Welcome to Garfield Public Preschool Annex 1

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Welcome to GPPA 1!

The time has finally come!  We are excited to have your child return to school for Phase 3 on April 26, 2021. Phase 3 will be a four-day schedule for in-person instruction (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday); students will continue to be divided into two groups Purple and Gold in our system, in case we need to move back to a Hybrid Schedule due to the pandemic. Some parents have chosen for their child to stay in Remote Learning for five days a week for the rest of the school year. Teachers have updated their schedules and have provided them to parents prior to Spring Break.

Our drop off procedure has changed this year.  Students attending in-person will be lining up outside of our school by the stairs, at that time their temperature will be checked. All staff will also be required to take their temperature daily. All students and parents must wear a mask while waiting on the line, signage will be placed on the ground to help maintain social distancing (3 feet apart). Once your child has been checked in, you should say good-bye and leave your child with the Teacher and Para – we want to reduce the number of adults by the students, so once your child’s temperature has been taking please go back to your car. When they enter school, students will use hand sanitizers and staff will make sure that social distancing continues in the classroom for their safety and well-being.

Students will be brought outside at dismissal time and weather permitting, line up by a class cone.  Parents are encouraged to remain in their vehicles until a few minutes before dismissal to avoid congregating in a large group.  We will do our best to have dismissal take place as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Please do not use this time to ask your child’s classroom teachers’ any questions, as they have office hours later in the day and are available to call, email, or meet you in a Teams meeting.  Please email the teacher that you would like to schedule an appointment and she will get back to you as quickly as possible. 

Make sure to be on time in the morning, please arrive at 8:15 am to line up, so that students can start promptly at 8:20 am. Students will begin to line up outside at 12:18 pm as dismissal is at 12:20 pm. Remember to wear your mask to pick up your child up, do not bring pets to pick up your child as this would be a safety concern and please follow safety protocols.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the Principal -Mrs. Mendez at bmendez@gboe.org or you may call me at 973-272-7470, ext. 1016.

Please see video regarding school opening for in-person instruction:

Please see the updated schedule for our School: 
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Lining up Video for School Entrance:

Please view Tips for School Readiness by Ms. Aguilar:

Ms. Sisco reads about wearing a mask at school:

Ms. Aguilar interviews Mrs. Mendez and Ms. Moore - Preparing to come back to in person instruction:

Our teachers will continue to send lesson plans to families the week before, and parents will be notified when to pick up remote learning packets at the school. Remote Parents please make sure to follow the classroom teacher's schedule for live team meetings. 

Please be aware that school may be closed at any given time due to the pandemic. Please make sure to read your emails and provide us with the most updated phone number so that you may be contacted in case of school closure.

Please review The Garfield Public Schools Covid-19 Protocol:

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If you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the Principal -Mrs. Mendez at bmendez@gboe.org or you may call me at 973-272-7470, ext. 1016. 
                     GPPA 1 videos for April:

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