SKIPWITH NEWS – 11/14/2021

1. We have completed collecting canned food and non-perishable items to donate. We will celebrate with the entire school on Tuesday, November 23 where we will crown this year Skipwith’ s Top Turkey. Thank you for your support to assist our community.

2. Please mark your calendar for this Friday, November 19 as a half-day of school. We will dismiss our students around 11:00 am. Please make the necessary afterschool care. Car riders may be picked up at 11:10 and buses will leave the school around 11:15.

3.  If you are a parent/guardian of a Kindergarten through fifth-grade student, please join us on Monday, November 15th, at 5:30 PM for a virtual meeting with the Gifted Identification Coordinator and Elementary Gifted Resource Teacher, for a virtual Parent/Guardian Gifted Referral Information Session for families who would like to refer their child or learn more about the gifted identification process. This brief meeting will include a division video that provides a timeline and key points for parent/guardian(s) about the gifted identification process. Following the video, parent/guardian(s) will have an opportunity to meet the school’s Gifted Identification Coordinator and Elementary Gifted Resource Teacher and ask questions about the gifted identification process. Please access this Meeting Link at 5:30 PM on Monday, November 15th.  You may initiate a student referral by providing written communication to our Gifted Identification Coordinator, Brittany Finch between January 3rd-14th. If you have additional questions, please contact Brittany Finch at bcfinch@henrico.k12.va.us.     

4. We have several coats, sweatshirts, lunch boxes, and other items in our lost and found. Please remind your child to check the lost and found area in the cafeteria during breakfast and lunch. Items that are not claimed will be gathered and given for donation on Tuesday, November 23.

5. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 24 – Friday, November 26 as student holidays as schools will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Finally, please see my email with more important health and safety reminders with the following topics, (Student MASK requirements, reporting absences and positive COVID cases, and our weekly Skipwith health report.  

1. Skipwith Weekly Health Report – As you know, Henrico County Public Schools and Skipwith Elementary are doing everything reasonably possible to keep you informed about health concerns that are connected to our school. Over the past week, Saturday, November 7 to Friday, November 12, Skipwith Elementary has recorded 0 positive COVID-19 cases and  0 associated exposure (close contacts). All close contacts have been previously notified by the building administration.

2. MASK REQUIREMENTS: Please note the HCPS and Skipwith MASK requirements which state, All students must wear a mask to school each day, on the bus, and at school. It would be a good idea to have an extra one in your child’s book bag. If  your child comes to school without a mask, you may receive the following reminder note:
Your child did not come to school today with a face mask on. Please make sure your child comes prepared to school with a face mask     (masks with ventilators, gaiters, and bandanas are not permitted.) As a reminder, the Public Health Order issued on August 12, 2021, requires all persons to wear masks when indoors at K-12 schools.

3. REPORTING COVID CASES: To help ensure the health of everyone in our school building, we are asking that if your student tests positive for COVID-19 or is in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case that you call the school. This information will allow contact tracing to occur as soon as possible. If the health department calls, please allow disclosure, as this permits communication with your student’s school, and give them as much information as you can, including your student’s name and school attended. In collaboration with the health department, all cases reported will be investigated and close contacts notified. Confidentiality is maintained for individual students and staff.