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October 30, 2020

*Links to this information in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese can be found at the end of this letter.

Dear Tyler Parents/Guardians,

I am writing to communicate key details for the second quarter.  This letter includes critical information regarding the return of students on-site, as well as continued virtual learning, as approved by the school board on October 21st.  Read the full Board Brief HERE. 

Phased-In Details

Students who indicated an in-person preference or who did not select a preference will be phased in under the 50/50 model as follows:

PK/KG: November 10th

1st Grade: December 1st

2nd/3rd Grades: January 12th

4th/5th Grades: January 26th (beginning of third quarter)

Students will be assigned to a ‘House’ (T/TH or W/F or T-F or VO).  Mondays will remain virtual asynchronous learning days for all students.  Students who were attending in-person four days each week in the first quarter will continue to do so.

Emergency Cards

We have about 80 students with no emergency card on file.  Emergency cards are completed through the ‘Return to Learn’ packet in ParentVUE.  Ms. Nelson and Ms. Reynolds are currently calling individual families who have not completed this important process.  It is critical that all students have this information updated in ParentVUE.

Daily Student Health Screening and School Health Procedures

Parents/guardians are asked to do a health screening check at home each morning prior to sending their child to school.  Students are required to wear a face covering on the bus as well as throughout the school day.  Students will be expected to physically distance from others as well as maintain proper hand hygiene throughout the day.  Signage and staff support will encourage these practices. It is important to me that returning to the school building be a positive experience for our students.  Children read our word choice and tone with great accuracy.  I am asking all adults to keep their reminders and messages positive for our Tomcats.  Please take a moment to review the important links below. 

Health Screening for Students Link

Parent/Guardian Guide to Health Protocols Link

PWCS Return to School Safely Video for Students

Face Coverings

As previously mentioned, face coverings are required while on the bus as well as at school for all staff, students, and visitors.  The face covering must be worn over the nose and mouth.  Please have your child practice wearing a mask prior to returning to the building. 

Face Covering Regulation Link

Schedules and Class Placements

With the shift to 50/50 on-site and concurrent teaching in the second quarter, KG-5th grade schedules will change beginning November 10th.  These changes are necessary as several staff members work with multiple grade levels.  Canvas homeroom pages will be updated by Monday, November 9th.  For the second quarter, our bell times remain unchanged, 9:05AM-3:45PM.  Additionally, as requested by several parents and staff, we were able to keep all class assignments the same.  Prior to November 10th, parents/guardians of PK-5th grade students will be able to view their child’s ‘House’ assignment in ParentVUE.  To view, log into ParentVUE and go to your student’s class schedule. You will see two letters at the end.  ‘TR’ means Tuesday/Thursday, ‘WF’ means Wednesday/Friday, ‘TF’ means Tuesday through Friday, and ‘VO’ means Virtual Only.  As a reminder, PK-3rd grade is phased in during quarter 2.  Fourth and fifth grades will be phased in at the beginning of the third quarter on January 26th.  When students connect from home, they can expect to see their teacher leading a lesson from within the classroom,  working with them as part of small group instruction, and even doing partner work with a peer who is in the building or working virtually once their grade level has phased in for the 50/50 model.  Our team is committed to ensuring that all students are actively engaged.  We appreciate your patience as we learn to navigate new technology as well as develop best practices for concurrent teaching.    

Technology

Each classroom will have an Owl panoramic/tilt camera with remote control and Bluetooth headset for use during live streaming.  Additionally, once on-site, teachers may request that students bring their devices back and forth between home and school.  The PWCS Digital Equity Plan includes a device for every student K-12 by the end of January.  We have purchased laptop sleeves that will fit into most backpacks to help protect devices. 

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Students arriving by bus will be greeted by a staff member and dismissed in small groups.  We will direct them to the correct door to enter.  Students arriving via our Kiss and Ride line will be welcomed by a staff member in the parking lot.  They will proceed up the ramp through door 12.  Staff members will be stationed throughout to help all students find their correct classroom.  For dismissal during quarter 2, students who go to SACC, Kiss and Ride, or ride a day care van, will be called first.  For bus riders, teachers will walk their students through the bus loop to their bus.  This will be adjusted for quarter 3 when multiple bus runs are needed.

Breakfast and Lunch Procedures

Breakfast and lunch will be served daily.  Breakfast will be available in the lobby and monitored by staff to assist with physical distancing.  Lunch will be delivered to the classroom daily and supervised by a Tyler staff member.

Reporting an Absence

Beginning in the second quarter, if your child will be absent from school, please phone the front office at 703-754-7181 or email Mrs. Reynolds, Tyler attendance secretary, at ReynolTM@pwcs.edu and copy the teacher.  This procedure should be followed for both in-person and virtual days.

Visitor Protocols

Visits to Tyler will be by appointment only.  To make an appointment, please call 703-754-7181.  While we miss our visitors and volunteers very much, most business will continue to be conducted via video conferencing.  If you have an appointment, please call upon arrival to review the visitor attestation over the phone with our front office staff, wear a face covering, hand sanitize upon entry, and maintain physical distancing throughout your visit.  As a protection to our students and staff, on-site visitors will be kept to a minimum.

Late Arrival

If your student arrives late, please park and ring the bell at door 1.  A staff member will greet you at the door to sign your child in as tardy. 

Early Pick Up

If a student needs to leave school early, we ask that parents/guardians provide prior notification, when possible, to the teacher and office staff.  This notification should include the name of the person that will be picking the student up as well as the approximate time and reason for the early dismissal. Please be sure your emergency card indicates this person has permission to pick up.  Upon arrival, they should ring the bell at door 1 and have their photo ID ready.

Daily Cleaning

Staff members recognize that daily cleaning is all of our responsibility and are committed to ensuring that our students learn in a safe environment.  Our custodial team deep cleans every evening and cleans high touch surfaces throughout the day.  Teachers have been trained in cleaning high touch surfaces within their classrooms throughout the day as well.  Curious as to what this looks like?  Watch this video to learn more. 

High Touch Surface Teacher Cleaning Video

Want to learn more about what is being done to ensure our school facilities are properly cleaned and maintained?  Visit the FAQ page and select ‘School Facilities’.

Quarter 2 Virtual Learning Kits

As we prepare for learning in the upcoming quarter, there are additional materials that we would like our students to have.  This will be on a much smaller scale than the first quarter virtual at-home kits.  These kits are available for pick-up beginning November 9th.  You can visit Tyler anytime M-F, 8:00AM-4:00PM and a staff member will bring it to the door for you.  Students who will be attending in-person may get these kits from their teacher when on-site.

Cameras During Virtual Instruction

I want to reiterate the importance of students having their cameras turned on.  It truly makes for a more engaging experience and is an important way for teachers to gauge how their students are doing.  We understand that there may be unique circumstances preventing a student from turning on their camera and ask that parents work directly with their child’s teacher if they have a special circumstance. 

Key Contacts

Assignments/Grades/Class Schedule: Classroom teacher

Mental Health: Ms. Moomau, School Counselor, at MoomauM@pwcs.edu, Ms. Modeszto, School Counselor, at ModeszK@pwcs.edu, Ms. Herrera, School Social Worker, at HerrerEL@pwcs.edu, or Dr. O’Looney, School Psychologist, at OlooneJA@pwcs.edu.

Attendance: Ms. Reynolds, Attendance Secretary and Office Assistant, ReynolTM@pwcs.edu.

Registration/ParentVUE: Ms. Nelson, Secretary, at NelsonJS@pwcs.edu.

Technology: Mr. Miller, Instructional Technology Coach, at MillerJM3@pwcs.edu or Mr. Lancaster, Technical Support Specialist, at LancasJG@pwcs.edu.

Food Services: Ms. Green, Food Services Manager, at GreenUL@pwcs.edu.

Transportation: Ms. DuPree, Assistant Principal, at DupreeBA@pwcs.edu.

Any of the above/concerns/questions/moral support/anything: Ms. Perilla, Principal, at PerillJM@pwcs.edu.

 

I know these continue to be challenging times.  You likely find yourself on a roller coaster of emotions, feeling like some days are going quite well, only to find that other days are overwhelming and frustrating.  Let’s get through this together.  Never before have parents and teachers partnered so closely to ensure the success of their kids.  In closing, I’d like to share this poem.

Partners

 

I dreamt I stood in a studio,

And watched two sculptors there.

The clay they used was a young child’s mind,

And they fashioned it with care.

 

One was a teacher—the tools she used,

Were books, music, and art.

The other, a parent—working with a guiding hand,

And a gentle loving heart.

 

Day after day, the teacher toiled

With a touch that was deft and sure.

While the parent labored by her side,

And polished and smoothed it o’er.

 

And when at last, their task was done,

They were proud of what they had wrought.

For the things they had molded into the child,

Could neither be sold nor bought.

 

And each agreed they would have failed

If each had worked alone,

For behind the teacher stood the school,

And behind the parent, the home.

 

- Author Unknown

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Perilla, Principal

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Email: PerillJM@pwcs.edu
Phone: 703-754-7181