The Weekly Olé September 4, 2020

Rancho Minerva Middle School

WELCOME BACK!! WE HAVE MISSED YOU!

Due to COVID 19 and County Health Regulations our school office is currently CLOSED to the public. Office staff is available by appointment only until further notice.

FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED BY EVERY PERSON WHO COMES ON CAMPUS.

Please call us at any time between 8am - 3:30pm for assistance.

FRONT OFFICE - (760) 631-4500

Virtual School Begins TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

We are so excited to start our 2020/2021 School Year!


Here's our VIRTUAL SCHOOL SCHEDULE. We will use this schedule while all scholars are learning virtually from September 8 - October 20, 2020. If we are able to return to campus, we will be moving to our regular schedule for all scholars. This information will be shared at a later date.


We are excited that all scholars at RMMS will be using CANVAS as their learning system. Please see Canvas Student How To's document for information on how your scholar will access this awesome platform. We will also be sending this information directly to your scholar's school email as well!


How to log in to CANVAS video - CLICK HERE


Canvas Overview Video for Students


Canvas Guide for Parents


FORGOT YOUR PASSWORD FOR YOUR CHROMEBOOK? CONTACT servicedesk@vistausd.org OR (760) 726-2170 ext: 92500

CHECK YOUR PARENT PORTAL - UPDATE YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACTS

With COVID-19 concerns, it is more important than ever that your emergency contacts are up-to-date. If a scholar shows any symptoms of COVID-19, we will be contacting you to pick them up immediately. This is for everyone's safety. If you are unsure about how to do this, please contact the front office for assistance. 760-631-4500


https://parents.vistausd.org/LoginParent.aspx

ELECTIVE COURSE UPDATE....

Unfortunately, we will not be able to honor scholar requests for electives like we wanted to until at least 2nd semester. Due to scholars and teachers working in the virtual and classic learning models, some electives will only be offered virtually and some will only be offered in the classic model. We are SOOOOOO sorry, however, ALL of our electives at RMMS are AWESOME! Thank you for being flexible and understanding.
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IMPORTANT - IMMUNIZATION UPDATE

Hello Rancho Minerva families! We are very excited to start a new school year here at RMMS, and we want to continue to ensure that your families remain healthy. This is especially important in uncertain times such as these. In order to reduce community outbreaks of additional viruses, the California Department of Health is maintaining current immunization requirements for school entry. This means that before your child can begin virtual or in-person classes on Tuesday, September 8th, they will need to be up-to-date on all of their vaccinations. If your child is going into 7th grade or is an incoming 6th grader, please upload their most current immunization records in the parent portal document tab in Aeries. We are aware that this function was temporarily disabled, but have been informed that it is now operational. If you are still unable to upload documents in Aeries, you may submit them in the following ways:

E-mail documents to: jeanieschexnayder@vistausd.org

Parents or physicians may fax to the RMMS Health Office Fax Confidential Line: 760-940-9063

Call to make an appointment to drop off records in person: 760-631-4500 xt 64013

***If for some reason you are unable to obtain immunizations before the school start date, please contact the health office at the above number as soon as possible.***


Students Starting 7th Grade Need:

Additional school immunization requirements for 7th graders typically apply to students who:

  • Previously had a valid personal beliefs exemption filed before 2016 upon entry between TK/Kindergarten and 6th grade, or

  • Are new admissions, including from out-of-state; applies to all grades.​​

If a student cannot receive a vaccination, a parent or guardian must submit a signed, written statement from a physician (MD or DO) licensed in California which states:

  • The specific nature of the physical condition or medical circumstance of the child for which a licensed physician does not recommend immunization.

  • Each specific required vaccine that is being exempted.

  • Whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary.

  • If the exemption is temporary, an expiration date no more than 12 calendar months from the date of signing.

(Medical waivers are also now needed for a history of chickenpox, meeting the above criteria)


6th Grade and new students of all grades will need to be up-to-date on these vaccinations:

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, Tdap, or Td) — 5 doses
    (4 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday. 3 doses OK if one was given on or after 7th birthday.)
    For 7th-12th graders, at least 1 dose of pertussis-containing vaccine is required on or after 7th birthday.

  • Polio (OPV or IPV) — 4 doses
    (3 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday)

  • Hepatitis B — 3 doses
    (not required for 7th grade entry)

  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) — 2 doses
    (Both given on or after 1st birthday)

  • Varicella (Chickenpox) — 2 doses


Most parents we sent notices at the end of the last school year, informing them which shots are needed. If you did not receive a notice and think your scholar may be missing a shot, please contact the health office.

Please stay safe and healthy this school year and wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and don’t touch your face. And remember… we are all in this together!

Kindest Regards,

Jeanie Schexnayder, LVN

Additional resources:

Parent’s Guide to Immunizations Required for School Entry:

English- https://eziz.org/assets/docs/IMM-222School.pdf

Espanol- https://eziz.org/assets/docs/IMM-222S_School.pdf

https://www.shotsforschool.org/

Acceptable Use Agreement

Just a reminder if your scholar has checked out a VUSD device, you have agreed to the Acceptable Use Agreement. In addition, you would have indicated your acceptance through the registration process in Aeries. The documents are below for your review.


Student Acceptable Use-ENG


Student Acceptable Use-SP

Device Protection Available to Protect Your Scholar's Chromebook

This an OPTIONAL cost protection program. It is available to scholars in both the virtual and classic models. See detailed flyers below.


Please find the QR Code below to purchase your protection plan.

QR Code for online purchase

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