The Mustang Spirit
The Principal's Newsletter - February 12, 2021
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We want to make sure you know about the steps we are taking to ensure that we mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as we slowly reopen the building to students. Some of the things that are in place:
→ Occupancy signs
We have signs in common areas that indicate a “max occupancy” for small spaces and common areas. These are visual cues for students and staff alike to help manage movement in and out of our common areas.
→ Sanitizing materials
Hand sanitizer stations appear frequently throughout the school. In addition, all classrooms and study spaces have a spray bottle filled with sanitizer spray for wiping down surfaces after use, and towels.
→ “Open Seat” signage
In common areas and the library, where seats cannot be adequately spaced to indicate appropriate distance, we have “open seat” signage which indicates the pre-measured spot where students should seat in order to maintain appropriate physical distance.
As a reminder, we continue to follow CDC guidelines for mitigation that if students and staff maintain 6-feet of distance, sanitize frequently, and wear a mask, then we will be doing our best to safely operate the school day and mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
SCHOOL WIDE COVID RESPONSE TEAM
What we do:
- Establish and maintain mitigation protocols
- Communicate with district and community about mitigation steps
- Conduct “Mitigation Observations” around the building to ensure quality & consistency
- Contact tracing
If you have questions or information for the team, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: Asynchronous Day on Tuesday, February 16
We will return to synchronous virtual learning on Wednesday, February 17 with a usual Wednesday schedule (Blocks 1, 3, 5, 7, CCE, and Learning Support). Please note that all FCCPS buildings will be closed on Tuesday, February 16. All students, including Cohort 1 students, will access asynchronous learning.
Medication Drop Off
Please place all meds in a Ziploc-type bag with your student’s name on it. The completed form(s) must be attached to the bag or placed inside the bag.
- Please print out the form(s) (EPI-Pen, medication, use of an inhaler) needed and read the Parent Information on the second page.
- Your child's physician completes Part II. It is acceptable if all items in Part II are written on the physician's stationery or a prescription pad. All prescription medication requires a physician’s signature. Over the counter medications can be given with a parent’s signature for up to 10 consecutive school days. Any over the counter meds to be taken longer than 10 days require a physician’s signature.
- Meds cannot be given to a student until a completed form is submitted.
Hybrid Schedule Begins on February 22
All students and parents/guardians were sent an email early last week confirming their student's grouping. Please make sure to check that email to confirm whether your child is in:
Group A - All Virtual
Group B - In-person Tuesday and Wednesday (virtual Thursday and Friday)
Group C - In-person Thursday and Friday (virtual Tuesday and Wednesday)
Group D - In-person Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (By invitation only)
Student lunch schedules are dependent upon their Blocks 5 and 6 teacher's lunch assignments. Bus schedules will be available by February 22.
There are 132 spaces available for students adjacent to the old high school building along Mustang Alley and Haycock Road (the old Senior lot, part of the Junior lot, and the old Visitor lot). Student parking lots are shown in orange on the map below (see Directions to the New Secondary Campus section). Students will walk the Pink Route to the school entrances. Parking will be free for the remainder of the 20-21 school year. A car registration form will be sent to all Juniors and Seniors through Schoology.
Click the photo below for a print-friendly version of the schedule.
Freshman Mustang Day
We will of course be adhering to our GMHS Mitigation Protocols. All students must complete the health and wellness checks before entering the building and students' temperatures will be taken at the door. There is no sign-up required and pizza will be provided. Transportation will not be available.
Our History Matters!
There are two Our History Matters! live-stream panels for Black History Month.
Please tune in on Thursday, February 18 at 10:00 AM. “How I got Here” will be streamed live on the FCCPS YouTube Channel.
These panelists will share their stories:
Mr. William Bates - Chief Academic Officer, Falls Church City Public Schools
Dr. Chantay Bess - Owner, Ascension Chiropractic Falls Church
Dr. Joe D. Briggs - Counsel for the National Football League Players Association
Mr. Carlos Castro - Chief Executive Officer, Todos Supermarkets
Dr. Darius Coulibaly - Educator, Falls Church City Public Schools
Mr. Adam Rivera - Educator, Falls Church City Public Schools
And on Monday, February 22 at 10:00 AM a Middle and High School student panel will be streamed live on The Home of the Mustangs YouTube Channel.
FCCPS Challenges You and Your Family to Become #MitigationMasters
In the weeks leading up to school reopening in a hybrid format, FCCPS is offering a challenge to have fun and keep track of how well they are mitigating exposure to Covid-19.
Families who thoughtfully plan activities, socially distance, and wear masks are on their way to becoming #MitigationMasters.
Here's how it works:
- Print out the #MitigationMasters Gameboard.
- Keep track of all the things your family does.
- Enter them into the form that's linked on the gameboard.
The winning family gets ice cream for four at Lazy Mike's. The next highest families will be entered into a raffle for additional prizes. Everyone who participates gets an FCCPS #MitigationMasters certificate emailed to the family.
If your student is experiencing technical issues with their laptop, they will need to fill out this form first. Once the form is submitted, the tech team will be able to help.
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