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APS announced that return to F2F learning for Grades 3-5 will be postponed by one week, now starting on Monday, February 8. Please plan to move forward with the new classes starting MONDAY 1/25. More news specific to Mary Lin will be forthcoming next week.
Grades K-2 will still return to F2F learning on Monday, January 25 as planned.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate these times together.

I thank you in advance for your grace and patience as we navigate this space of either simultaneous, all virtual, or all F2F teaching. Our staff has been attending trainings, getting rooms ready, moving furniture, and planning lessons to prepare. Please note that it may not be perfect when we start, but we will make every attempt to make adjustments to meet the needs of ALL students, whether in person or virtual.

I am asking that on Monday, virtual students in K-2 log in at 9:00 instead of 8:00 because the teaches will be receiving students for the first time and will have to establish class rules, show students where items in the classroom belong, and make sure everyone knows how to get to the nearest restrooms, etc. Virtual students will not miss morning meeting/ specials- the day will simply start later.

If your child has been assigned a new teacher, you should have been contacted and participated in a Meet and Greet. There are several things to note for those of you sending students to the building:
- Masks are mandatory and will be worn all day, except for during lunch and snack. You may want to send an extra mask in case the first one gets wet or dirty.
- Students should come to school with a fully charged device and charger each day.
- Students should come with a full water bottle. They will be able to refill at the water stations- no water fountains are available.
- If you have not yet done so, please make sure your child’s teacher knows how he/she will get to school and back each day, if he/she plans to bring lunch from home or receive school lunch, if he/she has any severe allergies, and if he/she requires any medications to be administered at school.

We have been assigned a new nurse, Nurse Denita Pruitt, who I have not met yet, but should be on site tomorrow.

The Covid Manual has been updated to include the following for arrival and dismissal.

C14. Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
K-2 Guidelines:
 Carpool - Drop off is located in the front of the school on Candler Park Drive. To get there, you must turn Right on Candler Park Dr. from North Ave. Those in Lake Claire will need to turn down Oakdale to reach North Ave. DO NOT MAKE A U-TURN on Candler Park Drive, as it is dangerous and there will be many cars and pedestrians. (see blue path on map). Children must be able to get themselves out of the car and exit on the right hand side of the vehicle. Staff members will not be able to open doors or unbuckle kids.
 Park & walk - For carpool families whose children can’t get themselves out of the car. Coming from McClendon, parents can park on Candler Park Drive up until Benning Pl., or on Benning Pl. (see purple areas on map).
 Walkers/bikers - Students will enter in front of school. Parents, please say your good-byes on the sidewalk or before the edge of the newly installed sunshade. The platform directly in front of the school should remain clear and congestion-free.

3-5 Guidelines:
 Carpool - Drop off is located in the back of the school (traditional “bus ramp” area). To get there, you must turn Right on Candler Park Dr. from North Ave. Those in Lake Claire will need to turn down Oakdale to reach North Ave. DO NOT ATTEMPT A LEFT TURN in the parking lot. (see blue path on map). Children must be able to get themselves out of the car and exit on the right hand side of the vehicle. Staff members will not be able to open doors or unbuckle kids.
 Park & walk - The purple areas on the map are for K-2 park & walk. Please do not park in these areas for 3-5 park & walk.
 Walkers/bikers - Students will enter in the back of school and must come up the PATH. DO NOT attempt to enter via the bus ramp because this ramp has no sidewalks and is not a safe walking path.

What do I do if I have kids in both grade bands?
 If you have children in K-2 and 3-5, follow the K-2 guidelines for ALL children. Older siblings will be able to escort their younger siblings into the building and leave with them at dismissal.

Kindergarten - First Week Plan (Jan. 25 - 29)
 K teachers will be stationed in the front of the building - under the new awning & on the platform - to receive our Kindergarteners.
• K students who arrive on the bus will be received by staff at the bus ramp and will wait in the cafeteria until they are escorted to their classes by 8:00 am.
 K students will wait with their teachers until all their F2F classmates have arrived, and then they will head into their classrooms.

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As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out via email at sbriscoe@atlanta.k12.ga.us.

 

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