The Scott Spotlight
January 29, 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.
Feb. 1: Extended Remote Students Electing for In Person Instruction Return
Feb. 5: Asynchronous Day - No In Person Instruction to Accommodate the Second Vaccine for Staff
Feb. 10 - Spring State Count Day
Feb. 12 -15: President's Day Weekend - No School
Dear Scott School Families,
Returning for in person instruction was a breath of fresh air. It has been wonderful to have students and staff back in the building and a joy to watch and listen to all of the learning taking place. This past year has taught me so much about gratitude for the little things in life that are often taken for granted. I'm sure you can likely connect with this same sentiment. We are excited for our extended learning students who wish to return to in person instruction to do so on February 1st. Slowly but surely we are getting back to a new normal at Scott School, and it sure feels great!
A couple of reminders to put on your radar:
February 5th will be a district-wide asynchronous day for students from home to afford staff an opportunity to get the second vaccine since most are due that day.
If you pick your child up from school, please make a sign to post in your passenger window or on your dash with your child's first and last name. This helps us efficiently identify your vehicle and call for your child on the microphone to keep our pick up loop moving.
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.
2/5 Asynchronous Day
All Scott School students will receive asynchronous learning through Google Classroom on Friday, Feb. 5th. Live instruction, including a live morning meeting, that day may vary from teacher to teacher depending on their availability due to a variety of reasons stemming from the COVID vaccine. Parents will refer to their child's teacher communication for more details about the learning schedule and activities for the day.
Me & My Feelings Questionnaire
Please be sure to have your child complete the Me & My Feelings Questionnaire if you haven't already. Students can find the link to the questionnaire in Mrs. Schwarz's Google Classroom. Thank you for your help with this!
Journeys Reading Textbooks
Please help us keep track of and care for our Journeys reading textbooks. These are newer purchases and cost the district a good chunk of change. Students should be using textbook 2 now, so if you have textbook 1 at your house still, please send it back to school with your child to give to his/her teacher. Thank you!
Bible Study Update
Due to the pandemic, off site bible study will not be offered to DPS elementary students. The following message is from Debbie Price who heads the local bible study:
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
Pick Up Loop Vehicle Student Name Signs
Please be sure to place a large sign in your window or dash with your child's first and last name if you use the pick up loop after school. This helps us say your child's name over our speaker system and be efficient in keeping traffic moving through our loop. Thanks for your help!
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.