Dear NHS Community--May 22, 2020
As the school year winds down, I’d like to share our plans for the end of the year.
We have two 4-day weeks ahead.
Week of May 26-29: Tuesday-Friday are school days so we still have a 4 day week. We will observe the Memorial Day holiday on Monday with no classes.
Week of June 1-4: Monday-Thursday (4 days)
I have great admiration for North Hampton School teachers and staff as they adjusted to the remote learning environment. I have an equal amount of admiration for parents at home taking on the new role of supporting instruction in this unexpected time. Thank you!!!
Drop off/Pick up Items
Many have asked how we will arrange the pick up of student items left in school and the drop off of items families may have borrowed back in March. We plan to follow NHHS and SAU 21 guidelines. (You can read them below at the bottom of the message.)
Essentially, each grade will be given a day and time between June 5-10 in which to return items and pick up items. This will be done in a similar format to what we did in March. All families should stay in their cars. You may need to pack your patience, but I have found that to be in larger supply when there are fewer places to go. We have made the schedule by grade level, but families with children in multiple grades can choose the latest date. This is necessary because teachers are also coming to school in small groups and staying apart from one another. They will follow all guidelines in gathering student items AND we recommend that you let the bag sit for at least 24 hours before unpacking it.
Friday, June 5
Monday, June 8
Tuesday, June 9
Wed. June 10
We ask that any items you are returning be labeled with your child’s name and classroom and that you place it in your trunk or back portion of the car so staff can take it out as you open your back gate or trunk. We are striving for as little contact as possible. We will check in computers that were borrowed and return items from classrooms. All staff will wear masks and face coverings. They will be staying 6 feet apart as well. All students and families must stay in their cars. There will be no building access. We appreciate your understanding and support as we follow these important guidelines.
Last Day Drive Through Parade
Starting at 12:00 noon on June 4th, teachers and staff will be outdoors spaced around our parking area to say goodbye for the summer.
Families are invited to drive through the lot to wave and say goodbye for the summer.
Students and families must stay in their car at all times.
There will be no mingling, high 5’s, elbow bumps, or contact with teachers and staff.
There will be plenty of waves, smiles, hand hearts, and love.
Please try to keep your car moving so we don’t have too many back ups.
This is for the safety of all involved.
We recommend that you enter the parking lot from the east entrance and line up along Atlantic Ave. (if necessary) as if you were coming from the beach (westbound). That way, all cars can line up and enter easily and cars can easily turn right to exit when finished. All cars will enter and exit from the west side driveway. This is due to resurfacing project and exposed dirt out front.
Here are suggested times to stagger the entry.
Last names starting with A-F: 12:00
Last names starting with G-M: 12:15
Last names starting with N-T: 12:30
Last names starting with U-Z: 12:45
Our retiring teachers will have the position of honor. Please be sure to give a special shout out to them and thank them for their years of service at North Hampton School!
Sharon Marquis, Grade 1
Breanda Eaves, Grade 3
Lorraine Johnson, Occupational Therapy
Leah LaChance, Speech and Language Assistant
You will see signs around town on the lawns of our graduating 8th graders. Congratulations to them! They will have a virtual graduation ceremony on June 2 at 5:00 PM via ZOOM. We hope to have a livestream option as well. Next week, you will also see signs for our 8th graders if you drive by the school. Go ahead and honk even if no one is there….maybe the 8th graders will hear you! They will have their own special drive through to pick up items for graduation on June 2nd.
PLEASE READ AND ABIDE BY THE NURSE GUIDELINE QUESTIONS BEFORE COMING TO THE SCHOOL EVEN IN YOUR CAR!
Dates to remember:
June 2: 8th grade Last Lap in Cars at 12:00 noon--8th Grade Only
June 2: 8th grade graduation via Zoom at 5:00 PM
June 4: Last Day of School--Last Lap in Cars 12:00-1:00 PM--All grades welcome
June 4: North Hampton School Board meeting via Zoom at 6:30 PM
End of Year Event Health Guidelines
All events should take place outside, if possible.
No physical contact (No hugs, handshaking, fist bumps, etc.).
All participants must wear a face covering over nose and mouth (medical or cloth, non-vented face-covering).
Maintain at least 6 ft. of distance between ALL participants at all times.
No more than 10 people in one area at a time.
Use hand sanitizer before handling an item to be given to another participant.
Ensure adequate supplies of hand sanitizer and extra masks.
Consult with facilities staff to ensure adequate sanitizing between participants.
Staff preparing materials to be sent home should wear a face covering.
Materials to be exchanged between families and school should be left to sit for at least 24 hours for paper and at least 72 hours for electronic devices.
Individuals at higher risk for more severe illness (older adults or those with underlying health conditions) are encouraged to stay home. CDC Guidance for people who need to take extra precautions.
Screening Checklist per NH Universal Guidelines
For all participants (students, families, staff) of any in-person event:
Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
Have you had a fever or felt feverish in the last 72 hours?
Are you experiencing any respiratory symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath?
Are you experiencing any new muscle aches or chills?
Have you experienced any new change in your sense of taste or smell?
If you answer yes to any of these questions please do not attend.
SAU 21 School Nurses