EMS Raider Student & Family News
August 30 - September 3
A Message from Mrs. Venegas
Hello Raider Family!
Week #4 of the school year and we are STILL so excited to be here and learning from and with each other! We had a great week this week and enjoyed our first Spirit Week together. We hope you enjoyed seeing our students participate through our posts on our social media platforms and our Friday YouTube video. If you don't currently follow us, please take a moment to do so--we don't want you missing a moment of our Raider magic!
We ask that you continue to help us make sure our Raiders are getting to school on time. Everyone should be arriving by 8:15 am and heading up to class for breakfast. We will begin tardy sweeps and students not inside their classes on time will be required to serve detention during lunch. Being on time to every class is an expectation! Students who are continually tardy or absent are missing critical instruction and may find themselves required to make up missed time after school.
This week, we will be administering the Beginning of Year (BOY) Assessment from the Texas Education Agency. All students who DID NOT take the STAAR test last spring will be taking this assessment. Students must do their absolute best on this assessment as it allows us to determine how to best meet their academic needs this school year.
We also have an Applebee's fundraiser on Thursday--we hope to see you there! Thank you in advance for participating and helping to fund incentives and activities for our Communities in Schools program. Last year, we were able to get bikes and Apple Airpods that all students who had excellent attendance and grades were entered in a contest to win. We absolutely LOVE rewarding our kids who work hard to grow and excel!
Remember that Monday, September 6th is Labor Day. There will be no school on that day so we will be able to enjoy an extended weekend. Thank you in advance for your partnership and support in the upcoming week. We know we can't do this without you and we are so grateful everyone in our Raider commUNITY.
Campus Events for August 30 - September 3
Tuesday, August 31
- BOY Assessment 7th Grade
Wednesday, September 1
- BOY Assessment 8th Grade
Thursday, September 2:
- Applebee's Dine-In & Carry-Out Fundraiser 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (MUST MENTION EMS FUNDRAISER WHEN ORDERING)
- Cross Country Meet @ Vista Hills CC 4:00 pm
- Volleyball @ home vs. Brown MS 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 3:
- Football @ BAMS 9:00 am
Monday, September 6: LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
Health And Safety Guidelines
1. Symptoms: Students that are symptomatic, and whose symptoms do not coincide with a condition such as allergies or a cold, should stay home until symptom free. Just one decision made about bringing a sick student to school risks others at school also getting sick. In the event that a student is at school with symptoms that are of concern, the nurse will evaluate the student and determine the next course of action.
2. Positive Test OR High-Risk Close Contact: If a student receives a positive COVID-19 test result, whether from a test here at school or an outside agency, they are required to quarantine for 10 days, per City of El Paso health guidelines. If a student is a high-risk close contact of a positive case AT SCHOOL (was within 6 feet or less for cumulative 15 minutes of time), they are not required to quarantine. If a student is a high-risk close contact of a positive case OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL, they are required to quarantine and are under the "jurisdiction" of the City of El Paso health guidelines.
3. Quarantine Absences: Students' days are coded CTH (contact tracing health) from the time we are notified they are positive or are a high-risk close contact. The nurse and administrator will contact families to let them know the available options concerning missing school and continuing to engage in learning.
4. Approval of Available Learning Options: Only admin along with the nurse can recommend and approve specific learning options. Administration will have an individual conversation with the student and family.
5. Contact Tracing: In the event that a student in a classroom tests positive, the nurses will conduct contact tracing. Teachers will be prepared with seating charts, a recollection of how students (and adults) were positioned in the classroom, and the interactions that occurred during classroom activities. Only those in the classroom who are determined to be high-risk close contacts will be notified and be given their next steps. Those in the classroom determined to be low-risk contacts will be notified by a Blackboard message email.
All Raiders must attend all of their scheduled classes. Everyone attends from 8:30 am - 4:00, except for zero period students who attend from 7:35 - 4:00 pm.
Attendance for every class period is required and they must be in attendance for 90% of the time each class is offered. Please work with us to make sure your Raider has healthy attendance habits. Attendance is essential to learning but is also a part of our state accountability measure.
Thank you in advance for helping your Raider get to school on time and promoting the expectation for good attendance.