RHS BlueJay Bulletin

December Edition 12-4-2020

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RHS COVID Weekly Update

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Raytown High School COVID-19 Information

We all play a role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. You can help by reinforcing hand hygiene and promoting mask compliance as the school year progresses. It is critical for students/staff to stay home when they have symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are someone who suffers from regular seasonal allergies. Individuals who are sick should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from local healthcare providers. Individuals who need medical care should call their medical provider to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital. Staff and students exhibiting flu-like symptoms are asked to stay home and contact the Jackson County Health Department or Kansas City Health Department (the department you call is determined by your home address) for further instructions.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Some people with COVID-19 have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some situations, the virus can develop into pneumonia. Staff and families of students who are ill should notify the office to report any absence.

Currently, we have 4 active cases of COVID-19 at Raytown High School. This number includes both new and continuing cases as cases are active for 10 days after symptom onset or a positive COVID-19 test.

You may view our district’s COVID-19 Dashboard for more information.

If you were not notified, prior to receiving this email, that means that you and/or your student were determined to not have been in close contact with the individual who tested positive. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two (2) days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two (2) days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.” There are no additional steps or precautions you or your household need to take at this time.

The individual(s) who tested positive and anyone who had close contact with the positive case(s) will not return to school until their self-quarantine ends. Please call the school with any questions regarding COVID-19 procedures.

Thank you for your partnership as we work to keep our students and staff healthy.

Semester Updates

Here are some friendly reminders about upcoming dates and deadlines:

  • Trister 3 ends on January 15th, 2021
  • Schedules changes will occur for second semester to accommodate for virtual learners and social distancing for in-person learners. NO schedule changes will be made at this time. Please, DO NOT contact counselors about schedules.
  • Finals will not take place until after winter break.
  • Winter Break is December 23rd- January 1st.
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A & B Day Calendar

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Previous Business

Missing Assignment Weekly Report

Parents and Guardians will now receive a weekly email from SISK12 which is a report of your student's current missing assignments from the semester. Not all assignments in this report can be made up. Please check with the individual teachers to determine their class' policy on late work. While the district policy states the late work receives a 25% reduction on day 1, a 50% reduction on day 2, and no credit beyond day 2 (page 33 of student planner), teachers can allow more time to turn in assignments based on their established classroom policy and the particular student's circumstances. It is important that you or your student communicate with each teacher on what is eligible to be made up.

Virtual Attendance Reminders

Student Absences

Because we are unable to use SISK12 for virtual attendance, The district has instituted the Weekly Virtual Attendance (WVA) grade to ensure students are participating. This amounts to 20 points a week and is comprised of:

  1. Being Present and camera on unless otherwise approved by a teacher, admin, or counselor.
  2. Participating in class discussions, responding to questions, typing in the chat when asked, and following directions.
  3. Being on time.
When students are not present in their Zoom Class, teachers will mark their attendance points as absent (-5). Students who have excused absences through the attendance office will be able to make up the 5 points for every class they have an excused absence in.

Procedure for Excusing Absences:

  • Call (816) 268- 7310 or email toni.lindley@raytownschools.org.
  • The attendance office will verify documentation and or reason and communicate to the teachers whether or not the absence was excused.
  • Once the attendance office sends verification to teachers that the absence is excused, the student may make up the session as determined by the teacher. If they successfully make it up, they will receive the 5 points back.

Student Expectations Reminders

  • Zoom classroom meetings are required and count towards your attendance grade.
  • Cameras must be on in order to receive full participation points unless you have permission from the classroom teacher, a counselor or administrator for valid reasons.
  • Clothing must be school appropriate.
  • Find a place in your house free from distractions and loud noises to be in class.
  • Act as if you are at school (refrain from texting, laying in your bed, sleeping, etc)
  • These grades are NOT hold harmless and will go on your transcript.
  • Use tutorial time wisely to complete assignments and get help from teachers.
  • Check your email DAILY.
  • Check Google Classroom DAILY.
  • Do not turn in BLANK Documents and expect to receive points.
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