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Principal's News Week of August 23rd

Reported by christine_binderup@ipsd.org on 8/23/21

Hello May Watts Parents,

First, let me thank you for your help in getting the school year off to a great start. It was truly amazing to have the kids back at school again. The excitement is palpable! In order for us to keep rolling in the right direction, please take a moment to review the information below and feel free to contact the office with any questions.

GO WOLVERINES!!!

Self-Certification Required Before Coming to School
Parents need to use ParentVUE to self-certify that students coming on campus are free of COVID-like symptoms. The current plan for the 2021-2022 school year is based on transmission level. During low transmission levels, parents will self-certify their children annually. This will change to quarterly in moderate transmission, monthly in substantial transmission, and may increase as necessary in high transmission. When you log in to ParentVUE, you will see a screen asking you to self-certify that your child is symptom free. If this step is not completed and your child is at school, a health services staff member will call you to discuss your child's health status.

The current transmission level is HIGH which requires monthly self-certification. Self-certification will only show up in ParentVUE on a school day. The next self-certification will be on September 1, 2021.

Please note, if you are using the ParentVUE app to self-certify, you need to make sure you are using the most updated version and are logged in. If you have any difficulties with the app, please use the desktop version to complete self-certification.

We ask that you please monitor your child's health closely and keep them home if they aren't feeling well. You can report your child's absence using ParentVUE after completing the self-certification process.

Quarantine Information

The district has created remote learning opportunities for any students who need to be quarantine and cannot attend school for a period of time. Below are two links that describe the process for students in grades K-2 and students in grades 3-5. Please contact the main office if you have any questions regarding quarantining.

Parent information for students in grades K-2

Parent information for students in grades 3-5

Arrival and Dismissal

May Watts Elementary School was built as a "walking" school, so parking and pick-up areas are not ideal, but we have tried to address some of the issues for the optimal safety of our students. Please read and follow the procedures below.

Kiss and Ride

1. The "Kiss and Ride" zone is the diamond marked Drop-Off zone located in front of the school on Whispering Hills Drive. If driving your child to school, you may "kiss" him/her good-bye. The child may then exit from the passenger side of your vehicle. The Kiss and Ride zone extends south to Ambleside Circle.

2. There is ONE drop-off line for the entire Drop-Off zone. Students can be dropped off anywhere in the diamond-marked drop-off area. You do not have to be at the front of the drop-off zone.

3. Once the student is clear of your car, use your turn signal and exit carefully into traffic on Whispering Hills Drive. You do not have to drive through the entire zone after dropping off students.

4. DO NOT: enter the drop-off zone at Parkfield Ct. You must enter the drop-off zone where it begins near Ambleside Circle and pull forward as far as possible to the car in front of you.
DO NOT: pull into the zone in front of other vehicles already in the Kiss and Ride zone.
stop in or block the back parking lot driveway
leave your vehicle. Parked cars may be ticketed

5. It is illegal to make a U-turn or use a cell phone in a school zone.

Dismissal

Parents can park along Whispering Hills in the afternoon when they pick up their children. You may also park along the side streets, but we ask that you be considerate of our neighboring homeowners.

School Drives

Cars may not enter the front circle drive or the back drive between 8:15 and 9:20 a.m. and 3:15 and 4:00 p.m. This includes parents who are picking up children early from school, so plan accordingly. It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus, even in our driveway and parking lot. The license plate numbers of violators will be turned into the police department.

BUS TRANSPORTATION

All parents should now be able to view the pick-up and drop-off locations and times for students who ride the bus to and from school. If your child uses First Student to get to school and home from school, please consider the following items:

Take the students to their pick-up and drop-off locations to give them a landmark about where they should be getting on and off the bus. Remind them that they should not get off the bus unless they see you waiting for them, especially for our kindergarten and first grade students who do not have older siblings.
Continue to demonstrate patience with the drop-off times. We are checking in all of the students before they get on the bus to ensure that everyone is accounted for before the buses leave. Additionally, the bus drivers are still getting used to their routes. All of our buses service middle school students prior to coming to us, so they will be later than expected for the first two weeks. In the event that buses are running later than normal after school, regardless of the reason, a connect ed voice message will be sent to the parents of the students on the impacted buses.
Please talk to your children about being respectful, responsible and safe on the bus. The keys to following our core values on the bus are to ensure that students remain seated at all times, keep their hands and feet to themselves, speak in a level two (conversational) voice and follow the directions of and show respect to the bus driver.

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