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Buford Return to Learn: Let's Get Started

Some Buford Students Return to School Monday

Dear staff and families–

This is just a word to say how excited we are to begin the process of bringing students back to school in person on Monday. If you have questions about this process, I hope you will reach out to your teachers or schools or visit our website.

As a reminder, on Monday, we’ll welcome back PreK-grade 6 students who have chosen in-person instruction. In grades 7-12, we will initially bring back invited students who have already been contacted to arrange morning supports.

Changes to Buford/CHS Plan

Per a Board vote last night, we will revisit our hybrid model at Buford and CHS and will craft a plan for families to choose whether their child will return in person beginning on April 12. Buford and CHS will follow up with families with details about their revised plans and an intent form.

We know that our Board has faced difficult decisions under rapidly evolving circumstances and changing perspectives from students, families, and staff. We and the Board are committed to listening to all voices and working together to meet the needs of our students and community.

Thank you for your support and patience. Enjoy the weekend, and sleep well on Sunday night as we prepare to launch a new chapter.

Dr. Rosa S. Atkins
Superintendent

Important News about Spring Assessments

Please read this letter to find important information about upcoming student assessments. Families, it contains a link to a form for you to complete. Thank you!


March 1, 2021 — Updated March 2

Dear Buford Families:

Springtime is always a busy time of any school year — even during a pandemic.  Among many things, spring is the time that we  take a measure of what students have learned throughout the year.  Over the next few weeks, students will take several assessments that will give us a measure of what content and skills students have gained throughout the school year.

Virtual (At-Home) MAP Testing
On March 10 and March 11, all students will take the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment:  the Math MAP test will be on March 10, and the Reading MAP test will be on March 11.  This assessment will be administered virtually during the school day.  Please click on this link for the daily schedule on those testing days. 

In-Person SOL Testing on Two Different Days
Between March 22 and April 1, 8th grade students will take the Grade 8 Writing SOL.  This assessment is designed to measure students’ writing and grammar skills in two testing components: multiple choice and a short paper. This assessment will be given at Buford, in-person.  While state testing must occur in a face-to-face format, COVID protocols and procedures will be followed within the testing environment.  Students will be testing in small groups, no more than 10 per classroom, and face masks must be worn at all times.  

Form For Families to Complete
To assist with planning for students to return to the building for testing, we ask that families provide information regarding transportation to and from school, and whether or not students will participate in taking the Standards of Learning tests.  Please complete this form by Friday, March 5, indicating your preferences.  Students will be assigned two (2) testing days:  one during the week of March 22-26 for multiple choice, and another during the week of March 29- April 2 for the short paper.  This will be communicated to students, families, and teachers at least one week prior to testing.  If your student cannot attend on their assigned day, please let me know so they can be scheduled on a different day. If you have more specific questions regarding SOL testing and participation, please contact me directly.

If you have any questions regarding the MAP or Standards of Learning testing, please contact me at 434-245-2411.

Sincerely,

Pamela Davis
Assistant Principal

COVID school supplies (mask, hand sanitizer, books, pens, apple)

Information and Agreement for In-Person Instruction

COVID school supplies (mask, hand sanitizer, books, pens, apple)For families who will have a student begin in-person instruction on March 8, please review our new safety practices for in-person instruction, below.

Then complete the agreement form  online (one per household using the link below) or at your school(s).

New Safety Practices for In-Person Instruction

Daily Routines

Image of CCS student daily health screening questions. Click for PDF.
Click image to find the PDF of the Daily Health Screening Questions for Students

I will do a daily health screening before my child leaves for school. The screening checks temperature plus other symptoms/ risk factors. See screening tool here.

Proper mask-wearing (over the mouth and nose) is required at all school-related sites unless my child receives permission (such as to eat or take a mask break). If my child requires a medical or developmental exception, I will supply documentation to the school.
In addition to mask-wearing, other school health routines such as social distancing, hand-washing, assigned seats, and health screenings will be in place.

Schools are limiting visitors. Family will be asked to drop off and pick up students (and any needed materials) outside the building.

Children will be going outside for outdoor learning as much as possible. I can let the school know if my child needs any inclement weather clothing.

Students will not share food or equipment such as a microwave.

Students Showing Symptoms/Possibly Exposed

"What to do in common COVID situations." Click to find PDF.
Click image to go to Google doc “What to do in common COVID situations,” a guide for families and staff.

I agree to keep my child (and any siblings) home from school if:

  • They or any close contacts are showing COVID symptoms.
  • They or any close contacts are waiting on COVID test results.
  • They or any close contacts have tested positive for COVID.
  • They or anyone in their household have been asked to quarantine

If my child shows symptoms or gets exposed at school, I will make arrangements for the child and any siblings to be picked up/return home ASAP (within an hour).

If my child has exhibited symptoms or been asked to quarantine, my child and all siblings will stay home from school until cleared by a doctor (or until the recommended period has elapsed — usually 10 days for a COVID diagnosis and 14 days for a quarantine).

Schools may need to shift certain students, classrooms, schools, or even all Charlottesville City Schools back to online learning for a period of time.

Transportation/Arrival at School

COVID Bus Protocols. Click image to go to Google doc.
COVID Bus Protocols. Click here or top of image to go to Google doc.

If your child has been assigned a spot on the bus:

  • My child will ride the bus regularly and will be picked up and dropped off at the same assigned location.
  • At the bus stop and on the bus, I will support bus safety practices such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and assigned seats.
  • When boarding the bus, my child will be screened for fever or symptoms and will use hand sanitizer.
    • For students in PreK-grade 6: I agree that a designated adult will wait with my child until they have been screened so that if they show symptoms at the bus stop, the child and all students in the household can return home with the adult. (Designated adult does not need to be a family member.) Adults, please help us by wearing a mask and practicing COVID safety.
    • For students in grades 7-12: I understand that if my student shows symptoms at the bus stop, my student will be directed to return home. The school will attempt to contact parents/guardians.
COVID Protocol for Arrival at School. Click image to go to Google doc.
COVID Protocol for Arrival at School. Click here or top of image to go to Google doc.

If your child is not on a bus:

  • My child will be screened for fever or symptoms and will use hand sanitizer upon arrival at school.
  • If I am driving children to school, I agree to wait until the health screening is complete and will assume responsibility to take home all the children in my car if any child I am driving displays symptoms. Children may be screened in the car.
    • For walkers/bike riders in PreK-grade 6: if my child displays symptoms, I agree to arrange pick-up of my child and any siblings within an hour.
    • For walkers/bike riders/self-drivers in grades 7-12: if my child displays symptoms, I agree to arrange for my child and any siblings to be picked up or to return home on their own within an hour.

Conclusion/Important

Illustration of handshakeCharlottesville City Schools is committed to teaching the skills that will keep us all safe. However, if your child or family struggles to uphold these safety commitments, for the safety of your child and our school community, we may reassign your child to virtual learning or family-supplied transportation.

Thanks for your partnership as we plan for a safe return to in-person instruction!

Ready to Sign the Agreement? ¿Listo para firmar el acuerdo?

Safety Agreement Form for In-Person Instruction

Formulario español

Print-ready Versions of Key Documents/ Documentos importantes en español listos para imprimir

 

More Information

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Academic Advising Information for Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders

Buford academic advising info graphicBuford Middle School hosted an Orientation and Curriculum Information Session for both rising 7th graders and 8th graders on February 3 via Zoom.  Miss the session? Check out the presentations, below. Call your counselor with any questions.
Presentations:

Virtual Activity Schedule, February 11

Find the Virtual Activity Period Schedule for February 11, and enjoy the day!

Curriculum Fair at CHS coming Feb. 5

Attention all rising 9th-12th grade students and families: Charlottesville High School is hosting a virtual curriculum fair on February 5 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join CHS school counselors and staff to learn more about the course offerings for 2021-22 school year (see agenda below).

Click here to register.

You will receive an email with links to the sessions you choose to attend. Choose the sessions that interest you!

9-9:30 AM: Welcome and Overview from School Counseling Department
9:30-10:00 AM: English Department
10:00-10:30 AM: Mathematics Department
10:30-11:00 AM: Science Department
11:00-11:30 AM: History/Social Studies Department
12:30-1:00 PM: World Languages Department & Health/PE Department
1:00-1:30 PM: Fine & Performing Arts Department & PVCC
1:30-2:00 PM: CATEC & CTE/Engineering

 

Winter 2021: Pick an action! Do an Action!

Charlottesville City Schools and the City’s Energy and Water Management Team are working together to reduce the energy and water footprint of all City schools.

Graphic with message, Reduce our Energy and Water Waste. Use a reusable water bottle and unplug electronics when not in use.

In 2019,the School Board approved an Energy and Water Performance resolution, showing a commitment to achieving and maintaining high performing school facilities.

Continuing on past efforts, the City’s maintenance and development teams are specifying high efficiency building equipment, such as high-efficiency chillers and LED lighting, and are enhancing operational control through advanced building automation systems.

Charlottesville Schools and the City’s Energy and Water Management Team continue to investigate ways to accelerate the installation of high performance equipment throughout our schools.

The City is also working with each school to raise awareness about energy and water saving practices through education and outreach efforts that include distributing educational materials and providing tips and strategies that students and faculty can use to reduce the energy and water impact at our schools.

Each quarter a different theme emphasizes aspects of energy and water efficiency/conservation.


Winter 2021: Pick an Action! Do an Action!

Put your knowledge into action–pick an action that helps you save energy and water at home and at school!

We started off the school year strong with a new commitment to save energy and water. Now it is time to put your knowledge into action! The Energy and Water Management Program wants you to pick an action that helps you save energy and water and start to do it! Each time you do your action, you will help save more energy and water, and combined with all of your classmates, you all will have a positive impact helping Charlottesville be more sustainable! You can start small with just one action and work on repeating it each week or each day. Grow your action by getting your friends and family involved and see who can be the most consistent at doing your energy and water saving action! Together we will all have a big impact to save energy and water in Charlottesville.

Tips:

  • Start off small: Pick a small action like turning lights off as you leave a room or turning the faucet off when scrubbing your hands with soap (or choose your own!).
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat: Do your energy and water saving action over and over again, each day!
  • Grow your action: Expand your action to save more energy and water by including your family!

Resources:

Have questions about this program? Contact the City’s Energy and Water Management Team at EnergyWaterTeam@charlottesville.gov and learn more at charlottesville.gov/EnergyWater.

Learn more about other green initiatives at Charlottesville City Schools here.


Fall 2020: New school year, new commitment to save energy and water!

Whether we are at school or at home this fall, the City’s Energy and Water Management Team has some great tips to help us reduce our energy and water consumption.

Energy and water are essential resources we need to use everyday; however, they also require a lot of effort including money and hard work to make into electricity for our lights or clean, safe water to drink. In addition, the overuse of these resources can have bad impacts on our environment even here in Charlottesville.

So, let’s start the school year with a new commitment to save when we can by following some of these important tips and actions we learned last year.

If you see something, say something graphic. Report a water leak or an open door to an adult.Tips:

  • Only Use What You Need: Turn off the lights and faucet when you are done!
  • If You See Something, Say Something: Report a water leak or an open door to an adult.
  • Reduce Our Energy and Water Waste: Use a reusable water bottle and unplug electronics when not in use.

Resources:


2019-20 Education and Outreach

Summer activity packet for upper level grades

Summer Quarter: This summer the Energy and Water Management Team wants you to take what you learned around how to save energy and water at school and apply it at home!

Let’s first focus on reducing our energy waste at home. This can look like turning the lights off when you leave a room, making sure you power down and unplug electronics when you are not using them, and making sure doors and windows aren’t left open when your home’s heating or air conditioning is running.

When you look at water, there are some easy ways we can reduce our water waste at home. Remember to always turn the water off when not in use (like while we are brushing our teeth), don’t forget to fill up your reusable water bottle with tap water when you are thirsty, and if you see dripping faucet or running toilet tell an adult to fix it! Plus, if you help your family with some gardening projects outside, look to the weather to do the watering work or collect rainwater to use for watering later.

This summer let’s all commit to saving energy and water. Take this pledge and start implementing these easy steps at home today!

This summer I pledge to be an energy and water saver at home!

  • I pledge to turn the lights off when I leave a room,
  • I pledge to power down and unplug electronics when I’m finished with them,
  • I pledge to close windows and doors when my home’s heating and cooling systems are on,
  • I pledge to turn the water off when not in use,
  • I pledge to use a reusable water bottle instead of a single-use plastic bottle,
  • I pledge to report water leaks as soon I see them,
  • I pledge to come back to school in the fall ready to keep saving energy and water!

You are now ready to be an energy and water saver! Together we can all have a huge impact at home and at school.

Activity Sheets for Grades K-4

Activity Sheets for Grades 5-12

Paper copies of the activity sheets were included with our summer meal distribution program. Copies can also be found in the main office of each school building, or you can contact the Energy and Water Management Team, at EnergyWaterTeam@Charlottesville.gov.

Energy and Water Management Program: Spring Quarter Poster image discusses reducing water and energy wasteSpring Quarter: Reducing our Energy and Water Waste

This spring the Energy and Water Management Team is back with more reminders to help us trim up our energy and water use!

Help our school reduce energy waste! Make sure outside doors close behind you and tell an adult if propped open. This will help keep our cooled and heated air inside our school rather than letting it escape through open doors to the outside!

Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle along with you wherever you go! Fill it up from tap water, which comes from our rivers and is cleaned to make it safe and taste good. Before dumping out any left over water, think reusable by giving it to some plants that would happily enjoy that water.

Spring Quarter Tips:
1. Keep outside doors closed
2. Fill up your reusable water bottle with tap water
3. If you see a water leak or an open outside door, report it!

If we each reduce our energy and water waste at school and at home by focusing on these easy habits,together we can have a real impact.

Energy and Water Management Program Winter Quarter posterWinter Quarter: Understanding our Energy and Water Use

Did you know that the greenhouse gases produced from energy used at all 10 Charlottesville City Schools is equal to the greenhouse gases produced by 500 homes? We know our schools need resources to operate but what exactly uses energy and water in our schools every day?

We are asking students and faculty to try to identify what uses energy and water when you walk into your classroom each day. For energy, think about the overhead lighting, computers, electronics, and air conditioning/heating. For water, think about the water fountain in the hallway and sink in your classroom. What about at home?

There are also the items that aren’t as noticeable such as leaving your phone plugged in even when it’s fully charged or not paying attention to that dripping faucet. Even when a phone is plugged in and is fully charged, it still uses 2.24 watts of energy, and that slow drip…drip…drip of a faucet can waste 3,000 gallons of water a year!

Let’s reduce our energy and water impact at school and at home by focusing on these easy habits we can do each day.

Winter Quarter Tips:

  • Turn the lights off when you leave a room.
  • Make an effort to unplug personal electronics.
  • Turn the water off when not in use.
  • If you see a water leak or hear a running toilet, report it!

 

water and energy management posterFall Quarter: The Value of Energy and Water

The energy and water that we use at home and in our school are typically provided using finite resources. In Virginia, fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) are used to produce over 60% of the electricity that we use, with nuclear and renewables making up the rest. We also use natural gas directly to heat our school and to heat our water. The water we use is pumped from reservoirs fed by rivers and is treated before coming to our homes and school as clean, potable water.  Simply put, our demand for electricity, natural gas, and water (the amount we use) has a direct impact on these resources. We have a responsibility to manage what we use but we’re also empowered with the ability to make lasting change.

In many cases we use more than we need, so we already have simple opportunities to reduce our impact. The best place to start is just becoming aware of when and how we use energy and water throughout our typical day. As you do your normal activities, think about how long you leave your lights on, leave your phone plugged in, and leave the water running. Now think about how you can adjust your behaviors to trim that up a bit.  It’s a game of inches, not miles, and small changes add up to big savings.

Fall Quarter Tips:

  • Last one out? Flip the switch!
  • Turn the water off when not in use.

 

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Buford Counseling Newsletter — January 2021

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