Return to School for K-2 Hybrid Students

October 27, 2020

 What to Know 

Welcome back!  As you are aware, some students will be returning to Moorefield Station for two days a week to receive in-person learning starting on October 27, 2020.  The School Board has spent many late nights working out the details to have students return.  Please know we want to work with you to support your child as best as possible during this transition and throughout the year.  It is important to know that LCPS and Moorefield Station value student and staff safety, above all else.  Below you will find answers to some FAQs.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school with any questions or concerns as we prepare to transition to in-person learning or at any point throughout the school year.  

 

What are the school hours?

Students will arrive at school around 7:30 AM (class starts at 7:50 AM) and be dismissed at about 2:35 PM.  Please note, that this year, parents will not be able to walk their children to their classroom door.  Nor will a parent be allowed to eat lunch with their child. We have implemented additional safety procedures to ensure that our students are as protected as possible.

 

What days will my child be attending school in person?

Your child will come to school for their in person learning on either T/TH or W/F.  Families with last names that begin with A-J will attend on T/TH and K-2 will attend on W/F.  There are some exceptions to this split to allow us to keep with-in our social distancing guidelines.  The Hybrid Days of the week will be available in ParentVUE on Wednesday, October 7th.  If these days change for any reason, you will be notified immediately. 

 

What should my child do on the days they are not in school?

In the morning, your child will log on for their morning meeting with their entire class.  It will include the students who are currently in the classroom at school and the students who are currently on their home days. The morning meeting time will be the only synchronous (with the teacher) lesson of the days they are at home. After the morning meeting, your child will have asynchronous work, assigned by their homeroom teacher.  Your child may or may not be scheduled for a small group on asynchronous days.  Teachers will be in contact as necessary.  

 

Does my child need to bring their Chromebook to school?

Yes, students who are attending school in person will need to come to school with their Chromebook fully charged and with their charger. 

 

What are some COVID precautions put in place at Moorefield Station?

Every morning at 6 AM, you will receive an email containing a Symptom Checker Survey. You will need to complete this every day prior to the start of school.  Additionally, random temperature checks will be completed each day by school staff.  Teachers and staff working with your child will be wearing masks throughout the school day and frequent hand washing will be encouraged.  Students will use their own school supplies and will not be sharing supplies with others. Bathrooms will be sanitized every 1.5 hours throughout the day.  Other sanitization measures are also being taken around the school to include increased frequent cleaning of door handles, equipment, frequently touched surfaces (light switches, hand sanitizer pumps, etc.).  Classrooms will be sanitized each afternoon after students leave to prepare for the new day of learning.  Classrooms and the building are set up to accommodate social distancing, such as 6 feet between desks and walking paths in the classrooms and hallways.  There are separate care rooms for students/staff who display COVID-19 systems, which will allow the Health Clinic Specialist’s office to continue to be used for routine needs.  

 

Will my child go to specials?

Students will still continue to attend Art in the Art Room on their in-person learning days.  All classes will travel to the Art Room, in a single file line, where the students are six feet apart. The specials that will take place inside of the student’s classroom will be music, library and PE.  

 

Does my child need to wear a mask?

The Loudoun County School Board specifically stated that all students are required to wear a mask while they are in school.  If a child is not wearing a face mask, the parent/guardian will be contacted and the child will not be permitted to go to class. If your child is unable to wear a mask due to a medical concern, a doctor’s note is required.   

 

What will lunch be like?

The students will eat lunch in the cafeteria at their assigned lunch time.  Details will be shared closer to the return date. You are welcome to send your child with a pre-packed lunch, however please make sure the child brings it with them to school at the start of the school day as we are limiting the number of visitors throughout the day to the greatest extent possible.  The cafeteria is also serving lunches each day. These lunches will continue to be free until December 31, 2020. In order to meet the CDC guidelines for social distancing, parents will NOT be allowed to eat lunch in the cafeteria with their children this year.

 

Will students have recess?

Students will have recess each day.  Weather permitting they will have recess outside.  If the weather does not permit, recess will be indoors.  During outdoor recess students will be able to take off their masks as long as they are 10 feet away from their classmates.  

 

How will your child get to and from school?

For safety concerns and following social distancing guidelines, it is extremely important that we have up to date arrival and dismissal plans.  Please complete this Moorefield Station Arrival and Dismissal Form to communicate your plans. Please provide your child’s teacher with this completed form.

 

Car Riders

If your child is going to be a car rider in the afternoon, please create a sign that lists your child’s name, grade and classroom teacher and have it visible during pick-up time.  If you have more than one child attending our school, they can all be listed on the same sign. We would like to remind you that our focus is to have a “touchless car line” at this time. Please have your child practice getting in and out of their car on their own. We want to remind parents, for safety reasons, please do not get out of your car at any time.

 

Kindergarten Dismissal Tags

LCPS has a standardized dismissal procedure for all kindergarten students.  This procedure is intended to provide an additional level of safety for our youngest students.  It also helps our substitute drivers who are not familiar with their students or those meeting the students at the bus stop.

Every household with a kindergarten student is provided 3 tags by their student’s school.  This year, school staff will fill out the student’s Identification Number and how the student gets to and from school (school bus, walker, car rider or daycare van), based on the Google Survey above.  

The kindergarten student must have the blue tag attached to their backpack. Kindergarten students will only be released to a parent, guardian or escort if that person has a matching tag at a bus stop.  Parents/guardians are required to meet all kindergarten students at the bus stop each day, or the child will be returned to school.  

The bus driver must verify that the kindergarten student’s tag and authorized person’s tag match to release the child.  This will provide consistency for the students, parents and bus drivers. Kindergarten tags help a substitute bus driver release a kindergarten student to an authorized person.

If there is no authorized person at the stop to meet a kindergartner, the driver will keep the student on the bus and contact Dispatch.  If appropriate identification cannot be obtained, the student will be returned to their school.  All parents/guardians should have their licence readily available on the first day of school because the additional tags will be in each child’s backpack for use on day #2.  

 

Complete prior to returning to school on Oct. 27th

  1. Complete the Moorefield Station Arrival and Dismissal Form
  2. Talk with your child about mask expectations and make sure they have a mask that fits properly

  3. Discuss with your child your family's expectations for handwashing and other health safety precautions 

  4. Prepare students for the changes in the school routine/day

 

Daily to do list prior to coming to school for in person learning:

  1. Complete the Daily Health Checker

  2. Have a lunch plan for the day (if packing, make sure student has lunch)

  3. Pack student backpack to include:

  4. Water bottle

  5. Chromebook/charger

  6. Required supplies (pencil boxes, textbooks, etc.)

  7. Double check that your child has everything that they need for the day.  It is extremely important that we work to eliminate the need for visitors to come into the building each day.

 

We look forward to seeing everyone’s smiling faces on October 27th!  Please let us know if you have any other concerns or questions regarding hybrid learning.

 

Sincerely, 

Your Moorefield Station Administrative Team