Squalicum High School
Storm Forecast for Sept 10 - 17
Your Forecast for this week:
In this update:
SQHS Save the dates
SQHS STORM FRIENDS- formerly SQHS PTSA
Peer Support Groups
Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines.
SQHS School Hours
School Security Update
- Pick up/Drop off
Food Service/SQHS Lunch details
SQHS Save the Dates
September 20th - Fall Back-to-School Night - 6 p.m. More information to come.
A letter from your STORM Friends, formerly the PTSA
Dear SQHS Family and Friends,
We are excited to welcome all returning and new families to Squalicum High School. The SQHS PTSA group is transitioning from the typical PTSA with membership and a fundraising focus to new goals of building community and sharing information to support the students and programs at SQHS. In fact, we are even have a new name…"Storm Friends". Everyone is welcome to meetings and no membership dues will be collected, just come listen to informative speakers, ask’s questions and share ideas.
"Storm Friends" will meet most months, please look for details on date, and topic of discussion in the Storm Forecast (the weekly school newsletter), the SQHS FB page: Storm Friends -Squalicum High School PTSA, and/or you can find Storm Friends on instagram at: sqhs_ptsa. Also, you can find more info by looking for your student's class on FB, such as SQHS Class of 2022, which is another great resource for gathering info.
Please join us for the first meeting Tuesday September 14th @ 7:00pm as we celebrate the beginning of the 2021-22 school year! More details to come.
Storm Friends Reps
Questions and/or comments to email@example.com
Attention Juniors and Seniors
Do you have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher?
Become a member of the National Honor Society chapter of Squalicum High School.
NHS focuses on scholarship, service, leadership and character.
Learn more Wed. Sept. 15th from 3:30-4:00p.m. in the commons.
We’ll discuss officer positions, learn about the induction process and start planning our first events.
If interested in an officer position please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Open positions include: President, Vice President, Treasurer & Secretary
Also, email above address if you would like to join but can’t make the meeting.
Whatcom Water Week, Sept. 11-19
Starting this weekend is Whatcom Water Week, a week of events hosted by community groups to celebrate our local water resources. The City is offering a self-guided Lake Whatcom Tour and Stormwater Discovery Tours all week. Find a full list of events at whatcomwaterweeks.org/events.
ALL IN for Climate Action Week, Sept. 20-26
During September 20-26, the City is organizing its third annual ALL IN for Climate Action Week to celebrate the knowledge and resources our community has to offer when looking for local solutions to climate change. Many organizations, businesses, and local governments in the community have partnered to create a list of virtual and safe in-person events for all ages and diverse interest groups. We invite you to join us to watch inspirational films, hear from community speakers, join a bike ride, plant trees or clean up litter at a local park, participate in a composting workshop, check out an electric vehicle car show, eat a local vegan meal, read a climate-themed book, and more! Find event details at cob.org/climate-action-week.
Covid-19 Safety Protocols
To prioritize health and safety, we will take a layered approach to mitigate the risk to COVID-19. This means we will minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our schools in lots of different ways: masks, vaccines, handwashing, staying home while sick, testing, ventilation, distancing as able, cleaning, contact tracing and others. These layers, especially masking and vaccinations for 12 and older, are especially important as we learn more about the Delta variant and rising cases. We will continue to watch for changes in guidance and modify our approach as needed.
We have refined our protocols since the spring, and I encourage you to review our COVID-19 webpage for more information.
Here is the current guidance that we will follow:
- Masks are required inside schools for everyone regardless of vaccination status.
- Masks are optional outside but recommended for crowded events.
- Physical distance should not be a barrier to in-person instruction. Our goal is to have a distance of 3 feet between students in the classroom.
- We will not be doing health attestations for students. We ask that everyone stay home when they are sick.
- We are hoping to expand testing access to every school.
- We will continue to do contact tracing.
- We will continue to focus on handwashing and sanitizing.
2021-2022 School Hours
- Our school hours are from 8 am to 4 pm.
- Doors will open for students at 8:15 am and close at 3:30 pm. Students are to report directly to STORM upon entering SQHS.
- Students and families scheduled for meetings prior to 8:15 and after 3:30 pm can use our new call system found at our front entrance.
Squalicum security update: new school cameras installed
Over the spring and summer, contractors installed security cameras inside and outside of several of our schools, including here at Squalicum High School. This project was approved by our community as part of the 2018 school facilities bond. Security cameras will help us maintain the health, welfare and safety of students, staff and visitors, and protect our school’s equipment and beautiful campus.
Cameras are located at key points outside the building for exterior vandalism deterrent and protection, and in some common interior areas such as hallways. Cameras do not record audio, and they will not be installed in classrooms, restrooms or locker rooms or any places where we presume privacy. Recordings will only be available to authorized people. For more information, see policy 6610.
Our district is installing cameras at all of our schools and has prioritized high schools for the first phase. We are excited to see this project coming to our high schools as an important tool in helping keep our school community safe and secure.
Parking lots, dropoff and pickup
Upper Lot: student vehicles, student drop off and pick up only. (See map below.)
Lower Lot: School Bus Loop between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. School busses and staff parking.
Student Drivers and Parking
While parking for students is free, we do require that all part-time and full-time students register their vehicles with the school. Registration forms are available in the ASB office. Return completed forms to Shawn Flaherty in the ASB office.
Squalicum High Athletics
The SQHS athletics and activities office reopens Aug. 23.
SQHS fall sports clearance information can be found online. Please feel free to begin clearing for athletics now. If you need support, please contact our athletic office.
SqualicumAthletics.com is your main resource for SQHS athletic-related information including athletic clearances, up-to-date schedules, ticketing, livestream links, etc. Program practice schedules will be uploaded to the calendar on this site.
Please contact our athletic and activities coordinator Patrick Brown (email@example.com) or administrative assistant to athletics and activities Pam Behee (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
We are looking forward to welcoming all students back to the building and we believe strongly in the benefit of regular school attendance to support academic achievement and graduation. Families should contact the office within 48 hours regarding a student's absence. An absence can be classified as excused if is related to illness, health condition, medical appointment, family emergency, religious purposes, court-related, or directly related to a student's homeless status (Policy 3122).
We commit to supporting students and families around consistent school attendance.
New bus routes will be available August 25 online at BPS Transportation.
Eligible riders will receive an email notifying them when they are available for viewing. Preschool and Special Education bus information will also be available mid-August. Bus pick-up and drop-off times, as well as bus stops, have changed from last year.
Food Services and SQHS lunch information
Update on school menus; universal “free” meals for 2021-22
Since the first menu of the school year was included in the back-to-school mailing, the Food Services program has been impacted severely by national supply chain issues in the food industry. To keep families updated on what will be served, a two-week menu will be maintained on the school menu webpage. We will be unable to provide elementary print menus for the foreseeable future until supply chains are strong again.
Reminder! All breakfast and lunch meals are provided at no cost to families in the 2021-22 school year thanks to a USDA ruling earlier this summer.
SQHS will begin the year running two lunches as we have in previous years.
We will continue to offer the opportunity to go off campus for lunch for 11th and 12th grades only. 9th and 10th grade will remain on campus.
We encourage students to eat lunch outside. We are in the process of adding new picnic tables to designed areas on campus.
We will begin the year with several modifications on how our lunch areas are set up with the intent of having the flexibility to pivot if guidance changes.