- McCartney Ranch Elementary School
Return to In-Person Learning
As you may already know, we are planning on opening our doors for in-person learning March 1. We are very excited for our Mustangs to arrive and light up our campus once again. Teachers will be communicating through their virtual classrooms along the way, so please make sure to check in with teachers and stay tuned for more updates. Please see the information below as we continue to prepare for in-person learning.
· School day: The school opens at 7:15 a.m., but the school day starts at 7:55 a.m. with the tardy bell ringing at 8:00 a.m. Our campus is open at 7:15 a.m. for buses to arrive, but our instructional day starts at 7:55 a.m.
· Dismissal: For the safety of all, we continue to request that parents/guardians remain in cars for parent pick-up. This will not only reduce crowding but will also keep the flow of the line moving. If you need a new nameplate for your window, we are happy to provide our families with a new copy as it helps keep the line of cars moving. You are welcome to make your own nameplate should you want to do so.
· Cafeteria: Breakfast and lunch will continue to be free for all students for the remainder of the school year. Both breakfast and lunch will be served in the classroom. Water fountains will remain closed.
· Parent/Teacher conferences: This will vary among classrooms. Your child's teacher will be sending out information shortly about how they will be conducting conferences for their classroom.
· Masks: We will still require all students and staff to wear masks unless outside and/or eating and drinking. We will have the same desk dividers that we used before to provide a guard around the student desks.
· Classrooms: Classrooms will stay in cohorts as we did previously, meaning they will attend lunch, recess, and specials as a class. We do have equipment bags for each classroom so that we can keep objects within a room. Desks will be arranged so that students are not sitting in groups.
· Transportation: Click here to access information about buses and transportation. Information about bus times will be available soon.
· Absences: Should your child be absent, please remember to call our office and let us know! It's important that we maintain accurate attendance records.
· Events: Unfortunately, all events that consist of large groups will be canceled for the remainder of the year. Although this saddens many of our families and staff, we also realize the importance of keeping safety as our priority. We are looking forward to resuming some of our McCartney Ranch traditions next year!
· Cleaning and sanitizing: We will continue to be diligent about cleaning touch points frequently, having students wash/sanitize frequently, and deep cleaning the school each night.
· Children who exhibit symptoms: Students who appear ill will be assessed by our nurse. Families are expected to pick-up their child within one hour of our communication with families. Please do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms.
· Devices: Devices will go back and forth to school each day.
What can families do to help our transition to in-person learning:
· Keep jackets and lunchboxes washed and clean.
· Send only needed items in backpack. Avoid trinkets, toys, or any items that are not used in the classroom.
· Remind your child to grab their mask, device, and water bottle each day as they are headed out the door. Carry a second mask.
· Stay in frequent communication with your child's teacher.
· Let us know of any changes to emails, phones, addresses, etc.
· If your child has any symptoms of an illness, please keep them home. It's imperative that we do our best to prevent the spreading of illnesses.
· If possible, please update your emergency card if there are people who you give permission to pick up your child. This is especially important if you are unable to arrive at the school within one hour should your child be sent home ill. We also need you to complete a new transportation form if your address has changed.
· Stay in cars during dismissal.
Again - we are over the moon to get back in the saddle! We know you are too. We appreciate the support and kindness that you have given to our school community. Don't hesitate to reach out to our school if you have any questions or if you have an idea that you would like us to consider. We are also frequently posting information and celebrations on our school Facebook page, so don’t forget to follow us on social media.
Our dismissal line can be quite long, previously during our in-person learning, we started to release our kindergartners and first graders a few minutes early . We did this for a couple of reasons.
1.) It helps us reduce crowding and groups to the best of our ability - Safety first.
2.) It keeps the line moving more smoothly and quickly.
If you have a kindergartner or first grader, AND a sibling in a higher grade level (i.e. a first grader and a fifth grader), they will be released with our first wave of kids (kinder and 1st). We plan to start dismissing our young ones to the bus loop and parent loop at approximately 1:50 p.m. Our school dismissal time is 2:00 p.m.
We ask that if you have an upper grade child, please do not come so early that we have to direct traffic around your car. Not only does it cause congestion, but it can also present a safety issue. We may ask you to go through the loop and get back in line should it present an obstacle.
We appreciate your understanding. We had a system down that was going well right before we went into closure, and we are hoping to pick up right where we left off. We were able to get all cars through the line within about 15 -20 minutes. Please do your part and help us keep our procedures running smoothly.
Don't forget your name plate in the window as this helps immensely with getting your child ready for when you pull up to the crosswalk.
Please remain in your cars unless you need to go into the office for assistance. Help us stay safe.
If you have moved and your child rides the bus, please come into the office so we can update your address and bus schedule. Also, if your child will ride the bus, but will be a pick-up the first few days, please also let us know so we can adjust and plan accordingly.
We are looking forward to being "back in the saddle!" Words cannot express how much we've missed all of our families being here each day. I will see you bright and early Monday morning. Wear those crazy socks on Monday for our Dr. Seuss Spirit Week (more details will be coming shortly)!