1/21: new cases have been reported on the COVID Dashboard

Zinser Elementary News
December 18

Zinser Elementary News December 18

12/18/20

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • December 21-January 1: Holiday Break
  • January 4: School Resumes - Black Schedule (A-K) (Gold learns remotely)
  • January 5: Gold Schedule (L-Z) (Black learns remotely)
  • January 6: No Students - Remote Learning for all
  • January 7: Black Schedule (Gold learns remotely)
  • January 8: Gold Schedule (Black learns remotely)
  • January 18: No School - MLK Day
  • January 28: The NED Show 1:30 pm (streamed/virtual)

HYBRID SCHEDULE: The Hybrid schedule continues January 4th! Here are some reminders to be aware of:

  • Mondays and Thursdays - Black Schedule: Students with last name A-K will be face to face all day.
  • Tuesdays and Fridays - Gold Schedule: Students with last name L-Z will be face to face all day.
  • Wednesdays, and off days, will be asynchronous learning: Students will be working and doing assignments or activities at home. Teachers will be using Canvas to add activities, or may Zoom with small groups on Wednesdays, or may send homework packets.
  • Specials classes will continue and will be rotated now week to week, so students in time will still receive all of the specials classes.
  • Chromebooks and iPads: These will be traveling home with the students each day they come to school. Please help make sure the device is charged prior to sending it to school with your child. You and your child are responsible for taking care of the device and making sure it is in proper working order. Any cost to repair a damaged device is your responsibility. KHPS does offer a $20/school year optional insurance that you can purchase to help cover instances of accidental damage. Insurance does not cover misuse or abuse. You can learn more about this opportunity and how to enroll by viewing our website at KHPS.org.
  • Food Distribution: All students are able to take home food when they leave for the home learning days. Food will be distributed at dismissal.

COVID Update:
From a district high of at one point 17 positive cases and over 90 students and staff quarantined, we now have 0 cases with 3 students quarantined! Please continue to be careful and honest with your child’s wellness each day. Thank you for staying patient and understanding with us as we sort out contact tracing to the best of our abilities after a positive test result

Mental Health Needs:
With change can come stress and changing the way our education is provided is no exception. We encourage our students, families and staff to take time during these difficult transitions to focus on mental health. The Mental Health Newsletter from November has some tips on how to talk with your students about the stressors they may be facing. Last week Zinser classrooms focused on different mental health topics including relaxation, mindfulness and support systems. If you would like resources for additional mental health support, please reach out to Brooke Davis or Ashley Anderson at Zinser and they can provide you with a number of options.

Keep Your Child Home or Report to School?
Using the Kent County Health Department’s expectations, here is important information from Nurse Courtney about when to send the child to school or keep them home during COVID:

  • Students should stay home and be evaluated by a physician if they meet any of the criteria below: a new cough or fever OR lost of smell or taste - OR if a student has TWO of the following symptoms:
    • Chills, headache, extreme tiredness, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, body aches, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea, or shortness of breath.
  • If the student has only one of the symptoms listed in the later list, they are okay to come to school unless other symptoms develop.
  • Siblings of a sick student can continue going to school unless a COVID test is ordered for the sick sibling.
  • If someone in the household has a pending COVID test, all members need to stay home until the test results are back.
  • If a student was in contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, they must quarantine for 14 days even if they remain asymptomatic or have a negative COVID test.

KHPS is providing FREE breakfasts and lunches through December! Menus are sent electronically and are available at www.khps.org and on the mobile app. If you need a printed copy, please contact the school office. We appreciate your support of the Food Service Program. - KHPS Food Services

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