Tussing Elementary's 2020-2021 Back-To-School Information

Now that Pickerington Schools announced our back-to-school plans for the 2020-2021 school year, Team Tussing wants to help student(s) get ready to return in the fall as quickly as possible!

Welcome

Information From The District

Please visit the Pickerington Schools Back-To-School page for this school year’s important information and required forms within Infinite Campus.

Pickerington Schools Update: The 2020-2021 school year will begin on August 31, 2020.

Letter From The Principal

Dear Tussing Families,

The 2020-2021 school year will be unlike any other, however, the staff at Tussing Elementary eagerly awaits your arrival to welcome you all back into the building.  The first day of school will be Monday, August 31st for students grades 1-12 and Thursday, September 3rd for our kindergarteners

Team Tussing will continue to send out more information regarding the upcoming school year and throughout the year, so please have your communication preferences updated within Infinite Campus. You can also find important information on the Pickerington Schools’ website, so keep checking back with us.

We look forward to our partnership with our families so that we can ensure each child reaches his/her potential. Through our collaborative efforts, we will continue to witness why Tussing is such a great place to be!

Sincerely,

Matt Dansby
Building Principal
Twitter:  @Mr_Dansby

Letter From Our PTO

Dear Tussing Families,

The Tussing Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) would love to welcome you to our team. It’s a new school year, with new beginnings. Your child(ren) may be returning or making their first steps in our hallways, your Tussing PTO wants to nurture each child’s experience with lasting memories.

PTO is a non-profit organization, we are not a part of any state or national affiliation. Our committee is made up of 6 chairs; President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Ways/Means, and Social Coordinator. We help our school by raising funds for activities, resources, and events not covered by our school budget. Fundraisers are essential to the success of our school; 100% of all funds raised go directly back to us.  We responsibly use the money to help support Tussing Elementary.

So, who can be a member? Are you a father, mother, protector, guardian, and/or a person who teaches/instructs at Tussing. If you answered yes, then you are automatically a member. Becoming an active member is simple, attend one of our monthly meetings to discover opportunities to support our school.

Here are a few programs that we sponsor and/or support: Fall Family Night, School Spring Book Fairs, Valentines Dance, Carnival, Teacher Appreciation, Fun Day, and various other fundraisers throughout the year. This is where you come in.  I truly understand how daunting volunteering can be.  Questions such as: How much time are we talking about here? Will I be required to take on event or committee responsibilities? Or something as simple as, what exactly is required of me? Are all very normal. I am here to assure you that we will never force anyone to dedicate more time than they are willing.  Any time that any individual is willing to offer is more valuable than I can relate to!  We also understand that in today’s world it is increasingly more difficult to be able to find time to give, even such as one to two hours once a month, which is how often the committee meets.

Volunteering doesn’t mean a huge time commitment.  Whatever your time schedule and interests are, we have need of you.  We have tasks that can be performed in the evenings, during the day, or that don’t even involve coming to the school at all. Volunteering your time is such a priceless gift with lasting benefits.

Our primary way to communicate with you will be via email and social media (Facebook: “Tussing Elementary PTO”). Please understand that our office staff goes over and beyond for our children every day which keeps them busy during school hours, consider emailing us instead of calling the school directly. PTO works directly with the school and will make every effort to answer any PTO related question or concern including any interest in being a more active member.

We look forward to an amazing school year. Open communication is key to our success. Your voice is welcomed and needed. We look forward to meeting you!Sincerely,

Keisha Robinson

PTO President

krobinson.tussingpto@gmail.com

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. – Jane D. Hul

Back-To-School Supplies Lists

All Students Supplies List

All Students Supplies List:

In addition to grade-level specific school supplies, we are requesting:

  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer  

We understand these items may be difficult to come by, however, any and all sanitizing items would be greatly appreciated.  

Kindergarten Supplies List

Kindergarten Supplies List:

  • Bookbag (no rolling bags)
  • 1  box for supplies
  • 1  pair of headphones (no earbuds)
  • sharpened #2 pencils 
  • 1  box of (24) crayons
  • 1  highlighter (yellow)
  • 2  dry erase markers (black)
  • 2  large glue sticks
  • 1  notebook (black & white composition) 
  • 1  box of tissues
  • 1  box of gallon Ziploc bags (boys only)
  • 1  box of quart Ziploc bags (girls only)
  • 2  folders (1 purple & 1 green, not plastic with 3-clasps)

*Please write your student’s name on ALL of the school supplies*

Here’s the downloadable Tussing ES Supply List 2020-21 (pdf) for all grade levels.

 

1st Grade Supplies List

First Grade Supplies List:

  • Bookbag (no rolling bags)
  • 1  box for supplies
  • 1  pair of headphones (no earbuds)
  • sharpened #2 pencils (yellow)
  • 6  mechanical pencils
  • 1  large eraser (pink)
  • 1  box of (24) crayons
  • 1  pack of (8) markers
  • 2  large glue sticks
  • 1  pair of scissors (school size)
  • 1  ½” binder (3-ring)
  • 1  clipboard (standard size)
  • 1  box of tissues
  • 1  box of gallon Ziploc bags (boys only
  • 1  box of sandwich Ziploc bags (girls only)
  • 2  dry erase markers (black, bold tip, unscented) (boys only)
  • 1  pack of post-it notes (3”x3”) (girls only)

*Please write your student’s name on ALL of the school supplies*

Here’s the downloadable Tussing ES Supply List 2020-21 (pdf) for all grade levels.

2nd Grade Supplies List

Second Grade Supplies List:

  • Bookbag (no rolling bags)
  • 1  box for supplies
  • 1  pair of headphones (no earbuds)
  • 12  sharpened #2 pencils (yellow)
  • 1  large eraser (pink)
  • 1  box of (24) crayons
  • 1  pack of (8) markers
  • 4  dry erase markers (black) 
  • 3  large glue sticks
  • 1  pair of scissors (pointed, school size)
  • 1  notebook (black & white composition)
  • 1  box of tissues
  • 1  box of gallon Ziploc bags (boys only)
  • 1  box of sandwich Ziploc bags (girls only)
  • Addition & Subtraction Flashcards (to be kept at home)
  • 3  folders (1 red, 1 blue & 1 green, plastic with 3-clasps & pockets)

*Please write your student’s name on ALL of the school supplies*

Here’s the downloadable Tussing ES Supply List 2020-21 (pdf) for all grade levels.

3rd Grade Supplies List

Third Grade Supplies List:

  • Bookbag (no rolling bags)
  • 1  pencil pouch (3-hole for binder)
  • 1  pair of headphones (no earbuds)
  • sharpened #2 pencils
  • 6  mechanical pencils
  • 1  large eraser OR pack of pencil-top erasers
  • 1  box of (24) crayons
  • 1  pack of (8) markers (not thin)
  • 2  dry erase markers (black)
  • 1  pack of post-it notes (3”x3”)
  • 1  pair of scissors
  • 1  1” binder (3-ring)
  • 1  notebook (composition OR spiral)
  • 1  box of tissues 
  • 1  box of gallon Ziploc bags 
  • 1  folder (3-hole punched with double-pockets)

*Please write your student’s name on ALL of the school supplies*

Here’s the downloadable Tussing ES Supply List 2020-21 (pdf) for all grade levels.

4th Grade Supplies List

Fourth Grade Supplies List:

  • Bookbag (no rolling bags)
  • 1  box for supplies or pencil pouch
  • 1  pair of headphones (no earbuds)
  • 12  sharpened #2 pencils (no mechanical)
  • 2  large erasers
  • 1  box of (24) crayons
  • 4  dry erase markers (black)
  • 2  highlighters (yellow)
  • 3  large glue sticks
  • 1  pack of post-it notes (3”x3”)
  • 1  pair of scissors  
  • 1  3” binder (3-ring)
  • 1  pack of (5) dividers
  • 1  box of tissues
  • 1  box of gallon Ziploc bags (boys only)
  • 1  box of quart Ziploc bags (girls only)

*Please write your student’s name on ALL of the school supplies*

Here’s the downloadable Tussing ES Supply List 2020-21 (pdf) for all grade levels.

Important Information

Info To Remember

For some of the steps below, families will need:

You also will need internet access for some of the online information referenced below. If you do not have internet in your home, free access is available at the Pickerington Public Library. Computers also are available for parent use during business hours at the Pickerington Schools’ District Office (90 N Street, Pickerington, 43147), allowing you to review and complete this information online.

TUSSING TIP: Create a contact for Tussing Elementary on your cell phone.  Save Tussing’s phone number (614.834.2600), attendance voicemail number (614.834.2601), and address (7117 Tussing Road, Reynoldsburg, 43068).  In the contact’s note, save your student’s ID numbers and Infinite Campus information.

Required Forms Online

For custodial parents in the primary household of returning students in kindergarten through grade 12

In order to complete back to school and EMA forms, a parent/legal guardian in the primary household will need to submit an annual update for each returning student through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  Please follow the directions below for the online registration annual update:

  1. Login in to your Infinite Campus Parent Portalclick on the 3 lines in the upper left corner, and select “More.”
  2. Click on Online Registration on the bottom of the list.
  3. Click on Existing Student Registration
  4. Click on Begin Registration at the bottom.
  5. Follow the prompts to complete the Online Registration Annual Update.New items to be added for a current student will be doctor, dentist, hospital information, etc.  Please review all other information, including emergency contacts, health conditions, and medications.If you have any questions, please see our Infinite Campus webpage for instructions regarding your Infinite Campus Parent Account and submitting an Infinite Campus help desk ticket.
Handbooks and Policies

*Attention Families: STUDENTS HANDBOOKS HAVE NOT BEEN UPDATED YET FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR DUE TO THE CHANGES BEING MADE REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS. PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER FOR THE REVISED HANDBOOKS.

Cohorts, School Hours and Delayed Starts

Currently, Pickerington Schools will be starting the 2020-2021 school year following the yellow hybrid model as identified in the Pickerington Schools’ Flexible Learning Plan, students will attend school:

  • *2 full days (**half-day for kindergarten) at school learning face-to-face
  • 3 days at home completing online virtual learning

*2 days at school are broken into two groups called cohorts:

  • Cohort A = students are at school Monday/Tuesday and at-home learning online Wednesday/Thursday/Friday
  • Cohort B = students are at home learning online Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday and at school Thursday/Friday

 

School Hours:

Grades 1-4 Schedule = 9:15am – 4:05pm

**half-days for kindergarteners are broken into AM and PM sessions:

AM Kindergarten Schedule = 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

PM Kindergarten Schedule = 1:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

 

Delayed Start Schedule:

Grades 1-4 = 11:15 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.

AM Kindergarten = 11:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

PM Kindergarten2:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Transportation and Bus Routes

*Attention Families: PETERMANN TRANSPORTATION IS STILL WORKING ON BUS ROUTES FOR OUR STUDENTS.  PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

A mobile application can tell Pickerington School parents approximately where their child’s bus is in the morning and afternoon. This useful application can be downloaded by clicking this link. Parents must download the app to allow Petermann to send text notifications in case of bus delays and other information.

Parents will need their children’s student ID numbers to set up the app.

Parents should not use the system to wait until the very last minute to send their children to the bus stop. Students must be at their designated stop by the scheduled bus arrival time and waiting until the last minute can be dangerous if children are running to meet their bus.

Plus, the system operates by tracking the GPS units in each bus, so it operates on a lag that can be up to two minutes. During that time, the bus may have made progress on its route, so GPS locations are only approximate.

Parents who will likely see the greatest benefit from the application are those who live in the more rural parts of the district and parents of children with special needs.

School Calendar

The revised version of the 2020-21 School Calendar (pdf) is now available.

Student Social Media and Opt-Out Form

The district frequently has the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, including award recipients, participants in unique classroom projects, involvement in fine arts programs, and other activities worth recognizing and promoting.

Sometimes, this recognition appears on district and school websites, in print publications, and in district-controlled social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feed. This recognition may include photos of students, as well as their names, school, grade, and teacher’s name. It also may include pictures or other representations of students’ artistic work, including visual and written pieces.

We also occasionally will have members of the local media visiting our buildings to cover special events and unique approaches to education being offered by our teachers. Media access to students does not happen within our schools without district knowledge and supervision, and we do not provide direct access to students when the media is covering stories or topics that might be considered controversial or negative.

Most parents enjoy seeing their children included in the day-to-day celebration of all the great things happening in our schools. For that reason, default consent and release for this type of recognition is granted to the district. However, we know there are a few parents who prefer that their children not be included in such photographs and online stories. Action is only required by parents who wish to deny this consent. Please note that photos of students with their names, school, grade, and teacher’s name will be included in school yearbooks by default. Parents who wish to deny the consent for inclusion in school yearbooks must take action to deny consent as well.

We require those parents to inform us, in writing, of their desire to have their children excluded from district-managed recognition and/or school yearbook pictures by downloading this opt-out form (PDF) | opt-out form (RTF version), filling it out, and returning it to their child’s school. Parents are asked to do this by Sept. 1 each fall to ensure we have a current list of students whose activities should not be publicly acknowledged by the district on the website, on social media, in school yearbooks, or in other public forums.

Safety and Security Drills

The safety and security of our students is our top priority. That’s why every Pickerington School is required by law to perform annual drills designed to ensure our students and staff are prepared in the event of emergencies.

Such drills are part of every building’s emergency plan. Plans for these drills are developed in cooperation with and assistance of local law enforcement, fire departments, and the Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of these drills is to train and improve.

Safety and security drills

Six fire drills: We hold six drills between August and May. These drills require a complete building evacuation. One drill must be held within the first 10 days of school.

Tornado drills (Per Ohio Revised Code): Schools will hold drills once a month when school is in session during tornado season (April 1 – July 31). Additionally, schools will hold one drill within the 1st 90 days of school and two additional drills between March and the end of the school year.

Three lock down drills: Each school performs three lockdown/intruder drills between the months of August and May. The first drill must occur before December. These drills may include either a building evacuation or a lockdown (sometimes known as “shelter in place.”) Local law enforcement agents are often on-site and participate in these drills. At the junior high school and high school levels, some of these drills are unannounced, which provides a more realistic opportunity to test our preparedness. Unannounced exercises occur toward the end of the school year after students have gone through training during announced drills. For “unannounced” drills, teachers are notified in advance. Our experience is that some students will text parents when an unannounced drill occurs, so schools typically use Infinite Campus to email parents about shortly before such a drill occurs. Please ensure your contact information and preferences are current in Infinite Campus at www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/parent-portal/

Medical drills: Schools complete two drills each year to prepare for a possible medical emergency. During these drills, all available staff members report to the area where the medical need is occurring. Students are kept in their classrooms, clear of the area until the emergency is over.

Parents should not call the district or come to/call their child’s during drills or actual emergencies. This distracts district staff and law enforcement, which creates additional risks to the safety and security of our children.

If you have any questions about these drills, please contact Tussing Elementary at 614.834.2600.

Technology and Devices

Pickerington Schools is proud to say we are the largest school district in Ohio to go completely one-to-one.

That means that each student will be loaned a device (iPad or Chromebook) that will be theirs for the school year. Students will be able to take the device home with them to effectively complete online learning.

The district recommends parents purchase optional device protection for their child’s one-to-one device.

  • Devices are the property of Pickerington Schools.
  • Students will retain the same device for four years. It is the student’s responsibility to keep the device in proper working order.
  • Students need to charge the device at home. No charging will be allowed at school. All devices have an 8-12 hour battery to last throughout the school day. All power cords need to stay at home.
  • Pickerington Schools offers a yearly Technology Protection Plan (see above) to protect against accidental damage, more information below.
  • All devices are filtered 24/7 against inappropriate websites. Alerts will be sent to administrators about inappropriate use. Teachers have the ability to monitor student use throughout the day.
  • The Pickerington Schools Acceptable Use Policy is effective 24/7 when using these devices.
  • Printing will not be allowed on these devices, as part of the plan is to share documents digital and use less paper.
  • Students are only permitted to download the apps that have been approved by the technology department.
  • Students may put stickers on their devices as long as they are not covering the serial number or Pickerington Schools logo. Also, stickers cannot interfere with the functionality of the device.
  • If your device becomes lost or stolen, please let the main office of your school know as soon as possible. We can track your device, but we only activate that on devices that have been reported as lost or stolen.
  • All devices will be collected during the last two weeks of the school year.

Caring For Technology

  • Avoid using Themes. Many seem to cause issues with the battery and freezing.
  • Do not eat or drink over your Chromebook.
  • Use a microfiber cloth to clean your display on a regular basis.
  • Do not spray any household cleaners on your device. Isopropyl alcohol wipes can be used.
  • Do not leave your Chromebook in an unsecured location.
  • Please report any problem (including damage) to the media center as soon as possible.
  • Do not remove the serial number or ID tags.
  • Do not disassemble or attempt to repair the device, or take the device to a third-party for repair. All repairs must be made by the Pickerington Schools Technology Department.
  • Extreme heat or cold can harm the device. Never leave the device in a hot or frozen car.

Avoiding Physical Damage

  • Do not pick off any of the rubber around the edges of the Chromebook or on the bottom.
  • Keep liquids out of your backpack when your Chromebook is in it.
  • When walking with the Chromebook, always keep the lid closed.
  • Do not draw, write, or etch on your device. Stickers are permitted if they do not cover the etchings or serial number.
  • Do not remove or change the physical structure of the Chromebook, including the keys, screen cover, or plastic casing.
  • Too much pressure may crack the screen. Avoid placing anything on top of the device.
  • Do not cram the device in a bag or locker
  • Never leave your device on the floor, a chair, or a sofa. Stepping or sitting on the device could cause significant damage
  • Be cautious of breaking off headphones when using them in the device. We may not be able to remove the broken piece, which would lead to a repair.

Annual Student Fees

What are they for?

The district assesses a fee to all students for supplies and consumable materials.

These fees are typically available on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal a few weeks after the start of school.

How do I pay them?

The preferred method of payment is by logging into the Parent Portal on Infinite Campus. While schools will accept a check or cash, paying via the Parent Portal ensures there is a record of payment (and that students do not misplace a check or cash.)

Families who are financially unable to pay for necessary materials should refer to Board Policy 6152.01 regarding fee waivers. The Free and Reduced Meals/Fees Application will be available on the Food Services page.

Failure to pay school fees will result in grades and transcripts being held until payment is received.

Option Technology Protection Fee

The Technology Protection Fee for students one-to-one technologies.

It costs $30 for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade and $40 for grades 6th through 12th annually.

This is an optional fee but highly recommended as students will be taking their technologies home with them for online learning.

Once school fees are assigned, the Treasurer’s Office will send an email alerting parents of activities on a student’s account.

Kindergarten Student Fees

Kindergarten (Total: $19.00)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Online learning: $5.00
  • Consumable supplies: $12.50

 

 

1st Grade Student Fees

First grade (Total: $17.00)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Language arts consumable: $7.50
  • Online learning: $5.00
  • ­STEM learning: $3.00  ­
2nd Grade Student Fees

Second grade (Total: $17.50)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Language arts consumable: $8.00
  • Online learning: $5.00
  • ­STEM learning: $3.00
3rd Grade Student Fees

Third grade (Total: $22.00)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Online learning: $5.00
  • Data/assignment notebook: $4.00
  • Language arts consumable: $6.50
  • ­STEM learning: $5.00
4th Grade Student Fees

Fourth grade (Total: $23.50)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Online learning: $5.00
  • Data/assignment notebook: $4.00
  • Language arts consumable: $8.00
  • ­STEM learning: $5.00
Virtual Learning Academy Fees

Based on recommendations made by the COVID-19 Task Force, Pickerington Schools will be offering a fully virtual option for students during the 2020-2021 school year. While the details of the fees for the Pickerington Virtual Academy are still being determined, the district estimates that parents/guardians can expect fees not to exceed $100 for the 2020-2021 school year. More details will be provided as soon as possible.