Dear Colden Elementary School Families and Students,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! As we start the new school year together on Tuesday, September 7th, our staff looks forward to working with you and your child! This past year has shown us what we can accomplish with a strong partnership between our families and schools. While we are committed to educating your child, our top priority is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. In the next weeks, we will be focusing on updated safety measures to help keep everyone as safe as possible.

New Staff

We have several new faces in our building this year! Joining our staff will be: Melissa Cataldo as a Kindergarten teacher, Alex Tamol as our new school psychologist, and Nicole Rzepka as a Special Education teaching assistant. We are excited to welcome all of them to our Colden Elementary School family! Joy Johnson has taken over as our new secretary, replacing the recently retired Ms. Gadra. You can email the office staff at jjohnson@springvillegi.org or Fax Number 592-3254. Any changes to your child’s dismissal schedule must be made prior to 11:00 AM. 

Health and Safety Protocols

This school year, virtual learning will be offered on a very limited basis.  If your child requires the virtual option due to a medical issue, please contact the elementary school main office. Students will continue to eat lunch in the cafeteria and gymnasium while being seated at a safe distance. We will continue to enforce regular handwashing and disinfecting protocols throughout the school day and after school each evening. All special area classes will return to their regular classrooms. 

Transportation

As we prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we want our SGI families to know that we will continue the safe practices developed in the 20-21 school year to keep your children safe in this continued COVID pandemic. Our Transportation Team will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by all governing agencies to create the safest environment possible.

For the safety of all students, the district will pick-up and drop off at home residence(s) at no more than one alternate location. An alternate location may include: daycare, relative homes, or another predetermined residence. All court ordered parental agreements will be adhered to in our plan. We continue this practice to provide the safest transportation possible for our students to limit exposure to possible infections of COVID-19. We understand the decision to use public school transportation is only one of many difficult decisions you, as parents and guardians, are making for your children. To help you understand our plan, we are providing some information about procedures for you to consider when planning for your family.

Drivers/attendants will complete all required health screening prior to reporting for duty. They will not report if they have any signs or symptoms of illness. Drivers/attendants will always be required to wear their face masks when children are present.

Handrails, seat backs, seat corners and any other high touch areas will be cleaned with a sanitizing solution between each bus run by the driver/attendant. At the end of the day each bus will be sanitized. Each bus will be deep cleaned at least twice a week.

Children will be seated on the bus from back to front. They will be asked to sit closest to the window in each seat and wear their mask. Extra face masks and gloves will be available. Drivers/attendants will wear gloves when assisting individual children, or touching their belongings is necessary. Gloves will be changed between these expsoures.

Elementary School Times to Remember:

8:45 Doors open (Please DO NOT drop students off prior to 8:30. We do not have adult supervision.)

9:00 Students who arrive after 9:00 AM will be marked Tardy for the day

3:10 Dismissal for students being picked up by a parent

3:15 Buses start loading

3:30 Buses approximately leave CES

Once again, we are offering free breakfast and lunch for all students during this school year.

We are excited about all that this new school year has to offer and look forward to working collectively as a family to ensure that our students are provided with the best educational experience. We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Warmest regards,

Brooke Adams                                                                     

Principal, Colden Elementary School