August 22, 2021

Message from Mr. Childers

August 22, 2021


Hello Parents,


This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary. Our staff is excited to see your children on Monday. My first priority is to keep all students and staff safe. My second priority is to keep our school open for face to face learning. UCPS is not offering virtual learning this year except in the event of an entire class exclusion.


School begins at 7:30am. Students can be dropped off between 7:00am and 7:30am. Please follow staff directions in the car rider line. Parents are welcome to park and walk their child to the front door. Parents are not permitted to walk students to class due to COVID precautions. Kindergarten students will only attend school one day this week. Kindergarten students may be dropped off between 7:00am - 7:30am OR parents may walk Kindergarten students into the gym at 7:45am. Parents are reminded to enter the gym from the bus lot. This option is ONLY for Kindergarten students. Please carefully read the information below regarding dismissal.


Please review the information below and feel free to email me if you have additional questions ( 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 information 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 is 704 296-3005. I strongly encourage you to listen to your voice message before returning a missed call from the school. Antioch Elementary has nearly a hundred staff members and it is sometimes very difficult for our office staff to determined who called you. Please note that our school receives many phone calls each day. Please be patient and you may want to also email your concern to our Receptionist, Mrs. Young ( to ensure that we respond in a timely manner.


COVID Information

The UCPS Board Education has voted to make face coverings optional for ALL students and staff. Bus riders are required to wear face coverings at all times per the Federal CDC mandate. Our staff will continue to implement protocols to ensure the safety of students and staff. Social distancing will be practiced and our goal is to maintain six feet physical distancing between classes to limit close contacts.  Students will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands frequently. Students will not use the cafeteria for lunch (with a few exceptions) or breakfast, these activities will take place in the classroom or outdoors, each teacher will make this choice. Students will participate in outdoor recess daily (weather permitting). Classes will be kept separate and students will not be permitted to mix with other classes. Most students will remain in their homeroom classroom throughout the day. Students who change classes will maintain six feet social distancing from students of other classes. UCPS with partner with Union County Public Health to conduct contact tracing. Water fountains will be available for bottle filling only. Please send your child to school with a reusable water bottle. High surface areas will continue to be cleaned and sanitized by our custodial staff. Visitors are not allowed for classroom celebrations or eating lunch. Visitors will be allowed for academic related reasons, but will be limited.


Parents will not be permitted to walk students to class or have lunch with their child. UCPS is permitting Field Trips at this time. Antioch will only participate in on campus trips for the first semester and will reevaluate off campus trips for the second semester. All parent-teacher meetings, 504, and IEP meetings will be conducted virtually again this year. Our school will not accept items that students forgot at home after the 7:30am bell unless the item is critical (medicine, prescription eye glasses or lunch for students  who have dietary restrictions). Our school will continue to utilize the doorbell camera to communicate with visitors. Parents may access FAQ by clicking this link.


Quarantine is required for an individual who has been a close contact (within six feet for at least 15 minutes cumulatively over a 24-hour period) of someone who is determined positive with COVID-19 with the following three exceptions:

  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms do not need to quarantine after a close contact (it is recommended to get tested 3-5 days after exposure and to wear a face covering around others until receiving a negative test result).
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered and do not have symptoms do not need to quarantine.
  • Students who are not fully vaccinated after a close contact in a classroom or other school setting if face coverings were being worn consistently by both the person with COVID-19 and the potentially exposed person do not need to quarantine. This applies to exposures in classrooms, other in-school settings, and school transportation. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.


COVID Support Plan: UCPS and Antioch Elementary will offer a comprehensive support plan to assist students if they are quarantined from school. The plan includes a three tiered approach.

  • Tier 1 - Your child's teacher of record or instructional assistant will provide assignments and resources for your child while quarantined. Virtual Instruction ("live" or "on-demand") will only be provided in the event that the entire class is excluded from school.
  • Tier 2 - Antioch Elementary will offer tutoring support from 3pm - 5pm on school days. This support can be accessed by clicking the Covid Support link on the school website calendar. This resource is limited ONLY to students who are quarantined from school. Our staff will answer questions and explain concepts. K-2 and 3-5 have separate links.
  • Tier 3 - UCPS will provide district tutors that can be utilized per parent request. This resource is currently not active. I will share information once the service is available.


Car Riders

Antioch Elementary will continue to practice social distancing at dismissal as well. Kindergarten and First Grade ONLY will begin dismissing at 1:50pm. We ask that parents  arrive for K/1 dismissal no earlier than 1:40pm. Dismissal for Kindergarten and First Grade ONLY will occur in the main car rider line. Second and Third Grade car riders will be dismissed from the main car rider line at 2:00pm. Any parent who is picking up a Second or Third grade student SHOULD NOT arrive until 2:00pm. Students will not be ready for dismissal and you will hold up the car rider line. Fourth and Fifth grade students and their siblings will be dismissed from the bus lot beginning at 2:15pm. Please do not arrive before 2:10pm as the extra traffic will back up onto Antioch Church Road and create a traffic flow issue. DO NOT pull onto the bus lot until directed to do so by our staff. We ask that all parents please follow directions from our staff during drop off and pick up. Morning car rider drop off will occur in the main car rider line and in the bus lot. Do not enter the bus lot unless directed to do so. Our staff will signal you when it is clear for your child to unload. Please have your child ready to exit the car. Parents are welcome to park and walk their child to the front door. Please use the crosswalk and cross when directed to do so by our staff. Pedestrians DO NOT have the right of way in the car rider line… please be cautious when crossing.


Chromebook & COPPA Forms:    All UCPS students will use technology as a resource to enhance the curriculum. Parents must complete the form below prior to your child accessing the internet at school or prior to your child receiving a chromebook. Only students in grades 3-5 will be issued a chromebook as part of the 1:1 initiative.

Chromebook & COPPA Parent Notification - English

Chromebook & COPPA Parent Notification - Spanish


NC Farm to School Calendar Contest: North Carolina is a diverse agricultural state. Our farmers grow a variety of fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, seafood, horticultural and forestry products. The NC Farm to School calendar will highlight the diversity of our agriculture throughout the state. THIRTEEN entries will be chosen to illustrate the calendar for the 2022-23 school year. All North Carolina public school students in grades Kindergarten through Five are eligible to participate. Email entries to


School Supplies

School supplies have been delivered to your child's classroom. Parents may access the school supply list by using this link.


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!