A Message from the Principal
Hello, Trailblazer Families,
We hope this message finds you and your family safe and well. I want to start by thanking all of you for your patience while we navigate through uncharted waters. As our extended Spring Break has come to an end and we enter the week of March 30th, I want to inform you of our plans moving forward, recognizing that the guidance from the Department of Education continues to be updated.
Distance Learning packets that consist of 8 weeks of instruction for your student were mailed home Friday of last week. If you do not receive one by Wednesday, please contact the school to pick one up. All graded assignments for the week should be returned by 3:00 PM Friday of each week. Assignments may be physically turned in at the school in the bins marked for each grade level that will be located at the front entrance of the school. They may also be turned in digitally through email or REMIND. In addition to the packet, instructional videos and enrichment activities are available online, but are not mandatory. These will be loaded onto your child’s Classlink dashboard.
Teachers will be contacting students and parents starting tomorrow Monday, March 30th regarding our Continuity Plan and to answer any questions you may have as we move forward. Daily communication and check in’s are imperative since teachers will be required to take daily attendance through FOCUS and maintain a daily communication log.
Meals will continue to be available from 10 am - 1 pm at Southside Elementary, Yulee Middle, Callahan Elementary, and Hilliard Middle-Senior High.
We also ask you to refer to the School District’s and Wildlight’s School website and Facebook page for more information and updates. We appreciate your support as we work together for student success.
If you have any questions, please contact our front office staff. Thanks and we hope to see you all soon back on campus!
Computer Needs: If you did not pick up a computer on Thursday, please call the school Monday, March 30th to set up an appointment. An employee will meet you in the parking lot, at your vehicle, so you can fill out a tech device registration form. Be sure to also bring your driver's license.
Please click on the link below for an update from Dr. Burns regarding COVID-19.
Student Transfer Requests for the 2020 – 2021 School Year
ANNOUNCEMENT: There will be no changes to school attendance areas for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Students are required to attend the school for which they are zoned, based on their parent/legal guardian’s residence, as defined in NCSD administrative rule 5.01. If assignment out of the assigned attendance area is desired, a “Student Request for In-County Transfer” form must be completed. The request must be approved by the receiving principal, releasing principal, and school board. This form may be obtained from any NCSD school or from the district website.
Every effort is made to accommodate in-county transfer requests. However, growth across the county has limited the district’s ability to honor all requests. Several schools are at full capacity and first consideration must be given to students residing in those attendance areas.
The district’s plan for processing in-county transfer requests for the 2020 – 2021 school year will be as follows. Students who were approved for an in-county transfer for the 2019 - 2020 school year and will be in the same grade band (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) next year, do not need to submit an application. However, students that will be moving up a grade band for the 2020 – 2021 school year must submit applications and be approved. (For example, if a 2nd grade student is attending a primary school on an in-county transfer, but is moving up to 3rd grade next year and would like to attend the elementary school located in the same attendance area, the in-county transfer request must be completed. Approvals will depend on available capacity.) Students in K-5 schools (Bryceville Elementary, Hilliard Elementary, and Wildlight Elementary) who were approved for the 2019-2020 school year do not need to reapply, unless they will be moving up to middle school in 2020-2021 and wish to attend a middle school out of their assigned attendance area.
Applications will be date and time stamped when received and kept in order of receipt.
Applications will not be accepted before the date given below.
Application Window Open: January 10, 2020
Application Window Closed: February 26, 2020
Deadline for Schools to Notify Parents of Acceptance or Denial: April 10, 2020
Click on the attached file for detailed instructions and information: Heart Heroes Virtual Challenge
Lifetouch has suspended all picture deliveries to the schools during the Covid-19 pandemic. We assure you, once we are cleared from this current situation, the pictures will be delivered to the school and distributed in the safest manner.
Students are now able to test on AR books at home. Students must sign in to classlink at: launchpad.classlink.com/nassau and enter their 10-digit student number as their username and 8-digit birthday as their password.
Regular school attendance is a necessary part of a student’s education. Excessive absences impair a student’s educational progress, impacts whether the student passes or fails a grade, and may result in court proceedings and/or the loss of driving privileges. Students will be considered absent when they miss 50% of their school day. Absences shall be classified and treated as follows:
Students must be in school unless the absence has been excused for one of the reasons listed below. Excused absences include the following:
· Personal Illness.
· Illness of an immediate family member.
· Death in the family.
· Religious holidays of the student’s religious faith.
· Required court appearance or subpoena by a law enforcement agency.
· Special events, including, but not limited to, important public functions, student conferences, student state/national competitions that are school-sponsored, administrative approved post-secondary educational institution visitation, as well as exceptional cases of family need.
· Doctor or dentist appointments.
· Students having or suspected of having a communicable disease or infestation that can be transmitted are to be excluded from school and are not allowed to return to school until they no longer present a health hazard (Florida Statute 1003.22). Examples of communicable diseases and infestations include, but are not limited to, fleas, head lice, ringworm, impetigo, and scabies. Students are allowed a maximum of two (2) days excused absence for an infestation of head lice.
Unexcused absences include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Shopping trips
· Pleasure/Vacation trips
· Other avoidable absences.
Any student who has been absent from school shall bring a note from a parent or guardian within forty-eight (48) hours of returning to school stating the cause of the absence. Failure to bring in a note will result in an automatic unexcused absence. However, the fact that the student brings in a note does not require the school administration to excuse the absence. The principal or designee will decide whether the absence meets the criteria for an excused absence, and that decision will be final. The administration may request additional documentation, such as a doctor’s note. The excuse must state specific dates of absence, and must be signed by the treating, licensed physician. After fifteen (15) days of absence, whether excused or unexcused, a student must present verification from a licensed doctor for all subsequent absences due to illness.
When a student is absent from school with an excused absence, the student shall be responsible for all work and assignments missed during the student’s absence. The student shall make arrangements with teachers for “make-up” work. The number of days allowed to make up the work shall be the same as the number of days the student was absent. This deadline may be extended with approval of the teacher or principal. Previously assigned projects or tests are due upon return from absence or as determined by the teacher’s grading standards
Please visit our District’s Website to find out information about transportation including bus stops and times at www.nassau.k12.fl.us and then click on the Transportation Tab.
Check your bus stop times frequently as we start school. Each day we are adding new stops, more students, and balancing overloads. Changes occur frequently throughout the first month of school. You should check back often prior to the start of school to verify your stop times. Please be patient the first week of school as some buses may run late while trying to get everyone back into a routine. If you have any issues determining your stops or times, give us a call or send us an email.
No route changes or notes to ride a different bus will be allowed until after Friday, September 13, 2019. Please remember that all transportation changes must be made no later than 1:40 p.m.
HERE COMES THE BUS
Here Comes The Bus (HCTB) is an easy-to-use website and app that enables you to see the location of your child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. This way, you know when the bus is near your stop, so you can send your child out at just the right time. When the school bus is within a certain distance from your bus stop (you set the distance) you will get an email or push notification on your phone letting you know the bus is almost at your stop.
Currently, you can sign up for and use the web or app version. However, we are still in the early implementation phase of adding this service. Please keep in mind the following items if you choose to use this service:
- You must be registered to your correct bus and using your assigned bus stop based on the home address you are registered with at your school.
- Do not rely exclusively on HCTB and make sure you are still at your bus stop at the appointed time.
- Currently, we cannot provide technical support if you are unable to sign up.
- Not all features advertised on the HCTB site are available, but most will be added in the future.
You can download the app from the Google Play or Apple Store or visit www.herecomesthebus.com. You will need your child's student ID# and our district's school code: 76491. For video tutorials and instructions on how to sign up and use HCTB you can visit the HCTB solutions page at http://help.herecomesthebus.com/en/support/solutions.
2019-2020 School Start & End Times
Busses and Car Riders will unload at 7:45 AM
School Start Time: 8:05 AM Dismissal: 2:10 PM
Early Release (Wednesdays) Dismissal: 1:10 PM
1/2 Day Release Time: 11:15 AM
April 6, 2020
April 9, 2020