What should I prepare for my child to bring (and not bring) to school with them at the beginning of the school year?
Today's question covers the topic of what do families need to prepare to bring with their students to school on a daily basis. With all of the changes being made, we wanted to clarify the "do's" and "do not's" of what to bring into the school each day. Our hope at HRCS is that we can assist parents with this transition and shift your mindset of what the beginning of the school year typically entails. We know it's been a LOT of new information! We are hoping that the far fewer list of items that students need to bring each day will help with stress levels of getting out the door and to school on time. We want to make the 2020-21 school year a positive one for all families!
- lunch from home (or hot lunch will, of course, still be available for those students that wish to choose that!)
- coat or jacket, depending on weather
- a positive, G.R.E.A.T. attitude!
DO NOT BRING:
- backpacks or bookbags
- snacks (daily snack will now be provided by HRCS and distributed in each classroom during their scheduled snack time)
- toys or personal belongings from home
- personal masks (these will be provided for all students by the school...sanitization and cleaning will also be performed by HRCS
- water bottle (these will be provided for all students by the school...sanitization and cleaning will also be performed by HRCS
- change of uniform clothes (this will be discussed more in our Back to School Night post, but you will need to bring a change of clothes to be kept at the school for your child on BTS night next week)
We will continue to update everyone on any changes or additions to these lists before the start of school. For questions regarding any specifics or clarification of certain items, you are encouraged to email Mrs. Van Pelt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Will my child be required to wear a mask during the school day while in their classroom?
Today's question is on the topic of masks. Students will be required to wear masks at the times in which we can not ensure physical distancing to take place. Examples of this are in the hallway, front office, etc. Because of Holy Rosary's beneficial small class sizes and ample square footage in classrooms, students will not be required to wear a face mask while in their classrooms. We will be able to safely distance the children from other classmates and staff while in their classroom environment. There may be times during the day in which teachers will not be able to have all students physically distanced and in those situations, they will be notified that they will need to put their masks on.
Please know that our staff will be working hard to teach procedures for proper mask wearing, in addition to washing hands, using sanitizer, and physical distancing practices to all grade levels. Your kids are smart! Your kids are teachable! Your kids are great listeners! We are confident that they will be able to be diligent mask wearers, no matter the age, when called upon to do so.
Lastly, remember that HRCS will be supplying all students with masks and they will be kept on school premises. We will be laundering and sanitizing all used masks each night to ensure the consistent safety of our students. Please do not plan to send a mask from home with your child. Teachers and staff will be required to use face coverings when working in a room with other people/students when they cannot physically distance. In addition, visitors and volunteers to the school will be required to bring their own masks and wear while in the school building.
With all of the changes this year, how will my family be kept well informed regarding yellow phase issues: school closures, positive COVID-19 cases, shifts to distance learning, etc.?
Today's question is one we wanted to answer right away to let families know how seriously we are taking communication regarding COVID-19. Rest assured, if your child has been in contact with another child or adult that has tested positive for COVID-19, Mrs. Van Pelt will be making phone calls to the necessary families immediately. You will not receive this information in a text or an email. The school feels that direct communication from the principal is the best way to reach out and be completely transparent about the situation.
Both the front office, your child's teacher, and your classroom ambassador will be diligent in their communication regarding any changes that may come up. Holy Rosary Catholic School is committed to keeping families up to date with changes to their child's school routine and daily learning environment.
We also ask for your help in being transparent and reporting if your child is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms (this includes fever, runny nose/congestion, headache, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell, etc.). With this team effort, we will all be best armored to keep students, staff and our HRCS family safe.
With the start of the school year being just a few weeks away for us here at Holy Rosary, we wanted to take this week to answer some common questions we have received about our Reopening Plan. Each day we will post a different question and answer to help families better understand what to expect before their child embarks on the 2020-21 school year.
Today, we want to let all families know that we have another meeting scheduled this Friday, 8/21 to meet with the officials at Eastern Idaho Public Health. While our current reopening plan has already been extensively reviewed and positively approved by EIPH, we want to continue to do our due diligence. By meeting with EIPH again, we are ensuring the families of HRCS that we are committed to keeping your children safe, cared for and engaged in a supportive learning environment. Should any changes to the current HRCS Reopening Plan be necessary, we will communicate that information to families as quickly as we can.
We cannot wait for the opportunity to teach your children again this year! Thank you for the trust you place in us.
Any questions you may have after reviewing our Reopening Plan can be privately messaged via our Facebook page or emailed to email@example.com
We are excited to offer another layer of safety to our students and families. Teton Auto Group has partnered with Kinsa Health to provide our school with thermometers for every family and staff member at our school. Thermometers will be distributed to families at our Back-to-School nights on August 25, 26, and 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the parking lot East of the school. The instructions to set up your thermometer are below. Thank you Teton Auto Group for your generosity and support of our school!
Holy Rosary Catholic School
161 9th St
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
Phone: (208) 522-7781
Fax: (208) 522-7782
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