Rheel News from IMS

December 2021

Winter Break

Winter break is a great time for reflection and goal setting for the second half of the year. Even in the toughest of times, we have so much to be thankful for and ideas of what we want to achieve in the second half of our school year! I wish you all a peaceful and a healthy New Year!

COVID Protocols for Return in January

As you all are aware, numbers and cases are continuing to rise again.In fact, New Hanover County has an 11% positivity rate right now which is an increase from 6.7% just last week! For this reason, our board of directors has voted to keep masks mandatory for all staff and students through January 21st.

We all know there are many families that have been traveling over break. Please use caution and continue to monitor yourself and your students for any symptoms. With new variants, numbers rising, and restrictions being considered, we do not want to go backwards. We want to move forward and we will continue to move forward but with caution! We have to be open and patient as we continue to work through uncharted waters when it comes to this pandemic, the variants and necessary procedures to keep our doors open. That being said, please read through all of the information below!

1) Masks will continue to mandatory in the school building until at least January 21st. Our Board of directors will meet in January to review data, information from CDC and DHHS as well as the School Toolkit to consider all of our protocols and what needs to be updated or changed.

1) COVID vaccines and quarantine requirements will also be updated in the guidebook. If your student is vaccinated or unvaccinated, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the NHC DHHS in terms of quarantining and testing to be able to be in school. As of now, if a student or staff member is vaccinated and exposed, they do not have to quarantine but there are guidelines for them to be able to be at school. Please continue to reach out to me with all exposures, symptoms, and positive cases. We will continue to review all information from the North Carolina School Toolkit, CDC, and NHC DHHS and update as needed. A form will be coming home for families to complete about the vaccination status of your student. If your student is vaccinated, we are asking that you submit a copy of their vaccine card. If your child is unvaccinated or you choose to not answer, they will be required to quarantine as set in the guidebook if exposure happens. The North Carolina School Toolkit recommends that even vaccinated people wear masks and test 5 days after an exposure. Each case presented will be followed up with NHC DHHS to provide the proper guidance on quarantining and testing!

2) Please continue to keep us updated about your students. We appreciate our families continuing to be cautious and keep students home with cold symptoms. We know there are other illnesses beside COVID but we do need to be aware and be informed when a student is out sick. Please contact the teacher, front office, and/or myself if your student is not well.

Please remember, we are constantly reviewing and updating our guidebook and policies for COVID safety. I know we can continue to work together to support our school and keep us all safe! One day at a time, one step at at time and we will get through this together.

Holidays around the World Door Decoration Contest

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Help Spread the Word!

It is that time of year again when we are getting ready to share all the wonderful things we do at IMS with prospective parents and families. Please help share the dates and information. Prospective families are asked to RSVP on our website under the events tab!



Please note the following:

January 4th - Students return to school

January 14th - No school for students (Full Teacher Work Day)

January 17th - Martin Luther King Day - No School for students or staff

January 21st - Progress Reports will be sent home