Dear ILES Blue Wave Families:
My name is Michael Bryant, and I am the new principal of Inter-Lakes Elementary School. I feel very fortunate and privileged to be part of the Inter-Lakes community as we work to inspire and sustain learning and achievement by providing: quality teaching practices, learner-centered instruction, and access to resources that provide outstanding educational opportunities for our learners. There are many challenges that lie ahead as we prepare ourselves to support all learners, and it will take a collaborative effort from all stakeholders.
Over the next few weeks, as you and your family continue to enjoy the summer break, I hope you will take some time to review this letter in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns related to your child’s education.
Note: The information that follows (and so much more) is available through accessing the Family Handbook and visiting the ILES website at www.interlakes.org/iles/home,/a>. Lunch and recess schedules are still being updated for the start of the school year.
As part of the phased reopening of school, each grade level will have a “Back to School” day during the week of September 8th. During these “Back to School” days, students will have the opportunity to connect with teachers, review procedures for the year, and be introduced to online learning tools. These days will be for students that are registered for the Full Physically In Person and Combination Models. Combination Model students will attend from 8:30-10:00am on their designated day to meet their Reading and/or Math teacher. Students registered for the Virtual Model will receive information from the Virtual Learning Academy in the days to come. When your child is not in school, teachers will be reaching out to individual families as we prepare for what is undoubtedly going to be a difficult transition for many. Additionally, families will be asked to engage that week virtually in orientation sessions on how to use Schoology or SeeSaw.
The 2020-2021 bus routes will be published on the district website under “District Quick Picks”. Students who do not arrive by bus should plan to arrive no earlier than 7:55 A.M. Please note that we have a new traffic pattern around the school. Parents dropping off students should do so in the front of the building. Students riding the bus will be dropped off in the back or playground side of the building. All students will report directly to their classrooms upon their arrival through multiple access doors. Staff supervision of these new processes will increase to make for a smoother transition. More information to come.
Suggested Student Supply List for 6th Grade for a listing of supplies requested by 6th Grade teachers. Please be sure to watch for other requests or specific instructions coming home from other grade level teachers. Supplies such as pencils, colored pencils, crayons, and markers are always needed.
Breakfast and Hot Lunch will be available on the first day of school. The price of a student hot lunch is $2.75 and breakfast is $1.85. If your student received free or reduced meals at the end of the last school year, he or she will automatically receive the same benefit for the first month of school; however, you must reapply for this program again as soon as possible to avoid a lapse in the benefits. Applications are sent home at the beginning of each school year to be updated, however, they are available and can be completed at any time. They can also be found on the district website under the Food Service Department link.
Mitigating the Risk Efforts:
Attendance: All members of our ILES community will need to stay home when they have any health related symptoms. If students or staff are ill at school/work, they will be sent home. It is imperative that people stay home if they are symptomatic and/or ill. Teachers will provide work (as we have always done) to help students maintain continuity in their learning.
Health Screening: All staff and students will be required to complete a daily health screening assessment at home prior to attending work and school. An online tool will be used for staff and families to indicate they have completed the screening prior to arrival and that they are cleared to enter work and school.
Face Covering: In order to mitigate risk, all members (students and staff) will need to wear a cloth face covering or transparent face shield with drape. Such coverings will be worn on the campus including indoors and outside as well as on school buses. If outdoors and with adult discretion, if physical distancing of six (6) feet or more is achieved, then the coverings can be removed to provide a break. No masks/coverings with valves are permitted.
Visitors: Our goal is to continue to welcome families and visitors to our school communities through remote options as much as possible. Efforts will be made to schedule parent/guardian meetings including IEP/504 meetings through video/phone conferencing. If an individual needs to visit ILES, they will need to complete a health self-assessment in advance of being present, only attend in person if they are not experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19, and wear a cloth face covering and/or transparent face shield with drape upon entry. When parents/guardians are dropping off/picking up their children, they will need to wear a cloth face covering or transparent face shield with drape.
Hygiene: Frequent hand washing practices need to be put in place within each classroom. In spaces without sinks, hand sanitizer will be provided. Time to clean hands prior to and after eating need to be scheduled. Good hygiene practices need to be promoted throughout the classroom and school. Classrooms will also have materials available to wipe down surfaces. Students will be instructed to to clean their area upon entering and before leaving.
Items from Home: To mitigate the risk of exposure, no toys, games, etc. should be brought to school from home.
Food: To mitigate the risk of exposure, no food from home should be brought to school, except what is eaten at breakfast, snack, and lunch. The sharing of food is NOT permitted.
Storage of Materials: Students are asked to bring a backpack to school because the use of cubbies and hooks will not be permitted. Students will utilize individual work spaces to store belongings.
Arrivals / Drop Off / Bus: Students should arrive at school between 7:55am and 8:30am and report directly to their classrooms. We will be sharing out procedures for students who order breakfast.
Departure / Pick up / Bus: School ends at 2:55pm and dismissal will be staggered. Students who are picked up by parents will be dismissed out the front of the school. Students who take the bus will be dismissed to the backside/playground side bus by bus. There may need to be two bus runs for some routes.
Lunch: Lunch for students will be in their classrooms. Students who need items from the cafeteria will pre-order and selections will be delivered to classrooms. Students should clean their space before and after eating.
Use of the Outdoors: Staff are encouraged to use the outdoors whenever possible. While outdoors, learners who are greater than six (6) feet apart may remove their face coverings when instructed to do so. Teachers should notify the Main Office when they are going outside and when they have returned.
Please remember that it’s important that we maintain open lines of communication, that we assume positive intentions, and that we act as a team working to better our children’s lives. This is extremely difficult for us all as we have been provided with a situation that simply has no easy answers. The school can’t do it alone. Parents can’t do it alone. Students can’t do it alone. It will take a combined effort of dedicated students, parents, educators, and community members to meet this important goal of educating each and every student in a way that inspires excellence and creates multiple pathways of success. I look forward to working with all of you as we strive to make this our priority even during these challenging times.
Please know that more information will continue to follow before the first day of school. This information will come in the forms of written communication and videos both in Alma and displayed on the ILES website.
Michael A. Bryant
Michael A. Bryant, Principal