Mon. – Thurs. 8:15-3:10
Phone: (208) 983-0400, Fax: (208) 983-3407
August 25, 2021
Parents and Guardians:
We are getting ready and we are excited for another school year at GEMS (Grangeville Elementary/Middle School)! I am writing this welcome back letter to update everyone on small changes as well as clarify Covid protocols for this next year.
The small change is to our school day. School will now begin at 8:15 and end at 3:15 so we added 5 minutes in the morning and in the afternoon. The Friday schedule will run from 8:15 until 2:16. This was done to better align with other schools in our district as well as to better coordinate bus routes with Grangeville High School. The Student Handbook has also had some small updates and we will be emailing a copy out and it is also in our K-5 student agendas.
Mr. Fiske sent out a letter to parents regarding Covid protocols but I wanted to clarify some of those protocols. First of all, masks are recommended but not required. Covid vaccinations are recommended but not required for students over the age of 12. When we have positive Covid cases in the school we will notify parents if their child was in close contact. Last year parents did an excellent job of monitoring their children for signs of sickness and keeping them home when necessary. Please continue to monitor your children and keep them home especially in cases where they have a fever. If a child has a fever they cannot return to school for 48 hours after they are fever free.
We will continue to clean and sanitize high use areas as well as push hand washing for our students. Our HVAC system is also in the process of being updated to include UV filtering in our classrooms and central HVAC units to kill 99.95% of any virus or bacteria that crosses its path.
Attendance at school is very important. We know that attending school as much as possible in person helps students grow academically, behaviorally, and socially. We will be following our district attendance policy but exceptions will be made for students who have to quarantine due to Covid exposure or a positive Covid test.
We will be doing everything in our power to keep kids learning in person this year. With that said, I can’t predict what will happen so I appreciate everyone’s flexibility and understanding as we move through the school year. We will continue to be as transparent as possible and we are hopeful for another full year of in person learning.