Weekly Message–October 4-8, 2021

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for the week of October 04, 2021. 

I hope everyone is having a safe and productive intersession break! As we begin our final week of break, I wanted to share some important information with you. 

Durham Public Schools, in partnership with MAKO Medical, will begin providing weekly COVID-19 testing at school to help identify possible COVID-19 infections among students even if they’re not showing any symptoms. Research has shown such testing can reduce the spread by 50%, especially in large settings such as schools. 

The testing is a simple swab of the nose and not the test that tickles the brain. This is the same test families can administer from home or at local testing sites. 

This is a voluntary testing process, so a parent or guardian must register their student to participate. The link to register is included in the email version of this message, posted on our website and my blog. A hard copy letter will be sent home with your student when we return from break. All testing information and results will remain confidential. 

I encourage our families to register their students for this free opportunity. Together, we can keep our students safe, in their classrooms, and prevent community spread. 

Register your student today with this link: https://home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=tf-dur-688-students

When we return to school, we will begin eating outside as circumstances allow. We are currently waiting for furniture to arrive. If you would like your child to eat outside using a mat or blanket, please plan to send this to school. We also have developed a plan to ensure that when students are inside, they are 6 feet apart from each other during lunches. Please continue to talk with your children about the importance of social distancing and appropriate mask wearing at all times. Notify the main office or me directly if your child tests positive so that we can take the appropriate next steps to ensure the safety of our community. 

Have a great evening from everyone at SCS where we practice the 4C’s–Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Community. 

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