Posted on August 29th, 2021 via the weekly Parent Newsletter -- Updates on the first week of school, paperwork reminder, covid guidelines, and counseling requests.
Parent Message 8-29-21
Dear Falcon Families,
We are excited to welcome students back to school tomorrow and get the 2021-22 year off to a great start. As a reminder, students are asked to check their PowerSchool Student Portal on Monday morning so they can see what classes they are in. Students should write their schedule down or take a screenshot and save it on their phone. Those students who cannot access their schedules may see a staff member at the front of the school or go to the library beginning at 7:30am. In this update, I’ve included the first week of school bell schedule, important safety updates as well as safety reminders, counseling updates and more. Here are the latest updates as of 8-29-21.
* Please forward this message to your child’s email account so they have all the latest info.
Schedule for First Week of School and Directions for First Day of School
Link: First Week of School Schedule 2021-22. If a student does not have a class during Period 1 and can access their schedule on PowerSchool, they do not have to attend advisory during the first day of school. Teachers will be instructed to not take attendance during Advisory on the first day of school.
No School Monday, September 6th
There will be no school on Monday, September 6th for the Labor Day Holiday.
Continuing Student Packet
If your student picked up their K-12 Enrollment form at kickoff (this is a form that has been preprinted with your information and parent was not able to attend kick off), please have them return it on the 1st day of school. There will be a staff member in the QUAD collecting this paperwork before students start their day in their Advisory class.
Safety Update – Masks now required outside
As of this week, masks are now required outside as well. Here is the message sent from SDUSD Nursing and Wellness: Masks are always required indoors. Masks are now required outdoors at all times while students are on campus, unless they are eating. Currently, large-scale events are not recommended for any school sites due to the increased risk of exposure.
We highly encourage students to take mask breaks outdoors. During these breaks students should maintain 6 feet distance from each other. Wearing masks outdoors lessens the likelihood of student exposure and allows more students to qualify for a modified quarantine.
Masks may be removed outdoors in certain situations and with certain distancing recommendations during physical education, athletics and performing arts programs.
COVID-19 Testing Acknowledgement Form
On Thursday, August 27th, SDUSD sent information about the COVID-19 Testing Acknowledgement Form. See this Link: COVID-19 Testing Acknowledgement Form if you missed it. All families are now required to make a choice about COVID testing by September 10th. See this Link: COVID-19 Testing Acknowledgement Form Instructions for a step by step tutorial of how to complete the form online. See this Link: COVID-19 Testing Acknowledge Form ScreenCast for video instructions of how to complete the form. The process should take less than 5-minutes to complete.
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 29th. The comprehensive details for students can be found here: Link: School Health and Safety Guidelines – I’ll highlight some key details below:
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 your student answers “yes” to any symptoms they need 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.
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.
Physical Education/AFJROTC Guidelines
Distancing is no longer required
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)
See this Link: VAPA 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.
When to Quarantine
There are different guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated adults/students:
Unvaccinated – Adult/student who was in close contact (within 6-feet for 15-min or more total in a day) with someone who was infectious for COVID. Regardless of symptoms, unvaccinated staff member must quarantine.
Vaccinated - Adult/student who was in close contact (within 6-feet for 15-min or more total in a day) with someone who was infectious for COVID and is symptomatic must quarantine. Vaccinated adult/student with no symptoms does not have to quarantine.
Modified Quarantine - Some students may be eligible for “in-school” modiﬁed quarantine if they were close contacts from a school case, they have no symptoms and can get tested twice per week.
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.
All students and staff riding the school bus are required to wear a face mask that completely covers their nose and mouth for the duration of the trip.
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.
Interested in Playing Baseball – from Head Coach Chris Lamb
All student athletes interested in playing baseball in the Spring, please email Head Coach Chris Lamb at email@example.com.
Students should check their schedules on Monday morning (8/30/21) in PowerSchool prior to school starting. Changes could be made all the way through Sunday evening.
Schedule Change Requests
All Fall 2021 Course Concern Forms submitted were reviewed. Any change that was possible (student met the prerequisite, there was room in the class and the class fit in the student’s schedule) was made prior to the first day of school. Counselors understand how much it means to students to have their schedules changed when requested, therefore if a schedule was not changed it is because it was not possible.
If a student has an error in their schedule they should come to the counseling office in the period the error occurs. Errors that students could see that would qualify for a schedule change are:
A hole in the schedule (e.g., no class scheduled in 2nd period)
2 of the same class (e.g., Honors US History in the schedule two times.)
Wrong grade level course (e.g., senior student scheduled in American Literature-the junior English class)
Missing a required course for their grade level (e.g., 10th grade student not scheduled into a Physical Education class- AFJROTC, PE Dance, Marching Band, PE, Athletics)
The counselors and the counseling secretary (Sandy Kish) have already started sending messages to students through their sandi.net email account. Please make sure your student checks their student email account daily for important messages from the school.
That’s all for today. We’re excited to see everyone tomorrow for the first day of the 2021-22 school year. Have a good evening.
Matt Lawson, Ed.D
Scripps Ranch High School