Dr. Epps School Newsletter

Principal's October Newsletter
Posted on 10/08/2020

The Lake Worth Community High School Crest

October 8, 2020 

Greetings Trojan Family, 

It has been wonderful to see so many students back in their physical classrooms with a successful reopening of all of our campuses last week. While families continue to choose distance learning, our teachers are doing a remarkable job balancing a blended model of in-person and remote instruction, simultaneously. For children who return to their physical campuses, it is essential to remember that facial coverings continue to be required until further notice. The facial covering protocol, as outlined in the District’s COVID-19 Student and Employee policies, is in place to help ensure the safety of students and staff. 

It is vital that both parents and students remain fully aware of the latest changes to important District policies and guiding procedures.  

• According to updated Student Policy 5.326, students must “not come to school if ill including, but not limited to: symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, severe headache, body ache, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite and sense of smell, and other flu-like symptoms.” Refer to the Covid-19 Guiding Document (pages 12 and/or page 18) for additional information. Protocol for COVID Positive Students, please refer to page 23.  

• With regards to updated Visitor Policy 2.065, and implementing protocols in order to keep our campuses safe, it is important for visitors to understand “access to all District property will be limited to current students, current staff, pre-approved parents/guardians/guests, vendors and contractors, and invited guests with principal or designee approval. Visitors must take their temperature prior to arriving at District property and the visitor shall not report to a District Property if they have a temperature of 100.4 or higher.” According to the policy, “visitors shall not report to District Property while using fever-reducing medications.”  

• Please be reminded that students are expected to follow the District’s Student Code Of Conduct to create a safe learning environment for all students in Distance Learning and in person. Parents, take the opportunity to speak with your child about protecting, and not sharing, their confidential login information. 

• Making Your Choice 2.0 is the School District of Palm Beach County’s consistency plan for each semester to ascertain the students who intend to switch from Virtual to Brick and Mortar or Brick and Mortar to Virtual.

The dates listed below are important for you and your family to review: 

First Semester Action and Timeline

  • Monday, October 5, 2020 - First Semester final selection date window opens for Parent/Student decisions about their desired learning platform. The window opens for switching from Virtual to Brick and Mortar or Brick and Mortar to Virtual. Parents will need to go back to the Make Your Choice tile in the student portal to change the desired learning platform and register for bus transportation if needed. 
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020  - First Semester final selection date window closes for Parent/Student decisions about their desired learning platform. 
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - Parent/Student desired learning platform is implemented and selected choice begins. No further changes for First Semester. 

Second Semester Action and Timeline
  • Monday, January 4,  2021 - Second Semester final selection date window opens for Parent/Student decisions about their desired learning platform. The window opens for switching from Virtual to Brick and Mortar or Brick and Mortar to Virtual for the rest of the school year. Parents will need to go back to the Make Your Choice tile in the student portal to change the desired learning platform and register for bus transportation if needed. 
  • Monday, January 11, 2021 - Second Semester final selection date window closes for Parent/Student decisions about their desired learning platform.  
  • Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - Parent/Student desired learning platform is implemented and selected choice begins for the remainder of the year. No further changes for the Second Semester. 
Dates to keep in mind for October: TESTING CALENDAR 
10/5-9:   Algebra 1 EOCs Retake/ Math Diagnostics through the Math Department 
10/8:      ACT, for Grade 12 
10/14:    PSAT – NMSQT for Grade 11 
10/12-16:  Reading Diagnostics through the English Department 
10/20:   School Advisory Council meeting at 6 pm via Google Meets.  
10/27:   PSAT – NMSQT for Grade 9 
10/29:   PSAT – NMSQT for Grade 10 

It is with great pride that I am sharing with you the awesome work of Mr. Cavanagh. We have our testing information organized in one place. Just a click away for parents and students

Thank you for trusting us enough with your child and caring enough everyone on campus. We wish you the very best this month. If you need additional informational in any items shared in this newsletter, please let me know. Please email me  or call me at (561) 533-6300. Together we can make a difference! Trojan Strong.  


Sincerely,  

Dr. Elvis Epps, 
Principal 

 

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