IACS Hawk Distance Edition
Week ending June 26, 2020
Dear IACS Community,
As I'm sure you've heard, yesterday the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) officially released its preliminary Fall Reopening Plan for schools. They will be sharing final versions of these plans at the end of July. I'd like to share with you four documents that DESE shared with district leaders and then share a few of thoughts related to IACS.
Guiding Documents Shared by DESE:
Initial Fall Reopening Guidance (slides): These slides give a summary of recommendations.
Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance (document): This document is the full plan which explains the process which led to the recommendations.
Letter of Support from the MA American Academy of Pediatrics: This letter provides a medical perspective about why they endorse this plan.
Op-Ed from the Washington Post: This letter was written by Dr. Joseph Allen of the Harvard University School of Public Health on why he believes most students should be re-entering school.
Connections to IACS:
In some ways yesterday's news was consistent with messages we have heard in the past month, however it also marks a shift in confidence about school reopening. The recurring themes of hand washing, distancing, and wearing of masks continue to be cited as the most important ways to keep students safe in school. Yesterday's news offered a new perspective in that schools should make plans to bring as many students on campus as possible, while abiding by the guidelines, to ensure that the irreplaceable experience of "in person" teaching and learning can safely occur.
In our initial review of 2020 Family Survey data we read a wide range of concerns about either re-entering school or being asked to continue distance learning. Please know that we are using that feedback to guide our own planning AND we will be creating other forums for families to give feedback (additional surveys, "town hall" video conferences, etc.) as we give better shape to our plans. Look for these feedback opportunities to occur in the month of July.
In my 20 years at IACS, I've never experienced a point in time when so much ambiguity existed. I'm sure every school district in the country would say the same. What continues to give me the greatest sense of confidence is the commitment of our staff who are already bringing great ideas to the table, and our community of students and families who continue to support and guide our collective thinking. So thanks in advance for continuing to join the work ahead.
Head of School
All School News
Immunization Updates From the Health Office
Hello from the health office staff! During these unsettled times we encourage families to continue to reach out to coordinate well-child care and immunizations with their pediatricians; maintaining overall general health must be a priority.
As we prepare to welcome students back to school for next year, we would like to remind families of the following statewide immunization regulations for school attendance:
Students entering Grade 7 must show proof of having a Tdap vaccine prior to school entry
Starting with the 2020-21 school year, all students entering Grades 7 and 11 will also need to show proof of having received the meningococcal conjugate vaccine, MenACWY (brand names Menveo or Menactra) for school entry.
Please send updated immunization records to the Health Office as soon as possible. You can mail updated records to the IACS Health Office or you can email the records to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for helping us maintain a healthy school environment for all community members.
IACS Health Office Staff
If you are a new family to the IACS Community
Please be sure to send us a copy of your student’s current report card so we can place them in the correct math classes for the fall.
Also, Please inform your child’s former school that they will not be returning in the fall.
We will request student records over the summer.
If you are a returning student please be sure to return your medical (Emergency info) form as soon as possible, You should be receiving one in the mail soon.
Summer Hours at IACS: Beginning Monday, June 15th our main office will be open Monday through Thursday, 8 am until 12 pm. If families have any school items to return (books, Chromebooks, uniforms, paperwork, etc.), you may come during those windows of time. While sending an email in advance (email@example.com) is helpful, no appointments are required.
Please return Chromebooks
In an effort to prepare for the coming year, we ask that you please return any Chromebook and charger that you may have borrowed to the school during the Summer hours.(M-Th 8am-Noon). IF you need to use the computer to complete summer work please contact Mrs Landis (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will make a note so that you do not receive a bill. Thank you for your help with this. If you have already communicated with her, you do not need to do so again. Happy Summer!
Middle School News
Students will have a summer packet with ELA and Math practice. Students will be sent invitations to 2 summer packet Google Classrooms (one for ELA and one for math). There are also on our website here: https://www.innovationcharter.org/middle-school/ along with our school supply list. We encourage all of our students to take a break from their studies and dive into the summer packet work in a week or two. Spacing work out over the summer will help students keep their academic skills sharp.
Semester 2 Assessments (Report Cards)
Semester 2 Assessments (report cards) weree published to our Student and Family Portal on Monday, June 22nd. You should have received an email notification that they are available. Please reach out to the main office at email@example.com if you need assistance with your user name and password.
Information about summer school will be sent to families in late June after report cards have been issued.
Looking for Summer Options?
Camp Kinda: EdNavigator has created Camp Kinda, a free, at-home summer experience designed to keep kids in kindergarten through eighth grade engaged while they’re at home. Each weekday from June 1 to September 1, participating families will get three to four hours’ worth of daily activities, all connected to a weekly theme. Activities will include online and offline offerings. Use registration code KINDA2020.
High School News
The yearbooks are scheduled to come in next week and we'll be organizing a pickup date soon. We pland to have a pickup table outside the main entrance (due to the reduced chances of COVID transmission outside). Mr Macdonald will be wearing a mask and gloves to distribute them; please wear a mask when picking them up, and if there is a line, please practice social distancing. Only people who have bought yearbooks in advance can pick them up; there will be no in-person sales.
Please let Mr Macdonald know if you have any questions, his email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Note to our newest Alumni
Dear graduates and parents of the Class of 2020,
Congratulations on the completion of your years at IACS! We are going to miss you! One of the long-term focus areas for IACS is to build our alumni structures. To assist with this, we are asking our graduates to voluntarily share their personal emails and cell phone numbers so we can stay connected and share exciting updates occurring at IACS. Thank you to those who have already done so!
Students needing a work permit need to fill out this work application. Your employer might give you a copy at your interview. Once completed, email a copy to Crystal McKiel, email@example.com or Steph Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org. MS students should email Mr. Pereyra, email@example.com. We will issue a work permit to you. While we do work over the Summer there are reduced hours so please allow us 3 business days to process your permit. Employers fill out and sign the first page, and parents and students must also sign the second page (pediatricians must sign the second page for students who are 14 or 15 years old).
Final Report Cards
Credit Recovery Classes
Students that failed a class this year but had an average grade higher than a 50 will be able to take an abbreviated online course to recover credits via Educere. Dr. Arnold will reach out to eligible students and families with more information once report cards have been released at the end of June.
Graduation is planned for Saturday, August 1st at 11am. More specific details will be sent in July. Only immediate family of graduates (max of 4 guests per graduate) can be on campus to attend the ceremony and must register before the ceremony to be allowed in. The deadline to register is Monday, July 27th, 2020. The registration link is here.
Summer Training Plans
Please see below for summer training plans for high school girls soccer and high school cross country. Any athletes with questions about either plan are encouraged to contact the appropriate head coach (girls soccer, Bruce Cottle, firstname.lastname@example.org and cross country, Kyle Thornton, email@example.com).
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