The Scott Spotlight
September 11, 2020
Face to Face Instruction Start Time: 8:15 a.m. (First bell rings at 8:10 a.m.)
Dismissal Time: 3:05 p.m.
Sept. 14 - Sept. 18 - In Person Meet & Greet and Acadience (reading) Testing
Sept. 16: Teacher CLT - No Synchronous Learning in the Afternoon
Sept. 21: Hybrid In Person Learning Scheduled Begins
Dear Scott School Families,
Students, families, and staff are settling into our remote learning routine which has been great to see unfold. We are now starting to prepare for the next transition to a hybrid schedule on September 21st. Because virus numbers can significantly change in a short period of time, communication regarding any delay to our hybrid schedule start date will likely occur at the end of next week. However, right now we are forging ahead with plans for hybrid learning to start as originally scheduled. Please read through the various sections in this newsletter to help you and your child prepare for in person learning. Also, please keep the DPS Student Screener in an accessible location in your home to use daily before sending your child to school. It is extremely important that we collectively do our part to mitigate the spreading of the virus to keep each other healthy so students can come back to school and learn in person.
All my best,
Scott School Principal
Drop Off & Pick Up
As we transition back to in person instruction, it is important that students and families follow our start and end of the day routines and procedures.
Students riding a bus will be supervised and guided by school staff to enter and exit a bus in a safe fashion. All bused students will enter the building through the doors by the bus loop.
All breakfast students must enter the school at the front of the building which opens at 8:00 a.m. and go directly to the cafeteria to eat before school starts at 8:15 a.m.
Students dropped off and walking to school will be expected to maintain social distancing from others and only be able to enter the building at the front of the school by the office. Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. There will be school staff outside to supervise and guide students to safely enter the building, and please do NOT have your child vacate your vehicle until 8:00 a.m. Supervision is not available until then, and it's important students are social distancing at all times. Once drop off students and walkers are inside the vestibule, they will go straight to the cafeteria and sit at designated seats until the first bell rings. They will then be dismissed individually to their classrooms.
Parents wishing to drop off and/or pick up their child must use the loop to do so. Parking in front of the building is dangerous for our students and discouraged. This also prevents our staff from being on time to work since there are limited parking spots at Scott School. Thanks for your help with this.
Drop off and/or pick up in the street is never acceptable and local law enforcement help keep our students safe by patrolling Wilson Street before and after school. Also, drop off and pick up at other locations other than our parent loop is discouraged. We care about the safety of our students and appreciate families following our procedures and guidelines.
If your child is going to be picked up after school in the loop, please be sure to post a large sign on your passenger side dash with your child's first and last name. This is necessary for staff to efficiently identify vehicles for students to keep our loop moving. We will be using a microphone and speaker to call student names to also help run a smooth pick up. Please don't forget to make your dash sign and keep in in your vehicle for use throughout the school year.
Our DPS Transportation Department is working diligently on bus stops and routes. If you have questions about transportation for your child, please contact George Gibson or Lisa Smith at 668-3020.
The First Days of In Person Learning
While we are in Phase 4, guests are not allowed in the building at Scott School. Please start discussing what the first days of school will look like with your child so the transition is predictable since parents/guardians will not be allowed to come inside. Scott School staff will be inside and outside to help students safely find their classroom. Thank you for partnering with us to make the transition smooth and successful for everyone!
In Person Instruction Reminders
Here are a few tips for returning to in person instruction:
Students must bring a water bottle from home. Drinking fountains in the hallway are not accessible due to the virus.
Students must wear a mask on school grounds both inside and outside. Please send a couple of additional masks in case there's a need to change a mask during the day.
Students will be expected to wash hands frequently throughout the day. Teachers will be scheduling these opportunities. Your child is encouraged to also bring a small bottle (travel size) hand sanitizer to keep in his/her desk or bag for use whenever necessary.
Students will be eating in their classroom while we are in Phase 4. One hot lunch choice will be available and brought by cart to classrooms. Students who bring cold lunch must bring no nut options because we are a no nut building.
Balls, toys, and other personal belongs must be kept at home to reduce opportunities for students to share items. All school items you send to school with your child must be labeled and community supplies will be eliminated or used only when proper sanitizing is available.
District COVID-19 Documents
Scott School is looking for help during recess and lunch times. If you're available and willing to work a few hours each day please review our employment postings and apply for either the "Non-instructional Assistant - 1.5 hours" or the "Non-instructional Assistant - 3.75 hours" position.
Planning & Procedures - Update
We are on track to follow the Return to School Phase In Plan and students have been scheduled into A/B cohorts. A cohorts will attend in person instruction at school for full days on Mondays and Tuesdays. B cohorts will attend in person instruction at school for full days on Thursday and Friday. If COVID-19 numbers remain low in our area, our hybrid schedule will begin on September 21st and go until October 2nd. We will then resume full in person learning at school Monday-Friday on October 5th.
If you haven't already, please complete this online Scott School Permission Form. This is really important for us to have on file to support your preferences for the items listed on it.
If your child is going to be "absent" and miss virtual and/or in person school on any given day, 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. While online instruction is occurring, 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, even during virtual school times. Remember, lessons are recorded and placed in Google Classroom so students can still complete their daily learning slides even when they aren't able to join live instruction. Please help your child stay on top of their assignments while learning remotely.
Eligible special education students have been scheduled to come to school during designated times. Special education teachers will continue to communicate with families about schedule adjustments should they occur. Parents/Guardians can help prepare their child by reviewing CDC guidelines such as mask wearing, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. Mask wearing practice at home also help build stamina and familiarity with this necessary safety measure.
At an at school meet and greet opportunity and Acadience (reading) testing began on August 31st and will continue through September 18th. Families have received SignUpGenius communication with dates to select a time slot. Parents are to drop their child off in front of the building to meet with his/her teacher and be escorted into the building. Parents should remain in their car and stay for the approximate 15-minute experience their child has to talk with his/her teacher and complete testing. If bringing your child to school to do this is difficult, please communicate this with your child's teacher to develop an alternate plan. We are eager to meet students and have them in the building. Please be sure that your child wears a mask when they come. Thank you for supporting this opportunity.
Remote Learning Daily Schedule
Here is the daily schedule you can expect your child to follow while students are learning remotely.
Thank you to those who have reached out and asked what needs our school has. We would be grateful for things such as:
Face Masks (to have on hand for those in need)
Please access the DPS Remote Learning Technology Access page about connectivity and devices if this is a need area for your child. It's important that our students have what they need to be successful learners. Don't hesitate to reach out; we're happy to help as much as possible.
Students will use Google Classroom for accessing their remote learning lessons. Teachers will guide students with how to use this platform. The Parent's Guide to Google Classroom is a helpful video resource for parents. Please consider watching it. This will help you be better informed on how to assist your child.
Students and staff will be required to wear masks inside the building. Mask breaks will be provided when safe and appropriate to do so. Parents/Guardians are also expected to wear masks when entering the vestibule at the front of the building. Our office is closed to guests, but secretaries will gladly assist individuals by phone. You can help your child adjust to wearing a mask by practicing at home for various amounts of time. Remember, face masks are required at school, neck gators don't meet mask requirements, and face shields can be worn in addition to face masks, but not without a mask.
Guests in the Building
To reduce unnecessary exposure to students and staff, volunteers and other guests will not be allowed in the building during phase 4. This protocol may be revisited when we reach phase 5 and additional communication will be shared with families if it is determined appropriate to open our building to volunteers and guests. This includes access to our office. Until then, parents/guardians who enter the building will be required to stay in the vestibule to drop off or pick up items and to sign in or sign out their child. We are hoping this protocol isn't necessary all year because we love having volunteers and guests in our school.
There are some Scott students who have health-threatening nut allergies in our building. Scott School is a 'No Nut' building this year. Pack items that do not contain nuts for your child's lunch and snack when we return to in person instruction. It is critically important that we provide a safe learning environment for all students, and your help with this is needed and appreciated. Please always contact your child's teacher if you have a concern about an allergy or other health condition related to your child that he/she should be aware of. Also, if your child has a medical need, including food or other allergies, don't forget to update your child's Medical Management Plan by completing and submitting the district forms to the office when we return to brick and mortar instruction.
In order for Scott School personnel to administer medication to your child when we return to in person instruction, you must:
Submit a completed district medication form to our office.
Be sure all medications are brought to and stored in our office.
Be sure prescription medication is in its original container accompanied with a physician’s signature.
Be sure non-prescription medication is in its original container accompanied by a parent’s signature.
Please communicate with your child's teacher if he/she takes medication daily at school.
If your child has a medical condition, please be sure to complete a Medical Management Plan for your child and turn it in at the office.
Medication and other medical forms can be found on our DeWitt Public Schools website.
Looking for Additional Support?
Our school social worker, Mrs. Schwarz, is always willing to assist students and families in any way possible. In addition to working closely with your child's teacher, consider reaching out to her if you have questions or need support. She is truly amazing at what she does! She can be reached at 517-668-3446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can expect further communication from Mrs. Schwarz about a social/emotional questionnaire for families to fill out with their child. Please be sure to help your child complete the questionnaire when you electronically receive as this will help to inform guidance services. Stay tuned!