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Principal Message Week of August 29, 2021

August 29, 2021

 

What a fantastic opening week we have had at Davis Drive Elementary! It makes our hearts happy to see so many students in the building <3 Thank you for your patience at the beginning of the year for our traffic issues. We are working through them the best we can and each time the wait time is getting shorter! Please review the drop off and pick up procedures below to help keep the arrival and dismissal process as timely as possible. Kindergarten students will be joining us regularly starting on Monday 8/30 so car rider lines may be longer while while new families are getting used to the procedures. 



Carpool Morning Arrival:

We will  be having two carpool lines in the morning. For those of you who have been at Davis Drive for awhile it will be how carpool was done a few years ago. Please watch the videos and read the directions. Please do not get out of your car to let your child out. If your child needs help getting out of the car please put your hazard lights on and someone will be over to help them. If at all possible please have your child sit in the passenger, not the driver, side of the car. This is for safety reasons as cars pull around on the left side. 

Carpool 1 off of Davis Drive

Carpool 2- Collins Road

Carpool Procedures

Aerial View of morning carpool

 

Afternoon Carpool:

If you have a new carpool tag please display it. If you do not have a carpool tag yet, you may come to school between the hours of 9a-1p to get one. For those of you who have a tag from last year, please discard it as we have started over with new tags.

Carpool video

Afternoon Carpool Procedures

PM Carpool Procedures

 

PTA:

Thank YOU families for your memberships and donations to the PTA! We have achieved 28% of our goal in just the first few days of school. When we reach 100% Mrs. Fair agreed to a pie in her face! More information about our Individual and Class Competitions coming soon! Already a member? You are automatically entered in our Individual Raffle Drawings that will take place at the end of the PTA Membership Drive!   

 

Parents: You are invited to this week’s Virtual Info Sessions! Join us from anywhere by clicking a link below at a date and time that works for you! Mrs. Fair will join us as we review how the PTA supports our teachers and students and how we plan to connect as a community this school year. 

 

Two options to join: 

August 30th 10am https://meet.google.com/gjg-pboe-iac

 

September 1st 8pm https://meet.google.com/ims-pyun-jqo

 

Read our Dolphin Splash Newsletter  here. 

Join our Facebook Page for updates and reminders.

Visit our website to purchase DDE Spirit Wear, join the PTA and more. 

Have a question or an idea? Contact Ashley at ddeptapresident@gmail.com

 



Bus Transportation:

Families can find up-to-date transportation information (including route number and stop location) in your student’s Home Base/PowerSchool account.  Please be patient with the buses for the first few weeks of school. There is a bus driver shortage and Transportation is constantly updating and accommodating new enrollees to WCPSS.

 

Water Bottles:

Please have your child bring a water bottle to school. Our water fountains are not in use at this time and with the weather being hot we want to make sure students do not get dehydrated. If you child forgets their water bottle we will make sure they have water. 

 

Health Protocols:

For everyone to remain as healthy as possible we need to adhere to the 3Ws

  • Wear- face coverings properly over nose, mouth, and under chin
  • Wait- Practice physical distancing as much as possible
  • Wash- Practice proper hand hygiene

 

Eating:

Students will be either eating in either the cafeteria, outside, or their classroom. Students will be socially distanced as much as possible. Some classrooms will have different seating arrangements for eating vs learning. We are adjusting as best we can to keep your children safe in our school. There will be seating charts for the purpose of contact tracing. Proper hand hygiene will be practiced by the students and staff during the day including prior to  eating and drinking in all areas including the cafeteria. Eating time will be minimized (masks being removed no longer than 15 min as much as possible) and students may talk when masks are back on. 

 

Face Coverings: All staff and students must wear face coverings indoors and on WCPSS and WCPSS vendor transportation. Face coverings are not required outdoors. If you wish for your child to wear a face covering outdoors, please let their teacher know. 

 

Covid-19 Symptoms:

Please have your child stay home if experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Sore throat
  • A new cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Severe headache, especially with a fever

 

If your child experiences any of these symptoms while at school, you will be contacted to pick your child up from school and must meet 1 of the 3 pathways below before they may return.

 

If someone is experiencing one of the Covid-29 symptoms above, they must meet 1 of 3 pathways to return after Covid-19 symptoms. 

  1. Negative PCR/Molecular Covid-19 test
  2. Alternate Diagnosis
  3. Presumed positive 

 

Returning To School After COVID-19 Diagnosis, Exposure, or Illness

 

Please read about the protocols in place by WCPSS Student Health Guidelines - When to Return to School