Fall 2020 Reopening Plan
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am writing with a reminder regarding three important tasks that need to be completed in advance of the new school year:
1) Please be sure to read the final reopening plan document in its entirety; this is critical to ensuring all families understand the many changes and new protocols we have implemented so we can safely return to school. Please click here to view the final reopening plan.
2) Learning Choice Webforms were due on Friday, August 28. If you have not completed the form yet, please do so immediately. When we gather as a faculty on Monday, August 31 it will be important for me to share with the faculty the list of students who have opted to begin the school year learning remotely/virtually. See below for more information.
3) Each family is asked to complete a trial run of the Daily Symptom Check Webform. If you have not done so yet, please complete the form this weekend or early next week. See below for more information.
Also, please see below for information regarding the following items:
September lunch orders
mask wearing tips
Learning Choice Webform
We are asking every family to commit to either in-person or remote learning by this Friday, August 28 so that we can plan accordingly. Please do so by logging into the FACTS Family Portal (https://logins2.renweb.com/Logins/ParentsWeb-Login.aspx?, school code SMA-MA). Once you have logged in, under "School", please select "Web Forms." Please select the "Intent to Return" web form.
Daily Symptom Check Webform
Prior to entering the school building each morning, we must have a completed symptom check form for each student. The form will be managed through the FACTS student information system and will consist of four questions:
1) Has your child had a fever above 100.0 in the last 24 hours?
2) Is your child exhibiting any of these symptoms? [fever, chills, cough (other than chronic cough), shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, muscle/body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash of unknown origin (especially on hands and/or feet) OR headache, runny nose/nasal congestion, fatigue in combination with any other symptom]
3) Is anyone in your household exhibiting any of these symptoms? [Fever, chills, cough (other than chronic cough), shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, muscle/body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash of unknown origin (especially on hands and/or feet) OR headache, runny nose/nasal congestion, fatigue in combination with any other symptom]
4) Has your child been in close contact in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
We are asking each family to complete a trial run prior to the start of the school year. To access the daily symptom check webform, please log into the FACTS Family Portal (https://logins2.renweb.com/Logins/ParentsWeb-Login.aspx?, school code SMA-MA). Once you have logged in, under "School", please select "Web Forms." Please select the "COVID Response Form - Family" web form.
September Lunch Orders
Lunch orders for the month of September can now be placed online at orsgonline.com. The deadline for submitting the September order is Thursday, September 10 at 11:59 pm.
If you already have an account with OrgsOnline, click here.
To create a new account, click here and use school code 442SMOTASMA when registering.
All students in PreK - grade 8 may place orders for lunch or milk.
One of the requirements to return to school in the fall is the wearing of masks. Research shows that the following tips, beginning at home, could really help your children to have a smoother transition as they return to school. We thank you in advance for your help with this!
Explain the rationale. Wearing a mask is a way to be kind to others, especially those who might have health issues and be more likely to get sick. It's also a way to try to keep ourselves safe, just like we wear a seatbelt when we ride in the car. Finally, it's a proven way to stop the spread of COVID, which we know is important if we want to be able to go to school and help our community to be its best!
Practice. Start with small increments and build up to wearing the mask for longer periods of time. Like most skills, the more you get used to it, the less likely it is to bother you.
Make it as fun as possible. Involve your child in picking out their masks. We are not going to require a uniform mask. However, we do ask that you try to choose a mask that will not be a distraction to learning. Allowing your child to pick their favorite color or a pattern related to their interests will help create buy-in.
Model a positive attitude. If you are okay about this and all of the guidelines set for the fall, your child will be okay. Children are resilient. Be careful to show negative emotions or voice frustrations in private. Tell your children how proud you are of them for caring about others and wanting to do their part to keep everyone safe.