SOAR Updates

1/7/22

Welcome Back & Happy New Year

Happy New Year SOAR Family! As this is my first Newsletter, I want to share how honored I am to have the opportunity to serve the SOAR community. I realize I have big shoes to fill! I am committed to building upon the successes of the SOAR community, and I am looking forward to working alongside you as we continue to develop and enrich the lives of our SOAR students.


Please feel free to stop by and say hello!


Sincerely,


Wendi Johnston

SOAR Principal

Thank You

I want to take a moment and wish Dr. Herrera all the very best as she moves on to a new chapter in her professional and personal life. She continues to be a valuable part of our SOAR family as we work closely together to ensure a seamless transition.


If you'd like to stay in touch with Dr. Herrera, her new email is sherrer4@umassglobal.edu or you can connect with her on LinkedIn.


Thank you, Dr. Herrera! You will always be a SOAR STAR!

Classes Begin January 10th!

On Monday, January 10th, we'll welcome back our SOAR STARs for the start of the spring semester - classes will begin at both AVC and SOAR High School.


As we look forward to the start of the spring semester, we do so with the understanding that the Omicron surge will bring fresh challenges to the start of the new semester. Please review the most updated guidelines issued by the State of CA and the LA County Department of Health. This communication was sent by the district on Thursday, Jan. 6th, and it is also noted below. We will work together to navigate these uncertain times. Of the utmost importance is the health and wellbeing of our SOAR community, so please be patient as there may be changes to upcoming events given the current state of the pandemic.


At present, we are looking forward to returning to in person learning. Students, you'll have access to your schedules on PowerSchool. On January 10th and 11th, students will receive their college textbooks through their AVID Class. For more information regarding AVC's book distribution, please visit: https://www.soarhs.org/students/soaravc-book-information

COVID-19 Realities

In response to the high levels of COVID-19 transmission, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) has revised its Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools: Appendix T1.


Most importantly, please continue to self-screen and remain home if you're not feeling well!


Below you will find a summary of the changes that impact our schools:


Masking

Masks continue to be required at all times while indoors. The recent change to the health order now requires students to wear masks in crowded outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible. LADPH strongly recommends that students wear masks that are well-fitted, non-cloth with multiple layers of non-woven materials with a nose wire. Masks are available at each school should your student need one.


COVID-19 Testing for Close Contacts

COVID-19 testing is now required for all staff and students who are identified as close contacts regardless of vaccination status or recent COVID-19 diagnosis.


Students who are not fully vaccinated or those who are vaccinated but are eligible and have not received the booster:

  • Quarantine is required for 10 days from the last known contact.

    • After 5 full days have passed from the last known contact, the staff member or student can provide proof of a negative viral test result from a specimen collected on Day 5 to return to school on Day 6.

Students who have received the booster or are fully vaccinated but not yet eligible for the booster:

  • Quarantine is NOT required. Students and staff can remain in school but must test on Day 5 of their last known exposure.


All close contacts, regardless of vaccination status are required to upgrade their mask for 10 days from the date of their last exposure and monitor for symptoms.


For those choosing to participate in testing, the test must be an FDA-authorized viral COVID-19 test. FDA-authorized over-the-counter test is acceptable for these testing requirements.


Isolation for Students and Staff Confirmed Positive Case of COVID-19

All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms, who reside in the Los Angeles County Health Jurisdiction who have tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to isolate themselves for at least 5 days and until you are no longer at risk for spreading COVID-19.


For students with symptoms: You may only end your self-isolation after Day 5 if at least 5 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared, your symptoms have improved and you are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications. Additionally, you must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test result from a specimen collected on Day 5 or later.


For students without symptoms: You may only end your self-isolation after Day 5 if at least 5 days have passed since your positive COVID-19 viral test result and you have remained symptom-free. Additionally, you must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test result from a specimen collected on Day 5 or later.


For those individuals unable to test or choose not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, your isolation can end after Day 10.


Detailed information on isolation can be found HERE.

SOAR Self-screening Procedures

Students will no longer need to register or submit a daily screening through the STOPIt Survey for high school campus entry. They will, however, need to do a self-screening daily prior to coming to campus; this is in line with the AVUHSD. Again, there is nothing that students will need to submit or show for entry onto the high school campus. The self-screening questions include the following:


  • Have you been in close physical contact in the last 14 days with anyone known to have COVID-19 or anyone who has any symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Are you currently quarantined because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19?

  • Has anyone in your household recently tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Are you currently awaiting test results for a COVID-19 test?

  • Are you currently experiencing any of the following symptoms:

    • Fever at or above 100.4 degrees

    • Chills, sweating and/or repeated shaking or shivering

    • Cough

    • Sore throat

    • Mild or moderate difficulty breathing/shortness of breath for unknown reasons

    • Muscle aches or body aches

    • Vomiting or diarrhea

    • Loss of taste or smell

    • Runny or congested nose

    • Headache

    • Feeling unusually tired or weak


If you answered yes to any of these questions, DO NOT report to school. Stay home and email jandrews@avhsd.org to report the absence.

SOAR Application Season

Please note that SOAR's Application Season is upon us and the application will go live on the website beginning January 10, 2022. For more information, please check out the "Future Students" page on SOAR's website: https://www.soarhs.org/future-students.


Please pass this information onto potential candidates for the upcoming 2022-23 school year.

Be a STAR!

STUDENTS, don't forget to Be a STAR no matter where you are -- that's in the classroom, on campus, connected online, or in the community -- again, we're promoting Self advocating, Teachable, Accountable, and Respectful leaders -- STARs -- here at SOAR!


Our next STAR Celebration will take place on Thursday, January 27th from 9am - 2pm in the front office -- don't forget to keep your STAR Card in a safe place and bring it with you!

Food Services to Provide Universal Feeding in 2021-22

Food Services is pleased to announce that beginning in 2021-22, your student will receive meals at no charge as part of their school day thanks to the USDA's COVID Relief Plan. This is an automatic benefit for all enrolled students throughout CA. It is important that our students are nourished in order for them to learn and not have the pressure associated with program eligibility.


These changes mean students are not required to complete a meal application or provide any specific documentation, however, the AVUHSD is still required to gather family income and demographic information to ensure that your student benefits from additional state and federal programs that are available.


The CDE uses this confidential information to identify qualifications for additional funding that provides for many programs and opportunities for our students. Based on the information provided, eligible students may receive fee waivers for the PSAT or SAT, free college applications, and much more. The AVUHSD is eligible for additional Supplemental and Targeted funding for student programs and services based on a variety of factors, including this data.


Please help us provide the best opportunities that we can for our students by taking a few minutes to fill out this form: https://family.titank12.com/income-form/new?identifier=3JD2ZE


Visit the Food Services website at avfood.org for more information or to contact them with any questions regarding the above link.


Students are always welcome to come to campus for breakfast (7:15-7:45am) and lunch (12:30- 1:20pm). Remember, there is no cost for meals this year. All meals are served out of the "Lunch Box" between the office and S-1.

Student Handbook

We ask that students and families please review our student handbook: https://www.soarhs.org/students/student-handbook


It's important that all members of the SOAR community are familiar with behavioral expectation, academic integrity policies, dress code, etc. Students will be getting a copy of the planner through AVID classes soon. Again, until then, we ask that you review our online version of this document.

Expectations for Staying on Campus

All SOAR students are expected to stay on campus from the start of their first high school class until the end of their last high school class. If families would like to pick students up early or between classes, they must come into the office to do so. Parents/Guardians or emergency contacts must have an ID to present to the office.


We ask that you please have a conversation with your son/daughter about this topic, especially if they drive themselves to campus. Again, all students must be checked out through the office and may not leave campus between high school classes. If you have any questions, please contact the front office.

Grade-level Google Classrooms

Please be aware that students should be checking their Grade-level Google Classroom regularly. There will be important school and counseling information posted there often. This week, students will find AVC textbook information as well as a list of computer labs, with hours and locations, on AVC's campus.

New Document Delivery Option in PowerSchool

The Antelope Valley Union High School District has added a document delivery feature to PowerSchool. This will enable SOAR High School to send report cards via email. In order for this feature to work, parents will need to log into their PowerSchool account and "Opt-In" for document delivery.


Please review the instructions to opt-in below:

English Instructions: http://bit.ly/DocOpt-InEng

Instrucciones en espaƱol: http://bit.ly/DocOpt-InSPAN

AVC Hearts and Hands Information

Please check out this great AVC resource: https://www.avc.edu/node/4972

Fridays at SOAR

Friday, January 14th, will be a Monday/Wednesday Schedule. Please refer to the calendar on our website for more information: https://www.soarhs.org/students/calendar.

Don't forget to be a STAR!

STARs are self advocates, teachable, accountable, and respectful in the classroom, common areas, community, and connected online.


SOAR Stars are also life-long learners and self-advocates who solve the most pressing challenges through an unwavering pursuit of knowledge, innovation, and collaboration, becoming engaged and productive leaders in their communities.

Antelope Valley College

For more information and updates for AVC, visit https://www.avc.edu/.