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Dear Stukey Families Who are Returning to In-Person Learning,

We are so excited to welcome you back to the Stukey building on October 1st at 8:00 a.m for the first official day! Today is our Orientation Day, also starting at 8:00. We want to orient you on a few guidelines and routines related to safety that will be in place to have a safe return to in-person learning.

Morning and Afternoon Duty/Late Bell:

*There will be crosswalk duty coverage by administration starting at 7:55. The first bell will ring at 8:00 and the tardy bell will ring at 8:05. Teachers will be on duty at their back exterior doors from 8:00 to 8:05. Please have your child enter into their teacher’s classroom by 8:05.

*At the end of the day, administration will be at the crosswalk at 2:55 and teachers will be on duty at the back of their classroom doors until 3:10. Please pick up your child at 3:00 and remind your child to stay socially distanced at entry and dismissal times for protection and safety.

New Safety Protocols: Cleaning, Entrance, Dismissal, Hallways, Water Fountains, Lunch, & Classrooms

*We have added enhanced cleaning protocols for our custodial staff, cafeteria staff, and educators including daily cleaning of frequently touched objects and restrooms. We also increased ventilation through double the number of exchanges every hour to bring in more fresh outdoor air.

*We have fewer students who will be learning in the building and this will allow for reduced congestion and interaction only with limited people throughout the day.

*In order to have students space out and reduce the number of students using common spaces, we will have students enter through their teacher’s door at 8:00 a.m. Please note that we do not have staff to monitor students prior to this time on school grounds. Thank you for supporting our community in this change. Please help our school community by reminding students to give space and not crowd one another or socialize with students from other classes as this is still an unfamiliar cultural shift for our students.

*School staff will take students’ temperature each day. If your child has multiple symptoms and/or a temperature of 100.4 or above, keep your child at home. If the temperature is at 100.4 or exceeds this, will contact you and ask that you pick the child up within 30 minutes. Please have the most accurate phone number and emergency phone numbers to support us with expedient communication and transportation. Should we have a student with symptoms, they will be in the area designated as “sick bay” directly next to the office.

*Please send your child’s Chromebook and charger back to school. Should your child be exposed to a positive case of Covid-19, you will be notified directly and asked to quarantine your child at home. At this point we will send the Chromebook and charger back home with your child.

*During the school day, students will walk the direction of the lines that help space out students and transitions will be staggered to reduce congestion of students in one space at one time. Recess schedules have been adjusted to reduce overlap of students.

*Water fountains are available for filling up water bottles only. This may be confusing as they are open but students are not to drink directly from the fountain--please help communicate this with your child.

*During lunch, scholars will sit with their classroom. One class will eat in the library and the other will be eating outside on the north side of the building. School monitors will support students eating with safety protocols including reducing proximity to other students, reducing numbers of students in an interior space and allowing students to eat outside, as well as traditional regular safety protocols.

*Classrooms will have no unnecessary furniture and desks will face one direction.

Minimizing Exposure: Masks, Handwashing & Hand Sanitizer

*Scholars and staff are required to wear masks in the building at all times except for during breakfast and lunch and mask breaks that are in their classroom only, and wear masks appropriately. This allows them to only be exposed to a small community in an area that is well spaced and with filtered ventilation according to public health guidelines. Please support our school community’s costs by providing a mask for your child that fits well, meaning that it stays over the nose and below the mouth. If a child’s mask is not covering their nose and mouth, we have emergency replacements. We will also be providing one Stukey stinger mask per student.

*Because it is natural to touch our faces without thinking about it, staff will help students wash hands or use hand sanitizer before removing their masks for recess and again after recess and before eating. Masks will not be removed until students sit down on spaced seating in the lunchroom.

Reducing Exposure: Sign in sheets, Outside Visitors

*Any staff visiting a classroom is required to sign the clipboard outside the classroom. Should a scholar test positive, this will allow our school to track any staff member who was exposed to that child as 15 minutes in the classroom constitutes exposure and would result in quarantine. As we are looking to reduce exposure to the minimum, we will minimize time spent within classrooms, thus reducing group exposure.

*Building access will be restricted for visitors and only permitted for a student on an emergency basis.

Free Breakfast and Lunch until end of December

*Your child is welcome to free breakfast and lunch without paperwork of any child until December, 2020. However, please apply for the online lunch application as this helps our school receive federal dollars and accurately reflect our school’s needs.

*Since breakfast will be in the classroom, all students will start at their teacher’s door.

Can't wait to greet your scholars today!!! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Many thanks,

Deborah Voelker

Helen Butts
Assistant Principal