Dear TPS Parents,
We are looking forward to kicking off the school year on Monday, August 17th! Please review the important information about “check-in”, including the additional highlights.
Next week we are hosting the Lower School “Meet and Greet Drive-Thru” check-in which includes chromebook check-out, instructional material pick up, and a quick “hello” from your child’s teacher and a modified Upper School Check-In Event that will include class schedule pick up, class book checkout, and chromebook checkout. We have developed a specific process for how these check-in events will work. Please click HERE for all of the important details.
ADDITIONAL CHECK-IN REMINDERS:
- Every student/parent must bring the Chromebook Checkout Form with them on the assigned check-in date either declining the need for a chromebook or accepting a chromebook. Please have the form filled out and signed prior to arriving.
- Lower School (TK-6) teachers will be emailing their “welcome” letters to parents on Monday, August 10th around 4 p.m. This letter will also explain what to do on the first day of virtual instruction.
- Upper School (7-12) – There will be an online student orientation next week to get students prepared and excited for the first day of school and beyond. We will be providing the information for that meeting next week.
As always, if you have any questions, please call the school office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear TPS Parents,
Our school year is about to begin on August 17th and under these unusual conditions, there’s a variety of important topics we wanted to cover to ensure we get off to a good start. As we shared previously, Governor Newsom provided new criteria on requirements for reopening schools. In part, it stated that schools may not open for in-person instruction until their county is off the State’s “monitoring list” for 14 consecutive days. Because Riverside County is currently on the monitoring list, we will be moving forward to begin the school year with 100% virtual instruction and will remain with virtual instruction until October 19th. If we have been off the state’s monitoring list at least 2 weeks prior to October 19th we will begin offering our full variety of in-person and virtual instruction options at that time.
Even though our school year will not begin the way we had hoped, we are looking forward to getting back to educating students with the same excitement as any other school year. Our staff is refreshed, has been trained in virtual instruction best practices, and eager to take on the challenges that lie ahead.
For this year, we have developed a number of student expectations for virtual instruction. Please be sure to read the information in the following link to gain a better picture of what to expect: VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION INFORMATION
Since we are not able to host the typical back to school activities in the way we are accustomed to, this year will be doing things a little differently. The week of August 10th we are hosting a Lower School “Meet and Greet Drive-Thru” which includes chromebook check-out, instructional material pick up, and a quick “hello” from your child’s teacher and a modified Upper School Check-In Event that will include class schedule pick up, class books checkout, and chromebook checkout. We will truly miss all the typical interaction with students and families during this time and look forward to the day that we are able to get back to all the familiar gatherings. We have developed a specific process for how these check-in events will work so please use the following link to learn the details: LOWER SCHOOL & UPPER SCHOOL CHECK-IN INFORMATION
The learning model options we outlined for you in the past weeks, will be available when we are able to reopen our campus. This includes the virtual (TK-12), hybrid (TK-6), and full-time (TK-12) instructional models. Our staff is looking forward to the day when we can begin offering in-person instruction and in preparation for that day, the TPS Board of Directors recently approved our COVID-19 Mitigation Plan, which includes the governor’s updated reopening criteria. We wanted to share this plan with you to give you a better idea of what school will look like when we are able to return for in-person instruction. Please click the following link if you would like to review this information: COVID-19 MITIGATION PLAN
The following are a few other pieces of information to help with your planning:
- School Calendar – Updated 7/7/20
- Our main school phone line 951-926-6776 is being answered from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our campus, including our offices, are still closed.
- Sports – At this time, all CIF sports have been suspended and a special schedule, which will include some winter sports, is being planned for the spring.
- Child Care – Unfortunately, TPS child care will only be available when we are able to transition to on-campus learning. The program will follow the health and safety guidelines and mandates.
- Chromebook Checkout Form – Please see the “Lower School & Upper School Check-In Information document for additional details.
- FREE & REDUCED LUNCH PROGRAM: TPS takes part in the National School Lunch Program and we will be providing lunches while students are learning from home. Detailed information will be provided soon. Lunches will cost $3.25. Please fill out a lunch application to see if your child qualifies for free/reduced priced lunch and email to email@example.com as soon as possible: MEAL APPLICATION
We realize this is a lot of information and want to thank you for your continued patience and flexibility. We will be taking the time while students are learning from home to refine and adjust our plans and procedures as needed and to prepare our campus for students to return when the time comes.
We have been closely monitoring information about reopening school from a variety of official resources and working with our current health and safety guidelines. Today, Governor Newsom provided new criteria on requirements for reopening schools. To view the Governor’s full update, please click here. The following are three areas we wanted to highlight at this time:
Schools may not reopen unless their county is off the State’s “monitoring list” for 14 consecutive days. Since Riverside County is currently on the monitoring list and with the current COVID-19 trends in our area, more than likely we will have to open with all of our students using our virtual learning model.
Masks will be required for all students and staff in 3rd grade and up. Students in 2nd grade and below are encouraged to wear masks or face shields.
Symptom checking will be required.
The Governor’s decisions on this very complex situation has given us even more information to process. We will be providing updated recommendations to the TPS Board of Directors at the July 29th board meeting and we will be sharing these updates with you by August 1st.
We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we work our way through this fluid situation.
Michael Agostini, EdD
Head of School
We hope you are doing well! We are still working diligently to prepare for the upcoming school year and we want to thank you for your continued support and patience. The following information includes a few reminders and updates for this week.
REMINDER: The deadline to submit the choice for your child’s learning model is JULY 12TH. We appreciate the thoughtful questions we have received from you about our learning models and included elements of many of your questions and concerns in the updated Q&A provided below.
There is a note next to each “New” and “Updated” question.
SCHOOL CALENDAR UPDATE: Our Board of Directors recently voted to approve calendar changes based on the recently approved learning model schedules and recommendations. The changes to the calendar are:
- School will start on Monday, August 17th, instead of August 10th.
- School will end one week later – Lower School on Tuesday, June 1st and Upper School on Friday, June 4th
- All minimum days were removed, except for June 3rd and 4th.
- All Monday late starts were removed based on the approval of the full-time and hybrid model schedules.
- Copy of Updated 2020-21 Student Calendar
FREE & REDUCED LUNCH FORMS: TPS takes part in the National School Lunch Program. Nutritious meals are served every school day for $3.25. California has passed a new law regarding funding for schools and there is a chance that TPS could gain more funding for individual children in need. Please fill out a lunch application to see if your child qualifies and email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, we would love to hear from you. Please email email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Have a wonderful weekend!
We appreciate your patience as we continue working towards our reopening plans for August. We are not discouraged by the changing directives from authorities because we know that COVID-19 is unpredictable and requires each community to be flexible and change with the ebbs and flows of this virus. For now, we are opting to move forward with the plans we have in place, knowing that state and public health directives and local conditions may require us to change our plans and procedures when we reopen in August.
In order to allow our small school staff to be as prepared as possible for all learning models we are offering, we need to know now what model you are choosing for your child(ren). Please use the link below to submit this information. The learning model outlines are included in this document:
DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, JULY 12TH
You have asked some great questions recently, so we put together a Q&A document to address as many as possible. Please click the following link to review this document
We are continuing to research the health and safety needs of the school and to address and refine the details of each learning model. Our goal is to update you when we have new information to share throughout the coming weeks. If you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to share your thoughts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Dear Returning and New TPS Parents,
Last night, the TPS Board of Directors carefully considered the information and recommendations provided by the Reopening Task Force and approved the recommendations as presented. As we shared previously, the driving force behind the recommendations was to provide our students with the most well-rounded educational experience possible, making sure it is balanced for the good of their health and safety.
The following links outline the basic information of the approved models being offered to you. Because they differ, there are separate links for Lower School and the Upper School. There are three instructional options to choose from for Lower School and two instructional options to choose from for Upper School. Next week we will provide you a form to select the model you would like to choose for each of your children.
We also wanted to share the full copy of the Initial Recommendations for Returning document that was presented to the board. This document offers more in-depth information about the Reopening Task Force’s process and guiding factors.
All plans and models are contingent upon requirements from state or local authorities when school begins. As you know, health and safety guidelines are constantly changing as conditions change, and for this reason the approved plans may not be appropriate when school is scheduled to begin in August. In such a case, the approved instructional model(s) and the health and safety measures would be modified accordingly. Over the summer, we will also be working on developing health and safety procedures, such as student drop off and pick up, screening procedures, and much more. We ask for your continued flexibility and patience as we prepare.
Besides the important details shared regarding our reopening, there are also a few additional details below regarding high school athletics and general information. We hope you will take a moment to review.
In closing, we want to express our appreciation for your continued support one more time. We have read every email, every survey comment, and we are proud to have the type of parent involvement that other schools dream about. We encourage you to keep communicating with us via email@example.com with any comments, questions, or concerns and we will continue communicating with you throughout the summer.
We believe summer reading is a valuable experience for all students and an important extension of our educational program. Please review our Summer Reading List.
In case you missed the zoom transition meeting for parents and students going into 7th grade. Please click here to view the recorded meeting.
In case you missed the zoom transition meeting for parents and students going into 9th grade. Please click here to view the recorded meeting.
HIGH SCHOOL PRE-SEASON ATHLETICS
The board approved pre-season training, in alignment with CIF guidelines, for varsity high school sports. If your child is interested in participating in a Fall sport (football, cross country, girls golf, girls volleyball, and cheer), please contact Mr. Litt, our High School Athletic Director, to sign up and ask any questions. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some sports practices are starting as early as this coming week, so don’t delay. In order to participate in athletics, each athlete MUST complete a profile through athleticclearance.com, including the practice and tryout waiver, before practice begins.
On August 1st, the Athletic Department will be hosting a sports physical event at TPS. Rancho Family Medical Group staff members will be conducting the physicals for $40 per athlete. We will share more details as the date gets closer.
Dear TPS Parents,
I hope that your summer is off to a great start! As I look back to the day it was decided that we would no longer be on campus together due to COVID-19, it is absolutely incredible to think about what our students, parents, and staff accomplished during an exceptionally difficult time. To say that you showed fortitude is an understatement and I am extremely proud that, in the midst of all the uncertainties, everyone worked hard to keep the learning going and did their best despite the circumstances. Thank you for partnering with us more than ever before.
Even though the 2019-20 school year has come to a close, our work has not stopped as we plan for reopening in the Fall in a way we could have never envisioned. We assembled a Reopening School Task Force before the end of the school year to work on this huge endeavor and part of our process has been asking for your input through surveys to allow you an opportunity to express your opinion on the various options we are considering. Your input is one of the many pieces of information we are using to plan and it is reassuring to see that we share many of the same concerns as you. We have a strong resolve to provide our students with the most well-rounded educational experience possible, making sure it is balanced for the good of their health and safety. As you can imagine, this type of planning takes time.
The unique characteristics of our school which allow us to move very quickly in some instances, as we saw in March when we were able to move to distance learning the very next Monday after our closure, can also slow us down. Being a TK-12 school on one campus, leaves us with more to think about, requiring that our plans work for all grade levels. For that reason, coupled with the fact that we are being extraordinarily thoughtful in our approach to health and safety, we are not quite prepared to provide details of our reopening. I do want to reassure you that we are planning to provide that information to you by the end of June.
I also want to reassure you that we are planning to return to campus in the Fall. TPS is strongly considering offering you a choice of two or possibly even three different learning models (traditional, hybrid or distance learning). Critical questions on how or if we can offer all three models effectively and questions regarding masks, social distancing, and extracurricular activities are still being discussed by the Task Force in considerable detail. In addition, the information and guidance shared with us by local, state and federal agencies is constantly changing, so our goal at this point is to plan to the fullest extent possible. Please keep in mind that the situation may change and our plans will have to change accordingly.
Thank you for extending us grace on the time we need to plan effectively for the 2020-21 school year. Your patience and understanding is appreciated and I hope this information at least provides some insight on what we are working on. We will continue to communicate with you as options are finalized and throughout the summer regarding normal school business.
In the meantime, since we were not able to close out the school year the way we typically do, our staff found a creative way to say farewell for the summer. Please click on the image below to enjoy the video with your children. On behalf of our entire staff, I would like to wish you all a safe and fantastic summer!
Michael Agostini, EdD
Head of School
Temecula Preparatory School
Please email email@example.com if you have a currently enrolled TPS student and need this information. The deadline to re-register was June 26, 2020.
Congratulations Lower School families! You made it to the end of the 2019-20 school year . . . and what a school year it was! We hope you enjoy the summer break. Upper School – just one more week to go!
RE-REGISTRATION: We are still hoping to email the re-registration information to you by next week. We appreciate your patience while we move to a completely online version of this process.
PERSONAL BELONGING PICK UP & SCHOOL ITEMS DROP OFF (NEXT WEEK): Please refer to informational email/text sent on May 27th or click here to visit our email update page to view the original email. Don’t forget to check out the general guide of classroom books to help you search for those books at home.
YEARBOOKS: We heard that our yearbooks have shipped. If you purchased your book before the end of April, it is being shipped directly to you. We will be arranging a pick up day for those who purchased after April after the books arrive at TPS and are sorted. There are just a handful of yearbooks available left to purchase. If you are interested in purchasing one, please visit the TPS web store.
NEW INFORMATION: Our Counseling Department is hosting two important meetings. One is for Upper School students who will be taking AP courses and one is for incoming 7th grade and 9th grade students and parents. Please join them to hear the valuable information they have to share.
AP Summer Assignment Meeting – Monday June 1st at 2:30pm
This meeting is mandatory for students taking Hon Modern Lit and AP Courses next year.
Meeting ID: 712 3364 7786
Grade 7 & 9 Transition Meetings – Wednesday June 3rd
Incoming 7th grade at 6:00pm and Incoming 9th grade at 6:30pm
Students moving up to grades 7 or 9, join the counselors as they share the highlights of the upcoming year.
Parents and students are welcome to attend.
Meeting ID: 762 9550 8761
If you have any questions regarding this email, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please review the following details and procedures for the upcoming personal belonging pick up and school item drop off:
DATES & TIMES FOR LOWER SCHOOL (GRADES 1 TO 6)
June 1 for Lower School: Last names that begin with A-L from 9 AM to 12 PM
June 2 for Lower School: Last names that begin with M-Z from 9 AM to 12 PM
Your child’s teacher packed up your child’s personal belongings from his/her classroom.
DATES & TIMES FOR UPPER SCHOOL (GRADES 7-12)
June 3 for Upper School: Last names that begin with A-L from 9 AM to 12 PM
June 4 for Upper School: Last names that begin with M-Z from 9 AM to 12 PM
Staff members emptied the contents of each locker. If there are items from the lockers that were not identified with a name, they were placed in a separate bag for identification.
LOCATION FOR DROP OFF AND PICK UP: All vehicles should enter the drop off/pick up loop. The drop off area will be at the beginning of the loop and the pick up area will be at the end of the loop. If you do not have anything to drop off, when you enter the loop please go to lane 2 until you reach the designated pick up area.
WHAT SHOULD BE DROPPED OFF
School Books & Classroom Books
Click here to review a general guide of classroom books to look for at home. Students in Lower School may also have classroom literature books that need to be returned.
All TPS library books are clearly marked with a TPS label and barcode.
Put the items in a freezer bag or something similar and write your child’s name on it.
Choir Department Garments
As the borrowing contract states, gowns and tuxedos should be returned dry cleaned and in plastic. We understand if you are unable to visit a dry cleaner at this time. Please write your name on whatever plastic bag your garment is returned in.
Chromebooks & Chargers
Use a piece of tape to tape your charger to your chromebook.
Some students check out calculators through the library.
Look for the signs indicating where to drop off specific items.
Only one person should exit the vehicle. That person must be wearing a mask.
Place the items on the provided bin or table.
PROCEDURES TO PICK UP PERSONAL ITEMS
2. Follow the instructions of the staff members and for signs.
3. Pop your trunk so school personnel can place the items in there for you.
4. If you cannot pop your trunk, please roll down a window that does not have a passenger sitting next to it and the items will be placed in the window.
5. If it is necessary for you to get out of your car, we require that you wear a mask and keep your distance from our staff members for your safety and their’s. All staff members will be wearing masks and gloves.
We ask for your patience during this process. Our staff will be doing our very best to get everyone through as quickly as possible.
Any personal items not picked up by June 4th will be donated or thrown away. Unfortunately, we cannot hold items over the summer.
Please be advised that there will not be school personnel in the business office or the school office to assist you, however during the dropoff/pickup time there will be someone available to answer phone calls at 951-926-6776 ex. 0.
No one will be permitted through the school gates for any reason.
SCHOOL MEDICATION NOTE: If you had medications kept in the nurse’s office, we will send you a notice about pick up procedures that will take place on another date.
We are looking forward to seeing you after all this time and of course under different circumstances we would love to be close to you to catch up or just say, “hello”, but . . . we can wait because your safety and well-being is most important to us.
Happy Friday! It’s hard to believe that on Tuesday (5/26) Upper School second semester finals begin, that Friday (5/29) is the last day of school for Lower School, and that the last day of school for Upper School is just around the corner on Friday, 6/5. We are so proud of how well our students have done during this time and we hope you will encourage them to finish strong!
- ANNUAL PARENT SURVEY DEADLINE – MONDAY, MAY 5TH: Two of the questions near the end of the survey have to do with options for different models of learning for the fall, including traditional full-time in school instruction; hybrid instruction that includes a combination of online learning and in-school instruction; and full-time virtual/online learning from home. Please complete this survey if you have not already. Your input is critical to our planning.
- HOLIDAY – Monday, May 25th is a holiday. We hope you are able to enjoy some extra relax time!
- RE-REGISTRATION INFORMATION – We will be sharing information on the process of re-registration via email by June 1st. Thank you for your patience while we transition to a completely online version of this process.
- PERSONAL BELONGING PICK UP & SCHOOL ITEM DROP OFF – Next week we will be sharing information on how to pick up and drop off items, including times and procedures, but for now we wanted to share the dates:
REMINDERS: We are here for you! Please email email@example.com if you have any general questions, concerns, or suggestions.
Dear Seniors and Senior Parents,
Just a reminder that the cap and gown pick up date is this Monday, May 25th. Please review the following:
Location: TPS dropoff and pickup loop.
- 10:30 am – 11:30 am LAST NAMES “A-M”
11:30 am – 12:30 pm LAST NAMES “N-Z”
- Write your first and last name on a piece of paper in large writing. You will be holding up your paper from inside your vehicle so Jostens knows what package to look for.
- Drive into the loop until and wait for Jostens staff members to indicate when and where you should stop.
- Bring and wear a mask in case you need to roll down your window.
- Pop your trunk from the inside of your vehicle so Jostens can put the package in the trunk of your car. If you cannot pop your trunk from the inside of your vehicle, please roll down a window that is not occupied by the driver or passenger.
- Stay in your vehicle at all times.
- There will be some special Upper School staff members cheering you on as drive-through to receive your packages. They are very excited to see you!
- For the safety and well-being of everyone involved in this pick up process, please do not approach any Jostens or TPS staff members.
May is moving along quickly and we are so proud of what our students are accomplishing. There are just two more weeks of school for our Lower School students and three for our Upper School students, so hang in there and don’t hesitate to ask for help as you are nearing the finish line.
- Lower and Upper School Yearbooks are still available for purchase, but they are now limited quantities available. Please visit the TPS web store to purchase one while they last. There is information in the reminders below about how yearbook distribution will be handled.
REMINDERS: We are here for you! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any general questions, concerns, or suggestions. We would like to hear from you and we will answer your questions as quickly as possible or connect you to the right person on our staff. Please click on the images below for reminders of past information and resources we have shared.
Happy May 1st! We hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather today and that you can take some time to relax this weekend. May is a great time to remember the importance of mental health, especially during this stressful time. Our counselor’s contact information is provided below, along with some helpful resources we have shared previously. We will check in with you again next Friday, so until then, stay safe and be well!
YEARBOOKS – Any yearbooks purchased prior to this week will be mailed home when they are ready. For yearbooks that are purchased this week and after, we will be working on a distribution plan. We will also update you when the yearbooks have arrived.
The TPS counselors are available to support our students, even during the school’s closure. Each counselor will be available by email. Please don’t hesitate to contact your counselor for any reason. They will be available during regular school hours M-F 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Ms. Fabiola Pimienta (grades 5-7), Mrs. Rachel Lemkau (grades 11 & 12), Mrs. Yvonne Crace (grade 8-10) and grades K-4 may contact any counselor. There are some helpful resources below that may also be helpful to you during this time:
We are here for you! Please email email@example.com if you have any general questions, concerns, or suggestions. We would like to hear from you and we will answer your questions as quickly as possible or connect you to the right person on our staff.
Don’t forget to check out the “Campus Closure & Coronavirus Information” page on our website for helpful information.
Please feel free to send us any uplifting picture messages so we can share on our social media page or future emails! Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As schools and districts around the country have quickly moved to distance learning as a result of school closures, we can also see how many different approaches there are out there. We wanted to take a moment to share information on our approach and purpose behind our distance learning model.
In accordance with our mission and vision, we want to ensure that students are building their skills for becoming life-long learners and also ensuring that they are sufficiently prepared for their next year of schooling. Our goal is to promote student growth and achievement through distance learning for the remainder of the school year. To achieve this goal, that means our teachers will continue to provide instruction, assignments, and assessments using online tools and resources that you are all now familiar with. Grades are an important tool to make sure we are all on target to achieve our goals.
The following question and answer section was designed to answer questions you may have about our distance learning approach. In order to tailor the information to Lower School and Upper School, there are two separate sections below.
As always, if you have any questions about the information we are sharing, please email email@example.com. Thank you for your continued support, stay safe, and stay well!
LOWER SCHOOL (K-6) PARENTS
What is my role as a parent in distance learning?
The following are helpful tips and information on the role you can play in your child’s distance learning:
Check your child’s work daily and follow up on AERIES and Google Classroom to make sure all assignments have been completed.
Set a daily routine and try to stick with that routine.
Provide a comfortable, organized work space for your child to work.
It is especially helpful for parents to play an increased role in student learning by assisting with questions and reinforcing the teacher’s lessons.
Communication is important, so it is extremely helpful for parents to communicate with the teachers with any questions or issues that arise.
Take time during this quarantine to connect with your family. Spend time together doing something meaningful together (read a book together, play a game, watch a favorite show, make a craft with supplies from home, etc.)
What is the expectation for how long students should be working per day on school work?
Each child works at a different pace and each family has their own way of doing things at home. We feel a reasonable expectation for students in Lower School is to work for about 2 hours per day. If you are experiencing any difficulties with the amount of time your child is working each day, please reach out to your teacher for assistance. As always, we encourage reading whenever possible, aside from the normal work assignments.
Are all teachers connecting with students virtually or giving recorded lessons?
All Lower School teachers will be giving approximately 45-60 minutes of “face time” per week and the information on when that takes place can be found on the teacher’s website. These opportunities are available through Zoom, pre-recorded lessons, or weekly check-ins where teachers can answer questions about work, etc.
It is advisable to supervise your child when they are using Zoom or any other online resource. No web-filtering system is perfect and you are responsible for providing appropriate supervision while the Internet is being accessed away from school.
Make sure that your child’s Zoom name is something that allows the teacher to identify that it is your child. Teachers are being very vigilant about outsiders trying to enter into private Zoom meetings.
Are students going to be graded on their work during this time?
Yes, students will receive grades. Grades will be determined by what work is being turned in. Students are expected to turn in work and continue learning. Assessments will still be given, however, the emphasis on school assignments will be weighed more heavily than assessments. Assessments are an important tool for the teachers to assess student progress and where they may need additional help now and in the future. Again, our primary goal is for students to continue learning and making sure that they’re prepared for next year.
I can’t seem to help my child with an assignment, what do I do?
We understand that this situation has taken all of us by surprise and that you are doing your very best. As parents, you already wear multiple hats, some of you are working from home in addition to trying to help your children. We want you to know that teachers are available for you and your child during this time, but we need your help. Please take advantage of the offered Zoom meetings when they happen, use the resources the teachers are sending out, read the emails from the teachers and school, and most importantly – reach out for help if you need it.
What if my child does not complete an assignment by the due date?
Students should do their best to stick to the due dates, but given the circumstances, teachers will work to accommodate students and families. If there are any issues with meeting deadlines, communicate with your teacher as soon as possible. Think of Monday as a new start and try to get everything done before each Monday. Communication with your teacher is key!
UPPER SCHOOL (7-12) PARENTS:
How will assignments and due dates be communicated? How will completed work be collected?
Each teacher has a message on their website with directions on how assignments will be distributed. Many teachers are utilizing Google Classroom to post assignments and collect assignments. It is also important for students to check their school issued email each day. Each Monday morning, teachers will provide a Weekly Agenda so students can plan for the expectations of the week.
Will teachers still give assessments?
Students will still be assessed with quizzes, tests and projects. Teachers are utilizing various online tools and resources to provide assessment opportunities in order to check each student’s progress. It is important to encourage your child to be honest when taking assessments as the purpose of the assessment is to guide further instruction from the teacher.
If a student does not do his/her work, will their grade go down?
Yes. Final grades will be determined using all assigned work through the end of the semester. In accordance with our mission and vision, we want to ensure that students are building their skills for becoming life-long learners and also ensuring that they are sufficiently prepared for their next year of schooling. Due to the current circumstances, if a student is facing challenges or difficulties, be sure to communicate with teachers as soon as possible, so support or accommodations can be provided.
What about AP Tests?
AP Tests will still be administered in May. The tests will be administered at a scheduled time and students will take the test at home. Teachers are still actively preparing students for these exams and can provide more details on the exams. Please click here if you would like more information about AP testing.
How will tutoring and interventions be provided to students?
Students and parents should continue to keep an open line of communication with teachers. Many teachers are offering virtual office hours and all teachers are available to answer student concerns.
Will any of this impact my student’s ability to attend college?
California colleges and universities have been working together to understand and address the concerns of distance learning and the impact this may have on student performance. There is a joint understanding of flexibility during this time.
Do elective classes matter?
Yes. All classes on your student’s schedule have assignments, expectations and will be graded.
What if a student gets sick and misses assignments?
Make sure to contact your child’s teachers if they will be missing a test or assignment due date as a result of illness. Your child will be given the opportunity to make up the work when they are feeling better.
How can I help my student be successful with Distance Learning?
Make sure your child has a quiet place to study each day and help your child create a daily schedule. Review the Weekly Agenda at the beginning of each week and make sure your child understands the expectations of the week. Regularly check to make sure your child is completing assigned tasks. Help your child communicate with teachers any concerns or questions they may have about assignments.
What are the expectations for student behavior in the distance learning setting?
- TPS distance learning classrooms have the same expectations that would exist in a traditional classroom setting. The same level of honor, respect, and virtue is expected in the online virtual classroom. Students may not engage in inappropriate behavior and are responsible for their behavior when using TPS resources or distance learning platforms. We expect students to be respectful to one another and to their instructors at all times. General TPS rules and policies for behavior apply, as outlined in the Student Use of Electronic Information Services agreement, Student & Parent Handbook, and Student & Family Compact. To ensure that an environment conducive to learning is maintained online, inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.
Dear TPS Parents,
As always, we hope this email finds you safe and well. We also hope that the first week back to distance learning went as smoothly as possible. We just have a few pieces of information to share today, including the last pick up day for Chromebooks, last pick up day for needed academic items, and a reminder about the Letter of Intent deadline.
CHROMEBOOK & ACADEMIC ITEM PICK UP:
We have done our best to facilitate Chromebook and academic item pick ups for your child. At this time, we have one final date that we will be accommodating requests for these items. You must fill out the appropriate form(s) below to schedule a pick up and we must receive the form(s) no later than Tuesday, April 14th at 12:00 p.m.
If you need a Chromebook, please click here.
If your child needs an academic item from his/her classroom or locker, please click here.
An email will be sent to you with a specific date, time, and pickup procedures once you have filled out the form.
As a reminder, parents and students should not come to campus for any reason, unless you have filled out one or both of the forms above and we have given you specific instructions on when to come to campus. This is for your safety and the safety of our staff.
LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE:
On March 25th, we sent out the Letter of Intent information via email. The deadline to submit the online form is April 20, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. Just in case you missed the email, please click on the link below to review. The link to submit your response is included in the information.
We are thinking of all of you and hope that you are finding the strength and fortitude to make it through this difficult time. Even though we can’t be with you in person, we are still here to help you as best we can. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as quickly as possible to help you with any questions or concerns.
We certainly hope that the past two-weeks offered you the chance to rest, even during this stressful time, and most importantly we hope you and your family are healthy. Even though our staff had a chance to take a quick breath as well, you have not been far from our minds and we have been preparing for the next steps in dealing with the ever changing situation.
This afternoon, Governor Newsom confirmed what we had suspected, that California schools will remain closed for the remainder of the current school year. We understand that this has a number of ramifications for TPS families and please know that we will be doing all we can to support our students, families, and staff members during this time.
Your support, suggestions, and questions have helped us to meet the challenges ahead. Starting Monday, April 6th we will be continuing with our distance learning with the procedures established before break. Please check your teacher’s website(s) for directions on where/how to access assignments. All students will be expected to continue learning and making academic progress.
As we shared before the break, we will do our best to help you pick up a chromebook or academic items for your child. Parents and students should not come to campus for any reason, unless you have followed the procedures below and we have given you specific instructions on when to come to campus. Staff members have been instructed not to open doors or interact with people “dropping in” as this could create safety concerns, so unfortunately, we will not be able to help you if you show up to campus without following the procedures outlined below.
- If you need a chromebook, please click here to fill out a quick form and a TPS staff member will be in contact with you for the pickup time, date, and process.
- If your child needs an academic item from his/her classroom. Please email email@example.com and tell us what is needed and where it is located in the classroom or locker.
We received many great questions over the break and we hope the information in the “Recent Parent Questions & Reminders” section will address them. As a reminder, phone calls to TPS are not being answered during the school closure time period. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any general questions and email your child’s teacher(s) for class assignment questions.
These are unprecedented times and ultimately the safety and well-being of our students and community is paramount, but we also realize that closing school for the remainder of the school year is difficult from both an educational and emotional standpoint. We thank you for your continued support and patience. We will continue to be here for you and hope that you will continue to support each other however you can.
Temecula Preparatory School
RECENT PARENT QUESTIONS & REMINDERS:
I’m still not sure where I can get lunch for my child. What do I do?
- Any families in need can access meals through federal food service programs that are being operated at emergency food service sites in each school district and they will serve all students aged 18 and younger, regardless of which school they attend. Please click here for more information on where to find locations in your area.
Are any of the field trips and events going to be happening even though school is closed through the end of the school year?
- Unfortunately, all school events and field trips are cancelled. We know this affects some grade-levels more than others, especially our seniors. Our hearts go out to each student affected. We will be reaching out to our seniors and senior parents very soon.
Will I be getting a refund for my child’s field trip?
- Cancelled field trip refund questions will be addressed in separate emails to the parents or grade-levels that are affected.
Can the school assign grades during this time?
- Yes. It is up to the discretion of the school and TPS will be assigning student work, giving exams, and assigning grades. As our distance learning evolves, we will be working to provide the appropriate level of work and welcome feedback from students and families. Please contact your teacher if your student is having any struggles or difficulties.
What if it’s difficult to find assignments on the teacher’s website?
- Please email your teacher for clarification and help. As we mentioned, our teachers and school will be adjusting as needed to make distance learning as effective as possible.
While the closure of our school campus through April 30th forces us away from our traditional school and work environment, TPS is still looking forward to and planning for the upcoming school year. This includes asking you about your intent to have your child or children return in 2020-21. We chose to delay sending out this information and extended our deadline to allow everyone time to process all the important information we were sharing about the school’s closure and distance learning.
We also realize there are so many important things to think of at this unprecedented time, so we appreciate the time it will take to submit this simple form and hope it will provide an opportunity to look forward to the future, as we are.
At this time, you must notify Temecula Preparatory School if your currently enrolled TPS student(s) (except seniors) will be returning or not. Submitting this form is how you guarantee your child’s spot at TPS for 2020-21 and it is just as important for us to know if your child is not returning so records can be prepared, etc.
Please use the online form below to submit the information. The form MUST be submitted by a parent or guardian by 3:30 p.m. on April 20, 2020. Even though we do not have the same opportunities to connect with you in person for questions about submitting this form, we are happy to help you via email at email@example.com.
Important Note Regarding Re-Registration: The “Letter of Intent” is the first step to let us know that you will or will not be returning. The second step for returning students, which will take place later, is the re-registration process where you update important school information and return required documents. We will provide information on this process at a later date.
We are thinking of all of you and hope that you staying safe and well!
Temecula Preparatory School
Dear TPS Families,
We want to express our deepest gratitude for the kind words of support you have shared with us and for your fortitude during this difficult time. As you know, the virtues we teach at TPS are one of the foundations of our school and to see our parents and students modeling and putting those virtues into practice is something we can all be proud of.
After today, we are all looking forward to enjoying our two-week Spring Break (March 21 through April 5th). Our students are not expected to do school work during this time and even though this break is not what we expected, it will be a great time to take a breath, organize, enjoy time at home with our families, and decompress from what has been a very stressful time for our community.
As we head into this break period, we wanted to remind you of the following information and there are also some answers to a few recently asked questions addressed at the end of this letter.
- Communication is more important than ever, so we ask that you please take the time to read our emails and/or texts when we send them out. If you are not receiving our communications, please use the “Campus Closure & Coronavirus Information” page on our website for updates. It is under the “Student & Parent” tab. All email communications sent out by TPS are posted on this page and all teacher websites and email addresses are posted on this page as well.
- Phone calls to TPS are not being answered during the school closure time period. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have all had to make difficult changes to our lives to protect one another and we hope that you will continue to support one another as you can. Our hearts continue to be with the families around our community and country that have fallen ill and are being directly affected by the coronavirus. Our greatest hope is that you and yours stay safe and well.
Temecula Preparatory School
RECENT PARENT QUESTIONS & INFORMATION:
My child left something on campus and we need a chromebook. When can I pick it up?
- Please email email@example.com if you need essential academic items left at school or a chromebook and we will do our best to help you after April 5th.
I have questions about the assignments that were assigned this week, will my teacher be responding to emails over Spring Break?
- Our hardworking teachers will be taking a well deserved break as well over the next two weeks and they will get back to you after April 5th.
My kids play sports for TPS. Will the games be made up if/ when we return to school?
- Unfortunately, our middle school spring season has already been cancelled and the CIF South Valley League has just issued a statement that our high school spring season has been cancelled as well. We appreciate the time and effort our players and coaches have dedicated to their sports and we are so sorry that this is one of those areas that has been affected by the coronavirus.
What happens after April 5th?
- As you know, all schools have been ordered to close through April 30th (and potentially longer based on the governor’s recent statements). Teachers and administration have already been working together on a plan for the period after Spring Break, and our administration will continue to fine tune the plan so that we can provide you with the information you need to help your child or children continue their distance learning from home. We will send an update just before April 6th.
Are school lunches still available?
- Any families in need can access meals through federal food service programs that are being operated at emergency food service sites in each school district and they will serve all students aged 18 and younger, regardless of which school they attend.
We hope you are doing well and settling in to our new normal! As you are well aware, the recommendations and mandates in regards to school closures due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus change almost daily. We are doing our best to keep up with the new information and we are truly grateful for your flexibility and willingness to partner with us in support of your child’s education. This situation is not easy for anyone and we want you to know that we recognize and appreciate your efforts. We also are very appreciative of our hardworking teaching staff, who pulled together as a team to have a plan in place for this week for our students.
We will continue to share important information as we receive it and wanted to share some information/reminders with you now:
- If your child needs a chromebook or to retrieve something from their classroom or locker, there will be staff members available tomorrow (3/19) from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in room 1 (the Business Office, to the left of the flagpole). A parent must be present to sign out a chromebook. After tomorrow, if you need a chromebook, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to meet with you.
- All school communications that are emailed and/or texted from TPS are being posted on the Campus Closure & Coronavirus Information (CCCI) page, under the “Parent & Student Resources” tab. Teachers may be sending emails separately, so please email them directly if you have any questions or check the teacher’s website. The website links and email addresses are posted on the CCCI page.
RECENT PARENT QUESTIONS:
What if my child doesn’t finish the work assigned this week?
- Getting students learning and into a routine helps create a sense of normalcy and is a good thing. Education is also compulsory for students, even when school is closed because of the Coronavirus; therefore, students should be participating and working on assignments. That being stated, we do not want to make students and parents stressed or anxious. Students are not expected to put in excessive amounts of time on assignments (especially for lower school students). Upper School students and Lower School parents should communicate with teachers if the amount of work seems unreasonable. Please realize that we are working to find the right balance and will be especially flexible during this initial week.
My child has a field trip coming up in April, are they still going?
- The school closure means that all school activities (on or off campus) during the closure time, March 16th through April 30th, are cancelled. The governor has also stated that there’s a possibility that school closures may continue through the end of this school year and that would result in the cancellation of all field trips and school events this school year.
We realize that you may have questions that are not addressed in this email and we encourage you to email email@example.com with those questions, however we ask for your patience as there are still many details we are working through and awaiting answers to as well.
Dear TPS Families,
We wanted to share that the Riverside County Public Health Department has extended the mandated time that schools in the county need to be closed. All schools will need to remain closed through April 30 in order to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. We understand the impact this has on families and wanted to get this information out to everyone as soon as possible. We will continue to update you as we receive information.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time!
Temecula Preparatory School
Temecula Preparatory School will close its campus, effective Monday, March 16. This includes the TPS Child Care program. We will plan to resume classes on April 6th, but we will continue to monitor the situation and inform you of any changes. The decision to close the campus was made in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus. We have been following the guidance of federal and state health experts and believe this is an appropriate response to keep our students, staff and community safe. We will be contacting parents through normal communication channels to provide information on our plans to provide assignments and distance learning for students during this time. We will also be setting up a special page on our website under “Student & Parent Resources” titled “Campus Closure & Coronavirus Information”. We will continue to do our very best to keep you informed of information and updates.
Thank you for your patience during this difficult time!
Dear TPS Parents,
Based on the most recent recommendations by health officials, we wanted to let you know of some changes that will be made to scheduled field trips, school events, and extracurricular activities. We understand that this is an anxious time for our school community and our thoughts are with the families around the world who are directly affected by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.
We continue to monitor information, meet regularly about the novel coronavirus and are in regular communication with Riverside University Health Systems-Public Health (RUHS-PH), as well as federal and state agencies about the novel coronavirus situation, and adjust as the situation evolves. At this time, we have received guidelines and recommendations from the California Department of Public Health and RUHS-PH in regards to scheduled events. Based on these considerations, we have carefully reviewed our event calendar and made the decision to cancel, postpone, or modify the following upcoming events:
- Athletics – At this time we are cancelling all games, at all levels, through Spring Break and will reassess and/or reschedule games at a later date, if there is an opportunity to do so. As of now, we are still holding practices.
- Cancelled – (TODAY at 6 PM) 3/12: Parent Input Meeting
- Cancelled – 3/13: Patriots Ball Art viewing
- Postponing – 3/14: Patriots Ball – We will be sending out a separate email to all attendees.
- Cancelled – 3/17 & 3/18: Lower School (K-6) 3rd Quarter Awards Assemblies. Mr. Ramos will be visiting each classroom to present the students with their awards.
- Postponed – 3/19: 8th Grade Los Angeles Museum Trip to The Museum of Tolerance and the Broad Museum (at a future date TBD)
- Cancelling – Mondays: Lower School (K-6) flagpole assembly
- Cancelling – 3/19: PATS General Meeting
- Postponed – 3/19: High School Prom Expo
- Cancelled (with possibility of rescheduling) – 3/20: Fullerton College Theater Festival trip
- Postponed – Spring Break: 7th & 8th Grade East Coast trip
- Cancelled (with possibility of rescheduling) Spring Break: High School College Trip (UCSD, USF, SFSU, Stanford, UCD & UCM)
As you are well aware, information on the novel coronavirus is constantly changing and we will re-evaluate and provide updates on our future events based on health official recommendations from federal, state and county agencies. The safety and health of our students and staff will always be paramount and we take this responsibility seriously. We continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and in the event of school closure, we have plans in place to provide students with assignments and instruction remotely so that students can continue learning.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.
Michael Agostini, EdD
Head of School
Temecula Preparatory School
Temecula Preparatory School continues to keep informed by working closely with Riverside County Public Health (RivCoPH) and CDC for the most current local updates. RivCoPH reports that there are six confirmed coronavirus cases within Riverside County. Murrieta Valley Unified School District’s employee under watch for COVID19 has tested negative.
Dear TPS Parents,
We wanted to let you know that we are continuing to carefully monitor information about the novel coronavirus COVID-19 through various official channels, including Temecula Valley Unified School District and participation in weekly conference calls with County Public Health officials. TPS has protocols in place as part of our Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) to deal with Pandemics and a protocol for students who are showing flu symptoms.
We realize information being provided in the news and social media can cause stress and fear, so in order to keep you informed, we will include updates in our Friday emails as needed and if developments occur that we feel you need to be informed of immediately, we will contact you separately through our communication channels.
Even though information changes rapidly, the most recent information is that everything continues to remain the status quo. There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Temecula Preparatory School, TVUSD schools, and as of March 4th officials from Riverside County “emphasized that there have been no confirmed locally acquired coronavirus cases in Riverside County”. Updates from the Riverside County Public Health Department are available at https://rivcoph.org/coronavirus. You can also call 2-1-1- within Riverside County for information and updates.
As we have shared previously, the following precautions will continue on our campus until further notice:
- We will not be shaking hands with students at the gate or in the classrooms.
- We will continue to provide hand sanitizer in each room on campus.
- We will be encouraging students to regularly wash their hands properly with soap and water and to use hand sanitizer. Please visit the Center for Disease and Control and Prevention site for information about proper handwashing and hand sanitizer use at: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html
- We are sanitizing door handles, desks, and commonly touched areas on a daily basis.
As good community neighbors we encourage everyone to follow good hygiene practices, including washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not hands).
The following are additional resources for information:
Riverside County Public Health coronavirus
CDC Facts: Share Facts About COVID-19
CDPH Guidance to Schools 2019-nCoV School Guidance
As always, if you have any questions for us, please feel free to call the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear TPS Parents,
As you know, the safety of our students and staff is paramount. With the growing news coverage concerning the Novel Coronavirus, we wanted to make sure to address this health and safety concern.
As a precaution, we are taking the following steps on our campus:
- Starting Monday, we will not be shaking hands with students at the gate or in the classrooms.
- We will continue to provide hand sanitizer in each room on campus.
- We will be encouraging students to regularly wash their hands properly with soap and water and to use hand sanitizer.
- We are sanitizing door handles, desks, and commonly touched areas on a daily basis.
At this time, the health risk of the Novel Coronavirus to the general public in California remains low. Still, we continue to encourage common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases:
- Wash your hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
- Keep students home if they are ill.
- Do not send your child to school if your child has a temperature of 100°F or higher. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without having taken fever-reducing medication (i.e., Advil, Tylenol, Motrin, etc.)
While health agencies may issue mandatory quarantines of individuals traveling from China, TPS does not have the authority or responsibility to mandate or enforce the quarantining of our students. TPS’s mission is to educate students, which includes sharing accurate information regarding the Novel Coronavirus and sharing regular updates from health agency experts.
Consistent with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on returning travelers from China, local health departments are communicating with travelers returning from mainland China to provide guidance about limiting public interactions for 14 days. Travelers from mainland China arriving in the United States since February 3, 2020, should practice “social distancing” (staying home away from public places including school) for 14 days, beginning the day after they left China. CDC guidance on returning travelers is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/
We also understand that the current situation can create a heightened level of anxiety, which is perfectly normal. We encourage families to continue to keep apprised of the latest information to help ease your concerns and obtain accurate information. We have provided a valuable link to Riverside County’s University Health System below that is continually updated with helpful information relative to our local area. Thank you for your partnership in helping to ensure that our students remain healthy and continue to learn in a safe and welcoming environment.
For more information, visit the Riverside County University Health System- Public Health’s Corona Virus webpage.
We will update you as we receive updates from local, state, and federal public health agencies as they become available. If you have any specific concerns regarding your child, please contact our School Nurse at email@example.com.