Important Information for Baker Elementary School Students and Families

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School resumes on Wednesday, March 22, 2017:

Pre-K students and students in the Early Childhood Special Education Program will temporarily attend school at the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road.

Students in grades K-2 will temporarily attend Mehfoud Elementary School, 8320 Buffin Road.

Students in grades 3-5 will temporarily attend Varina Elementary School, 2551 New Market Road.

School hours for Baker students will remain the same: 8:10 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

 Open houses:

Please join us for open houses at all three schools on Tuesday, March 21. All open houses will take place at the same time, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at each site. Please visit at a time convenient for your family. Families also will be welcome to join their students for a “back to school” assembly Wednesday morning at each school.

 Contact information:

Mehfoud Elementary: To reach Baker staff, contact: (804) 328-5228

Varina Elementary: To reach Baker staff, contact: (804) 226-3134

New Bridge Learning Center: (804) 328-8106

Fire update:

The fire on Sunday morning damaged a mechanical room, the “heart” of the school that contains Baker’s water, heating/cooling, electrical and other necessary systems. It will take some time to assess the damage and make necessary repairs. There is no immediate timetable for the return to the school. Crews will continue to clean and deodorize the building this week. After that, the building must be inspected for safety. We will not reopen Baker until the building is safe for all students and staff.

Transportation:

Bus stop pickup and dropoff times may change slightly. Transportation information will be brought to your student’s “new” school during the day on Tuesday, and will also be available for pickup at the Tuesday open houses from 4-6 p.m. Transportation information will also be updated in PowerSchool on Tuesday.

Car Drop Off/Pick Up

As drop off/pick up patterns will be new to Baker families who will be attending Mehfoud or Varina elementary schools, please know it may take a few days to get the traffic patterns moving smoothly and efficiently. Additional Henrico Police will be on hand to support the flow of traffic this week.

Classrooms:

Your student’s class will have its own classroom thanks to the available space at each “new” school. 

Medication and student records:

Your child’s medication and student records will be transferred to the “new” school.

Breakfast and lunch:

Your child’s lunch number and account will remain the same.

After-school activities:

Cancelled this week

 Baker “Heroes”:

Finally, when you see the Baker teachers and staff this week, please give them a pat on the back for all their efforts to make this as smooth a transition as possible. We know there may be some bumps in the road, but we stand ready to help you and your family. We will get through this together!

Additional questions can be directed to the team at Baker. You can expect additional communication from Dr. Hardy, Mr. Orth, and the incredible teachers and staff of Baker Elementary School.