John F. Kennedy Bulletin

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For your convenience, a copy of last week’s bulletin follows. It contains information about Thursday’s school reopening. Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and  Instagram.

April 15, 2021

Dear John F. Kennedy Families:

As we look toward April 22, a variety of information follows that I hope you will find useful. A good deal of time has been put into ensuring that families have all necessary information for a smooth transition. We can’t wait to see students back on campus!

Like most transitions, this one will, of course, be imperfect. Teachers are doing things they have never done, learning yet another new way to adapt; students, campus monitors, office staff, custodians, coaches, and administrators are too. We ask for your patience and appreciate your understanding as we inevitably confront the various bumps and stumbles that are sure to come our way. We will move forward, together, as one Cougar nation, learners and teachers alike, emerging stronger on the other side.

Thank you for your mercy, kindness, and empathy. April 22 can’t come soon enough!

Return to Learn Video

Check out our return to learn video here. It contains information about safety, bell schedule, class schedules, social-emotional learning, and other resources available to support students. 

You may also view just the slide deck here. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

April 19-April 21

Monday, April 19 will, as usual, be a full distance learning day. Tuesday, 4/20 and Wednesday, 4/21 will both closely resemble Monday. This is to allow teachers time to prepare classrooms, technology, instruction, and materials for the return of in-person instruction on Thursday, 4/22. Remind your student to monitor Google Classroom closely; all teachers will post a daily check-in activity that students will complete in order to be marked present.

Arrival for In-Person Instruction

Once in-person instruction resumes on April 22, class will begin at 9 a.m. The earliest permitted arrival is 8:45 AM. Students may not enter prior to 8:45 due to COVID mitigation protocols. Click here for a map showing school drop-off locations. 

All students will enter campus from the west parking lot (this is the same location used for drop-off). No other entrances will be open until after the instructional day begins. Do not use the east parking lot for drop off; gates will be locked.

Late arriving students will enter through the front office. 

School will be dismissed at 12:20 p.m. Pick-up will occur in the west parking lot (same location used for drop-off). In order to minimize congestion, it is requested that you park in a marked stall in the parking lot and wait for your student there.

Throughout the day and during the first several days, the school’s student ambassadors will be out and about during arrival, passing periods, and dismissal to provide support, information, and directions. Ambassadors will be prominent, wearing lavender “EQ” shirts, and positioned throughout the campus. Encourage your student to ask for help from an ambassador if needed!

Bell Schedule

A pdf of the bell schedule is here (it is also contained in the above video). Please note that school begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 12:20 p.m. I am pleased to share that this bell schedule has been created and vetted thoroughly with our onsite labor partners.

Bus Routes (Sacramento RT)

In response to the bell schedule change, Sacramento Regional Transit has worked with the school to adjust bus routes. Click here for details. Be mindful that Sacramento RT advises that students arrive to the bus stop a few minutes early as the printed times are estimates.

In-Person or Distance?

We understand that families may realize a need to change between in-person and distance instruction. Should you need to adjust your choice, please fill out and submit a change request.

Cougar Welcome Tours

In an effort to better support students who are new to our campus, we have arranged welcome tours for those who will be returning to in-person instruction on April 22.  This is not an orientation event, and participation is optional.  Students will be placed into groups of no larger than three and will be expected to adhere to all applicable COVID mitigation protocols. In order to ensure small groups, tours will be limited to students only, and we ask that parents to remain in the vehicles.

Space is limited, so act fast!

https://tinyurl.com/CougarWelcomeTour

Senior Lawn Signs

Class of 2021 lawn signs have arrived! Get yours here!

Student Government

Student government and other Class information is available here!

Thank you.

David Van Natten
Principal