McLoughlin Middle School Newsletter

September 2021

McLoughlin Middle School

Principal: Travis Boeh

Associate: Sondra Pamiroyan

Associate: Sara Tackett

Dean: Elizabeth Mikaele

Dean: Sally Kroon


Stay connected and use the email below if you have questions.

Dear McLoughlin Families,


Well, our school year is off and running here at McLoughlin. We have started the year off working hard to build a positive and supportive learning community. We are encouraged by the high levels of attendance we are seeing with students as they engage with their teachers and get re-oriented with attending five days a week in a full school building. It has been fun to re-engage with students and we are excited to see many of our students participating in our afterschool sports teams this fall.


As we settle into our learning routines, we will continue to emphasize engagement, achievement, safety and effort throughout the school day. To be a positive learning community, we must all contribute. Students continue to impress me with their positive attitudes and their commitment to wearing masks throughout the day as we work to keep each other safe from COVID.


This year, our Curriculum Night will be a virtual event. Please watch your email for more details for how to access the event which will happen on Thursday, September 23rd.

As a reminder to all, we have adjusted our start time for our school day to begin at 9:15 A.M. Please do not drop your child off until 8:55, as this is when we will open our doors for students to start entering the building in the morning.


Thanks for your support so far this year, and I continue to be proud to serve as principal here at McLoughlin Middle School!


Sincerely,


Travis Boeh

Important Dates in Aug/ September


September 6th No School Labor Day

Counselor Information

Last names A-G: Samir Sankari (Samir.Sankari@vansd.org)

Last names H-O: Lisa Bradin (Lisa.Bradin@vansd.org)

Last names P-Z: Juanita Yasu(Juanita.Yasu@vansd.org)

Family and Community Resource Center

Marisol Garcia, FCRC Coordinator: Marisol.Garcia@vansd.org


The Family and Community Resource Center is here to help with basic needs and school supplies, including support with internet access, and may be able to connect you with other resources in the community. Please let us know if there is something you need and we will do our best to support you.

Message from our Nurse


Getting Ready for School 2021-2022


Vaccinations

Students must be fully immunized prior to the first day of school which is Tuesday, August 31st.


As a reminder, a Tdap booster is required for all students in 7th and 8th grade. A Tdap vaccination is acceptable if given on or after 10 years age.

Please submit medically verified immunization records which could be:

- Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) signed by a doctor
- CIS filled out by a parent or guardian with medical records attached
- CIS, from MyIR.net., of your child's official vaccine record.


Medication in School

  • Have your child's physician complete the Medication in School form
  • Your clinic can fax the orders directly to the school at (360) 313-3601 - A parent signature is required at the bottom of the form.
  • Bring in your child's medication and orders (if not faxed) before school starts .Please bring them in a week before school starts.
  • If the medication is for a life-threatening condition, the medication, orders, and health plan MUST be in the school office BEFORE your child can start school!
  • Please call the office at (360) 313-3600 or email the school nurse. Carrie Mason at
  • Carrie.mason@vansd.org if you have questions.
Life Threatening Conditions:
  • Diabetes
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma (Some students)
  • Seizures (Some students)
Talk with your nurse if you are unsure if your child's condition is considered "life threatening"


Individualized Health Plans, Fall 2021

The Individualized Health Plan must be renewed yearly before schools starts:


  • Look over your child's Health Plan, edit it as needed, then sign and date it, as indicated on the bottom of the form.
  • Return the Health Plan to the school as soon as possible. This will enable your child's teacher and the school nurse to safely prepare for your child.
If you have any questions email the nurse at: Carrie.mason@vansd.org

Top 10 FAQs about returning to school in fall 2021

Will students learn in person or remotely?


Students and families have two instructional options:

● In-person learning five days per week on a regular school schedule

● Full-remote learning through Vancouver Virtual Learning Academy at the Heights Campus

Will schools operate on a regular schedule?

Schools will be open for in-person learning five days per week on a regular schedule (see school websites for hours). The first day of school is Aug. 31. Students will get out of school 40 minutes early on Mondays when school is in session to give teachers time to plan and collaborate.

Are masks required?

All staff and students must wear face coverings or masks indoors and on school buses regardless of vaccination status. An acceptable mask alternative is allowed (e.g., surgical mask or clear face shield with a drape). Students may take mask breaks as needed. Masks are not required outdoors.

What if a student cannot wear a mask?

The mask requirement has exceptions for:

● Kids under age 2

● People with medical condition, mental health condition, developmental or cognitive condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering

● Those who are deaf or hard of hearing


Alternative options or accommodations may be possible under Section 504 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Parents and guardians may contact their child’s school to discuss options.


Are daily health surveys/attestations required?

No, daily health screenings and attestations are no longer required. However, a student should stay home if they are running a fever or experiencing other symptoms of illness.


Who will have to quarantine if someone at the school tests positive?

It depends on whether there are close contacts of the person who tests positive, if they are showing any symptoms and whether they are fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine or isolate.


Who is considered a close contact?

“Close contact” generally means being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for about 15 minutes or more total over a 24-hour time period. A student is not considered a close contact if they are at least 3 feet away from the student who tests positive and both students were wearing face coverings/masks and other prevention strategies were in place.


An administrator or member of the COVID response team will reach out to close contacts by phone and/or email to provide information about next steps.


How will families be notified if there is a confirmed case?

Parents/guardians will be notified directly if their child is a close contact of someone who tests positive and was at school during their infectious period (48 hours before they began showing symptoms). Information about the case also will be posted to a school’s website when a VPS staff member or student tests positive or is presumed positive for COVID-19 and the person was in a VPS building or on a VPS bus during their infectious period. Information about all cases in the district is available on the data dashboard.

Will there be special procedures for breakfast and lunch?

While continuing to follow other mitigation and prevention strategies, schools will maximize physical distance among students as much as possible during meals. Practices for safe mealtimes may include expanding seating areas, limiting the number of students at each table, signs reminding students to maintain at least 6 feet of distance, placing clear dividers between students and/or asking students to sit in seats with QR codes that can be used for contact tracing if needed. Specific information about breakfast and lunch will be provided by your child’s school.


Will COVID testing be offered?

Schools will provide access to optional COVID-19 testing among students with symptoms or who are close contacts of someone with COVID-19. Schools must also institute screening testing protocols for athletes, coaches, trainers and other personnel who work with athletes who are not fully vaccinated participating in high-contact indoor sports.


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Bus Stops

Information on bus stops is provided on the district web site. https://vansd.org/buses/ We recommend students ride the bus in the morning on the first day so they know their stop and bus number to go home. It is also a great start to meeting their driver and learning the routines for bus riding. It is helpful that your student knows their address, so please practice with that information prior to the first day of school.

PARKING LOT SAFETY- Parent Drop off and Pick-up

In order to minimize hazards to students we are asking drivers to follow these procedures to ensure a safe pick up and drop off in the MAC parking lot:



  • Pick up time in the afternoon is 3:45-3:50
  • Pull as far forward as possible and continue doing so as cars pull out. We will be asking students to wait further west on the sidewalk rather than in front of the office.
  • Form ONE line next to the curb when waiting in your car. Do not stop in the middle of the driveway to pick up or drop off your student.
  • Remain in your car unless you are parked in a parking space




Please be aware that school zone traffic laws are in effect all year. Watch for the yellow flashing light and remember to slow down—20 miles per hour—and stop at crosswalks whenever students are present. Use caution when entering and parking in the MAC parking lot.

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Free & Reduced Lunch Application is now on Skyward Family Access


The Application for Free and Reduced Lunch is available in Family Access.


To submit a free or reduced meal application, please “log into Skyward (Family Access as the “PARENT”)

1. Click Food Service in the menu bar in the left column.

2. If you have more than one child, use the drop arrow at the top of the window to choose the student you are submitting for. You need to fill out an application for each child.

3. Click “Applications” near the top, center of the window, just under your name.

4. In the window that pops up, click “Add Application”.

5. Follow the directions to submit the application, clicking “Next” after completing each page.

6. When you are finished, hit “Submit”.

If you do not remember your password, you can click Forgot your Login/Password on the login page at Skyward (Family Access) to have your password sent to your email address that is on file with the district. If you do not have a Skyward login, please call your school office to get one.


Here is the link for instructions in Spanish.

Skyward Family Access


What it is: Gateway to student's current educational world.


What it does: Allows parents to send messages to their children's teachers and pay for school lunches (unless using Skyward through the VPS mobile app). Parents of middle and high school students also can view current schedules, check on assignments, monitor progress and grades and set up helpful notifications.


How do I sign up?

If one or more of the following applies, please contact your child's school for access to Skyward: Your child lives in your household on part of the time or does not live in your household at all or You did not provide your email address to the school.


What if I can't remember my password?

Please see Skyward's "Forgotten login/password assistance" Page and follow the directions. If you still can't access the system, please contact your child's school's office for additional assistance.


How do I change my password?

You can manage your password from within Skyward. Click on the "Account info" link in the upper-right corner. You can change your password or email address using the links on the right.


Who can I call if I still can't get access?

If you have worked through the questions above but still can't get into Skyward Family Access, please check the following:

Did you request an account at least a week ago? (Processing new requests can sometimes take up to one week)

Is your student still enrolled in the Vancouver Public Schools? (Accounts are automatically disabled when your child leaves the district.)


How to view current schedules?

When logged into Family Access, under the Home column, select Schedule. If using the Skyward app, select the menu bar located in the upper right of the screen.


How to view the Responsible Use Policy for your child’s school issued i-pad?

When logged into Family Access, under the Home column, select Online Forms. When using the Skyward app, please choose the Skyward desktop option.


For additional account help, please visit, https://vansd.org/account-help/

Here you can find more information about Skyward Family Access, Canvas Parent Access, the district’s mobile app and paying fines and fees.


If you still can't get access to the system, please contact Mac at (360) 313-3600.

Entering Absence Requests through Skyward Family Access

Guardians may submit absence requests to the student's school from Skyward Family Access. This is done in the Attendance tab in Family Access.


To enter an Absence Request:

1. Click Enter Absence Request

2. Select Add Request

3. Select the desired Start Date/Time and End Date/Time for your student's absence.

4. Click the drop-down list to select Reason why your students will be absent.

5. If desired, enter Comment.

6. Click Save

7. A confirmation email is sent to Family 1 (guardian 1 and 2) when any Absence Request is submitted via Family Access.


All submitted Absence Requests are listed on the Absent Requests screen. The Status column indicates whether an Absence Request is pending approval from the school attendance office or has been Accepted and processed.

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

Vancouver Public Schools is an equal opportunity district in education programs, activities, services, and employment. The district does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, including gender

expression or identity, age, families with children, honorably discharged veteran or military status, the presence of any sensory, mental,or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. The district provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America

and other designated youth groups. The district complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Older Worker Protection Act, and all other state, federal, and local equal opportunity laws. You may contact any of the following people at 2901 Falk Rd., Vancouver, Washington, 98661, or by writing to them at Vancouver School District, PO Box 8937, Vancouver, Washington 98668-8937 or by calling 360-313-1000: ADA–Kathy Everidge (kathy.everidge@vansd.org); Title VII, 504–Steve Vance(steve.vance@vansd.org);IDEA–Daniel Bettis (daniel.bettis@vansd.org); Affirmative Action/Title IX–Kathy Everidge (kathy.everidge@vansd.org); Title IX Elementary–Debra Hale

(debra.hale@vansd.org); Title IX Secondary–Jim Gray (james.gray@vansd.org); Athletic Equity–Jim Gray (james.gray@vansd.org).This notification can be provided in the appropriate language for communities of national origin and minority persons with limited English language skills by contacting 360-313-1250.