JR Weekly Update – Traffic Updates Included

Otter Families,

It was so good to see your children last week! School felt safe and healthy. All students were in the building by 8:05 A.M. This is quiet a feat considering our small drop off area. With our tiny drop off area in mind, we are already updating our procedures. You can see a new arrival and dismissal procedure below:

John Rogers Traffic Info
School Starts at 7:55 every day M-F. Supervision starts at 7:40 AM
School ends at 2:25 M,Tu,Th and F. School ends at 1:10 PM.

During Drop-Off and Pick-Up
*Follow the guidance from the traffic safety team in the neon vests. They manage traffic flow and ensure buses get through. Volunteers get their own children here and then give their time for all our students safety. Thank you for your help.
*Please have your child sit in the back seat (it’s the law) and all children should exit/enter cars on the passenger side. This may mean you have to rearrange car seats, but it helps things go smoothly for everyone.
*Do not block intersections. Buses need a lot of space to turn the corners.
*Staff and Volunteers are here to help! If you’re not sure what to do, just ask someone. *If you’re interested in helping, please contact Michelle mpdougherty@seattleschools.org in the front office to start the volunteer process.

Arrival
Starting at 7:40A.M. students and family are welcome on the playground considering the following:

1) Everyone wears properly fitting masks.
2) Everyone continues to honor 6’ physical distance.
3) Students wait near their classroom dots.
4) Only staff and students are allowed inside the building.
5) Parents leave the playground after school staff start supervision

We feel this will provide for a more welcoming environment and offer a safer alternative to waiting closely together in the small area near the north gate.

Dismissal
Again, families are welcome to wait for children near their classroom dots starting at 8AM. If you choose to wait on the playground for your children, please either:

1) Park on the south end of the playfield or
2) Walk or
3) Ride a bicycle
During afternoon pickup 109th St. (the one leading to the school) turns into a one-way street moving through the school. All wheeled traffic must ride up the hill. The right lane of traffic should be reserved for busses. The left lane is reserved for cars. Please do not park on 109th St.
In short if Car Pickups have two options:
Option 1: Stay in your car and meet your child at the circle.
Option 2: Park along 105th St and walk up to the playground through the field. Meet your child at their line up spot.
More specific car pick-up and drop-off procedures below.
Walkers – Meet your child on the blacktop in the playground. The playground will remain closed after school.

We will continue to provide supervision to students as they walk to the after-school program or to their busses.

Finally, please ensure your student knows how they will get home every day. You are welcome to share this information with your classroom teacher too.

MORE SPECIFIC CAR PICKUP DIRECTIONS ARE THE FOLLOWING:

Morning Procedure
*Staff are on the playground and in the drop off area starting at 8:40 AM. Children should not be dropped off any earlier.
*Pull down the NE 109th, leaving room for the bust lane along the curb.
*Children should be ready to exit the vehicle with their backpacks and coats.
*Children should only exit the vehicle at the drop off area near the traffic circle.
*Pull all the way up to the traffic safety team members at the circle. They will open the door and help your children safely to the sidewalk.
*All children should exit the passenger side.

Afternoons
*Pull down 109th, leaving room for the bus lane at the curb.
*Please pull as far left as possible, put car in park, and remain in your vehicle. This leaves the center lane open for passing vehicles.
*Do not leave your vehicle.
*Pull up to the safety team member signaling you. Volunteers will help your child into the car.
*If your child is not at the pick-up area when you pull up, you may be asked to drive around the block. This is necessary to maintain traffic flow.
*To keep the line moving and to keep physical distance, we encourage children to buckle themselves in so you can be on your way and make room for the next vehicle.
*Please watch the sidewalks and crosswalks carefully.



Family Connectors University

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) families are invited to join North Seattle College’s Family Connectors University (FCU) class, a family-focused online course designed to help parents support their child’s learning and growth.

In partnership with North Seattle College and SPS Family Partnerships Department, topics include:
– Helping your child with learning
– Social Emotional Learning ideas for home
– Becoming a supportive partner at your school
– Helping your child with ‘big emotions’
– Supporting your child with reading and math
– Talking to kids about race, racism, and antiracist actions

Take this course in real-time or attend offline at a time that works for you. Check out video here and course details here.

Participants report that this year’s pandemic-informed curriculum has been immensely helpful to families during remote learning:

“The Family Connectors University class was a wealth of practical ideas, and definitely worth the time investment!”

“…the conversations about self-care, supporting our kids’ social emotional growth, dealing with “big feelings” and recommendations on supporting reading and math were fantastic.”

“Implementing just a few of these ideas brought the pressure level in our ‘locked-down’ household from a 9 to a 2.”

“I loved the chance to have one hour to myself each week to get ideas for helping my child and talk with other parents.”

The class takes place online via Zoom for 10 weeks beginning Tuesday, September 28th at 6-7 pm. Parents can participate synchronously or asynchronously, as sessions will be recorded.

Course is facilitated by NSC Parent Education Instructor Lea Evans, Principal Janine Roy, SPS Family Partnerships Coordinator Asosa Sailiai, and special guest speakers.

The cost for the 2-unit class is $39.42 and some scholarships are available. Email Asosa Sailiai to enroll or find out more information: amsailiai@seattleschools.org.