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Administrative Message 4-30-2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As of Friday, April 30, we only have 22.5 days until school is out. When we started this school year, I told the Erin staff I was predicting only two weeks before we would be closing our doors once again. I can tell you I have never been so happy to be so wrong.
This year we have learned so much about how to stay open in a pandemic. We could not have done it without your help. Thank you for everything you have done from keeping possible sick children home, having children tested, waiting for the test results to return, and working with children when they were placed in quarantine.
Over the last 30 days, we have seen a decrease in COVID within our school and county. We contribute this to multiple factors but the biggest is the precautions we are continuing to do to keep the spread down. We are not fools and realize the virus is still around. Just last week, I had a person in our school test positive. However, with our precautions in place we did not need to close our doors or even quarantine a class. After conducting our contact tracing, we identified only two students who we needed to isolate and the rest of the school went on as normal.
At the April 26th Board meeting, I presented an updated SOP outlining safety precautions we are going to continue, those we are going to stop doing and those we are going to start relaxing.
- Smaller lunch groups
- Cohorted entrances and dismissals
- Limit building access
- Recess cohorting (kids can play with other grade levels at recess)
- Taking temperatures
- Prohibit children from playing on the playground after school. ( Now allowed with a parent present.)
- Require using dividers between students/staff.
- Using tools to promote spacing between students (i.e. foam seating)
- At the March 22, 2021 and April 26, 2021 school board meeting, the Board approved relaxing the masking for students in our school to the following:
1. When students move, they are expected to mask (nose and mouth). This means when they are up and going around the room or building.
2. When students are talking to each other closer than three feet, they should mask over their mouth.
3. If they are not within three feet of another student (i.e. desk/hallway/sitting on floor reading) they can have their mask down/ off.
4. Students do not need to mask outside or while eating.
5. Hosting events with limited capacity such as concerts, field trips, 3rd grade wax museum, capstone project, golf outing, promotion, etc.
6. Permitting vaccinated visitors in the building.
7. Moving from 6 foot distance to 3 foot distance.
I would encourage everyone to keep working with us so we can get back to a normal practice without having to repeat last March and move to a complete virtual environment when we only have 22.5 days left to the school year. We are in the last mile of a marathon, which is the hardest part of the race to complete (so I am told). We will get through this if we stay the course and stay focused on the goal, which is to finish the school year in a face-to-face setting.
Administrative Message 8-13-2020
Dear Erin Parents,
On Tuesday, August 11, the Erin School Board met and finalized options based on the initial parent survey and put in place procedures for the school. On August 12, the staff spent the day flushing out the options, determining how it might look, and addressing many questions parents will have. These options are outlined below.
Please know that all of the updates and offerings below were brought to you after a great deal of discussion, thought, and planning based on information collected from our teaching staff, the parent survey, the Washington/Ozaukee County Blueprint for Reopening, and the DPI guidance and CDC guidance for schools. The offerings below are a combination of trying our best to serve our parents and students to the best of our ability while opening school as safely as possible with as much normalcy as possible. We understand and acknowledge that our plan will not satisfy everyone. We also understand and acknowledge there are numerous and widely varying viewpoints about the services schools should be offering at this time. The Erin school board took all of this into consideration. Ultimately, they approved all of the options that were offered in the Start of School Survey with a few additional parameters. We can assure you that we will continue to give this our best effort.
We have learned a lot from our experience in March. Should there be another “shutdown” or should our school enter a quarantine, teachers will be working from their classroom providing live-instruction based on age-appropriate schedules. This would look similar to the Learning from Home option defined below.
Educational Programming/Registration Options:
Face to Face Instruction – Based on parent survey results, a five day traditional school week with enhanced safety and sanitization will be our baseline offering for the 2020-2021 school year. We have a detailed set of operating procedures that continue to be refined and will be shared as we get closer to September 1st. Key points include entrance/exit and hallway procedures, cohorts and varied schedule changes to mitigate contact with students in other grade levels.
Learning from Home – In this option students will log onto their chromebook from home and follow the classroom learning via a webcam in the classroom. Teachers will have a schedule for families to follow along. Many materials will be accessible online or prepared for pick-up. Students will be included in small group lessons, have relationships with their classroom teachers and classroom buddies to communicate with as learning dictates. This model will have some glitches to start however we are confident that our teachers and support staff will be able to create an “Erin School” learning experience from home.
Blended Option – This option was designed for students to attend school Face to Face on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and access Learning from Home on Tuesday and Thursday. This was designed for families that have concerns about students being in school all week. In order for teachers to plan consistently, families need to follow the days of the week as scheduled.
Hartford Joint 1 – Modular, skill based Video Instruction – In this model, students in K-5 would access Calvert Learning and students in grades 6-8 would access Edmentum Learning. These learning modules are accessible at any time and would be monitored by a Hartford Teacher. While these options are aligned to state standards, they do vary from the curriculum structures that we have at Erin School.
We are asking that you make your learning choice based on our trimester schedule to provide some consistency for students and teachers. Please note that with administrative approval, we do have more flexibility among the options that we control at Erin school. If you choose the Hartford Joint 1 Modular Option, you must commit for the trimester.
Registration: We are asking that you complete Registration including the services you choose by midnight on Sunday, August 16th. Please know the registration will look a little different this year for several reasons and you will not pay fees right away. We are trying to get our “Pay online” feature up and running but it is not quite ready. If you want to pay by check, you can still do this at a future date. Also, we are going to hold off on some charges such as extra curricular activities because we are not sure of the status and would like to avoid issuing refund checks. We apologize if this means you might need to pay a few times over the year.
Also, please know teachers’ names will not appear when registering. We need to make sure we have a balance between staff with the various options so we can not assign teacher names until I see the final choices of the four options. Yes, all our teachers are returning along with an additional ELA teacher, Mrs. Erica Johnson.
When you log into Skyward you should see a green heading with a red exclamation mark. You will need to complete the registration for each of your children. If you are new to Erin School, you should have received an email letting you know your login information. You can get to Skyward by clicking on the Skyward link under the Parents tab on our website. www.erinschool.org
Due to Executive Order #82 by Governor Evers, face coverings are now required in school for all students 5 years old or older. We are designing outdoor learning spaces and all students will be given the opportunity for breaks from face coverings as needed.
Open House – Open house will be hosted “conference style” on Tuesday, August 25th from 10:00am-7:00pm.This conference will be focused on getting to know each other and listening to family needs so we can support our students as best as possible. Elementary Teachers will have in-person, 20 minute time slots available for sign up via Skyward opening next Monday, 8/17). Middle school teachers will be focusing on 6th grade orientation and meeting our new 7th and 8th grade students. If any current 7th and 8th grade students/family would like to meet with a specific teacher, please contact Mrs. Kalina directly. We will do our best to accommodate your request. Please sign up for an early time if you are able, we have limited evening slots available. If you prefer a zoom option, teachers will make that available as well.
If you have any questions or need more clarification, email administration or join us on one of our live
Q and A Zoom sessions. Please email questions ahead to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can not attend, please feel free to give me a call.
These are crazy times and please know we understand the pressure parents are going through along with your children. Whatever you decide, know Erin School is here to support you however we can.
Administrative Message 7-29-2020
Please view the brief video below along with the two links.
In the document below you will get an explanation of the current options outlined by the Erin Board of Education. These were developed from the wide range of survey results. Some questions are also answered based on our best thinking at this time.
The following link is another quick survey. We are asking that you answer this based on what you would do if you had to send your child back to school tomorrow. Please complete this survey by August 2, 2020. By answering this survey you are not committing to any option, but your responses will help us form a more detailed plan. We anticipate registration will open by August 14th at which time we will ask you to confirm your option.
We are planning to host a LIVE ZOOM Q/A session for our parents on Thursday, August 13, 2020. Stay tuned for further information! In the meantime, if you have a burning question, please feel free to email us directly.
Thank you for your continued partnership!
Dr. Kriewaldt and Mrs. Kalina
Administrative Message 7-15-2020
Dear Erin Parents and Guardians, In our last administrative video memo, we told you we would be reaching out to you to collect your thoughts about starting school in September. Below is a survey link we would like you to complete by noon on Tuesday, July 21st at which time the survey will be closed. The information we collect will be used at our Health and Safety Team meeting on July 22rd and shared at the School Board meeting. After reviewing the recommendations from various resources, Erin School is getting ready to put in place our School Learning Landscape Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. To do this we would really like to know what you are thinking about parts of our plan. The information you provide in the survey will help us tweak the plan to meet the needs of most of our parents and students. It will also give us an idea who we still need to talk with about the transition back to school. We know we will not be able to please all of our parents and guardians or do what you specifically want, but we can try to make sure you are aware of what we are doing to keep the children as safe as possible when they are with us and at the same time let them be children. SURVEY LINK So, below is a list of safety and general procedures we have or will be putting in place. This is not inclusive and we are doing more and will be updating once we get more input.
- Increased staff for cleaning, food service, and instruction (additional 8 hours of cleaning per day, 4 hours of food service per day, hired two supersubs daily)
- Purchase of various health items to monitor health and respond to health (thermometers, health room supplies, PPE, sanitizer, UV sanitizer)
- Revised routines to reduce overcrowding form the start to the end of day (Busing, drop off and pick up, hall movements, recess/lunch, before and after school)
- Putting in place Standard Operating Procedure for response to situations as they come up for both student and staff (symptoms, testing, contact tracing, communication plans, alternate education plans, resources and supplies)
- Erin School will be moving to a 1:1 platform in 5-K through 8th grade. These devices will be issued to students on the first day of school. Each device will only be used by the student assigned to it. Devices in grades 6-8 will be allowed to go home with the student.
We know this is an uncertain time and the best way to get through this type of uncertainty is building trust, listening, being open to suggestions, and being transparent, but in the end, the school administration and school board will need to act and move forward. We are aware we will not make everyone happy or do what each of you feel is the right move but we are trying and will adjust when it is in the best interest of the school. We appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time. Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success – Henry Ford We will be looking to release more transition plans in early August to include open house, registration, and other requested information.