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October 21st Paw Print

From Dr. Gamble

Good morning Highcroft Families!  This is a very important edition of Paw Print.  In addition to all district communications you received recently, please take some time to read this closely as we prepare for Plan B grades K-3 Cohorts to return.  The same information will be important for our returning Plan B grades 4-5 Cohorts as well.  Highcroft is ready to welcome these students back to a safe learning environment.  We appreciate your support!  Go Huskies!


Curriculum Corner

Dreambox: Your child will be using Dreambox as part of their weekly math practice. It is recommended that students should complete 4-6 lessons per week and that each Dreambox session should last between 15-30 minutes. If you would like to review your child’s academic progress at home, please follow these steps: 

  1. Have your student login to their Dreambox profile through the Wake ID Portal.  
  2. Click Setup Parent Access at the bottom of the page. 
  3. Follow the instructions provided to create a new login and password. 
  4. Read Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 
  5. Click "Submit"


Leader of the Pack

Recently we asked parents to nominate any teacher/staff member that they believe should be recognized for creating a positive school environment.  Please help us celebrate those that were nominated:


Elizabeth Klein

Jennifer Butler

Alyssa Johnson

Katie Tran

Jennifer Frangakis

Parents of 5th Graders
Now is the time to start thinking about options for middle school. Please visit our counselors' website at and click on "middle school" to learn about magnet school options for your student!  

Remote Learning Days
The remaining Remote Learning days through January are listed below:
Wednesday, October 28
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Monday, Nov. 23
Tuesday, Nov 24
Wednesday, Dec. 2
Friday, Dec. 11
Wednesday, Dec. 16
Wednesday, Jan. 6
Wednesday, Jan. 13 

On remote learning days, students who are scheduled to be in a school building will be home on the designated day. They will participate in assigned learning lessons and support activities.

Attendance will be taken on these days.

Plan B Schedule/Virtual Academy Change                                                         The Plan B schedule will mainly mirror the Virtual Academy schedule, but there are a few minor changes that are needed for alignment.  This schedule begins on October 26.  Teachers will share their in person schedule with their class.  4th and 5th grade students will remain on the Virtual Academy schedule until Plan B students begin on November 16.

Spring Semester
The Application window is December 2-9.  You will be able to enroll in the Virtual Academy for the first time, continue your Fall Only enrollment to the spring, or switch from Virtual Academy to face-to-face instruction.  If your child is enrolled in the full year of Virtual Academy and you do not wish to make a change, no action will be needed.  Please note that any changes between Virtual Academy and face-to-face instruction could result in a teacher change.  We will not know more about that until after the application window closes and what staffing needs will entail.  

Bus Routes
Please check your child’s bus route here:  Your child should be present at the bus stop early on the first few days of the rotation.  An early or late pickup is possible as driver’s transition to these routes.  Please watch the twitter feed on Highcroft’s website in the afternoons for “in-time” information about bus arrivals and departures from school.  Your child’s bus route and stop assignment should be visible on Powerschool.  If your child is assigned a bus this should be listed on Powerschool.  Should you want bus transportation and this is not listed, please call the school.  Parents of bus riders must turn in the following form to school.  Online submission is preferred!  Call the school office if you need your child’s ID number.

Plan B Students

We are very happy to welcome our Plan B Cohort families back in the coming weeks.  The following information should be helpful to ensure a smooth transition and to ensure that state, local, and school procedures are followed to keep everyone safe.


Return to Campus Guide for Parents


Forms that need to be complete and returned to school the first day your child attends:


Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols - This was sent out by the district. Parents need to complete page 8 and send it back to school. 


(If applicable) Technology - Personal Device Permission Form - While in-person students with WCPSS devices should plan to bring their device to and from school. Parents can choose to allow or not allow their child to bring their personal device. All students who bring a personal device to school are required to have a signed copy of the BYOD Consent Form on record.



All students (walkers, carpool, etc) will use the front door for arrival.  You will need to be patient as you wait to drop off in carpool.  A staff member will come to your car in the line and ask the health screening questions and another staff member will give your child a contactless temperature check as you pull up to the front.  Your child may exit the car after they pass the screening and temperature check. We will not have a safety patrol in place to help with opening car doors.  Students should then walk directly to their classroom.  Walkers and bus riders will also participate in the screening.  Parents of bus riders must turn in the following form to school.  Online submission is preferred!  Call the school office if you need your child’s ID number.



Students will be spaced out in the classroom.  Communal supplies will not be used until further notice.  Teachers will be teaching procedures and talking about how to follow the 3 W’s and ensure safety.


Rooms and Hallways

Classrooms have been relocated for 2nd, 3rd, and 5th so that all face-to-face classrooms are on the front main hallway.  The Hut and the Lodge are not being used by students.  Students will not be in the hallways very often except for restroom breaks.  Circles on the ground will remind students to keep 6 feet apart.  Students are not permitted to walk in other parts of the school to visit other staff. The cafeteria, media center, and gym will not be used when school reopens.


Specials and Lunch

Specialists will rotate to classrooms to limit the movement of students in the building.  Students will be eating in their classrooms.  Students are able to purchase food from the cafeteria, but it will be delivered to the classrooms as the cafeteria will not be utilized.  During lunch, students will unmask and eat their lunch without talking.  When they are finished, they will remask and then can sit and socialize.


Students will go outside weather permitting.  Everyone is required to keep masks on, but there is a procedure for mask breaks outside that teachers will review.  Students are not able to use any of the play equipment and are not permitted to play any games that require contact.  We will have Mr. Karges on the playground to provide a choice for some group, individual games.  Students may also participate in individual activities.  We are asking students to bring in their own sidewalk chalk, small ball, jump rope, etc.  No equipment can be shared. 



Students will be dismissed from classrooms.  Staff will be supporting them to listen and watch for their bus to be called.  Carpool numbers will be called out over the intercom as students will not be allowed to sit in the front hallway.  We will not have safety patrol in place to help with opening car doors.  With so few students on campus, please be sure to arrive at 3:45.  Through Nov. 13, dismissal will likely be over well before 4:00, but please continue to be patient as we practice these new procedures in the first few days.  


Carpool Tags

Carpool tags should be used in the afternoons.  If you don’t have a tag, we will give your child one on the first day of the rotation.  Just use their name when arriving at school.  Carpool tags from last year can be used again.


Cleaning and Disinfecting

Hand sanitizer for student use is available in all classrooms and in hallways. Classrooms and hallways are deep cleaned each night and during the day.  Large restrooms are cleaned and disinfected several times during the day.  Teachers and Instructional Assistants have the WCPSS approved cleaning supplies in classrooms as well.  The room will be cleaned after lunch each day.



The only time visitors will be allowed to enter the building will be on the first day of the new rotation.  We will allow parents to escort their child to their class.  Please note that parents will have to participate in a health screening and must wear a mask.  Make sure that drop off is quick as teachers will not be available at this time.


School Campus

The only students permitted to use the campus are those students attending school for in-person instruction.  The use of playground equipment, fields, and parking lots is strictly prohibited during school hours.  


Health Room (Office) and Care Room (308)

The office health room will be utilized for minor injuries and dispensing medications.  Any student who is showing signs of symptoms of illness will go to the Care Room (Room 308).  Parents may be directed to pick up their child from this room using the outside door.