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Back To School Plan in Response to Covid-19. 2020-2021

Dear Parents,

We are going to have a great year!  It might be a bit more of a challenge, but one in which we are going to meet.  I want to give you some information as we begin a new school year. This will be the first of a couple of emails you will receive outlining different procedures here at Arrowhead Elementary.   This information can also be located by going to our school website:  

I know that first and foremost on everyone’s mind is, “What will school look like?”  I want to help ease all of your minds that we are going to do our very best to make school as normal and safe for all who attend.  You will receive a copy of the Washington County School District’s Reopening Plan as soon as it is approved by the WCSD School Board, hopefully around July 27th. I want to share some of our school specific information when dealing with COVID in our schools:

  1. Before School & After School– 1st-5th grade students will report to the back of the school and play as normal.  We would ask that parents again remind students of personal space.  We would ask that if you are sending your students to school try and time it so that they arrive at 8:45. This will give them a short time to play and then go straight into class.  Upon hearing the bell, students will directly enter their classroom from the outside.  The classroom doors will be propped open so students will not line up but directly enter the classroom (outside door), have their hands sprayed with hand sanitizer by their teacher, and take their seats.  Kindergarten students will play at the front of the school on their designated playground.  After School, all students will exit through their outside school doors to go home.  If older brothers and sisters are picking up younger siblings, please have a pre-arranged spot for them to meet.  
  2. Hand-washing and hand sanitizer– We would ask that you review with your children the importance of washing their hands.  We will develop a schedule in each classroom for hand washing.  Before and after lunch, recess times, computer lab, special classes, and anytime our students leave the classroom and return, they will be washing their hands or their hands will be sprayed with sanitizer.
  3. Lunch- Class lunchtimes will be spaced so each grade level will be in the lunchroom by themselves. Food will be pre-prepped in a clam-shell Styrofoam tray.  Students will pick-up their food and go to their assigned seats. Students will seat with more spacing and only on one side of the table. This will allow us to comply with the district requirement of being able to “trace” who students are in contact with during time in the classroom, lunchroom, and at special classes.    Once they have finished eating, students may go outside to play for the remainder of their lunch.  We are figuring most students will finish eating in 10-15 minutes (if you have a slower eater, they will still be able to finish) and have 15-20 minutes to play which is typical for school lunch.
  4. Transitions– We are going to limit our transitions around the school. When we do move to a new learning area, classes will be staggered to avoid large groups of students standing in the hallway.  Students will also be asked to distance an arm’s length apart as they move through the hallways.  Students and staff members will also need to wear masks when moving around the building.
  5. Bathrooms– We will encourage no more than three students in the bathroom at one time.  We will have dots outside the bathrooms where students may wait to use the restroom.  We will be instructing and encouraging students to wash their hands after using the bathroom. We will have posters with clear hand washing instructions. Masks will need to be worn in the bathrooms.
  6. Cleaning– We will be developing a schedule with the custodians for the cleaning of high contact areas and all areas in our school and bathrooms.  We will be asking students at the end of the day to wipe their desk down with a wipe.  We will also have them wipe down any equipment they have been using such as computers and manipulatives. Students will be asked to help wipe down their workspace when entering and leaving special classes.
  7. Common Touch Areas– We are trying to eliminate as many of the common touch areas as we possibly can.  Please send your student with a water bottle.  This will decrease our need to use the water fountains.  We have also ordered doors stops to prop open as many doors as we can.
  8. Recess– We will schedule recess times by grade levels. Recess time will be 15 minutes.  We will sanitize hands before and after recess.  Students will be staggered by class on the playground in order to help prevent large crowds of students in any given area.
  9. Pick-up procedure During School Hours- Parents are going to love our new “Curb Side” pick up plan.  Parents will pull into the parking lot by the front entrance of the school, call the office phone number on the sandwich board sitting on the sidewalk, and one of our lovely office personnel will call your student out of class and bring them to meet you at your car.  At this point, we will check them out of school for you.  After school pick up will remain the same with cars coming through the side parking lot and students reuniting with parents.
  10. Assemblies -There will be no assemblies until further notice.  Special announcements and information will be provided through Mr. Andersen and Mrs. Heki’s videos. 
  11. Sick Individuals–  If your student has a fever, or has other symptoms please keep students home. More information will be coming from the school district regarding symptom checking. If a student has a fever or is saying they are sick we will call and ask that you come to pick them up, as we have done in the past.  The health department has asked that we designate a room at our school where students can wait until they are picked up. We have designated our nurse’s room as this area.
  12. Visitors and Volunteers– At this time we have been asked by the district to have NO VISITORS and NO VOLUNTEERS. This is not going to be easy as we have many wonderful parents who like to come and help out in the classrooms and during lunchtime. If you do need to visit with the office staff, please wear a mask and remember to social distance. Please contact your child’s teacher and see what types of things you might do to assist outside of school for right now.  We are only going to be allowing school personnel past the front window in the office until further notice. 
  13. Late Check-in -Students coming late will follow the same procedures as they have in the past.  Students will come to the office where the secretaries can check them in, give the student a tardy slip, and then send them to class.
  14. Masks – Not in my 30 years as an educator did I ever think we would need to wear a mask to school.  Had I wanted to wear a mask I would have followed my sisters into the medical professions.  That being said, for the next little while it will be our reality so we will start the year with a “positive mindset” and “mask up”.  The school will provide each student with two masks, but you are welcome to find something that your child will be comfortable with and enjoy wearing.  I have been looking for “fun masks” that I can wear that will make the students smile and hopefully from my example see that needing to wear one is not so bad.  Masks will need to be worn when working with teachers in small groups, moving around the building, in bathrooms, and while sitting close to friends in special classes or during carpet time when students will be together for longer than 15 minutes. Students will not need to wear masks outside, while eating lunch, and if they are spaced far enough away when working independently.  I will be working with teachers to have a location in each room where students might go for a “mask break” if needed.
  15. Back to School Night We have been asked to not have any events for the time being that would bring large groups to the school.  For this reason, we will not be having a “Back to School Night” this year.  Instead, teachers will be emailing home a video tour of your child’s new classroom as introducing themselves. Parents will officially get to meet teachers during the first week of school when you come in for your student’s testing appointment.  

We are anxious to have your students come back to school. We completely understand how nervous everyone is about getting us all together again. We want all to be safe, and we will do all we can to mitigate the spread of any kind of virus.

I know this is a lot to take in.  I want you to know that above all we want your children to feel safe and cared for here at school.  This plan is our first step in getting things back to normal.  We may have to adjust our plan as we go.  Please know that we are here working and making every effort to get the school year off to a great start.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or ideas you might have.  This really is uncharted territory for the educational community, but we are planners, builders, and problem solvers.  We hope that you won’t hesitate to send your children back to school.  We are going to be doing our best to ensure their safety, and we really would love to have the opportunity to have them back at school with us again.

Kim Heki, Pricipal

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Reunification Drill Information

Dear Parents,

On Tuesday, November 26th, Arrowhead Elementary will be conducting a Reunification Drill. The purpose of this drill is to prepare students and parents in the event that an emergency was to happen at the school, would require a lock down situation, and students would need to be reunited with parents personally. Our goal during this event will be to have EVERY CHILD picked up by a parent at the designated time. We will do our best to help the process to go smoothly and in a timely manner. We believe that, with the help of our parents, this event will be extremely successful. Please refer to the following information to prepare for your role in our Reunification Drill.

When: November 26 at 1:00 pm.

Where: Arrowhead Elementary School

Parents: Please be prepared to be reunited with your child by bringing the following information with you:

    • Photo ID – REQUIRED
    • The reunification card that is attached to this letter, filled out completely. Each student will need a separate card. There will be extra cards at school if you forget or misplace it.
    • Also, make sure your emergency information in PowerSchool is updated with your most current contact info and names/phone numbers of people who have permission to pick your child up. Pick up people must be OVER 18. If you need help updating information please call the office.

Procedures:

    • Parents will receive an automated phone call letting them know students need to be picked up.
    • Plan to park on the street, not in the parking lot in front of the school.
    • With your ID and the reunification card in hand, go to the check out line at the front of the school.
    • The attendants at the tables will check your ID and take your filled out reunification card.
    • The reunification card will be given to a runner inside of the building who will pickup student(s) and bring them to you at the outside door exiting the library. (Look for markers identifying this location)
    • Once your students have been brought to you, you will be asked to give your student’s birthday and sign the card. The reunification card will then be left with the runner.

Please keep in mind the following:

    • No SCHOOL OR DAYCARE buses will be picking up this day. ALL students need to be picked up from the school.
    • Students will not be released to anyone that is not a parent or is not listed in PowerSchool as an emergency contact.
    • ADULTS picking up MUST HAVE photo ID. NO students will be released to older brothers or sisters unless they are on PowerSchool as an emergency contact and over 18.
    • We will be trying to reunify over 600 students with their parents. It will take some time, so please be polite and patient in this process.
    • Our office will close at 12:30 pm this day in order to prepare for the drill. We ask that you do not check your students out early, but participate in this process so everyone will understand how reunification works in case of a future event.

Again, we appreciate all of your support and are looking forward to a successful Reunification Drill which will prepare us all in case of an emergency. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Heki, Principal

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Halloween Parade Information

October 2019

Dear Parents,

The faculty and staff at Arrowhead Elementary have selected to host our annual Halloween Parade and celebration on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Students will be allowed to wear their costumes to school on Thursday.

The parade will begin at 2:45 pm and will last about 30 minutes. Parents are invited to attend and may check their students out with their teacher at the end of the parade. We are going to parade around the track at the back of the school. The best locations to view the parade would be anywhere around the outside perimeter of the track.

Students may wear masks if they are pertinent to the costume. If it is possible to wear the costume without a mask, that is encouraged. No items such as play knives, guns, swords, or any other type of weapon will be allowed. These items are in violation of the “Safe Schools” policy as outlined by the district and state and will be taken away. Please encourage your children to leave these items at home. We would also like to request that no blood and gore or costumes that promote violence in any way be worn by our students.

We are looking forward to a safe and happy celebration. Thanks for all of your support.

Sincerely,

Mrs. K. Heki, Principal

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Service Dog at Arrowhead

September 2019

Dear Parents,Student Drawn Picture of the two service dogs.

We are excited to announce that the students at Arrowhead Elementary are going to be provided with an amazing opportunity to learn about our community helpers in the form of a pair of service dogs.  Moose and Dreamer are Diabetic Alert Dogs (DAD), and will be joining the Arrowhead Team the first part of October. Moose is a 10-year-old Yellow Labrador. He has been with my family since he was 8 weeks old.  He is the “Master Alerter” and does a stellar job of identifying high and low blood sugars. Dreamer is a 15-month-old Yellow Labrador and has also been with us since she was 8 weeks old. She is learning to do her job well and gets better each and every day.  We will have the privilege of having these “Special Helpers” at Arrowhead because my special needs daughter Taylor is a volunteer in our kindergarten and preschool. She is a Type 1 Diabetic, and although she has an insulin pump and Decom to monitor her sugar levels, we have the dogs to also assist us in this lifesaving process.  The dogs are usually 30 minutes ahead with their alerts of whatever direction the blood sugars are going. They are more reliable than any technology we have found, and they allow me to concentrate on my tasks here at school while knowing they will let me know if there is an emergency. Both Moose and Dreamer will be trading off “Diabetic Alert Duty” while here at school.  

Both dogs have been through extensive training to not only preform their medical responsibility of identifying diabetic highs and lows, but to also be in public around people, especially children.  They are both gentle giants and pose no threat to the students at Arrowhead. They will be in full service mode while at school and when interacting with the students. They will NEVER be left unsupervised unless secured in Mrs. Heki’s office.  

If you have questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Heki (674-2027, kim.heki@washk12.org) or stop in for a personal visit.   We would also like to be notified if we have any students with allergies or fear of dogs. We will make sure that an appropriate distance is kept between the dogs and these students in order to keep them healthy and safe.  Please know that you are welcome to stop in at any time to meet Moose and Dreamer, ask any questions, or address any concerns.  

Thank you for all of your support. 

Sincerely,

Kim M. Heki, Principal

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Kim Heki

August 2019 Principal’s Message

We have had a really great start to the school year here at Arrowhead Elementary.  I want to start off by letting you know how much we all appreciate your support at our Back to School Open House.  Thank you for your patience as we spent last week testing your children.  This is so important as we find the baseline of your students learning and know where to begin our instruction this year in order to provide them the best learning experience possible.  I know I can speak for our teachers when I also say Thank You for all of the donations that have been brought in for our classes.  It means so much to the teachers, and it is so helpful as they go throughout the year.

I have a few quick items of safety I need you to be aware of.

PICK UP/DROP OFF:  Please make sure when you are in the drop-off or pick up line that you do not leave your car parked there.  It slows down our process and is frustrating if you are the parent stuck behind the parked car. If you need to get out of your car please find a parking space. As cars move forward please move forward as well.  This will help to decrease the line of traffic on the street and allow parents to pick up their students more quickly.

Be aware that you shouldn’t wave your student across the pick-up lane to meet you in the parking lot.  Parents who are pulling away from the curb may not see your student crossing and they run the risk of getting hit.  If you park in the parking lot, please walk across and help your student walk back to your car.

BUS LANES:  If you park on the south side of the building where the bus lane is, please do not walk in the bus lanes. Please stay on the sidewalk when picking up or dropping off students. If you park across the street from the school, please walk your students across the street. Please encourage your students to walk around the buses on the sidewalk and not between the buses. NO CARS SHOULD USE THE BUS LANE TO DROP OFF STUDENTS.

SEP NIGHTS: Next week will be our first SEP meetings.  They will be on Wednesday the 28th and Thursday the 29th.  More information will be coming home about SEP’s from your child’s teacher.  These meetings will provide you with more specific information about your child’s teachers expectations and procedures as well as grade-level requirements.  The results of your child’s testing information from last week will also be given to you.

VOLUNTEERS:  WE WELCOME VOLUNTEERS!  If you are volunteering for the first time this year please stop by the office and sign the volunteer form.  There is a district required video that you need to watch before you work with students.  It is about 10 minutes long and you can watch it here in the office the first time you volunteer.

We appreciate all of our help.  Please feel free to come in and say hello, ask questions, or let us help you with any concerns.

Kim Heki, Principal

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