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Principal's Update August 15, 2021

Dear Addison Families,
We had a great opening of school this past Thursday! I want to thank our students, staff, and families for adapting to the many changes that had to take place this year, including dropping your students off at the assigned gates in the morning and trusting staff to assist students to help them find their classroom lines. Next week, once gates open, all students are expected to find their own way to their classroom line. Therefore, once the gates are unlocked, students can enter on their own without waiting for a staff member to escort them to line. For our younger students, please review with them how to get to their classroom after drop off or feel free to practice with them after 3:15pm on weekdays or on the weekend. If you have twins or siblings who are dismissed at the same time, feel free to choose one gate for drop off and pick up. As a reminder, parents are not allowed on campus from 7:45am- 3:15pm.
Students learned very quickly how to adapt to our other new routines including breakfast, recess, lunch, and play. One observation I made these past couple days is that even though masks are optional outside, approximately 90% of our students opted to keep their masks on during outdoor play. I had a Student Welcome Assembly with all 1st-5th graders and teachers on Friday so we’re all on the same page about how we move around our campus. We had two different presentations and coincidentally, our Superintendent stopped by for a visit during the 4th/5th grade assembly so it was great to have him greet and welcome our older students.
Next week will be an exciting week as we begin music, library, PE, art, and intervention instruction! Students will be meeting those new teachers,a few of whom were able to say hello at our Friday assembly. Additionally, I want to remind families that next week we have early dismissal on Wednesday for all 1st-5th grade students at 1:15pm so our exit gates will be more crowded than usual. Please make a plan for where you will meet your child(ren) after dismissal.
Also, next week, we have Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 17th!  The 3rd-5th grade presentations will be from 6-6:45pm and Kindergarten- 2nd grade from 7-7:45pm. Please note these are estimated end times as the teachers will determine how much time is needed to share classroom information. However, we will ensure that 3rd- 5th grade presentations conclude by 7pm. Back to School Night will be delivered via Zoom so links will be sent out by teachers.
Finally, I hosted a Parent/Principal Welcome Session on Thursday. If you were not able to join, please see the recorded presentation here: (passcode: 2!fA*kCT). One question that came up during the presentation is whether there is a specific COVID test that PAUSD requires if a child is sent home with COVID symptoms or has been determined to be a close contact. I received information today that a PCR test would be required. These tests can be done at PAMF, Stanford Health Care, or any other health care provider, typically as a drive-through. For much more information regarding COVID protocols, please see the recorded parent/principal presentation or Responding to COVID-19 guidelines on the PAUSD website. I know this is a lot of information and you’ll receive more in the next week from your children’s teachers but I feel confident that day by day, everyone will become acclimated to our new school year.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!


Amanda Boyce