Good Afternoon Jonathan Valley Families,
We are looking forward to seeing our students return to Jonathan Valley on Monday, October 5th, for in person learning. This message has a few reminders for Monday morning. Please visit the Jonathan Valley website and see the School News post from September 28th for additional information, or check the Remind message that was sent out on September 28th.
Our doors at Jonathan Valley will open at 7:30 AM for our car riders. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide morning care this year. Students and families will need to remain in their vehicle until a JVE faculty / staff member has taken the student’s temperature and asked the required health questions. Our JVE folks on duty will ask the health questions, and we will also have a poster at the car and bus drop off for reference. Once we have gone through the health questions with you for a couple of weeks, we will begin referencing the posters and simply asking for a thumbs up. We will move as quickly as possible, however with temperature checks and health questions, please plan for the car line to take longer.
Please allow our bus drivers, Mrs. Linda, Mr. Joe, and Mrs. Nikki at least 10 minutes of grace on their expected arrival or drop off times. Students will have assigned seats on the bus, and seated with siblings when possible. Students will not be allowed to eat on the bus, due to wearing their masks while on the bus at all times. Riding the bus is a privilege, and students are expected to abide by these new mandates, as well as expectations in their agenda book.
PM dismissal will be similar to last year. Names will be taken as cars arrive. You will receive a yellow tag to display in your car when you arrive. Please keep this tag displayed on your dash until you exit the car line. This helps our JVE folks on duty in getting students to their cars. This year families picking up students must remain in their vehicle or beside their vehicle. Please do not wait on the sidewalk. If you exit your vehicle you will need to wear a mask. Masks must be worn by all students, teachers, staff and visitors on buses, inside school buildings, and anywhere on school grounds, including outside per the NC Department of Health and Human Services #StayStrongNC guidance. Masks should cover the nose and mouth at all times. The faculty / staff on duty will assist getting students to their vehicles. Please expect delays, because we have more students that have chosen to be car riders this year than in previous years.
Thank you and have a great weekend!
A Note from the School Nurse
Remind your child each day to wear his/ her mask to protect everyone.
We each need to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID 19 in our schools and community. A simple face covering, particularly when combined with keeping distance whenever possible, makes a huge difference in reducing the opportunities that the virus has to jump from person to person. Remember that a mask should cover your mouth and nose for the most protection!
Our success at school depends on what you do at home.
In addition to good hand hygiene, adequate rest, and proper nutrition, it is important for us to follow social distancing during this pandemic. Please be careful when choosing to participate in activities outside of school. Ask yourself… Will there be a large crowd? Will others wear face coverings? If I am sick, how many people will I expose?
Closely monitor your child for signs and symptoms of COVID 19.
When in doubt, keep your child out. We will follow NCDHHS and Haywood County School Board policies for exclusion of students. Please check your child each day for the following symptoms:
Fever, Chills, Shortness of Breath/ Difficulty Breathing, New Cough, New Loss of Taste or Smell
(As well as other symptoms of illness)
- WEAR a mask that covers your mouth and nose
- WAIT six feet apart–give others space!
- WASH your hands frequently with soap and water, and disinfect surfaces
- ISOLATE as soon as you feel sick, and get tested
- QUARANTINE if you are exposed or tested for COVID
- DO what you can to NOT be a close contact with anyone
Remember: a close contact is considered to be within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes and not wearing a face covering. Your best bet is to protect yourself and others by following the guidance above.
Please contact the school if your child or a close contact tests positive for COVID19.