Returning to Atkinson after virtual learning

Returning to Face-to-Face Instruction for Atkinson: For Parents

The Return to Face-to-Face Instruction for Atkinson: For Parentsguide was created following the district’s guidelines in Pasadena ISD Back to Class 2020-Together Again


Arrival and Dismissal:

Arrival—All other days.

· Building opens at 7:10 AM.

· Students will enter at their grade level doors at the end of each hallway.

· The students will sit in the hallway on designated markers. Monitors will be in the hallways ensuring students are sitting apart from one another.

· Car Drop Off—Teachers and aides will monitor the porch as the parents drop off students. Staff will not open the vehicle doors for the students, unless the student is young and cannot open the door or has a disability. Staff will wear gloves to open vehicle doors. 


Bus Riders

· Bus riders will be dismissed from their classrooms at 2:55 PM to alleviate hallway congestion.

· Students will wait seated in the holding area on designated markers until their bus arrives and they are called to load.

· While loading, they will wait standing on designated markers.


· Walkers will be released from their classrooms at 3:00 PM to alleviate hallway congestion.

· Students will move to the walker holding area and sit on designated markers.

· Staff will release independent walkers first.

· Other walkers will be released as parents arrive with walker tags.

Day Care Riders

· Day Care Riders will be released from their classrooms at 3:00 PM to alleviate hallway congestion.

· Students will move to the day care holding area and sit on designated markers until the day care bus arrives and students are called to load.

· As they load, students will stand in line on designated markers.

Car Riders

· Students will be released from their classrooms at 3:05 PM to alleviate hallway congestion.

· Pre-K and Kindergarten Students and Siblings will sit on designated markers in their holding area until their name is called and will be released to cars in the Kingspoint Circle. Parents must have a car tag with student name on it.

· All other grade levels will sit on designated markers in their holding area until their name is called and will be released to cars in the main drive through.

· Parents must have car tag with student name on it.

· Teachers with walkie-talkies will call students from their designated holding areas.

Food Distribution:

Tables will be sanitized after each student leaves and before another student sits down to eat.


· Students will go through the line to pick up their breakfast. Students will eat in the cafeteria. The tables have markers to show students where to sit and to allow for social distancing.


· Students will go to the cafeteria to pick up their lunches and then will sit at the designated markers.

· Children are allowed to bring their lunch from home.

Both Meals

· Students will sanitize their hands before entering the line.

· While waiting in lines students will stand on designated markers to support social distancing.

· Students will return their tray to the service window after disposing of their trash.

Parents and Guests in the Building:

In an effort to minimize possible exposure, parents and guests will not be allowed into the building. This applies to the first day of school, having lunch with your child, and meetings with the teacher. Please email your child’s teacher if you would like a Zoom conference.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

Staff and students, PK-4th grade, will be required to wear a face covering in all areas of the building.

Refer to page 4 under Face Coverings in the  PISD Back to Class 2020: Together Again handbook. PISD Back to Class 2020: Together Again

Student Devices:

Although we are having face-to-face instruction, the format will be the same on campus as it was during on-line learning. The student will be in the classroom with their device, logged in to Zoom and completing work via the online platform (Seesaw, Google). Therefore, student devices with cords will need to be brought to school and taken home daily. Student devices should be charged each night to ensure they are ready for instruction. Please ensure students have a bag, satchel, or backpack in order to transport the device.

Ancillary and Library:

Ancillary classes (Music, PE) and Library related instruction will take place in locations according to the Pasadena ISD COVID-19 Action Levels. Refer to page 16 in thePISD Back to Class 2020: Together Again.


PE classes may take place outside and will be closely supervised by our coaches and/or teachers.

Recess is encouraged. The teachers have access to many areas around the building where they may take the children. Items that are passed between students such as balls, frisbees, jump ropes, etc, will not be permitted at this time. The playground areas are closed.

Hallways and Restrooms:

Hallways are marked to remind and encourage students to practice social distancing.

Teachers will take students to the restroom as a class. By doing this, teachers can continue to monitor and encourage social distancing.

Special Programs:

Special Education—Special education classes will be conducted either by Zoom or in person.

Dyslexia—Dyslexia classes will be conducted either by Zoom or in person.

Speech—Speech classes will be conducted either by Zoom or in person.

ESL—ESL classes will be conducted either by Zoom or in person.

Intervention & PIE—Planned Intervention and Enrichment (PIE) time will take place as scheduled Monday-Thursday.

Student Mental Health:

Mental health is as important as physical health. Our school will continue to provide positive mental health activities for our students. Our Counselor is a HUGE resource for activities that will be helpful to students, examples are below.

Practicing mindfulness through a Mindful Minute

Reading and discussing books that promote socio-emotional learning (SEL).

Having restorative circles and “family meetings”

Providing Brain Breaks when necessary

If a student is struggling emotionally, Ms. Abraham, our counselor, is on campus to see to our students’ needs.

She is also available for on-line Zoom sessions.

Cleaning and Disinfecting with teacher monitoring:

There are hand sanitizing stations at our main entrances. Hand sanitizer has been provided for every classroom. Hand washing is mandatory at every restroom break. Students, with teacher monitoring, will clean student’s desks after breakfast. Custodians will sanitize student desks and chairs daily. Commonly touched surfaces (door handles, handrails, etc) will be sanitized often.