September 18, 2020
What a whirlwind of a week! We are so disappointed to have missed out on our planned first week, but look forward to meeting your students Monday. I would like to remind you of a few important details to help the first day go smoothly for your child at school.
Supplies the First Day: If your child is struggling with the weight of “first day backpack”, feel free to send some items on days 2 or 3 to help lighten the load. Do, however, make sure to send your child’s Chromebook and charger the first day.
Getting Home: As a reminder, please make sure your child and your child’s teacher know how he/she is getting home on the first day. If you are using InfoFinder to find your child’s bus stop and time, please note you will see two numbers- a bus number and a route number. The route number is what we need to know, as the bus number may change occasionally as our buses are maintained.
Attestation Details from Our Nurse: You may have some questions about the Daily Health Attestation Survey that is being emailed to you as part of the health process for staff and students. You should have received it every day this week. Some parents have received the email for one of their students but not all. They do stack on top of each other so be sure to scroll down in the email to see if there's more at the bottom. If you have not received an email for one or all of your students, you should also check your junk mail folder, promotions folder, etc. If you still don't see the email, go to the main Mead website, on the left side scroll down to the "Daily Health Attestation Survey" and follow the directions on that page to scan the QR code and register your student. You will need to complete a little more information the first time you fill it out but then you will be "registered" and should receive the survey daily from then on.
The email attestation you receive the day before school is intended to be completed for symptoms related to COVID-19. Since we don't know if we actually have COVID without taking a test for it, the health department's current guidance is that any of these symptoms (one or more) could potentially be the first sign. When you answer the questions, if your student has allergies that cause a runny nose, or they're recovering from a migraine that caused a headache, or an upset tummy due to nervousness that is not unusual for them... you would answer "NO" on the survey because they are a known condition your child has. If, however, you notice they do have symptoms that are not normal for them, then a "YES" would be appropriate and the survey will say they cannot come to school the next day. Health Department requirements state they must stay home for 10 days even if their symptoms go away the next day. Here is more guidance that would allow them to return to school sooner than 10 days. Look under the "Isolate if you have symptoms" section.
Your participation in completing the survey each night will allow a smooth transition so they can go directly to their class. If your student does not have a completed attestation then they will be directed to a screener who will take their temperature and ask them the screening questions before they can go to class. They are all going to be so anxious to get to class as soon as they can so please complete the attestation every night starting Sunday afternoon when you receive the email/text!
Please call, text or email me this weekend if you have any questions so we can make this a great first week of school!
Carrie Dinwoodie MSN-Ed, RN
School Nurse, Mead School District
Call or text: (509) 688-9128
From our School Counselor, Rachel Brady We want your child to be as successful as possible at school this year. Success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about creating a safe environment, building community, knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. We will be using the Second Step program in your child’s classroom to teach these critical social and emotional skills. Read more about Second Step here.
We can’t wait to finally see you! Get a good night’s sleep, a good breakfast, bring your favorite mask and we will have a great day together,