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Covid19 Procedures

Please watch video link below to see our Covid19 procedures for students, parents, and staff.

Fairmount Covid19 Procedures Video
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Video Script...

Hello Fairmount families.

I am very excited to welcome our leaders back to campus.  In order to be proactive and prepared for your leader’s return, we want to provide some specific details about what our in-person operational procedures will look like as we walk you through your child’s day.  We want you to see exactly what these safety measures will look like for your student. Join me for the next few minutes for a tour of our building and learn more about how we will welcome our leaders back to campus.

Arriving at School

We encourage all families to take your child’s temperature each day before sending them to school. Students will have at least two temperature checks throughout the day.  Bus riders will be checked upon entering the bus.  We ask that parents remain close by the bus until the temperature check is complete.    Additional safety measure for bus riders include: wearing a mask, sitting in an assigned seat with siblings, hand sanitizing, maintaining distancing as much as possible, and disinfecting buses between transitions of students.

Students who arrive to school by car will have temperature checks as they exit the vehicle.  Car riders may enter the main doors to Fairmount on the Virginia Avenue side of the building.  Students will go straight to their classrooms, and staff will be positioned in the hallways to support social distancing guidelines. No visitors will be allowed in the building except under extenuating circumstances.

MASKS

When you arrive at school notice that faculty and staff will be modeling the practice of wearing a mask appropriately.  Masks are required to be worn by all students and staff. Medically fragile students or younger students who do not tolerate face coverings may be exempt on a case-by-case basis with documentation from a health care professional.  Please contact me if you have a health concern about masks.   We strongly encourage families to talk to students about wearing a mask and how it keeps our school community healthy.

Classrooms

While students are in the classrooms, teachers will make arrangements for students to have their own work supplies as much as possible.  We encourage pencil boxes or pouches to keep materials clean and tidy. Students will have assigned seats that are social distanced as much as possible to complete work within their classrooms.  Each classroom will have supplies to disinfect and conduct additional cleaning throughout the day. 

Emotions

The return to school has students and families feeling a wide range of emotions.  Our school counselor , Daniel Stevens, will have regularly scheduled meetings with students in small groups and in class to help them communicate feelings and implement strategies to regulate their emotions. We are also blessed to welcome Brendan Fox, a Frontier Health Counselor, to the Fairmount Campus this year. We encourage you to reach out to Mr. Stevens should your child need some extra support or counseling services as they return to school.    

Hand washing

 We all know how important hand washing is and always has been.  At Fairmount Elementary, students will have increased opportunities to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.  Students will be washing their hands upon entry to the building, before and after lunch, before and after recess, and before and after transitions to related arts classrooms, and other times throughout the school day to ensure they are transitioning from once space to another with clean hands.

Recess

Your child may be asking you about a very important part of the day, recess.

Yes, we will be having recess; however, we will be maximizing the use of our campus to assign classes a designated play area.  Students will be playing in their designated homerooms or grade levels to minimize exposure across the school.  Elementary students are permitted to remove mask when outdoors. Students will be asked to wash hands or use hand sanitizer, before and after recess.  Our playground equipment will be disinfected additional times throughout the day.

Transitions

Our hallways are marked with directional arrows and pathways to keep students safe while transitioning throughout the building.  Students will be escorted from one area to another by staff members while observing and practicing social distancing measures.    Routines have been established and schedules implemented to move students from one location to the other while minimizing interactions with other grade levels and keep traffic flow in one direction as much as possible.  In order to reduce transitions and exposure across grade levels, duties for safety patrols are on hold until further notice.   Students will practice transition routines for safety when returning to school. 

Clinic

Our school has a designated isolation space in addition to our clinic for students who are running a fever or showing other symptoms. This space will allow students to be evaluated and supported while away from other students.  Students who have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be sent home.  When students return to school following an illness, they should check in with the school administration to ensure proper communication with health officials. 

Cafeteria

Greetings from the Fairmount elem. cafeteria.  We will be increasing spacing in our cafeteria through master schedule changes and distanced seating. Students will have assigned seats in the cafeteria.   We also want to let you know we are not able to have visitors in the cafeteria to minimize exposure to our students. In order to limit exposure to cross contamination, microwaves will not be in service nor will our drinking fountains.  However, water bottle filling stations will remain open.  We encourage each child to bring a water bottle to use after recess, after PE, at lunch, or for other times throughout the school day.  We thank you for understanding the measure regarding meal times in order to keep our students safe.

Dismissal

We want to continue to keep our students safe as we send them back home to you.  We will be dismissing from our classrooms this year to eliminate the need for gathering in the gym and the cafeteria. In order to do this safely, it is very important that you have downloaded the PIKMyKid app. The PIKMyKid app gives you the convenience of making a dismissal change for your student from your phone.

If your student is a car rider, we ask that you announce on the PIKMYKid app when you arrive on campus. Teachers will be watching the arrival list to know when to send students to the car line. Please be sure you have your dismissal tag in your vehicle for staff to see. This helps us place students correctly in line to meet you. Since this is a new process, it will take us time to help students learn the new routine. We will be slow for the first few days, and we ask for everyone to be patient with us as we learn. You may also plan to arrive a few minutes later than you normally would to give traffic time to clear. Bus riders will be called to load buses as they arrive at school, and walkers will be dismissed at 3:20 from the Maryland Avenue door.

Closure

We are working to keep the students and staff safe at Fairmount Elementary and to give you as much information as possible.  If you have additional questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher,  myself or Ms. Laoo.   Thank you for your continued support and for discussing safety measures with your child.  We appreciate you partnering with us for everyone’s safety. We can’t wait to see you on Monday, Leaders!

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