The Raptor Report

August 20, 2021

RHAM Middle School

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Dear Parents/Guardians,


Our first walk around day went really well. It was nice to see students (and parents) back in the building. Just a reminder that our next walk-around day is Tuesday, August 24th from 10am to 2pm.


I know that the question that everyone is asking is about the new lunch waves, and “when is my lunch?” The purpose of going to 3 lunch waves is to decrease the number of students eating all together in the cafeteria, and to also allow the high school to use the cafeteria during period 5 to help them decrease their numbers. As I mentioned last week we are moving to a 3 wave lunch that will occur during periods 6 or 7. This does mean that some students may not eat lunch until 12:55pm, and we will encourage those students to bring a snack (to keep in their locker) or get a breakfast (they are free this year) to help tide them over until lunch-time. I apologize for the delay. I will be meeting with team leaders on Monday and hope to have the final schedule out Monday afternoon. Thank you for your patience.

That’s all I have for now. In addition to last week's information (another copy is below) there are some additional information and updates immediately below. As always please let us know if you have any questions.


I hope everyone has a nice weekend.


Thank you.

Michael Seroussi


Travel Guidelines

Students who travel outside of the state must follow the CDC Travel Guidelines. Vaccinated people do not need to test or quarantine. If they are not vaccinated it is recommended that they get tested 3-5 days after travel and quarantine for 7 days. If your child plans on travelling, please call the school nurse to discuss the necessary precautions.


Nut Free School

We are still a nut free school, so please be sure your child is not bringing food products with nuts in them.


Traffic Patterns

For those new to the school or new to the district, please review our Traffic Pattern and Middle School Traffic Maps (found below).


COVID-19 Mask, Washing, and Physical Distancing Guidelines

Please review our Mask, Washing, and Physical Distancing Guidelines for they have been updated since last school year.

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • August 24 - Walk Around Day 10:00 am-2:00 pm
  • September 2 - First Day of School for Students
  • September 6 - No School (Labor Day)
  • September 23 - RMS Open-House / Back to School Night (6:00-8:30 pm)
  • September 24- Early dismissal (11:45am)

News and Notes

Reminders

RHAM School 2021-2022 Calendar

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RHAM Reopening Information and Updates

Middle School COVID Planning for Full Return in Fall 2021


Please note that based on current Connecticut Department of Health (CTDPH) and Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) guidelines, at this time, the following procedures will be implemented for our full return to school this year. These plans may be updated and/or adjusted based on new updates and information from the CSDE and the CTDPH.


Mandatory State Guidelines

  • Students and staff are required to wear masks at all times unless eating, drinking, or outside. (This is the current executive order that expires on September 30th. We will update you as we get more information beyond this date.)

  • Students and staff are encouraged to wash their hands often and utilize sanitizer provided throughout the school.

  • Students and staff are encouraged to social distance as much as possible.


Hallway Traffic Patterns

  • Students are encouraged to stay to the right in the hallways and proceed directly to their classes during passing time.


Student Lunch

  • Students will eat in the cafeteria during either period 6 or 7 as their schedule dictates.

  • When students are not eating, mask use will be required.

  • Students will be encouraged to socially distance as much as possible.


Student Lockers:

  • Students will be able to use the lockers in their pods.


Classroom Social Distancing

  • We will maximize social distancing as much as possible, following the 3-6 foot separation guidelines.

  • We will move classes to bigger rooms when needed.

  • Face shields will be available to those who want to use them in addition to their face masks, when working closely with others.

  • Teachers will be encouraged to take classes outside when appropriate.


Clubs/Activities/Athletics

  • Clubs and after-school activities will meet in person.

  • Athletics will continue under DPH/CSDE health guidelines.


Water Fountains

  • Fountains will be shut off, but water bottle refill dispensers will continue to function.

  • Students and staff should bring their own water bottles.


PE

  • Utilize outside space as much as possible.

  • If outside, masks are not required, but if in the building they are required.

  • Waiting on DPH guidance on locker-room usage.


Morning and Afternoon Buses and Traffic

  • Masks must be worn at all times on buses.

  • Morning buses will run as scheduled and drop all students off at the high school.

  • Students will enter the building at the High School Main Entrance and proceed down to the Middle School.

  • Afternoon buses will pick up all students at the high school.

  • Late buses will run as scheduled. A late bus for each town will pick up students at the Middle School around 3:45 to 4:00 pm. Students who use the late bus must sign up in the main office or during lunch before 2:10 pm.

  • The Bus Schedule can be accessed through the MS Website starting the week of August 16th.


Schedule

  • Plan to follow the 8-period daily schedule- 42 minute periods.

  • Student lunch takes place during either period 6, or 7.


REGULAR DAILY BELL SCHEDULE

(42 Minute Period)

WARNING BELL 7:15 a.m.

Advisory 7:17am - 7:37am

Period 1 7:40am – 8:22am

Period 2 8:25am – 9:07am

Period 3 9:10am – 9:52am

Period 4 9:55am – 10:37am

Period 5 10:40am – 11:22am


Lunch Waves

Lunch #1 (11:25am-11:50am), Period 6 (11:53am-12:35pm), Period 7 (12:38pm-1:20pm)

Period 6 (11:25am-12:07pm), Lunch #2 (12:10pm-12:35pm), Period 7 (12:38pm-1:20pm)

Period 6 (11:25 am-12:07pm), Period 7 (12:10pm- 12:52pm), Lunch #3 (12:55pm-1:20pm)


Period 8 1:24pm – 2:10pm


Remote Learning

  • There are no remote learning options for the 2021/2022 school year.

  • If a student is required to quarantine or tests positive for COVID-19, teachers will provide students with work to complete while out and will set up makeup dates for missed assessments/presentations.

  • Counselors will check in with students to support their academic, social, and emotional needs.

  • Students will be encouraged to reach out to teachers for support and resources.


Quarantine Guidelines and Contact Tracing

If we have a positive case in the school, we will conduct contact tracing under the supervision of the Chatham Health District. The current guidelines include:

  • In the classroom setting, students who are within 3 feet of the positive case must quarantine for 10 days unless:

    • They can show proof of vaccination and have no symptoms, they are unvaccinated but test negative no earlier than the 5th day of quarantine, in which case they will quarantine for only 7 days

  • Outside of the classroom setting (i.e. cafeteria, PE, bus) students who are within 6 feet of the positive case must quarantine for 10 days unless:

    • They can show proof of vaccination and have no symptoms

    • They are unvaccinated but test negative no earlier than the 5th day of quarantine, in which case they will quarantine for only 7 days


Quarantine Guidelines for Athletes

  • Unvaccinated asymptomatic students who are considered a close contact with a known COVID-19 case will quarantine from athletics for 10 days (with a negative test between days 7 and 10) or 14 days without a test.

  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated students who experience COVID-19 symptoms after close contact with a known COVID-19 case will quarantine from athletics for 10 days (with a negative test between days 7 and 10) or 14 days without a test.


Vaccinations

  • If your child has symptoms after being vaccinated, please keep them home from school.

  • If they come to school while having COVID symptoms that may or may not be due to the vaccination, the nurse must treat the students as though they may be COVID positive, which includes isolating them, sending them home, and requiring testing/quarantining.


Positive COVID Cases

  • If your child tested positive for COVID during the summer break, please contact the school nurse to be sure they are cleared for return to school and physical education activities.

  • If your child tests positive or is exposed outside of school, please contact the school nurse immediately so that she may contact trace and give you the appropriate recommendations.


Visitor Guidelines

  • All visitors must be aware of, and comply with, mitigation strategies in use inside the school building.

  • All visitors must wear masks when inside the school building

Attendance

FRIENDLY REMINDER - If your child is going to be absent from school you must report their absence to the school by either filling out the link below or calling (860)228-9423 X4008 by 8:30am. The link can also be found on the RHAM Middle School website under the “Parents” tab.

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Notes From the Nurse

Attention 7th grade parents- This is a friendly reminder that every 7th grade student is required to have a physical during their 6th or 7th grade year. The physical must be dated between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2022. Please submit your child's physical to the school nurse as soon as possible. Link for a blank copy of health assessment is found below. Students can bring the paperwork to the nurse's office or you may email them to Rachel Schneeloch at Rachel.schneeloch@rhamschools.org.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the nurses office.


** Friendly reminder to please make sure to inform the school nurse if your student is presenting with any Covid-19 symptoms, has been tested for Covid-19 or has been exposed to Covid-19.**

Although CDC does not currently recommend conducting universal symptom screening at school, students should not attend school when they are sick. Home symptom screenings rely on students and their parents, guardians, or caregivers initially identifying when the student may have signs and symptoms of illness and to take action (such as staying home). Please use this tool every day to ensure that your child is healthy and ready for learning.

KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF ANY OF THESE ARE TRUE

Any of these Symptoms

● Fever above 100.4 when taken by mouth

● Chills

● Shortness of breath

● New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough a change in their cough from baseline)

● Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain

● New onset of severe headache, especially with fever

● Loss of taste or smell

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FamilyID Link

Click here to register your child on FamilyID

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Lunch Menu for 9/2 & 9/3

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OTHER FOOD RESOURCES

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