Posted December 19th, 2021 via the weekly parent newsletter - updates on Senior Graduation, attendance, covid reminders and counseling reminders.
Parent Message 1-16-22
Dear Falcon Families,
I hope you are staying safe and healthy amongst this latest pandemic surge. I am remaining hopeful that this latest surge is short-lived, and we’ll begin to see a sharp decrease in cases by the end of the month. We’ll continue to do the best we can to support students and families. As a reminder, this coming Monday we have no school due to Martin Luther King Day. Beginning next Wednesday, we will have semester 1 finals. To support students who may be absent, I sent a message to families describing the different options available for support. See this Link: Finals Message 1-11-22 if you missed it. This week, there were again some major changes to the safety guidelines. For the month of January, all large indoor activities (more than 100 people) have been shutdown. This does not impact athletics at the moment. Additionally, there is a new Decision Tree that allows students to come back on day 6 with a negative rapid antigen test. See those details below. In some good news, we have a date for our Class of 2022 graduation ceremony! The date will be June 14th and the time will be at 5pm. The event will take place in our very own stadium. I very much look forward to celebrating with our seniors on this day. Here are the latest updates as of 1-16-22.
* Please forward this message to your child’s email account so they have all the latest info.
Save The Date: Class of 2022 Graduation Ceremony
The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2022 will be Tuesday, June 14th at 5pm in the SRHS stadium. We will be working on a graduation website so we can keep you updated on the ceremony. I’ll send out the website URL once it is ready.
Final Semester 1 Grades
The final semester grading period will end this Friday, January 21st. Final Semester 1 grades will be available to view on Friday, January 28th via the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
Managing the COVID-19 Surge – A Message from SDUSD
This Link: Managing the COVID-19 Surge was sent by SDUSD on Thursday, January 13th regarding what we as a district are doing to manage the surge at this time.
January Non School and Minimum Days - Reminder
There is no school this Monday, January 17th due to Martin Luther King Day. Due to semester 1 finals, January 19th, 20th and 21st will be early out minimum days. During the early out minimum days, school will begin at the traditional time of 8:45am and end early at 1:41pm.
A Message from our Attendance Office
Our office has been experiencing a high volume of calls regarding students who need to leave early or are absent. We ask parents to please call or email the Attendance Office at (858) 302-3400 to the following school attendance clerks:
A-L: Grace Parra, press 8, #, 3023 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
M-Z: Erica Savage, press 8, #, 3024 OR email@example.com
Blue Slips - Medical Appointments/Personal Business
Blue slips for medical, dental or other appointments must be obtained in the Attendance Office before leaving campus early. The parent or guardian must call the Attendance Office before 9:30 a.m. to arrange for a blue slip. Requests for blue slips received after 9:30 a.m. require approval from the Vice Principal. It is the student’s responsibility to pick up the blue slip in the Attendance Office prior to the scheduled release time. The blue slip must be presented to the teacher to be released from class. The student must sign out in the Attendance Office before leaving campus and sign back in when they return. Leaving school grounds without a Blue Slip is considered a truancy. Parents cannot clear an absence via a Blue Slip after the fact.
Absence & Tardy Verification
When verifying an absence or tardy for your student, please give specific information regarding the reason. Tardy students must sign in at the Attendance Office upon arrival. Consequences for excessive unexcused absences and tardies (5 or more per semester) will be assigned through our normal attendance procedures. Click here for more information regarding Blue Slips and Attendance. We encourage parents to please keep the above important information readily available in case of an absence or if your student needs to leave early.
Change in Large Events and Indoor Guidance
As of January 10, 2022, Indoor SDUSD Activities/Events and school dances are no longer allowable based on the number of positive COVID-19 case rates in San Diego County. This status will be reconsidered January 31, 2022 based on the number of COVID-19 cases in the county. Essential events are allowable OUTDOOR ONLY when the outcome cannot be accomplished remotely. It is recommended that groups are no larger than 100 students and that documentation of student groups is maintained for contact tracing purposes. At this time, this does not impact athletics.
Updated COVID Decision Tree for K – 12 Schools
This guidance applies to both students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection, or lack of symptoms, and allows for individuals to return to work or school on day 6 if certain conditions are met They include:
Stay home for at least 5 days.
Isolation may end after day 5 (can return on day 6) if symptoms are improving, no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, and a rapid antigen test collected on day 5 or later is negative.
If symptoms or fever are not improving, isolation should continue until symptoms are improving and no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medications, or until day 10 of isolation (return on day 11).
Wear a well-fitting mask around others indoors and outdoors, and eat away from others for a total of 10 days. (Visit the CDPH guidance on masking for additional information)
See this Link: Safety Guideline Highlights 2021-22 for the highlights of the safety guidelines. The updated decision tree info has been included.
GoFan for Friday Night Basketball
Similar to football this year, tickets for Friday, January 21sts basketball doubleheader can only be purchased through GoFan. See this Link: GoFan Flyer to purchase tickets.
Articulation time when students choose their courses for next year is coming up soon and there has been an update made to the process. Please click here for more information about the updated process and dates.
CCAP Miramar Spring Classes
Students currently enrolled in one of our CCAP Miramar classes, please note that second semester CCAP classes will start on January 31st and not the first day of the second semester for high school. The college is in the process of enrolling students into their spring courses, so please encourage your student to be patient because they may not see next semester’s classes in their Canvas yet.
Colleges that use the Common Application require a mid-year transcript be sent after second semester is completed. Counselors will automatically send a mid-year transcript to all Common App Colleges in which an initial transcript had been previously requested by a student and sent to the college. If a student needs a mid-year transcript sent to a college that does NOT use the Common App, they will need to re-request their transcript in Xello. It could take approximately 2 weeks to have all grades correctly uploaded to transcripts after the semester ends, therefore mid-year transcripts will be sent out the first or second week of February.
That’s all for this evening. Thanks and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
Matt Lawson, Ed.D
Scripps Ranch High School