Hutchinson Weekly News 1/9/2022

Hutchinson Elementary School address and phone number
Trisha Nugent Fitzgerald

Dear Hutchinson School Families,

I hope that you enjoyed the snow day on Friday and that your child was able to get outside to enjoy a little winter fun!

This past Friday, Dr. Lauro, our Acting Superintendent, provided further guidance regarding the return to in-person learning, our weekly COVID-19 testing program, and information regarding our Test to Stay program. As Dr. Lauro states, all students will return to in-person learning on January 10th, except for students who have been directed to quarantine. We look forward to seeing our students back in our classrooms! More information regarding the test to stay program and how to enroll in our weekly testing program is listed below.

Please note that Wednesday, January 12, 2022 is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:00 pm. Students will have lunch and recess prior to dismissal time. This is also the first day of our PTA sponsored Read-A-Thon!

Also, due to the snow day, the COVID-19 testing kits did not come home with students on Friday. However, they will come home with students on Monday, January 10, 2022 and must be returned back to school on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

Best wishes for a wonderful week ahead!

Sincerely,

~Trisha

Trisha Nugent Fitzgerald. Ed.D.

Hutchinson School Principal

School News…

COVID-19 Testing Kits & Weekly Testing Program:

Due to the snow day on Friday, the COVID-19 testing kits did not come home with students. However, they will come home with students on Monday, January 10, 2022 and must be returned back to school on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. If you are not already enrolled in this program, we strongly encourage families and staff to register for participation in this program as it allows us to detect asymptomatic cases of COVID and provides a barometer as to how prevalent the virus is in our schools. 

Return to In-Person Learning MONDAY:

As Dr. Lauro stated in his email on Friday, the virtual learning option will now end and students should return to in-person instruction effective Monday, January 10 so long as they have not been directed to quarantine or isolate as a result of COVID-19.

Test to Stay:

Beginning Monday, January 10, we will introduce a Test to Stay program for students who are directed to quarantine due to exposure at school. Under this program, students would be able to attend school while they would otherwise be quarantined by taking a rapid antigen test before school each day. The District has obtained a limited supply of tests from the county/state and testing will be administered by school district personnel. Please read additional information about the program here and complete the TTS Consent Form in advance (please note that vaccinated students are not required to quarantine and do not need to complete this form). 

Early Release Day:

Please note that Wednesday, January 12, 2022 is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:00 pm. Students will have lunch and recess prior to dismissal time.

Chromebooks & School Materials:

At this time, all students have been issued a school chromebook to use when learning from home. Since this can happen at any time, and because many of these devices are the same ones that students in grades 2-5 use daily in their classroom, please look for information from your child’s teacher as to whether the chromebooks or any other learning materials should return to school on a daily basis. Students in kindergarten through 1st grade are welcome to leave their devices at home.

PTA Sponsored Read-A-Thon Starts Wednesday!:

 Our Hutchinson School PTA is sponsoring a Read-A-Thon this school year. The event kicks off on Wednesday, January 12th and runs through Wednesday, February 1st. This is a wonderful opportunity to encourage your child to read! For more information, please see the following: Hutchinson Read A Thon 2022.pdf

Important Virtual Learning Resources:

Please use the following resources to help your child log in and access their Google Classroom:

News from the PTA…

Hutchinson PTA Read-A-Thon:

We are excited to announce that the Hutchinson PTA is holding our first ever school-wide Read-A-Thon! This event will take place from January 12th-February 1st. For more information, please click on the following link: Hutchinson Read A Thon 2022.pdf

Be Aware!:

Just a reminder to Be Aware and let’s be safe during arrival and dismissal. Please remember to please be cautious walking along 3rd Avenue, currently it is open for cars and always be aware of oncoming traffic. When the demolition begins only the sidewalk opposite the old school will be open and the street will be closed to cars. For other important reminders please see the following information: Be Aware campaign.pdf

News from the District…

New COVID Coordinator:

The district would like to introduce Jackie Huezo as our new full-time COVID-19 Coordinator. Ms. Huezo has taken over for Bridget Gates and comes to Pelham with experience as a registered nurse. Ms. Huezo will assume contact tracing responsibilities as well as the coordination of our testing programs and other COVID-related matters. She may be contacted via email at jhuezo@pelhamschools.org

Vaccination Symptoms:

The Department of Health has updated its guidance regarding students who are experiencing symptoms after being vaccinated. Moving forward, students who experience any of the following symptoms within three days of being vaccinated may stay in school if they feel able to do so (day 1 is the vaccination day). These individuals do not require COVID testing to stay or return to school as long as their symptoms resolve within the three days following vaccination (i.e. if an individual receives a vaccine on Monday, their symptoms should be resolved before they return to school on Thursday).

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain

If these symptoms persist for longer than the three days following the injection, students should stay home until they receive a negative COVID-19 test (either a lab-confirmed PCR or Antigen test is accepted for this purpose). Additionally, If students have a fever equal to or greater than 100 degrees following vaccination, they must remain out of school until they are fever free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine and receive a negative COVID-19 test (either a lab-confirmed PCR or Antigen test is accepted for this purpose). 

If students have any of the following symptoms, which are not considered related to vaccination, they must receive a negative PCR test to return to school:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell

Please note that pain or other reactions at the injection site are not considered symptoms of COVID-19 and students do not need to stay home if this is their only post-vaccination symptom. 

What to do if your child has COVID-19 symptoms?:

It is critically important that you monitor your child’s symptoms. If any child is showing symptoms of COVID-19, they must not attend school and you should notify Nurse Wolfenhaut at ewolfenhaut@pelhamschools.org. Students who exhibit one or more symptoms may return to school ONLY if they receive a negative PCR test. A list of testing locations is available on the District website. As a reminder, COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting

If your child tests positive for COVID-19: 

Families should report positive cases using this form: https://forms.gle/kDRRhWtT3k7meDM96. After the positive test is recorded, families should expect to be contacted by the Westchester County Department of Health and the child will be instructed to isolate for a period of time (typically 10 days from symptom onset or the positive test result if asymptomatic). Families may also be contacted by a school district staff member for contact tracing purposes. Once the isolation period has concluded, the Department of Health will provide families documentation allowing children to return to school. This documentation should be provided to Nurse Wolfenhaut before your child attends school.

Upcoming Dates...

  • 1/10- Return to In-Person Learning
  • 1/12- Early Release Day at 1:00 pm
  • 1/12- PTA Sponsored Read-A-Thon Begins!
  • 1/17- Schools Closed: In Observance of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 2/1- PTA Sponsored Read-A-Thon Ends!
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