The Scott Spotlight
January 15, 2021
Face to Face Instruction Start Time: 8:15 a.m. (First bell rings at 8:10 a.m.)
Dismissal Time: 3:05 p.m.
Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
Jan. 19: Half Day Hybrid Begins
Jan. 20: CANCELED - Early Release Day for Teacher PD - CANCELED
Feb. 1: Extended Remote Students Electing for In Person Instruction Return
Dear Scott School Families,
Lots of planning for returning to in person instruction has been underway at Scott School and throughout our district. We are excited for students to return for a half day a.m./p.m. model and are looking forward to when we can transition to a full in person model. If all goes as planned we are scheduled for the full day model to start third trimester which begins on March 8th.
All my best,
Scott School Principal
DPS Student Screener
Families are expected to go through this screener every morning before their child leaves for school when students are in the building for in person instruction. Please remember to do this so we all do our part to support a healthy environment at school. Attached is a printable version of the form that you may elect to print for easy access each morning.
Half Day Model
The half day model for DPS elementary schools begins on Tuesday, January 19th for students who were receiving in person instruction in the fall before we had a school closure. Extended remote students electing to return to in person instruction (per their survey response) will do so on Monday, February 1st. We are scheduled to return to full in person instruction at the start of the third trimester on Monday, March 8th if all goes as planned.
Cohort A: 8:55 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (at home learning activities in the p.m.)
Cohort B: 12:55 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (at home learning activities in the a.m.)
*Doors open 5 minutes before the start time for all elementary buildings.
**Drop off should not occur more than 15 minutes before school starts.
Now that we are returning to in person instruction, the vestibule hours at Scott School will be adjusted to 7:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on days we have school, except it will be open on Monday, January 18th (MLK Day) even though we don't have school that day to accommodate families with the upcoming change to our instructional model (ie. remote to in person instruction).
Boxed Lunches/Food Distribution
There has been a change to the way boxes lunches will be distributed to students to help reduce the amount of things students have to transport home each day and to eliminate the need for families to opt out if they are not interested in receiving them. DPS will continue to distribute meals as they have all year.
The USDA has extended the summer feeding program up until the end of the school year. This means all children 18 years and under can receive a free breakfast and a free lunch each day including the weekends. Our district is offering meal distribution on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for all the virtual students and hybrid students. Parents can find out details about times and pick up locations by calling Food Services at 517-668-3154. Free lunch is also available to students at school, and breakfast will be too when it's available in the mornings.
Free Food Kits
Drop Off & Pick Up
Specials - Art, Music, & PE
Specials will continue to offer live time for both remote and in person students in the morning or afternoon opposite of their in person learning time. Specials teachers are also planning to push into classrooms for 10 minutes each week to have face to face time with students. Maintaining and building relationships between students and staff are really important to us.
DeWitt Public Schools is in need of instructional assistants. Please consider applying if you think you would enjoy working in a school with students, or pass this information along to anyone you know who you think this would be a perfect match for. Thank you!
School Pictures - Revised Date
School pictures have been moved to Thursday, March 11th. We are hoping to be back to full in person instruction with the need for fewer COVID protocols in place by that time.
District COVID-19 Documents
If your child is going to be "absent" and miss school, even if they are a online learner, please be sure to call our attendance line at 517-668-3458. We are required to take attendance even when students are learning remotely, so we want to be sure to account for our students and excuse absences in Infinite Campus. If your child is learning remotely, you should also communicate absences to your child's teacher. We care about our students and worry about them when they aren't in class or online on days they are supposed to be.