Changes to federal food program rules may affect food distribution. It’s important that families fill out the WCPSS free and reduced lunch application no matter where we are currently learning. Please note that last year’s qualifications expire 30 days after the first day of school and this form must be filled out annually. Details here: https://www.wcpss.net/meals
With school now underway, many working parents are facing the added stress of finding a safe place for their children during the day that can also support their remote learning. The good news is that there is ample licensed child care available across the state, and there are a number of organizations helping families access it.
In partnership with Child Care Resources and Referral, the NC Department of Health and Human Services created a free hotline to connect families to licensed care for their school-age children. Families can call the hotline at 1-888-600-1685. DHHS also published a guide for parents on What to Know When Looking for School-Age Child Care.
The Families and Schools Together (FAST) Initiative is a community effort to help address the childcare needs facing our community during remote learning. There are providers currently offering childcare at below-market rates who have the capacity to enroll more children. Scholarships and subsidies are available on a case-by-case basis. Please visit www.wakefast.org for more information.
In this issue, you’ll meet our awesome school counselors, get resources for food and tips for stress and anxiety, and learn about some fun volunteer opportunities — plus lots more, including a video greeting from our Dragon-in-Chief, Principal Burns. Happy reading!
Principal Burns will be sharing information and answering questions regarding the upcoming school year at the following times on Wednesday, August 12. Just click the link for the session you want to attend, and it will open in Google Meet at the given time:
As we approach the 2020-2021 school year, the Douglas PTA board has already been meeting regularly with our organization’s purpose at the forefront of our planning.
In a normal year, the Douglas PTA is the sole funding mechanism for teacher stipends and grants, our community garden, our butterfly garden, schoolwide projects, various school clubs, the spelling bee, mathletes, Odyssey of the Mind — the list goes on. We also support the school library through the Scholastic Book Fair, fund the Cultural Arts Program, and fund our school food pantry. We pay for these programs through two major fundraisers, and to be honest, we are not sure what those fundraising opportunities will look like this year.
Our prospects to fulfill our purpose and programs this year will look different than in prior years, but we will earnestly continue to support our students, families and teachers. Health and safety will be a priority and our beloved events and fundraisers will need to be reconstructed as we look toward new opportunities to support our organizational goals.
If you have ever considered joining the PTA, this is the year to join and help us.
We welcome all input from our families, teachers, and the wider community. Please see the link below to join the PTA and watch this space for further information on the start of school.
We would like to show our Douglas teachers that our school families have their backs and have set a goal for 50 families to join the PTA this week ahead of the school year starting. Please support our school community by joining and/or donating at https://douglas.memberhub.store/.
I hope everyone is doing well. There is certainly a lot of energy around the reopening of schools. There is new information being shared daily with schools and with the community. As of right now, you have a choice to be a part of the Virtual Academy or Plan B. The details of the Virtual Academy are available on the WCPSS website and there is a virtual open house tonight. The details of Plan B are dependent on the number of students that enroll in Virtual Academy and students that withdraw from WCPSS. This makes the staffing plan less secure than in years past. I will do my best to honor grouping requests due to childcare and teacher requests once we have the enrollment information. While we do not have answers to all of our questions yet, please know that my goals are creating a safe environment for students and staff, addressing the social emotional needs of all Douglas community members while providing a meaningful, rigorous educational experience. I recognize this can be stressful for families to make a decision, I am available if you would like to discuss the specific needs. Be Safe, Principal Burns
¡Hola Douglas Community!
Espero que todos lo estén haciendo bien. Ciertamente, hay mucha energía en torno a la reapertura de las escuelas. Hay nueva información que se comparte diariamente con las escuelas y con la comunidad. A partir de ahora, tiene la opción de ser parte de la academia virtual o del Plan B. Los detalles de la Academia Virtual están disponibles en el sitio web de WCPSS y hay una casa virtual abierta esta noche. Los detalles del Plan B dependen de la cantidad de estudiantes que se inscriben en la Academia Virtual y los estudiantes que se retiran de WCPSS. Esto hace que el plan de personal sea menos seguro que en años anteriores. Haré todo lo posible para cumplir con las solicitudes de agrupación debido a las solicitudes de cuidado de niños y maestros una vez que tengamos la información de inscripción. Si bien aún no tenemos respuestas a todas nuestras preguntas, tenga en cuenta que mis objetivos son crear un ambiente seguro para los estudiantes y el personal, abordar las necesidades sociales y emocionales de todos los miembros de la comunidad de Douglas y al mismo tiempo proporcionar una experiencia educativa significativa y rigurosa. Reconozco que esto puede ser estresante para que las familias tomen una decisión, estoy disponible si desea discutir las necesidades específicas. Cuidate, Quemaduras principales Burns