August 16, 2020

Message from Mr. Childers August 16, 2020

 

Hello Parents,

 

This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary. This is our final week of preparation prior to the beginning of a new school year. Please review the information below and feel free to email me if you have additional questions (tom.childers@ucps.k12.nc.us) or you may email your child's teacher. Email me if you are not receiving email weekly messages from me. Please include the following information when emailing me with a question or concern. Child's Name, Teacher Name, Grade and your phone number. This will allow me to respond to your question or concern more quickly. Parents may access all archived messages on the school website. Our school phone number has changed, please use 704 296-3005 to contact the school. Please note that our school receives many phone calls each day. Please be patient and you may want to also email your concern to Mrs. Perry (tricia.perry@ucps.k12.nc.us) to ensure that we respond in a timely manner.

 

Attendance Details: Our staff will take daily attendance for ALL students. This information will be recorded based on your child's participation and completion of assigned required work. Students will be coded as Present On-Site, Present Off-Site or Absent. Parents and students will have flexibility to complete assignments within a specified period of time (typically one week) without penalty. Antioch must record which students are participating in person or remotely. Your child's teacher will be able to provide more information about this within the first two weeks of school. Our goal is to provide each family with the flexibility to successfully participate in a remote learning environment while maintaining a timeline that permits our staff to provide timely feedback to promote your child's education.

 

AIG Information:

Mrs. Schilling and Mrs. Sarcona are so excited to meet you and begin the school year.  Please read the following information from the AIG teachers;

  • They hope to be finished with AIG testing by Friday.  If your child is being considered for the program, you will receive an email from them directly.
  • Paperwork is in the mail for qualifying students.  Please sign and return the necessary paperwork for entrance into the program.
  • We are holding a Virtual Open House on Friday August 21st at 12pm.  We will share the slideshow and a list of frequently asked questions along with answers to those questions after the meeting.
  • Please add your questions to this link so we can be prepared to answer your questions during our Virtual Open House.
  • We appreciate your patience and understanding as we start the school year under new procedures and practices.  We have been responding to your emails as quickly as possible.  At this time qualifying students is our top priority so they can be ready to begin AIG on August 24th.  We will have more time to address your questions this upcoming week.  Again, we thank you for your understanding and look forward to speaking with you.

 

 

 

Birthday Treats will not be permitted at Antioch this year. Due to the many additional tasks required of our staff due to COVID-19, we cannot accept birthday treats of any kind in the classroom. The Antioch Elementary School Improvement Team will reconsider this issue once school reopens under Plan "A".

 

Bus Transportation: All parents of students who use UCPS bus transportation this year will be asked to complete a weekly Attestation Form. The form provides assurance that parents are NOT sending at risk student on the bus. Click here to access the electronic form.

Parents may access a printable version here as well as other related information regarding transportation.

 

Canvas: UCPS will use Canvas as our LMS (Learning Management System). Parents may find this information very valuable as you prepare to support your children. Click here to access the Canvas Parent Readiness Checklist . Additional Technology Tutorials are available here. I would encourage you to spend time with your child exploring this resources.

 

Chromebook Distribution: Parents of 2nd - 5th Grade should make arrangements with your child's teacher to collect the chromebook if you have not already done so. You may email Mrs. Kovach (kimberly.kovach@ucps.k12.nc.us) or Mrs. Phillips (amy.phillips@ucps.k12.nc.us) if you have issues with your chromebook. Click on this link for a variety of resources that you will hopefully find to be very helpful.

Kindergarten and First Grade students must also complete the COPPA (Child Online Privacy Protection Act) form. They are available here in English and in Spanish. These forms are also available to print from the Antioch Elementary Website. Devices will not be issued to ALL K-1 students and Antioch will have a limited number available in October.

 

Face  Coverings Provided by UCPS: Each employee and students will be provided with five face coverings. Only two of those face coverings will be sent home with students. We will keep additional face coverings at school to hand out to children who forget their covering at home.

These are comprised of fabric which is 100% cotton, white in color and loops over the ears.  Fabric has been treated with a silver and copper solution reported to have some antimicrobial properties. Covers may be machine washed warm up to 15 times before discarding. Tumble dry high. Do not use bleach, chemicals or disinfectant to wash this product. If skin irritation occurs, immediately stop using the face covering. If irritation persists, consult your primary care provider.  Be mindful when wearing this product if you have lung disease, like emphysema, or chronic heart disease. Stop using this product if you notice difficulty breathing while wearing it.

 Face Cover FAQs: https://www.phe.gov/facecovering/Pages/faq.aspx

 

Pre-Ordered School Supplies & Yearbooks: Parents who ordered school supplies or yearbooks and did not pick up those items last week should contact your child's teacher.

 

Safety Protocols:

Click on this link to view a video that demonstrates COVID Screenings and Classroom Social Distancing procedures. Thank you to AES students and Mrs. Amy Phillips for creating this resource. https://youtu.be/oNLhNPPIlmk

 

Social distancing guidelines will be followed. The building will have signage and floor markings to remind students of the need to maintain a safe distance. Our staff will verbally remind students of the need to social distance for the safety of everyone. Students are strongly encouraged to bring plastic refillable water bottles. Thanks to the Antioch PTO our school is equipped with numerous bottle filling stations. While water fountains are available to students for use, we strongly encourage the use of personal water bottles.

 

Sharing of instructional materials such as pencils, crayons and markers will be prohibited. Your child's supplies will be used only by your child. Other instructional supplies provided by the school,  such as magnetic letters, books and math manipulatives will be managed in a manner to eliminate the spread of germs. Students will likely eat lunch in the classroom to limit exposure to large groups. Recess will occur daily, however students will not be permitted to use the playground equipment as there is no feasible way to sanitize these large structures between use. Our custodial staff will sanitize high touch areas and restrooms five times each day.

 

Non-essential visitors will not be permitted to enter the hallways. This means that parents will not be permitted to walk students to class or eat lunch with their child. All parent meetings will be held virtually. Volunteers will not be permitted in the building.

 

Our school will have a special plan for Kindergarten students during the first two weeks of school. Parents of Kindergarten students are encouraged to bring your child to school at 7:45am daily during the first two weeks. Please park in the bus parking lot and enter the gym. You can assist your child through the screening process, take pictures and say goodbye. Our staff will walk students to class. Parents will NOT be permitted to walk students to class. Any Kindergarten students that arrive before 7:45am will need to go through the screening without the parent as parents are not permitted in the building before 7:45am AND only in the gym for the student screening. Beginning the third week of school parents are not permitted to enter the building.

 

Our school will utilize a new app this year to manage student check-in, check-out and transportation changes. All changes must be made through the app. We are not ready to roll out the app at this time. Please continue to send written transportation changes to your child's teacher  until our system is fully operational. PLEASE CLEARLY COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER REGARDING THE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION THAT YOUR CHILD WILL TAKE HOME ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. The app is called  Student Dismissal Manager. Students who arrive at school late will be greeted and screened at the front door. Parents will communicate with the office through the use of the video doorbell for student check out and the child will be sent to parents at the front entrance. Sometimes students forget items at home, parents are permitted to bring prescription eye wear, prescription medicine and other items deemed essential by the school. This would include a forgotten lunch if the child has a special diet and our cafeteria cannot accommodate the child's needs. The school will not permit the drop off lunch and homework unless lunch meets the previously discussed criteria. Parents will only be permitted to drop off clothing items if the child's clothing becomes soiled during the school day. All students should bring coats, jackets and face covering daily at the beginning of the day. These items will not be permitted to be dropped off during the day. The school will provide a face covering for your child if they forget their face covering at home. Students should bring a sweatshirt or light jacket on the first day of school. It may be very warm outside however the classrooms might be chilly with the reduced number of students in classrooms. I encourage parents to write your child's name in their jacket. Our school has dozens of unclaimed items of clothing each year.

 

Safety Screenings:

Everyone who enters the our hallways will undergo a temperature check and symptom screening. Staff members will complete this daily before engaging with students. Our building will have multiple entry points, the walker door, the front lobby and the gym door. Our staff will provide multiple screening stations to complete the required checks before students enter the classroom. Staff and students are not required to have a COVID-19 screening before attending school.

 

Any student who has a temperature above 100.4 will be checked at least twice before notifying the parents. Symptomatic students will report to a space away from other individuals until a parent can pick them up from school.

 

Students with symptoms will be excluded from school until ALL of the following occurs: 1. It has been at least 10 days since the child first had symptoms AND 2. It has been at least 3 days since the child had a fever without the use of fever reducing medicine AND 3. It has been at least 3 days since the child's symptoms have improved, including cough and shortness of breath.

 

A child may return to school once they have had a negative COVID-19 test and there is no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines for 24 hours.

 

 If a child has been diagnosed with COVID-19 but does not have symptoms, they should remain out of school until 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test.

 

If a child has been determined to have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, they should remain out of school for 14 days since the last known contact, unless they test positive. In which case,  they should remain out of school until 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test.

 

Students must complete the full 14 days of quarantine even if they test negative. A child can return to school, following normal school policies, if they receive confirmation of an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider that would explain the COVID-19- like symptoms, once there is no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines and they have felt well for 24 hours.

 

UCPS in a joint effort with Public Health Officials will communicate with parents regarding positive COVID-19 cases of students and staff.

 

The implementation of additional safety protocols will no doubt have an adverse impact on instructional time. I cannot elaborate on this point until students are in the building and our staff works through each of these new processes. Of course it will take more time away from instruction with one hundred percent of the students present.

 

UCPS Photo, Video and News Interview Release Form: Parents should review this form and complete the appropriate version to provide consent for the following:

I do hereby grant to Union County Public Schools the unlimited right to use and/or reproduce photographs, likenesses or the voice of my child in any legal manner and for the internal or external promotional and informational activities of Union County Public Schools. I also agree to allow my child to be interviewed and/or photographed representatives of the external news media in relation to any and all coverage of Union County Public Schools in which they are involved. I also agree to allow my child’s work and/or photograph to be published on the Union County Public Schools Internet/Intranet Web Pages and/or UCPS publications. I further understand that by signing this release, I waive any and all present, or future compensation rights to the use of the above stated material(s).

 UCPS Photo Release English

UCPS Photo Release Spanish

 

Thank you for supporting our school - working  together as one team on one mission, we are meeting needs, challenging minds and celebrating accomplishments.

 

Until next time… Have a great day!