus
It is important, particularly as your child establishes new routines, that they have a smooth and calm start to the day. That is why we will ask that you bring your child to campus at 7:40 am, so that they may walk calmly to their homeroom class and be ready for the start of the school day at 8:00 am. Please note, that at this time, government regulations do not allow us to have parents on campus.
Safety on Campus
During the school day, we will be following all COVID safety practices, including masks at all times, social distancing, hand washing, and disinfecting of surfaces. And during snack time (outdoors) and lunch, we have assigned additional adult supervision to ensure that our students stay socially distanced.
Pick-Up and Afternoon Dismissal, New Procedures
Please note that to further support our rigorous health and safety measures, there are new procedures for students who will be picked up at the end of the day.
Note that for students taking the bus, drop-off routines remain the same and parents will be notified of their child’s approximate arrival time at their bus stop.
|EC, KG, 1 and 2||Parents may pick up their children from the Plaza starting at 3:10 pm. Grades and classroom teachers’ names will be clearly marked. Parents who want their child in grades EC-2 to be picked up by an older sibling in grades 3-12, must sign the Dismissal Permission Form.
Late pickup: Students who are not picked up before 3:20 will be brought to a late pickup area on campus. When the parent arrives, they will give security the child’s name and a staff member will bring the student to the parent. Parents must remain outside of the turnstiles at all times.
|3, 4 and 5||Students leave class at 3:00 pm and can be expected to be outside of the turnstiles about 5 minutes later. Parents must remain outside of the turnstiles at all times.|
During the week of February 7, parents will receive additional information during the Parent Orientation sessions and can also expect a mandatory Student Health and Travel survey from our Health Office. However, should you have any additional questions or concerns before that time, I welcome you to contact me.
Daniel J. Keller, PhD
Elementary School Principal