We have made it to the Month of March! Who would have thought a year ago around this time that we would have closed up our school buildings and transitioned to Virtual Learning, Social Distancing, and fear of those with cold-like/flu-like symptoms? Who would have thought that millions of Americans would become terminally ill over a new virus entering our world?
COVID-19 entered our world and now we must deal with it in order to create what many are calling the "New Normal". As part of this new normal, I am proud to say that the mitigation strategies that we have in place at Kimberly have prevented ANY student or staff member from contracting COVID-19 while in our school building. We have had three student cases since we started having students return, but our screening process identified those students as soon as they entered the building and they were immediately quarantined (sent to CARE Room) and then sent home. When the student didn't have symptoms upon arrival we still quarantined those classes, out of an abundance of caution, and prevented any exposure to our remaining students and staff.
I want to say THANK YOU to all of our families who are monitoring their students and themselves daily to ensure the collective safety of our school community. As such, I also want to remind our parents of our In-Person Learners of the importance of Daily Health Screenings prior to sending your child to school. APS is getting ready to roll out a new, more streamlined, process for doing this. This process uses an App on your phone called HealthCheck. To learn more about HealthCheck, please visit www.stratumhealth.io. You can get ahead of the rollout by downloading the app now and begin screening your children that are returning In-Person using the following codes:
For those parents of F2F students who are unable to download the app, you are still required to complete the attestation daily before sending your child to school. Click the following link: https://tinyurl.com/y5xc82bu
For those families that are returning their children to a face to face model of instruction, please be sure to review our Return to Learn Playbook. This is a live document that is updated as needed.
The teachers and staff at Kimberly have been working very hard to make this the BEST YEAR YET for your youngsters. We believe that 'Virtually, We Can Do Anything!'
3/22/21 Quarter 4 Begins / New Student Declarations Start
March 15-17, 2021 Kindergarten Round-Up
Do you know a child who will be five years old before Sept. 1, 2021? If so, please help us “round them up” to prepare for kindergarten. Atlanta Public Schools Kindergarten Round-Up is an orientation program for rising kindergarteners and their parents. It’s an opportunity for parents to register their child for kindergarten and take the first step towards a smoother transition to kindergarten for both child and family. Parents are asked to bring the following information to Kindergarten Round-Up:
Upcoming Georgia Milestone Assessment It appears that our 3rd - 5th grade students will be taking the GA Milestone Assessment this Spring. The Test will be required for all of our In-Person Learners. Our Virtual students will have the option of coming to the school to test, but will not be required. More details will come as the District finalizes our plan.
APS Science Fair Our students participated in the APS Science Fair. For those parents that wanted to watch and were not able, you can view it using the following link: SCIENCE FAIR
Principal's Chat & Chew The Principal's Chat & Chew takes place the 2nd Thursday of every month. This is an opportunity for our families to get insight on the happenings in APS and specifically at Kimberly Elementary School. If parents attend the live sessions, they can also ask questions to admin and other staff members present during the meeting. For those that are unable to attend live, we also post the session to our Facebook Page. I hope to see you at our next one!
COVID-19 Self-Reporting Parents of students who have been exposed to, or tested positive for COVID-19 should take the following actions:
Contact the school nurse or principal and report your exposure or positive test
COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is continuing its effort to keep everyone in our schools and buildings safe by making COVID-19 Surveillance Testing available to all students and staff. COVID-19 Surveillance Testing is a non-diagnostic test that detects the presence of COVID-19 even in individuals who may be asymptomatic. The benefits of surveillance testing include allowing APS to test, receive test results (within 24 hours) and notify individuals of a clinically significant reading before coming to school or work.
While participation in surveillance testing is not required for students, it will be strongly encouraged. The success of this mitigation strategy, and the District’s ability to return and keep students in school, is based on high levels of staff and student participation. APS is exploring all options as it relates to the administration of surveillance testing for staff and will be providing staff training, information sessions, and other staff engagement opportunities as part of this process.
Pre-K Applications Accepted (Jan 11 - March 15, 2021)
Do you know a child who will be 4-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2021? If so, consider taking advantage of a great opportunity to ensure kindergarten readiness. The Atlanta Public Schools Pre-K Program lottery will soon open for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications will be accepted from Jan. 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. through March 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Seats will be filled through a random electronic lottery drawing on March 26, 2021. Results from the drawing are emailed to applicants after a verification process is complete. Pending official verification, the release of the lottery results could be delayed. Our free, full-day Pre-K program prepares 4-year-olds for kindergarten and provides an early path to college and career. Visit EnrollEarlyATL.com to learn more.
CurbSmart - After School Dismissal Process As a result of COVID-19 we have to implement new policies and procedures for student arrival and dismissal. CurbSmart is an easy-to-use app that instantly synchronizes pick-up lane arrivals, allowing school administrators inside and outside to coordinate the safe and organized release of students after school. Administrators use the application by entering hang tag numbers into a smartphone or other device in which Inside Administrators view a list of student names on another device at a location where they release the students. In an effort to provide the safest and most efficient release of students from our school, please be advised of the following rules and procedures:
You’ll be issued a hangtag with a number. Please display this hangtag in your vehicle’s dashboard or from the rear-view mirror so it is clearly visible for entry by the administrator.
Create your CurbSmart Account to quickly make transportation changes and update your contact information.
Kimberly Elementary School is partnering with KINSA Fluency School Health Program to get FREE digital thermometers for all of our families. When we return to F2F learning, all students will have to be screened for COVID/FLU symptoms, and one of the characteristics is a fever. This resource will help parents make the best decision for their child prior to sending them to school each day.
Text FLUency to 900900. Open the link to download the free KINSA app
Finish signing up with your school in the KINSA app
Check your email
Get signed up today! Order your FREE thermometer today!
Parent Portal Access
Parents of students in grades K–12 have access to class schedules, attendance records and grades through the Parent Portal, an easy-to-use, secure communications tool for the district. Additionally, the Parent Portal enables parents to verify household information, including email, home address and telephone numbers.
What you'll need before registering:
Your child's Student Number (It can be found on your student's report card or transcript.)
The last four digits of your child's Social Security Number (SSN) or the SSN-like number* assigned to your child.
*If you did not provide your child's SSN at enrollment/registration, they were assigned an SSN-like number. To receive the last four digits of that number, you will need to contact your child's school.
Morning Announcements (3/8/21 - 3/12/21)
Welcome back to “The Week,” where you receive a video summary of the news and information you need most from Atlanta Public Schools. In this week’s update, Dr. Herring provides an update vaccination planning, surveillance testing and more. Watch here:https://youtu.be/loSaeuoT0a4