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  • Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Just a few items to close out the first week of Phase 5 including a statement from Superintendent Looney about students falsifying or not reporting COVID tests or symptoms. His statement is at the bottom of this email.

    MASKS
    Phase 5 reopening has gone well this week with approximately 900 students in the building for Face to Face learning. Please remind your students that masks are REQUIRED to be worn in the building except during lunch. As a reminder, face shields are not a substitute for a mask, and gaiters are not allowed inside the building. Thanks for helping to remind your student of the rules so that they don't get sent to the office for failure to wear a mask or be sent home.

    TEAMS
    Please remind your students to check their TEAMS email each day before school begins to view the school announcements. We post all announcements each morning and instructions on specific student-related items (for example, how to pay for lunch or where to pick up a replacement school-issued device).

    FOOD DISTRIBUTION
    Please view the Food Distribution link on our website for the latest news on Food Distribution sites, Meal Kit Preorder form, and Free and Reduced Lunch application for Riverwood here: https://www.fultonschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=19967

    CARPOOL
    Please do not drop your student off on Raider Drive in the morning during carpool. This is creating a safety hazard for all involved. If you do not want to drive through carpool, have your student walk or take the bus to school.

    SUPERINTENDENT LOONEY STATEMENT
    We take the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously in the Fulton County School District. It is a shared expectation that parents, guardians and students not only take their own health and safety seriously, but that they make the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff THE priority now that we have resumed face to face instruction in our schools. Unfortunately, there have been some instances where students have entered our school buildings with observable and measurable symptoms of illness and/or knowingly awaiting COVID test results. And in some rare cases, they have even lied about this. I cannot stress enough how irresponsible this behavior is, as it compromises the health and safety of every student and staff member in a school building and jeopardizes all students’ ability to receive face-to-face instruction.

    As a result, if a student comes to school knowingly experiencing illness or symptoms of COVID-19, we may take the following actions to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and the community:
    Moving the student to virtual learning for a specified time, including the remainder of the semester;
    Removal of the ability to participate in athletics or other extracurricular activities or events; and/or
    Referral to the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) in cases of suspected abuse or neglect.

    Of course, this list is not exhaustive, and any student who is dishonest or causes a school disruption will be subject to our Student Code of Conduct and extracurricular rules, as is typical. Again, safety and health is our number one priority! We must all work together to ensure a safe and successful school year. The professionals at Fulton County Schools will do their part. We need our parents, students, community members, and other stakeholders to do theirs, as well.

    Regards,

    Kindra

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