Northern Hills Elementary
What time will school start next year?
Northern Hills will continue to be considered an Edmond Public Schools “Early Start School”. However, the start time has changed. Northern Hills will start at 8:50am. We will begin dismissal at 3:25pm.
We will start on an AB Schedule. Parents will receive their child’s A/B assignment, if they have complete enrollment on the afternoon of August 11.
Are masks required?
Masks are required for 1st-5th grade in all inside locations at Northern Hills. They are strongly recommended for Pre-K and Kindergarten. Any student riding a bus will be required to wear a mask. Special accommodations may be considered for students with extenuating circumstances. Masks or face shields will be accepted. Masks should meet the school dress code regarding offensive wording. Masks should cover the nose and mouth. Halloween and other decorative, dress-up masks will not be allowed. Face Shields must be clear on the front. Decorative shields with decals will not be permitted. Parents are required to provide masks/face shields. These will not be provided by the school.
Since we will not be having Information Day, how will we prove residency?
The utility bill check will be done via Google Forms. Families received an email with instructions on July 13th and have until July 31st to submit a July or August utility bill. If you need this link, please request the link from:
How will we find out who our child’s teacher will be for 20-21, and can we meet them before school starts?
The week school begins families will receive an email that will include a welcome video from their teacher. The afternoon/evening before school starts, there will be an opportunity for students to meet their teacher either virtually, which is highly recommended, or in person by appointment only. The appointments will be made through the Google Forms when families submit their utility bill. This will allow for a limited number of people in the building at any given time. Due to sanitation purposes, families will not be going to the classrooms. The teachers will be in various locations throughout the building, such as the gym, café’, hallways, etc.
What should we expect on the first day of school?
The district has announced that only students & staff will be allowed to enter EPS school buildings at this time. Therefore, the first day of school will look different. Family good-byes will need to be done outside. Students will then enter the building and go straight to their classroom. There will be teachers and staff located all over the building to help students get to where they need to go. For helpful tips on saying good-bye, please see the attached document. There will be more communication about where to meet your teacher on the first day of school.
May I come to have lunch with my student or help out in the classroom?
Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to have any guests in the building at this time. In addition, lunch may not be brought in from an outside vendor. Be watching for a Sign-Up Genius from PTO if you are interested in helping out. Minimal parent volunteers will be able to assist and will be scheduled by appointment. All volunteers will be required to comply with school guidelines for masks, temperature checks and COVID questions. The amount of volunteers are at administrative discretion and based on current COVID data.
What do I do if I need to check my student out from school?
There will be a Safe School ID set up in the vestibule. You will check-out your student without entering the office. There will be a camera system in which you will be able to communicate with the office staff in order for them to call for your student. The office doors will remain locked and controlled by a buzz-in system.
Are students still going to go to Walk & Talk in the mornings?
All students will go directly to their classrooms upon arrival, unless they are eating breakfast. If a student eats breakfast, they should go straight to the cafeteria where they will be served and will social distance as much as possible. After breakfast, they will proceed directly to the classroom. Students may not arrive at school before 8:30. Entrances are outlined below. Those highlighted in blue indicate changes. If you have multiple students to drop off, please drop them off in the youngest child’s designated drop-off location. This allows the youngest child to get to their location and then adults will be available to help older students to their location if needed.
Big Loop – 3rd-5th, Car Riders will enter through the Front Main entrance
(not the cafeteria entrance)
Little Loop – PreK – will enter their hallway through the PreK door
K- 2nd, Car Riders will enter through the Kindergarten Entrance
Walkers – will enter through the Front Entrance or the Multi-purpose Room
Daycare and Bus – will enter through the far west entrance between 5th
grade and the library
Will Pre-K students have the same procedures for morning arrival?
No. Pre-K students will unload from their vehicle in the small unloading loop (located on the far east end of the school) and enter through the Pre-K hallway entrance. There will be TAs in this area to help get students out of the cars and to their classrooms.
How will the dismissal process change?
Students will stay in their classrooms during dismissal. The hallways will be superives by other teachers and staff to help monitor behavior and to make sure students get to where they need to go for dismissal. At 3:25pm, Walkers will be dismissed from their classroom. Buses and Daycares will be announced over the intercom when they arrive. Those students will be released from their classrooms. ALL bus riders, regarding age, will be required to wear masks on for loading. Husky Den students will be dismissed to the cafeteria at 3:40pm. Any students remaining in the building at 3:40pm will gather in the multipurpose room with teachers on duty. PreK will be picked up from the Little Loop. However, K-5 students will all exit the building for Car Rider Plus pick-up via the front main entrance.
You didn’t mention car riders. Will their process be changing?
Yes! Car riders will be dismissed from the classroom, as well. We will be purchasing an electronic dismissal system that will allow for the teacher on duty to enter your student’s number. Their name, picture, and number will pop up on a screen in their classroom. When they see their picture, they will know it is time to walk to the main entrance to be ready to load their vehicle. More detailed information about Car Rider Plus will be coming out soon. Every family at Northern Hills will need a numbered tag and those tags will be distributed before school starts. Your child will not be released to you unless you come and pick-up your tag. We will announce the time to pick these up soon.
Have you created any safety precautions for the cafeteria?
While in the cafeteria, students will be sitting in every other seat facing one direction for breakfast and lunch. This ensures that no one student is sitting directly next to, or across from, another student. Students will stay in their class group and eat with their group. They will not be sitting with students from other classes. Students will wash hands prior to eating lunch. There will only be three choices, for purchase, for students eating in the cafeteria – one hot meal, a sandwich, or a salad. Student may bring their own lunch. We will still provide a separate eating space, within the cafeteria, for students with nut allergies.
What are the plans for social distancing at recess?
The playground may be divided into sections and each class will be assigned a section on a rotational basis. There will also likely be multiple schedules created for designated outside playtime. The sections will be the walking trail, the soccer field, the blacktop and two sections on the playground equipment. Indoor recess will be held in the classrooms and the classroom parameters will be followed. Multiple adults will help supervise students.
The hallways can sometimes be busy and full of classes. What will be the plan for that?
The teachers will teach and enforce that students should always be unable to touch the person in front of them when arms are extended. There will be hallway floor markers throughout the building. All hallways are divided into one-way directional sides.
What are the safety precautions set up for water fountains?
All water fountains will be unplugged. There are water bottle filling stations throughout the building. Students must bring their own water bottles from home, and they must be well labeled. It is highly encouraged parents send these daily and are filled with water only. Caffeinated beverages, high sugar beverages, or beverages that spoil (i.e. milk) should not be sent.
Will there be Specials/Library/GATE/Spec Ed Services?
Absolutely! The lessons and activities in these classes will be ‘minimal touch’ activities. Each student will sanitize their hands as they go in and out of these classrooms/areas. The teachers will be sanitizing equipment between classes and social distancing will be followed in seating arrangements. Personal supplies may be brought from the general ed classroom, or teachers will sanitize supplies between each group served.
What are the plans for social distancing in the classroom setting?
Teachers will be creative in their seating arrangements. Students will be assigned to a spot/seat for a certain amount of time. Students will spread out utilizing tables, desks, floor w/ clipboard, alternate seating, etc. All areas will be sanitized before switching student seating. Classrooms with desks may be arranged in ‘testing-style’, separated and in rows/columns. Classrooms with tables will use tape to define individual areas.
What about the ‘things’ that students touch throughout the day?
All instructional manipulatives, iPads, and Chromebooks will be sanitized regularly. Students will wash their hands before and after each use. Students will be assigned to and use the same iPad/Chromebook every time.
How are general school supplies going to be used?
Each child will need to have their own set of supplies. Community access or sharing will not be allowed. Families will need to provide pouches or school boxes for their child. This may or may not be listed on the school supply list but will need to be purchased. Your child’s teacher will be letting you know their preference for their classroom set up.
If my child is going to be in 5th grade, will they be rotating between classrooms?
For now, those teachers will be rotating and the students will stay in their homeroom classroom.
Will there be rules for classroom snacks?
Yes. Students must bring their own snacks. There will be no classroom snack or Snack Bags. All snacks must be pre-packaged and individually wrapped. You may send your own child’s snack in a ziploc baggie, however you may not send ziploc prepared items for the class. Birthday treats may not be brought in this year.
How often will my child wash their hands with soap and water and how often will they be using hand sanitizer?
There are sinks in every classroom. So, students will be able to wash their hands with soap and water:
- Before lunch
- After recess
- Before/after snack
- Anytime a student returns to the classroom from GATE, Speech, Spec
When sinks and soap are not available or efficient, hand sanitizer will be used:
- Getting off the bus
- Leaving the café
- Before/After Specials
Will tables and chairs be kept clean throughout the day?
Yes! All classrooms will be provided with cleaning supplies so that teachers may sanitize several times each day. Any additional anti-bacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, or Lysol spray that families can provide will be greatly appreciated!
So, what happens if there are cases of Covid-19 and my student has to go from “Brick to Click”?
Every student will be provided with a “Go Bag”. It is a drawstring bag and will be color-coded by grade level. There will be supplies kept in each bag. If students must go to “Click”, their iPad or Chromebook will be sanitized and placed in the Go Bag then sent home with the student. This Go Bag will include a charger. They will then have most of what they need to learn virtually from home.
What’s the plan for distributing the Car Rider Plus Tags to ALL NH Families? Would we be able to drop off school supplies at the same time?
YES! We will be having a Car Rider Plus Tag Distribution/School Supplies Drop-Off/Yearbook Pick-up/Device/Library Books. This will be a drive-thru service. We ask that supplies be brought in large brown paper bags and stapled shut with the student name and grade level written on the outside with a large black marker. Feel free to use multiple bags, if needed. Please be sure to label all bags. If you checked out a device for last school year, you should return it at this time.
A date for this will be shared by the end of the week.
Can I still walk up to get my child from the car rider line?
Due to the importance of social distancing, parents/guardians will be unable to walk up to get their children after school. You should remain in your car and pull through the car rider line.
My child checked out an iPad/Chromebook in the spring. How do I return it?
Bring it with you when you come to pick up your Car Rider Plus Tag and to drop off your school supplies. You will be able to check it back in at that time.
We hope this document answers your questions and helps you to feel comfortable that Northern Hills has made specific plans to keep your child safe at school. We look forward to the 20-21 school year, and we are very excited about seeing our Husky Pups in August!