School Year 2020-2021

Broad Brook
Elementary School

Re-Opening Updates

Parent Update, 10/30/2020

Updating you on in-person learning, travel during the upcoming holidays, and inclement weather.

Parent Update, 10/22/2020

This week, we discuss a ramp-up in in-person learning, contact tracing, mask hygiene, and more.

Parent Update, 10/09/2020

As we move into mid-October, I am very pleased to share that we have been able to remain in school so far. Staff and students continue to follow our protocols and the nursing staff has been doing an amazing job supporting our students and staff who present with any...

Parent Update, 10/2/2020

We have completed the first month of school so far and thank everyone for continuing to support the school community with mask wearing, hand washing and following our COVID 19 related school protocols. We are seeing some students come to school with vented masks....

Parent Update 09/25/2020

School schedule updates, Open Houses, and COVID testing

Parent Update 09/18/2020

Updates about food services, masks, and a big thank you to everyone

Travel Advisory

Families that are traveling out of state or internationally should review guidance from the CDC and the state of Connecticut regarding self-quarantine.

School Opening Update (8/30/2020)

Updates to transportation, drop-off, pick-ups, athletics, and more.

School Opening Update (8/21/2020)

Emergency Contacts for Students needed, updates to scheduling, protocols, transportation, and more.

Update about starting school (8/13/2020)

Student information needed and updates about the learning model, athletics, and more.

Students at Broad Brook Elementary School will stay with their class every day they are in school and will learn with that same group the days they learn remotely.

Elementary students will receive their specials rotations once they begin school. Specials will be in the specials room as the art and music teacher will have better access and ease of cleaning supplies and instructional materials. PE will be held outside when possible or in classrooms.

Students who leave the rooms for related services will be grouped with students from only one other class.

Important Dates

September 3, 2020

First Day of School for students in grades 1-12 with last names beginning with L-Z

September 8, 2020

First Day of School for students in grades 1-12 with last names beginning with A-K

September 10, 2020

First Day of School for students in Kindergarten with last names beginning with L-Z

First Day of School for Pre-K

September 14, 2020

First Day of School for students in Kindergarten with last names beginning with A-K

Supply Lists

To Bring into School

  • Water Bottle
  • Snack
  • Mask
  • Headphones

To Have at Home

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue Sticks
  • Headphones

How will students be grouped?

Students will be split into groups alphabetically once we have final numbers of how many students are returning in person. Siblings with different last names will be taken into account from all schools so we can keep families on the same schedule as much as possible for child care reasons. As a general rule,  grouping will follow these guidelines:

  • Students whose last names begin with letters A –K will attend in person classes on Monday and Tuesday
  • Students whose last names begin with letter L—Z will attend school in person on Thursday and Friday
  • Students will be expected to check their email, watch recorded lessons, complete online assignments, and even log into virtual meetings with their teachers when they are learning from home
  • The days students are not physically in class will “count” and their learning will be important

Families have been sent the demographic update form which includes questions about returning to school and riding the bus — please check your email.

If you have not received this form, please contact: frodriguez@ewct.org

What the hybrid instructional model looks like

 As of today, the plan is for teachers generally to deliver “typical” instruction to students Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We are referring to it as “typical instruction” because it will not be the exact same instruction each day.

Teachers will deliver new lessons on those 4 days — lessons won’t be repeated or identically duplicated for each group. When group A is in person, group B will access the class remotely. They will log on for the primary instruction — that may be a lecture, a model, a mini-lesson, a read aloud, or some other lesson, depending in the goals of the day. Whether teachers require students to stay on for the whole class period will depend on what the lesson involves.

The students who opt out or miss class will be expected to watch the recording of critical parts of the instruction if they are not able to log in live. We do not anticipate entire class periods being recorded daily.

The role of online resources will be shared in more detail — however, we are looking at continuing to use SeeSaw at the elementary school. The middle school and high schools will continue to use the Portal as one resource.

All of this will require some patience from all of the staff and families, as well as quite bit of trial and error. No one has re-entered school after a multiple month closure in a worldwide pandemic and tried to learn or teach in a hybrid model so this is a new world for staff and families alike.

This information will continue to be updated as teachers participate in professional development and do more specific work on their planning.

Transportation and Drop-Off

Drop-Off

An adult must escort the child across the street using a crosswalk and to the drop off entrance.

At 8:45 AM, a staff member will greet students at the PK door across from the cafeteria entrance (to the left of the main office vestibule).

Only students will enter the building. In accordance with COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, no parents or visitors are allowed in the building.

As a reminder, students are not allowed at school until 8:45. To that end, students will not be allowed in the building until 8:45. We thank you in advance for your cooperation with these safety procedures.

Pick-Up

Parents may pick up their child between 3:35-3:45 PM at the cafeteria doors, located behind the cafeteria. After 3:45, children may be picked up from the main office.

In accordance with COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, no parents or visitors are allowed in the building. Parents will be greeted at the cafeteria door and asked to show a picture ID and state the full name of the child(ren) you are picking up. Students will be released when their parent shows their ID and the staff member verifies the parent’s name on the dismissal list.

If you are picking up your child, you need to send in a note with your child in the morning clearly stating the full name of the person picking up the child.

If you are picking up your child during the school day, after you ring the bell, you will be asked to state who you are picking up and show a photo ID. You will need to hold the ID right up to the camera. Once the child is in the office, he/she will be dismissed to you.

Parking

There are designated visitor parking spots for parents. They are located in the parking lot on Rye St and next to the school by the main entrance next to the main office. We ask everyone to park in legal spaces and ensure that you and your child are able to exit and enter your vehicle safely.

 

  • From 8:00-9:05 AM the south parking lot (behind the cafeteria) will be closed to all traffic.
  • Do not park in front of the school on Rye Street from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM as this area is needed to stage busses for arrival and dismissal.
  • For drop off and pick up parents must park in the Rye St. parking lot or at Town Hall.
  • If you need to pick up your child during the school day, there are two visitor parking spaces located next to the main office. If these are occupied, please use the visitor spaces in the Rye St parking lot.

Bussing

In order to ensure that all students are on the correct bus we will issue each student a bus tag. All students are expected to wear these tags on their backpack each day. The tags will provide the students, driver and staff a visual reminder of which bus the student needs to be on. Students will receive their tag on their first day of school from their teacher. Please have your PK or Kindergarten student wear their tag when they board the bus on the first day of school.

If you are allowing your third or fourth grade student to exit the bus without a parent/adult present you must send in a note. If you are allowing an older sibling to escort a K-2 student home, please send in a note. Otherwise, an adult must be present to meet your child at the bus.

Busses will unload and load in the front circle three at a time. Busses will stage on Rye Street. Please do not park in front of the school on Rye Street from 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM.

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