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Level 1 Reopening

Parent FAQs (Frequently asked questions

 

The purpose of this page is to answer your questions about Level 1 reopening - specific to Victoria Elementary. The questions on this document were provided by parents and staff. For comprehensive information from the District, we ask that your review the 2020-2021 School Reopening: Frequently Asked Questions: https://nmusd-ca.schoolloop.com/pf4/cms2/view_page?d=x&group_id=1518855655664&vdid=i151aw2k598wd7e

 

Schedule

Our bell schedule (start and end times) will be the same as it was for the previous school year. For your convenience, here is the schedule:

 

Arrival:

8:15 AM - Students may be dropped off starting at this time

8:25 AM  - Classes Begin (students should be in their seats ready to learn)

 

Dismissal:

Tk-3

2:35 PM (MTThF)

1:39 PM (Weds - Modified Day)

 

4-6

2:50 PM (MTThF)

1:50 PM (Wednesday - Modified Day)

 

Lunch and Recess

Are there any changes to the morning recess schedule?

The TkK program morning recess will remain the same because their playground is separate from the main playground area and they have significantly smaller class sizes. Their recess is from 10-10:15 AM

For students in grades 1-6, in order to allow for additional physical distancing, we have added an additional morning recess. Doing so allows us to have only two grade levels of students out at a time providing them with more opportunities to play on varied equipment (handball, tetherball, climbing structures, swings, kickball, exercise circuit on blacktop (painted stencils), foursquare). At each recess we will have two basketballs available for basketball shooting practice (such as horse). No close contact basketball games will be allowed. Soccer balls will be allowed on the field for dribble and kicking practice but full soccer games will not be permitted due to the close contact nature of the games.

 

The morning recess schedule is:

Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten: 10:00-10:15 AM

Grades 1-2          9:45-10 AM

Grades 3-4          10:15-10:30 AM

Grades 5-6          10:35-10:50 AM

What changes are you making to accommodate student seating in the lunch area?

We are separating the tables that are currently placed end-to-end. Doing so allows us to place two students at each table while maintaining a minimum of 6’ physical distancing and still accommodate 40 students in the primary/upper lunch area. We will also have an overflow seating area near the back of the MPR.

Where will students get their lunches?

Student lunches will be distributed from class specific specially designed insulated food container (called a Cambro) near the lunch table areas. Lunch supervisors will open the classroom cambros and allow students to take their lunches.

 

What about hand washing?

Students will be given a squirt of hand sanitizer by their teacher when they leave the classroom and head to the lunch table area for lunch. After students have eaten, they will discard their trash and clean their lunch area. They will be given hand sanitizer before they depart the lunch table for the playground. Students who play on the playground first will be provided with hand sanitizer before they enter the lunch table area to pick-up their grab & go lunch and take it to the tables.

 

What about lunch seating?

Lunch seating will be assigned. Students will sit in the same seat each day. In addition to seating at the tables, we are working to be able to provide areas where students can enjoy lunch picnic style on the grass - more information will be provided when it is available.

 

What does the lunch schedule look like?

In order to maximize physical distancing, we are using a split (or “flip flop” lunch eating/play time model). Basically, we will have two grade levels at lunch at the same time… one grade will be eating at the lunch tables while the other grade is playing in the recess area. After 20 minutes we will “flip” (students who ate will play, students who played will eat). Doing this means we have fewer students in the lunch area or in the recess area at one time. Please note that the transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students eat lunch in a separate area on different tables than the students in grades 1-6.

 

Lunch schedule:

K - Wooten & TkK GordonE

Table Time: 11:00 - 11:20 AM     Recess Time: 11:20 - 11:40 AM

TkK - Peacock/Millikan

Table Time: 11:45 - 12:05 PM      Recess Time:  12:05 - 12:25 PM

1 - Turner/Harrison/Camarillo/Gordon E (1st graders)

Table Time: 11:00 - 11:20 AM     Recess Time: 11:20 - 11:40 AM

2 - Barone/Imlay

Recess Time: 11:00 - 11:20 AM   Table Time: 11:20 - 11:40 AM    

3 - Poveda/Thrall/Scofield

Table Time: 11:40 - 12:00 PM      Recess Time: 12:00 - 12:20 PM

4 - Wilburn/Gordon S.

Recess Time: 11:40 - 12:00 PM    Table Time: 12:00 - 12:20 PM     

5 - McNamara/TBD/Harwick

Table Time: 12:20 - 12:40 PM      Recess Time: 12:40 - 1:00 PM

6 - Breen/Norris

Recess Time: 12:20 - 12:40 PM    Table Time: 12:40 - 1:00 PM       

 

When will we have hot lunch?

We do not know yet - Food Services is working on this for us and as soon as we have an update we will share this information with you.

 

What is happening with breakfast?

For general education students, breakfast will be “grab and go” and will be delivered to the classrooms in cambros at the end of the school day. Students will take the food home with them to eat the following morning before coming to school.

 

What about Special Education breakfast?

The special education students will still eat breakfast in the morning upon arrival as part of their curriculum.

 

Can students eat on the grass?

Yes, they can. However, given the special schedule we have come up with, we will not need for them to do so. We may use this as an incentive for the students to “earn” a picnic style lunch time.

 

Will the students be able to play?

Yes! We are excited to announce that we have been given a green light for students to use the outdoor play equipment and to play with balls, hula hoops, handball, and tether balls. We are awaiting approval for close contact sports like soccer and basketball. As soon as we have more information we will share it with you.

The District is providing us with more sports equipment (balls, hula hoops, jump ropes) that we can use to provide further distance for the students.

 

Arrival and Dismissal

What will Arrival look like?

We are going to keep the multiple gates open in the mornings. Students will be dropped off and immediately proceed to their grade level gate (the same as we have been doing this school year) and then to their  classrooms. We are very fortunate to have additional staffing to help facilitate quick arrival and getting students into the gates and this will continue.

 

What will Dismissal look like?

Dismissal will be mostly unchanged. We will provide each student with a dash board sign that has the student’s grade, name, and teacher’s name printed large so it is more visible for radio personnel in the parking lot. To help expedite pick-up, we would like to ask parents to place this on the dashboard of the pick-up vehicle. This will minimize contact and assist greatly with traffic flow. To the volume of cars in the main parking lot, it is recommended that an alternate pick-up location at the back of school (off of Oak Street) be used.

 

Safety Protocols

 

What guidelines do you follow for safety?

We will continue to adhere to the CDPH guidelines last updated on January 14, 2021. This includes the safety measures since we re-opened our schools including maximizing space between seating and desks in classrooms. Efforts will be made to maintain six feet but no less than 4 feet. Additional measures have also been taken in all classrooms including optimizing ventilation, HEPA air cleaners, and plexiglass between students. Face masks requirements will also continue. Social distancing in non-classroom areas will also continue including recess and lunch. Any modifications to the procedures for drop-off and pick-up will be provided by the site principal. COVID-19 Safety Plans will be updated to reflect the new protocols in place at each school. Please click the link at the beginning of this document to review the District safety protocols.

 

My child complains that he’s cold in the classroom. Can you warm the temperature?

See the above information about air filtration. We cannot make changes to the settings, as these are for the safety of everyone in the classroom. Please send your child to school in layered clothing and with a sweater or sweatshirt (even on warm days!)

 

Will masks be required?

Yes. All students and staff are required to wear masks when on campus.

 

Classroom Set-up

How will the classrooms be set-up to maintain physical distancing?

Teachers and staff should maintain six feet of distance from students when feasible. When this is not feasible, there shall be no less than three feet of distancing per the CDC/CDPH recommendations.  When students are eating, (masks are off) six feet is the minimum distance.

Some furniture has been removed from the classrooms, allowing teachers to move desks to allow for distancing. In addition, each desk has been provided with a plexiglass divider as an added safety measure. Where possible, students will face the same direction.

 

Music/Science/PE

Will students receive Music, PE, and Science Specialist instruction?

We are excited to announce that our in-person specialist instruction will resume in our music and science rooms, and PE outside on the fields or blacktop areas.

 

Behavior - Return to Full Day

With the return to full day we will have students together who have never met. What are we doing to positively integrate these students and create a classroom community where voice and risk-taking is valued?

This change is going to impact many areas, not just the classrooms. We want to have three main focus areas:

  • Develop clear behavior expectations supported with positive reinforcements
  • Build scholarly stamina
  • Create classroom communities

As such, we want to provide Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) “getting to know you” activities the first week of full day instruction. We are also developing a school wide matrix of behavior expectations that will address areas where students will need instruction including arrival, bathrooms, playground, lunch, dismissal, and classrooms. We also believe that creating “brain breaks” and conducting mindfulness activities throughout the day will ease the transition.

 

Food Safety

Can I bring cupcakes for my child’s birthday?

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 safety protocols, we cannot serve or distribute outside food at school (even if each item is individually sealed). We appreciate your understanding and know that during this extraordinary time we’re going to take slow steps to return to what we know as normal.

 

My child doesn’t like the cafeteria lunch and doesn’t like to bring lunch to school either. Can I drop off lunch each day?

Unfortunately, due to safety protocols, we are unable to accept dropped off lunches. All students need to either bring a lunch/snack to school with them each morning or eat the cafeteria provided lunch. Should your child forget to bring his/her lunch to school, he/she will be provided with a lunch from the cafeteria.

 

Safety Protocols

 

Will the campus be open for visitors or volunteers?

For the safety of our students and staff, the front office and school campus will continue to be closed to the public until further notice. However, parents can meet with teachers and staff either via Zoom or in-person (by appointment only) but are encouraged to meet remotely and to make appointments in advance. In order to minimize risk and potential contact, non-essential visitors are still not permitted on campus.

 

After School Programs

 

When will ROCKS and Project Kidz Connect resume?

We do not know when ROCKS will resume. Project Kidz Connect has started again via Zoom. As far as in person after school programs resuming, we do not have a date on this as of now. As soon as we have more information we will share it with you.