Alpine Elementary News
Thank you to the parents who conferenced with teachers either online or in-person last week. It appears that the pandemic impacted the number of parents who signed up to meet with teachers, as only about one-third of our parents chose to conference with teachers.
We are grateful to our incredible PTA volunteers for the delicious lunch they served staff on October 8. After receiving news from the school district that any home cooked, non-purchased box meals, could only be served by someone with a food handler’s permit, two of our parents, Cherie’ Kelly and Erin Stanley, obtained their food handler’s permits, enabling them to serve our staff lunch last week. Thank you so much!
And speaking of the PTA, the PTA has a few things coming up that they need some extra help with including, Red Ribbon Week, Reflections, and passing out Chick-Fil-A lunches to our winning classes. Most of these are simple and will only require an hour or two of your time. Please sign up using the link below. Thank you!
We have an increasing number of students coming into the office before school in the morning telling us that they have “forgotten” their masks at home. We were handing out as many as 30 masks daily, so for before school requests, we are now asking students to call home and have parents bring a mask to school. The phone calls have reduced the number of masks that we are giving to students. Students will always be given a mask, but we are trying to teach some accountability while reducing the number of masks that are being given to students.
Those of you with secondary students have already been informed that all Alpine School District secondary schools will be moving to a modified schedule for the second term. The secondary schools are dealing with more active COVID-19 cases and associated quarantining issues than the district’s elementary schools, so unless pandemic numbers at elementary schools spike significantly, we will continue with our current traditional schedule. You can get a weekly update on COVID-19 numbers throughout the school district, updated every Monday, by going to the dashboard on the Alpine School District website. https://alpineschools.org/
New State Guidelines for Low-Risk COVID Test and Return
A student, teacher, or staff member who was exposed at school to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 may return to work at a school or in-person learning if he or she meets ALL of the following:
- The school verifies the student, teacher or staff member who was exposed and the person who tested positive were both wearing a face mask as defined by the State Public Health Order on masks in schools.
- The quarantined student, teacher, or staff member has a negative COVID-19 test result (must be a PCR or antigen test, not an antibody test). The test result must be from at least 7 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive.
- The student, teacher, or staff member does not have symptoms of COVID-19.
The Low-Risk Test and Return protocol does not apply to students, teachers, staff, or settings that are exempt from the State Public Health Order on masks in schools.
If the student, teacher, or staff member who was exposed meets ALL three criteria he or she may return to work, school, or related activities, if the employee or the parents of the student choose. If the person does not meet ALL three criteria or chooses not to get tested, he or she should quarantine at home for 14 days from the last day of exposure.
Anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 and comes back to school must continue to watch for symptoms. If employees or students get symptoms, they should isolate at home and call their healthcare provider. These guidelines only apply to exposures that occur at school.
Short week! Wednesday, October 14 is a Minimal Day and students will be dismissed at 12:35 pm. Students wanting a school lunch will be served lunch at the following times and will return to their classrooms to eat.
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, October 9. Teachers nominate students who are consistently demonstrating the character traits of the Alpine Big 3: Being Respectful, Responsible and Ready to learn. Congratulations Students of the Week!
Caleb Ashton–6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
Reagan Bennett–3rd Grade, Ms. Elder
Austin Cann–Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Grayson Cannon–1st Grade, Ms. Johnson
Hailey Cluff–1st Grade, Mrs. Faux
Anna Cox–2nd Grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Duke Dayton–1st Grade, Mrs. Chou
Kate Edwards–6th Grade, Ms. Kuo
Skylee Gunn–4th Grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Mollie Otis–5th Grade, Mr. Horan
Myles Snow–4th Grade, Ms. A. Moore
Libby Topham–6th Grade, Mrs. Monson
Jane Wilson–5th Grade, Mrs. Padgett
Lexi Wing–2nd Grade, Ms. M. Moore
Oliver Womble–4th Grade, Mrs. Keller
Outside the Principal’s Office
I hope that all of our families have a safe and enjoyable Fall Break!
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine School District