First Day Details
What Can I Expect on Monday Morning?
We are so excited to welcome you and your family to Forest School this year! What an exciting year God has in store for us! School begins at 8:20. Our teachers are prepared and THRILLED to receive your child and family by 8:00 or after. You may park your car in the parking lot area designated for Forest Families. Please utilize the striped pedestrian path to walk together to the classroom. If your child is taking the bus to school, they will be met at the circle drive by each classroom aide and walked to the classroom. We ask that no parents or children walk through the circle drive for safety reasons. Parents may walk their children to the classroom and will be able to find their teacher at the door. Please make sure you take that important first day of school photo! We will ask that good-byes are said at the door of the classroom and then parents return to their cars.
Parents, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for entrusting us with the love and care for your child. We do much prefer to have you present in our school building as much as you desire. However, we are adhering to the wisdom in reducing exposure to germs and risks. We hope that by seeing the loving reception for each child, the photos we send home and the stories your child shares at the end of the school day you will know that we deem you a critical part of our relationship.
How Do I Pick Up My Child After School?
Step 1: We will ask that no cars remain parked in the circle drive between 2:45-3:30 (two busses will be coming shortly!)
Step 2: Forest students who ride the bus will be dismissed at 3:10 to board their bus. The busses will drive into the circle drive. Either teachers or teacher assistants will escort the children to the bus.
Step 3: All kindergarten parents are asked to pick up your child from the classroom. Please park in the high school parking lot and exit your car to walk to the classroom. Mr. Harig is asking each kindergartener be picked up at the classroom by parents in order to provide a touchpoint with Teacher/Parent.
Step 4: First and Second grade parents may use the circle drive to receive their children AFTER 3:15. Please enter the circle drive and pull through in a counter-clockwise direction. Please WAIT to enter the circle drive until AFTER the busses have exited the drive by 3:15. Pull through the circle drive and park curbside. If using the circle drive, we ask that you remain in your car. Either teachers or teacher assistants will escort your child to your car.
Step 5: When ALL cars in the circle drive have been loaded and children are no longer moving among the cars, the first car in the circle drive will receive the “all clear” wave and can exit the drive.
For those of you really planning ahead, Forest School’s picture day is Thursday September 10 . More specific information and scheduling will come once we are underway through classroom and the Forest School blogs.
Daily At Home Student Screenings Required
As a reminder, parents are required to screen their child at home each morning before going to school. If your child has any new or increasing symptoms below, they should not go to school and you should contact your child’s doctor for additional instruction.
- Temperature of 100.3 or higher or signs of fever (chills/sweating)
- Sore throat
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Severe headache
- Loss of taste or smell
Holland Christian will be utilizing a product called MicrobeCare in HC classrooms in a continued effort to keep rooms clean and sanitized as we return to school. MicrobeCare is a long-lasting protective coating that molecularly bonds to all surfaces. The product is safe for skin, clothes and the environment. MicrobeCare creates a barrier that kills 99.99% of microbes, prevents mutation and minimizes the spread of viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae and yeast on a wide variety of products. MicrobeCare is safe and has 10 years of recorded proven results in highly sensitive healthcare environments including stethoscopes, wound care dressings and medical devices. It is a registered antimicrobial with the EPA and also approved by the FDA. It is odorless, colorless, and non-leaching. More information on Microbecare can be found here. Once applied, MicrobeCare will continuously self-sanitize any surfaces it is applied to as an added layer of protection for students and staff.