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7-12 Welcome Back Letter
Mellissa Newman
Sunday, August 30, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back to school! This has seemed like an endless summer. Being in the school without the students since March 16 hasn’t helped that feeling. We are definitely looking forward to the students once again filling the hallways and classrooms. 

School is starting on Monday, August 31 but with a few changes. Schools are having to navigate the Covid-19 rollercoaster along with the rest of the world. This rollercoaster is forcing us to open the school year in a different way with a few restrictions. Please know that these restrictions are in place to try to mitigate Covid-19 risks to keep the school open to in-person learning. With that being said, there may be times when we are shut down for 2-5 days while the Madison County Health Department conducts an investigation identifying close contact individuals from a positive Covid-19 case. During this time, the students will be receiving academic instruction at home to keep their education going. The school will also take this opportunity to undergo a deep cleaning. When we get the green light, the school building will reopen to those students who are not identified as close contacts. This whole process will be determined by the Madison County Health Department while the school does our best to keep families informed. 

The complete reopening plan along with the School Board policy supporting the plan can be found on the school website under the Covid-19 Resources tab. A few of the restrictions we have in place to open as safely as possible are the following:

  • Students will arrive at school no earlier than 7:50am. The doors will remain locked until that time. Students will proceed to their 1st period classroom.

  • Students may grab a sack breakfast from the lobby and take it to their 1st period classroom to eat. 

  • Students will use hand sanitizer as they enter the building, enter and exit classrooms, etc.

  • Classroom surfaces will be disinfected at the end of every period.

  • Teachers will take each student's temperature during first period or as needed throughout the day using a touchless thermometer. 

  • Information will be sent home in each student’s packet regarding information on symptoms and the checklist our school nurse will use to determine if a student needs to be sent home, recommended for a Covid-19 test or 14 day quarantine, or if they can go back to class.

  • Students in grades 5-12 as well as staff are required to wear face coverings. These may include surgical masks, cloth masks, buffs, bandanas, etc. as long as the nose and mouth are covered. 

  • Parents and community members will not have access to the school building unless they have made prior arrangements or are attending scheduled events with restrictions.

  • Water fountains are shut off but the water bottle fillers will be available.

  • High school and junior high students will not be allowed in the elementary school hallway at any time, unless they are a TA/Mentor in an elementary classroom.

  • 7-12 is a closed campus this year, meaning high school students as well as junior high are not allowed to leave campus during lunch. With this change in mind, the lunch ladies have expanded their meal offerings for students that includes chef salad, chicken sandwich, nachos, etc.

I know these are a lot of changes but we feel taking these steps will truly allow us to open and keep our doors open. Going into this school year I am asking for a lot of patience, understanding, empathy, and kindness. Plans are going to change and may even change overnight. Not everything is going to work smoothly, especially right away. Communication is important during this time so please call the school with any questions or concerns you may have. 

I’m truly looking forward to seeing the students on Monday and getting this new school year going. 

Sincerely,

Ms. Newman