Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet School
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Combining prevention steps, including having everyone wear a mask correctly, keeping people 6 ft apart, handwashing, cleaning and maintaining healthy environments & contact tracing. Phased school reopening based on community transmission levels. Increased testing. Vaccinating teachers, staff, & the community.
As many MPS families continue, their experience having their child attend school virtually –even parents with experience can use some fresh ideas to start the new school year. Here are proven tips from teachers and parents of virtual school students to help your child get ready!
Dear Parents and Students:
In an effort to ensure that students have access to assignments, if they must quarantine, we will begin giving out Chromebooks this Tuesday, August 31, from 2:30 PM until 4:30 PM and Wednesday, September 1, from 4:30 PM until 6:00 PM.
Parents must come in the building to pick up the Chromebooks and sign for them. Please wear a mask when picking up Chromebooks.
Montgomery Public Schools has purchased cases for these Chromebooks, but they haven't arrived yet. Students will not bring the chromebooks to school until we have recieved the cases and distributed them. Quite a few Chromebooks were broken last year when students put them in backpacks. The weight of the student's books caused damage to the screen. For that reason, we are waiting until we have cases before allowing students to bring Chromebooks to school.
Some parents have asked if they must check out a chromebook if their student has a laptop at home. At this time, you do not have to check out a chromebook. However, when students are told to bring devices to school, all students must have a MPS Chromebook. We cannot be responsible for personal devices that are lost, stolen, or broken.
Thanks for all you do,
Some Updates for Parents and Students
To get students into school we are asking all 7th graders to enter through the front doors of the school. We have a metal detector there, also. Teachers will be on duty at 6:30 AM in the front lobby to facilitate this process. The 7th graders will then go to the auditorium until the 7:00 AM bell rings for them to go to their homerooms. This seemed to work well this morning.
Getting to school early will also help us start school on time. Remember that students must be seated in their homerooms at 7:12 AM to be considered on time. Students not in their seats when the tardy bell rings at 7:12 AM are considered tardy, and a parent must sign them in to school in the main office. We ring the bell to go to homeroom at 7:00 AM, a warning bell at 7:10 AM, and the tardy bell at 7:12 AM. Remember you may drop your student off as early as 6:30 AM. Teachers and administrators are on duty to keep them safe.
If your student is participating in sports at Lamp or Floyd and needs to bring a bag with equipment or clothes, they may leave it in the gym. These students, even if they are in the 7th grade should go through the metal detector in the gym. They will leave the bag with the P.E. teachers who will store it for them. When the 2:15 bell rings for dismissal, these students will go to the gym and retrieve their bag. If they play sports for Floyd, they should then go quickly to the bus lane on Scott Street and board bus 18-84.
Thank you for your cooperation. Navigating a four-story building with so many stairs is difficult. Bookbags only complicate the process and make it unsafe. Also, many of our rooms are large enough to accomodate these bags.
We will begin issuing lockers as soon as we get the lists from MySchoolBucks that you've paid the locker fee. The day after the locker is issued, your child may begin bringing his or her bookbag. Remember bookbags must be small enough to fit in lockers.
Thanks for all you do. All of us at Baldwin appreciate you.
My School Bucks
To provide more convenience to parents as well as to assist in the health and safety of all our students and staff, we ask that parents please consider paying for their student's school fees online through MySchoolBucks. This will help minimize the amount of cash/check deposits that need to be handled throughout the day, which allows us to focus on keeping your child safe and teaching.
Create your free MySchoolBucks account to pay for your student's fees conveniently and securely online or with the mobile app. With MySchoolBucks you may quickly pay for items like locker fees, instrument rental fees, and other class fees.
Get Started Today:
- Go to myschoolbucks.com or download the mobile app
- Create your free account and add your students using their school name and student ID
- Add school items or invoices to your cart
- Check out using your credit/debit card or electronic check
If you need assistance with your account, you can find helpful how-to videos and answers to questions by visiting myschoolbucks.com. Or you can contact MySchoolBucks directly by logging into your account to start a chat conversation or give them a call at (855) 832-5226.
Parents, Thursday, August 19, homeroom teachers will give each student their school ID number. Please ask them for it when they get home.
Thank you for being patient. We will try to get new information to you as soon as possible. Please check the Baldwin website every day or so because we'll post information there, also.
Jannette Wright, Principal