With simply three days to go till 37,000 Savannah-Chatham County college students return to high school, the district needs dad and mom and the neighborhood to know a number of issues that may make the transition to in-person studying smoother for college students and everybody else.
Attendance: Whereas the final word want of the district is to have all college students in class 5 days per week, the district shouldn’t be anticipating excellent attendance. College students who’re sick, or who’ve a fever, or any potential COVID symptom must be stored at house. “We’re not searching for excellent attendance as a result of excellent attendance means come while you’re not feeling nicely,” mentioned Ann Levett, district superintendent. “We have mentioned to college students and workers. “What we’re searching for is so that you can come [and] have interaction with us.”
She added college students and workers who need assistance with bodily well being, psychological well being or emotional well being ought to be at liberty to succeed in out to their college workers and that assist shall be offered.
As for college students who might haven’t attended college as persistently as they need to have from the fourth quarter of the 2019-20 college yr by means of 2020-21, social staff, college counselors, and different college workers have been reaching out to these households. “We’ll see a few of these college students return [and] we are going to see them reengage,” mentioned Bernadette Ball-Oliver, district affiliate superintendent of secondary colleges. She added college students might have moved out of the realm, however for college students who nonetheless reside throughout the district, and who might have modified colleges, Ball-Oliver mentioned these college students shall be assessed to search out out in the event that they accomplished the necessities to maneuver on to the subsequent grade stage.
Air high quality in colleges: One of many mitigation methods the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) recommends is upgraded HVAC programs. SCCPSS buildings’ HVAC programs have been upgraded and filters are modified often. “We alter roughly 6,541 [air] filters each two months,” mentioned Vanessa Miller-Kaigler, district deputy superintendent and COO.
Bell occasions: A listing of up to date bell occasions for all colleges, as of July 29, is posted on the district web site at sccpss.com.
Digital gadgets: College students shall be required to convey their laptops or different digital gadgets to high school every day. “The expectation is that [students] will convey them to high school every single day,” mentioned Ball-Oliver. “[The devices] have to go house with them in order that they can proceed with their homework and different initiatives and assignments. [Electronic devices are] built-in into their courses every single day.”
Face masks: As a consequence of rising COVID circumstances, the district is requiring all individuals in district amenities to put on a face masks indoors till additional discover — no matter vaccination standing. College students are required to put on face masks whereas on the varsity bus. If a pupil on the bus cease doesn’t have a face masks, bus drivers have a restricted variety of paper face masks. Nevertheless, face masks are optionally available whereas outdoors, so college students can take a “masks break” throughout recess.
Jobs with the district: Savannah-Chatham County Colleges continues to rent for a lot of positions from bus drivers and screens, to useful resource officers, crossing guards, custodial and vitamin division workers. Out there positions are posted on the district web site at sccpss.com.
Meals: Breakfasts and lunches are free for all college students in 2021-22. Functions free of charge and diminished lunch should not required. Menus shall be posted on the serving strains.
For college kids attending Savannah-Chatham E-learning Academy who need college meals, they need to contact their nearest college website and decide up their meals there. “So long as there’s communication with the cafeteria supervisor, we are able to make it occur,” mentioned Dorothy Dupree, district college vitamin coordinator. The SCELA pupil’s educational coach (normally a guardian) can request as much as per week’s value of meals at their nearest college. Dupree added if a pupil is at one other location — similar to with a caregiver — in the course of the college day, the caregiver can simply name the closest college and decide up the coed’s meals from that location.
Open Homes: All colleges are internet hosting open homes proper earlier than the primary day of faculty, or in the course of the first week of faculty. Dad and mom ought to verify their kid’s college web site for days and occasions as these range by grade stage or pupil’s final title.
Site visitors: With the scarcity of bus drivers, the varsity district anticipates a rise in walkers, cyclists and guardian drivers in drop off and decide up strains. Terry Enoch, chief of the varsity district police division, is asking the neighborhood to pay attention to college students strolling or using bikes, and drivers slowing all the way down to enter college properties.
“Pay attention to little students, medium students, and large students who’re strolling or using bikes to high school,” Enoch mentioned. “We now have requested native legislation enforcement to assist us. You will notice velocity enforcement out of fairly heavy.” Dad and mom ought to verify their college’s web site for instructions to enter and exit drop off and decide up zones.
He additionally requested for persistence from neighborhood members who haven’t got youngsters in class. “Be affected person,” Enoch added. “Inform your boss you may be just a little late since you’re taking your little one to high school or you must decelerate whereas driving by means of a faculty zone.”
Listed below are a few guidelines of the street to recollect, in response to the Georgia Driver’s Guide:
• When college is in session, drivers should pay attention to diminished velocity limits in class zones. Drivers might be cited for driving only one mile per hour above the posted velocity restrict. Fines begin at $75.
• All motor autos should cease behind a faculty bus that has activated flashing crimson lights and prolonged cease indicators. It’s illegal for any motorized vehicle to cross a faculty bus whereas it’s loading or unloading youngsters.
Watch out for velocity cameras
The Chatham County Police Division will activate velocity cameras on Aug. 16 round a number of college zones. The varsity zones to be monitored are close to Georgetown Ok-8; Could Howard and Marshpoint elementary colleges; Coastal Center, and St. Andrew’s Faculty.
Whereas citations will not be issued the primary 30 days after activation, motorists must be conscious that the cameras shall be operational your complete college day, not simply within the mornings and afternoons when youngsters could also be going to or from college. The cameras shall be on from one hour earlier than the beginning of faculty till one hour after the tip of faculty.
CCPD added there shall be signage earlier than the cameras alerting motorists of the velocity cameras; and citations shall be issued provided that the motorist is caught going greater than 10 mph above the posted velocity restrict, beginning Sept. 16.
Vaccines: On the Ahead to Faculty Expo on July 24, Levett mentioned greater than 200 individuals acquired the COVID vaccine from St. Joseph’s/Candler workers. She reiterated getting vaccines is among the mitigation methods for retaining college students and workers secure. Nevertheless, the district can’t require the vaccine or ask for somebody’s vaccine standing. “Our intention is to proceed to suggest [and] strongly encourage individuals to be vaccinated since we all know that that could be a large a part of the answer,” Levett added.
Barbara Augsdorfer is the schooling and nonprofits reporter for the Savannah Morning Information. Attain her at BAugsdorfer@gannett.com or on Twitter @Babs7983.