I hope you and your family are safe and well. March 1st is quickly approaching and I have some information I would like to share. The parents/guardians of both our in-person and our distance learning students will be receiving an email from the Pawtucket School Dept tomorrow. This email will have your child’s name and teacher's name on it. Some students will have a new teacher starting March 1st. For distance learning children, your child's new teacher will be getting in touch with you by phone and/or email to give you your class code to join them on Monday March,1, 20201.
For those who will be returning in person, your teacher will be getting in touch with you in regards to which door to come in on Monday. More information to follow on this. Please know that every child must be wearing a mask to enter the school building . School starts at 9:00AM. We do not have morning supervision as we need to keep children in stable pods. Once it is 9:00 AM, teachers will be at the outside classroom doors and they will let the children in.
Many safety precautions are being taken at Varieur to ensure your child is safe at school.
Children will be eating breakfast and lunch in the classroom. This is the only time that masks will be taken off. All itinerant teachers will be going to each classroom to teach their class. A bathroom schedule has been created so the children may go as a class to ensure hourly cleaning. Handwashing is also taking place more frequently as we have sinks in many of our classrooms and teachers will also be taking children to wash their hands. Children are required to wear masks at all times and if they need one we will be more than happy to provide one.
Students are spaced apart as far as we can in the classroom so as to provide social distancing. When teachers are working in small groups, they will have a plexiglass divider between the child and the student.
When a child does not feel well, the teacher will call the nurse’s room and the nurse will go to the classroom to assess the child. If the nurse feels the child needs to go home, they are taken to the isolation room. You then will get a call from the nurse asking you to come sign your child out and then go to door 8 to pick your child up. No children will walk to the main office to get dismissed when they don't feel well. The nurse will review the COVID protocol if necessary.
Classrooms will be cleaned at night with a solution and wiping of all desks and chairs . The rooms will be sprayed weekly.
It is very important that you do not send your child to school sick. I would like to share this symptom screener with you and am encouraging you to review this and keep your child home if they exhibit any symptoms. LINK TO SYMPTOM SCREENER https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uObgZiRvpRy7J3B3ldYRbWzBsqKbCRbPVws7hfpBmJk/edit?usp=sharing Please be sure we have up-to-date contact information so we can reach you should we need to.
Students in grades 3 - 6 will need to bring their school department issued Chromebook with them to school each day or at the teacher’s direction. This Chromebook must be charged every night and be brought to school with a full charge each day. Students who were not issued a school department Chromebook will have a device to use while in school. Students in K-2 do not need to bring their school department issued Chromebook to school as one will be provided for them while in school. Please know, these devices may not be available on the first day of school.
As you know, a class quarantine is possible should there be exposure or suspected exposure to COVID-19. We will let families know as soon as possible should a quarantine impact your child’s class. We cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure your child stays home if sick.
We look forward to our new beginning on March 1, 2021.
Ms. Boucher, M.Ed