NRMS Family Newsletter
FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 22
North Rockford Middle School
Assistant Principal: Al Reickard
Student Activities/AD: Jen Domagalski
Counselors: Kara Dixon and Angie Ohlman
WEEKLY UPDATE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT, DR. SHIBLER
Dear RPS Stakeholders:
I once again offer high praise to our staff, students, families, community, and the Board of Education for moving us in the right direction as we progress through the pandemic. As a reminder, we urge you to please keep student(s) home even if he or she is displaying as much as one minor symptom. Taking precautions on the front end can prevent potentially unnecessary quarantines and missed school for other students and staff. We are fortunate to be able to offer face-to-face instruction to our students and want to continue to do so, especially when there are thousands of students throughout the country who have not yet had the opportunity to return to the classroom. Together, let's keep up the good work!
Winter sports are going very well with the mitigation strategies in place. I would like to remind those who are approved to attend events that it is imperative that you wear your mask properly (covering your mouth and nose) and that you physically distance from others who are not from your household. We want to keep our sports program running and these are important things you can do to help.
Our educational leaders are finalizing details for our tuition-free summer school program, which is being offered to help close learning gaps and recover lost credit. We will also provide enrichment and recreational opportunities for students. As I've mentioned before, information will be sent once those details are complete.
In terms of our ongoing efforts to maintain a healthy environment in our schools, we ask that you please not come to school or send your child to school:
- if you are or someone in your household is awaiting the results of a COVID test,
- if someone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID,
- for the following 10 days after someone in your household has had COVID,
- for the following 10 days if you have been quarantined due to a close contact,
- if you have one major or two minor symptoms that are attributed to COVID, or
- if you suspect someone in your household may have COVID until it has been verified that they do not have COVID.
It takes all of us working together for our students, staff, and community, and I appreciate your continued efforts and cooperation. Please see this flyer for additional information. If you have any questions about COVID protocols, please contact your child's school principal or the district nurse.
We are excited to have winter sports underway, with the understanding there are some restrictions that must be followed. If you have any questions about protocols for winter sports, please visit the Athletic website for information specific to each sport. If you still have questions, feel free to contact the Athletic Department at 616-863-6040.
Dr. Michael Shibler
Superintendent of Schools
EARLY RELEASE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26
2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR SCHOOL BEGINS AT 7:40 A.M. SCHOOL DISMISSES AT 12:00 PM
FIRST HOUR 7:40 - 8:12
SECOND HOUR 8:17 - 8:49
THIRD HOUR 8:54 - 9:26
FOURTH HOUR 9:31 – 10:03
FIFTH HOUR 10:08 – 10:40
SIXTH HOUR (Lunches) 10:45 - 12:00
12:00 1st Load Bus Students Released
12:05 Parent Pickup and Walkers Released
12:10 2nd Load Bus Students and Athletes Released
NRMS STUDENT SCHOOL NEWS
NRMS STUDENT DROP-OFF REMINDERS
We have noticed morning drop-off has recently been extremely backed up on 10 Mile all the way to Northland Drive, creating traffic issues for the public. This is a reminder that drop-off begins at the Northeast end of the parking lot and all vehicles are to pull all the way through the drop zone to maximize the number of students exiting cars. Students are not to be dropped off at the main entrance or staff parking lot. Thank you for reviewing these protocols and the attached diagram to ensure all students arrive at school safely and on time. We appreciate your attention to this matter as safety is our first priority.
North Rockford Middle School Administration and RPS Security
IF YOU'RE NOT FEELING WELL AT SCHOOL....REMINDER TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Please remind your child, if they are not feeling well, they need to let their teacher know and be excused to go down to the Main Office Health Room. Mrs. Bargwell will make a call to parents if necessary.
Students should not call or text parents from their personal phones.
Secondary Full Face To Face Attendance Reporting
The combination of one-to-one technology, our learning management system (Schoology), and fantastic efforts by our teachers in growing our virtual instruction practices has made education possible during these challenging times. Our remote and hybrid instructional models offered flexibility for students and families and as we transition back to face-to-face, we want to be clear on how staff will be supporting students moving forward while in full, face to face instruction. In-person student attendance is expected in our full face to face instructional model.
COVID Related Absence
Students that are unable to attend school due to COVID will be supported through live-streamed instruction via Google Meet, just as was done during hybrid instruction. COVID related absences include:
· Student is exhibiting symptoms and awaiting test results
· Student has tested positive and has to quarantine for a scheduled period of time
· Student was a close contact and has to quarantine
Absence not Related to COVID
Students that are unable to attend school for traditional short-term absences will utilize Schoology to participate in makeup work. A live streaming option will not be provided for students who are missing for non-COVID short term absences.
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