West Park Weekly Parent Update 9/13/2020
Hello WPE families!
* While the start of school has been very different and anything but monotonous, you are all continuing to march along beside us. Thank you.
We wanted to make sure you have the chance to catch some of the joys happening in the schools. From giggles to high fives, it’s been great to see our kids back in the building.
We are working hard to implement our health protocols. Handwashing, one way hallways, lunches in classrooms, health screeners, masks, cohorts of students, physical distancing and alternative programming are just a few of the different approaches to our school year that our staff has been working diligently to implement.
As access to the building is limited to mitigate unintended exposure to COVID, we wanted to find a way to allow families a peek into our schools. You will find a video here that has been created to capture some of the back to school moments that have happened.
*This week a West Park employee(s)/student(s) was advised by a medical professional to isolate as a result of a probable positive COVID-19 exposure. Each case of COVID-19 is assessed by public health or a medical professional. As part of this investigation:
- The employee/student with probable COVID-19 positive case has been instructed by a medical professional to stay at home and off campus for a minimum of 10 days or until cleared by a medical release. This is called isolation.
- Internal contract tracing is being completed and any individuals who may have been exposed to COVID 19 have been notified by Lake County School District and/or a medical professional and are quarantining until given the clear to return to WPE campus. Depending upon the test results, this may be as early as returning on Monday or quarantining for up to 14 days. All involved parties will be contacted over the weekend with our next steps.
As we respect the privacy of our staff and students, the name of the individual or details regarding the incident will not be released. As part of the review of the situation, it is recommended that any other individuals that may have been exposed will quarantine for 14 days and monitor for COVID symptoms. Individuals in quarantine who are experiencing COVID symptoms may choose to contact their health care provider to seek a COVID test. Employees should continue to use diligence in their application of health practices (social distancing, hand washing, wearing masks) as a safeguard for personal health and well-being.
*UPDATE: Meals during Yellow Phase Reopening
All meals are now free for all students regardless of free/reduced lunch status. Please be sure to take advantage of the meals LCSD is able to provide!
Please follow this link for details on distribution depending on your student’s learning choice. If you need any accommodations please do not hesitate to reach out to Julie Mehle firstname.lastname@example.org
719-293-1040 (cell) 719-486-6960 (work).
*Please send your 100 Elk students with their at home work – they are given guided time to complete their at-home learning with the help of the 100 Elk staff.
*Due to safety restrictions, we ask that only staff and students come inside the building. If you need to pick up your child early, please call the school office ahead of time so we can have the student ready to send out to you! 719 486 6890.
*Please practice with your child our expectations for being safe at school:
- Safely wearing a face covering. Nose and mouth must be covered with at least two layers of tightly woven materials. We are expecting all students wear a face covering at school, and we are also planning time outside for mask breaks and outdoor instruction when possible!
- Frequent hand washing. After touching any shared object (door handles, banister, pen, etc.) we should wash our hands with warm, soapy water. Rubbing vigorously for at least 20 seconds, rinsing off the soap well and drying thoroughly are important steps. We are adapting our schedules to include hand-washing at critical times of the day, and we appreciate your help in practicing these with our students.
- Giving social distance between people. We will aim for at least 6 feet of separation during inside times, with times such as recess or PE having looser restrictions.
- Limiting the people in the building to staff and students. This means when you drop off and greet your student, that will occur at your car or bus stop, instead of inside the building.
- Complete a child health-screener before school each day. We’ll have these screener forms for each child and this will be their “ticket” into school each morning. This screener is attached – I recommend you talk with your child about these symptoms. Copies of these screeners were given to you at family orientation conferences. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are running low and we can send home more copies!
- Please be safe when dropping off and picking up your child – remain in your vehicle and stay in the single-file car line. Extra patience is appreciated during these first weeks of school! The drop off map is attached.
Want to read a story with me? Please go to our WPE Bedtime Stories Facebook page! You may recognize some of your favorite Lake County people reading their favorite children’s book!
September 28 Project Dream Afterschool and Friday programs will begin
With gratitude for the trust you place in us to educate your children,
Kathleen Fitzsimmons, Principal
West Park Elementary
130 West 12th Street
Leadville, CO 80461
719-486-6890 (school phone)