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Patriot Press august 14, 2020

Harris Elementary School

All items subject to change as new guidance is received.

*NEW- School Pictures: Harris has school pictures scheduled for Tuesday. If you miss this, we will publicize a date for retakes later this fall.

  • School Name: Harris Elementary School
  • Picture Day Date: Tuesday, August 18
  • Picture Day ID: EVTPX2GRG

Virtual students will have an opportunity later this fall for school pictures. Mr. Davis, the Director of Virtual Learning, will communicate more about this for these families.

*NEW- Harris Apparel Store: Harris PTO and Team Image are pleased to offer you the opportunity to purchase Harris gear for both students and adults. Please click the link below to shop our online store. Sale ends September 6th! Let’s show our Harris Pride!! 💙

*NEW- NWEA: Our Kindergarten through 3rd grade students have begun taking the NWEA math and reading assessments this week. We use these formative assessments to help inform our instructional decisions and identify interventions for the need of our students.

*NEW - Cougar Cubs Preschool:  Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation’s preschool program, Cougar Cubs Preschool, has openings for the 2020-2021 school year at JB Stephens Elementary School. Children must be three years old in order to attend. We have openings available for: preschool only, extended care, and half-day. We accept CCDF vouchers for tuition.

  • Preschool Only (8AM-2PM)
  • G-C Staff Members: $100/week
  • Non-Staff Members: $125/week
  • Extended Care (7AM-4:30PM)
  • G-C Staff Members: $125/week
  • Non-Staff Members: $150/week
  • Half Day (Monday-Thursday, 7:20-10:20 AM or 11AM-2PM)
  • G-C Staff Members: $50/week
  • Non-Staff Members: $60/week

To apply, please visit the link below. For more information, please contact Alisha Savage at 317-462-4491, extension 41212, or asavage@gcsc.k12.in.us, or view our Preschool Handbook via the Cougar Cubs Preschool tab on the G-C school district website.

Hancock County Promise: It is never too late to start saving for college. If you haven’t registered your child yet for an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 account through the Hancock County Promise - register today!

Covid19: Over the past few days we have had some great questions about what is expected of staff and students who have symptoms that could be CoVid19 related. Below is some guidance that may help you when making decisions.

  • Per the Indiana State Department of Health, a negative COVID-19 test result is not accepted as a return to school/work if someone is experiencing one or more COVID-19 symptom(s).
  • In order to return to school/work prior to the 10 day quarantine, a physician or nurse practitioner must provide written documentation stating an alternative diagnosis OR he/she believes symptoms are not COVID-19 related OR doctor or nurse practitioner gives an earlier date to return.
  • A direct contact MUST self-quarantine at home for 14 days. A doctor’s note or a negative test will not permit the student/staff to return earlier than the date originally given.
  • If someone in a household is experiencing one or more COVID-19 symptoms and is tested for COVID-19, all those living in the same home should stay home until test results are received.
  • When reporting an absence due to an illness, please report the symptom(s) student is experiencing.

Technology: All Harris students will bring home their devices nightly as soon as we have them updated. Please plan to have a system to safely store, charge, and return devices ready for learning each day. Please do not change passwords to the device or student applications.

IPAD Usage Agreements and insurance information has been sent home. Thank you for taking the time to complete this.

Dismissal: Thank you to our families already registered for School Dismissal Manager. If you haven't take the time to set this up, thanks for making this a priority. Our car line is running much smoother thanks to all your help. Please remember that if your child is going home using a method differently than normal, please either complete School Dismissal Manager or contact our main office at 317-467-6731 to let us know before 1:00 pm.

Visits to Harris: Due to restrictions with CoVid 19, visits to Harris will be limited. This includes classroom volunteers and lunches until further notice. If you have a need to visit Harris, please contact the office to make an appointment.

Text Book Fees:  You were prompted during registration to identify how you would handle textbook rental fees. If you are sending a check to school, please place it in an envelope with your child's name and teacher marked.

Hand washing: Students will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer often throughout the day. Please reinforce with your child the importance of washing and sanitizing their hands well.

Drinking Fountains: As noted in the district plan, drinking fountains will be closed. Students are allowed to bring their own, labeled water bottle with them. Please ensure that water bottles have a sealing lid. Only water is permitted. We will have water refilling stations available.

Lanyards and Masks: Harris, please ensure that your child has a clean mask for school every day. The lanyards have worked well for ensuring they are not lost.

PTO: We have a wonderful Parent Teacher Organization. They have been so generous in helping buy some new things we need for the unique year we are facing, including: lanyards for face masks, additional traffic cones for our car line, and updated recess equipment for students and teachers. There will be more info from them on how and when they will meet. This year, we will need to focus on low or no contact fundraising options. Your support will be helpful in continuing to have the great resources we enjoy for Harris students. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

Transportation

Car Rider Line: Many Harris and GIS families have chosen to use our car line. Efficiency in our line has improved greatly. A few things that you can do to help include:

  • moving car seats to side of the car where your student enters and exits,
  • helping your child learn how to manage the buckle independently,
  • having your child put on his or her mask ahead of arriving at Harris,
  • and making sure the book bag and other supplies are close to your child so he or she can grab them quickly.

We really enjoy seeing our families at arrival and dismissal!

Arrival

School Starts @ 7:50 AM

Upon entering Harris, students should report directly to their classroom. They may stop and purchase breakfast at one of our locations spread throughout the building. Breakfast will be eaten in the classroom. Please let your child know if he or she should purchase a school breakfast.

Harris AM Drop Off: Harris officially opens the doors to students beginning at 7:30 AM, using the car line off Elm Street on the north side of the building. Students left before that time are not supervised and left in an unsafe situation. Please ensure the safety of your child by supervising them until they are dismissed from your car by school staff.

Dismissal

School Dismisses at 2:10

Special Transportation: As noted in the GC Re-Entry Plan, there will be no special transportation requests this year. The only bus students may ride to and from school is their assigned bus, which is determined by the student's address. Students may not ride home with friends, or make any other arrangements.

Leaving by car: Students who are being picked up by a car should use the car line off of Elm Street on the north side of the school. When picking up a students, please remain in your car. Staff will assist in safely loading students, and you will need to follow their directions. Please leave your car tag visible until after your child has entered the car. If you do not have a car tag, you may be asked to pull around. If you are picking up a GIS student with a Harris student, it is recommended that you do not arrive early. It takes GIS students a while to walk over. You must let GIS know that you are picking up a student at Harris so that they can be dismissed appropriately in their staggered dismissal. If your GIS child was unable to make it to Harris on time, you will be asked to pull around to the end of the line to ensure that the Harris car line remains efficient and safe.

*Car tags have been distributed. If you still need one, please let our main office know.

Leaving by foot: For students who live in a walk zone and leave on foot, they will exit out Door 1 by the office after 2:10. For the safety of our walkers, cars are not to park in this area during dismissal. Parents on foot will meet their students outside of Harris near door 1. This year, you may not enter Harris to sit in our lobby. At 2:10, a staff member will identify the parent and retrieve the student one child at a time. Parents meeting students on foot are asked to practice safe social distancing outside and are encouraged to wear masks and/or follow all local and state guidance for safe social distancing.

Other Transportation Information

School Dismissal Manager: This program is not yet active. We will send information home on this soon.  For now, changes needing made to dismissal should be called into the main office by 1:00 PM.

Harris uses the School Dismissal Manager program or app to manage transportation arrangements for our students at the end of the day. Parents may also use this to report absences or schedule early dismissal for appointments. To ensure an accurate dismissal, any change you need to make to your child's after school transportation should be done through this prior to 1:00 PM.

Buses: Students at bus stops should wear a mask and socially distance at bus stops while riding a bus. On the bus, students will be assigned a seat, and sibling groups may be asked to ride together. Students should practice safe social distancing when entering and exiting a bus. When arriving at school, students should follow the directions of a staff member for safe unloading and report directly to their classroom. Buses will be cleaned after AM and PM routes.

Ride 360: This year you will have the ability to see your child's bus number, approximate bus pick up time and approximate, drop off time. Registering for this services is easy. All you have to do is go to your APP store, download the Ride 36- app, and enter your information that ties your student to your account.

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Breakfast and Lunch

Lunch Prices 2020-2021:

  • Elementary Breakfast: $1.75
  • Reduced Breakfast: $.30
  • Elementary Lunch: $2.85
  • Reduced Lunch: $.40
  • Extra Milk: $.50

Breakfast:  This year, breakfast will be Grab & Go. As students enter the building, there will be several stations that they can stop at and purchase a breakfast to take back to the classroom with them. Students will have a grain choice, one cup of fruit, and milk. Breakfast will be available the first day of school.

2-Hour Delays & Breakfast: Harris does NOT serve breakfast on 2-Hour delays.

Lunch: Lunch at Harris this year will have a few changes. We plan to use more than one supervised location for the purpose of keeping students with their classroom cohort and appropriately spaced. Students will eat in the same assigned area and assigned seat daily. Students will be distanced to the greatest extent possible. Tables will be cleaned between each group of students. Visitors are not permitted at lunch.

Lunch Accounts - Greenfield-Central is once again using www.ezschoolpay.com to put lunch money in your child’s lunch account (there is a small fee and you will need your child’s student number found on Powerschool). Lunch money may also be submitted by check when you come to registration. Please be sure to keep your child’s lunch account in good standing. Additionally, our cafeteria computer system does not have the capabilities to put a “block” on student lunch accounts for purchasing extra lunch items. You will want to make sure your child is on the same page as you when it comes to spending lunch account money. You can also pay textbook rental fees and iPad insurance on ezschoolpay as well!

Stay Connected with Harris

Future Dates at Harris

*The following dates are tentative and are subject to change based on national, state, and local guidance.

Harris Specific Dates

  • School Picture Day: August 18, 2020
  • Labor Day (No School): September 7, 2020
  • First PTO Meeting: September 9, 2020 *location TBD

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