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Opening EDPS  News - September 3, 2020
Opening EDPS News - September 3, 2020
Jane Stork
Thursday, September 03, 2020

September 3, 2020  

 
Dear Etna-Dixmont-Plymouth School Families,  
 
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  Here at the Etna-Dixmont-Plymouth School, we may have masks hiding our smiles, but our eyes are on excellence.  This year will be an adventure filled with creativity, problem solving, flexibility, hope, and maybe even uncertainty and challenges that we will embrace and navigate together.  
 
The difficult decisions families are grappling with have not gone unnoticed and our school team wants to be here to support you during this challenging time.  Whether you have chosen remote or in person learning, you are a member of the Etna-Dixmont-Plymouth School Community and we are thrilled to welcome you back to school on September 8th. On the first day of school, teachers will be focusing solely on the students returning to the building for the first time in over five months.  Remote learners will be contacted by their teachers on September 9th.  The Etna-Dixmont-Plymouth School celebrates the privilege of having an outstanding, creative, and dedicated staff who will work closely with you to ensure the success, growth, and well being of all of the students.  
 
We have been working hard all summer to plan for a safe opening of school and to implement best practices to mitigate the risks associated with Covid-19. Teachers are modifying their classrooms to increase social distancing; signage is being installed throughout the building to guide students; and our schedule has been modified to allow for more time for mask breaks, hand washing, and increased opportunities to work outside.  
 
For the first time ever, school attendance includes “remote learning” and teachers are faced with the new challenge of juggling traditional classroom management while also providing virtual learning opportunities to students who are not in the school building.This is going to be an incredibly challenging new structure, and we look forward to offering new ways for students to be part of the school even when they can not physically be in the building.   Partnering with families will be crucial this year as we face many obstacles surrounding this global pandemic.

  We appreciate your support as you work with students at home to 
practice safety protocols such as wearing a mask and washing hands. We encourage families to stay connected and informed by following our district website for important updates and information.  Click on the following link for important information: 
 https://www.rsu19.org/


Your teachers and I will do our best to keep you updated throughout this rather unpredictable year. Communications are posted on the District Web Page https://www.rsu19.org/o/etna-dixmont, the school messaging system texts and calls,and the the Etna-Dixmont-Plymouth PTF Facebook page. Please do not hesitate to reach out through email and the phone as well. Principal: Jane P. Stork   jstork@rsu19.net Administrative Assistant: Rhonda Merrill rmerrill@rsu19.net   207-992-0735 


I invite you to join my virtual open house on Wednesday, September 9th at 6:00 PM. Please use the link below.  At this virtual meeting, I will review our first day of school, review new protocols and answer questions. 


Ms. Stork's Virtual Open House Time: Sep 9, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7141... dz09 
 
Meeting ID: 714 1065 7335 Passcode: RnZK1f 
 
 DETAILS FOR Etna-Dixmont-Plymouth School 


 IN-SCHOOL LEARNING:  Students who will be attending as in-school learners will be in class on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Work will be sent home for students to complete on Wednesday and bring back on Thursday.    


REMOTE LEARNING: Our remote learners are part of our school and will start school one day later(September 9th) than “in person” learners.  Just like the children attending “in person”, remote learners are part of the classroom community.  We know that remote learning at this age level holds a high demand on families as students are not yet independent learners.  While we will have some opportunities to connect with the class through google hangouts throughout the week, we also know that many remote learning families need flexibility in the timing and will provide recorded lessons and assignments that can be accessed when someone is available to assist.  Remote students will be graded with the same report card as students who are attending within the school building. Remote students will work with their teachers every Wednesday. Teachers will review work completed on Google classroom, help with questions and tangles, discuss upcoming assignments and more. 


 If you have chosen remote learning, we ask you to work through this decision for four weeks.  At that time, if you choose to send your child back to school, please make arrangements with Ms. Merrill or Ms. Stork by calling the school or emailing . 
 
MASKS: Cloth or disposable three ply masks are a requirement for riding the bus and attending school. Face shields may be an option for some students and will require medical documentation.  Neck gaiters and bandanas are not an option at this time. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions district document for more information about masks and shields.  https://www.rsu19.org/  


 BUILDING ENTRY: At this time, no visitors or volunteers are allowed in the building.  If you come during the school day, please ring the bell.  Ms. Merrill or Ms. Stork will assist you from the door or come outside.    

ARRIVAL: Parent drop off is from 7:40-8:00 AM. Please go to the third gate by the circle, pull in to the right and come around counterclockwise to the driveway leading to the front of the school.  Staff morning greeters will be there to assist and direct you. Outside staff will welcome your child(ren) and assist them in finding their homerooms. Please do not get out of your car. Please do not drop your child off before 7:40 AM.    

DISMISSAL: Parents are not able to come into the school for dismissal and are asked to pull up into the circular driveway at the assigned times and wait for staff to bring their children to the car.  Pick-up students will be dismissed at 2:25 for pick-up by parents at 2:30. You will be given a name sheet to put in your car passenger side window when you drive up to the school to help us speed up the process after the first day of school.  Please be on time,  go to the third gate by the circle, pull in to the right and come around counterclockwise to the driveway leading to the front of the school. Staff afternoon greeters will be there to assist and direct your child(ren) to your car. Please do not park your car or get out of your vehicle.  We ask that you follow the 
directions of our staff afternoon greeters and be sure to post the name card we give you in your passenger window.   

WELLNESS: Please keep our students and staff healthy and our school open.  If there is any doubt whether your student is ill, or is showing any symptoms, the student needs to stay home. Please use the linked screening tool BEFORE your child is driven to school or gets on the bus.  Screening Tool  This is why morning screening is essential. If a student is found to be ill at school, they will be evaluated by a nurse as soon as possible. If they exhibit certain Covid like symptoms they remain in an isolation waiting room and the parent/guardian will be notified to come to pick them up. The student should be further evaluated by the family medical provider and potentially tested. If the student is found to be positive or negative, the district should be notified as soon as possible. 
 

NUTRITION and LUNCH: When children arrive at school, they will be unpacking their belongings, washing/sanitizing their hands, and will be provided a FREE school breakfast in their classrooms before the academic day begins.    The school continues to access the FFVP (Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program ) in order to provide healthy snacks to children in the afternoon.   Children are also encouraged to bring a healthy snack of their choice from home.  FFVP will start after the second week of school.   Children will be eating in their rooms at snack and  lunch time. Students will be distanced six (6) feet apart to be able to meet social distance guidelines  Please refer to the RSU#19 Frequently Asked Questions Document for additional information.  https://www.rsu19.org/ 


 Thank you for your support and flexibility.  The Etna-Dixmont-Plymouth communities are amazing and we appreciate all you are doing to help us. We look forward to seeing your children on September 8th.   Please email your teacher, Ms. Merrill or Ms. Stork if you have any questions or call the school at 207-992-0735.