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Principals' Updates 9/30

Good afternoon Githens Raiders!  This is Dr. Lanier with information regarding COVID testing, AIG, and immunizations.  Please listen carefully to all details.

Durham Public Schools, in partnership with MAKO Medical, will begin providing weekly COVID-19 testing at school to help identify possible COVID-19 infections among students even if they’re not showing any symptoms.  Research has shown such testing can reduce the spread by 50%, especially in large settings such as schools.  The testing is a simple swab of the nose and not the test that tickles the brain.  This is the same test families can administer from home or at local testing sites.  This is a voluntary testing process, so a parent or guardian must register their student to participate.  All testing information and results will remain confidential.  I encourage our families to register their students for this free opportunity.  Together, we can keep our students safe, in their classrooms, and prevent community spread.  The link to register is included in the email that accompanies this phone message.

Githens will have our AIG/Advanced Academics Annual Review Session for 6th Grade families on Tuesday, October 5 at 6:00 pm.  The session for 7th and 8th Grade students and families will be on Wednesday, October 6 at 6:00 pm.  During the sessions, we will discuss AIG Services for the year, review the DEP process, and provide time for you to ask questions.  Students will bring their invitations and DEPs home on Monday, October 4.  Parents should fill out the invitation, sign one copy of the DEP, and send both signed documents back to school with their scholars.  Scholars can give the forms to ELA or math teachers to return to Ms. Clary.  Links to this virtual event are included in the email that accompanies this phone message.  We look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

Now that Durham Public Schools is back to in-person instruction, it is important that our students’ immunization records and Health Assessments are up to date.  All students in the 7th grade are required by state law to have proof of updated immunizations within 30 days of the start of the school year.  The link provided in the email that accompanies this phone message provides a list of all immunization requirements for 7th grade.  As a district, DPS has determined that health & safety necessitates that schools exclude students without updated immunization records from participating in our in-person learning.  The general timeline before the exclusion of students without updated immunization records is after the first 30 calendar days of the new school term.  Due to COVID-19, there were extensions to the timeline last year.  At this time, there are no extensions for the 2021-2022 School Year and all vaccination documentation will have to be provided by November 1 or show proof of an appointment to get the necessary vaccinations which are Tdap and MCV.

That’s all for now.  Have a great evening.


PDF: How to Set up a Parent Portal Account (Eng | Spa)

Video: How to Set up a Parent Portal Account (Eng | Spa)

Web: How to Create a Gmail Account

Web: How to Create a Yahoo Account

PDF: How to Complete Returning Student Process (Eng | Spa)

Video: How to Complete Returning Student Process (Eng | Spa)

Immunization Link:

Register to test your student today with this link: 

To receive AIG DEP meeting Zoom links for this event please complete this request form HERE