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Teaticket Reopening Information for 9/21/20

 

TEATICKET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

FALMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS

Every Student. Every Day.

            REOPENING INFORMATION 2020-2021

On September 21, 2020 we will begin our “soft reopening” 

★Remote Learning ★Half days  ★Staggered Arrival 

Hello Teaticket Families,

                     Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year, we are looking forward to seeing everyone on September 21st! On Wednesday, we mailed out placement letters with teacher assignments and shared further information about the half day schedule from 9/28-10/8.  Written below are additional details regarding the school reopening plans. 

What safety measures are in place to protect my child? 

  • Additional hygiene practices and sanitation will be in place in your child’s  school 
  •  Children who have a temperature above 100.0 degrees will not be allowed in school 
  • Children will be required to have their own water bottles and will not be drinking from the fountains. Refilling stations will be available.  
  • Frequent cleaning throughout the day of high contact surfaces (shared  furniture, door handles, light switches, handrails) 
  •  Thorough cleaning each evening after students and staff leave the building 
  •  Children will remain in their cohort throughout the ENTIRE day
  •  Signage will be placed throughout the building to remind students to maintain distance of six feet, wash hands, wear masks, and illustrate one way hallways

Will my child have to wear a mask in school? 

  • Children in grades K-4 need to wear a multi-layer face mask on the school bus and in the classroom. Preschool children will be encouraged to wear their face masks in school but will be required to wear them while on school transportation. 
  • Children will have mask breaks during: snack, lunch, outdoor play with safe spacing, mask break time, and outdoor learning time.

What will my child’s classroom look like? 

  •  Classrooms will be arranged to create appropriate social distancing 
  •  Reduction of classroom furniture 
  •  Desks are 6 feet apart 
  •  Students will all face the same direction 
  •  There will be a designated teaching space 
  • All students will remain in their classrooms for meals and specials
  •  There will be no shared materials 
  • Students will be provided with individual bags/containers which will hold their own crayons, scissors, glue sticks, pencils etc.
  • Students will have their own tool kits for manipulatives so they will not be sharing basic instructional materials.
  •  Windows will remain open, when possible to increase ventilation
  • Opportunities for outside time will occur on a regular basis throughout the school day

What is the protocol for adults coming into the building? 

  • No visitors or guests will be allowed to enter the building 
  • If your child needs to be dismissed during the day, please communicate with us by using the intercom at the entrance of the building- someone will come out to have your child signed out
  • Parents should remain in cars for morning/afternoon drop-offs 

 

What will the bus look like? 

  • Students will be assigned seats on the bus 
  • Bus passes will be issued to each student for their designated bus 

○ Students will not be allowed on the bus without the pass- This ensures proper physical distancing and limits exposure 

  • There will be no changes to bus assignments 

What if I choose remote learning? 

  • If you choose to keep your child home for remote learning, your child will have a daily schedule to follow from home 
  • There will be dedicated times to “meet virtually” with your child’s assigned teacher 
  • Your child will be expected to be participating in “classroom times” throughout the school day. They will not be on Zoom all day. 
  • Attendance will be taken each day 
  • Work will be collected and graded by the assigned teacher 
  • The assigned teacher will provide your child with ongoing feedback throughout the trimester 
  • Your child will receive a report card in the same timeframe as children receiving “in person” instruction
  • You may pivot to in-person learning but there will be a two week transition period for planning purposes

 

What about drop off in the morning? 

GRADE LEVEL MORNING DROP OFF TIME 

 8:50-9:05: 3rd and 4th Grades

 

 9:05-9:15:  1st and 2nd Grades

 9:15-9:30:  PreK and Kindergarten

*SIBLINGS MAY BE DROPPED OFF TOGETHER PLEASE ARRIVE WHEN THE OLDEST CHILD STARTS* 

We will continue to use our existing lines for parent pick-up and drop-off  procedures, however parents will be asked to remain in the vehicle to assist expediting the process. New this year, we will issue dismissal cards to help us identify families in vehicles and to make sure we are dismissing only to people on the list you have shared with us. 

  • Please pull up to the designated spots on the side of the school, and our “Morning Greeters” will guide your child to the door they will enter the school
  • Please remain in your car as it slows things down when parents are getting in and out of the car. Please wait patiently until it is your turn to pull up to our greeter 
  • Please have your child sitting on the drop-off side of your vehicle
  • Please adhere to the drop off times for your child.
  • Due to the current situation, we anticipate an increase in vehicles. Please be patient!

What about parent pick-up in the afternoon? 

GRADE LEVEL PICK UP TIME 

2:50-3:00 PreK

3:00-3:10 Kindergarten

 3:10-3:20 3rd and 4th Grades

 3:20-3:30 1st and 2nd Grades

(Bus riders will be dismissed at 3:30)

  • Have your child’s identification card visible on the dashboard of your car
  • Staff members will be at designated spots to guide you through the parking lot.
  • Please pull down to the farthest point of the drive in lane. It will be marked.
  • Please be patient!  Due to the situation we anticipate an increase in vehicles. 

 

Half Day Dismissal Schedule

GRADE LEVEL PICK UP TIME 

12:00-12:10 PreK

12:10-12:20 Kindergarten

 12:20-12:30 3rd and 4th Grades

 12:30- 12:40 1st and 2nd Grades

(Bus riders will be dismissed at 12:40)

 

When should I keep my student home from school? 

Students should stay home if they exhibit ANY of the following symptoms: 

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills 
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough) 
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 
  • New loss of taste or smell  
  • Sore throat 
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms 
  • Muscle aches or body aches 
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea 
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms 
  •  Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms 

 

School Nurse: Mary Kate Petrucci      mpetrucci@falmouth.k12.ma.us

School Events 

  •  All school events will be virtual 
  •  There will be NO after school activities at this time 
  •  Picture day will be rescheduled to the spring

 

Once again we thank you for your support during this unprecedented time. Further information will be forthcoming. All of our best efforts are being put in place to educate, protect, and support our Teaticket Tigers! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Sincerely,

Sandra M. Kapsambelis, Principal         skapsambelis@falmouth.k12.ma.us

                                        

Meghan Conant, Assistant Principal/SEBA  mconant@falmouth.k12.ma.us