JA Cub Report

Weekly Report #30: Friday, March 26, 2021

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APRIL 5th: Report to Advisory 7:40-8:18

We have reassigned some locations of advisories. We will help with this on the first day.
  • Deiss – G12
  • Knudson – G1
  • Rusin G5
  • Russell – Gym 3
  • Farr – Gym 2
  • Carroll – 132
  • Bailey – Gym 1
  • Olson – Auditorium (right side)
  • Arafat – Auditorium (left side)
  • Schleusner – Room 217
  • Jacobo – cafeteria

Reminder: Reporting Absence Due to Illness

When reporting your student’s absence, please make sure to list all symptoms your child is experiencing. A John Adams staff member will then notify you of your student’s date of return to school per Minnesota Department of Health guidelines.

Please watch for emails regarding your student’s absence.

Tech Devices for In-Person Learning are NOT required

We are not requiring students to use technology devices for in-person learning. We can use paper copies and textbooks. Please refer to the District Mitigation Strategies below. Good hand hygiene practices are essential:


Shared Materials: Avoid using community supplies when possible. When possible, if you are sharing supplies, consider designating between clean and dirty supplies and cleaning items between student use.

  • Hand hygiene is key; wash or sanitize hands before and after sharing supplies.
  • Library books: Library Media Specialists have chosen to utilize a 3-day (72-hour) cycle before recirculating books.
  • Textbooks: Secondary textbooks may be utilized in the classroom between students when good hand hygiene practices are implemented.
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Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures @ John Adams Middle School

Student pick-up and drop-off are two very busy times of day at John Adams! In order to keep all families safe (and to limit frustration), please follow these procedures from 7:15-7:40 and 1:30-until all busses are gone.


Doors open at 7:25 a.m. Students will social distance outside until 7:25 a.m.

  • Door 1 – Grade 6
  • Door 2 – Grade 7
  • Door 9 – Grade 8


Students then enter the building and go to their classrooms. Students will eat breakfast in their first hour classrooms. If a student has first hour Science or Phy Ed class, they are required to eat their breakfast in the cafeteria/auditorium. The main circle / turn around near the main entrance is reserved for buses ONLY before/after school.


If you drive your child to John Adams, refer to the diagram (above) to understand expected traffic patterns. Cars entering/dropping off students should enter the parking lot on the east side of the building in the entrance only and let students out at the curb side of the parking lot next to the building. End of day, buses will utilize the curb area all the way to the stop sign on 31st Street. Handicap parking is available in the front of the John Adams Parking lot.


When waiting for your child after school, please be aware that other cars are arriving and leaving behind you. Good drop off and pick up areas are marked with a star on the map.


CAUTION. While we work to get all students to use crosswalks, this does not always happen. Be alert to students who may be crossing outside of crosswalks!

In-Person and Distance Learning Model: APRIL 5

Beginning April 5, RPS secondary schools will be returning to our In-person Learning Model. Here are details about what you can expect:

  • You have received notice about Distance Learning or In-person Learning Model for your child. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly with any questions you may have. I can be reached at brgoetz@rochesterschools.org or at my direct extension: 328-5676.
  • Teachers will deliver instruction to students in-person using expected mitigation strategies.
  • Distance Learning students will follow along live, provided short bursts of instruction, and/or offered activities to complete on their own.
  • We will follow an 8-period day. This means all students, whether in-person or DL, will attend each class (periods 1-8) daily.
  • The school day will be 7:40 am – 2 pm.


IMPORTANT DATES

  • March 29 – April 2 – Spring Break
  • April 5 - First Day of In-Person School and 8 Period Day
  • April 14 - Picture Day (more specifics to come)


You will continue to receive the JA Cub Report weekly Friday afternoons!

Breakfast


  • Breakfast will be delivered to classrooms at the beginning of first hour.
  • Music students will pick up breakfast from lunchroom and go directly to their
  • Students in PE and rooms 119, 123, 122, 124, 126, 127 will eat in the cafeteria and/or auditorium

Food and Drink


  • Students should bring a refillable water bottle
  • Drinking fountains will be bottle filling only
  • Raise or lower mask to drink; return mask appropriate position
  • Students may not bring snacks
  • No food or beverages should be shared at breakfast or lunch

Expectations for Distance Learners

  • Distance Learning students will follow along live, provided short bursts of instruction, and/or offered activities to complete on their own.
  • We will follow an 8-period day. This means all students, whether in-person or DL, will attend each class (periods 1-8) daily.
  • Your teachers will use Google Classroom to communicate the plan for the day and for the week. The most difficult adjustment will be to the 8-period day.
  • DL students can use their Target time for work completion or ask teacher to meet with them to provide supplemental support for some assignments.
  • The school day will be 7:40 am – 2 pm.
  • Pay attention to the A-B calendar listed below.
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MITIGRATION STRATEGIES

Health Screening: Before coming to school, staff and students should answer the screening questions provided in the At-Home COVID Screening Tool.


Face Coverings

Masking

1. Policy – Staff and students are required to wear face coverings in accordance with School Board Policy 808 during all programming. Staff are strongly encouraged to wear face shields, in addition to masks, when interacting with others. At this time, face shield requirements for individuals providing direct student support services has not changed.

  • "Face covering" is defined as any paper or disposable mask, cloth face mask, medical-grade mask, medical grade respirator, or religious face covering that covers the nose and mouth completely in accordance with CDC guidance. Masks with valves, mesh, openings, holes, vents, or visible gaps in the material do not qualify as face coverings.
  • Bandanas do not qualify as face coverings.
  • Inside school buildings and district offices
  • On school grounds where social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Onboard school transportation


2. Exemptions

  • Any person under age 2
  • Any person having trouble breathing
  • If the person is unconscious
  • Any person incapacitated or unable to remove covering without assistance
  • Intolerance to face covering due to developmental, medical, or behavioral health conditions


Social Distancing

Requirements as of 2/17/21 – Students must maintain 6ft of physical distance from one another whenever feasible.

When 6ft cannot be met: minimum of 3ft must be maintained.

1. Classroom

  • Desks must be 6’ apart, if possible, minimum 3’ apart
  • Minimal movement about the classroom
  • Minimal leaving the classroom during class time
  • Plexiglass barriers


2. Hallway

  • Restrooms – will be closed during passing time and before school
  • Restroom visits - documented during class time
  • Passing Time – maintain 6’ of social distance when possible, minimum of 3'
  • Lockers – Lockers will not be used at this time


3. Outside

  • Maintain Social Distancing
  • Masks are to be worn on school grounds, where social distancing cannot be maintained


Illness

Students

  • If students become symptomatic in class/at school
  • Do NOT send student to health office
  • Call Health Office to report symptoms
  • Wait for designated escort to come to classroom
  • If a student reports a positive COVID result in class (family or self)
  • Ask student if they are experiencing any symptoms
  • Report information to JA COVID Coordinators (Goetz & Goetz)
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COVID Vaccines Available through Community Health Services

COVID Vaccines are available for individuals in categories listed below through Community Health Services located at 1926 Collegeview Rd SE, Door H13. You do not need to be a patient of theirs to qualify - Please reserve a spot by calling (507) 529-0503 for ongoing available appointments. Documentation of your specific situation is not required, they will simply ask if you fall into one of the categories below and your word will suffice:

Vaccines are for people age 18+ in these categories:

  • Minority population groups
  • Low income individuals
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Vulnerable individuals
  • LGBTQI+ individuals
  • Homebound seniors
  • Individuals with housing insecurity/homelessness Those who are uninsured or underinsured Individuals with no primary care provider Agricultural Workers

TRAVEL GUIDANCE: QUARANTINE

Domestic Travel: RPS does not currently require quarantine for travel within the U.S.; this includes domestic air travel.


International travel: RPS follows OCPH guidance for quarantine for international travel.


OCPH advises you get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.

  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If you test positive, stay home and isolate yourself to protect others.


If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

New Jag News March 22-23

SPRING 2021 SUPPLY LIST

Facemask

Backpack (do not pack too much and keep on back of chair in classes)
  • Notebooks to share between subject areas
  • Folders to share between subject areas
  • Pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue stick
  • Headphones
  • Highlighters (8th Grade)
Tennis Shoes for PE

JOHN ADAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL IS NOW OFFERING LIBRARY BOOK DELIVERY

To request a library book, fill out the form found in ClassLink under the Library/Media tab. Once completed hit Submit.


Book deliveries will occur every Tuesday and Friday from 11-2 pm. These will be delivered by John Adams staff members. We will simply be doing deliveries like Federal Express. We will leave on your step and ring the doorbell.


To aide you with the selection of a book, I recommend using the John Adams online catalog found within ClassLink under the Library/Media tab. When you find a title you want to request, make sure under the Status column that it says it’s available.


Questions? Send me an email: paguenzler@rochester.k12.mn.us


Thanks! Mrs. Guenzler

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Mr. Brant Goetz

Principal

"You must believe in yourself if you expect others to believe in you." -John Wooden