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9.23.2020 New Salem Update Part 1
This video message is part 1 of 2 messages. Part 1 will address students returning two days a week. Part 2 will address students returning 4 days a week.
I am SO excited to be able to communicate the following information to you! It’s a celebration that we get to have your students at New Salem more of the time face to face!
Let me just put this out there first… Most people are already overwhelmed and when we are overwhelmed, it is hard to process change and lots of information. Please do not hesitate to call the school at 704-296-3175, or me on my cell at 704-219-7980 if you need to ask clarification questions. We are always happy to help.
First - Just because students are coming back more of the time does not mean that student safety takes a back seat. The following safety precautions will not change as students come back to New Salem:
- We all will continue to rock our facemasks.
- We will continue to temperature screen and ask parents the screening questions.
- We will continue to clean, clean, clean, clean, and clean some more.
- Lunch at New Salem will continue to rotate between eating in their classroom one week, and then the cafeteria the next.
- Specials will continue to be held with all touch surfaces being sanitized between classes.
- We will continue to not hold mass gatherings such as assemblies and the like.
- Recess, for the time being, will not be on the playground since we can’t clean all those surfaces between uses.
The major change in safety protocols will be that it will not ALWAYS be possible to keep students six feet apart as student numbers increase. So, the rule will be that we will social distance as best as possible, given the situation.
Now - Let’s talk about the first big positive change!
Next Tuesday, September 29th, students will come back to New Salem two days a week for face to face instruction. Monday is an optional workday...so there is no instruction on Monday.
How you will know what day your student comes to New Salem is super simple.
If your child is currently coming to New Salem on a Monday, OR on a Tuesday, then they will come to school face to face on Mondays and Tuesdays.
If your child is currently coming to New Salem on a Wednesday OR Thursday, then they will come to school face to face on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
This process follows the same patterns at the middle and high school...so it should not create sibling issues across our cluster.
Fridays will remain a Remote Learning Day for all students.
Students coming to New Salem two days a week will run from September 29th until October 22nd.
During this time period, students who are “full virtual” will remain “full virtual.” There will be no change for them during this time.
Our teachers will be communicating with you about classroom specific adjustments that may happen when students come back 2 days a week.
Finally, if the change of going to 2 days a week means that you want your students to ride the bus please call Gina at the front office ASAP so that change can be made.
Again, please do not hesitate to call the school at 704-296-3175, or me on my cell at 704-219-7980 if you need to ask clarification questions. We are always happy to help.
Thank you and have a great day.