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Principal's Message 1/19

Good afternoon Githens families!  This is Dr. Lanier with important information regarding COVID-19 protocols and reminders, sports, and report cards.  Please listen carefully to all details.

Report cards can be viewed through PowerSchool Parent Portal tomorrow.  Should you have any questions or concerns regarding grades, please contact your scholar’s team leader to set up an appointment for a parent conference.

Tomorrow officially starts the second semester of the school year.  Scholars have been given copies of their schedules reflecting their second semester electives.  Please remind your scholars that their elective classes have changed and should report to their new classes unless they are enrolled in a year long course.

Githens Middle School will continue to follow COVID-19 protocols in an attempt to minimize and contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  The following is a reminder of processes and procedures.  There are a few changes so, please listen carefully and be mindful of and adhere to the following for the safety of others:

  • If you’re waiting on the results of a COVID test for yourself, a sibling, or your scholar,  please DO NOT send your scholar to school as you should assume they are positive.

  • Parents must notify the Principal AND grade level Assistant Principal immediately of a positive diagnosis.  Please include the following information in your email: the last day present on campus and if they were on campus the entire day, the date symptoms began, the date tested, the date test results confirmed a positive case, bus route information, and the first and last name of any siblings that attend any DPS school and the name of the school.

  • If your scholar does not feel well today or you know they were around unvaccinated and/or unmasked individuals, keep them home and let them get the rest they need.  Please, don’t risk potentially spreading COVID-19 to others by allowing your scholar to "power through" their symptoms. 

  • A child who has tested positive for COVID-19 should be kept at home and must follow the health department’s guidance on isolation requirements.  

  • Masks are required for all students five years of age and older, teachers and staff, and visitors in accordance with recommendations of the CDC, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the Durham County Department of Health.  Please DO NOT send your scholar to Githens without a mask.

  • A child who has been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 at home should be kept at home and follow the health department’s guidance on quarantine requirements.

  • Parents should keep all sick children at home, and any student who becomes sick while on campus will be sent home.

  • The siblings of sick children should also be kept home.  The siblings of sick children will be sent home if a student becomes sick while on campus.

  • Parents will have three options for sick children to return to school whether they were kept home or were sent home from school:

    • A negative COVID-19 test result AND symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, or

    • A doctor’s note with an alternate diagnosis AND symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, or

    •  If the parent is unable to exercise the options above, then the student will not be allowed to return for 5 days, meaning your scholar comes back on the 6th day, as DPS assumes the student could have COVID-19.

    • Parents will be notified if their child has been identified as a close contact to an individual who has COVID-19 at school.

DPS can ONLY accept a rapid test (not a rapid home test) when a child is sick or symptomatic.  Anyone deemed as close contact exposure must have a PCR test 5 days after exposure prior to returning to school.  All asymptomatic students must have a PCR test.

That’s all for now.  Have a great week!


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)

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