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Principal's Update - 9/6/21
Posted 9/8/21

It has been wonderful to see students and staff back on campus learning and enjoying each other’s company over the last two weeks. As the world, and our community are still battling COVID, please be sure to do the following.

 

DAILY SCREENER

Please be sure to go over this questionnaire with your student EVERY morning before they come to school. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lIowPcQgf0jy4WZqcpU2FmUcviyQDGf4/view

If they are experiencing any of the symptoms or answer yes to any question, please do NOT send them to school.  Instead, contact your health professional to see what is the cause of the symptoms and follow the directions on this flowchart

 

PPE (personal protective equipment)

All have done a great job of adjusting to in person learning while wearing masks and following hand sanitizing protocols.  Please see the article from the CDC regarding preferred mask types and how to wear them. Please note masks with respirators are not preferred. 

 

If you find the cost of obtaining cloth masks for your students a difficulty, please let the front office know, as some families have generously donated packages of washable cloth masks for student use.  We will always be happy to provide a mask for a student that has lost/soiled the one they brought at the beginning of the school day.

 

 

 

COVID TESTING

Free testing for staff and students (sorry, no family members at this time) will be available at IHS every Wednesday from 7am-3pm, outside Room 43.  Parents, you do not need to be present while your high schooler takes their own sample, but you do need to fill out a one-time registration/permission for your student.

 

 

TRAFFIC

More single cars than ever are being driven to take students to/from school.  This is evident in both the drop in AC Transit ridership (only 1/3-1/2 of the number of students that took the bus pre-COVID) and the time people spend waiting to get through the line in the main lot.  If your student is self-mobile, please consider dropping them off at alternate locations, such as Carol Ave., where they can walk across the fields, Walgreens parking lot, or the Community Center.  

Please note that drop off/pick up in the horseshoe is reserved for students that have mobility challenges.  

 

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT (BTSN)

Thursday, September 9th will be BTSN.  This will be held via Zoom, with each teacher sending out links for each period via Google classroom and Infinite Campus Messages.  The evening will start at 6 pm, with an introduction to administrators, counselors and other staff.  At 6:30, families will follow their student’s schedule for 10 minute classes.  More information will be posted soon.  

 

Thank you for continuing to support your child and the entire Irvington High School Community.

Nathania Chaney Aiello

Principal

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