Burns Elementary Activities
Jan 11- 18th
All students will be receiving Thursday notes sent home in their backpacks. Please be on the lookout and ask your students for these notes. It includes information to be aware of on some of our procedures if we would ever need to have an emergency evacuation/reunification in our district. All overdue lunch notices will be attached to these sheets this week.
Friday school in January- January 12th. Your child’s teacher will call and make arrangements with you if they will be asked to attend. No Friday School on the 19th and a full day of school for all students on Friday, January 26
Full day of school on Friday January 26 for all students.
January 25th- 5th & 6th grade Cheyenne Symphony trip. They will be eating lunch at school.
We will be having 3 Kindergarten Discovery Days for Pre K kids that will be attending kindergarten next school year. This is a chance for the kids to get to know our teachers and to see what a day in Kindergarten at Burns Elementary is all about. Dates are Feb 16, March 23 & April 13 from 8:00 - 10:00 am. The teachers would like to have them attend all of the dates but if that is not possible, the more the better! Please call the office and RSVP so we know who to expect. Parents will need to provide their own transportation to and from school.
School Lunch Menu for the week:
Monday:Breakfast- Blueberry Muffin Lunch- Hot Dog & Cheese Roll up or Pizza Pasta Bake
Tuesday:Breakfast-Oatmeal Choc Chip Benefit Bar Lunch- Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks or Cheeseburger
Wednesday: Breakfast- Mini Pancakes Lunch- Sloppy Joes or PB&J Fun Lunch
Thursday:Breakfast- Sausage & Cheese Biscuit Lunch- Pepperoni Pizza or Meatball Sub Sandwich
Laramie County School District #2 is in the process of reviewing the School Safety Plan.
Each site must establish a safety team that collaborates with local law enforcement, fire, and emergency management agencies. Once a plan has been developed, staff and students must be trained on how to use the plan. Exercises and drills are then conducted to test the plans effectiveness. A school safety plan consists of three components, Prevention, Response and Recovery. Each component is vital to the effectiveness of the overall plan.
Prevention: Prevention programs are the first component in a school safety plan. The purpose of these programs are to create a safe school environment that supports academic achievement. These programs focus on areas such as building safety and communication as examples. Our primary goal is to prevent emergencies.
Response: Some emergencies or disasters cannot be prevented. In those cases the second component, emergency response and emergency operations plans are necessary to insure an effective response. By having an emergency response plan in place, schools will minimize the impact of an emergency or disaster. It is important for all involved response entities to coordinate and plan their activities in advance. This will minimize confusion and enhance the response.
Recovery: We must be prepared to assist students and staff for a physical as well as emotional recovery from an emergency or disaster. To do this a response plan is necessary to care for affected students and staff. You will find a copy of the standard reunification method that our district is using. Please read through this document so that you are aware of the process if we would have to use it.
(Excerpt from US Department of Education publication, Safeguarding Our Children: an Action Plan.)
STUDENT/PARENT REUNIFICATION Circumstances may occur at the school that require parents to pick up their students in a formalized, controlled release. This process is called a Reunification and may be necessary due to weather, a power outage, hazmat or if a crisis occurs at the school. The Standard Reunification Method is a protocol that makes this process more predictable and less chaotic for all involved. Because a reunification is not a typical end of school day event, a reunification may occur at a different location than the school a student attends. If this location is another school, then those students may be subject to a controlled release as well. NOTIFICATION Parents may be notified in a number of ways. The school or district may use its broadcast phone or text message system. In some cases, students may be asked to send a text message to their parents. A reunification text message from a student may look something like this: “The school has closed, please pick me up at 3:25 at the main entrance. Bring your ID. “ PARENT/GUARDIAN EXPECTATIONS If a parent or guardian is notified that a reunification is needed, there are some expectations that parents or guardians should be aware of. First, bring identification. That will streamline things during reunification. Second, be patient. Reunification is a process that protects both the safety of the student and provides for an accountable change of custody from the school to a recognized custodial parent or guardian. WHAT IF A PARENT CAN’T PICK-UP THEIR STUDENT? When a parent can’t immediately go to the reunification site, students will only be released to individuals previously identified as a student’s emergency contact. Otherwise, the school will hold students until parents can pick up their student. WHAT IF THE STUDENT DROVE TO SCHOOL? There may be instances where a student may not be allowed to remove a vehicle from the parking lot. In this case, parents are advised to recover the student. In some circumstances, high school students may be released on their own. HOW IT WORKS For students, the school asks that students be orderly and quiet while waiting. Students may be asked to text a message to their parents or guardians. Students are also asked not to send other text messages either in or out of the school or reunification area. Keeping the cellular network usage at a minimum may be important during a reunification. REUNIFICATION CARDS For parents, there are a couple of steps. If a parent is driving to the school, greater awareness of traffic and emergency vehicles is advised. Parents should park where indicated and not abandon vehicles. Parents are asked to go to the Reunification “Check In” area and form lines based on the first letter of their student’s last name. While in line, parents are asked to fill out a reunification card. This card is perforated and will be separated during the process. Some of the same information is repeated on both the top and separated bottom of the card. Parents are asked to complete all parts of the card. In the case of multiple students being reunified, a separate card for each student needs to be completed. BRING ID TO CHECK IN During check in, identification and custody rights are confirmed. The card is separated and the bottom half given back to the parent. From the “Check In” area parents are directed to the “Reunification” area. There, a runner will take the bottom half of the card and take it to the Student Assembly Area to recover the student or students. Parents should be aware that in some cases, they may be invited into the building for further information. INTERVIEWS AND COUNSELING In some cases, parents may be advised that a law enforcement investigation is underway and may be advised that interviews are necessary. In extreme cases, parents may be pulled aside for emergency or medical information.