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January 3 Weekly Message

 

Hi Families,

Happy New Year!  Welcome back students!  I hope that each of you are doing well, remain in good health, and are enjoying the start of the new year!  Here is the Pleasant Grove Weekly Message for January 3 - 7

 

What this week of school will look like:

Classes resume for students on Monday, January 3.  Students who attend in-person instruction should wear face coverings and bring a water bottle to school.

 

Friday, January 7 is a School Spirit Day.  Students are encouraged to wear their Pleasant Grove spiritwear and school colors.

 

The Positivity theme for this week is Optimism.

 


 

NEW COVID GUIDELINES

 

As of Dec. 31, 2021, per revised guidance from CDC and the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit, the following changes have been made to the district’s COVID-19 health guidance related to quarantine and isolation requirements. Note that there are no changes to district face covering guidance at this time. 

 

Testing

Staff and students who have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status should get tested and isolate from others while waiting for a result. (If testing is not possible, follow the guidance below as if you are positive.)

 

Isolation requirements


Staff and students who test positive, regardless of vaccination status, and: 

  • Do not have symptoms – should isolate yourself from others for 5 days.
  • Have symptoms – should isolate from others until fever-free and symptoms are improving. You should isolate yourself for at least 5 days since your symptoms began.

 

Quarantine requirements

 

Staff and students who are exposed to someone with COVID-19, and: 

  • Not vaccinated – stay away from others for 5 days, get tested on day 5 after exposure, and if you test negative, you may return to school or work.
  • Vaccinated and eligible for a booster, but not yet boosted – stay away from others for 5 days, get tested on day 5 after exposure, and if you test negative, you may return to school or work.
  • Vaccinated, and have either received a booster or are not yet eligible for a booster – you do not need to stay away from others.

 

Exceptions

Per the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit guidance, individuals who are not fully vaccinated after close contact in a classroom or other school setting if masks were being worn appropriately and consistently by both the person with COVID-19 and the potentially exposed person do NOT need to quarantine.

 

Additional Information for families is available on wcpss.net/whentoreturn.

 

 


 

Returning to School: 

 

WCPSS strongly recommends staff members and families get tested in the days immediately preceding the return to school if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or believe you have been exposed to the virus. 

 

New locations for COVID-19 testing sites have been added during the holiday break and can be found using your address or zip code. 

 

Toys from the holidays, like Pokemon, Beyblade, Nintendo, electronic games, plush toys, and devices should stay at home.  Items brought to school will be kept in the school office until a parent comes to school to pick them up.  The school will not be responsible for any items that are brought from home.

 

For safety, families are kindly asked to have their children exit and enter carpool from the passenger side of the vehicle so children do not have to cross in front of traffic.

 

School Tours for Prospective Families:  Families with children who will begin Kindergarten in August 2022 are encouraged to sign up for a school tour.  Click here for more information.

 

Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather, information about closing or delay of school is available at www.wcpss.net, local television, and on the radio.  Make-up school days are determined by the school district.

 


 

SCHOOL REMINDERS

 

Attendance: If your child is ever absent, families need to provide a note within two days of your child's return to school or the absences will be recorded as unexcused. 

 

Early Checkout: The deadline for early checkout is 3:15 PM. You must show a photo id when you arrive to check your child out of school. If you arrive after 3:15 PM, then you will have to wait and go through the carpool line. 

 

Questions or Concerns about Buses?  Information about bus route delays are posted online for each school in the morning and afternoon at this link https://www.wcpss.net/Page/177  .  Visit https://www.wcpss.net/busrider for bus route information or to share concerns.  Call WCPSS Bus Transportation, 919-805-3030, if you have questions about your child’s bus pick-up or drop-off. 

 

Transportation Changes: The deadline to make transportation changes for your child is 2:30 PM.  If you need to make a transportation change for your child, send a note in writing to your child’s teacher in the morning.  If you have an emergency transportation change that you can’t request in writing, please call the school office at 919-694-8770 before 2:30 PM. Do NOT send an e-mail to the teacher during the school day to request a transportation change. He or she might not read your e-mail until after dismissal.  The school will not make transportation changes after 2:30 PM.

 

Student Technology Questions or Concerns?:  If you have trouble with your district assigned device call Student Tech Help at 919-664-5700 or visit https://www.wcpss.net/techguides

 

Student/Family Handbooks:  Copies of the Pleasant Grove Family Handbook and WCPSS Family Handbook are available online.  Read more at this link.

 

School Communications:  Pleasant Grove school messages are sent each weekend. Text YES to the code 67587 to receive school texts.  Visit https://www.wcpss.net/domain/12201 to set preferences for how you receive school communications.

 

 


 

COVID HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATES

 

Go to www.wcpss.net/whentoreturn for the most up-to-date information related to COVID health and safety.

 

COVID Vaccinations:  Visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov for more information and to find a free vaccination site in your area.

 

Water Fountains remain closed in schools per guidance from the Health Department.  All students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school each day.

 

Stay home when sick:  All students should have their temperature taken every day at home before coming to school. You may not enter a WCPSS facility if you are:

  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days
  • Exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days and not fully vaccinated
  • Instructed to quarantine
  • Sick or experiencing any of these symptoms of illness
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea


When students can return to school:
  Students who are not feeling well but do not have one of the COVID-19 symptoms listed above may return to school after they have gone at least 24 hours without a fever or the use of fever-reducing medicine. View wcpss.net/WhenToReturn for requirements to return after a COVID-19 diagnosis, exposure, or symptoms.

 

COVID Updates:  For information about health and safety practices visit www.wcpss.net/covid19

 

 


 

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION   

 

PTA events:  Visit the PTA website at https://pges.memberhub.com for upcoming events for families.

 

We love our Pleasant Grove family! Thank you for your support this year. We all need it!

 

Questions?  Call 919-694-8770 or visit the school website at www.wcpss.net/pleasantgrovees for more information.

 

Sincerely,

Burt Batten, Principal