Welcome Back, OESJ Elementary Families!

A message from OESJ Elementary Principal, Mrs. Kawryga

Dear OESJ Families,

First, I want to thank you for your support and cooperation for what has been a challenging year! I am proud of the way our staff, parents, families, and especially our students, handled a very difficult situation with dignity and understanding. As we begin this school year, we will continue to face many challenges together. I am hoping that this information will provide the guidelines for instruction that will help us work together to ensure that your children continue to learn and grow throughout the school year. The following is some important information you will need to know.

What you can expect from us:

Students attending school in person will be issued their own Chromebook.

For any technology questions or assistance, please contact the help desk at 518-568-2011 x3159.

Teachers and support staff are available to assist with strategies for reluctant learners and behavior, if needed. This includes assistance from the social worker, school psychologist or counselors working in the school.

Special Education/504 services and accommodations will be provided to students.

Special area classes will post lessons as well as provide live meetings.
Masks will be provided if a student needs one.

Temperature checks will be conducted upon arrival of all students and staff who have not completed an online monitoring form.

Student Expectations:

Students are required to wear face masks/coverings when social distancing is not possible. Masks are required on buses, in hallways, public spaces and in classrooms when social distancing is not possible.

Remote learners will be responsible for logging in daily and attending meetings with their teachers at scheduled times.

Attendance will be documented. Students are expected to attend school each day, whether remotely or in person, unless excused by a parent or guardian. Written excuses are required within 5 days of the absence. This can be in the form of an email.

In-Person Learning:

Students will be expected to wear masks in school with breaks offered by teachers throughout the day.

Students will practice good hygiene, hand washing and social distancing.

Students will use their own materials or materials designated for them by the teacher.

Here are the monthly schedules for the first few months:

Remote Learning Only:

Chromebooks for Remote Learning Only learners will be available for pick up at the Elementary school from September 8th – 11th between 8am – 2pm. Parents must sign an Acceptable Use Policy form.

Students will be responsible for logging into their Google Classroom/Seesaw/i-Ready and attend Google Meets with their teacher(s) at their scheduled times.

Students will complete the learning tasks that their teachers assign. This includes classroom work as well as special areas such as Art, Music, Library, Technology and PE and remedial assignments.

Parent Expectations:

Parents will monitor their children for fever and other symptoms before coming to school each day. A daily health screening questionnaire will be required

Parents will support/establish a daily schedule that will develop a positive routine for learning each day.

Parents will promote positive behavior during online learning activities.

Parents will support their children to stay on task but allow children to complete their own work.

Parents will reach out to teachers as needed and during designated times set by the teachers.

Parents’ Guide to Google Classroom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Iowi-gmbys

Arrival and Dismissal:

Students may be dropped off beginning at 7:45 am in the front parking lot.

Buses arrive between 7:45 am and 8:00 am and report to their classrooms. Breakfast will be in the classroom.

Students being picked up at the end of the day will be dismissed at 1:45 pm.

Students riding the bus home will be dismissed at 1:50 pm.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us as we will support you in any way possible. We are in this together, and together we can make this a positive experience for our children. Thank you so much for your support and commitment to your children’s learning!

Be well and best regards!

Jeanine Kawryga – OESJ Elementary Principal
518-568-2014 x2101

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