MLK Parent Newsletter
October 18, 2020
As you might already know the County of Kings is on the Red Tier (Tier 3). In order for our schools to re-open, the county must remain on the Red Tier this week. The data will be updated on Tuesday 10/20/20. If we remain in the Red Tier then we are able to open in November.
To finalize our re-opening plans we need to know how many students will be returning to in-person learning. Our plans for classrooms, line up and after-school dismissal will be affected by the number of students we will have. This is where we need everyone's help. If you have not already done so, please complete the re-opening survey as soon as possible. Here is the link to the survey: https://www.hanfordesd.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=66. I now and understand that this is a very difficult decision to make. There is no right or wrong answer; in either format your child will receive a high quality learning experience. Our staff will begin reaching out to all parents who have not completed the survey this week. We need 100% completion. As of Friday we only have 30% of our families that have completed it. The deadline is October 21, 2020. Below you will find information regarding our re-opening.
We have been preparing for re-opening by creating plans that will allow our students to socially distance while on campus. We will have separate entrances for grade levels and will be starting a drive-thru car pick up lane for after-school. This will require our MLK community to abide by strict social distance rules and procedures. This will allow us to remain open in a safe manner. As soon as we have the green light to re-open we will begin the process of updating you with the information as well as sending you videos of what our campus will look like upon return.
Lastly, I want to thank you for your patience, support and hard work in maintaining your children engaged. The process to re-open will require flexibility and understanding as we navigate the new reality for our school. We look forward to working together to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to our office at 585-3715.
Please follow this link to make your selection for in-person or distance learning.
Questions and answers related to reopening.
Here a few updates and reminders for the week:
- Please complete the re-opening survey as soon as possible. We need you to decide wether your child will return for in-person instruction or distance learning. Here is the link to the survey: https://www.hanfordesd.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=66
- You will be receiving the Hanford Elementary Income Verification Survey in the mail within the next few days. It is very important that this survey be completed and returned in the prepaid envelope. Our school receives funding based on the number of low income-students who attend. These funds pay for programs and services that support our students, including: Computers, Art, music, PE, After school sports, Nurses & counselors, Study Trips, READY and much more.
Please take a minute to complete and return the HESD Income Survey form to ensure these programs continue for our students.
- For this week's MVP we are looking for the characteristic of "Respect". Students watched a brief video during the student announcements that talked about being respectful. If your child is selected as the week's MVP, the pick up of prizes is Wednesdays from 12-2. Please watch the video below for more information.
Dress up Days: Mondays-School Pride Day (Wear Purple).
Next Friday 10/23/20 will be Sunglasses day.
If you are interested in MLK T-shirts please check out the order form below. We are not taking orders in the office; they have to be done through their website or on the phone. The deadline is October 30th.
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Below you will find the MLK t-shirts available this year. You must order the t-shirts through their website www.spiritandpride.com or by calling the following number (800) 854-4452. They will ask you for the school ID # which is 289012. We are not accepting orders at the school.
The orders will be shipped to MLK and once they arrive we will have them available for pick up.
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