• Principal's Letter : Update on Hybrid and CDL

    April 1st

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    We are so excited to welcome our students back! This week we are preparing for about 80% of our students to return to hybrid instruction. Today we welcomed our a.m. cohort of K-1 students and tomorrow we are excited to welcome our p.m. cohort students back to school. With the whirlwind of information that has been provided just over the last few days, I am sure you have quite a few questions. I hope this email helps you as we move to hybrid and continue in our Comprehensive Distance Learning program. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out. Please read on for updates.

    Sincerely,

    Jill Bailey

    Health Screening

    Before you bring your child to school or child care, please use this checklist to self-screen for any signs of illness or exposure to COVID. If your child is sick, do not send them to school. This guide will help you determine when it is safe to return your child to school.  

    This Week

    • Asynchronous: Whether your child is attending hybrid or CDL, they will be with their regular classroom teacher through the end of the week. Your child’s teacher has posted asynchronous work for them to complete. Teachers may only respond in a limited way to work posted this week. In-person or synchronous lessons will resume at the end of this week for K and 1, while it will resume on Monday for all other grades.
    • K-1 Soft Start: For students who have opted into hybrid, in-person instruction will begin this week. The schedule is:

    Thursday, April 1 - Cohort A (8:00-10:15am)

    Friday, April 2 - Cohort B (12:15-2:30am)

    • Staff Training and Planning: This week, our staff is engaging in safety and health training, planning for in-person instruction, and working hard to create a warm classroom environment that is socially distanced for our students.

    Next Week - Hybrid

    • Hybrid Teachers: I am happy to announce that all of our hybrid and CDL positions have been filled. We are welcoming back Alice Lawrence who worked with our third grade team last year. She is teaching 2nd grade hybrid with Ms. Bennett’s class. And we are welcoming Mr. Fones who is teaching 2nd grade hybrid for Ms. Maynard’s class.  Finally, we have Ms. Whitney who will be covering the 5th grade CDL.  She taught first grade last year and has been helping out with 5th and 2nd grade instruction this year. Most of our teachers will be teaching two cohorts of students in hybrid on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, the exception is Ms. Looney who is teaching hybrid in the morning and CDL in the afternoon.

     

    • Kindergarten Hybrid Instruction: Riscol and Thomas CDL: Dowden
    • First Grade Hybrid: Bokoske and Chou CDL: Dowden
    • Second Grade Hybrid: Lawrence/Fones-goes by Mr. Greg CDL: Maynard
    • Third Grade Hybrid: Manian and Jones CDL: Bennett
    • Fourth Grade Hybrid: Looney and Caton CDL: Looney
    • Fifth Grade Hybrid: Smith and Kaplan CDL: Whitney

     

    • Hybrid Schedules: Hybrid instruction will take place in two cohorts that meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Cohort A will be in person from 8:00-10:15am and Cohort B will be in person from 12:15-2:30pm.

      Wednesdays will be fully online. There will be one synchronous whole class meeting from 8:00-8:45 on Wednesdays and the rest of the day will be asynchronous unless otherwise indicated by the teacher.
    • After School Plans: Every child who attends hybrid MUST have an After School Plan. This plan lets us know what your child is doing after school. Please make sure you have communicated a plan with your child’s teacher on the first day of hybrid instruction. If you need a paper copy, they are available from your child’s teacher.
    • Bus Routes (Prearranged only): School buses are available to students if they were prearranged when you signed your child up for hybrid. If you need transportation for your child but you did not sign up, please contact Student Transportation. Arranging a bus may take several weeks at this time.

    As a reminder, your child should arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled pick up time. All Kindergarten-2 students who ride the bus must be met by a parent or guardian for pick up-unless informed otherwise by a parent. If no parent or guardian is present, your child will be returned to school where you will need to get them.

    • Student Arrival: Parents are not allowed to enter the school building. Please be prepared to say goodbye to your child when you drop them off. Bus riders will be met and guided to a meeting area on the blacktop or sidewalk, depending on their grade. They will then enter the building through the doors closest to their meeting area.

    ***If on a bike or scooter please walk them once you are on school property


    All Kindergarten – 1st grade students, meet their teacher on the blacktop and enter the building using the north entrance of the building.
    Kindergarten will meet between the main building and the 5th grade portable and enter around the back of the building.


    All 2nd grade students, will meet on the sidewalk leading to the side door near the gym and enter through that door.  

     

    All 3rd - 5th grade students, will be meeting outside their modular classrooms.

    As children enter the building, they will be visually screened for symptoms of COVID. If a child appears ill, they will be brought to our symptom space where they will wait until an adult comes to pick them up.

    • Dismissal: Since parents are not allowed to enter the school, you should plan to meet your child at the same meeting area as arrival. Please check with your child’s teacher if you have any questions about dismissal procedure.

    Safety

    • Face Masks: All students and staff are required to wear face masks while in the building. If there is a documented medical condition preventing a student from wearing a mask, the use of alternate personal protective equipment will be required.

     ***Parents when dropping off/picking up your child Please wear a face mask.

    • Water Bottles: Please send a water bottle with your child’s name on it to school each day. While the water fountains are operating and are cleaned on a regular schedule, they cannot be cleaned after each use because the neutral cleaner that is used has to sit for a period of time to be effective. In order to reduce the risk of spreading illness, we encourage all students and staff to bring water with them to school.
    • Snacks: Make sure your child has a meal before they attend hybrid instruction. Students must keep their masks on while they are in the building. For this reason, they are not able to eat during hybrid classes. Please do not send food or snacks with your child to their hybrid class.
    • Food Distribution: Breakfast and lunch will be available to all children free of charge. Food will be given to students as they leave school for the day. Students may take additional meals for siblings at home. Please let your child know whether you want them to take meals home with them or not.

      Students who are participating in hybrid are not allowed to eat in the building or on the bus. Please make sure your child has a meal prior to arrival for hybrid instruction. **Please send a water bottle with your child every day.
    • Room Cleaning: Please refer to the attached document.

     

    • Playground: During school hours, 7:30-2:30 the playground and field will be restricted to students attending on campus.
    • CDL Schedule: CDL schedules will be similar to the way they currently are, with part of the day spent synchronously with their teacher and part of the day spent independently in asynchronous instruction. One day each week will be an asynchronous day in CDL just like in hybrid. Each teacher will send their instructional schedule out as some teachers are teaching two grade levels of CDL and others are teaching a section of hybrid and a section of CDL daily.

    Reminder: There is no school on April 9 due to teacher planning and report card preparation.