Principal's Message

Greetings, Wrightwood families,
We are excited to be preparing for the return of our students to Wrightwood Elementary School on Thursday, March 11. Safety guidelines, determined by state and local public health officials, require that we limit exposure of students and adults as much as possible, which is why we can only have 50% of our students attending school each day, while the rest of the students do school remotely on the days they are not at school. 
 
Schedule - The students will be split into three groups: A, B, and C. Groups A & B attend school in-person two days per week, M&T, or Th&F. Group C will remain in 100% Remote Learning Monday-Friday. All students will remain assigned to their current teacher. Every teacher will be doing in-person instruction and Remote Learning with their current students (Wrightwood teachers are the best!).
 
The schedule will look like the following:
Monday and Tuesday - Group A attends in person 8:00-11:30. Groups B & C do Remote Learning from 1:00-2:00. Group A starts in-person 3/15.
Wednesday - Groups A, B & C will all do Remote Learning in the morning (time varies by class). 
Thursday and Friday - Group B attends in person 8:00-11:30. Groups A & C do Remote Learning from 1:00-2:00. Group B starts in-person 3/11.
 
Survey - Please complete this survey Returning to Wrightwood Elementary before Monday morning, 3/1, to inform us of your intentions for your child(ren).  We will keep siblings on the same schedule, and we will try our best to honor the needs of families in unique situations that require specific days of attendance. 
 
Safety Protocols - I want to assure parents that many steps have been taken to ensure the health and safety of all of our students and staff members. Those include:
All students, TK-5, and all adults are required to wear masks. We recommend you send your child with one that they don't mind wearing, but we will have masks available for anyone who doesn't have one.
Plexiglass dividers are on every student desk.
We will maintain six feet social distancing in any indoor setting.
We will encourage and require frequent hand washing. Extra hand washing stations have been added.
We have hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and air purifiers in each classroom.
Drinking fountains will not be used. We have installed two water bottle filling stations, and each student will be given their own water bottle with their name on it.
We've installed hot water in our outdoor restrooms, and air hand dryers in each restroom.
Our custodians and staff will be sanitizing high touch areas and restrooms throughout the day.
Students will be allowed to play outside in small groups. All equipment will be sanitized frequently.
 
Food Services - We will be serving breakfast in the cafeteria, with 6-feet separation, from 7:30-7:50 for the students attending school that day. Those in-person students will be given a lunch to take home with them at the end of the day. Grab-n-Go meals will continue to be served to families on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30-1:00, in the drive-thru model they have been doing all year (God bless our kitchen ladies!).
Health Screening - The district expectation is that parents will evaluate their children's health, including their temperature, each morning before sending them to school. We strongly ask that parents not send children to school who are exhibiting any signs of illness, fever, trouble breathing, or any other symptoms. Any children who exhibit signs of illness at school will be sent to the Nurse's Office, where they will be separated from other children and evaluated by our Health Technician (Thank you, Miss Denise!).
 
Class Modifications Coming - Because our teachers need to prepare for the return of students in-person, as well as for the difficult task of juggling two groups of part-time students and another group that is all remote, they may only be delivering their hour of live instruction in the mornings from March 4-March 10. Other class meetings and 1:1 meetings may be suspended on March 4. Also, our general education cohorts that were planned to begin on March 2 will not be taking place. Our focus needs to be in preparing for the return of all students.
Special Education Cohorts will continue with Mrs. Todhunter, and those students on an IEP will continue to receive Specialized Academic Instruction. More details of that schedule will be shared with those students.
 
I have tried to share all the information you might be wondering about. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me. I will respond promptly. With all the new challenges that come with this unusual school schedule, let's all remember that this is what allows us to have kids back in school in person, and that is what I have been praying for since last March 13! 
 
Thank you,
John Garner
Principal
Wrightwood Elementary School