September Edition (Volume 128, Issue 2)
Key Updates to the Hybrid Schedule
We continue to revise and enhance the current hybrid schedule. Following are some additions:
- To provide support to students and opportunities for student engagement teachers will be setting up "office hours" on distance learning days.
- During the week of September 7th we have the Labor Day Holiday on Monday. As a result students in Group A will attend on Wednesday/Thursday. Students in Group B will attend on Tuesday/Friday.
Attendance Procedures: Teachers are now completing a daily "Engagement Log" that is utilized to track the attendance of students. During days students are not in-seat (at home engaged in distance learning) students can only receive attendance credit if they complete and turn in the work assigned to them for that day.
Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan
As required, we are developing a Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan. This plan details how we are addressing both in-seat and distance learning needs of students as well as how we are helping students who may have lost ground in learning grade level standards. We need parent input on this plan and our Board will be reviewing the plan at their September 15 meeting. You can click on the plan below and also use the feedback button to provide your input.
There will be a ZOOM virtual meeting on Tuesday, September 8th at 6:00 pm during which parents may also provide feedback on the plan. This plan is evolving and we'll be posting updates as changes are incorporated.
A reminder that we have changed lunch providers. Following is information regarding this year's lunch program. The lunch calendar is also available on our website.
Breakfast - $2,00 (Reduced Price - $.30)
Lunch - $3.50 (Reduced Price - $.40)
Milk - $0.40
Milk is no longer provided free of charge to students with a cold lunch. However, it is included in the price of a full meal. Students can purchase milk for $0.40.
Parents are strongly encouraged to prepay for lunch using the https://ezschoolpay.com but may also pay by check/cash in the school office. To qualify for the reduced price, parents need to complete the online application found at https://secure.ezmealapp.com.
More information regarding the lunch program can be found by downloading the Meal Program Information document below.
Please note that students must have funds on their account to purchase a lunch. If they do not have the funds available, they will be allowed to call home.
Day Care (At North Cow Creek and Off Site)
The YMCA is now providing childcare at Foothill High School. Contact the YMCA at 224-4140 (ext 4228) for more information.
At our school we have limited availability for before school care (7:45 - 8:00) and after school care (2:00 - 5:30). Parents who would like to take advantage of these two services are asked to contact the office. After school care is $3.50/hour.
As we enter the flu and cold season we are anticipating an increase in student illness. This, coupled with the fear of spreading the COVID-19 virus, is creating some concern for students, staff, and parents. We have been working with our school nurse and the Shasta County Health Department to follow a consistent set of procedures when a student is ill.
- If your student has a temperature or a persistent health condition (i.e. fatigue, cough, sore throat, etc. -- see the attached) we ask they remain home. If at school, they will be sent home.
- Unless we can document and confirm the symptoms are not COVID related, the student will need to remain at home for 10 days unless the parent can secure a negative COVID test or bring in a note from the doctor stating it is OK for the student to return to school. Even with a doctor's note students must be fever-free for at least 24 yours before returning to school.
We understand this is very difficult. However, these extra precautions (also being followed countywide) are necessary as we do everything we can to keep school open. Our staff will provide work for the students while they are at home during this period and the student's attendance record will not be negatively impacted.
EdFoundation Information & Meeting
The North Cow Creek Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting the programs and needs of school students, staff, and parents. Monies raised by the EdFoundation are utilized to augment extracurricular materials and provide activities that encourage our families to grow together as a community.
The first meeting of the EdFoundation is tentatively set for Tuesday, September 1, at 6:30 pm. Parents may attend in person (come to the office) or virtually (a link will be posted on our website Tuesday morning.
All parents and community members are invited to attend the monthly meetings and events. We do ask that parents complete a membership form in order to participate in the decision-making process of the EdFoundation. A brochure and membership form is below or available in the school office.
Fundraising and Classroom Money Accounts
Each year, our 8th graders participate in a variety of activities tailored to celebrate their last year at NCC. It is our goal to raise $10,000 so these activities are provided at no charge to our 8th grade students. To accomplish this goal, each grade level participates in a variety of fundraisers beginning with their kindergarten year with 1/2 of the funds raised by each grade level going towards the 8th grade activities. The other 1/2 may be used by the teacher to support field trips and activities for that current year.
Board Meeting (9/15/20) @ 7:00 pm
Our next Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, at 7:00 pm. During this meeting the Board will:
- Hold a public forum to discuss the Learning Continuity & Attendance Plan.
- Review the current Hybrid Schedule and Shasta County plans for addressing COVID-19.
- Hold a public forum on Sufficiency of Instructional Materials
- Review and approve closing the financial books for the 19/20 School year.
Parents with students in grades 4-8 may use the link above to access the student information portal. Not much to see just yet. However, it would be great if parents can make sure their login works.