Titans Bulletin from Mr. DeJesus
August 16, 2021
Dear Cedar Hill ES Community,
On behalf of Cedar Hill Elementary School staff, I am happy to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year. Our teachers and staff are excited to welcome your child back to school for what we hope will be a more promising year of teaching and learning. COVID-19 has left an unforgettable mark on our traditional norms of how teachers teach, and students learn. As we begin this school year, we still face with some challenges brought on by the current COVID-19 conditions. We will continue with COVID-19 safety protocols to provide our teachers, staff, and students a safe and nurturing learning environment, however, as conditions change, we may need to make further adjustments.
During these first few weeks, teachers and staff will be going over the classroom and school processes and procedures, routines and expectations, and much more critical information that your child will need to know to be ready to learn and have a successful academic year. We recognize that our students will need support from both the home and the school to succeed.
We look forward to collaborating with you once again this year as we continue to navigate these uncertain times. Your child’s success is our success.
The school hours are from 8:15 am to 2:45 pm. We open up the front doors for students at 7:40 am. Those students who eat breakfast at school, except the kindergarteners, will go straight to the cafeteria to get their breakfast. The kindergartners will first report to their classroom, check in with their teachers, and proceed to the cafeteria. Those students who will not be eating breakfast at school will continue to their rooms. We ask parents NOT to drop off their child before 7:40 am. We do not have the supervision to watch over students before our doors open.
With our safety measures still in place for COVID-19, we will not have parents or family members permitted to eat lunch with the students.
Our regular daily hours of operation are as follows:
- The building opens at 7:40 am
- Buses unload students at 7:40 am
- The car rider lanes located in the rear of the school will open up at 7:40 am and stay open until 8:15 am.
- The tardy bell rings at 8:15 am. If you arrive after 8:15 am, you must walk your child to the front of the school and have them check in for a tardy slip at the front desk. Parents do not need to come into the office.
- The dismissal bell rings at 2:45 pm
- The gate to the car rider lanes in the afternoon opens up at 2:40 pm
Please note that the school’s main parking lot is the main entrance for busses. We ask that if you need to walk into the school during the times that the buses are dropping or picking up students, that you park in the upper 3rd lane of parking spaces; otherwise, you will not be able to exit until the busses have finished loading or unloading the students.
There are two ways to enter the school campus to drop off your child for our car riders.
- If you enter from the light at Sugarloaf Pkwy and Longmont Dr., you will make a left, then an immediate right-turn up the first street. You will proceed until you see a designated area to make a U-turn. Once you make the U-turn, you will stay on the right lane and move forward to the stop sign. At the stop sign, cross over and remain in the right lane to enter the line for the drop-off area.
- If you enter from Sugarloaf Pkwy at the light going to Richard’s Middle School (Past Legacy Academy), make a right and get on your left lane. At the stop sign, make a left, and then stay on the right lane. At the stop sign, cross over and remain in the right lane to enter the line for the drop-off area.
- Once inside the school’s drop-off area, we ask that you pull all the way forward to drop off your child. We will have staff on-site to help the students walk from their cars to the school building.
We have collaborated with local community business partners, and they have generously donated back-to-school supplies like backpacks, paper, pencils, etc. If you need some school supplies, please send in a request with your child.
Our clinic worker, once again this year, will be Ms. Mercedes Dyer. She has requested that parents not send in any medicine with their child to school. An adult has to bring in all medication, including cough drops and oils, herbal supplements (with a doctor’s permission), to school at all times. If the students must carry their Inhalers and EpiPens, etc., with them during school hours, the doctors must sign the CarePlan (Clinic), and both the medicine and CarePlan form must stay together while on the bus and in the school setting.
In addition, the clinic needs the following items below:
- Sandwich and Snack sized baggies
- Tissue boxes
- Paper towels-sized sheets
- 3-ounce cups
Also, students are not to text their parents when they are not feeling well. We ask the students to let their teachers know that they do not feel well and would like to go to the clinic. Ms. Mercedes Dyer will then contact the parent if the child is not feeling well enough to stay in school.
Reminder, parents will need to complete the Free and Reduced lunch applications every year. Although all students in GCPS will receive free meals for breakfast and lunch, we still need parents to fill out the application. The data collected from the applications can help the school receive more federal funds under the Title I program. To fill out the form, visit https://bit.ly/3x9yKTe
Isolation, Close Contact, and Quarantine
Isolation: Positive individuals with symptoms should isolate for at least 10 days and be 24 hours fever-free, without the aid of fever-reducing medications, and all other symptoms should have improved. Positive individuals without symptoms should isolate for 10 days from the first positive test date.
Close Contact: Close contacts include anyone who spent 15 minutes or more at a distance of 6 feet or less with the positive person during their infectious period.
When would a student or staff NOT have to quarantine? If any of the following apply:
- Fully vaccinated (2 weeks after the final dose of vaccine received)
- Tested Positive for COVID-19 90 days prior to becoming a contact
- The student or staff who was a confirmed or probable case and the close contact(s) were both wearing masks for most of the school day, and the exposure occurred at school. (In this scenario, close contact(s) only applies to students who are close contacts.)
When DOES a student or staff have to quarantine? Quarantine is required if students or staff become a close contact with a confirmed or probable case outside of the school.
- Confirmed case (someone who has tested positive) or
- Probable case (close contact to a positive case develops symptoms)
If students spend most of the day not wearing a mask, they must quarantine regardless of whether they became a contact in or outside of the school setting.
Mark Your Calendar: We have a few significant events happening in August and September.
- Boy Scout Informational Meeting—August 19 at 7:00 pm
- August 26—All Grades K-5 at 6:00 pm (Virtual)
We will offer three sessions of Curriculum Night Information via Zoom. We will email the links to the families next week.
Title I Annual Meeting
- September 5—at 1:00 (English) and 2:00 (Spanish) (Virtual)
Both meetings will be virtual
This annual meeting is an opportunity for all parents and stakeholders to learn about the Title I Program for the 2021-2022 school year and its benefits to their children.
The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) welcomes you back! We are currently seeking Cedar Hill family members to join us once again this year. The fee to join is only $6 for the year. You can sign-up through MypaymentsPlus or write a check payable to Cedar Hill ES PTA. The PTA collectively has done well-raising funds for our teachers and students. Over the years, our PTA has done some fantastic things. Here are a few highlights:
- Teacher Grants to enhance classroom instructional materials
- Contributions to our new playground
- Annual Fundraiser for the School
- Scholarships for Student Programs
- Family Events like Father-Daughter Dance, Back-to-School Bash, End of Year Carnival, Teacher Appreciation, and Movie Nights
Parents, we are encouraging everyone to sign up for My Payments plus. We will use this program to sign field trip forms and Title I documents. You will also have the chance to put money on your child’s lunch account and quickly pay for field trips and spirit wear. You can sign up by visiting https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome. If you need any help, please call Mrs. Richard at 770-822-1263 or Mrs. Hunter (Spanish) at 678-377-8997.
Once again, thank you for your support. We ask that you continue to visit our website often, as this will be one of the best sources of information. You can access Cedar Hill’s website from the school system’s homepage: https://www.gcpsk12.org/CedarHillES. If you need assistance in Spanish, we do offer interpretation services.
Dr. Jose M. DeJesus