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Welcome Back Message from Mrs. Slattery

Dear Sugarmill Elementary Families and Communities,

On behalf of the staff at Sugarmill Elementary School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential.

 

We are entering into a school year with many questions, worries, stresses, and concerns as we face a global pandemic.  I am confident in our abilities, skills, and commitment to make the best plan for educating our students safely during this time. We are approaching this school year with courage and compassion as we work together as a TEAM (parents and stakeholders are a huge part of our TEAM) to make Sugarmill a place where students are learning, having fun, HAPPY, and SAFE!!!!
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Updated 8-14-20

NEW FACE COVERING REQUIREMENTS FOR CAMDEN COUNTY SCHOOLS

 

The impact of COVID-19 on our community and the measures our school system has put in place to protect against the virus have both been evolving since the virus first appeared in our county. Due to the increase in the number of positive tests for the COVID-19 virus, Camden County has been designated as a hot spot area in Georgia. After meeting with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Camden Emergency Management Agency, and the Chief of Staff for Southeast Georgia Health System-Camden, Camden County Schools is issuing a mandatory face covering requirement for the safety of our community. The Georgia Department of Education, Camden County Schools Board of Education and Camden County Schools System Steering Committee are all in agreement with this new protocol as a necessary means to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

The mandatory face covering requirement will be in effect for all students, staff, and visitors. Face coverings will be required beginning Monday, August 17th.  All students and staff will be required to wear face coverings while on school campus and while riding on our school buses. Exceptions based on medical needs for students and staff must be documented by a physician and that documentation will be treated as confidential and retained in the office of the principal. Some students with disabilities may be exempt based on individual needs as determined by the Director of Special Education. Staff members may remove their face coverings when students are not present and social distancing from other adults is possible. Students and adults may remove their face coverings when they are eating or drinking, or other activities approved by the principal.


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Please read carefully—important updates have been established due to the pandemic.
· School Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Our instructional day begins promptly at 8:30. Please make sure your student is on time each day.
· Car Riders and walkers may be dropped off at 8:00 a.m. Students should not arrive on campus before 8:00—adult supervision is not provided until 8:00. Walkers may enter the building through the Bus Port doors at 8:00. Bus Port doors are locked at 8:32. If arriving late, walkers should enter at the front of the school.
· Dismissal times for students are: Walkers at 3:15 (K-2 students) 3:20 (3-5 students). Car riders at 3:00 and Bus Riders at 3:30. For car rider dismissal, students will wait in small groups practicing social distancing. As always, please be patient with us, we are anticipating more car riders this year.
· Student(s) may not be checked out after 2:45 from the front office. This procedure is for the safety of all students. We cannot get children off buses or change transportation once they have left the classroom.
· Transportation changes must be made before 2:30. Please email changes to Pam Lewis at plewis@camden.k12.ga.us If you send a fax or email you must call to verify that it has been received.
· The Extended Day Program will offer before and after school care. Before school 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. After School 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Enrollment packets may be downloaded from the Camden County School Website: www.camden.k12.ga.us
· Breakfast is free for all students. Breakfast will be offered as a Grab & Go served in the Cafeteria. 3rd-5th 8:00 – 8:20, k-2nd 8:45 – 9:15. Social distancing and extra precautions will be taken to ensure health and safety in our Cafeteria. Students will be sitting in every other seat and tables have been spread out.
· In the event of a late arriving bus, students on that bus will be allowed to eat breakfast.
· Lunch may be purchased by students on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Cost for lunch is $1.95 each day. We highly encourage you to use School Bucks (due to the pandemic and exchange of money hand to hand). Social distancing and extra precautions will be taken to ensure health and safety in our Cafeteria. Students will be sitting in every other seat and tables have been spread out.
· Ample cleaning supplies will be used throughout the day in all high traffic areas and classrooms.
· Teachers will be teaching and reviewing hand washing, good hygiene, and social distancing daily. We will be using the verbiage “spread your eagle wings”, “show me your eagle wings” to practice social distancing in lines. Practice this verbiage at home. J
· All water fountains in the hallways are closed. Water fountain in the cafeteria will be open for emergency situations, paper cups will be provided.
· Water bottles may be sent from home, please make sure they are labeled with student name.
· We will have recess. We will encourage children to space out in playing. Washing hands will be an established practice.
· Students are encouraged to have individual supply boxes for classroom use.
· To limit activity in the building, the art and computer teacher will be going into individual classrooms.
· PE activities will include social distancing and outside play, weather permitting. Washing hands will be an established practice.
We love volunteers and visitors in our schools but due to the COVID-19 coronavirus and the measures we are putting in place to reduce the spread of the virus, we will be limiting access to our schools and classrooms. Only faculty, staff, and a limited number of approved vendors will be allowed to go past the front office area and into the school. Elementary parents will be allowed to walk their children to class on the first day of school but the school campus will be restricted to authorized personnel after the first day.
Will I be able to walk my elementary student to class every day? Parents will be able to walk students to class on the first day of school but following the first day, they will need to deliver their students to school by bus or drop them off in the car rider line. School personnel, with the help of our safety patrol students, will ensure that all students are safely directed or escorted to their assigned classrooms.
Will I be able to eat lunch with my student or bring them lunch to eat? Until further notice, we will not be able to allow parents and visitors to eat lunch with their children. If your child forgets their lunch, you will be able to deliver it to the front office and we will deliver it to your child’s classroom.
May I volunteer at my child’s school? We love volunteers and while we will not be able to allow volunteers in our school or classrooms until further notice, we encourage you to contact your child’s teachers about ways you can volunteer from home. Teachers are often very grateful to receive help with assembling special projects and may be able to send work home so you can continue to contribute without being directly in the classroom. Joining the school PTO is another great way to volunteer and support your child’s school. Look for the PTO information tables at Open House.
Will I still be able to pick up my child for doctor’s appointments during the school day? The front offices of our schools will remain open to parents and visitors and we will be able to call your student up to the office if you need to arrange early dismissal.
Will I be able to attend special events at my child’s school during the school year? As part of our reopening plan, we will not be hosting large gatherings such as in-person award ceremonies and pep rallies until further notice. We are looking at creative ways to host these events virtually so parents and students can still participate in a safe, yet still meaningful, way.
Can I meet with my child’s teacher for teacher conferences? Communication with your child’s teacher will continue to be an important part of the learning process. As we are working to reduce the risk of viral spread, we will be hosting teacher conferences over the phone or virtually during the first semester of the school year or until further notice.
Can I share cupcakes or other food with my child’s classmates on his/her birthday?  We will be celebrating our students special days in our classroom but we are asking parents to not bring outside food to share into the schools at this time. If you would like to send something in to celebrate your child’s birthday, you might consider sending in fun school supplies for the class or money to purchase ice cream from our ice cream carts.


Parent Right To Know

As a Title I School, under the requirements of the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Camden County School system would like to inform you that you may request information about the professional qualifications of your student’s teacher(s) and/ or paraprofessional(s).
For more information about Parent Right to Know, clickhere.

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Sugarmill Elementary

2885 Winding Road
St. Marys, GA 31558
Phone: 912-882-8191
School Hours:
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Terri Slattery
Principal: 
Ms. Terri Slattery


Corey Wilson

Teaching and Learning Specialist
Mr. Corey Wilson

Laura BRendle

Guidance Counselor
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As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease. Click here for more information. 


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