Quote of the Week: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."- Theodore Roosevelt
Dear Ocean Shore Families,
I can't tell you how exciting it was to have all of the kids back on campus! I have never seen an entire school so ready to interact and learn with their classmates and teachers. There were smiles in every classroom, and a wonderful sense of energy throughout the building. Students did a great job of wearing their masks responsibly, washing their hands repeatedly, and keeping some distance when appropriate. Of course, nothing is perfect. As you know, we had a positive case of COVID-19 this week as well. Our procedures were followed, parents of close contacts were notified, and class continued today. We are doing what we can with what we have. Luckily, we will soon have additional resources so that we can provide rapid testing at school. This is an OPT-in service, so parents will need to return the consent form. These forms are NOT in the back to school packet, and will be sent home soon. Parents can opt-out of any COVID-19 testing offered. Once again, I invite you to take a deep breath and resolve to take life a day at a time. The only constant is change, and I'm sure we'll have more coming our way.
Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for sharing your children with us!
Back to School Updates:
Schedule: We go back to our full day schedule on Monday, August 23rd. The OSS bell schedule, with dismissal times for grade levels, is attached as a PDF.
Masks & Handwashing: Everyone (parents, children, staff) will wear a mask on campus, inside and outside, unless they are eating. Students will be allowed to take mask breaks when needed. An even greater emphasis will be placed on handwashing multiple times per day, and classrooms will all have working sinks. Hand sanitizer will also be available in classrooms, the MPR, and on the playground. I've attached a link to the CSPH website which gives some advice about which types of masks are the most effective. CDPH Mask guidance
Pick up and Drop off: All students will enter their classrooms through the outside doors. The Edgemar and Nelson gates will open at 8:10 am. Any students who arrive before 8:10 should wait outside the gates. Teachers will be in their classrooms at 8:12 am to welcome students as they arrive. At 8:35 am, the gates will be locked and late students should come to the office. Parents WILL be allowed to walk students to their classrooms and to pick them up in the playground after school. Kindergarten parents will pick up their children in the kindergarten playground.
Lunch and Breakfast: Lunch will be free this year to all students. Teachers will be taking lunch count as usual, but no one will pay for their meals. The majority of students will be eating outside; some will be in the MPR so that every child has a space to sit and eat comfortably. A grab and go breakfast will be available at 8:10 in the cafeteria. Students should enter through the patio door by the MPR, grab breakfast, and head out to the yard through the B-wing hallway.
Welcome packets have all been sent home. Please return all materials by Friday, August 27. If you need extra pages, the packet will be posted on the website this weekend, or come to the main office. Also, be on the lookout for a technology packet to be sent home next week, which includes the Chromebook Device Loan Agreement. Without a signed Agreement, your child will not be able to take a chromebook home. You can always email your completed documentation or direct documentation questions to email@example.com Thank you!
Back to School Night: Back to school night is on Thursday, September 2, 2021 @ 6:00 pm. The meeting will be virtual. More information to follow.
Stay tuned for information about COVID-19 testing on school sites. We will be doing rapid testing in response to positive cases but also doing screening tests. This is one of the policies that has been expanded this week and is being updated in our PSD Pandemic Framework. More information to follow.
Additional School Business:
Parking: Please do not park in the Edgemar turnaround. Last week, a district van could not get past a car. Please park on the street if you want to walk your child to class and can't find a parking spot in the lot.
DLG - Diversity Learning Group – Wednesday, August 25th @ 7-8:30pm The Diversity Learning (DLG) group is back and virtual! DLG serves as a resource for parents, teachers, staff and students in the OSS community to identify and discuss ideas, concerns and areas in need of further growth or awareness. The Diversity Leadership Group’s mission is to provide leadership, guidance and support to the Ocean Shore community to cultivate an environment of inclusion where each individual is valued and respected. Please join our monthly meetings on the last Wednesday of the month, from 7-8:30pm. For more information or to get involved email: firstname.lastname@example.org Join Zoom Meeting https://fleetcor.zoom.us/j/92227846786?pwd=THlLemlSd2hhR2xHYWN5TGhjWktRUT09Meeting ID: 922 2784 6786, Passcode: DLG. One tap mobile +14703812552,,92227846786#,,,,*378753# US (Atlanta) +12133388477,,92227846786#,,,,*378753# US (Los Angeles)
Additional Fliers: PEF, OSS Bell Schedule, COVID-19 Exposure flow chart
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