At John Hancock Charter school, our goal is to instill the love of learning in each child. Our classes provide a solid academic foundation for future learning, and we strive to foster an appreciation for the cultural and fine arts. We prepare students to become responsible citizens and productive members of the community.
JHCS is a public charter school, chartered by the Utah State Office of Education. We are a small community school in Pleasant Grove with one class per grade and less than 160 students in grades K-6. Our program of instruction includes: Core Knowledge, Spalding Language Arts, Saxon Mathematics, orchestra, differentiated instruction and Quantum Learning.
Why John Hancock Charter School?
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Founded in 2002, we are one of the oldest charter schools in Utah.
We were the first Core Knowledge Visitation School in Utah.
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Received “A” grade by the Utah State School Grading System.
Rated the #1 public elementary school in Utah County and the Salt Lake Area by niche.com
Our students have tested in the top 25 Utah schools for English Language Arts.
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Our dedicated and experienced teaching staff was rated #3 in the state of Utah by niche.com. Our director, Mrs. Adamic, has served at the school since its foundation in 2002.
Remember: School gets released at 2:00 on Fridays for most students.
We are currently experiencing a soft closure. Students are being educated at home with support from their teachers. Please watch for more information via email, text and social media.
March 12, 2020
Dear JHCS Parent/Guardian,
I would like to update you on our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or any other infectious illnesses. We have received guidance from the State as well as Utah County Health Department and are making some changes to our daily practices to ensure the health and safety of our students. Please take a few minutes to read this information.
First and foremost, many have questioned if we will continue to hold school. At this time, we will continue to hold school unless we are directed otherwise. The health department makes decisions regarding school closures if the closure is related to health concerns. At this time, they have determined that it is best if we continue to hold school. There are many unintended consequences to closing schools, as it is a very complex and dynamic situation. However, parents must make decisions that are best for their families.
Many students have heard about the virus and have concerns. Mrs. Sam Grabert, our school counselor provided the following for your consideration.
I know there is a lot happening regarding the COVID-19. I have had a chance to talk to a few students, I have heard some of their conversations and heard some of the concerns teachers have had because of some of the students' worries. From a mental health point of view it is important to talk with your children and clarify what is really happening, reassure them and calm their fears. Remember, speak to your audience, in other words, and speak at their level of emotional comprehension.
Below is a link to the American Academy of Pediatrics website. It is a good resource that will help you facilitate conversations about the COVID-19. For children this is a confusing time and keeping to your normal routine as much as possible will help them feel safer and calmer. Thank you for being amazing parents.
Have a Wonderful Day, Sam Grabert
It is important that you talk to your child about the changes they may see at school and explain that they are precautions. At this time, we have no cases of the virus at our school and we are simply working to prevent any illnesses. I have attached a page with talking points you can use with your child/ren. We will be talking about it calmly and briefly at school so they understand why we are making a few changes, but we will not alarm them or dwell on it.
Below is a list of some of the changes we will implement for the next two weeks:
· All assemblies and activities will be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date. This includes:
o Shakespeare Performance next week
o Kindergarten field trip
o Battle of the Books Assembly – held in the classroomso Talent Show
o 5th Grade field trip
o Classic Skate Night
o CUSEF Science Fair·
There will be NO early morning RTI in the computer lab until further notice.
· There will be NO after school RTI on Fridays until further notice.
· We will not use our computer lab for 2 weeks, but students will use their own Chromebooks and/or iPads.
· We will NOT be having violin instruction for grades K,1,2,3. They will have a different music experience for 2 weeks. Students in those grades who own their own instrument are not to bring them to school until directed to do so.
· Students will be asked to bring a water bottle to school daily and take it home daily for washing. Parents are responsible to ensure they are washed each night.
· There will be NO drinking directly from the drinking fountain. Students may fill up their water bottles and drink from them during the day.
· Students will not be checking out books from the library. If you have a book at home, please keep it there for the time being and return it when directed. Students will participate in story time and other activities, but they will not check out books.
· Third grade will be changing their recess time to have fewer students on the playground at one time.
JHCS has a cleaner who cleans daily. We have confirmed that he will take extra precautions to perform daily cleaning of push bars, light switches, railings etc. As a school we will also be doing the following:
· Wiping down desks at the end of each day with disinfecting wipes
· Schedule time at each transition for students to wash their hands with soap and water, especially prior to eating.
· Clean and disinfect the lunchroom tables after each class eats.
· Teach students to wash for 20 seconds and avoid touching their face, mouth or eyes.
· Teach students to cough or sneeze into their elbows.
· Teach students not to share food, or drink from the same cup or bottle as someone else.
If you notice your child is experiencing symptoms AND has had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or has recently traveled to an area with ongoing community spread of COVID-19, please keep them home and contact your health care provider prior to going to the clinic/office and notify the school immediately. Also, please inform us if your child is at risk because of the factors listed above.
Plan for Closure:
If in the event we are instructed by the Utah County Health Department to close school, we will continue to provide instruction while the students are at home.
JHCS will be closing at 12:30 on Monday, March 16th to allow the teachers time to prepare for online delivery of instruction.
Our school Closure Plan is as follows. In the case of a long term school closure due to any reason, JHCS will take the following actions:
· The school’s director, through communication with state and/or local authorities will determine when this plan will be implemented.
· If this occurs during the school day, parents will be notified via email, phone and text to come pick up their child from the school or the Pleasant Grove City Park located on Center Street by the Fire Department. If possible, students will take school textbooks and/or Chromebooks/iPads home with them in order to continue learning at home.
· If this occurs after school hours, their classroom teacher or school administration, will notify parents via email, phone and text prior to 7:30 a.m.
· The school director will arrange a time for students to pick up necessary items from the school.
· Teachers will have approximately 4 weeks of instruction planned and ready to implement.
· Parents will be given instructions on how to use Google Classroom and an online conferencing program (Zoom or a similar program).
· Parents will receive a schedule on instructional times so they can assist their child accessing online instruction.
· Parents will receive a list of online resources their child can access from home.
· Teachers will establish a schedule for online instruction via a conferencing program similar to Zoom and deliver the instruction at scheduled times.
· Students will prepare for the lesson by completing assignments prior to the instruction times.
· Students will be expected to participate in the lesson.· Students will be expected to ask questions as needed and complete assignments.
· Teachers may utilize the following resources, but are not limited to those listed:
o IXLo Newsela
o Kids Discovery
o Lexiao iReady
o Raz Kids
o Khan Academy
o UEN Pioneer Library
Return to School:
· The school’s director, in conversations with state and/or local authorities will determine when students and teachers will return to school.
· The school building will be cleaned during the closure to ensure the health of our students and staff.
· Only healthy students and staff members, those who do not have any of the known symptoms, will be allowed back to school.
· Teachers, staff members and students will be notified via email, phone and text of the date and time school will resume on campus.
In closing, I want to emphasize that our commitment is to educating our students in a safe, healthy environment. In this time of uncertainty we can work together as a team and be proactive in protecting our school community. I will be sure to keep you informed as I gain more information.
John Hancock Charter School
Talking to children about COVID-19There's a lot of news coverage about the outbreak of COVID-19 and it can be overwhelming for parents and frightening to kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents and others who work closely with children to filter information and talk about it in a way that their child can understand. These tips can help:
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