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UPDATE April 7, 2021

Dear Tyler families,

We are excited to begin the final quarter of the school year.  This week, we are welcoming back over 50 new families onsite who have switched from virtual to in-person instruction.  Thank you for your patience with arrival and dismissal as everyone adjusts to the added volume.

Over these past weeks,  I have received a large number of requests for students to attend onsite four days each week.  I truly wish that I could grant each request but must look at each case based on student vulnerability coupled with our ability to follow all required mitigation such as physical distancing.  Throughout the school year, vulnerable students and students with extenuating circumstances (ex. students experiencing homelessness, students at risk of retention, students experiencing a family crisis, etc.) have been identified and offered four days onsite.  If you feel that your student has extenuating circumstances that need consideration for four days onsite, please email me directly.  Any parent/guardian who has a concern for their child and believes his or her learning needs require additional support should contact their teacher directly.    

Under a recent law signed by the Governor of Virginia, schools in Virginia are required to offer five-day-a-week instruction, along with the option for virtual instruction, for the next school year. Be sure to tune into the PWCS School Board meeting on May 5 to learn the reopening plan for the 2021-2022 school year.  Thank you for your continued partnership and especially for your patience during such a challenging year.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Perilla

UPDATE February 9, 2021

Dear Tyler families,

As you likely read yesterday in The Scoop, PWCS newsletter for families, all schools have adjusted bell times that will go into effect on Tuesday, February 23rd.  Later that week, we will also be welcoming our fourth and fifth grade students on-site who selected hybrid learning.  Due to the updated bell times, adjustments have been made to our master schedule which may have an impact on your child's specific classroom schedule.  Below are the updated lunch and Encore times.  Your child's teacher will communicate any additional changes to you.  

Grade

Lunch

Encore

KG

10:30-11:00

1:40-2:25

1st

11:30-12:00

2:30-3:15

2nd

11:00-11:30

11:40-12:25

3rd

12:30-1:00

10:50-11:35

4th

12:00-12:30

10:00-10:45

5th

1:00-1:30

9:10-9:55

Bus information will be loaded into ParentVUE on Thursday, February 11th if you requested bus transportation.  

Please refer to the previous principal update LINK (scroll down) regarding required student daily health screenings, face coverings, technology, arrival/dismissal procedures, breakfast/lunch procedures, reporting an absence, late arrival, early pick-up, visitor protocols, daily cleaning, required use of camera during virtual instruction, and key contacts.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Perilla, Principal

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January 8, 2021

Dear Tyler Parents/Guardians,

I am writing to communicate updated information in preparation for our next grade levels to phase in on-site.  This letter includes critical information.  Please read all sections.

I want to start on a personal note.  This is hard work we are all doing…students, families, staff.  You may find your student fatiguing.  You, yourself, may be fatiguing.  I see a pattern of more students ‘checking out’ and need your partnership now more than ever.  More students are logging in late to class, or leaving early, or not turning in their assignments.  To be honest, this is a very helpless feeling for our team.  You likely find yourself inundated, and maybe even irritated, with our emails, phone calls, texts, and conference requests.  I want to assure you it is because we love and care about your child.  I ask that we all take a collective deep breath, lean on one another, and keep putting one foot in front of the other.  There is light at the end of this tunnel.  Our Tyler family is a strong one and I am confident we can do hard things.  I wanted to share a poem that helps me in tougher times.

Don’t Quit

By John Greenleaf Whittier

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is strange with its twists and turns

As every one of us sometimes learns

And many a failure comes about

When he might have won had he stuck it out;

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow-

You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned upside down-

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell just how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

 

Please read on for important updated details.

Phase-In Details

Beginning next week, we will be welcoming back our second and third grade students who selected in-person instruction.

January 12th: 2nd and 3rd grade students who are scheduled in the T/TH house or the TF house

January 13th: 2nd and 3rd grade students who are scheduled in the W/F house

4th/5th Grades: The school board has scheduled a special meeting on Tuesday, January 12th at 5:30PM to revisit this timeline.  I encourage our families to view school board meetings in order to receive information in real time.

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 will continue to do so.

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. Our youngest students already on-site have truly done an AMAZING job following mitigation strategies.  I am confident our older students can as well.

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 and should not have a valve.  Please have your child practice wearing a mask prior to returning to the building. 

Face Covering Regulation Link

Schedules and Class Placements

Currently, there is not a change to our bell schedule or our master schedule.  Your child’s class schedule will remain largely the same.  Some teachers and service providers may need to adjust their schedules as more students phase in.  Additionally, we have been able to keep teacher assignments the same.  Prior to January 12th, parents/guardians of our second and third grade students should view their child’s house assignment.  To do so, please 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, any updates made on your parent survey during the week of January 4th-8th DO NOT take effect until the third quarter, January 26th.  If you previously selected virtual and changed your preference to in-person, DO NOT send your child in person until the week of January 26th on their assigned days.

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, 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. 

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

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.  Do keep in mind that virtual learning is an option when traveling so be sure your child participates as much as possible to avoid excessive absences.

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’.

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.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Perilla, Principal

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