From Principal Jennifer Williams

Dear parents and guardians,

It has been wonderful seeing children walk through the doors of Tri-Valley Elementary School again. I have also had the pleasure of being in the classroom during virtual instructional time and have had a chance to wave at our remote students as well.

We all realize that these are trying times for our families and children. All families are doing the best they can to prioritize their child’s education while working and staying healthy; for that, please know your hard work and dedication is noticed and appreciated. Thank you!

Below, please find some updates regarding instruction, health and safety:

Instruction

Beginning the week of Nov. 16, the Elementary School will offer an additional opportunity for virtual students to engage with their classroom teachers online. For grades Pre-K through 3, one additional period will be added to the virtual instructional time. For grades 4 through 6, 2 additional periods will be added to the virtual instructional time. The additional period(s) are not mandatory. The virtual instructional times established since the beginning of the school year, have not been changed, and should be considered as priority. All other routines are being kept the same, at this time (ie. posted lessons/videos for the ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies). The instructional lessons and videos for MODs and Physical Education will continue to be posted to learning platforms.

In addition, beginning the week of Nov. 16, Wednesdays will not only be utilized as a check-in time for students and teachers, but will also include full virtual instructional times. The additional, added opportunity for your child to engage with their teacher, as explained above, will also be offered on Wednesdays. In other words, your child’s office hours time conducted on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday will be the same now on Wednesdays too with ongoing, continued instruction.

Keep a look out for correspondence from your child’s teacher identifying grade level specific updated daily routine schedules for your child to follow, including the time for additional virtual instruction that is being offered.

Health and Safety

As we enter cold and flu season, it is important to acknowledge the similarities between a cold and flu in relation to COVID-19 symptoms. If your child attends in-person learning and is not feeling well on a day they are assigned to come to school, it is highly suggested that you keep your child home. By sending your child to school with any of the symptoms listed below, you run the risk of them being sent home from school and the chance that they may be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result before being permitted back to in-person learning.

As important as educating our students is, their health and the health of others is first and foremost during this pandemic. The following symptoms are ones that should keep your child home, at minimum, for the day:

  • 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

Your teachers, building and district administration, as well as the Board of Education are working day and night to offer the very best we can for you and your child despite the circumstances. Rest assured that we will continue to get through these difficult times together.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my office. Stay healthy!

Thank you,

Jennifer Williams, Principal