Principal's Messages

Principal's Messages
Principal's Messages

8/7/20

Good Evening Grand Oaks Families,

Thank you everyone for being so patient while we try to keep up with the ever-changing requirements and concerns for reopening school.  I know you were already contacted by our superintendent, Jim Harrell earlier today so I apologize for the number of contacts.  To paraphrase his correspondence, he called to clarify that we will be starting school with mandated safety precautions on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.  We will go to distance learning, starting Monday, August 24, 2020.  Students will come to school for 8 days before we go virtual.  Student classes will be posted Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 4:00 pm on the lobby doors to our gym.  

For families that have requested Independent Study from our website, you may pick up the work for your students on Monday or Tuesday before school starts to get credit for attendance.  The work will need to be returned by August 24 to receive credit.  

There are a few things for you to know about our upcoming school year.  School starts at 7:45 am and will end at 2:00 pm.  Students will be allowed to enter the campus starting at 7:15 am. We will be serving our normal breakfast option for those that participate in that program. When arriving at school students will go eat breakfast if they participate in this program and then go directly to their classroom.  We won’t have the morning recess because there would be too many students from too many classroom cohorts out on the playground at one time.  

For ALL returning students: please bring your school-issued Chromebooks (charged without the cord) every day, starting the first day of school.  

Although current guidelines for face coverings are less restrictive for Kindergarten through second grade ALL students must wear a mask arriving, departing, and in the hallways. Students will not be permitted on the bus without a mask and must sit in their assigned seat designated by the bus driver.  Please label your student’s face covering with their name in permanent ink (along with their seaters, lunch boxes, and water bottles).   

We are currently not allowing any visitors past the office boundaries and they must also wear masks within the school boundaries.  We understand that this could be difficult for new Kindergarten students, so we will have a Kindergarten drop off zone on Kindergarten playground for the first three days of school for parents with face covering to help students acclimate.  

Our first line of defense starts at home.  Please screen your student every day before sending them to school.  They will not be able to come to school if they are showing signs of being ill or have a fever.  

If you missed anything in a phone call you can always check your email, as I always send out a matching email. Facebook and our district website are also options for checking for current information.  

Have a great weekend,
Kati Parsons



7/22/20
Good Evening Grand Oaks Families,

I am hoping everyone is having a good summer and remaining healthy and safe.  

As I am sure all of you are aware, current information about reopening schools under the response to COVID-19 is changing constantly. You can find the latest information about reopening on the district website http://www.gateway-schools.org/ and our Grand Oak’s website http://goes.gwusd.org/. The information posted describes reopening in the possibility of four phases. We are currently planning for reopening schools in “Phase 3.” 

Phase 3 outlines the safety protocols that Gateway Schools will be implementing when your student returns Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Students will be kept in their cohort classrooms to help keep interactions between different classrooms to a minimum. Face coverings will be required for all adults and 3rd-5th grade students (unless they are medically exempt). Face coverings are strongly encouraged for Kindergarten through 2nd-grade students.  However, ALL students will need to wear masks on buses, and when arriving, departing, and moving about the campus. This is to lessen the likelihood of transmission of COVID-19 when different cohort classrooms are using the same spaces. Students will be distanced in classrooms, also to help lessen interactions. Any visitors will need to wear a mask while on campus and will be permitted only to the office.

We understand that some parents are seeking a stay-at-home option, or an independent study form of educating their students.  Please complete the interest form from our school’s website or by clicking here: Independent Study Request This is ONLY if you are intending on not sending your student back to school and are requesting Independent Study. This program will look different from Distance Learning that our school provided April through June.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 275-7040 between the hours of 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.  

Take care and stay safe!
Kati Parsons

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