The Birney Buzz 04/10/2021

The Birney Buzz 04/10/2021
Posted on 04/11/2021
Get ready for April 12

Hello Birney families and friends,

We have been hard at work all week preparing for their return.  In anticipation, we have a Parent Handbook Resource for you - click and read it through.  I have also copied a little of it into this email just in case.

8:30 Gates Open
8:45 Students Line-up to Enter Classrooms safely
9:00 Instruction Begins
2:35 Dismissal

ATTENDANCE - Report Absences or 619-497-3500



In order to enter safely, we have divided our students for entry and dismissal to 4 separate gates.  If the family has more than 1 student, please have the students enter through the gate that corresponds to the youngest child.  Siblings can then get the youngest situated and proceed to their own line after. 


  • Campus Avenue Kindergarten Playground Gate: Kovelany 21, Sidekk 22, Walker 23, Harget 24, Medlock 25

  • Main gate: Garcia 304, Esparza 305, Pirouzan 209, Arguilla 210, Flanders 208, Rapczynski 306

  • Field Gate: Peterson 211, Tuchscher 213, Cohen 214, Mead B15, Delany B16, Miller B17

  • Library Gate: O’Malley 26, Samson 27, Marking 28, Monetti 29, Schwarz 30

FIRST DAY OF Phase 2: Monday, April 12

STUDENT MUST COMPLETE OR BRING THE FORMS BELOW ON DAY ONE - Print at home or pick up both forms at entrance

All families returning to onsite instruction must complete the following:

  1. Requirements for On-Site Instruction (one-time only)

  2. Family Opt In Forms (Spanish) (one-time only)

  3. Symptom questionnaire (completed daily)

  • Students will turn in all form in to their teachers on April 12 (or the first day of attendance)

  • Requirements and Opt In Forms are for day one only; Symptom Questionnaire is every day.


Daily - Printed copies will be available at all gates.

Morning Gates

Before School - students (and parents if they are with the student)

  • Stand on markings that are at the DESIGNATED entry gate.

  • Only students will be allowed through the gates.

  • Families will have to stay outside of the school grounds when the gates open at 8:30AM.

In the case of multi-sibling families, students will go to the gate designated for the youngest student’s grade level.

8:30AM, staff will open the gates as follows:

  • Campus Avenue Kindergarten Playground Gate: KINDERGARTEN CLASSES

    • KINDER: Rooms 21 Kovelant, 22 Sidell, 23 Walker, 24 Harget, 25 Medlock 

    • ONLY for kinder and siblings of kindergarten students

  • Main gate: QUAD #1: 208 Flanders, 209 Pirouzan, 210 Arguilla, 304 Garcia, 305 Esparza, 306 Rapczynski

  • Field Gate: QUAD #2: 211 Peterson, 213 Tuchscher, 214 Cohen, B15 Mead, B16 Delany, B17 Miller

  • Library Gate: UPSTAIRS CLASSROOMS:  26 O’Malley, 27 Samson, 28 Marking, 29 Monetti, 30 Schwarz 

Students without Symptom Questionnaire: Support staff at each gate will stay with students who do not have the symptom questionnaire and ask them the questions, and/or call home. 

Students with Symptom Questionnaire will walk to their lines on the playground and stand/sit on a white line which has been spaced 6 feet apart. Please be sure to complete and sign the sympton checklist daily. Staff will be on the playground to help children locate their line.

8:45 - 9:00AM When directed, students will walk to classrooms. Teachers in all grade levels will meet students at the classroom door and direct students to assigned seats. 

9:00AM Instruction Begins

  • Students will need to be in seats and logged in to begin instruction at 9:00.

  • Students zooming from home will begin online at 9AM unless otherwise instructed.

Late Arrivals

  • Students who arrive late will come through the office, turn in the symptom questionnaire and then go to class. 

Class Schedules → Teachers will continue communication with families via email and/or Google Classroom.


  • Students can bring their own lunch. 

  • A Grab & Stay (boxed lunch) will be provided to the students eating lunch on campus. All food is at no cost to families. 

  • MENU 

  • Vegetarian options available, please notify administration if you will need a vegetarian option. We will need 24 hrs from the request to make it happen. 

  • Guidelines to follow:

  • Meals will be eaten outdoors whenever possible.

  • Physical distancing of a minimum of 6 feet between students must be maintained (since masks are off while eating it is that much more important).

  • Wash hands before and after the meal.

  • Masks are removed during the meal - ensure the time a student’s mask is off is limited to just the time when eating. 

Grab and Go Pick Up - No longer available at Birney Elementary 

  • Food for students attending school on site will be available. 

  • New pick up locations starting April 5th for students continuing only online→  HERE 

  • We are waiting for more information about supper and breakfast distribution.


2:35 Dismissal (older siblings will be dismissed at the gate of the youngest sibling)

  • Campus Avenue Kindergarten Playground Gate: 

    • KINDER: Rooms 21 Kovelant, 22 Sidell, 23 Walker, 24 Harget, 25 Medlock 

  • Main gate: 1ST & 2ND GRADES: 208, 209, 210, 213, 304, 305, 306

  • Field Gate: 3RD & 4TH GRADE (214 Cohen) 211 Peterson, B15 Mead, B16 Delany, B17 Miller

  • Library Gate: 4TH & 5TH GRADE: 26 O’Malley, 27 Samson, 28 Marking, 29 Monetti, 30 Schwarz 

Families please go to your child’s designated gate at dismissal. Support staff will open the gate for dismissal and radio the names of students to be picked up.  Teachers will direct students to walk to the gate to be picked up.  Older siblings will be dismissed to the gate of the youngest sibling. 

Primetime or SAY: 

Students going to PrimeTime or SAY will be dismissed to those areas to be admitted to the programs. Instructions for parents picking up from Primetime or SAY will be communicated by PrimeTime and SAY staff to families enrolled in the programs. 


Teachers will take students who have not yet been picked up and are not going to the after-school programs back to their class to call home. Students will wait in their stable group classroom until called to send the child to be picked up by a family member.

Please do not hesitate to email to get any question answered!  See the teachers' emails and presentations for class-specific information.  


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