October 16, 2020
We are so excited to have our students back into the building at 50% capacity next week! We are continuing the work to ensure student and staff safety, reconnect with students in our building, and provide learning opportunities for students both in person and on the computer. We will strive to utilize our in-person school days as an enhancement to the online learning from home, while also building connections and relationships in the building.
Just like the first quarter, we are entering a new way of doing school with many additional safety precautions in place. Please be paying attention to email updates and video tutorials with more information in the coming weeks with additional Phase 3 Information. We will also post this information on our website and social media platforms. In this newsletter we have included our Back to School Night video, Phase 3 Learning Schedule, transportation information, school supply list, as well as links to PSD COVID-19 protocols, meal info, and health and safety.
Important reminders about our transition to Phase 3 learning next week can be found below:
Monday, October 19th: 6th graders in Group A will be on campus from 8:05-3:00 for in-person learning; all other students will be learning online.
Tuesday, October 20th: 6th graders in Group B will be on campus from 8:05-3:00 for in-person learning; all other students will be learning online.
Wednesday, October 21st: 6th through 8th graders in Group A will be on campus from 8:05-3:00 for in-person learning, Group B students will be learning online.
Thursday, October 22nd: 6th through 8th graders in Group B will be on campus from 8:05-3:00 for in-person learning, Group A students will be learning online.
Friday, October 23rd: all A and B group students will be online.
If you are driving your student to school, drop off will happen between 7:50 and 8:05 on the south end of school off of Grant Ave. Students that have been approved to ride the bus, will be dropped off at Eyestone Elementary. The middle school students will use the crosswalk on Wilson to get to campus after they get off the bus.
**Wellington Middle School will not be open to students before 7:50 am, unless they are getting breakfast. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria at 7:45 am Monday through Thursday (students will be able to get a breakfast for the following day they are not on campus.
Lastly, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns, or celebrations. If anything, this school-year has reminded us that we are all in this together and we need to support each other more than ever.
Kelby Benedict, Principal
PROTOCOLS FOR STUDENTS & STAFF - SYMPTOM CHECK
All staff are required to use the COVID-19 Daily Screening app and must get a "green light” from the app to work before entering a PSD facility. Staff who are sick must stay home, following staff protocols.
Families must check their student(s) for COVID-19 symptoms daily and not send them to school if they are experiencing any of the following, or are too sick to go to school, following student protocols.
• Feeling feverish, having chills, or temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
• New or unexplained persistent cough
• Shortness of breath
• Difficulty breathing
• Loss of taste or smell
• Muscle aches
• Sore throat
• Nausea or vomiting
• Runny nose or congestion
If any of the above symptoms are present, please keep your child at home; call your school and leave a message on the attendance line; and contact your health care provider.
If your child develops symptoms while at school, they will be removed from class, parent/guardians will be notified, and the student will be isolated from others until their parent/guardian is able to pick them up. Under current protocols, students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, not from another diagnosed condition, should isolate at home until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and if the student has had no fever for 24 hours, and if other symptoms have improved.
TRANSPORTATION FOR QUARTER 2
Due to health and safety, transportation of students has been greatly reduced based on the most recent guidelines for number of students allowed on a bus. PSD is determining how transportation services will be delivered, to whom and starting when. More information will be communicated as soon as possible. However, if you are in need of transportation for Phase 3 and did not fill out an application this summer please contact the PSD Transportation department at 970-490-3232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PHASE 3 LEARNING SCHEDULE
PHASE 3, QUARTER 2
Students will attend school Monday - Thursday based on their A/B grouping during Phase 3 Hybrid Learning. Friday will be online, independent learning.
IS MY STUDENT IN A OR B GROUP?
A/B group placement for K-12 students is available in ParentVUE. Please be sure you are looking at your student’s day assigned for in-person learning that is found in the Student Info section. ParentVUE and StudentVUE will also display the current meeting day, so please do not confuse this with your student’s group. If you have any questions about A/B grouping please call Britni Hobbs at 488-6676 or send her an email at email@example.com.
Need help with ParentVUE or StudentVUE?
• Accessing and Activating a ParentVUE Account;
• ParentVUE Frequently Asked Questions;
or call Peggy Hunter at 488.6607 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REPORTING ABSENCES DURING Phase 3 INSTRUCTION
Teachers will take attendance through Synergy in each day for students in both Groups A and B. There is a new feature in ParentVue, so if you know your child will be absent you can go into ParentVue on the child's page and click on the Report Absence (blue tab with alarm bell). You are also welcome to call the attendance line at 970-488-6601.
2020-2021 WMS SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST
IMPORTANT REMINDERS FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
As we get ready to start the school year, here are a few important reminders from the school nurses.
- Fill your Epi-Pens and inhalers early! Pharmacies run low at the beginning of the school year.
- Obtain a prescription for school medications from your child's doctor and fill out the Health Care Action Plan and Medication Authorization Forms found on the Health Services page on the school website.
- All medications in school need to be coordinated with the school nurse.
- Each medication needs to have its own Authorization To Administer Medication form.
- We are collecting forms for this school year even though it is online. When students do return, the forms will be ready to go!
- Please hold any medication until your student returns to in-person learning.
- All health related information and forms you need for the doctor to fill out can be found here.
If you have not done so, please submit your student's current immunization record or immunization exemption to the school nurse or health tech. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Karley Boltjes (school nurse) at email@example.com or 970-556-5906. You can also reach out to Aimee Mohr (health tech) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-488-6600
If a student is having issues with their laptops, the following links can be used to help troubleshoot before calling or emailing the PSD IT department.
PSD's IT Department is providing support to students and families with a new tech help website and IT support phone line and email. Community tech help website offers device troubleshooting and application technical support information, how-to guides, a calendar with important upcoming dates related to PSD technology and more. IT support for Wellington Middle School can be found by calling Andrea Bock at 970-488-6623 or by emailing her at email@example.com.
MEAL SERVICE DURING PHASE 3 LEARNING
There is no cost for meals. Meals are currently free through December, as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture school district reimbursement program. Parents are encouraged to still apply for free and reduced-priced meals, which helps with school funding (apply on the Free and Reduced-Priced Meals website).
- At school during Phase 3, students can choose to eat school meals or bring their lunch from home.
- On their remote education days, students can pick up meals at designated school and mobile meal sites. PSD Virtual students can get meals at these sites too.
- Sack meals are available to students (any child 18 or younger) 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday (on scheduled school days).
- People must wear face coverings and maintain social distancing at meal sites.
- Students may get meals at any location regardless of the school they attend or where they live.
Meal sites - where you can pick up meals (effective Oct. 12):
- Boltz Middle School, 720 Boltz Dr.
- Cache La Poudre Elementary, 3511 W. County Road 54G, LaPorte
- Eyestone Elementary, 4000 Wilson Ave., Wellington
- Kinard Middle School, 3002 East Tribly Rd.
- Lincoln Middle School, 1600 W. Lancer Dr.
- Linton Elementary, 4100 Caribou Dr.
- Timnath Elementary, 3909 Main St., Timnath
- Webber Middle School, 4201 Seneca St.
SOCIAL MEDIA SITES
Please do not hesitate to contact the school for any questions or concerns while our students are learning within any of our phases. Our office will be staffed Monday through Friday from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm to answer questions and provide you with the resources you may need. Important information as well as contact/email addresses for teachers and staff can be found here on the new Wellington Middle School website. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all learn to navigate through this continuously adapting school year! We will navigate through this challenging time together because EAGLES SOAR TOGETHER!!
- Principal - Kelby Benedict - firstname.lastname@example.org, 970-488-6603
- Assistant Principal - Steven Watkins - email@example.com
- Dean of Students / Athletic Director - Hilarie Bartling firstname.lastname@example.org
- Main Line - 970-488-6600
- Attendance Line - 970-488-6601
- Fax Line - 970-488-6602
For more information regarding PSD's health and safety protocols, COVID-19 response, and meals for students please visit: https://www.psdschools.org/psd2020-21.