September 3, 2020
It is so great to see all the children back in the school again. School may look a little different, but the students are doing a great job following all the new rules and procedures in our school. We are so happy to have them back!
There are a couple of items I wanted to update our families on. First off, as much as we love our family’s homemade snacks, due to Covid food preparation regulations within the school, we are asking that any birthday treats, or classroom snacks that are being shared with the class, are prepackaged or store bought. Also, as a reminder, any food items brought into the school needs to be peanut-free.
Secondly, for the safety of our students, we will be changing the process of how parents drop off their children. Starting next week, the south road of the school will be blocked off except for busses. Parents are asked to drop their JH or high school students off at by the main lobby. Elementary students are asked to be dropped off on the west side of the school. We want to avoid all the traffic and students crossing the road while our busses are loading and unloading. All high school students are asked to enter the parking lot from the north.
Finally, we are continuing to monitor Covid cases within the county and we are in communication with our local health unit. Additionally, the North Dakota Department of Health has created a hotline as well as the ND Healthy Return to Learning team. This team is comprised of subject matter experts who collaborate with state agencies and communities to provide resources for schools and local public health units. One of the tools this team is using is an algorithm to find areas of concern. Using this algorithm, a case rate of 50 or more is considered a concerning area of which Benson County is still in. Therefore, we will be continuing in Phase 2.
Learning packets and/or online assignments will again be sent home on Thursday and will be expected to be completed and turned in the next school day we are in session. To reiterate, Friday is considered a distance learning educational day and students are expected to complete their items at home to be consider present for Friday. If students have any questions with their learning packets, teachers are available during their regular hours on Friday, so please don’t hesitate to contact them for help.
Reminder, there is no school on Monday, September 7th. Enjoy the Labor Day weekend and be safe!
Leeds Public School Principal
Benson County Wildcat Athletic Director