Greetings TMES Families,
Below, you will find the school-wide events for the week of February 28, 2022, and important school information.
If you have questions about COVID-19 guidance, please reach out to members of our COVID-19 response team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly Schedule of Events
Quarter Character Theme: Problem Solving
|Monday, February 28, 2022||
Read Across America Week:
Click the pdf link to review the “Family RAA” schedule above. Your family can hover of the books and click the links to watch the books or find books in your home to read together. Your choice, but read daily as a family.
Visit https://www.cvesd.org/ for the daily testing schedule. Days and times vary. Testing is FREE for students.
|Tuesday, March 1, 2022||
Talk to your children about being safe, respectful, responsible, and kind.
**No Parking in Zones 1-3**
Read with your child for 20 minutes and ask questions. Encourage your child to write a quick response.
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
**No Parking in Zones 1-3*
Check your child’s I-Ready, Achieve 3000, and Smarty Ants weekly goals. Weekly all mustangs are required to complete two sessions of i-ready and two sessions of Achieve or Smarty Ants
|Thursday, March 3, 2022||
Thankful Thursday: What are you thankful for?
Bike to School Day: Walk or ride your bike to school day. Stay safe and follow the rules.
2 p.m.- Deadline to register or resend COVID testing for Friday’s.
|Friday, March 4, 2022||
Wear Mustang Spirit Gear
COVID Clinic on Campus for Testing. First day of testing.
Donate to YMCA! Our school goal is $1,000. All schools in CVESD are expected to dontate to YMCA. $1 can make a difference.
Donate to Eastlake Educational Foundation
Support PTC and purchase SWAG
Sign-up to attend the March PTC family outing.
- Mach 10-March 17, 2022- Parent-Teacher Conferences- Minimum Days
- March 21-April 3, 2022- Spring Break
- April 4, 2022- Students Return- Minimum Day
NEW CVESD Mask Requirements: From the outset of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Chula Vista Elementary School District has placed the safety and health of our students, teachers, and staff as our number one priority. We have been earnest in following health organization recommendations along with local, state, and federal mandates in an effort to be responsible community leaders during this unprecedented health crisis. We have implemented one of the most robust school testing operations to CVESD and have been at the forefront of providing access to vaccinations to our school communities. With decreasing COVID-19 positive cases, reduced hospitalizations, and more individuals being vaccinated, we are re-examining our mask mandates. Currently, we are happy to announce a lifting of the requirement to wear masks outdoors at school. This policy update will take effect on Monday, February 28th. Of course, any student or staff member who feels more comfortable wearing a mask while outdoors at school is welcome to continue to do so. At this time, we will continue to have the mandate to always wear masks indoors for all students and adults. We will continue to monitor health organizations’ recommendations, and local, state, and federal mandates to determine the best course of action as we navigate through this pandemic. We are proud of the work our school site and District staff have done to carry out health and safety protocols and even more proud of how our students have responded to these health-focused policies. At schools across the District, students, teachers, and staff have modeled a sense of community and a willingness to look out for one another. As a District, we will always remain committed to the health and safety of our school communities and adhere to the appropriate mandates and health recommendations. We encourage all members of our school communities to continue to follow public health guidelines and recommendations for remaining safe as the pandemic has not yet gone away. For more information on the District’s COVID-19 response, please visit our website at www.cvesd.org
Parent Volunteers: Parent Volunteers are now able to come and support our campus with our without a vaccine status. We are very excited to have our parent volunteers come back to campus. Training dates will be made available next Monday. Training is required for parent volunteers that will be volunteering regularly. Below, you will find the CVESD Volunteer testing requirements.
- All weekly volunteers must complete a volunteer application and attend training.
- If chaperoning a field trip or one-time event, one test within two days of the event is required.
- If volunteering regularly, testing is required weekly.
- All volunteers must wear a mas indoors on campus.
- Volunteers can test only at the COVID Clinic testing kiosks. Or, volunteers can test during the weekly cart testing on Friday’s.
- Volunteers must share their results with office staff.
- Primary health (Hedenkamp/District Office) may not be used for parent volunteer testing.
- Vaccinated and Boosted parents do not have to test.
All ELL students will be taking the ELPAC test. The testing window is March 4-18. We encourage all families to read the attached sheet to learn more about testing. ELPAC.Summative-ELPAC-Fact-Sheet
COVID (Health and Safety): Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority. CVESD has implemented updated COVID-19 safety protocols in alignment with the California Department of Public Health mitigation strategies to keep our students and staff safe while on campus. It is our hope that through proactive safety measures and clear communication we can keep our classrooms open and students participating in in-person instruction daily. It will take a collaborative effort between home and school to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 on our campuses and ensure a successful school year.
Help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school community by screening your child before school each day. We ask your family to conduct health screenings for their child(ren) before leaving for school each morning. This could include checking your child’s temperature, assessing for symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and asking your child “do you feel well today?” Please do not send your child to school medicated with symptoms or with COVID related symptoms. If you have any questions on if you should send your child to school, contact the front office. Below, you will find a list of symptoms:
Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, the new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
Also, do not send your student to school if they have been identified as a close contact or have had possible exposure to a COVID-19 case and are awaiting COVID-19 test results. We want to keep staff and students safe and we need your help.
Staff members will monitor student health throughout the day and temperature checks will be conducted if a child appears to not feel well or develops symptoms while at school. Chula Vista Elementary School District requires any student or staff exhibiting a fever or any of the COVID-19 symptoms to be immediately sent home. To review the SDCOE Decision tree, click 110921_Childcare COVID Decision Tree.
Follow the directions of our Safety Patrol leaders: Concerns, please contact the front office. Refrain from speaking to the patrollers while they are on duty.
Hours: Review the school hours below. The gate by 705 will close at 8:45 a.m. Ensure that your children are on time. Students that are late will need to enter campus via the front office gate. All students that enter after 8:45 a.m. will receive a tardy slip. See the hours below.
FREE Breakfast: 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. (No student drop-off before 8:15 a.m.)
Campus Arrival: Mustang Families, please help us stay safe by ensuring the following:
–> Refrain from turning left on MacKenzie Creek and Rocking Horse. The no-left turn is a city of Chula Vista traffic sign. Families that enter on MacKenzie creek when the gate is closed and drive against traffic are causing a safety hazard for children and families. We ask that families follow the safety guidelines.
–> Exit out of one lane on MacKenzie Creek. Yelling at arguing with other Mustang families is not the Mustang way. Please have patience and flexibility. Safety Patrol will be coming very soon.
–> Park in visitor parking only.
— > Blocking cars while waiting is not safe. Please park in the surrounding community.
ELAC Representative: We are looking for families to help support our ELAC. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Alma Zamani at Alma.Zamani@cvesd.org. We need our Mustang families to join us to support our students.
Has your child earned an award or achievement in the community? We want to know. Please let us know if your child has earned an award or achievement in the community. We love to celebrate our Mustangs in front of the whole community. Our Mustangs need to know that we are excited and support their community achievements. For example, Marshall Mustang earned first place in the Eastlake swim match on September 6, 2021. Please call the front office and leave the information with Liz or Christine. Dr. Loyce will highlight the Mustang student at the morning Rally.
Campus Safety: Students cannot arrive on campus before 8:15 a.m. unless they are in the YMCA program. Students must be picked up daily by their parent or guardian Students who remain after school must be signed in at an assigned approved program, D.A.S.H. or the YMCA Child Care. TMES does not provide after-school supervision for students who are waiting for parents or siblings. Students are not allowed to remain after school and play on the playground or campus unsupervised.
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 and students, this action is causing concern to our students and staff as they are worried people are unsafe. Any questions or concerns regarding recess, please contact the classroom teacher. Questions, please contact the office.
Arrival and Departure Reminders:
- For children who line up on the blacktop, parents enter/exit through the blacktop gate. Please exit as soon as morning announcements are finished or by 8:50 a.m. Do not escort your child to class because we lock gates at 8:45 when school starts.
- The gate by the front office is open from 8:15-8:45 a.m. This gate is intended for late student arrivals starting at 8:45 so parents must exit out of the blacktop gate to avoid the crowding at this gate. Students arriving after 8:45 need to come into the office to get a late slip and will be let onto campus through the locked gate by someone in the office. Parents will be allowed to enter campus with their students.
- For children who arrive at Zone 1 (TK, Kinder, SDC students) please remember to pick up from this gate. Parents will be asked to remain outside of the gate after your student is picked up until 3:15 when all the gates will be opened. Do not come onto campus and wait for student dismissal.
- Remember, no dogs are allowed on campus at any time.
Together we can have a smooth transition to the beginning and end of the school day for all students! Thank you.
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.
Attendance: All parents are expected to contact the office on the day of the child’s absence at: (619) 656-6252 ext. 550110, 24 hours a day, or email: Christine.Garcia@cvesd.org
Excused Absences (BP & AR 5113)
Education Code Section 48205 permits a pupil to be excused from school under the following certain circumstances:
- Medical, dental, optometry, or chiropractic services
- Funeral of an immediate family member
The following is considered “justifiable personal reasons” and must be requested in writing by the parent/guardian and approved by a school official:
- Court appearance
- Other funeral attendance
- Religious holiday or ceremony
- Religious retreats (must not exceed four hours a semester)
- “Take Your Child to Work” Day (must not exceed two days in a school year)
- Immigration appearances
- Meeting a parent returning from deployment
- Attendance at a sibling’s graduation (would also include excused tardies for a partial day absence)
Requests from an agency/parent for students participating in plays or movies. (Independent Study Contracts may be used if more than five consecutive days are missed.)
The following is considered “release time” pursuant to Education Code Section 46014: Participation in religious instruction or exercises (in accordance with District policy providing the student attends at least the minimum school day) not to exceed four school days in a school month.
Absences other than those listed above are unexcused.
Truancy Notification Procedure: All late arrivals over 30 minutes or early dismissals over 30 minutes (without doctor’s notes) and unexcused absences are considered truancies.
- After three (3) truancies, parents will receive a First Notice of Truancy.
- After five (5) truancies, parents will receive a Second Notice of Truancy.
- After the Second Notice of Truancy, parents will receive a notice to come in and speak with the Principal regarding the truancies. Parents will also be asked to attend a Student Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting when students accumulate excessive tardies, absences, and early dismissals.
- After (7) truancies parents will receive a Notice of Habitual Truancy and the student will be referred to the “Student Attendance Review Board” (SARB) at the district office.
All student attendance contract violations are forwarded to the “Student Attendance Review Board” (SARB) at the district office.