July 27, 2021 School Restart Update

I hope that you all are doing well. This week we will begin our Start of the Year conferences. We will begin school on Monday, August 2, 2021.  With that said, in the last correspondence I gave you the information for how we would start school still battling a pandemic. As I stated in previous correspondence, our level of community spread was in the low to moderate range. Within just 14 days that number has more than quadrupled from 33 cases per 100,000 to nearly 150 cases per 100,000 and rising. This has catapulted our community back into the highest level of spread. Given this fact, we will continue on with bringing all students back to school for in-person learning, but that will be with a mask requirement returning. We will continually evaluate the need for masks based on guidance from the CDC, DPH, and other tools and resources available to us and the community at large.

 

When students return to school, we will be taking every precaution necessary to mitigate the risk of illness. We will be keeping processes in place to ensure that the school is clean and sanitized when they return. Students are required to wear a mask at school. Everyone in the entire school will still have their temperature screened daily at our screening kiosk. This will also apply to visitors that intend to interact with teachers or students at any time during the day. Our goal is to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment for everyone. We will expect students to practice social distancing and common-sense practices for staying healthy and safe by practicing good hygiene. If our community spread level changes to a level that requires us to reevaluate our practices, we will take the appropriate steps and notify you of any changes.

 

We understand that this may not be a fit for everyone and we are available to help any families that would like to seek other options for the school year. If you would like to withdraw your student please use the withdrawal form online or contact Mrs. Katie Harris at kharris@statesborosteam.org for assistance and support. For returning students, please encourage them to take advantage of sanitation stations and opportunities that will be provided during the day to promote healthy practices. We will also be having these conversations as well, and we will be monitoring that students adhere to these practices and the procedures we have in place. We were able to get through the school year last year with minimal disruptions and with your help, we will do the same again this year by helping to keep our little school community safe and healthy. Please let me know if you all have any questions and I will do my best to help. Thank you again for your continued support in helping us return to school in a way that will best help students succeed. We look forward to a time when all is well again!!

July 12, 2021 School Restart Update

I hope that you all are doing well and that you have had a good summer. We are getting closer to the beginning of a new school year at Statesboro STEAM Academy. With that being said, we are looking forward to getting back to school in a close as normal way as possible. As you all know during the pandemic, we had to make a number of changes in order to get through the school year. This year, we are preparing to return on a normal schedule that will include us being in school 5 days a week (Mon-Thurs 9 AM-3:40 PM and Friday 9:00 AM-12:50 PM). We will NOT offer a virtual option for school this year. All students will be returning to school face to face.

 

When students return to school, we will be taking every precaution necessary to mitigate the risk of illness. We will be keeping processes in place to ensure that the school is clean and sanitized when they return. Students are encouraged to wear a mask at school, especially during times where social distancing is more difficult. Masks for students are optional. Everyone in the entire school will still have their temperature screened daily at our screening kiosk. This will also apply to visitors that intend to interact with teachers or students at any time during the day. Our goal is to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment for everyone. While we are NOT requiring masks for students, we will expect them to practice social distancing and common-sense practices for staying healthy and safe by practicing good hygiene. Because our level of community spread is not at the same level as last year, we feel comfortable with our mitigation practices to start school. If our community spread level changes to a level that requires us to reevaluate our practices, we will take the appropriate steps and notify you all of any changes.

 

Please encourage students to take advantage of sanitation stations and opportunities that will be provided during the day to promote healthy practices. We will also be having these conversations, as well and we will be monitoring that students adhere to these practices and the procedures we have in place. Your partnership helped us stay safe and operable all year last year so we hope that you will partner again with us in all of this. It will be important for having a successful school year.

 

For new students, please remember that New Student Orientation will be Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at 3:00 pm at the school. You may find the Supply List for this year on the front page of the school webpage under Dragon Links.