Dear Park Hill Parents:
Thank you for your patience, help, and support with the two days of Inside Morning and inclement weather last week. I fully recognize that it may have felt chaotic, and may have left you a bit unsure. I also recognize that this is new to some of you. Please note, this is nothing new to Park Hill. We’ve had several Inside Mornings in years past, but this one came a bit earlier in the season and therefore our planning was rushed. I want to take this time to assure you that we have a game plan moving forward and that your student(s) will be safe and make it to class on time with a trusted adult.
On Inside Morning days, which occur when the weather is below freezing or there is rain or snow in the air, we ask all students to enter through the cafeteria doors up until 7:55 AM. If we know in advance it will be an Inside Morning, we will send an email the night before. We will also put signs on our exterior doors.
Once inside the cafeteria, all second through fifth grade students will go to the auditorium to wait with our staff members. They are welcome to get breakfast first if desired. From the auditorium, there will be a staggered dismissal to the classrooms, with fifth grade going first, then fourth, then third and second grades. This will help with the traffic in the hallways.
The kindergarteners and first graders will remain in the cafeteria. There will be assigned tables for both first grade and kindergarten. Again, we will have those areas properly staffed with Park Hill team members.
The first graders will dismiss early, around 7:50 AM, with either their teacher or a para professional. They will walk directly to class at this time. This will help keep the cafeteria and the hallways less congested. Any first graders arriving into the cafeteria after 7:50 AM will be escorted to class through the hallways.
The kindergartners will remain in the cafeteria until the bell rings at 7:55 AM. They will then be escorted to class with either their teacher or their classroom para.
Anyone arriving after 7:55 AM, which is the time of the first bell, may enter through either the cafeteria or the main doors. Tardy slips will still be required after 8:00 AM as per normal school rules.
In all circumstances, we will ensure that students are safe and that they get to class with a Park Hill team member. I am asking that you trust us in doing so, as I believe this will work if we stick to the plan. Please keep in mind that we have over 700 students in the building, so regardless of how we approach this, it will be crowded and it will be noisy. We ask that you leave your student(s) to the are of our trusted team members in the cafeteria, as space and safety concerns make this a necessary hand-off point for the bad weather days. With less people in the space, the children will be calmer and the day can begin on a positive note. Thank you for your trust in this matter, and please remember that we always have the best interest of your student(s) at heart.
Thank you in advance,
Ken Burdette, Principal
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