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Lunch


 Hot or cold lunch is available for purchase. A menu will be sent out monthly.
 Milk will be available for purchase.
 School lunches will be delivered directly to the student.
 Supplemental purchases will not be available this year for middle school students.
 Free or reduced lunch is available for qualifying students
 All students will sit at 6-foot intervals facing the same direction.
 Students will not be permitted to leave their seats except in an emergency.
 Student will be able to remove their face coverings once they are seated.
 All items will be brought to the student by cafeteria employees.
 Please send water or a drink if your child is not buying milk or lunch.
 Please include anything your child needs in their lunch to avoid the need for employees to handle items such as forks, spoons, and napkins. There will an emergency supply for students if something is forgotten occasionally.
 For younger students, please try to pack items your child can easily open. Employees will assist if necessary, but we will try to avoid unnecessary handling of your child’s items.

 

Recess


 Student cohorts will rotate daily through 5 zones on the property. All students will get 2 or 3 days on the blacktop and 2 or 3 days in the field weather permitting.
 Students will not be permitted to play on the playground equipment.
 Students will stay with their cohort in the designated zone and be able to remove face coverings if 6-foot social distancing is maintained.
 Students will not be allowed to share equipment. Any school equipment used will be disinfected following CDC protocols.
 Students may bring 1 small item from home to play with. The item must fit into the child’s backpack. Limited jump ropes and chalk will be available. Playground monitors will be playing non-contact games with the students (Example: Mother May I or Red Light, Green Light)
 Basketball and other sports will not be permitted until further notice.

 

Birthday Parties


 Ice cream is available for purchase for student ice cream parties
 No other outside food or items are allowed for birthdays
 Parties are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. No parties on Wednesdays.
 Students will have the choice of Chocolate, Vanilla, or Orange Luigi (allergy friendly)
 The ice cream will be delivered at 1:30 on day of the celebration- no ice cream at lunch
 Please complete the ice cream form found on the school website and turn in to your child’s teacher 2 weeks prior to the party.
 Teachers will try to have the ice cream on or near your child’s birthday as schedules permit.
 Teachers will let the class know when the party will take place so parents of remote learners can have an ice cream treat available for their child at home.
 $20 per cohort/$40 per grade (except classes KC and 1C- $10)

 

Arrival Procedures:


 Students will begin entering the building at 7:40 am.
 There is no canopy drop off.
 Families with preschool students may drop off older students in the carpool line and then park in the lower lot to walk the preschool student to the Pre-K doors.
 If a student comes up from the lower lot, they will be directed to walk toward the Church and then up the carpool sidewalk to join the students under the canopy.
 All student MUST stay in their car until a teacher comes to the car and waves them out. Students must wear a face covering when exiting the car.
 We are trying to limit the number of students on the sidewalk.
 Please do not exit your car for any reason in the carpool lane. If a student needs assistance with a seat belt, car seat, large items or just needs extra time, please stay in the car. When cars begin to move forward, pull around behind the gym and park. At that time, you will be able to get out if your car safely and assist your child.
 Students need to maintain 6-foot social distancing except with members of their family
 Students will make two lines under the canopy to enter the building using the social distancing markers to guide them.
 Faculty and staff will be conducting visual screenings as the students enter the building.
 Once inside the building, student should proceed directly to their classroom maintaining social distancing using the markers on the floor. Teachers will be conducting health screenings upon entry into the classroom.
 There will be additional school staff to assist the students to learn this new routine.

 

Dismissal


 Dismissal will be similar to past years except:
 There will be no canopy pick up. All students will be dismissed through the carpool line.
 Back circle students will be dismissed in smaller groups, however, back circle cars will not move until all cars are loaded.
 Sidewalk 1 will be loaded as back circle cars are leaving. As soon as all sidewalk 1 cars are loaded, they will move and we will begin loading sidewalk 2.
 The ALL CALL will not occur until most students have left.
 If you are unexpectedly detained and will be late, please call the school. Late carpool pickup (after 3:35) will be in the gym. Please come to door #5 to pick up your child. Additional charges will apply.
 Please see the parent handbook for further details.

First Day of School Information


 School supplies: Your child’s teacher will be letting you know which supplies they need for the first day of school. You do NOT need to bring everything on the supplies list! Your child should be able to carry their own bookbag with whatever they need on the first day of school.
 I know that drop-off for the First Day of Kindergarten is a very special moment for a parent (and child). For Wednesday, Aug. 26, Kindergarten parents may drop off their child in person at the Mrs. Hanson’s Pre-K door (Door 13). Time for a hug and then we will show your child to the classroom. This is totally optional. If you have other children who want to escort them to their classroom from the carpool line, that’s fine too.

 

Technology

 

Notes for Middle School Families:
 Middle school students will transport their school issued device to and from school daily.
Notes for Families of students in Grades 3-5:
 Students will have access to their own personal device in the classroom. These devices will not leave the classroom unless we should return to an E-School (full school remote) environment. If your child is a hybrid learner (M-W-F or T-Th) and needs a school-issued device when learning at home, you will need to provide a cushioned cover to transport the device back and forth, and will need to charge the device daily at home.
If you have any questions or need a device to use now, please contact Mrs. Meyers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

School Tuition Policies

Tuition must be paid through the FACTS Tuition Management Company. Monthly payments begin in July and continue through May. Other payment options (annual, semi-annual, or quarterly payments) are available.

We understand that a family’s circumstances may change during the school year. If those circumstances require a family to withdraw their student(s), the notice must be submitted in writing to both the registrar and business manager. Tuition must be current and up-to-date before the withdrawal process can begin.

A family’s tuition obligation continues even when the school shifts to the remote E-School mode. The education of each student continues with teachers planning and delivering lessons and assessing student progress. Report cards will be distributed at the end of each grading period. If a family cannot make the regular tuition payment, the principal should be notified as soon as possible to create a payment plan.

Once the month has started, tuition for the full month is due no matter how many days a student is enrolled during that month. An administrative fee of $350 is applied to the account when a student withdraws.

Fees for Registration, Graduation, Chromebook rental, FACTS enrollment, and all financial aid and scholarships are non-refundable. Upon the withdrawal notification, any funds over $10 in the student’s Mealtime lunch account will be refunded.

There is no tuition refund for students expelled for disciplinary reasons.

Transcripts and report cards will not be provided until these financial obligations are met. Exceptions will be made for military families who receive a change of orders. A copy of those orders must be submitted to the registrar.

 

Mask Guidelines


According to the CDC, studies show that many people who have COVID-19 don’t show symptoms, so the virus can spread before they realize they are sick. These studies — combined with the fact that the coronavirus can spread through close proximity to others, often by speaking, coughing or sneezing — led to their recommendation for the general public to wear cloth masks in public, especially in situations where physical distancing may be difficult.

But not all masks offer equal levels of protection.

As a result, only the following face coverings will be permitted inside the St. Bernadette school building this year. They are the 2 layer cotton masks (pleated style), 3 layer cotton masks, and masks with polypropylene (i.e., cotton-polypropylene-cotton). In studies, these masks have proven to release the fewest droplets. The fit of the mask is also important in the prevention of transmission. Studies show that most droplets escape from the gap between the nose and mask. So, make sure to check the fit on the mask your child will be wearing. It should cover their nose and mouth without large gaps. For children who wear glasses, look for a mask with a bendable border at the top so you can mold the mask to fit the bridge of their nose and prevent their glasses from fogging. Professional masks should be reserved for health care workers on the front lines caring for patients.

The following face coverings/masks are not permitted. They allow a larger number of droplets to be expelled through the mask and do not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others.
1. Neck fleece/Gaiters: a Duke University study showed they may actually shear larger droplets into many more similar ones, allowing them to float in the air longer and make it through a person's respiratory tract more easily.
2. Masks with exhalation valves or vents: "Masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others." (CDC)
3. Knitted masks: allow droplets to escape.
4. Bandanas: only offer slightly more protection than no mask at filtering particles.
Ensure your student has an extra, clean face covering with them to switch to in case one gets soiled during the school day.

 

 

Links to referenced studies:

 

www.wsj.com/articles/face-masks-really-do-matter-the-scientific-evidence-is-growing-11595083298

www.advances.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/08/07/sciadv.abd3083.full

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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