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The Eagle Flyer Wellington Middle School

November 6, 2020

A glimpse into a day at Wellington Middle School!

Eagle families,

We hope you and your families are healthy and well in these stressful and uncertain times. With critical health protocols in place at schools, we are doing our best to keep students and staff safe. Whether it is this year, or any other year, it is our responsibility to educate students – regardless of the method or safety precautions we need to take. We greatly appreciate your partnership as we strive to keep our students and staff healthy. We know that viruses and infections are increasing in our community, and we also know that community outbreaks of COVID-19 are not happening in schools so long as students and staff stay home when they are having symptoms.

PSD staff continues to consult with Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) officials and have continued to affirm our plans to operate in Phase 3. Health officials are NOT seeing community wide spread (from students to students, or staff to students) in schools across the county or at the state level. That said, our goal is to create a situation that is sustainable. Our current situation is not with rates of infection so high in our community. Likewise, while a transition to Phase 1 (Remote Learning) is NOT imminent, it is possible, as health officials are concerned about our community's current conditions.

Health officials believe our protocols and quick shifts to remote education for investigations have helped minimize outbreaks. Like other districts, PSD has shifted dozens of students and staff with possible exposure to remote education during Initial Assessment Periods. These four-day periods cover the hours, and sometimes days it takes LCDHE and PSD response teams to identify close contacts. Although critical, shifting to remote for case assessment periods disrupts teaching and learning.

If things continue as they are, we will release a plan to transition to remote learning, given the acceleration of the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This is not the direction we want to go because students do better – socially and emotionally – when they are in school.

As we are made aware of cases, PSD staff consult with LCDHE about the appropriate response. Each case presents different factors. Responses can range from a determination of no possible exposure, to student and staff shifting to remote education for a case assessment while LCDHE and PSD staff identify close contacts, to close contacts quarantining once identified.

Keep NoCo Open: What we can do together to maintain in-person education

Be part of the solution for keeping school's open by joining the Keep NoCo Open campaign (Watch the video)! We need you – the parents, staff, students and the community – to help us stay open by following the three W’s: wear a mask, watch your distance and wash your hands. Monitor for symptoms in your family and stay home if you feel ill or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. And if you are ill, follow the PSD Return to Learn guidance. We really need our families to be upfront about their exposure, even if it is inconvenient to stay home.

Sincerely,

Kelby Benedict, Principal

Wellington Middle School Turkey Round Up

Please join us this year for the WMS Turkey Roundup! We will be collecting frozen turkeys for our community on Wednesday, November 18th and Thursday, November 19th between 7:30-8:30 am and 2:30-3:30 pm.

All frozen turkeys will be donated to the Wellington Food Bank, right here in our community. Our goal this is year is to collect 50 turkeys to be distributed this Thanksgiving. Please come by our school and drop off a turkey to our “Turkey Wrangler.”

We will have a contact free drop off at the south entrance during parent drop-off and pick-up! We will also collecting Thanksgiving “fixings” (canned goods) as donations at this time. Thank you for supporting our school and our community!

Help us give a hand up this holiday season!

Wellington Middle School Spirit Gear

We are so excited to let you know that we currently have a Spirit Gear website through Gojo Sports. In order to receive items by the holidays, the order form will be open through November 23rd. Please follow the link below to score some awesome Wellington gear!

Wellington Spirit Gear Website

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. If a student experiences any of the symptoms below at school, they will be isolated in our health office and they will have to go home.

While we understand that your child may not have a fever, the health department has given us a list of symptoms that people are experiencing with COVID-19 and we must treat each student in the same fashion. If your student complains of not feeling well and we cannot link the symptom back to any past health condition that we have listed and/or the form of treatment does not work, we must follow the health department guidelines and send your student home for them to be monitored for 48 hours. If at that 48 hour mark your student is not feeling better, the health department recommends you take your child to the doctor. The following is a list of symptoms that the Health Department has given us as a reference:

• 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

• Fatigue

• Muscle aches

• Headache

• Sore throat

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea

• 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.

If you have have any continued questions about our health and safety practices, please reach out to Karley Boltjes (school nurse) at kboltjes@psdschools.org or 970-556-5906. You can also reach out to Aimee Mohr (health tech) at amohr@psdschools.org or 970-488-6600.

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. 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 busrequest@psdschools.org.

Parent Drop-Off & Pick-Up

Thank you for your quick adjustment to our drop-off and pick-up procedures. Please remember for student safety, please do not pick-up or drop-off your student(s) on the north side of Grant Ave. We need our students to cross the streets around Wellington Middle School using only the crosswalks for safety.

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.

Morning Arrival Routines

**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.

Afternoon Dismissal Routines

Mental Health: Every Kind Act is Celebrated

Several months into a life-changing global pandemic, national protests, and political discord, some are feeling exhausted, frustrated and powerless and find it is harder to be their best selves. Despite the many impacting events we can’t control, we still have choices. We can choose to be kind in the face of unkindness, uncertainty, and fear. Read more and get links to helpful kindness-boosting resources >>

Phase 3 Learning Schedule

Students will attend school Monday - Thursday based on their A/B grouping during Phase 3 Hybrid Learning. Friday will be online, independent learning.

Absences During Phase 3

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.

Attendance calls home are only for absences of students that are in-person learning that day (A Group M&W, B Group T&Th). If you would like to get updates on your student(s) attendance for asynchronous days, please sign up for email notices through ParentVUE. If you, or your student(s), have questions about their attendance on remote learning days please reach out to the teacher directly.

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 phunter@psdschools.org.

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

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 abock@psdschools.org.

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!!

CONTACT US

  • Principal - Kelby Benedict - kbenedic@psdschools.org, 970-488-6603
  • Assistant Principal - Steven Watkins - swatkins@psdschools.org
  • Dean of Students / Athletic Director - Hilarie Bartling hbartlin@psdschools.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.

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Created with an image by Dane Deaner - "Eagle on the Way"