Starpoint High School

Vol# 5 Issue 1, August 28 , 2020

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Flexibility

Dear Parents:


The events of the last 5 months have been unprecedented to anyone born after World War II. Since March 13, 2020, we have learned a great deal about COVID-19 and how to navigate safely with it in our midst. The 2020-2021 school year will be challenging for all of us and our students.


The High School is opening under a hybrid model which is a mix of virtual and in-person instruction. The student population is split into halves in order to adhere to proper social distancing and safety guidelines required by the State Education Department. The High School will have two teams- Garnet (A-LE) and Gray (Li-Z). Garnett will attend on Mondays and Thursdays while Gray will attend on Tuesdays and Fridays. In addition, there is the option to receive instruction 100% online; SOLA- The Starpoint Online Learning Academy---is entirely online for the first semester of the year (January 29, 2021).


Virtual Wednesday- Wednesdays will be all online for everyone utilizing Google Hangouts / Meets with their teachers. (See schedule below)


Things are definitely not back to normal as we get ready for the 2020-2021 school year to begin. There are many modifications, limitations, and "until further notice" postponements. We will do our best to get back to normal as State guidance allows. This newsletter will go into detail, but please note the following:



  • Students who drive or are dropped off will be able to enter the building beginning at 7:20 a.m.

  • Students will not be able to access their lockers yet.

  • Freshmen Orientation will be completed virtually.

  • Open House will be virtual.

  • To begin the school year, all students will be required to leave at the 2:18 p.m. dismissal time. Students will not be allowed to stay after school for any reason. The hope is that this will be reevaluated as the school year progresses.

  • Schedules are expected to be finalized no later than September 4th. Due to social distance and class size limitations, we will not honor any class, lunch, or study hall change requests.



In addition, the District updates its Frequently Asked Question document on the District website. You can access it here...https://docs.google.com/document/d/13KXs9ztnyRprdkPU-axxCePi0uugtJI1yK6W_l-x2V0/edit


Please keep in mind that this year especially, we have to be flexible, be problem-solvers, be proactive in ensuring the transition between in-person, hybrid, and virtual learning environments will be seamless and most importantly, be there for one another.


Maintain hope, positive thoughts, and be good to one another.


Sincerely,


Mr. Licata

Mr. Moran

Mr. DiMaria




Please check the school website for updated information. https://www.starpointcsd.org/Page/3845


If you have any questions, please email us.

Mr. Licata- glicata@starpointcsd.org

Mr. Moran- mmoran@starpointcsd.org

Mr. DiMaria- jdimaria@starpointcsd.org

Important Dates

September 8--Virtual Orientation 6 p.m

September 9--SOLA Orientation 9 a.m..

September 9--Link Crew Virtual Freshmen Orientation 6-8 p.m.

September 10--First Day of School Garnet

September 11--First Day of School Gray

October 14--PSAT Test (Register by October 2)

Virtual Freshmen Orientation

The transition into high school is a major in the life of any teenager. Add to it that they are doing the transition this year during some very abnormal times. We are working with our Link Leaders to provide the best virtual orientation as possible for our Class of 2024. Link Crew leaders will be emailing the 9th-grade students with an invitation in the next week. The orientation is to take place on Wednesday, September 9 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Student Drop Offs and Building Access

Student drivers and students who are dropped off will be allowed to enter the building beginning at 7:20 a.m.

Drop-offs will be in the front of the building through Driveway D as normal and student drivers will still have to obtain a parking pass. See link below.


https://www.starpointcsd.org/domain/407

What is Virtual Wednesday?

On Wednesdays, all students will follow their 9-period schedule. Attendance is required and families will be contacted if students are absent.


The objectives of Virtual Wednesdays:

  • Provide an opportunity for live virtual (synchronous) contact between the students and their teachers for the purpose of asking questions, and for teachers to check on the social-emotional well-being of students

  • Provide an opportunity to work with parents/guardians to address any difficulties the students may be experiencing including attendance.


Virtual Schedule Procedures:

  • Students regardless of their hybrid team or SOLA status will be required to follow their nine-period schedule and login to each teacher’s Google Hangout / Meet at the scheduled period.

  • Attendance will be taken and reported at the beginning of each period and counselors and administration will be notified of absent students.

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PSAT Test October 14

Starpoint is offering the PSAT for Juniors on Wednesday, October 14th. Because this is scheduled for a Wednesday, students are responsible for their own transportation. The cost of the test is $17.00 and registration runs from September 21-October 2 with Mrs. Brogan in Student Services. Juniors should arrive at 7:45 a.m. and the test will conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Extra Curricular Activities

Due to social distancing and safety guidance, we will not conduct any activities after 2:30 p.m. At this time, only the following clubs and activities will be running and will be meeting virtually:
    • Link Crew

    • Student Council

    • Yearbook

    • Class Advisors (9-12)

  • The hope is to phase in more activities as the year progresses.

Interscholastic Sports

Scholastic sports have not been given the go-ahead from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. We will communicate any new information as we receive it.

Restroom Access

To adhere to social distancing guidance, we will have a staff member stationed outside the restrooms in the building to ensure that only one student is in each restroom at a time.

Student Locker Use

Students will be assigned lockers, but will not be able to access them until sometime in early October. Students will be allowed to carry their backpacks with them throughout the day. We are encouraging students to leave big items such as binders at home. Once students begin wearing jackets and the weather cools off, we will phase in locker access.

A Socially Distant Classroom

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Cafeteria Changes

We will utilize the cafeteria and one of our gyms for student dining. Socially distanced desks will be utilized in place of tables.


Please note:

  • Pizza will be available daily in addition to 2 other options.
  • Only packaged snacks will be sold after lunches are served
  • The cafeteria will not accept cash. All purchases have to be on the My School Bucks. See link below
https://www.starpointcsd.org/domain/27

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Temperature Scans

Temperature Scanning for Staff and Students

  • The District has purchased 7 thermal temperature scanners


Students:

  • Upon entering the school through the main lobby and Fine Arts Lobby students will be scanned by a thermal temperature scanner which will be monitored by assigned staff.

  • Any student who scans above the threshold of 100.0 will discreetly be redirected for further COVID-19 screening protocols with a school nurse.

  • If the student does have a temperature of above 100.0, parents will be contacted and arrangements will be made for the sick student to be picked-up and information provided on where to get a COVID-19 test.

Masks

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.17 requires anyone venturing out into public places to wear a cloth covering over their nose and mouth whenever social distancing, which is defined as being 6 feet away from another person, is not possible. All students, K-12, will be required to wear a face-covering at all times while on school grounds This extends from the moment students board a bus to the moment they exit the bus on the return home. Within that framework, staff will provide regular mask breaks for students throughout the day. In some instances where classroom density is smaller and social distancing (6 ft. or barriers) can be maintained, students may be allowed to remove their mask while at their individual desk during instruction, and when directed to by faculty/staff.


Face coverings can be cloth face coverings such as a reusable mask, disposable mask, or a neck gaiter. See Protect Yourself and Your Family from Coronavirus (COVID-19) for details regarding face coverings.


Starpoint will comply with all Department of Health regulations regarding face coverings for students and staff.

  • Mask wearing will be mandatory for all students and staff when they cannot socially distance. (The DOH is strongly recommending that students wear masks in the classroom and have frequent mask breaks.)

  • Faculty & Staff should plan to provide face-covering breaks when appropriate social distancing can be maintained, such as:

  • When seated and eating lunch.

  • During outdoor learning activities (masks will be required to walk to and from the designated area).

  • In classrooms, when seated at least 6 feet apart working independently at one’s desk, and at the teacher’s discretion

  • Other opportunities that arise that allow for appropriate social distancing, and at the teacher’s discretion.


  • Per NYS Department of Health regulations, all students and staff will be required to wear a face-covering unless they have a documented medical condition.

    • Students that have documented medical documentation will have a special pass notating their documentation.

  • NYS guidance does not allow for the replacement of a mask with a face shield.

  • Students who refuse to wear a mask will need to be picked up from school and may return when they agree to comply with this mandatory health and safety regulation.

BOCES

BOCES is offering 5 days a week attendance for their vocational programs. We have been allotted 26 student driving passes for our Seniors and 30 for our Juniors. Mr. Moran has been in communication with Seniors wishing to obtain a driving pass. If you are a Junior, please email Mr. Moran to obtain a driver pass to BOCES.


Students that are enrolled in SOLA need to provide their own transportation to Starpoint in order to get the bus to BOCES.


The Morning bus for BOCES will depart Starpoint at approximately 7:50 a.m. and the bus for the afternoon session will depart at approximately 11:50 a.m. The Junior BOCES students who arrive back to Starpoint at 2:50 p.m. will be provided Zone buses to take them home.

SOLA Orientation September 9th

Orientation for our parents and students enrolled in SOLA will take place on September 9th as follows in the High School Auditorium:


9th grade: 9:00 a.m.

10th grade: 9:45

11th grade: 10:30

12 grade: 11:15


Overviews, expectations, books, Chromebooks, and any other materials will be distributed at this time. More information to follow.

Class of 2020 Graduation Numbers

  • 192 Total Graduates (100%)
  • 37% Regents Diplomas
  • 62% Advanced Regents
  • .5% Local Diploma
  • .5% Skills and Achievement Commencement Crediental
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Working Papers

Below is the link for downloading the working paper application. Completed applications should be emailed to Mrs. Brogan at mbrogan@starpointcsd.org



https://www.starpointcsd.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=29&dataid=176&FileName=working%20paper%20application%20and%20physical%20form.pdf
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Opt-Out and Other Forms

Student progress reports and report cards are posted on Parent Portal and are no longer mailed. In order to receive paper copies through the mail, you must complete the “Parent Portal Opt-Out” form. In addition, the link below will include other forms such as transportation request, early dismissal and working papers.


https://www.starpointcsd.org/domain/389

How To Opt out of School Messenger Communications

The link will provide instructions on how to opt-out of emails, texts, and robocall communications that come from Starpoint.

High School on Twitter & Instagram

You can follow daily events and happenings in the high school on Twitter https://twitter.com/APMrMoran and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jgeorgedimaria/