IMMS Principal Update

September 21, 2020

Dear IMMS families,


I am honored to serve the IMMS community as principal for the 2020-2021school year. Although things look different this year due to COVID-19, we have already started off great! I am looking forward to continuing to work together to have a geat school year! We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education, especially when we are working together to keep everyone safe and healthy so our school building can remain open. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:


1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience (whether they are attending in-person or remotely)

2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers

3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills

4) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life

5) Informs you and their teacher if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject

6) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and go on to college


We are excited that we will be welcoming some of our students back in-person beginning Monday September 28th. You selected a method of instruction, either "remote" or "in-person", on a survey the district sent out. Your child will be required to adhere to the method of instruction you chose at that time. Please read the following school procedures and information carefully as there are some new procedures and routines that we have put in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19. It is very important that all parents and students follow school procedures to ensure we have a safe and productive school year.


Sincerely,


Mrs. Roberts

New Schedule for ALL students

Classes will move from 75-minute blocked classes to 90-minute blocked classes to meet the required minutes set forth by the Texas Education Agency. Incorporating a block schedule allows us to minimize transitions and allows for more flexibility with instruction during the live and independent work time for both in-person and remote students. All students will follow the same schedule and will report to their classes, either remotely or in-person at the designated times on the schedule. The structure of the block will be determined by the teacher and will be based on student needs. Students will attend lunch based on their assigned teacher for 3rd period on "A Day" and 7th period for "B Day" (for both remote and in-person).
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Mask Expectation

Students and staff are expected to wear a mask properly at all times when in the school building. The only exception is when students are actively eating their breakfast or lunch. Here are some reminders from the CDC about wearing a mask:


  • A clean mask should be worn each day
  • Masks must cover the nose and mouth at all times
  • Refrain from touching your face or mask
  • Clean your mask or dispose of your mask daily



Here is some more detailed information from the CDC regarding "How to Wear a Mask".

How to Wear a Face Mask Properly

Arrival Procedures

The building will open daily at 7:40am. Prior to entering the building, all students will be required to properly wear a mask.


Students who walk to school or get dropped off in the front will enter through the main entrance. Students who ride the bus will enter through the back entrance. As students enter the building, they will complete a health screening survey and temperature check. If a student has a fever or triggers an alert on the health screening survey they will be sent to our campus quarantine room and parents will be contacted.


The tardy bell will ring at 7:50am. All students are expected to be in class before 7:50am daily. Students who are tardy to class will face disciplinary consequences. It is very important that students arrive to school at 7:40 so they have time to complete the necessary safety protocols. After completing the arrival procedures, students will report directly to their 1st period class on "A Day" or 5th period class on "B Day". Breakfast will be served in the classrooms.

Hallway Procedures

We need to work together to make sure students are spending minimal time in the hallways during passing periods. Students will be required to socially distance and will not be allowed to congregate. This will allow us to ensure that we are minimizing the possible spread of COVID-19. Staff will be supervising the hallways and monitoring the number or occupants in the restrooms to ensure that students are moving from class to class efficiently and safely.
Social Distancing: What It Is and Why It's Important

Classroom Procedures

We will be working together to implement classroom procedures that align with the CDC guidelines. Students will have assigned seating in each class to allow for contact tracing purposes. Social distancing will be required in the classroom and desks will be spaced 6 feet apart whenever possible. Students will not be allowed to share supplies so please make sure your child has the appropriate materials. Please see the IMMS school supply list below or on our website HERE . Please remember that CISD requires all students to have clear or mesh backpacks.
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Lunch Procedures

This year we will have 4 lunch periods. This allows us to provide as much opportunity for social distancing as possible. Students will attend lunch based on their 3rd period teacher on "A Day" or 7th period teacher on "B Day". It is possible that a student may have different lunch periods on "A Day" and "B Day". Tables and chairs will be spaced out to accommodate for social distancing. Students will be expected to practice social distancing in the cafeteria and will have assigned seating for contact tracing purposes. Students will be required to wear their masks unless they are actively eating. Parents and/or visitors will not be allowed to drop off lunches or eat with students. Student IDs will be distributed during lunches on the first week of in-person school.

Dismissal Procedures

In order to minimize contact among students, we will have a staggered dismissal. Students will fill out a Google Form identifying whether they ride the bus, walk, or get picked up in a car after school. Announcements will be made beginning at 2:55 to dismiss groups of students. Students will not be allowed to congregate on or off-campus. If a student is staying after school for a club or tutoring, they will be required to have a pass.

Attendance

School attendance is a primary indicator of academic success, and it starts on the first day of school. While illnesses and family emergencies cannot be helped, it is important to ensure your child is on time to school and ready to learn every day. Because attendance is so critical for the quality of your child’s education, Texas has a required school attendance law.

Every absence is counted in a student’s attendance record, regardless of the reason. Even two absences a month for nine months of school can jeopardize a student’s ability to pass a class or graduate from high school.

State law requires children to attend school each day that instruction is provided. The student must be in class at least 90 percent of the time if they are to receive credit for the class.

COVID-19 Reporting

In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, we need your help! Please do not send your child to school and immediately notify the main office if you experience any of the following:


  • If you suspect your child or anyone in your household has been exposed to COVID-19
  • If your child or anyone in your household is showing signs/symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing etc)
  • If your child or anyone in your household has taken a COVID-19 test and is waiting for results
  • If your child or anyone in your household has been told to quarantine by a medical professional


If your child is exposed to COVID-19 at school, you will receive written notification as soon as possible. Open and honest communication is a very important part of us being able to keep our school building open and keep our students and staff safe. Thank you for communicating with us! For more information regarding CISD COVID-19 procedures please refer to our CISD Reentry Guide 20-21.

Dress Code

Students are expected to follow the CISD Standards of Dress. The details can be found at http://www.castleberryisd.net/family/dress_code.

Videos for Students

We will be uploading several videos to our campus social media, student Canvas pages, and our IMMS website this week. Videos will include detailed explanations of our procedures for arrival, dismissal, lunches, and classroom/hallway expectations. Please watch the videos with your child and make sure they understand our procedures.
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CHS Homecoming 2020

We are excited about the opportunity to allow spectators to attend the CHS Homecoming football game on October 2. This year, any IMMS students who want to attend the game will need to get tickets in advance AND be accompanied by a parent or guardian. IMMS students and their families will be directed to sit in the end zone bleachers. Students are expected to be with their parent or guardian for the duration of the game. Masks will be required and social distancing will be observed.