Principal Message the Week of January 2, 2022
Happy New Year to all our Davis Drive families! It is hard to believe that we are in 2022 and I have been at Davis Drive Elementary for a year. We welcome our new Assistant Principal Rozanne Todd at DDE tomorrow. Below, please find a short bio of her. She has a wide variety of experience and will be an asset to our school team. We will be having some virtual meet and greets with Ms. Todd in the near future and would love for you to join us. We will give you the dates in my next newsletter. Unfortunately, Covid 19 has followed us into 2022. There are revised quarantine guidelines especially for fully vaccinated children and adults. Please read the parameters below and if your child is exhibiting any of the Covid symptoms (or does not generally feel well), please keep them home. Operating a school during a pandemic continues to have the goal of keeping as many students in face to face instruction as possible while mitigating the spread of the virus within our building. Here’s hoping for a happy and healthy 2022 school year for everyone!
About Ms. Todd
I am thrilled to join the Davis Drive Elementary team as your Assistant Principal and am ready to support the already incredible work of our school from my past experiences in education. Since graduating from Bowling Green State University with an Elementary Education degree, I have taught in Special Education, Regular Education, English Language Learner programs, Reading Intervention, and Science in elementary, middle, and high schools as a Nationally Board Certified educator. While raising my own four now WCPSS graduates, I also served as an Instructional Assistant, PTA parent, room parent, and substitute teacher. These experiences gave me a depth of understanding regarding what a true difference a collaborative effort makes for a school, like at DDES. I earned my MSA in School Administration from NC State University and was fortunate to be chosen as a NELA fellow while there. My leadership is grounded in a genuine love for students and a desire to support all staff and students as a team with their families and care givers. I hope to meet you all soon and partner to become even better versions of ourselves together in 2022!
DDE Family Nights at the West Regional Library
We are very excited about our new DDES Family Nights at West Regional Public Library! On the first Wednesday of every month this year, our Media Coordinator, Mrs. Fiedler, and the staff at West Regional will host a get-together for DDES families. In addition to helping your child get their own library card, the librarians can create custom booklists and Express Book Bags (personalized picks to grab and go) for your child!
Due to COVID restrictions, however, space is limited to 20 DDES families per month. If you are interested in attending January's Family Night on Jan. 5 at 6 pm, please complete this interest form - https://forms.gle/zYmAsdf57ZNQvgCW8
For the week of Jan. 3rd, we will be focusing on the Other People Mindset of Knowing That My Words and Actions Affect Others. Everything that you say and do can affect others -- and your relationships with them.
Everything we do, say, text, tweet, snap, or post can positively or negatively impact other people. Our words and our actions are our choices to make, but they can have ripple effects long after we make them. Words and actions have the power to lift others up or tear them down, but, our words and actions also impact ourselves. When a group is comprised of individuals who are thoughtful about their words and actions -- individuals who show respect and consideration for the people around them -- we’re likely to have a happier and healthier culture.
Click here for a list of upcoming events and activities the PTA will sponsor in 2022! Stay tuned to this page for more information and for ways to get involved with your child's school experience.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services requires additional health precautions if you have one of these symptoms often associated with COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Here's when you can return:
IF YOU ARE VACCINATED OR HAD COVID-19 WITHIN THE PAST 3 MONTHS
You do not have to quarantine if it’s been at least 2 weeks since you received the second dose in a 2-dose series, or it’s been at least 2 weeks since you received a vaccine that only requires a single-dose AND you have not developed any symptoms since your exposure to COVID-19. You must provide dated proof of vaccination to return to school without completing the quarantine requirements.
PREVIOUSLY DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19?
You do not have to quarantine if you were diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 3 months AND you have not developed symptoms of COVID-19 without another identified cause for the symptoms. If you develop symptoms within 3 months of having COVID-19, you may need to be tested again if there is no other reason for your symptoms. You must provide dated proof of your previous COVID-19 diagnosis to return to school without completing the quarantine requirements.
DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 WITHIN THE LAST 10 DAYS
- You may return if it has been 5 days since your first positive COVID-19 test AND you have not developed any symptoms. If you develop symptoms, you should isolate from others until fever-free and symptoms are improving. Individuals should isolate for at least 5 days since symptoms began.
NO MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS OR COVID-19 TEST?
You may return if It has been at least 5 days since you first had symptoms AND it has been at least 24 hours since you had a fever (without the use of fever reducing medicine) AND symptoms are improving, including cough and shortness of breath.
ALTERNATE MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS?
You may return if you have a confirmed diagnosis other than COVID-19 (like a stomach virus, ear infection, etc.) from a healthcare professional to explain the COVID-19-like symptoms AND it has been at least 24 hours since you had a fever (without the use of fever reducing medicine) AND you have felt well for 24 hours. The health care provider is not required to detail the specifics of the alternate diagnosis.
NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST?
You may return if you have a negative PCR/Molecular* COVID-19 test AND it has been at least 24 hours since you had a fever (without the use of fever reducing medicine) AND you have felt well for 24 hours NOTE: If you have a negative rapid antigen** test, you must receive a follow-up negative PCR/Molecular test.
DUE TO COVID-19 VACCINATION?
If you experience side effects during the first few days after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, you should stay home until you are no longer experiencing symptoms and it has been at least 24 hours since you had a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine). You are not required to present an alternate diagnosis, negative COVID-19 test, or stay home for 10 days in order to return to school or work.