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Principal's Corner

Jason Foster
Principal
Jason Foster


Dear Harbor CREW Families,  

 

We hope this letter finds you safe, healthy and well!  We also hope you are enjoying summer with family and friends. On Thursday, September 10th, for Cohort A (Last Name A-M) and Monday, September 14th, Cohort B (Last Name N-Z), Harbor will return to in the HYBRID MODEL “yellow” through October 30th. This is a combination of in-person learning and virtual learning 

 

Please remember that while the district is opening in a hybrid model, families are able to register for temporary, full-time Remote Learning. Remote Learning will be taught by certified teachers and co-supported by support staff.  Instruction will be both synchronous (meaning the teacher is teaching live and sharing through a virtual platform) and asynchronous (teacher may prerecord a lesson or post and assignment and connect with the student later in the day). If this is the option that you would like to select for your student, please be sure to complete the form located here for each student that will be participating through that program. 

https://www.newlondon.org/school_reopening_plans/virtual__distance_learning_enrollment_form 

 

Key features include the following: 

  • Doors open at 8:45-9:00 AM. 

  • School begins at 9:00 AM.  

  • Breakfast/Lunch will be consumed in the classroom. 

  • Dismissal is at 2:30 PM each day. Please allow Harbor staff time to effectively and safely dismiss students per our NLPS policies/guidelines. 

  • *Preschool starts times and transportation information is forthcoming. 

  • Student are still scheduled for art, music, physical education and recess (following protocols and guidelines). 

  • Bus assignments will be distributed the week of August 24th 

  • Information on the updated district calendarhttps://www.newlondon.org/calendar 

In the coming weeks, I will send out updates on the following topics: 

  • Hybrid Learning Plans, Cohort information and schedules.  

  • Arrival and Dismissal logistics that meet COVID recommendations 

  • Lunch/Recess Protocols. 

  • Uniforms WILL NOT be required; but your student/s may wear the uniform you have. 

  • Cleaning and Self-Screening Protocols. 

  • COVID-19 Visitor Policy (the school building will have limited to no public access for the safety of our students. 

 

We have been hosting Harbor CREW Coffee Hours for families to collaborate around reopening plansOur final coffee hour will be on Thursday, August 20th from 8:30-9:30am. Please email Mrs. Drinkwater if you would like to receive a Zoom invite. Her email address is drinkwaterk@newlondon.org.    

 

We are also excited to announce that we will be hosting a ZOOM Kindergarten Orientation on Wednesday, August 26th from 9-10am for all incoming Kindergarten students and their Families!  Please email Mrs. Drinkwater if you are a Kindergarten family and can attend the orientation. Her email address is drinkwaterk@newlondon.org.  She will send you an invite for the event. For Preschool and Grades 1-5 – there will be orientation opportunities led by the classroom teacher and Harbor Staff to welcome families and to collaborate around reopening plans. 

 

As families are preparing for the upcoming school year, it is important that your child completes any required physicals and/or immunizations prior to returning to the building. We encourage families to enroll their children in the School-Based Health Centers, which can both provide physicals and immunizations prior to the school year, as well as provide medical support during the school year. To enroll your child, please complete the registration forms located here. Forms are available in both English and Spanish. 

 

Our next district-wide virtual coffee hour will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Please contact Carrie Rivera, riverac@newlondon.org for access information. Please continue to attend to share your input regarding the upcoming school year. We are eager to embark on your child’s educational path with you and look forward to the year ahead.  We will continue to focus on being great at what we can control and adjust our practice and process based on student, staff and family needs.  We will be GREAT together and ensure that our Harbor School continues to be a place of pride for our community.   

 

The information above is as up to date as possible and is subject to change under the guidance of the Connecticut Department of Education, CDC guidelines, and NLBOE policy. 

 

Different areas will be outlined in future communications that will be send via School Messenger and posted to our school website, https://harbor.newlondon.org/ Please contact Harbor School with any questions at 860-447-6040. Main office, Mrs. Kendra Drinkwater. 

 

Respectfully, 

 

Mr. Jason FosterPrincipal 

Harbor Elementary School 

 


 

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