Building Visitors - Week of January 4
Wednesday, January 4, our building will be open for teachers and staff only. We will continue to do remote learning through Friday. I wanted to make sure you were aware of who to contact if you need help or an item from the building this week, please use the following list for all you may need this week:
- No visitors this week. Boosters or PTSA may pick up items next week. More information will be made available to give dates and times.
- If you need a Certificate of Attendance, ADAP card, or work permit, please fill out the form on the “Most Requested Forms” link on our website (scroll down, link on the left, and here for your convenience). You will be contacted when the item is ready for pickup. We will leave it in the pickup box outside of the front door.
- If your student is having an issue with his/her device, please contact Ms. Morgan in the Media Center (www.bearsmediacenter.com) or call the IT hotline at (470) 254-HELP.
- If you need to arrange for a meal kit pick-up, please pre-order by tonight (Tuesday, 1/4/22) at 11:59 pm. You can order online at www.nutrition.fultonschools.org.
- If your student needs to pick up an instrument, please contact your director for an appointment for pickup.
- If you need help or assistance, please use the Text 4 Help Hotline (open 24/7, 365) by texting BEARS to 1-844-201-9946 or using www.connectfulton.findhelp.com to look for a variety of assistance programs (examples include food pantry, financial assistance, medical care, and more).
- If there is something you need that is not on this list, please contact your student’s administrator for assistance.
Cambridge High School
Video Message from Ms. Agans (1.3.22)
Message From Ms. Agans (1.3.22)
Cambridge High School Teachers, Staff, Students and Parents,
Happy New Year Bear Country! Please see the video that accompanies this message at https://youtu.be/CbJROnEjuBs.
Based on the current situation, Cambridge will be in remote learning through Friday, January 7, 2022. In-person learning is slated to return on Monday, January 10, 2022, depending on Covid numbers. This message will address expectations and information for this week of remote learning and present upcoming (possible) mitigation strategies for students returning to the building based on the FCS Mitigation Matrix.
Expectations and Information for Remote Learning January 4 – January 7, 2022:
- While in Remote Learning, Cambridge will follow the Remote Learning Bell Schedule used last year (the bell schedule can be found on our website). This bell schedule allows for 10-minute breaks between classes as well as teacher office hours at the end of the day.
- Attendance will be taken as normal, and students are expected to be in class. Classes will not be recorded. Students who do not log into Teams for class will be counted absent. Teachers will reach out to parents and students on Friday if a student has not logged into classes this week. Please encourage your student to keep to the schedule – this will make for an easier return to in-person learning.
- Teachers will have cameras on during the entire class period (even during asynchronous activities) for guidance or questions on lessons/activities. Students are encouraged to turn on their cameras for class.
- Asynchronous activities will be posted on Teams if a teacher is ill or unable to host class. Attendance in these classes will be taken through completed activities upon the teacher’s return.
- All additional meetings will be held via Teams this week.
- All inside Athletics or Performances will be held with a limited capacity of 50%.
- Clubs, groups, or teams have been encouraged to use Teams for any needed meetings this week.
- B² activities this week will focus on goal setting. This is a timely and important skill for our students. Additional parent support for this activity is located on our website under Parent Resources. Please encourage your students to take the time to develop this needed life skill.
Mitigation Strategies for Cambridge High School through January 21, 2022:
- Fulton County Schools has announced that a mask mandate will go back into place for all school and district buildings from January 3 – January 21, 2022. Further guidance will be given on the mask mandate on the 21st.
- The FCS Mitigation Matrix drives decisions on necessary mitigation strategies in Fulton County Schools based on community Covid cases. As Cambridge High School resides in Milton, Milton’s numbers on the epidemiology report determine how CHS will respond via the Mitigation Matrix.
- Thursday, December 30, the number of COVID cases per 100,000 was 682 in Milton.
- Based on this number, mitigation strategies we will use at Cambridge (based on the 500 cases per 100,000 level of the Matrix):
- All meetings with parents or outside groups will be held via Teams, no face-to-face meetings.
- Parents will continue to drop off items via the cart outside the front entrance.
- Field trips will be limited.
- All inside Athletics or Performances will continue but at 50% capacity.
- Clubs with large membership should meet outside. If meeting indoors, temperature checks should be taken and recorded. The size of the group should determine the meeting space.
- No food or drinks are allowed in classrooms.
- At lunch, when students are done eating, they must mask up.
- All students will be assigned to an “A” Lunch or “B” Lunch during their lunch period (this is based on teacher assignment for 4th period, more information will be shared before return). When not in their assigned lunch period, students will go to the Auditorium for Study Hall or the Gym to walk the track. NO FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED IN THE AUDITORIUM OR GYM. Eating will be limited to the cafeteria. Students will be spaced in the auditorium and gym. All tables in the cafeteria will be labeled “A” or “B,” and students will sit at the appropriate “A” or “B” table based on their lunch period. This will ensure students are always at clean tables and give custodians time to properly clean between lunches.
- PTSA, CAA, or Booster groups who need access to the mailroom are requested to do so only on Fridays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. We ask that one representative from the group pick up any mail or packages and distribute them to the group to prevent multiple visitors.
- Should numbers in Milton increase, mitigation strategies we will use at Cambridge (based on the 750 cases per 100,000 level of the Matrix):
- All strategies listed above in the 500 cases level.
- Change from above: all inside Athletics or Performances will be limited to 30%. In addition, outside Athletics or Performances will be limited to 50%.
- Change from above: lunch may be held in classrooms with grab-and-go meals from the cafeteria.
- Change from above: cancellation of all field trips.
- In addition to the above: the bell schedule will be modified to allow for longer and staggered passing times.
- In addition to the above: the one-way hall system may be re-activated.
- Should numbers increase above 1,000 or above 10% of the Cambridge School population, a switch to remote learning (with no spectators allowed at Athletic or Performing events) is possible.
I know our community is divided on this issue. I hope you know that our job is to keep students, teachers, and staff safe and healthy so that education may continue. Students cannot learn if they do not feel safe and healthy. Teachers and staff cannot teach if they are not healthy. I am asking ALL of us, regardless of our feelings, to follow the policy set forth by the district. I am asking families to support our students and our school through this wave. I am asking everyone to choose to be positive. I know that is a large “ask.” In time, this will pass. Do we want to spend that time angry and resentful? Is that good for our students or our community? Or do we want to spend that time working to support each other? I am asking that we be BRAVE to follow the guidelines; RESPECTFUL of the fact that we still do not know everything about this virus; INVOLVED in listening to each other’s needs; DETERMINED to make each other feel comfortable and safe; GENEROUS with our time and positive thoughts; ENGAGED in keeping ourselves healthy. When the numbers go down, the restrictions and mandates will go down. For now, let us all be supportive and #BeTheBridge to a safer tomorrow.
Additional Announcements and Information:
Schedule Correction Request Form due date has been extended to 4:00PM on Friday, January 14th, 2022. Please submit the completed form to the Counseling Office or to your counselor via email before the deadline. Counselors will change the schedule in the order of submission upon approval.
If one of the following situations does not apply, you are NOT eligible for a schedule correction. Switching between online and in-person will not be permitted.
- I am scheduled for a class for which I have already earned credit, AND/OR
- I have two of the same classes, AND/OR
- I have not met the prerequisite for the course, AND/OR
- I am missing a course required for graduation, AND/OR
- I did not request this elective course, AND/OR
- I am missing a lunch period or class period, AND/OR
- I want to level down.
From FCS Nutrition:
Meal Kit distribution will be on Thursday from 9:30am – 11:30am. In order to receive a meal kit, you must be a Fulton County Student and the kit MUST be pre-ordered online. See this link for more information.
If you are having an issue with your device, you can call the IT Help line at 470-254-HELP. You can also reach out to Ms. Morgan in the Media Center.
If you need support:
Don’t forget you can text the "Text for Help" line at any time, 24/7, by texting “BEARS” to 1-844-201-9946. Parents can also access Connect Fulton to find lots of different avenues of support, including financial assistance, food pantries, medical care, free and reduced-cost help and more at www.connectfulton.findhelp.com.
Please check our website and the Fulton County Schools website for more information on all the information above. A community email will be sent out tomorrow afternoon as well. As more information is made available, we will communicate to families and students.
Thank you for ALL you do to support Cambridge! Remember, be safe, #BeTheBridge, and GO BEARS!
Proud Principal of Cambridge High School
Message from Fulton County Schools
Dear Parents and Community Members,
The new year is arriving with COVID-19 continuing to be a challenge in our community. According to the December 30, 2021, Fulton County Board of Health (FCBOH) Epidemiology Report, there has been a dramatic increase in positive cases in Fulton County, with some municipalities reaching historic highs. Therefore, in consultation with the FCBOH, Fulton County Schools (FCS) will implement the following changes for the start of second semester.
The district will begin with remote learning for all students on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, through Friday, January 7, 2022.
Face-to-face instruction will return on Monday, January 10, 2022. Utilizing the Closing Matrix, schools with positive COVID-19 cases equal to or greater than one percent of the student/staff population will continue with remote learning until the number of cases decrease.
Masks will be required in all FCS facilities January 10 through January 21, 2022.
Staff will report remotely on Monday and Tuesday, January 3 and 4, 2022, and report in-person beginning Wednesday, January 5, 2022.
Please remember COVID-19 is an ever-changing situation, one we cannot predict. We will continue to communicate changes as they occur. We implore our community do all they can to be safe. We strongly encourage people to get vaccinated. Please follow public health guidelines and report any positive COVID-19 cases to the Parent or Employee portals.