Easley Weekly Update
Everything You Need to Know for the coming week.
February 28, 2021
a note from the principal
Hello Easley families,
Our Apex Fundraiser was a huge success! Our profit and the amount that will go directly to our PTA is approximately $35,000! Thank you to everyone for supporting our students in the Remix and raising funds for our school.
Congratulations to our Battle of the Books team as they won first place in Thursday's competition and will go on to participate in the finals this week!
Monday Teacher Workday
Please be reminded that Monday is a teacher workday and there will be no school for students.
Early Release Day
Our next Early Release Day is March 9th as school will dismiss at 12:15 PM.
Easley Covid Numbers
Last week Easley reported 3 positive COVID case, 0 close contacts were identified, and there were 0 class closures. Communication to families whose students were identified as close contacts were completed. If you have not already been personally contacted, it means your student was NOT in close contact with any of the COVID-19 cases. Instead of doing daily calls, the district will send out daily emails and the weekly numbers will be reported in this Weekly Update.
Next Year Intent Form
We are currently in the process of planning for next school year. In doing so, we need to have an accurate count of the number of students who are planning to return to Easley next school year (2022-2023). Accurate student numbers will ensure that we do not lose teaching staff and instructional positions. Thus, your participation in this brief survey is very important. PLEASE NOTE: We have also included a section for you to provide any information you think we need to know about your child when making class placements for next year. Please do not make requests for specific teachers. The only exception is if an older child had a teacher and you would like us to consider placing the sibling with the same teacher, or not. We do our bests to honor sibling requests, but please know there is no guarantee as we have a very involved process for creating classroom rosters. Please complete this survey by Friday, March 4th. Thank you!
SIT Meetings @ 5:30 PM
PTA Meetings @ 6:30 PM
If a student is directly exposed to a Covid positive individual they must quarantine for five days from the date of exposure. The only exception is if they are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated students may return to school after an exposure as long as they are not showing symptoms.
The Safe Schools Toolkit states that students who have an exposure to someone in their household may return to school without quarantine, if they are fully vaccinated. While this is listed in the toolkit as the protocol, and is well within your rights to do, we are asking that you consider keeping your fully vaccinated child home for at least five days when someone in the household has tested positive. It has been our experience, in almost every case of someone in the household testing positive, that the other members test positive within 5-6 days.
Just a reminder if one child in a household is home due to experiencing COVID symptoms, then all the siblings in that household should stay home until the child with the symptoms has a negative Covid test.
Communicating a Positive Result
If your child has tested positive for Covid or needs to be out due to an exposure, please be sure to let the classroom teacher and school administration now. We will need the following information:
a screenshot of positive test result
the date symptoms started
Accessing School While on Quarantine
Students who are out for mandatory quarantine will be provided with asynchronous work from their classroom teachers. There will not be live Zoom for students who are out for those five days. On occasion, a teacher maybe able to Zoom them in for a small group or morning meeting but that is always a case-by-case situation and is not the expectation.
Students who are being kept home out of an abundance of caution will be considered unexcused and we will not be sending home asynchronous work for them. While I understand the concern, it is important that students are in school when they are healthy so they can benefit from the direct instruction and peer interactions.
PTA News: Update/Membership
To purchase PTA memberships or make a donation, please visit: https://easleypta.memberhub.com/store
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