Important Back to School Information

Gunnnison Elem
 

Hello Parents/Guardians,

Here are some procedures we will be implementing this year at Gunnison Valley Elementary: (Please note that these procedures are subject to change as new information becomes available).

4 basic practices EVERYONE MUST follow:

  1. Wash hands often with soap and water.
  2. Physical distance from others - 6 feet when possible.
  3. Wear a mask at school.
  4. STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK.

General:

  • Parents are expected to perform daily wellness checks on their children and SHOULD NOT send kids with symptoms to school. THIS IS CRITICAL! (Fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, muscle aches, diarrhea in children, etc.)
  • All volunteers/visitors will be required to sign in at the office and will be limited and might not be allowed into classrooms.
  • Volunteers/visitors must wear a face covering. Please do not come to the school if showing any symptoms.
  • There will be no in person school-wide assemblies until further notice.
  • Students will be trained on new protocols for each area of the school.
  • Students and teachers will sanitize or wash their hands each time they enter or exit a classroom.
  • There will be increased sanitation in bathrooms and on playgrounds.

Registration:

  • Log on to ssanpete.org on the right hand side click on the PowerSchool login.  Then choose the registration link on the left hand side. 
  • School will begin Thursday, August 20. The day will begin at 8:00 and end at 2:20.
  • School times will be:
    • Monday through Thursday grades 1-5, 8:00-2:20 PM
      • AM Kindergarten 8:00-10:40
      • PM Kindergarten 11:40-2:20
    • Each Friday until Labor Day will be an early out for all grade levels: 8:00-12:00.
      • AM Kindergarten 8:00-9:30
      • PM Kindergarten 10:30-12:00
    • The amount of school days has not been adjusted.

Face Coverings:

  • Masks are required at all times when inside the school. This applies to parents/visitors as well. Students will be allowed to remove their face covering during lunch, at recess and during outside PE.
  • Students will be provided a lanyard to hang their mask on while they eat or participate in recess, PE, or during a break.
  • Teachers will be generous in giving kids a break from their mask, if needed. This will be done at the teacher’s discretion.
  • We recognize that it will be a new experience for everyone to wear masks, so we will be patient and work with students to teach them to be safe. If ANY student is struggling and needs a short break from their mask then accommodations will be made.
  • Face masks must follow the school dress code by having appropriate graphics.

Transportation

  • South Sanpete School District will continue to pick up and drop off students at the regular stops. 
  • All students, drivers and staff will wear face coverings on the bus. 
  • Students will have assigned seats.
  • Students from the same household will sit together. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on the bus. 
  • Bus drivers will sanitize their buses after each route/trip. 

Transitions, Hallways, Recess, Playground and Other:

  • Face coverings are required, unless transitioning to a face covering optional location (such as recess or lunch).
  • We will teach the students how to move safely in the hallways, classrooms, and at recess while keeping appropriate physical spacing.
  • Students will maintain distance as much as possible and walk on the right half of the hall.

Classroom:

  • Social distancing will be practiced as much as possible.
  • Students will have assigned seating (this also applies to the lunchroom, specialty class and special service classes).
  • Group work will be limited and students will wear face coverings when in this setting.
  • We will train students on proper sanitizing techniques, social distancing and the proper way to wear a face covering. We encourage all parents to begin this practice at home as well.
  • Students will be asked not to touch each other and teachers will correct behavior as needed.
  • Materials will not be shared.
  • Water bottles are allowed in the classroom and we invite all students to bring a clean water bottle each day labeled with their name.
  • We ask that the water bottle has a "flip top" or a "pop-up top" rather than a "screw on" top. We will remind students to take home water bottles and wash them each day. They should be refilled at home as much as possible as we are developing procedures for how to refill a water bottle in the classroom because all drinking fountains will be turned off.
  • Scheduled times for classes in the bathrooms so we don’t have a run on the bathrooms before and after recess.
  • Scheduled times to get things from lockers instead of having everyone go at the end of the day.

Breakfast/Lunch:

  • Students will have assigned seats in the lunchroom.
  • Students will be distanced on their tables.
  • Grade level lunch times will be staggered to provide as much distancing as possible.
  • Face coverings may be removed while eating.
  • Lunch tables will be sanitized prior to the next group of students coming in.

Specialty Classes:

  • Rooms/equipment will be sanitized between classes.
  • Seats will be assigned.
  • Students and teachers will sanitize their hands upon entering and/or exiting specialty classrooms.

Before/After School:

  • The school doors will be open at 7:20 for students to enter and go to breakfast or directly to their classrooms. 
  • Students who need to eat breakfast, will go to the gym and line up, maintaining appropriate distance and then sit at tables in the designated areas maintaining appropriate physical distance. Students that arrive early to school must wear a face covering upon entering the school. 
  • Students will enter through the main doors and exit through the exterior doors closest to their classroom. Kindergarten and preschool students will enter and exit through their exterior classroom doors. 
  • Parents must drop students off outside and wait outside after school. No parents will be allowed in the hallways.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available at the entrance of the school. 

Attendance:

  • The easiest way to protect students, teachers, and employees from COVID-19 is to ask any person who is sick to stay home and not come to school. The students may be afraid to miss school if they are sick, for fear of having their grades or citizenship grades affected. Students may also be worried about falling behind in their classwork. However, even mild symptoms may mean they have COVID-19 and can spread the virus to others.
  • We will be lenient with our attendance policy. Please contact the school if your student is sick or has symptoms and needs to stay home to isolate. Teachers will provide classwork and allow the students to make up anything they miss.

What if a student exhibits COVID-19 symptoms at school?

  • Students will be placed in a quarantine room.
  • Parents will be contacted and asked to pick up their student.
  • The school nurse will be contacting parents with protocols for returning.
  • Please see the COVID Screening Flowchart for more information.

How will the school respond to potential outbreaks?

  • Schools will consult with the school nurse and the Central Utah Health Department regarding procedures for responding to a positive COVID-19 case by an employee, student, visitor, or those who have come into contact with an individual testing positive.
  • Schools will coordinate with the local health department for temporary school closures due to COVID-19.
  • The school nurse or administrator will send a letter to parents if an outbreak occurs.

There will be more questions and they will be addressed as they come up. We ask that you are all patient, supportive and understanding as we work through the process of reopening. We will do our best and work extremely hard to train our students with these new procedures and protocols. Safety of students, staff and patrons are of the utmost importance to us! Please note that information is changing frequently so we will adjust as necessary.

For more information on COVID-19 and School Safety please see the manual produced by the Utah Association of Local Health Departments, the Utah Department of Health, and Governor Gary Herbert.

We encourage you to read more about South Sanpete School District’s ‘Reopening Plan’’ at www.ssanpete.org

We are so excited for the opportunity to see all the students soon. We believe this is going to be an awesome year!

Thank you for ALL you do!

 

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