Sept. 13, 2021
Last week was wonderful. It has been a blessing to see families dropping students off and having the opportunity to wave and say hello to families. It has been extremely satisfying to hear the chatter of students before and after school. The stress and challenges of planning to return to full time in-person learning has been replaced by the joy on kids' faces. I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention the joy on my teachers' and instructional assistants' faces. We missed kids in our spaces and classrooms. We continue to adjust our procedures daily. It is always difficult to plan when students are not in the buildings. We learn as much from them as they do from us.
The latest mask update hasn’t changed. Students and staff are required to wear masks when in an indoor setting. Students are allowed to take their masks off during outdoor recess when they are able to maintain six feet of distance from other individuals. Students are allowed to remove masks when in PE outside as well while maintaining six feet of distance. The key is maintaining six feet of distance whenever masks are removed outside. Once our students line back up to enter the building, they must put their mask back on.
It is imperative that students are wearing their masks appropriately. The mask must cover the nose and the mouth. The mask must fit snugly above the nose and below the mouth. The mask must also fit snugly on both sides of the face.
We are asking families to make sure they are keeping their students home if they do not feel well. Also, if any single individual within the household has tested positive for the COVID-19 variant, please keep everyone within the household home. Notify the school and the district nurses will make contact with you. All of our teachers at SIS/SMS are putting assignments on their Canvas pages. Canvas was the Learning Management System we used last year in order for students to access their assignments when at home. If your student misses school, they can still access their learning by logging into their Canvas page.
If your students are coming home and wondering why our lunch menu did not match what was served on a specific day, we apologize for the inconvenience. What is happening is our delivery services are challenged just as much as all other services at this time. So the change could be caused by production shortages or not having enough drivers to deliver goods to the school.
In case you haven’t been to school lately. We are in the process of putting up a covered playshed. I have attached a couple pictures to the newsletter for you to be able to see the progress that is being made. Everyone at SIS/SMS is excited about the addition to our campus. This has been a huge need for years and it is great to watch it come to fruition.
As always, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the school. I look forward to continuing to serve this community that I love. We have the best families, students and staff around. We strive to do what is best for your students each and every day.
LATEST ATHLETIC UPDATE
Here is the last NSSD Middle School Athletics Update. It gives you all the current information and also included is a Fall Parent Meeting Video from Mr. Olson.
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SCHOOL BASED AT HOME COVID-19 TESTING
Through a partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, Santiam Hospital has been assigned to support NSSD by offering at-home COVID-19 screening testing for the 21-22 school year for K-12 students. Participation is voluntary. Families will be able to opt into this program at any time and may drop out at any time. COVID-19 screening programs have been shown to be an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We hope that families will consider participating in this free program.
To participate in this program families will need to complete a consent form and sign up for an on-line account in LabDash. Testing kits passed out monthly at school and collected samples dropped off in a secure drop box weekly at school. Results will be communicated directly to families and as required to the Local Public Health Department. North Santiam School District will not receive individual test results from Santiam Hospital. The first collection day is tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 14, around 2:15 to 2:30 pm.