Elementary Panther Families,
First of all, happy 2021! We welcome this year and the blessings it will bring to students, families, and staff. Wesley Prep so appreciates your partnership as we returned from break with full Elementary eLearning in place. That being said, we are eager to have our on campus Elementary students back in the building on Monday, January 11th!
With the new year and in light of the current health conditions in Dallas County, we wanted to use this opportunity to revisit our health and safety protocols. Disciplined adherence to these measures has resulted in the building not needing an emergency closure. We must maintain these measures for the safety of our students, teachers, and staff, and so we can continue to provide a consistent, healthy learning environment for our students. Here in the building, we are continuing to uphold health and safety protocols including, but not limited to:
- Hand hygiene- Students and staff wash their hands regularly. When that is not feasible, hand sanitizer is used liberally.
- Masks- Students and staff are required to wear masks.
- Distance- Space among desks is maximized as much as possible.
- Disinfecting- Teachers utilize Bioesque in classrooms to clean shared manipulatives, PE equipment, and surfaces. We also have enhanced cleaning protocols.
- Ascend- Health self-reporting is critical and must be completed by all students and staff prior to entering the building. Door Captains must visually see the GREEN check from Ascend before allowing students to enter campus.
Thank you for taking the time to review the below points regarding what you can do to help us remain safe and open, in addition to following CDC guidelines outside of school.
- For the next few weeks, please do not replace shields for masks.
- As a reminder, completion of the Ascend health screening is required every day before leaving home to make sure a green check is received as a go ahead for your child to attend school. The Ascend health screening is another part of the mitigation process at school. With community transmission elevated after the long winter break completing Ascend before entering the building is essential.
- Starting Monday (January 11), if you arrive at drop-off without the green check from Ascend, carpool captains will take your child's temperature and ask you to complete the Ascend health screening program before your child may attend school. You are welcome to contact Nurse Teri in the mornings before school if something does not seem to be working correctly with "eligible" or "ineligible." If you are having technical issues, contact Ascend at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If the Ascend health screening is completed at home by one parent, but the other parent or another adult brings your child to school, take a screenshot of the green check, and send it to the adult dropping off your child.
- Report any COVID related information regarding your student(s) and family to Nurse Teri at email@example.com.
- If a student is unable to complete work due to sickness: Student health and well-being are our top priority. A student will not be expected to be in attendance (on campus or eLearning) and will receive an Excused Absence. Please notify your child’s teacher and Nurse Teri. Once able to return to learning, the learning environment (on campus or eLearning) will be determined based on the below information.
- Elementary eLearning from home is reserved for families who have chosen to keep their children home for the Quarter and for students who must stay home due to COVID quarantine or isolation or suspected COVID reasons. School Nurse Teri Bedillion, your child's pediatrician, the Ascend health screening, DCHHS guidelines, and CDC guidelines can help a family determine if a child needs to stay home and for how long. Please always communicate with your child's homeroom teacher when your child misses school for any reason.
- If a student is positive, presumptive positive, or is a close contact and has been told to quarantine or isolate: The student will become an eLearner until able to return to campus. The student will participate in daily Google Meets and Seesaw activities (K-2) or Google Classroom lessons (3-6). Nurse Teri and your child's homeroom teacher can help you with the first steps.
- If a student is ill but the cause is yet to be determined by a test and/or alternative diagnosis from a doctor: Please have your child rest and recuperate. A student sick at home for more than three days may receive makeup work, per Wesley Prep's Parent Handbook. If, after five days, a student still needs to be at home, the student will become an eLearner and will participate in daily Google Meets and Seesaw activities (K-2) or Google Classroom lessons (3-6). Nurse Teri and your child's homeroom teacher can help you with the first steps.
- For students with excused absences for non-COVID related reasons: Makeup work can be sent home after a student has been absent for three days, per Wesley Prep's Parent Handbook. These students will not join eLearners on daily Google Meets and Seesaw activities (K-2) or Google Classroom lessons (3-6).
- For students with unexcused or justified absences: Students will not become eLearners when missing school for trips or staying home for reasons not related to health. These students will not join eLearners on daily Google Meets and Seesaw activities (K-2) or Google Classroom lessons (3-6). Students will be given makeup work upon return to school.
- Students leaving school early for appointments such as doctor and dental visits should not return to campus that day. Students will receive an excused early checkout and will be given makeup work upon return to school. Students arriving late from appointments such as a doctor or dental visit must be brought to Entrance D and display a green check mark after completing the Ascend health screening. Students will receive an excused tardy. Please always communicate with your child's homeroom teacher when your child will leave campus early or arrive late.
Thank you for sharing your children with us. They bring us so much JOY!
Linda Altick, Executive Director
Bob Ressler, Director of Operations
Teri Bedillion, School Nurse, MBA, RN
Suzanne Broer, Director of Curriculum and Programming
Whitney Agee, Coordinator of Strategic Academic Initiatives and eLearning