Dear Duke School Families,
I am happy to streamline communication through inclusion of weekly messages from me and Leadership Team “above the fold” in the Spark eNews. We know consistency is welcome during this time and hope this helps.
Carline Coffee Time with Lisa
Beginning next week, I will host an outdoor coffee hour (open house meet and greet style) during morning arrival. We’ll have a tent and coffee set up in an area near the community garden for ease of parking. I look forward to welcoming you in small groups, safely distanced and masked. Feel free to park your car after drop off and stop by for coffee and a chat before you continue with your day. While I have enjoyed the warm welcome extended to me and the opportunity to say hello in the carline, I hope that this “time under the tent” will allow us to become more acquainted.
Next week, stop by on Wednesday, October 14, from 8-9 AM. After that, we’ll plan for Thursdays, 8-9 AM, as the weather cooperates.
Temperature Checks in Carline
With cooler weather arriving, we are noticing heaters in carline are affecting morning temperature screenings, and we are getting some elevated readings based on skin temperature-not body temperature. Please turn off the heat and open the window as you approach carline. Have your child temporarily remove hats, hoods, or caps and brush hair bangs from their faces-these are all heat trappers, too.
If your child arrives with a temperature greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit and we suspect it is due to any of the factors mentioned, we will ask the student to step out of the car and offer a moment for the air to cool forehead skin temperatures. Parents/caregivers will be asked to pull forward beyond the first cone.
We will then take two additional readings of the student. If the temperature remains above 100.0 degrees, the student will need to depart school and return only after being 24 hours fever free. If the temperature drops in subsequent readings, we will proceed with the day as usual.