DCS/MHS Parent Information Meeting -Monday October 26th at 6pm via Zoom

Hello DCS and MHS families.  

We first want to thank you for completing the commitment forms we posted for returning or staying online in November.  We understand this is a big decision for you and your family. 

If you have not completed the form, EVEN if you plan on staying online, please do so (links below).  We are extending the deadline to Tuesday, October 27th.  It is important to hear from everyone, we are using this information to help our registrar adjust our attendance system.

We want to hold a Zoom meeting this Monday, October 26th, and 6pm to answer those questions and concerns you provided with your form. 

 

ZOOM MEETING LINK:  

 Topic: TLC – Return to Campus Parent Information Meeting 

Time: Oct 26, 2020 6:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://tracylc-net.zoom.us/j/86286111789?pwd=alJxVFpLSG5hbUUxZjZ4NnFicW5VQT09

If you are unable to attend the meeting we will post the recording to our website.  As always, if you ever have a question or concern, please let us know.  We are all in this together.  Thank you and we hope to see you Monday evening.

 

DCS SIGNUP FORM (One per student please)

MHS SIGNUP FORM (One per student please)

If you have any questions before signing up you can reach us at:

tlclearning@tracylc.net

 

 

DCS and MHS In-person or Online Learning Sign-up

Thank you to all DCS and MHS parents who responded to our learning survey.   Based on the results from almost 900 responses we have developed a system that will allow those of you who wish to stay online to do so; while those families who would like to return to campus can do so with reduced class sizes.  Our estimates show  30-40% of students will be in person for all classes.  This allows us to maintain distancing and all the other procedures we developed to meet the state and county guidelines.

Rules regarding closures if there is a case on campus and sanitation protocols can be found here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/documents/strongertogether.pdf

To clarify, DCS and MHS students will be attending classes all day Monday- Thursday as listed on their original AERIES schedule whether you are online or in person.  Friday will be ALL students online for a minimum day.

The next step is to get an actual commitment from each student.  Below are the forms to sign up for online or in-person learning.  We need to hear from everyone so please complete one form for each student by Sunday, October 25th.  If you choose to stay online, we will have another signup form going out in January in case anyone would like to change.

At the end of the signup, we ask for any comments or questions.  These will be addressed next week when we hold a parent information zoom meeting to talk about the process.

 

DCS SIGNUP FORM (One per student please)

MHS SIGNUP FORM (One per student please)

If you have any questions before signing up you can reach us at:

tlclearning@tracylc.net

Thank you and stay safe out there

TLC Charter Chatter – Oct 19th

 

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A Message from the Director

The county was cleared this week to allow students to return to school in person.  Each district and charter has the opportunity to decide how and when to return.  We have submitted a survey for parents to answer to help us determine the best course of action.  We would like to thank the almost 700 families that responded.  How we begin reopening is decided with your input.  Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you feel about returning to campus.  For now, let me give you the best of our thinking (based on initial survey results):

We will continue to keep our tentative dates for reopening.

Primary: On November 2, 2020

We will expand and allow more students who wish to return in person to return.  We will adjust staffing to meet the need if necessary.  All other students will remain online with the current schedule.

 

Discovery: on November 9

It appears that the survey will indicate a desire for 40% to return for in person.  The rest will remain with distance learning.  Those in distance learning will be included in the classes in person.  They will watch and participate in real-time with the students and teachers who are on campus.  We are exploring the idea of ALL students online Friday with an independent assignment to allow for deep cleaning of our campus.

Classes will be the full schedule from 8:00 to 4:00.  

Arrival will be a rolling start from 7:30 to 8:00.  Pick up will be 4:00 to 4:30.  All students must be dropped off and picked up in the car line.  No walkers.  

 

Millennium: on November 16

It appears that the survey will indicate a desire for 40% to return for in person.  The rest will remain with distance learning.  Those in distance learning will be included in the classes in person.  They will watch and participate in real-time with the students and teachers who are on campus.  We are exploring the idea of ALL students online Friday with an independent assignment to allow for deep cleaning of our campus.

Classes are the full schedule.

Arrival for zero period is 7:15-7:30

Arrival for first period is 8:00 – 8:30

All students must enter the back gate until second period.

All students will exit school from front gate.

 

Of course, this plan may be modified as we look at how many students want to return to campus as well as grade level.   This first survey allows developing a more concrete plan now that we know what our TLC families want.  In the coming week, we will share our plan and ask for a firm commitment from our families. 

It is our hope to please most of you with our choice of online or in person.  Strict guidelines for safety are in place and must be followed for arriving and leaving school.  Temperatures will be taken, questions answered, and hand sanitizer prior to entering school.  Masks must be worn at all times.

Further information will be sent out after the survey is completed so please watch our chatter, website and facebook for more information.  Thank you again for input.

 



PCS

Online primary teachers sent out a survey for PCS asking if we had any other students who would like to return to campus.  We are looking at how we can accommodate the 45 or so students who would like to return to in-person instruction.   Once we determine which grades are affected we will be contacting you to discuss your options.

 

 



DCS

Parents/Guardians and students!

Welcome to Week 12! This week on our DCS website you will find our usual class updates (for 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade on their respective pages), our Falcon of the Week, and some thought-provoking information about Mindfulness and Music on our Counseling Corner page!
Please also, don’t forget to fill out the survey that was posted last Thursday on the Charter Chatter!
For DCS information visit: www.dcsfalcon.weebly.com

 



MHS

 

Thank you to all our parents who complete the MHS return to campus survey.  We are reviewing the results to determine what our modified return to campus would look like.  How hope is to give parents and students the option of staying online or being in class.  This all depends on the survey results and if we are able to maintain safe conditions for all staff and students.   Stay tuned and we will have more information this week.

 

 

Spring Delta College Students: Here is a 5 minute video on how to check your registration appointment date/time:

https://tracylc-net.zoom.us/rec/share/hP1W2Tt7909pln8uSqqpN5NTJR9EZfs1bZVIR6SohaHknIo0689VVf19ofnyypwh.Ba3xLehrgmMDgQZ3

Passcode: 20&^qZx%

TLC Learning Survey – PCS and DCS/MHS parents – we need your input.

Hello TLC families. As other schools return to campus with a San Joaquin County Health approved teaching model, ALL TLC grades TK-12 grade are looking at what system will allow us to be most effective and safe.

With our county in the ‘Red Tier’, all schools are now allowed to return with safety protocols in place. But we cannot plan for our return without your input.

This survey is very important because your feedback will determine which options are possible. Both in-person options allow for half the class size at a time in the room. We are not ready for the full return of all students due to the need for social distancing.

The dates for hybrid return remains as posted: DCS-November 9 and MHS- November 16 and PCS will allow for more on-campus students beginning November 2

PLEASE RESPOND BY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020

Complete one survey for each child.

PCS

We are asking if any online students would like to be considered for in-person classroom learning.  We have some space available if more students wanted to return to campus.  Please complete one for each student.

PCS In-person/Distance Learning Survey

 

DCS and MHS

We need your input as we look at what our hybrid system may look like in November.  Please take a moment to complete one survey for each of your DCS and MHS students.  We will gather the results and let you know how we will proceed with slowly returning to campus in a safe manner.  Thank you.

 

DCS/MHS In-person/Distance Learning Survey

 

 

 

Happy Monday – TLC Charter Chatter – October 12th 2020

 

PCS

 

Our first week with students on campus since March, what a great feeling!   We have to thank all the students, teachers, janitorial, office, and kitchen staff for making our first week back such a huge success.  It is certainly a lot more work keeping everyone safe but well worth it.

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We also had a wonderful visit with Mr. Glen Moore with the Tracy Press who published a nice article about our return to campus:  TRACY PRESS LINK

PCS REMINDER – NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY October 16th.  Take a break from school and take some time for yourself.



DCS

Parents/Guardians and students!

We hope you are enjoying the beginnings of fall weather! We are in the final month of the first trimester. Please visit our DCS website to find information on your students classes (the 5/6 and 7/8 tabs will lead you there!), under the Leadership tab you can access our videos for Falcon of the Week and the Fantasy Football challenge! Finally, Mrs. Prescott has added some very helpful information about how to boost your confidence on her Counseling Corner page. We hope you enjoy! Remember, there is no school Friday October 16th!

 

 



MHS

 

One of the important safety protocols we have put in place involves report cards.  We will NOT be mailing home report cards this semester but will send them out via AERIES.  You will get an email to the address you entered into AERIES or you can go online and pull the report card yourself when they are posted.  Below is a short video to help you.

 

Unity for our shortened week.  NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY OCTOBER 16th.

 

Delta College Early Start Spring 2021-  DocuSign CES FORMS DUE TODAY 10/12
Students who plan to take a Delta College Class this spring must complete and have a parent/guardian sign the College Early Start Form electronically TODAY (10/12) by 11:59pm in order to meet the deadline. The PDF which launches the DocuSign form, as well as a list of recommended classes, can be found on the student’s MHS Info Google Classroom (code: iebvajt). Here is a video explaining how to complete the form: https://tracylc-net.zoom.us/rec/share/RPmtNOeHCzMI8MQuluVemAVTdU1LxO-QZHfJa7uLng_i3nJLmQc3tHQM7aBr8CB-.5GmUG9bkWFplYuUY Passcode: i3#8FPgK

Spread the word – TLC Preschool spots still available!!

 

Have you heard the news? Tracy Learning Center Preschool is re-opening soon! For more information please contact Amy Jones, Preschool Director (209)229-1575 

Here are some steps we are taking to prevent Covid-19

  • Frequent handwashing
  • Teachers and children wearing face coverings in the classroom
  • Children’s temperatures to be taken before entry into the classroom.
  • Toys disinfected after each use
  • Bathrooms, doorknobs or any other frequently touched areas disinfected frequently throughout the day
  • Warm inviting welcome air hugs or air high fives
  • More outdoor play
  • Physically distancing while sitting, standing, and napping 
  • Use disposable meal service items 
  • Meals will be served by a staff member right now versus family style
  • Windows open to allow fresh air
  • Hours of operation will be 7:00am-5:00pm during Covid 19.  Hours for Arrival will be 7am-8am only and departure time will be 4pm-5pm only.

Charter Chatter – Monday October 5th, 2020

We are back!!   What an amazing sight to see Primary students join us for on-campus instruction.  We had a smooth carline with temperature checks and questionnaires completed.  Students then put on their masks and grabbed their disposable lunch and headed into their designated desk.

It was a strange feeling but much more excitement than nerves.  Our teachers and staff did a great job making sure protocols were followed and we appreciated the student’s hard work in following rules.  Keep up the great work and we hope to have more students back next month!



WEBSITE UPDATE

First, I must apologize for the issues we are are having with our school website.  At the worst time, the company that hosts the site had a major server failure and is in contact with me daily as they try and get it back up.  I am beyond frustrated but we hope this will be resolved soon.  Any info you need will be posted through the charter chatter until we can get things back online again.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

– Mr Snell – Director of Technology

 



DCS

Parents/Guardians/Students! This week you will find information on the Washington DC trip (under our Announcements tab), Leaderships’ weekly Falcon of the Week video (Go Falcons! – under the Leadership tab), our usual peek into our 5/6 and 7/8 classes under each tab, respectively and some very relatable and interesting information about why failure isn’t always a bad thing (with a really neat video to watch – under our Counseling Corner tab). Please also note that we will not have school on Friday October 16th and as mentioned in the Charter Chatter last week, DCS has tentative plans to return to school/campus full-time on November 9th. More information will be provided as the date approaches. Have a great week!


MHS

 

 

 

Counseling News

COMMUNITY SERVICE GUIDELINES FOR 2020-2021 School Year Due to our current school closure and community safety guidelines/restrictions in place, the required hours of community service needed for graduation has been reduced by 50 hours total for each grade level (9th, 10th, and 11th grade students need 150 hours to graduate). 12th grade students are required 100 hours total. Community service is still a graduation requirement with credit given on the transcript, but only at the end of a student’s senior year. Students are now able to check their hours on Aeries. Any new hours that have been submitted this year will be updated by the end of next week. NEW WAY to submit hours is through this Community Service Google Form Link: https://forms.gle/oi4S5ZqBWUAuQMv26
Hours will be updated by the end of each week.  Make sure to take pictures of the community service activity to upload with the form.
As a reminder, at this time the following activities from your home community are acceptable as community service:
Gardening, Yard Work
Activities with siblings: Games, coloring, art, reading, school related help
Physical activity in the neighborhood: Walking, running, bike riding, skating
Video log of encouraging messages to peers on social media
Calling or face-timing a loved one that may be feeling isolated
Grocery shopping for essential items
Home improvement projects: cleaning room, organizing garage, painting, repairs, etc.
If you are unsure if your activity would count, please do not hesitate to ask ahead of time.
There are some non-profit organizations that are actively looking for volunteers to assist in a virtual environment. Some examples are: Boys and Girls Club, Astoria Gardens, Tracy Interfaith Ministries, Animal rescues and adoption agencies. continue Any opportunities that come up throughout the year will be announced in the school wide google classroom.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact your counselors at: tschaffran@tracylc.net or lmoore@tracylc.net

Delta College Early Start Spring 2021-  DocuSign CES FORMS DUE to the MHS Counselors on OCTOBER 13th!!  – The process has begun for students to take an online Delta College class this Spring! All of the information needed to get started (including a recording of our Info Meeting) is available on the MHS School Info Google Classroom (code: iebvajt) , as well as our MHS Counselors College Early Start Website:  http://www.tracylearningcenter.com/counseling/college-and-carrer-planning/

– First time students need to apply to Delta College ASAP (with their Social Security Number), and can view a video of step by step instructions here:    https://pdcdeltacollege.com/dep/apply/   
– ALL interested students, including those who already have a Delta ID number, need to complete the NEW College Early Start Form through DocuSign on or before Monday, October 13th (a week from today!). It is available on the MHS School Info Google Classroom.
– Please email MHSCounseling@tracylc.net or visit our Office Hours (posted on GC) for assistance!

 


Updates for PCS – Important Info for Monday’s in-person classes

This Monday we are opening Primary Charter with an approved waiver from the county and the state.  Our hybrid plan was modified due to the response we received from our waiver application survey.  In the survey 45% of parents indicated they wished to return in person, while 55% wanted to remain in distance learning.  It made it easier to change our hybrid A and B from two days a week for each group to 5 days a week in person for one group, and 5 days a week distance learning for the other group.

So beginning Monday those students wishing to be here in person will begin. ( Monday to Friday 8-3:30)   There are 158 returning.  The rest will continue with distance learning.  The teachers have worked and collaborated to make this possible as well.  Half of the staff will return for in-person, while the other half will remain in distance learning. The good news is that each teacher regardless of distance or in-person is one of the three teachers from the child’s assigned room and team of teachers.  

What is important to know is that the waiver also outlines the conditions for safety that needed to be followed and we even agreed to more than what was required:

Student will wear masks

  • Sanitization stations are in each room
  • Bathrooms are monitored for entrance ( only two at a time)
  • Playground structure is closed for now
  • Temperatures will be taken in car line 
  • Only drive through car line is allowed, no parents may walk up to drop off their child
  • School lunches are available and will be delivered in individual bags
  • Tables for lunch will regard distance and will be cleaned after use 
  • Arrival time has a window from 8-8:30  and departure has a window 3-3:30 to avoid crowds 

Meanwhile, the county has been identified as red status ( which is an improvement over purple) and if the status stays red for two weeks, all schools, without waivers can open.  We have set some tentative dates for our schools to reopen given that expectation.  We will keep you very well informed and will have zoom meetings prior to each possible opening.  

Most importantly, please remember to continually wear your masks when out.  The mask seems to be the most important protection we have.  



PCS Safety Procedures (What you need to know  for returning to campus on Monday, October 5th 2020:

 

Carline is the only, approved means of drop off and pick up.  No walk ups, no exceptions 

Carline(8-830):  All ADULTS and STUDENTS MUST wear a mask at all times.  After one NON-COMPLIANCE- a parent cannot return to carline. 

Children’s masks should be clearly labeled with their name.

-Each teacher at a cone will provide temperature checks to all students BEFORE parents drive away.

-Temperatures over 100.4 WILL NOT be allowed to stay.

– One teacher stationed at each classroom will provide hand sanitizer as well as ensure students stay 6 feet apart coming in. 

-All thermometers will be sanitized after use. 

 

Classrooms: 

– Students will not rotate, the teacher will.  When dismissing students, social distancing will be enforced 

-Each student will have their own supplies, provided by the school.  These supplies will not go home.  Backpacks are not permitted.  

-When a student needs a replacement supply, the teacher will provide the supply from the classroom inventory.

-Each chair will be labeled with the students’ numbers and that is the only chair they will use until they are leveled. 

-Temperature checks before lunch or as needed. 

 

Bathrooms: Will be monitored at all times by a staff member. One student will be allowed in the bathroom at a time.  Kindergarten students will use the bathroom in the classroom.  

  • Bathroom doors kept open at all times. 
  • Bathrooms will be sanitized throughout the day. 

 

Recess:

-Bathroom at recess: students must put a mask on before leaving the play area and must wear a mask in the hallway and to the bathroom.

-Students do not need to wear a mask at recess.  Social distancing will be enforced.

-There will be no equipment or use of play structure.

 

Lunch/Snack:

October Lunch Menu

-Each student will bring their own snack every day.  

-Each classroom will have their own eating period (20 minutes)  at the lunch area. School lunches will be delivered to each classroom.  

-Tables will be sanitized between each lunch period.  Tables will also be sanitized by janitorial staff at the end of the day.  

-Students will sit 1 or 2 per table.  One student per bench, across from each other 

-Students will receive hand sanitizer before and after lunch.

 

PE/ELECTIVE :  

-Elective and PE teachers will no longer rotate between all classes.  They will teach one class in each phase for one full trimester.  

-PE is making walking ropes for each class to ensure social distancing.

 

Dismissal: 

-Pick up will be through the carline only.  NO walk ups.  Students will wait in their classrooms until called to a cone.  

-Each classroom has hand sanitizer, extra masks, disinfectant wipes, and gloves.  Hand sanitizer is available at the front gate and lunch areas.  

 

 

 

 

 

HUGE TLC UPDATES – PCS Waiver approved, MHS Elective begin, All schools look to reopen in November, TLC Preschool is reopening

We have some HUGE updates that we want to make sure you are all aware of.

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San Joaquin Moves Closer to Reopening all schools

The news from the State yesterday included San Joaquin county moving from Purple to Red Tier.  This is great news and shows we are all doing our part to get this under control.  For schools, this means IF the county continues to stay on track, we will be allowed to bring students back to campus in 2 weeks with all safety precautions in place as defined by the state  (CA State Reopening Guidelines (PDF)).

TLC has a plan to reopen in phases.  This can all change but as of now:

Nov 2 Primary reopens for all students

Nov 9 Dcs opens for all students

Nov 16 Mhs opens for all students

We will keep you posted when we have more information

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PCS waiver is approved!   

 

For those who signed up to begin In-person learning, we will begin Monday, October 5th.  Classrooms are being set up and teachers are preparing material and supplies for those who wished to return to in-person learning. All drop-off and pick-up must be in car line.  No walkups allowed.  

More information to follow about protocols and requirements. As well as times, rooms and teachers etc.

 

IMPORTANT INFO FOR ALL PCS – Due to the class changes, we will not have online classes this Friday to allow staff to prepare.  SO, no school THIS Friday, October 2nd

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MHS Electives begin next week!

Millennium High School is bringing back all elective classes two days a week to start the second quarter. Starting Tuesday, October 6th, Millennium students will be required to attend all classes on their schedule every Tuesday and Thursday while we are in distance learning. Google classroom codes for all classes including electives can be found here: MHS Class Schedule for Distance Learning

While we are in distance learning, elective classes will continue every Tuesday and Thursday until the end of the semester. At the end of the semester, students will be earning a grade and credit for all elective classes like they normally would. 

 

Unless there has been an error, we will not be changing or switching electives on student schedules… Please do not ask our counselors for schedule changes unless it is important. Distance learning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays will continue without elective classes until the end of the semester. 

 

 

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TLC Preschool is back!

 

Have you heard the news? Tracy Learning Center Preschool is re-opening soon! For more information please contact Amy Jones, Preschool Director (209)229-1575

Here are some steps we are taking to prevent Covid-19

  • Frequent handwashing
  • Teachers and children wearing face coverings in the classroom
  • Children’s temperatures to be taken before entry into the classroom.
  • Toys disinfected after each use
  • Bathrooms, doorknobs or any other frequently touched areas disinfected frequently throughout the day
  • Warm inviting welcome air hugs or air high fives
  • More outdoor play
  • Physically distancing while sitting, standing, and napping
  • Use disposable meal service items
  • Meals will be served by a staff member right now versus family style
  • Windows open to allow fresh air
  • Hours of operation will be 7:00am-5:00pm during Covid 19. Hours for Arrival will be 7am-8am only and departure time will be 4pm-5pm only.

Millennium Electives are beginning next week! MHS students – add your class codes

MHS Electives begin next week!

Millennium High School is bringing back all elective classes two days a week to start the second quarter. Starting Tuesday, October 6th, Millennium students will be required to attend all classes on their schedule every Tuesday and Thursday while we are in distance learning. Google classroom codes for all classes including electives can be found here: MHS Class Schedule for Distance Learning

While we are in distance learning, elective classes will continue every Tuesday and Thursday until the end of the semester. At the end of the semester, students will be earning a grade and credit for all elective classes like they normally would. 
Unless there has been an error, we will not be changing or switching electives on student schedules… Please do not ask our counselors for schedule changes unless it is important. Distance learning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays will continue without elective classes until the end of the semester. 
If you are not sure what your full schedule is, you can find it in Aeries.