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Mountain Valley School
Principal’s Corner Number 1
by Kathy Hill
Welcome Back to School! That certainly has a different meaning for this 2020-2021 school year. I have been going back to school as an educator for 35 years now, and this has been the most complicated and disorienting time I have ever experienced. Our entire nation is in such an unusual place as we have all had to change the way we do things and reinvent the “usual’ and comfortable ways we are accustomed to. I have tried to look at it as an opportunity to grow, learn, and stretch my creativity, and I have full confidence that our entire team of educators at MVS will do wonderful things for our children and families.
Our school year was to begin on August 17th, but as you know the board of education voted to start our year with online classes to protect our children and our community. All students were issued a district Chromebook and internet connections were provided through Ciello, our service provider. The teachers have done an amazing job in all areas as well as making connections with students and building vital relationships. Online classes have been productive, but the best place for kids to learn in the classroom with a great teacher! During this time of being remote the staff has worked to learn cleaning and disinfecting techniques, taken training for standard precautions, and have been updating CPR and first aid cards. We have been able to get classrooms COVID ready so that we can minimize the possibility of contracting or spreading the coronavirus. All of us at MVS have been working to make remote learning as stress-free as possible with good routines and many different ways for kids to learn and grow.
We are excited that our students will be returning in a hybrid model on Monday, September 21st. Half of the students will return for two days a week and then spend two days working online. This will create cohorts which again will hopefully eliminate the possibility for the virus to be spread among our students and staff. We are preparing our campus with detailed disinfecting and reminders for everyone of the “Big Three”- Wear a mask! Wash your hands! Physically distance! We are confident that the routines we have put into place will protect everyone at MVS.
Some important changes are in place to keep us safe. Families are asked to screen their children at home before school and keep any child who exhibits illness at home. All bus riders will be screened before entering the bus and anyone who enters the MVS facility will have their temperature taken and asked to sign in. We are limiting visitors to the building, and unfortunately at this time, parents will not be able to walk children to their classes or pick them up inside the building. Teachers will work to develop systems to meet parents outside. Breakfast and lunch will be served in the classrooms, as recommended by state health departments, with opportunities for kids to eat outside as much as possible. All who are in the building will be required to wear a face covering, but everyone will be encouraged to take many “mask breaks” outside. Physical activity and learning in outdoor spaces will be a priority! The teaching staff will be working hard to create a productive and comfortable place for kids to learn and not be distracted by masks and distancing rules. I know that every teacher and staff member will provide lots of love and care for kids as that is always our focus at MVS! Stay tuned as we continue our school year! I’ll keep you updated on happenings and changes as we work diligently to bring some “normalcy” to the 2020 school year!
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