Ida Burns Announcements
CPSD will have Thanksgiving Food Boxes prepared for families to pick up this Friday, November 20th, from 9am-noon at the Food Service Warehouse. (1902 Hairston Street) These boxes are available at no cost to all CPSD students. The first 1,000 boxes will even include a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner! We are thankful for our Food Service Workers!
In the last week, Ida Burns Elementary School has seen an increase in the number of COVID cases and students and staff who have had to be quarantined as a result of exposure. Ida Burns will pivot to virtual instruction beginning tomorrow, Friday November 13th- Friday November 20th. All onsite students will work virtually from home. Students should log into Seesaw to communicate with teachers about classes and assignments.
Meal boxes for the week will be available for all students to pick up Monday morning from 9-11 am at the Food Service Warehouse. (1902 Hairston)
We ask for your support and cooperation as we make this decision in the best interest of our staff and our students. Please help us by limiting your students’ group interactions and activities outside of school. Thank you.
This Friday October 23rd is a "Virtual Day" for Conway Schools teachers and students. This is different from "Blended Fridays." On virtual days, all students will learn from home, similar to AMI days in the past. Teachers will be working virtually as well. Students should log into Seesaw or Schoology to complete assignments for Friday. (No new material will be covered.)
Sallie Cone Preschool is included in the virtual day.
School resumes next week on our regular schedule Monday-Thursday (10/26-10/29), with Blended Friday (10/30) at the end of the week.
Conway Public Schools will offer blended learning days on Fridays each week, beginning next Friday, October 2nd.
“Blended Fridays” give parents/students the option of learning from home or school. Students who choose to learn from home on Fridays will not be counted absent. Instruction on blended Fridays will be 100% virtual. These are catch-up days for teachers and students: there will be no new content taught or major assessments given.
CPSD is making this change primarily to help ease the burden on our faculty. We have listened and we trust the feedback received from our teachers: the amount of work required with our current model of instruction is not sustainable. Blended Fridays will give teachers protected time for the added tasks that have come with this unusual school year, and are designed to bring relief to everyone: parents, students, and staff. This is a hard time for all of us. We hope this will help.
New schedule for onsite students (beginning September 28)
Monday-Thursday: Onsite Learning (students continue to come to school in person)
Friday: Blended Learning (students may login to LMS (Seesaw or Schoology) from home for virtual learning OR come to school in person to complete virtual work on campus
Important Information from our School Nurse:
· Next Monday 9/28/2020, I will be conducting the 4th grade vision screening
· Tuesday 9/29 I will be screening Kindergarten.
· If your child wears glasses, PLEASE make sure they bring them.
· Virtual students, may call the school and schedule an appointment with the nurse.
Please read these important reminders for parents regarding instruction (both virtual and onsite) this year: www.conwayschools.org/page/860
The federal government has extended a nationwide waiver giving free meals to all CPSD students through December 31st.
What you need to know:
• Because of funding regulations, we must still determine a student’s meal status (Free, Reduced, or Paid) this fall.
• If you qualify or think you qualify for Free or Reduced lunch this year, please complete the application now.
• The waiver applies to both breakfast and lunch each school day.
• The waiver applies to all meals purchased beginning Monday August 31st. So- if your student purchased any meals this week, their account will be credited.
• A la carte choices are not included under this waiver. These items must be paid for at the time of service.
• The waiver does not affect outstanding lunch balances from last year. If you owe money on your child’s account, please take care of these charges.
• The waiver currently extends through the end of the fall semester, and we will begin charging student accounts according to meal status in January.
Most students should now be able to login and access our Learning Management Systems without issue.
If you are still having difficulty, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you email this address, someone will get back with you to troubleshoot your specific situation.
Students are not falling behind because of any technical difficulties.
Before emailing for help:
Be sure you have completed returning registration for your student. We still have more than 900 students whose registration is not complete. Their accounts will remain disabled until this is done.
Be sure you have read the district’s “How to” guides for See Saw and Schoology: https://ar50000572.schoolwires.net/Page/829
CPSD Athletic Events will have some changes this year, including capacity restrictions of no more than 33% and requiring all spectators to wear masks at all times during the event. Tickets for Junior High and Senior High Football games will be pre-sell ONLY this season. Please read the additional details on our website: https://ar50000572.schoolwires.net/Page/827
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Start of School Information Video
Ida Burns Elem Drive - Thru Meet - N - Greet!!
Grades 1- 4
Wednesday August 19th
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
We hope to see you there!
The deadline for decisions about fall re-entry is Friday, August 14 at noon. Parents who have not made a definitive decision or who wish to change their decision need to contact their child’s school to communicate this information. Once school starts, if adjustments are needed, each family will be afforded the opportunity to make one change during the fall semester. If the student is attending on-site and wishes to transition to virtual, or if the student is attending virtually and needs to return to on-site instruction, the parent should contact the building administrator to be apprised of next steps.
If you chose the virtual option for this fall we will need to meet with you to discuss what the expectations are for virtual learning and provide you with the needed materials for this upcoming semester. MEETING TIMES ARE NEXT WEEK FOR VIRUTAL ORIENTATION! Please click on the link to find more information and sign up for a meeting time. We look forward to working with you this school year.
To help our students and families acclimate back into the school environment and learn new health and safety procedures in place at our school buildings, and to give teachers additional time to support individual students, Conway Public Schools will begin the 2020-21 School Year with a staggered start.
Only students whose last name begins with the letter(s) A-M will come to school on August 24th.
Only students whose last name begins with the letter(s) N-Z will come to school on August 25th.
All students will attend school on August 26th.
If students reside in the same household but have different last names, the principal will make all accommodations necessary to assist those families. Please contact your school if you have questions or need assistance.
During the first two days of school, teachers and staff will work with students to ensure the following:
Students have the technology and resources for use at home and at school.
Students receive support from the teacher to learn how to use the Learning Management System (Seesaw K-4; Schoology 5-12).
Students understand the protocols and procedures put in place for PPE usage and compliance with distancing and other guidelines from the Departments of Health and Education.
If you chose the VIRTUAL option for this fall we will need to meet with you to discuss what the expectations are for virtual learning and provide you with the needed materials for this upcoming semester. Please click on the link to find more information and sign up for a meeting time. We look forward to working with you this school year.
It is now time for our “Returning Student Registration,” where we ask you to update your information for the 2020-21 School Year! “Annual Required Forms” are now available online here https://ar50000572.schoolwires.net/Page/277 for returning students in grades 1-12. Please login and complete these forms now. Completion of the forms is required- for students in both the virtual and onsite learning environments- to begin the 2020-21 school year.
You will need your CPSD login and password to complete the Annual Required Forms. This information has been emailed to you if we have your correct email address. If you do not have your login, or you need other assistance, please call your child’s school where someone will be available to help you.
Annual Required Forms should be completed for all students prior to the first day of school. Students will not be able to use computers or have access to digital learning platforms until parents have signed the mandatory usage agreements found in returning registration.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. We are looking forward to a great school year!