SLCS District Update

February 25 , 2021

Note from the Superintendent

Hello SLCS Families,


I would like to clear up a little confusion related to recent changes to the district calendar. The changes were sent to parents via Skylert on January 27th. The changes impact the secondary level (6-12) only. The first change is next week. Since Tuesday, March 2nd is a professional development day (No School), we have made Wednesday a block day in order to balance instructional time for the week.


The secondary schedule for the week of March 1st for your reference:

  • Monday, March 1st (block 1-3)

  • Tuesday, March 2nd (No School for ALL students - Staff PD)

  • Wednesday, March 3rd (block 4-6)

  • Thursday, March 4th (block 1-3)

  • Friday, March 5th (block 4-6)


As a reminder, secondary students may attend their assigned cohort days in-person or all four block days in-person. It has been wonderful to have more students attending in-person. Since we have dropped the cohorts on February 8th, the middle school in-person attendance has averaged about 70% and the high school in-person attendance has averaged about 50%.


The elementary schedule for next week is unchanged from what has been previously published. Here it is again for your reference.


Elementary Schedule for the Week of March 1st:

  • Monday, March 1st - Regular In-person day of school

  • Tuesday, March 2nd - No school for students, Staff Professional Development Day

  • Wednesday, March 3rd - Remote Learning Day

  • Thursday, March 4th - Regular In-person day of school

  • Friday, March 5th - Regular In-person day of school


Have a safe and wonderful weekend!


Steve Archibald

Special Education - I Wish I Knew

In the February 11, 2021 SLCS District Newsletter (Feb 11 SLCS Newsletter), our SLCS Special Education Department asked that parents/guardians share information about “what they wish they knew” as it relates to special education. Thank you to those of you who have participated so far! We would like to collect even MORE ideas to add to our collection. Here are a few examples of what has been shared over the past two weeks:


“I wish I knew the importance of early intervention…”

“I wish I knew that I must be my child’s advocate…”

“I wish I knew more about how to help my child with their homework…”

“I wish I knew how medical evaluations differ from educational evaluations…”


Please take a few minutes to complete the form so YOUR experiences of navigating the challenges of raising a child with special needs can help others: "What I Wish I Knew" Survey Link

Special Education - Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) Resource

Children with special needs, be it physical disabilities or cognitive challenges, have been identified to be at increased risk for sexual and physical abuse. Statistically, it is estimated that children with physical and/or communication challenges are potentially affected by sexual abuse and exploitation at a rate of 83%-90% for males and females, respectively. Read the article shared by your PAC Rep to learn more about this important topic:



https://themamabeareffect.org/rock-the-talk/rock-the-talk-children-with-special-needs/?fbclid=IwAR0EHI6FSaD4ywZxyoh8G-yLlUHDLktLft4xsdYjeyLVQVuyYeDNp-D9zJQ

Food Service

Lunch will be offered, free, to all students who are attending in person class.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Meals are set up as a “Grab and Go” with choices of hot or cold entrees. A free meal consists of entrée, fruit, vegetable and milk.


Wednesday’s Lunch is offered as a “Take Home” to all students every Tuesday. Students can stop by outside the cafeteria on Tuesday’s after school to pick up Wednesday lunch and 5 breakfasts.


Tuesday “Take Home” meals consist of:

(5) Breakfast, (5) Juice and (5) 8oz Milk

(1) Lunch, (1) Fruit, (1) Vegetable and (1) 8oz Milk



Ala Carte Milk: .50 cents (Milk is only free with a school lunch.)


Supply Chain Struggles: Menu is subject to change, if product is not available from the manufacturer. Menu items will be replaced with something similar or a different item.


Menu is located on the District Website under the Food Service Department.

Transportation

Reminder that students will need to keep their face mask on during the entire ride to/from school.

Students will be assigned a seat by the driver. When possible, they will be seated with a sibling. It is possible students may be seated with someone they do not know.

Drivers will try to space students out however there are some routes where social distancing is not possible. It is important to use hand sanitizer and keep face mask on the entire ride to/from school.

Remember to not send their child on the bus/to school if they are showing symptoms of illness.

Note: In regards to bus drivers wearing face masks - there may be situations where it is not safe for the bus driver to wear a facial covering. If it hinders their driving in any way, they are allowed to pull it down.