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Principal's Message 2/6

Good afternoon Githens families!  This is Dr. Lanier with important information for the week.  Please listen carefully to all details.

Wednesday, February 9, is an early release day.  Scholars will end their school day at 12:20.  Please communicate your after school transportation plan with your scholars.

Spring sports tryouts will begin Monday, February 14.  Spring sports are as follows: baseball, softball, track and field, and girls soccer.  Please email Ms. Stackhouse for more information.

Githens Middle School joins the American School Counseling Association to celebrate Professional School Counselors Week, February 7 - 11.  Our Student Services Department, which comprises of Ms. Allyse McNeil, Ms. Kate Murphy, Ms. Lessa Swift, and Ms. Lisa Outlaw, is truly the best in the district!  They do so much everyday to support our scholars and are wonder women all in their own!  Please join me in celebrating them by sending them emails of appreciation and support!

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.  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.

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!

Links:

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: https://immunize.nc.gov/schools/k-12.htm

Register to (COVID) test your student today with this link: https://home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=tf-dur-684-students 

Ticket Spicket:

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