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Hickory Point Happenings September 3, 2020

 

Lunch/recess

Dear Hickory Point Parents,

The purpose of this letter is to describe our lunch and recess protocols. Students are seated six feet apart, facing forward while eating lunch. We have nine lunch locations for each grade level, so a total of 27 lunch locations. Students have assigned seats during lunch that will change periodically. We are thrilled that students can play outside on the playground equipment and play with balls, jump ropes, hula hoops, and other materials. Our goal is student safety. We have five lunch rotation spots for recess. Our primary goals for recess are to be safe, play outside, take a mask break, get some fresh air, and have fun.  Due to limitations and rotations, students may not see their closest friends during the 20 minute recess time. We appreciate your support and understanding since we are still experiencing a pandemic.

For your children,

Maureen Deely and Meggan Buchanan

Bus expectations

Students were taught bus expectations last week. If your child rides the bus, please review the following bus expectations with your child each day.  Thank you for your help.

SAFE on the Bus:

  • Please stay in your seat and keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself. 

  • Stay seated the entire bus ride. 

  • Have your mask on before boarding the bus, and keep the mask on until you’re home. Please listen to your bus driver and be kind to friends on the bus.

Supporting PBIS-Donations needed

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive systems approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture and are needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. Last week, students participated in fun and interactive booster lessons to review expected behavior in the hallway/cubbies, playground, and bus. Students also learned how to resolve conflicts with Stop, Walk and Talk. How can you help? You can help by donating small and large prize items to use as acknowledgments for the children. We would greatly appreciate any small leftover treat bag items or similar items would be greatly appreciated. In addition, we plan to open a PBIS School Store for students to spend their Bulldog Bucks sometime in the next few weeks. Please send any donations to Mrs. Deely. We appreciate your continued support.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Deely                             Mrs. Buchanan

Principal                                Assistant Principal

Travel guidelines (Second posting)

The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) recently changed its travel guidelines and followed CDC recommendations for unvaccinated individuals. We continue to follow these guidelines to keep our schools safe. Below are the most recent guidelines for domestic and international travel.

  • DOMESTIC: Vaccinated individuals do not require quarantine or testing. Unvaccinated individuals who have traveled domestically to a state of high transmission should get a rapid or PCR test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel. Unvaccinated individuals who have traveled and are not tested should stay home and self-quarantine for ten days. Test results should be submitted to the school nurse before returning to school. Persons traveling for less than 24 hours are exempt from this guidance.

  • INTERNATIONAL: All international travelers must be tested before returning to the U.S., regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated travelers should get a rapid or PCR test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel. Unvaccinated individuals who have traveled and are not tested should stay home and self-quarantine for ten days. Test results should be submitted to the school nurse before returning to school. 

School nurse contact information is as follows:

State vaccine mandate for school volunteers

On August 26, 2021, Governor Pritzker announced a COVID vaccine mandate for all staff in pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade school districts. The mandate includes any regular school visitors (volunteers) that have direct contact with students. Under this mandate, volunteers reporting to our school will need to show proof of vaccination beginning Wednesday, September 8. When reporting to our school, volunteers who do not display proof of vaccination will need to submit negative COVID test results weekly. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our school safe!


Spirit Days

Hickory Point is full of spirit. Take a look at the spirit days here.

Register for in-school COVID testing

Parents/guardians who would like their students to participate in the weekly SHIELD (saliva testing) program should complete a consent form today, Friday, September 3. The University of Illinois has requested a roster of students ASAP to get the program up and running by mid-September. We have been advised that this program is currently for unvaccinated students/staff only. However, we encourage consent forms from vaccinated individuals in case the program does expand to allow for vaccinated individuals to be tested in the future. 

Important Dates:

  • Sept. 6 and 7, 2021- School is not in session

  • Sept. 10- Favorite team jersey or hat day

  • Sept. 16 -School is not in session

  • Sept. 17,- 5:30 pm- HP Family Night 

  • Sept. 29,- Picture Day