August 2, 2021: TMES Parent Weekly

Thurgood Marshall Elementary School (TMES) Weekly Events/Information  

Week of: August 2, 2021 

Greetings TMES Families, 

Below, you will find the school-wide events for the week of August 2, 2021, and important school information. 

Weekly Schedule of Events

 

Date 

Event 

Special Notes 

Monday, August 2, 2021  Enter the campus on San Lucas Place No Entry on MacKenzie Creek Rd. 

 

**No Parking in Zones 1-3** 

Welcome to campus families.  CVESD will allow parents to drop off and pick up their child on the school campus, following health and safety guidelines. Parents are expected to leave campus immediately following dropping off or picking up their child. If local or state guidelines change the CVESD may revise this practice, accordingly.
Tuesday, August 3, 2021  Enter the campus on San Lucas Place No Entry on MacKenzie Creek Rd. 

 

**No Parking in Zones 1-3** 

 

 

Read with your child/children. Encourage your child to read daily for at least two minutes. Parents can ask quick questions to check for understanding. Here are a few questions to help get you started. Tell me about the story. Who are the main characters? What do you think might happen next in the story? What was your favorite part of the book? What was the most interesting thing that you learned from the book? If you could change one thing in the book, what would it be? Did you learn any new words or facts? 
Wednesday, August 4, 2021  Enter the campus on San Lucas Place No Entry on MacKenzie Creek Rd. 

 

**No Parking in Zones 1-3** 

 

Return the Acknowledgement Forms 

Ask your child about their Achieve 3000, I-Ready, and/or Smarty Ants goals. If you need access to the Parent Portal in Achieve or Smarty Ants, request access from the teacher of record.  
Thursday, August 5, 2021  PTC General Meeting 

5 p.m.  

Click here to join the meeting 

 

**No Parking in Zones 1-3** 

 

Return the Acknowledgement Forms 

 

 
Friday, August 6, 2021  Virtual Principal Coffee Chat  

9 a.m. 

Click here to join the meeting 

**No Parking in Zones 1-3** 

 

Return the Acknowledgement Forms 

 

Have a safe weekend. 

Important Reminders/Information: 

Bus Loop Safety: The bus loop is only for school busses only. We have families driving in the bus loop during the day and looking into the playground, blocking busses, or dropping students off in the loop. We want to make sure everyone is safe. When individuals drive their vehicles in the bus look and look at staff an students, this action is causing concern to our students and staff as they are worried people are un-safe. Any questions or concerns regarding recess, please contact the classroom teacher. Questions, please contact the office.

FREE COVID-19 TESTING: Get a PCR/NAAT or Antigen test at a free County facility, at a medical provider, or at our District Office (Education Services and Support Center), located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista. The district office site hours are from M-TH 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Currently, we can only test STAFF and CVESD STUDENTS. No family members are able to test, at this time. 

In addition to the ESSC, the County of San Diego has opened a COVID-19 testing center that is also free, and with longer hours that include Saturday testing opportunities. For Spanish-language, make sure to select that option in the drop down menu. Here is the County info: 

The County of San Diego has opened a new testing site in Chula Vista at the Oleander Community Center, 1301 Oleander Avenue (formerly known as the Boys and Girls Club). They are open Tuesday-Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcomed until the daily maximum testing capacity is reached. Testing is free and only takes a few minutes out of your day. Seek testing as often as necessary to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you. 

Testing, Tracing, and Vaccination—Keys to Keeping Schools Open: We encourage all families to review the most recent CVESD communication.  

English: https://cvesd-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/anthony_millican_cvesd_org/EaNBIFekeDRFhuYx0MZmXT4BZhw1ftayWKQOxx0PfNIJAA?e=g5rA9U 

Spanish: https://cvesd-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/anthony_millican_cvesd_org/EXQ6hhehmSBIjNM9f4Y26wQBpLiMThQqUhG3Z8xaPx_vSQ?e=1IShuW 

SDCOE Decision Tree: All families are encouraged to read the SDCOE COVID decision tree. All schools are required to follow this protocol. https://covid-19.sdcoe.net/portals/covid-19/Documents/Health%20Practices/COVID-19-Decision-Tree.pdf  

Is your child sick? Please call the office and notify our staff of any illness related concerns. If your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and/or gets sent home, we cannot accept the Antigen test for their return to campus. PCR/NAAT tests are needed for anyone who is symptomatic—or who is asymptomatic (doesn’t have symptoms) yet tested positive with an Antigen test.  As always, please contact our school office staff if your child will be absent from school for any reason 

Please note, for students physically at school, it is very important that parents/guardians speak with school office staff regarding the reason for any student absence from class. 

**Follow the Procedures Below if Your Child or Someone in the House is Sick or Tests Positive for COVID-19**

My child is sick and does not take a COVID-19 test
If your child gets sick and you or your healthcare provider decides not to have them get a polymerase chain reaction (PCR/NAAT) to determine if they have COVID, they may return when:
o It is at least 10 days from their symptom onset and
o They are without a fever for 24 hours with no fever reducing medication and
o Their symptoms are improving.

My child is sick and/or tests positive with the COVID-19 virus
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 through either PCR (NAAT) Test or antigen test, they may return when:
o It is at least 10 days from their symptom onset or the date they tested positive if asymptomatic and
o They are without a fever for 24 hours with no fever reducing medication and
o Their symptoms are improving.

My child is sick and tests negative for the COVID-19 virus
If your child gets sick and tests negative for COVID-19 through a PCR (NAAT) Test, they may return when:
o They are without a fever for 24 hours with no fever reducing medication and
o Their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours and
o They provide proof of the negative PCR test results to the school site.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Negative Antigen tests are not accepted. Currently San Diego County only accepts negative PCR (NAAT) Tests for return to work/school. It is recommended that parents choose to get a PCR (NAAT) Test for their children, to prevent having to retest. Parents can use the testing available through the District to meet these requirements.

My child has symptoms that are a result of a chronic pre-existing condition
o If your child has a pre-existing condition, which has previously been reported to the
school, call the school nurse for further directions.
o Students who have a pre-existing condition may return to school with a note from their
healthcare provider. The note MUST:
o Be signed by a licensed MD/DO/NP/PA who manages the condition.
o Confirm the chronic diagnosis (cite labs, date of record when diagnosed with the condition, etc.).
o Include the provider’s contact information.
o Explain how the symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19.
o Be accompanied by a signed consent (from the parent/guardian) for the school to interact with the MD/DO/NP/PA.

Amazon Smile: Did you know that there is an easy way to donate to our school? We encourage all families to donate while they shop on Amazon. To learn more about Amazon Smile, click here. Select Thurgood Marshall PTC. 

Meals: Meals for breakfast and lunch will be provided for free to all students in the 2021-22 school year. Parents may provide lunch from home if they choose. At breakfast, students can walk up to the service line and select one entree, one of any fruit choices, and one beverage container. At lunch, students select one entree, one of any fruit choices, one vegetable choice and one beverage container. 

We look forward to an amazing rest of our school year. Thank you for your support of our learning environment.  

Did you miss the General Session for Curriculum Night?

Families,

Did you miss the general session for Curriculum Night? Click the link TMES Curr Night 2021 PDF to review the slide deck.

New Important Announcement:

  • Effective Monday, August 2, 2021, parents/guardians will be to drop off and pick up their child on the school campus, following health and safety guidelines.
  • Families can not leave their vehicles unattended in the arrival/departure zones.
  • Arrival: Parents can drop off their child at the blacktop (Grades K-6).
    • Parents are expected to leave campus immediately following dropping off or picking up their children.
  • Departure: Parents are expected to wait outside the gates until the bell rings and then can proceed to the classroom for pick-up. Families are expected to leave campus immediately following picking up their child.
  • If local or state guidelines change, the CVESD may revise this practice, accordingly. 

July 27, 2021: TMES Parent Weekly

Greetings TMES Families,

Below, you will find the school-wide events for the week of July 26, 2021, and important school information.

**Weekly Schedule of Events**

Quarter Character Theme: Diversity

Date

Event

Special Notes

Monday, July 26, 2021

Enter the campus on San Lucas Place No Entry on MacKenzie Creek Rd.

 

**No Parking in Zones 1-3**

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Enter the campus on San Lucas Place No Entry on MacKenzie Creek Rd.

 

**No Parking in Zones 1-3**

 

 

Read with your child/children. Encourage your child to read daily for at least two minutes. Parents can ask quick questions to check for understanding. Here are a few questions to help get you started. Tell me about the story. Who are the main characters? What do you think might happen next in the story? What was your favorite part of the book? What was the most interesting thing that you learned from the book? If you could change one thing in the book, what would it be? Did you learn any new words or facts?

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Enter the campus on San Lucas Place No Entry on MacKenzie Creek Rd.

 

**No Parking in Zones 1-3**

Thursday,  July 29, 2021

Virtual Curriculum Night

5 p.m. General “Whole School” Session

Link to Join

 

**No Parking in Zones 1-3**

The first session will begin at 5:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and our second session will begin at 6:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. During both sessions, the same content will be shared.

The teacher will share the link with your family for the sessions.

Friday, July 30, 2021 **No Parking in Zones 1-3**

Have a safe weekend.

July 21, 2021- Our Mustangs Survived the First Day of School!!

Greetings Families,

Our Mustangs survived the first day of school! We knew they could do it!

There were a lot of smiles and a few tears, but that is always expected on the first day. We encourage all families to check-in with your child about their day. Please celebrate with your child tonight. Cheers to the success of the first day! One day down and 179 to go.

Thank you for being kind to our Mustang families while driving, waiting, parking, walking, etc. It will take a few days for families to figure out the Mustang system. Please review the map and follow our traffic guidelines.

Tomorrow, July 22, 2021, is a regular full day for students in grades 1-5. Review the daily bell schedule.  TMES Bell Schedule 2021.2022

Breakfast and Lunch: FREE for all students.

Personal items: Please ensure your child has their first and last name on their water bottles, snack bags, lunch bag, inside jackets, etc. If there is a lost item, we want to get it back to the owner. Appropriate identification will help.

Important Reminders

Outside, on campus, no one is required to wear a mask.

Students and staff are required to wear a mask indoors.

  • Parents and staff are asked to conduct health screening at home.
  • No temperature checks are required for staff/students upon entry to the school site, but we will monitor student/staff well-being throughout the day and take temperatures if a student or staff member develops symptoms or is not
    feeling well. Any student who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent to an area for health screening. After the health screening, if determined that the student will need to be sent home, the student will be sent home.
  • All staff and students will be required to wear a mask indoors. Students will be provided a face mask if they do not have one.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to school.
  • Social distancing will not be required.

Essential Arrival & Departure Information

  • At TMES, we do not have enough parking spots for our staff.
  • Park in the community and walk into the campus. Or, walk from home.
  • Reserved parking is for staff.
  • Due to safety, students can not be dropped off in the parking lot. A car can hit a student by parking or leaving. Please help us
    keep our students safe.

***Make an arrival and departure plan. Communicate the plan to your child. This will help our Mustangs know where they should meet your family after school. Important considerations.***

Where will they be dropped off and picked up?

What zone? All students in grades 1-6 six can enter the campus at any zone.

Will they pick up their younger sibling first, then walk to the zone

Will they walk home? Will they be picked up? Who will pick them up?

Will they ride the school bus?

Families will wait at the gate during arrival and departure. Make sure your child knows where they will meet you daily.

Student Arrival:
• Multiple entry points are established for ease of campus entry.

Arrival Time: 8:15 a.m. – 8:44 a.m. & School starts at 8:45 a.m.

Zone 1: TK, Kinder, 604, 702, 703 ( For the first few weeks)
Zone 1/500: 500 Building (Grades 1-6)
Zone 2: Flag Pole (Grades 1-6)
Zone 3: Auditorium Gate (Grades 1-6)

• Students in grades K-6 will walk on campus to their line-up destination.
• Kinders will walk to the Kinder Gate for the first couple of weeks.

Families will wait at the gate during arrival and departure. Make sure your child knows where they will meet you daily.

Student Dismissal:
• Students in grades 1-6 will be dismissed to the designated zone for pick-up, bus, or individual
walking.
•Students in grades TK, K, 604, 702,  and703 (non-bus riders) will wait in the kínder playground for adult pick-up.

Visitors and Volunteers 

We love our families! See you soon.
• CVESD guidance is to limit visitors/volunteers on campus. Visitors and volunteers are not permitted on campus at this time. If you wish to volunteer, check with your child’s teacher to see if there is something you can do virtually.
• Two visitors in the office at a time due to space.
• No volunteers or visitors in the classrooms at this time.
• When volunteers are allowed, all volunteers must be vaccinated and go through volunteer application in order to be on campus and must wear a mask at all times.

 

July 20, 2021: Important First Day of School Reminder- 7/21/2021 – Minimum Day

Greetings Families,

We look forward to seeing our Mustangs for the first day of school. School will start tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. for grades K-6 and 8:30 a.m. for TK.  Breakfast and lunch are free for all students. We encourage all families to review the slide deck shared on the Friday blog post. https://www.thurgoodmarshallmustangs.org/files/2021/07/TMES-Parent-COVID-Updates-7.16.2021-pdf.pdf

Below, you will find a few important reminders.

County of San Diego & SDCOE Mask Guidance

Outside, on campus, no one is required to wear a mask.

Students and staff are required to wear a mask indoors.

  • Parents and staff are asked to conduct health screening at home.
  • No temperature checks are required for staff/students upon entry to the school site, but we will monitor student/staff well-being throughout the day and take temperatures if a student or staff member develops symptoms or is not
    feeling well. Any student who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent to an area for health screening. After the health screening, if determined that the student will need to be sent home, the student will be sent home.
  • All staff and students will be required to wear a mask indoors. Students will be provided a face mask if they do not have one.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to school.
  • Social distancing will not be required.

Essential Arrival & Departure Information

  • At TMES, we do not have enough parking spots for our staff.
  • Park in the community and walk into the campus. Or, walk from home.
  • Reserved parking is for staff.
  • Due to safety, students can not be dropped off in the parking lot. A car can hit a student by parking or leaving. Please help us
    keep our students safe.

Student Arrival:
• Entry points are established for ease of campus entry.

Arrival Time: 8:15 a.m. – 8:44 a.m. & School starts at 8:45 a.m.

Zone 1: TK, Kinder, 604, 702, 703 ( For the first few weeks)
Zone 1/500: 500 Building (Grades 1-6)
Zone 2: Flag Pole (Grades 1-6)
Zone 3: Auditorium Gate (Grades 1-6)

• Students in grades K-6 will walk on campus to their line-up destination.
• Kinders will walk to the Kinder Gate for the first couple of weeks.

Families will wait at the gate during arrival and departure. Make sure your child knows where they will meet you daily.

Student Dismissal:
• Students in grades 1-6 will be dismissed to the designated zone for pick-up, bus, or individual
walking.
•Students in grades TK, K, 604, 702,  and703 (non-bus riders) will wait in the kínder playground for adult pick-up.

Make a plan and communicate the plan to your child.
• Where will they be dropped off and picked up? What zone? All students in grades one thru six can enter any zone.
• Will they walk home? Will they be picked up? Who will pick them up.
• Will they ride the school bus?

Families will wait at the gate during arrival and departure. Make sure your child knows where they will meet you daily.

Visitors and Volunteers 

We love our families! See you soon.
• CVESD guidance is to limit visitors/volunteers on campus. Visitors and volunteers are not permitted on campus at this time. If you wish to volunteer, check with your child’s teacher to see if there is something you can do virtually.
• Two visitors in the office at a time due to space.
• No volunteers or visitors in the classrooms at this time.
• When volunteers are allowed, all volunteers must be vaccinated and go through volunteer application in order to be on campus and must wear a mask at all times.

CVESD Office of Communications

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff:

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free antigen and PCR (also known as NAAT – Nucleic Acid Amplification Test) testing for COVID-19 to staff and students starting today and ending Friday, July 30 at the Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista. The testing site will be at the southwest end of the main District building, near the Board Room.  Testing will be offered from 8:00AM – 4:30PM. Registration for this testing will be conducted on site.  No appointments are necessary.

Starting August 2, the District will provide both the Antigen and PCR tests at each school on a two-week rotation.  Parents must OPT-IN for the two-week testing.  A link will be sent prior to August 2 for parents to provide consent and opt-in their child(ren). School testing schedule will be posted on the District website in the Safe Return to School Information Center.

Testing is voluntary, but recommended.  Our voluntary testing and tracing program assists to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Thank you for helping to make CVESD a safe place to learn and work.

Bus Schedule and Transportation Information 21-22

The CVESD Transportation Department has just sent out the latest school bus schedule (see below).  Click on the link below to be directed to the district website.  Registration is necessary for your child to ride the bus.  You will need your child’s student identification number.  Reminder, busses are not available for TK students due to their shortened day.  If you have a child in Kindergarten and you would like them to ride the bus, please come to the office to fill out a form.  Your Kindergarten student may not ride the bus until a tag has been issued and must be worn daily to and from the bus.  Thank you!

21-22 GEN ED – BUS SCHEDULES – MARSHALL

https://www.cvesd.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=412034&pageId=1747562

July 16, 2021: TMES Important Information

Greetings Mustang Families,

We encourage all Mustang families to review the important documents below for the 2021/2022 school year. If you know a family that has not received information, please encourage them to subscribe or visit our school blog.

TMES Welcome Back 2021 Letter 7.16.2021

TMES Parent COVID Updates 7.16.2021 pdf

The link above details important information regarding arrival, departure, parking, safety, maps, mask requirements, etc.

TMES Student and Parent Handbook 2021

CVESD Parent Handbook-ENG v2

TMES Bell Schedule 2021.2022.

Decision Tree COVID 7.15.2021

 

 

July 13, 2021: Message from CVESD Superintendent, Dr. Escobedo

Returning To School: A Milestone Reached, Together

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Welcome back to school! I am so excited to see that students and staff will be at our campuses again full-time, starting on Wednesday, July 21. I know the past year and a half has been tough on all of us. Thankfully, we continue to reach new milestones in combatting COVID-19. A full return to school is the greatest sign yet of a return to normalcy. Safely returning to in-person instruction in the new school year is a priority to local, state and federal officials alike. Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic, and San Diego County continues to be a leader in the state in regards to vaccination rates.

In addition, please know that each of our schools has gone to great measures to keep students and staff safe. Our campuses and operating procedures will not look the same as pre-pandemic. Schools have upgraded ventilation systems and/or added purifiers to each classroom; received hand sanitizer and other safety supplies, and adapted to continuously evolving safety guidance. We are confident schools are the best and safest places for students to learn and succeed.

Procedures continue to evolve. Just last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance to stress the full reopening of schools and recommended masks only be worn by the unvaccinated. Our state is taking a safer, cautious approach. As of this writing, masks are still required when indoors in K-12 schools, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). While students are on campus, masking indoors is required for everyone—including for vaccinated individuals. Once ALL students are off campus, fully vaccinated people are not required to mask indoors, according to CDPH.

Students will be able to remove their masks outdoors. Our schools will make every effort to serve meals outdoors. Where cafeterias or group dining rooms must be used, our schools will work to keep students together in their stable groups, and practice physical distancing as much as possible. Additionally, our schools will practice and emphasize hand hygiene before and after eating.

As an elementary school district, we note that nearly all of our schools serve children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for vaccination at this time. Therefore, we follow guidance that emphasizes implementing multi-layered prevention strategies (e.g., using multiple prevention strategies together consistently) to protect people who are not fully vaccinated, including students, teachers, staff, and other members of their households. We have stressed multiple prevention strategies throughout the pandemic.

You may have additional questions about school procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when we resume classes. I invite you to tune in to our Virtual Town Hall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 15 to hear updates about the new school year. Click here at 6 p.m. on that date to access the meeting.

As a reminder, CDC’s guidance is not binding for California schools, which must abide by requirements from state and county public health. State officials have indicated that they will review and align state guidance with the CDC’s. We will alert you when the California guidance is issued.

Again, we look forward to welcoming students and their families back to school on July 21.

Sincerely,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent