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Jennifer   Partin
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Principal's Corner

Welcome Back

Dear Families, Parents, and Friends,                                         August 7, 2020

 

Welcome back, we missed you! 

 

First, let me thank you for your support and understanding as we, as a nations and community, responded to the unexpected invasion of COVID-19 in March. I am very proud of the way our NES students, parents, employees, and community leaders handled the demands we were faced with to protect everyone as we continued to educate and feed our students during the most unusual circumstances. Our first priority is the safety of students and our employees for the 2020-21 school year. As a district, we will offer two options for learning: in-person or virtual learning. We must be proactive and be prepared during these ever-changing times to continue educating our students . On behalf of our entire staff, we would like to welcome you to the 2020-21 school year! Much planning and hard work have gone into preparing for a successful school year. 

 

All teachers and support staff have spent hours preparing materials, creating safe child-centered classrooms, and reviewing protocol for the new 2020-21 school year. The rooms look amazing!  Ms. Maria, our secretary, has registered new students, put together information packets to be sent home with all students, and organized new materials.

Additionally, I would like to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to our custodial staff. They worked diligently throughout the 2019-20 school year and the summer to disinfect, clean, and get the school ready.

We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. Again, this year all students at North Elementary will have a student planner provided by the school. This planner will serve as a communication tool between parents/guardians and teachers. 

Be on the lookout for monthly school calendars with important activities happening throughout the month. Also, check out our school website for information. http://www.nes.grundycoschools.com/ 

Please know that we highly value home/school communication here at North Elementary.  It is vital and plays an integral role in each student’s success.  We encourage you to contact us if/when the need arises, and to stay in the know about your child’s studies, assignments, assessments, and school activities, as well as other events and happenings.

Come join us tonight (August 6th) for Meet the Teacher from 5:00-7:00 PM. 

This will be a FANTASTIC year!

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer Partin 

 

Changes for the 2020-2021 School Year:

 

Arrival: Upon arrival students and faculty will have their temperatures checked. In order to stay the temperature must be 100.3 or less. Anything 100.4 or more will require two additional temperature checks. If they are 100.4 or more this will result in going home. Car Riders will enter through the front doors. Bus Riders will enter through the lunchroom doors. During arrival no parents will be allowed to enter the building. PreK will enter at their building- no parents will be allowed to enter. Please look at the diagram on the back for parking lot help. 

 

Mask: Masks are optional for faculty and students. Disposable masks will be made available upon arrival.

 

Dismissal: Please make sure you are in the correct lane to pick your child up in. If you do not know your lane number please call the school 931-692-3710 ext. 2 to be given one. We ask you to be patient as we dismiss. We have an increased number of car riders this year due to social distancing protocols. Please look at the diagram on the back for parking lot help. 

 

Attendance: We will no longer offer an incentive for Perfect Attendance. While we want your child to strive for good attendance we also want to put health and safety first. If your child is ill, you should not send your child to school where they could infect others. Please call our office 931-692-3710 ext 1 to report absences. This does not take the place of parent or doctor notes. It simply informs the staff at North Elementary School.  Like last year, doctor and dentist notes will be accepted. You also have 3 parent notes per semester. 

 

Exposure and or Positive Test Results: Anyone that has been within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for 10 minutes or more must quarantine themselves at home for 14 days. Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 must isolate themselves at home for 10 days from the onset of their symptoms or 10 days from the date their test was done if they never developed symptoms. Fever must be gone and they must feel better for at  least 24 hours. Please call our office 931-692-3710 ext 3 to report exposure or results.

 

Visitors: We are limiting the number of people in the building. We ask that if you are checking your child out early to call 931-692-3710 ext. 2. The secretary will assist you. If you need to have an in person meeting with your child’s teacher, the principal, the nurse, or any other personnel please call the school to set up an appointment. Once an appointment has been set up, all visitors will be required to have their temperature checked before entering the school.  While we would like to have an open door policy, the COVID-19 virus has changed some of our protocols. We encourage you to call the school directly for any needs you may have. 

 

Please encourage your child to social distance while at school and use good handwashing techniques. We appreciate all your support in the health and safety of our students and faculty. 

 

Dr. Jennifer Partin  

 

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