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Principal's Message

August 18, 2020

Dear Gess Gator Families,

Gess Staff is excited and preparing to welcome elementary students back to school to continue their learning. Health and safety are our top priority for both students and staff. School will be starting as a remote learning environment. Our first task as a community is to make sure every family has the tools, they will need to be successful. There is a limited supply of computers currently available. The administration is working to add more technology.

This week staff will be in contact will all families to schedule a family connection meeting for the first week of school. During the first four days of school, we will be inviting each family to meet with their teacher for a one-on-one opportunity to share how your child will be engaging with remote learning this year. All Gess students and their parent are strongly encouraged to attend the family connection meeting.

Here are a few things to note about the Family Connection Meeting:
• We will be following current safety guidelines including:
o If anyone in your family has COVID-19 symptoms or has had contact with someone who tested positive to COVID-19, or who is still in their isolation period for testing positive for COVID-19 please do *NOT* come into the building. Please contact the Gess Office at 509-685-6800 ext. 84002 and we will coordinate together how to get your child(ren) their information.
o One parent only should attend with child(ren) to limit the number of individuals in the building.
o Please bring your own pen.
o Temperature checks will occur at the front for each individual who is entering the building.
o Hand sanitizer will be available upon entrance and available in the gym.
o Masks/face coverings are required to enter the building—we will have disposable masks on site if needed.
o Social distancing needs to be followed meaning 6 feet of distance between family groups and with staff. Additionally, we will have spots marked outside the building in case of a line that supports social distancing.
o Tables will be sanitized between family connection meetings.
o Clear entrance and exit locations will be utilized.
• During the 20-minute time slot, your child(ren) will receive support to login, complete initial setup, and receive, if needed, a district device. Some families may not need the full 20 minutes, but all students must do the first initial log in on site. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in and ensure you have your full 20 minutes if needed.
• Gess staff members will be on site to support any check out and log in questions.
Be safe, be well. Looking forward to our reconnection!

Julie Price
Gess Elementary Principal
509-685-6800 ext. 4001