Welcome Back Students
Dear Moses Field Community,
Welcome Back for the 2020-2021 School Year! Although last school year was not the typical start of school due to COVID, we are excited to get going! Online learning is a challenge for us all and many of you are concerned about what the school year will look like for students at Moses Field School. I want to assure you that we have taken precautionary measures in all aspects to create a safe learning environment for your child. I know that there are a lot of questions about what school will look like this year, so I am providing in this letter information that is important for families to know.
- First day of school: Tuesday, September 7, 2021. All students are scheduled for In-Person Learning. If there is a concern, do not hesitate to contact Principal Dandridge.
- Bell Schedule: 7:30am – 2:40pm Monday through Friday.
- Uniforms: Students may wear solid colored bottoms (navy, black, brown, or khaki), solid-colored shirts/blouses (white, light blue, yellow, pink) and shoes (gym or street shoes). It is not recommended that students wear sandals or flip flops for safety reasons.
Please be advised that, based on updated health recommendations from the CDC and MDHHS for the start of the school year, the district will require all employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask while in school buildings. We do recognize that this is difficult for some of our students and therefore a face shield will be provided. Students are also on the “Exempt List” due to hypersensitivity to masks.
All students will be required to participate in weekly school based COVID Saliva Testing through LynxDx. Testing will occur at Moses Field School on Fridays. Parent/Guardian consent will be required before any student is tested. Absolutely no students will be tested without their parent/guardian's consent. A Consent Form is accompanying this letter.
Our School Day
Daily Health Screener: Upon arrival at school there will be a quick health screening for temperature by an Administrator/School Nurse/Trainable Aide. If a child has a temperature or is sick when they arrive at school, they will be sent immediately to the Quarantine Room (19) where they will be evaluated by the School Nurse. If a child has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, families will be contacted to pick the child up from school and they must stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without medication to reduce the fever.
Medical Fragile: All students who receive Nursing Services, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, must have current doctor's orders. Forms were mailed in the spring. Medical Fragile students cannot attend school without current doctor’s orders. They will be suspended until the order becomes current. If you did not receive a form or need a form, please contact the school.
Bus Transportation: Transportation will be scheduled by the school and district. You will receive pick-up and drop-off information from DPSCD Transportation prior to the first day of school. Students will be required to wear a mask or face shield during their bus ride if they are not on the “Exempt List” due to hypersensitivity. This list was generated and will carry over from last school year. This list includes many of our students.
Visitors: There are no classroom visitors allowed during this time. This includes parents and relatives who would like to volunteer or observe. All visitors must have a mask on when in the building. No more than one visitor in the Main Office at a time
Breakfast and Lunch: Meals will be served from 7:45am – 8:45am in the classroom for Severely Multiply Impaired and Severely Cognitive Impaired Students. Students with Moderate Cognitive Impairments and Autism will be served from 7:45am – 8:15am in the Cafeteria. Late students will have breakfast in the Cafeteria where they will be monitored, supervised, and supported by a staff member.
Recess: 20 Minutes after lunch and will take place outside (weather permitting) or in their classrooms.
Dismissal: In Breezeway beginning at 2:30pm. If parents/ guardians must pick their child up early from school, they must notify their child's teacher and/or the Main Office before 2:00pm. No exceptions!
More to Know
- Students will not be able to use drinking fountains. Water bottles will be allowed. Students need to bring a personal water bottle each day. Filling stations will be available, but it would be great if your students could come to school with their bottles filled to start the day.
- Students will not be sharing items and will have personal space to keep their own belongings.
- All areas of the building will have flow patterns that students will learn. Physical distancing will be practiced as much as possible. Floor marking will help with travel patterns and distancing.
- Each Classroom, Office, and Common Areas (Breezeway, Cafeteria) will have sanitizer stations. Students will be encouraged to use them throughout the day. Other procedures will be taught to students to try and provide the safest environment possible.
We do not enjoy having to place these restrictions and requirements on our students, families, and staff. However, to mitigate the spread of COVID and provide the safest environment possible, these measures need to be implemented and practiced. I am confident, even though our school year is starting off differently, we will have an incredibly positive and successful year! Please feel free to call me anytime if you have other questions. I can be reached at 313-866-5790.
Thank you all for your amazing support during these difficult times.
With Children in Mind,
LeTanya Dandridge, Ed. S