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September 7, 2021
Dear JP Parents and Families:
I hope you are doing well and getting ready for our new school year to begin. I wanted to share additional information with you regarding arrival, dismissal, lunch, recess, HVAC systems, and masks. This information is in addition to the last email communication at the end of August. As always, please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions. My number one priority is to keep JP safe for all of our students and staff members. Working together, I know we can achieve this goal. We are excited to welcome your child(ren) on Thursday, September 9! See you soon!
Angela Siso Stentz
The daily screening tool for all students must be completed before 7:30 am. Failure to comply with completing the tool will result in a phone call home to pick-up your child from school. This is critical to keeping JP safe this school year!
Arrival begins at 8:10 am. Students will arrive to JP either by bus or by car. We also encourage our students to walk or ride their bikes (with supervision) while the weather cooperates.
All students who arrive by car will be dropped off in the middle car lane. Please drive all the way to the “Kiss-and-Go” (at the end of the lane) area where a staff member will greet you.
Once students enter the building, they will eat breakfast if they have not eaten yet and they will report to their designated area until they report to their classroom at 8:25 am.
Nurse Liz will coordinate with our food services to ensure that all restrictions for food allergies are adhered.
We have designated five areas around the building for students to gather upon arrival to maintain appropriate social distancing while students play and/or eat before reporting to class. We will have plenty of supervision in all of the areas so that students are closely monitored.
Lunch and Recess
Lunch periods have been reduced to 20-minute blocks beginning at 10:15 am and ending at 1:05 pm.
- Students will eat lunch by one grade-level at a time to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria at one time.
- Students are able to bring their own lunch to school.
JP has 5 tents around the perimeter of the building. We will utilize these spaces for outdoor eating as much as possible. If there is inclement weather, we can safely seat 72 students in the cafeteria for lunch. Classrooms are also available for students to eat, with social distancing rules in effect.
Teachers will also have the option to eat lunch in their classroom if there is inclement weather, provided social distancing rules are followed.
While we know that lunch is a “social” time for students to gather, we are going to make sure our students stay focused on eating lunch without their mask on rather than talking. When students are finished eating, they will immediately put their mask back on.
To summarize, outdoor eating will be our first plan. When there is inclement weather, we will utilize indoor space in the cafeteria and/or classroom.
Recess will take place outdoors and students will keep their masks on. In inclement weather, we will have an alternate activity planned for our students so that they get a mental break before returning to their class. Recess is supervised by an adult at all times.
We encourage our students to bring a snack to school every day. Some of our students are eating earlier or later than usual and will need a snack to get them through the school day.
Our bus riders will be dismissed first so we can release our buses and make room for car pick-ups. Our car riders will gather on the greentop or in the gym (during inclement weather)and will wait for their parent to arrive. Car riders have two options:
- Parents can park their car and walk up to the greentop to receive their child. Or,
- Parents can pull up to the two car lanes and wait in their vehicle for their child to be escorted to the car. In this case, please have your child’s name posted in the window of your car so we can quickly see the name.
Please drive slowly and carefully when entering or exiting JP. There will be a lot of car and pedestrian traffic during peak times (arrival and dismissal).
Masks and Mask Breaks
Masks will be worn by all students and staff members at JP, indoors and outdoors. The only exception to this rule will be:
- When a student is eating lunch, and
- If a teacher gives a student a mask break.
When mask breaks are taken, students will maintain social distancing rules and will be supervised by an adult.
This summer, JP was under construction to replace the HVAC system in all of the classrooms. The system is much more sophisticated and efficient.
For specific information regarding the HVAC system, please review the following links.
Indoor Air Video - FAQ with the Director of Facilities, David Harding.
PPS recently completed a survey to opt in for receiving State COVID-19 screening testing support to initiate a program to screen our unvaccinated students. We will await further information from the state on next steps. In the meantime, we will continue to explore options available to initiate a testing program when COVID-19 activity levels in our local community are in the moderate to very high range.