Weekly Update with Mr. Rizzo
This week includes:
- School Nurse Day
- Student Title IX Climate Survey
- Summer RAMS
School Nurse Day!
Today is National School Nurse Day!
School nurses serve as a critical health hub for students, ensuring that students are ready for learning by managing student health, from simple to complex. They are now navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic by testing, tracking, and supporting the vaccination process of our school community.
Title IX Climate Survey – Grade 7-12 Parent Review
The Spring-Ford Area School District is conducting a series of campus climate checks to obtain feedback from students, faculty, and staff about many aspects of sexual harassment, such as awareness of existing programs, knowledge of how to recognize sexual harassment, and more. This work is very important and will be helpful to the District as it works to keep our schools as free as possible of sexual harassment, including sexual assault and sexual violence. Next week, students in grades 7-12 will be sent an optional anonymous Title IX Climate Survey. Parents can click here to review the survey questions. There is no “opt out” option, as this is an optional survey. Complaints or questions regarding nondiscrimination in school, classroom, and/or employment practices should be referred to the district’s Title IX Coordinator.
Title IX Coordinator (Director of Human Resources)
857 S. Lewis Road
Summer RAMS Program
We are excited to share with you an optional summer opportunity for Spring-Ford students currently enrolled in grades K-8 (for the 2020-21 school year). Summer RAMS (Reading and Math Success) is an optional program to support students in reading and math. Students who may be experiencing learning loss or gaps in their learning may choose to participate in in-person and/or virtual sessions. The goal of in-person and virtual sessions are to provide targeted support and intervention in the areas of reading and math. In addition, we are offering to all students (regardless of instructional needs) access to a digital platform called iReady. Finally, a virtual pre-algebra program will be offered to all students who are scheduled to take Algebra 1 in the 2021-22 school year.
The Food and Drug Administration recently announced their plan to authorize the use of the coronavirus vaccine in children 12 to 15 years old, in addition to children ages 16 and up. Per the CDC and the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH), if a fully vaccinated student is identified as a close contact in school, the student will not be required to do the 10-day quarantine. While quarantine will not be required, notification to the parents/ guardians about exposure will continue. As always, it is important to watch for symptoms and proceed with testing if symptoms arise.
The CDC and the MCOPH define that a person can only be considered fully vaccinated 14-days following the administration of the second dose in a two-dose series vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), or 14-days following the administration of the single-dose series vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). If your child is identified as a close contact prior to when they would be considered a fully vaccinated individual, they would still require the 10-day quarantine.
Once your child has completed a COVID -19 vaccine series, you are welcome to send a copy of the documentation to the School Nurse. Please share this documentation only after your student is fully immunized, meaning it would be after the second dose has been administered of a two-dose series vaccine or after the single dose series vaccine. More information will be sent from your School Nurse.
To ensure equitable access for all, MCOPH will release vaccine appointments within phases randomly, not by date registered. Click here to register for a vaccine appointment.
As well, the Medicine Shoppe of Boyertown does have vaccine appointments available at their Boyertown site. Click here to learn more.
National Police Week
In addition to National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, January 9th, this week is National Police Week, and we're thanking our Spring-Ford School Police Officers!
The Spring-Ford Area School District School Police Department is a law enforcement agency with an emphasis on protecting our students, staff, and visitors within the Spring-Ford Area School District. The Spring-Ford School Police Department is committed to protecting life, liberty and property. They strive to provide the highest level of service and work in partnership with our community to ensure public safety while focusing on the following core principles:
- Protection of our Students, Staff, and Community
- Vigilant, Ethical and Impartial Enforcement of Law
- Critical Incident Preparedness and Response
- Crime Prevention, Reduction and Deterrence
Soles4Souls Community Shoe Drive
The entire Spring-Ford community is invited to join the 5/6/7 Grade Center Shoe Donation Drive! Spring-Ford students and families can donate new/gently used shoes in-person on May 15 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.! Students who attend 5/6/7 GC can bring shoes to school to drop off in our “shoe bins" from May 3 through May 14. Have a stray shoe? Bring it with you! Soles4Souls will take singles, too!
Community Shoe Drive
About Soles 4 Shoes: Most of us can’t fathom what it would be like to lack something as basic as a pair of shoes, but for millions of people around the world, that’s an everyday reality. For countless more, it’s a sudden and devastating consequence of a natural disaster. When someone doesn’t have shoes, it’s not just their feet that suffer. Without shoes, people are vulnerable to scrapes, cuts, bacteria and parasites that can lead to infection and other serious illnesses. Kids without shoes often can’t attend school and adults can’t work. At Soles4Souls, they turn unwanted shoes into opportunity, by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use – providing relief, creating jobs and empowering people to break the cycle of poverty.
50th Anniversary Reception
Did your parents, or grandparents, graduate from Spring-Ford in 1971? We’re looking for them! Spring-Ford Area High School invites our Class of 1971 graduates to join their classmates on June 15, 2021 to celebrate their 50th High School Graduation. Prior to the graduation ceremony, we will hold a gathering for the 1971 alumni class. Starting at 5:30 p.m., there will be a reception held in the 9th Grade Media Center. After the reception, our Commencement ceremony is planned to begin at 7 p.m. in Coach McNelly Stadium, and alumna is invited to attend.
Please pass this RSVP along to your family members, and encourage them to RSVP no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2021. We will be delighted to have them attend one or both events!
Summer Football Program
Spring-Ford varsity coaches will be presenting various topics / fundamentals / drills for any Spring-Ford youth player, coach, and/or parent. This event is free! No pre-registration, show up for any or all.
Upcoming School Board Meetings
Click here to view upcoming agendas, board documents, and board minutes.
- May 17, 6:30 p.m. – Policy Committee Meeting
- May 17, 7:30 p.m. – Extracurricular Committee Meeting
- May 24, 7:30 p.m. – School Board Meeting
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