Thank you for being patient and flexible this year as we try to meet the learning needs of our students while following health guidelines.
Hopefully, you read in a message from Superintendent Schafer over the weekend that we had a member of the Beaver Brook community test positive for COVID-19 on Friday. Due to medical confidentiality laws, we cannot share information about the positive case. We can say that the Abington Health Director, Marty Golightly, and his staff have contacted the family of every student and each staff member who had close contact (within 6-feet or less, mask on or off, for more than 15- minutes) with the community member who tested positive. Those students and staff members are quarantined for 14- days even if they test negative. Students who are quarantined are receiving remote instruction. This situation should serve as a reminder for us all about the importance of self-monitoring for symptoms, staying home when not feeling well, and adhering to social distancing and mask requirements. Please contact us with any questions.
On another note, we have received some questions from families about the workload on remote days for our hybrid students. In a pre-COVID school year, the amount of classwork (and homework) students do in school shifts over the first few weeks. The first several days are always focused on getting to know each other, communitybuilding, and teaching students about routines. Then, activities typically shift to review of skills and concepts from the prior year as students are assessed in school. Eventually by week two or three, when the students in each room are ready, K-12 teachers shift towards new academic instruction. Since parents have not been present in schools in previous years to witness this progression, they may have had different expectations for these first few weeks. Since students are only in school 2-days per week, the 'orientation' period to school routines and classroom community-building is naturally extended this year. As I wrote in last week's newsletter, "on hybrid student remote days, teachers will be providing online work in Canvas and offline work via backpack. The amount and rigor of this remote work will increase over the next few weeks as we acclimate to this new routine." In line with statements released to the public by the Abington Schools, each grade level and teacher K-12 has been planning to slowly increase the amount and rigor of student remote and in-school work following the district priorities of safety, social-emotional (mental health) wellbeing, and then academics.
If you have specific questions about your child’s remote work, please contact their teacher. Be well. Dr. Basta
Beaver Brook Elementary school hours are 9:05 am to 3:05 pm. Arrival and dismissal times are as follows due to COVID-19 restrictions: CHANGESto arrival by car times beginning Monday, 9/28: 2nd Grade - 8:45 1st Grade - 8:50 Kindergarten - 9:00 CHANGES to dismissal by car times beginning Monday, 9/28: 2nd Grade - 2:45 1st Grade - 2:50 Kindergarten - 3:00