Posted Wednesday August 11th, 2021 via the weekly parent newsletter - important information on Kickoff 2021-2022.
Parent Message 8-11-21
Dear Falcon Families,
Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! I am really excited to welcome you back and look forward to a great, hopefully much more “normal” school year. The first day of school is officially Monday, August 30thst, so there is still plenty of summer vacation left. I wanted to write this a few weeks early so you have all the information as you close out your summer fun. For those of you new to SRHS, I like to send out weekly updates every Sunday around 4:00pm to keep you apprised of the latest information. I am sending this update out early so you can plan and be informed of the latest safety guidelines and information as of today. I will not send a Sunday evening email this Sunday unless there is new information to share. Be sure to save these weekly emails as I’ll include important links as well. These messages will also be posted on the SRHS website (https://scrippsranch.sandiegounified.org) in the news section towards the bottom of the main website in case you miss anything. In this update, I will share details about Kickoff, this year’s bell schedule, important safety information to know for the beginning of school, and some counseling updates. Here are the latest updates as of 8-11-21.
* Please forward this message to your child’s email account so they have all the latest info.
Kickoff will begin on August 18th. Students from specific grade levels will come to school on designated days to turn in their student paperwork, pick up their textbooks, take their class photo, obtain their school ID and purchase important materials such as parking passes, yearbooks, etc. Because the K-12 enrollment form and continuing student paperwork is different for each grade level, students can only attend on their designated class day. Students who cannot attend Kickoff on their assigned day can take care of these items the first day of school. See below for your designated day:
Seniors: August 18th, 8 – 11am
Juniors: August 19th, 8 – 11am
Sophomores: August 20th, 8 – 11am
Freshman: August 23rd & August 24th: We have an exciting announcement for our Freshman class. This year’s Freshman class is invited to our first ever Falcon PRIDE Day. Falcon PRIDE Day is an event designed specifically for our incoming Freshmen students as a “bridging” into high school. Students will visit five stations throughout the day, each representing our SRHS Falcon PRIDE; Positivity, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence. While at these stations, students will have the opportunity to meet and learn from some of our exemplary upperclassmen students and make their first memories together at SRHS! Falcon PRIDE day is Monday, August 23rd from 8:30am – 1:15pm. See this Link: Falcon Pride Day for the full details. On Tuesday, August 24th from 8 – 11am Freshman students will attend the traditional Kickoff event to pick up their books, purchase items, etc. Due to scheduling conflicts, Freshman students will not take their picture or pick up their school ID during the August 24th Kickoff event. Students will have an opportunity to take their picture and receive their school ID the second week of September.
All grade levels: See this Link: Kickoff 2021-22 for more detailed information.
We are moving back to our traditional, “pre-COVID” 6 period bell schedule. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays we have a traditional 6-period day. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, we have a “block schedule” with double periods and an advisory period in between periods 1 and 2. A big change from pre-COVID is that due to the “healthy start” initiative, school now begins at 8:45am. See below for the bell schedule:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday
Period 1: 8:45 – 9:40am
Period 2: 9:48 – 10:43am
Period 3: 10:51 – 11:46am
Period 4: 11:54 – 12:49pm
Lunch: 12:57 – 1:27pm
Period 5: 1:35 – 2:30pm
Period 6: 2:38 – 3:33pm
Wednesday, Thursday (Wednesday is periods 1, 3 and 5, Thursdays is periods 2, 4 and 6)
Period 1/2: 8:45 – 10:33am
Advisory: 10:41 – 11:03am
Period 3/4: 11:11 – 12:59pm
Lunch: 1:07 – 1:37pm
Period 5/6: 1:45 – 3:33pm
First Day of School Bell Schedule
For the first day of school we will have a different bell schedule to accommodate the passing out of schedules. Students will begin the day in their advisory class and then go to their period 1 class. See below for the first day of school schedule:
Advisory: 8:45 – 9:01am
Period 1: 9:09 – 10:00am
Period 2: 10:08 – 10:59am
Period 3: 11:07 – 11:58am
Period 4: 12:06 – 12:57pm
Lunch: 1:05 – 1:35pm
Period 5: 1:43 – 2:34pm
Period 6: 2:42 – 3:33pm
San Diego Unified School District is following the guidelines of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). This is the latest safety information as of today, August 11th. The comprehensive details for students can be found here: Link: School Health and Safety Guidelines – I’ll highlight some key details below. What we’ve learned throughout this pandemic is that guidelines can change quickly, so I will share out important changes as they come out.
Student Site Access Guide
Every morning at home, students should fill out the daily symptom checklist. See this Link: ClearPass for Students for a “cheat sheet” that will allow your student to quickly sign up for ClearPass and access it every day. If you answer “yes” to any symptoms your student needs to stay home. Please note, screening onsite and verification of screening are no longer required, so students will not be required to show their ClearPass green “check” before they enter classrooms or events.
Face masks must be worn at all times when indoors. Face masks can be removed outdoors.
Extra face masks will be provided by the school site when needed.
There will be extra handwashing stations and hand sanitizers around campus and in classrooms, please remind your students to cleanse their hands when entering and exiting a room, using the restroom, touching their face, or putting on/removing their face masks.
If your student develops any COVID-like symptoms during the school day, they will be placed in a supervised waiting area separate from the health office until they are picked up. Please plan to have someone available to pick up the student from school quickly if they develop symptoms. They will be able to return to school based on a decision tree designed by the county public health department.
If your student has a history of COVID-19 infection, please check with your doctor to see if there are any Recess/PE or Sports activity restrictions that must be followed. It is the parent responsibility to communicate any activity restrictions to the school site.
Spacing both indoors and outdoors is no longer required. Classrooms can be full at 36 students with no spacing requirements.
While indoors, students and adults must wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status. While outdoors, no masks are needed.
At this time, there are no COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students or staff.
When eating meals outside, there are no restrictions. When eating meals inside (such as on rainy days or during tutoring), adults and students must distance as much as possible (there is no specific definition of “as much as possible”).
See this Link: Athletics COVID Guidance as of 8-11-21. This document has been updated since it was last sent out on July 29th.
Physical Education/AFJROTC Guidelines
Distancing is no longer required
Students and staff wear masks indoors
Students and staff are not required to wear masks outdoors
Locker room use and dressing out can resume as long as masks are worn indoors
If a student contracts COVID, the site will follow the school/district policy
If a student’s parent and physician request a modified program because of the possibility of COVID-related cardiac muscle issues (which can occur after a COVID infection), a temporary modified program should be developed by the PE teacher in collaboration with the District Doctor and Nursing & Wellness
Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA – band, theatre, dance)
No specific VAPA guidelines have been provided yet, so we are following the general guidelines. I will share the VAPA guidelines with students, families and staff as soon as I receive it.
Unvaccinated staff will need to be COVID tested once per week. I am still waiting to hear about student testing guidelines.
The contact tracing process will remain the same as it was last year. The SDUSD Nursing and Wellness department will work with public officials to contact trace if a staff or student who is COVID positive during a school event has close contact with others. Those deemed as a close contact will be contacted and asked to quarantine.
Similar to last Spring, each classroom and office is equipped with 2 portable air purifiers with HEPA filters to ensure the safety of students and staff.
Multiple handwashing stations are set up on campus to ensure students and staff have ample opportunities to wash their hands. Hand sanitizer will also be provided in every classroom.
Health and Safety Training
See the Link: Parent Learning Menu on the following topics:
Enhanced sanitation practices
Proper use, removal, and washing of face masks
How COVID-19 is spread
COVID-19 specific symptom identification
Preventing the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick, including the importance of not coming to school if you have symptoms.
Yearbooks for our 10th, 11th and 12th graders will be distributed at Kickoff.
That’s all for today. Thank you and enjoy the rest of your summer. It’s going to be a great school year!
Matt Lawson, Ed.D
Scripps Ranch High School