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Principal's Message 3/6

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

Parents, we all received a phone call Friday evening from DPS reminding all of us about the requirement of masking in all schools.  This includes Githens.  Board policy regarding masking has not changed.  Therefore, all students, staff, and visitors are still required to wear a mask at all times.  Help us to help your scholar by making sure they have masks when they enter the building.  Please note that you will need to pick up your scholar and your scholar risks being placed on remote learning if they are not properly masking at all times.  Please refer to board policy if you have questions regarding this requirement.

Wednesday, March 9, is an early release day.  Scholars will be dismissed at 12:20.  Please discuss your dismissal plan with your scholars prior to Wednesday.

This year, families will be able to get a head start on Back to School.  DPS will launch the “Best.Year.Ever.” Back-to-School campaign this April to generate excitement about the coming school year.  As part of that campaign, from April 8-May 13, DPS is working to ensure that schools are positioned to open with all of the logistics completed before the end of this year as we prepare for the first day of the new 2022-2023 school year.  In response to feedback from Principals, there were some changes to the Returning Student Form (now known as the “Back to School Form”) including the timeline, shortened form, and more user-friendly language.  

Key components of the form, most of which are required by board policy or state/federal law, include: 

  • Student Handbook Verification

  • Address and phone number updates

  • Transportation information (** All students will default to "NO” transportation; the updated information requesting transportation (Yes/No) must be collected fresh this year.)

  • Military information

  • District policies – technology use of laptops, personal devices, directory information, etc.

As Githens' partners with our families on the Back-to-School form, the goal for us to reach 100% of students with updated information by May 13, 2022.  Part of this process is ensuring that all families have a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account.  PowerSchool Parent Portal is the official source of student grade information and a convenient way for you to update your most current contact information.  DPS has created step by step instructions, as well as video instructions, on how to access the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Use the link (https://www.dpsnc.net/Page/383) provided in the email that accompanies this voice message to navigate the setup process.

The following is a breakdown of games, days, and start times for the week:

  • Monday, March 7 - Boys and Girls Track  will compete against Durham School of the Arts and Lucas Middle School at home; 4:30

  • Tuesday, March 8 - Baseball, Softball, and Girls Soccer will travel to and compete against Lucas Middle School; 4:00

  • Thursday, March 10 - Baseball, Softball, and Girls Soccer will compete against Lakewood Montessori at home; 4:00

A reminder that masks and social distancing is required and will be enforced.  All sports ticket sales will be virtual this year through “ticket spicket” and are required for entry.  Please use the link provided in the email that accompanies this phone message to follow the steps necessary to purchase tickets.  For further information regarding athletics or specific teams, please email either Ms. Stackhouse, Athletic Director, or the coaches.

A reminder that students are required to be in classrooms, seated, with materials ready, and cell phones powered off at 7:30.  Students entering the building after 7:30 will be marked tardy.  We still have a lot of students coming to school after 7:30 missing valuable instruction.  Scholars must be on time for school.  

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.

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:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w-NAcWmKMsxOKq2j3JTCpAYqLyyy11wP/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=111524642789948469711&rtpof=true&sd=true