Welcome to Sandwich Middle School

August 2021 Newsletter

Message from the Principal

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! First, I want to welcome back everyone to a new and exciting school year. This year is going to be filled with many firsts in your student’s educational journey. The SMS staff has been working all summer to make sure that the building is ready for any challenges that will come our way. I am proud of the way our SMS students, parents, teachers and community have handled the challenges we are facing to make sure our schools open safely. Despite the challenges we face entering this school year, I know we will have a successful school year. Please be patient as staff and students explore these new learning expectations. We will do our best to answer your questions and address your concerns.

DISTRICT NEWS - PLEASE COMPLETE YOUR STUDENT'S CERTIFICATION FORM BY CLICKING ON THE LINK STATED IN THE CORRESPONDENCE BELOW




Dear Sandwich CUSD #430 Parents, Guardians, and Students:


With the first day of full in-person learning scheduled for August 19, the following update pertains to revisions to the District’s 2021-2022 Return to Learn Plan.


As you know, on August 4, Governor Pritzker announced that “effective immediately” all school districts are required to have masks worn indoors, thus all individuals must wear a face mask when inside a Sandwich CUSD #430 building or on a bus. This mandate is in place for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status and applies to any school activity held indoors. This requirement will remain in effect until further notice.


Per previous correspondence, full in-person learning will resume and the staff and administration look forward to greeting students on August 19 (1:10 pm dismissal).


If interested, the DeKalb County Health Department conducts daily vaccinations. More information can be found at the following web site: https://health.dekalbcounty.org .


Prior to the first day of school, please complete a one-time online self-certification form for your student(s). In lieu of daily self-certification paper forms, please find the one-time student self-certification form by clicking on the link below.


Please find the District’s 2021-2022 Return to Learn Plan by clicking here: 2021-2022 Return to Learn


Please find the District’s 2021-2022 Procedures and Protocols by clicking here: 2021-2022 Procedures and Protocols


All items included in this correspondence are subject to change based upon changes in applicable factors including an increase in COVID-19 rates or revised public health guidance/mandates.


Thank you again for your many efforts and the District is looking forward to greeting our student body in-person on August 19.


Sincerely,
Sandwich CUSD #430 Administration

Sanwich Middle School Open House

*MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED DUE TO STATE MANDATES*


** SCHEDULE HANDOUT WILL START AUGUST 12TH FROM 9:00 AM -2:00PM**


6th Grade Open House

August 18th 6:30PM


7th and 8th Grade

August 24th 6:00 PM

ABSENCES AND PICK UP/DROP OFF INFORMATION

Absences: Students shall be permitted no more than seven (7) excused absences, including vacations, per school year based upon parental/legal guardian confirmation for the reasons of the absence. After the student has been excused seven times in one school year, additional excused absences for illnesses may only be verified through a written medical statement from a physician.

Please call our office to notify us of your student's absence. A note/email to the teacher is not acceptable.


The district policy follows the state policy. Our policy is subject to change if the state makes any changes


Students will enter the Sandwich Middle School through two different entrances. Students that walk to school or are dropped off will use the Main Office entrance (Door #1). Students who ride the bus will enter through the Gymnasium entrance (Door #2). Upon entering the building safely, students will go to their 1st hour advisory class. 6th grade student will only use the west stairwell. 7th grade students will only use the south stairwell. 8th grade students will only use the north stairwell.

NOTES FROM OUR NURSE


New Student and 6th Grade Health Documentation Requirements

Our upcoming orientation night provides a great opportunity for parents/guardians to gather all of your students’ required health documentation and provide it to the school nurse or administration staff prior to the deadlines, in order to prevent any possible exclusions from school or any school-sanctioned events later this year. Below you will find all information on requirements for new and 6th grade students with links to the forms, if needed. Most providers should have the forms in their office and provide them to you, however. As always, if your student has a special health concern, medication to be taken at school, or you have any further questions you can reach out to me via email aquiles@sandwich430.org. I look forward to meeting you all on August 18th!



Health Plans

Health plans for certain medical conditions (ex, asthma, diabetes, seizures, food allergies, etc.) need to updated every school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school nurse. REMINDER :Students who require an inhaler at school should also have a spacer/chamber available to be used with the inhaler


Medication Reminder

Any student requiring medication during the school day needs to have a completed school medication form on file in the office. This includes all prescription, over the counter, inhalers, and emergency/rescue type medications. Forms can be found on the district website or you may contact the school nurse.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

AUGUST 18TH - 6TH GRADE OPEN HOUSE 6:30 PM (EVERYONE MUST WEAR A MASK)

AUGUST 19TH - 1ST DAY OF SCHOOL - 1:10 PM DISMISSAL

AUGUST 24TH- 7TH/8TH GRADE OPEN HOUSE 6:00 PM (EVERYONE MUST WEAR A MASK)

SEPTEMBER 3RD - SCHOOL PICTURES

SEPTEMBER 6TH - LABOR DAY NO SCHOOL

SEPTEMBER 10TH - NO SCHOOL

SEPTEMBER 17TH - EARLY DISMISSAL 11:10 AM