Posted Date: 08/11/2020
JPS Parents or Guardians,
As we are preparing for the start of the school year, JPS would like to share some important information with all parents of students who will be attending school at Jefferson Primary whether they will be attending face-to-face or online.
We are looking forward to working with all parents of JPS students to ensure the success of all students. We are here to provide assistance any way we can to help ease the stress of this uncertain and very unconventional school year.
The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. In accordance with state, local and district guidelines and mandates, JPS is taking precautions to keep all staff and students as safe as possible. Therefore, parents will not be allowed to walk students to classrooms after the first two days of school, and we will be limiting outside visitors to the building. The entire building will be sanitized each afternoon, and high traffic areas will be sanitized throughout the day.
For Students attending Face-to-Face
Classroom rosters will not be finalized until August 12, 2020 once the online survey is closed. Teachers will receive tentative rosters on August 11, 2020 and will be contacting parents sometime between August 12-14, 2020 to introduce themselves and provide parents with important information concerning the first day of school and their classroom. Final rosters will be printed and posted on the front windows of the school by the end of the day on August 13, 2020. In an effort to reduce large gatherings as recommended by TEA, JPS has not planned a regular, face-to-face “Meet the Teacher Night” for this school year. However, our teachers want to meet and communicate with all parents. Therefore, expect phone calls, invitations to virtual meetings, or other types of communication on an individual basis. We want to ensure parents have opportunities to ask questions, provide important information, and to learn more about their child’s teachers and classes.
Classrooms will be arranged to allow for social distancing, as much as possible, and wiped down prior to groups entering the classroom. Sanitation stations are in each room, and students will be practicing proper hand washing.
During breakfast and lunch time students will be spaced apart as much as possible, and will not be allowed to move around the cafeteria. Unfortunately, parents and outside visitors will not be permitted to eat breakfast or lunch with their student(s) at this time. Please take note that Kindergarten breakfast will be served between 7:15 and 7:45 each day. Head Start breakfast will be served between 7:45 and 8:15 each day. If your student needs breakfast, please make sure they are here during their scheduled meal time.
Head Start lunches begin at 10:45 and Kindergarten lunches begin at 11:45. We will be serving two classes per meal period to allow adequate room for social distancing.
While face coverings are not required at the elementary or primary level, students are encouraged and welcomed to wear face masks, or other appropriate PPE, if the parent so desires. Appropriate face coverings will be encouraged, assuming they will not cause a disruption to the educational environment. We encourage students to use water bottles instead of common water fountains but the regular water fountains will be available for use as appropriate.
For Students who will be Online Learners
Online Learners will receive an email on August 17 by 10:00 am with login information regarding the online learning platform (Google Classroom), Classlink, and Google Mail. Online Learning login information will be sent to the parent/guardian email address submitted in the Back to School Survey/Registration form. The parent/guardian will receive an email for each student they have enrolled in online learning. Students need to participate and make progress in each online course each school day.
JPS online teachers will provide parents and students with scheduled times that they will be available for virtual meetings (Google Meets), tutorials, and/or any other assistance your child may need with assignments. JPS students do not have to remain online all day but they must log on at some point each day, and complete all daily assignments for each course no later than 11:59 pm to be counted as present. Any daily assignments not completed for the day must be completed in order to receive a grade for the day. Assignments not completed by 11:59pm on the day of the assignment will be considered late and could result in a loss of points unless prior arrangements have been made with the teacher. Please contact a teacher or administrator if you have not received online learning login information by August 20th.
JPS online teachers will provide parents with contact information so that parents may communicate with them for assistance with any academic assignments. JPS online teachers will be in contact with parents on a regular basis to discuss academic progress and/or needs of their students.
If you have further questions or concerns, please contact the campus at 903-665-2461 ext 3490 or 3491.