I do not have everything ready to send out but I thought some of the answers would be helpful in preparing your child over the next two weeks for returning to part time in person learning.
First — eating times. In the classroom we will have a routine that they will follow and we hope to have the asynchronous schedule as close to it as possible. I know little kids do the best with routines and keeping consistent eating times can ease a burden. By starting this early and staying consistent we eliminate the shutting down prior to lunch and refusing to work because they are hungry. I have been pretty lax about eating up until now but I am hoping to keep a schedule.
It would be preferable if students can eat their breakfast between 8 and 8:30 am. Starting in March our zoom starting time will be 8:35 am. Keeping this breakfast time before zoom will help focus be solely on the benchmark lessons I need to teach in that set amount of time. Lunch will be at 11:10 am each day. By having this same schedule at home they can get used to that amount of time in between without additional food. Everytime we remove masks in the classroom we have procedures. Snacks will not be happening in the morning. In the afternoon we will have a snack around 1:45 pm. This will be because lunch is early and we have a longer afternoon with more physical activity. More to come about what to send for an afternoon snack.
Although this may seem miniscule I know that Kindergarten students get hangry and I really want to maximize all time I have with the students in person. A good nutritious breakfast and lunch at consistent times can help.
During in person learning on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday I will be checking email during lunch 11:15-11:30 and after the students leave at 2:30 pm. This school year has been different in that I have the ability to email back quite quickly. Once in person I am not going to be checking all day like usual. If it is an emergency you may call the office and leave a message and they may be able to assist.
8:35 is our new starting time beginning Monday, March 1st. Morning zooms with the at home asynchronous students will be at that time. Wednesday zoom will also begin at that time.
I will also not be as helpful with IT as I will be working with the students. Hopefully we have all of the IT issues worked out already. Making sure you can log into Eureka Math website will be crucial on your asynchronous days. They will be watching the recorded lesson like we have been while I am teaching the same lesson to the students in person. If you have NOT figured this out yet please let me know. We need to get you logged in prior to March 1.
Lastly for now will be the in person covid health screener. Each of you will receive a copy when you attend your in person learning lab this or next week. You should hang this on your fridge so that you see it on in person days. You are responsible to make sure that your child does not show any symptoms before they come into the building. There will not be forms to turn in daily it is on the honor system. Below is the form for reference.
My recommendation also is that you should keep your child home if they are feeling ill. Once they tell me they do not feel well they will be taken out of the classroom and not allowed to return for that day. You will have to come pick them up. In an effort to keep our classroom environment healthy I ask you please follow this. The option to do the asynchronous work will always be available online so they can do the lessons from home still.
The students will be bringing their goal sheet, eureka math module, benchmark writing books, leveled readers, and writing journal every time they are in person. They do not need anything additional. I have everything else. All of these things can easily be carried in their backpacks. Whether in person or online learning that day our goal is still to complete the goals.
Hybrid In person days, Asynchronous days, and all online Wednesday schedules will be posted by the end of the week. We are still continuing to get changes and I do not want to have to re-release them multiple times. They will all be similar 🙂 do not stress 🙂
As always email me with any questions 🙂