School Reopening for In-person Instruction - November 9, 2020
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October 30 Message
Good day, Spartans!
Each week our families and our students will receive a message from the Principal.  These messages will come through via email and we will make sure that a consistent message is delivered to everyone in the Spartan Family.  The messages will be posted to the Olympus website in the “Shout-Out” section - archived for your reference.  Each week will focus on a different topic to help everyone navigate through Distance Learning and to keep you informed of upcoming events or opportunities to get involved.
This week’s focus: What our school day will look like starting November 9

It’s like we’re having the first day of school all over again!  We are very excited to finally have students back on campus for in-person instruction starting November 9.  That is the first day of the 2nd trimester and it a totally new grading period.  Everyone starts with a clean slate, and many of you may have a slightly different schedule than the 1st trimester.  Check PowerSchool on Sunday, November 8 for any updates to your schedule.  Paper copies of your schedule will be handed out in your 1st-period classes on November 9.

Here are some tips to help you start thinking about your daily routine for school:
  • Before coming to school
You all know that getting a good night’s rest and having a healthy breakfast is always an important part of being successful in school.  In addition to that, make sure you bring all of your school materials to class - including your fully-charged Chromebook.  You will need an appropriate face covering to come on campus.  It’s a good idea to have a spare (we’ll supply everyone with 2 disposable and 1 cloth mask on Nov. 9).  The snack bar will be closed and our drinking fountains are turned off for health precautions.  You will need to bring a snack from home and a reusable water bottle.  Our touchless bottle filler station will be available on campus.

Most importantly, before you come to school you must do a self-check for any symptoms of illness.  If you have a cough, fever, or other symptoms that may be symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home until your symptoms are cleared up.  We have protocols in place for health screenings when you enter the classroom, but we hope that everyone would self-check before exposing others on our campus.
  • Arrival
All of our gates will be open at 7:30 am.  If you are being dropped off, it may be a good idea to do a “test run” before November 9 to get acquainted with the school grounds.  Our drop off points are:
    • The front parking lot off La Croix Dr.
    • The back parking lot off Olympus Dr.
    • The sidewalk along the school side of La Croix Dr. (DO NOT STOP IN THE BUS ZONE!)
At 7:35 students will go to their 1st block classroom where they will go through the initial health screenings before the instructional day.  The Health Screening consists of 3 questions about how they are feeling that day, a no-touch temperature check, and using hand sanitizer before entering the classroom.  
Instruction starts each day at 7:45am, so plan to arrive between 7:30 and 7:40 every day.  The front gates will be locked at 7:50.  If students arrive late, they must complete the health screening in the office before going on campus (and they’ll be marked tardy for the day).

  • Schedule
Our daily schedule will be from 7:45am - 11:45am following this schedule:
You will see on the second page that we will adjust the schedule on Nov. 9, 10, and 13 due to the Veteran’s Day Holiday and the Professional Development Day.

  • Around campus
Anyone on campus is required to use an approved face covering and wear it properly throughout the day.  Some other adjustments to the campus in response to safety and health guidelines include:
    • All exterior gates are locked throughout the day for security.  This allows teachers to keep their doors open for extra ventilation.
    • Signs and reminders placed throughout the campus.
    • Arrows to help with foot traffic flow throughout the campus.
    • No lockers will be assigned to hold books.  Students must carry their supplies with them from class to class.
    • Drinking fountains are shut off - with the exception of the touchless bottle filler station near the office building in the quad.
    • Restrooms are open, but can only have 3 students at a time.  Be sure to wash your hands!

  • In class
Teachers will assign seats with a seating chart.  Students must remain in their assigned seats.  This is a critical piece of our contact-tracing protocols.  The classrooms will not have any shared materials between students.  Teachers will provide students much of the needed materials or they may request that these items be brought from home.  Since we do not have lockers available, we will make every effort to keep the amount of materials a student needs to carry to a minimum.

At the end of class, students will exit to go to their next class.  Once all students have exited the classroom, the teacher will spray disinfectant on the seats, tables/desks, and high touch surfaces to allow the disinfectant to be effective.  The disinfectant is safe for contact with skin but is effective in eliminating bacteria and viruses.  When the next class enters, the students will wipe down their area with a paper towel and throw it away.  Gloves are available to anyone with sensitive skin conditions.

  • Mask Break
Each day we will have a 10 minute Mask Break outdoors.  Students will gather in the quad area where there is plenty of space.  Teachers and staff will supervise students to ensure safety.  Students can remove their face coverings during the break to eat/drink if they have physical distance between them.  Students will stay in the main part of the quad where they can be easily monitored.  There are many areas where students may sit down to enjoy the snack they brought from home.  I’m sure our Spartans will continue to do a great job taking care of their trash and have pride in their campus!

  • Dismissal
At 11:45 am, students must head home after school.  There are no after school events or classrooms open after 11:45.  Pick up spots are the same as drop off, but we kindly ask that parents DO NOT STOP IN THE RED ZONES.  Please use one of the many parking spots in the front parking lot.  While on campus, students must keep their face coverings on until they are in their personal car or walking home physically distant from other students.  Students riding the bus must keep their face coverings on until they are dropped off.

Health and Safety Considerations:
Medication Drop-Off
Does your child require medications for daily or emergency use during our modified school days? If so, please review the following steps:
1. Complete the medication authorization form (health care provider and parent guardian consent required).
  • Bring authorization form and medication to your child’s school office during the week of November 2 during office hours.  EUSD Health Services Website (Guidelines and Forms)
Flu Shots:
As we move into flu season, we are encouraging our families to consider flu shots. This will lead to a decrease of illness which can not be readily distinguished from COVID 19, protecting our school community. Interested in learning more about the benefits of flu shots this season? Please review the attached resources:
COVID Education:
Eureka staff are busy preparing to welcome our students back to campus soon! Although many of our students may understand what COVID-19 is, we are providing a few resources to view. Please consider watching the student video with your child, they may have questions that you can help answer. We are also sharing videos with our parents and guardians. We hope these resources help your family!
Face Coverings:
Approved by the Eureka USD School Board this week, all students, TK-8th grade will be required to wear face coverings once we transition back to in-person instruction.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that virtually all people over the age of 2 wear a cloth mask when outside their households to reduce the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person through tiny droplets in the air. When worn correctly, masks help prevent the spread.
Face Coverings In EUSD:
  • Available at Schools: Surgical and Cloth Masks - Our students will be given 2 disposable masks and one cloth mask on their first day back to school (Thank you to our PTC for their assistance with this!)
  • Allowed from Home: Surgical and Cloth Masks, Face Shields with covering on the bottom
  • Not Allowed: Bandanas, Neck Gaiters 
  • All masks should have several layers of fabric, are worn over the mouth, chin, and nose, and fit closely on the sides.
Do you believe your child may qualify for an exemption under the CDPH guidance? For more information on the requirements for exemptions for wearing face coverings at school, please contact your school nurse by October 30.
To encourage effective mask use, parents can:
  • Set a good example by wearing your own mask when outside your household.
  • Keep extra coverings handy in a backpack in case one gets lost or dirty.
  • Let kids pick their own mask and remind them that others depend on them to wear it.

Thank you for all of your support, patience, and resiliency over the past several months.  We’re very excited to finally have the opportunity to have our students back in the classroom!  

Everyone here at Olympus is working together to ensure the best possible experience we can for every student.  One of the ways we can do that is to help each other.  Please take a few moments over the next few days to reach out to a fellow student or another family to see if there is anything they need.  Offer your assistance where you can or let us know if there’s someone that needs our help.  
Sean Healy, Olympus Jr. High School Principal

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