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In-Person Learning Resumes!!!

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Dear KICS family,

We are delighted to welcome students back to campus for in-person learning on Wednesday, February 23rd. The Cabinet met last night and has allowed for this provision and we can't wait to see each of our students again.  

While there will be more communication that follows, here is what we can share about this coming week:

  • Monday, February 22nd, we will institute COVID rapid testing at KICS. While most families have been in isolation for the last four weeks, we've also had various levels of exposure within the KICS community. As such we want to be extra cautious as we prepare to be in-person.  As such, we will offer testing for all staff and all secondary students. Similar to last time, Primary students can either test, use the test of a sibling in Secondary or a parent may test for them.  Mr. Mbaraga will follow-up with the testing schedule for Monday.
    • For pre-k we are asking that a parent or sibling test on the pre-k student's behalf.
  • Tuesday, February 23rd, will be a Teacher Preparation Day. Our staff will be hard at work to be ready for in-person learning on Wednesday. Ms. Munsey and Ms. Hanlon will be communicating to you regarding student work expectations for Monday and Tuesday. 
    • Parents of Primary students, please bring your child's resources to school on Tuesday morning, between 8:30a.m.-12p.m.  Please have them labeled with your child's name, teacher's name and grade level. You can drop them off at the front to Mr. Ferdinand. We will then bring these resources to their respective classrooms.  This will help ensure a smooth transition on Wednesday.
  • Wednesday, February, 23rd, in-person learning will resume. The doors will open at 8:15 a.m. Classes will begin at 8:30 and conclude at 3:30. Parents, please be ready to pick-up your child/ren at 3:30p.m 
    • Pre-K pick-up will be at 3:15 each day.
  • Wednesday and Thursday will be in-person.
  • Friday, students will not be in-person.  

Friends, I'm so thankful for this opportunity to return to in-person. We will need to be even more vigilant than before in adhering to COVID19 measures and monitoring any symptoms. Let's do everything we can to combat this together. A few reminders:

  • Properly fitting masks must be worn at all times. This means masks must cover the nose, the mouth and under the chin. While we did provide masks earlier, we realized many of these did not fit properly.  And even while we made adjustments to them, they would often not cover everything that needs to be covered for some children.  We've also had students bring masks from home that didn't fit properly either. Please ensure that each student is sent to school with two masks that cover their nose, their mouth and under their chin at the same time.
  • Social distancing. We will be strictly enforcing social distancing. Please do all you can to reinforce this message with your children at home.
  • Symptoms. Be extra vigilant about monitoring symptoms of COVID19.  Cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath, headache, fatigue etc. If any members in a family are exhibiting these symptoms, we ask that students are not sent to school until you visit a doctor and/or a negative COVID19 test is achieved for the person with those symptoms.
  • Exposure or Infection: If any member in the KICS family has been exposed to COVID19 or are infected, they must quarantine for 14 days before returning to school and present a negative PCR test before returning. 
    • Exposure is defined as being within six feet of someone for 15 minutes who is showing symptoms or is infected. 
  • I've attached our updated COVID19 policies and procedures for your review.

With this in mind, please be in touch with Nurse Patience, (pnyadzo@kicsrw.org) regarding any questions you have if you or your child has had symptoms or exposure within the last two weeks.

Let's lookout for the entire KICS community and be vigilant and cautious as we approach this season and ensure an incredible and safe learning environment for all.

As we prepare for in-person learning to resume, please do talk with your children about how they are doing.  Some may be excited, others anxious, and others confused or uncertain.  Please assure them that we have, are and will continue to do everything we can to have a love-filled and safe environment at KICS. My prayer is that each student would be secure and confident that they are loved and will be cared for in every way.

Thank you for your vigilance and your partnership.  It's a privilege to journey with you and we look forward to a great season ahead.  One of learning, wonder, curiosity and love.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.  

#KitesRisingHigh

Strength & Courage,

Dr. Thomas

KICS Director