JA Cub Report

Weekly Report #33: Saturday, May 1, 2021

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Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures @ John Adams Middle School

NO Dropping off or Picking up in the Bus Corral. The space in front of the building is for buses only. Thank you for understanding.

Student pick-up and drop-off are two very busy times of day at John Adams! In order to keep all families safe (and to limit frustration), please follow these procedures from 7:15-7:40 and 1:30-until all busses are gone.

If you drive your child to John Adams, refer to the diagram (above) to understand expected traffic patterns. Cars entering/dropping off students should enter the parking lot on the east side of the building in the entrance only and let students out at the curb side of the parking lot next to the building. End of day, buses will utilize the curb area all the way to the stop sign on 31st Street. Handicap parking is available in the front of the John Adams Parking lot.

When waiting for your child after school, please be aware that other cars are arriving and leaving behind you. Good drop off and pick up areas are marked with a star on the map.

CAUTION. While we work to get all students to use crosswalks, this does not always happen. Be alert to students who may be crossing outside of crosswalks!
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Reminder: Reporting Absences

  1. Due to Illness: When reporting your student’s absence, please make sure to list all symptoms your child is experiencing. A John Adams staff member will then notify you of your student’s date of return to school per Minnesota Department of Health guidelines. Please watch for emails regarding your student’s absence.
  2. Per usual school year, continue to call the office so we can track regular attendance 328-5710. This is important as we continue to create and sustain a safe learning environment.
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MDH recommends that all school-age youth returning to school, sports, or extracurricular activities get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks through the end of the school year.

  • Per MDH, distance learning (DL) students are able to send their Vault-at-Home tests back to the lab through their schools on the scheduled staff testing dates (May 12, May 26).

  • Schools are also encouraged to offer onsite student testing programs for in-person middle and high school students. Minor consent is needed for testing. RPS is discussing options at this time.

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MDH Quarantine Guidance: Shortened Quarantine

Quarantine Calculator: Return Dates

Student: Isolation / Quarantine Tracking Form

  • 14-day quarantine remains the safest option to reduce transmission; staff and families will be allowed to opt-in to a shortened quarantine timeline IF their situation meets the following criteria: 1) have had an exposure outside the household, 2) no symptoms, and 3) have not tested positive for COVID-19.
  • RPS will require documentation of a PCR negative test for students and staff to return to work/school on day 8.

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  • Students must have a mask on to ride the bus. The bus company's supply of masks has been depleted in the last two weeks of school. Riders may be denied access to the bus without a mask.
  • All buses are required to have seating charts for contact tracing purposes.
  • Secondary: Seats will be assigned and name plates on seats created using a duct tape system.

Food and Drink

  • NO Food Deliveries for students-GrubHub, Mr. Pizza, etc.
  • Students should bring a refillable water bottle
  • Drinking fountains will be bottle filling only
  • Raise or lower mask to drink; return mask to the appropriate position
  • Students may not bring snacks
  • No food or beverages should be shared at breakfast or lunch

Yearbook Portraits if missed Picture Day

If you missed picture day and would like to send in a portrait of your child for the yearbook, please send to brkappers@rochesterschools.org:

  • First and Last Name, Grade
  • jpeg, tiff, or png file format

Expectations for Distance Learners

  • Distance Learning students will follow along live, provided short bursts of instruction, and/or offered activities to complete on their own.
  • We will follow an 8-period day. This means all students, whether in-person or DL, will attend each class (periods 1-8) daily.
  • Your teachers will use Google Classroom to communicate the plan for the day and for the week. The most difficult adjustment will be to the 8-period day.
  • DL students can use their Target time for work completion or ask teacher to meet with them to provide supplemental support for some assignments.
  • The school day will be 7:40 am – 2 pm.
  • Pay attention to the A-B calendar listed below.
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Domestic Travel: RPS does not currently require quarantine for travel within the U.S.; this includes domestic air travel.

International travel: RPS follows OCPH guidance for quarantine for international travel.

OCPH advises you get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.

  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If you test positive, stay home and isolate yourself to protect others.

If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

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Mr. Brant Goetz


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