RHS BlueJay Bulletin

February Edition 02-05-21

Semester 2 Attendance Policy

(Student Handbook, Page 34-36)

Absences- General Policy

If students are to make the most of the educational opportunities, regular attendance and punctuality are extremely important. When a student misses school regardless of the reason, he/she is missing valuable learning opportunities.

Parents should notify the attendance office by phone 268-7310 at Raytown High School each day of their student’s absence.

Unexcused Absences or Truancy

Includes being absent from school, class or classes without authorization. Forged passes, false phone calls, skipping class, being out of class without permission or missing more than half of a class period may be considered under the truancy policy or defiance of authority.

Truancy – Absent from school, class, or classes without authorization.

Consequences may range from: student/parent conference with principal, 1 to 10 day(s) in-school suspension (when we are attending in-person), possible referral to appropriate criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system, or Division of Family Services (DFS).

Excessive Absences

Students will be expected to make up all assignments from missed classes regardless of whether an absence is excused or unexcused. Each teacher may set reasonable limits regarding the timeframe in which missed work may be completed. Attendance and participation are part of a successful learning experience, so students with more than six (6) excused absences or any unexcused absences in any class in a semester will be issued an academic penalty in the form of grade reductions as follows:

Absences Grade Reductions: (reductions are taken for each class period where 7 or more absences are accrued)

7- 2%

8- 4%

9- 8%

10- 16%

11 or more- 30%

Attendance of synchronous Zoom session is mandatory. Absences will be tracked in each class and parents/ guardians will receive a daily report of their student's absences. It is a requirement they attend the class in its entirety. With the new schedule and extended class periods, teachers may dismiss students before the end of the session as they complete their in-class assignments. Students are only to leave the Zoom class when dismissed by the teacher.

Excessive absences will be addressed by the student's administrator. If you wish to excuse your student from virtual learning, please contact the attendance office: Call (816) 268- 7310 or email toni.lindley@raytownschools.org.

  • Be on time
  • Communicate with the attendance office for excused absences
  • Communicate any technical difficulties or problems that are keeping you from participating to both your teacher and the technology department. mailto:studentsupport@raytownschools.org
  • Stay in class for the whole time or until the teacher dismisses you.
  • Have your face visible in the camera to verify it is you and that you are participating for the whole class. It will be considered truancy (absent) if you are not visible and responsive during the entire class.

Any student may reduce accrued absences by attending make-up study or counseling sessions scheduled by the principal during non-instructional times. The student must notify the principal that he or she wishes to make up attendance days, and the principal will provide the student information on the next available session. Make-up sessions do not match the educational value of actual class attendance, so no student will be allowed to make up more than five (5) absences by attending make-up sessions.

Track and Field

Do you run fast, jump high, or throw far? Are you interested in improving your athleticism, making new friends, and breaking personal records? RHS track is looking for you! There will be an informational Parent meeting via Zoom on February 21st at 3:30.

Practice starts March 1st at 2:30 on the RHS track located on the East side of the building inside the stadium.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Amber Bloecher: mailto:amber.bloecher@raytownschools.org

A & B Day Calendar

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RHS COVID Weekly Update 2-5-21

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Raytown High School COVID-19 Information

We all play a role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. You can help by reinforcing hand hygiene and promoting mask compliance as the school year progresses. It is critical for students/staff to stay home when they have symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are someone who suffers from regular seasonal allergies. Individuals who are sick should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from local healthcare providers. Individuals who need medical care should call their medical provider to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital. Staff and students exhibiting flu-like symptoms are asked to stay home and contact the Jackson County Health Department or Kansas City Health Department (the department you call is determined by your home address) for further instructions.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Some people with COVID-19 have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some situations, the virus can develop into pneumonia. Staff and families of students who are ill should notify the office to report any absence.

Currently, we have 1 active cases of COVID-19 at Raytown High School. This number includes both new and continuing cases as cases are active for 10 days after symptom onset or a positive COVID-19 test.

You may view our district’s COVID-19 Dashboard for more information.

If you were not notified, prior to receiving this email, that means that you and/or your student were determined to not have been in close contact with the individual who tested positive. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two (2) days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two (2) days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.” There are no additional steps or precautions you or your household need to take at this time.

The individual(s) who tested positive and anyone who had close contact with the positive case(s) will not return to school until their self-quarantine ends. Please call the school with any questions regarding COVID-19 procedures.

Thank you for your partnership as we work to keep our students and staff healthy.

Previous Business

Semester 2 VIRTUAL Bell Schedule

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Grade Scale Change

On January 7th the district sent the following information to families:

"We will move to a 50-point grading scale for the second semester in all secondary buildings. In short, this means that the lowest grade a student can receive will be a 50%, even if they do not turn an assignment in. The lowest grade for an assignment that is turned in with substantial effort will be a 60%. "

We wanted to clarify that this only applies to in-class assignments, participation, and homework. This policy does not apply to assessments. These will be graded using the full percentage scale, and students can still receive below a 50%. Assessments include, but are not limited to, projects, papers, quizzes, tests, performances, etc.

Substantial effort will be determined by the teacher and only apply to non-assessment assignments.

Dual Credit Information

Any parents with students enrolled in dual credit courses who are needing information can watch the informational video using the link below.

Informational Dual Credit Video

Helpful Resources- RHS website

As a refresher, here are the links to helpful videos and tips on our website under the Virtual Learning tab.

Online Learning Platform Assistance

If you need extra assistance with the online learning platforms, please visit the Parent/ Adult Learning Support page:

Student Expectations Reminders

  • Zoom classroom meetings are required and count towards your attendance grade.
  • Cameras must be on in order to receive full participation points unless you have permission from the classroom teacher, a counselor or administrator for valid reasons.
  • Clothing must be school appropriate.
  • Find a place in your house free from distractions and loud noises to be in class.
  • Act as if you are at school (refrain from texting, laying in your bed, sleeping, etc)
  • These grades are NOT hold harmless and will go on your transcript.
  • Use tutorial time wisely to complete assignments and get help from teachers.
  • Check your email DAILY.
  • Check Google Classroom DAILY.
  • Do not turn in BLANK Documents and expect to receive points.
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