Instructional staff throughout the district have wrapped up their formal trainings and finished preparing their classrooms and offices in anticipation of the arrival of our students on Tuesday, September 8. As we look ahead to that day, we want to update you and remind you of a few items of importance:
- If you are dropping your child at school, or having them transport themselves, please be reminded that we are limiting access to our buildings during this pandemic. In order to enter the building and go directly to their classrooms, students may arrive at the schools as follows:
- Yarmouth High School and Harrison Middle School between 7:40 a.m. and 7:55 a.m.
- Rowe School and Yarmouth Elementary School between 8:40 a.m. and 8:55 a.m.
- We have opened the walking path from West Elm Street to the Elementary School, though it is modified for this school year (due to construction). Students will enter the path and take a well-marked, grassy path to the sidewalk next to the Superintendent’s Office, where they will connect with the sidewalk on McCartney Street and make their way to YES or HMS. We will have personnel standing in various locations along the path to make sure students take the best route to school. We will be mowing and plowing this path, as needed, throughout this school year.
- We have adjusted our Health Screening requirement a bit from the letter that was sent to you on Tuesday. We were asked to provide clarification about the need for students to stay home from school if they take a fever-reducing medication. We have updated that guidance to state that they only need to stay home if the medication was taken to address COVID-19 symptoms, not for symptoms of known injuries/ailments that are not COVID-19 related. For example – a student may take ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naprosyn, etc. to address an injury and will be allowed to attend school. Please see the updated letter on our website.
Please adjust your schedules to avoid having students arrive earlier than the times listed here.
Tuesday will be our first day back in operation with students since March 13. We are excited to be reopening, and have many new protocols in place. This will be a challenging time for students, staff, and parents. We are each encouraged to remember that everyone has the best intentions at heart, and we can – and will – work collaboratively to make sure that our reopening plans are implemented with efficiency and compassion.
We’re looking forward to seeing the students!