CCHS Weekly Newsletter

25 February 2024

Doors open 7:40am
Breakfast served 7:40am-7:55am
School day starts 8:05am
School day ends 3:00pm

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday, March 5 - K-12 Conferences

Thursday, March 7 - K-12 Conferences

Friday, March 9 - No School Day

Monday, March 11-Friday, March 15th - Spring Break

Monday, March 18 - First day of our 4th Quarter

STUDENT AND PARENT/GUARDIAN NEWS

Increased Law Enforcement Presence

 You may have noticed an increase in the visibility of local police officers in and around our schools in recent months. This is an intentional effort to strengthen relationships between our students, staff and law enforcement personnel, while also adding another layer of security to our campuses. This represents the first of a two-part plan to increase school safety, suggested by the district's Crisis Response and Life Safety Advisory Committee. The second component involves an agreement with the Charles City Police Department for a part time School Resource Officer (also referred to as Peace Officer). This individual will have a daily presence in our buildings next school year as a means of further increasing safety and security throughout the district.

A Note from Sarah Wilcox, Our College & Career Transition Counselor

A Note from Bethany Bjorklund, One of Our District Nurses

The Iowa Department of Education updated their school illness guidelines regarding COVID-19 and how long students need to stay home if they test positive for COVID-19 on February 19, 2024.

The school illness exclusion guidelines set in place by the state are going to start treating COVID-19 like any other upper respiratory infection such as the common cold, cough, influenza, and RSV. 

Respiratory illness (cough and cold symptoms) includes influenza, COVID-19, and RSV: 

Student should be excluded from school and may return when they are fever free for 24 hours without use of a fever-reducing medication AND respiratory symptoms are mild and improving.

Charles City Schools will no longer follow the past public health recommendation of isolating for five days from the onset of symptoms and masking on day six through 10.

Link to the updated Iowa Health and Human Services document on school illness exclusion criteria that Iowa schools follow.

Please see the Iowa Health and Human Services COVID-19 Public Fact Sheet for more information.

Earned Detentions

If students earned a detention between 2/16-2/22, they will receive an email from Ms. Johnson today, Sunday, February 25th. Detentions are earned every time a student is marked as being unexcused (at least 10 minutes late to class, or skipping class all together) and/or every time a student has earned a group of three tardies. Please check with your student to see if they received an email from Ms. Johnson about an earned detention. Ask your student to read the contents of the email to you, so you are aware of the expectations for serving a detention as well as knowing how many detentions your student has earned. 

Students will also receive an email from Ms. Johnson if they have past detentions to serve.

Page 28 of Student Handbook Shares:

Parent/Guardian meetings will begin to occur due to unserved detentions.

If a student has any unserved detentions, he/she will not be able to attend prom.

Study Tables

We highly encourage your student(s) to attend study tables if they are earning a failing grade in any of their classes.

Anticipated Absences for Field Trips

Field Trips (Page 15--Student Handbook)

Field Trips Field trips are components of the curriculum as an extension of the classroom to contribute to the achievement and mission/vision of the school district. If a field trip is required for a course, students are expected to attend. Absences in other classes or school activities due to attendance on field trips are considered excused. Students are expected to complete missed work prior to departing. While on field trips, students are guests and considered ambassadors and representatives of the school district. Students are expected to treat employees, chaperones, and guides with respect and courtesy. Prior to attending a field trip, students must return a permission form signed by the student’s guardians."

To plan for arranging and receiving permission to make up school work, students attain an "Anticipated Absence Form" from the front office. Once students have this form, they need to go to each of their teachers, asking for assignments that need to be completed before the student leaves. Teachers will write the assignments and due dates on the Anticipated Absence Form as well as sign off on their class. 

Students are responsible for getting the school work done that is listed on their Anticipated Absence Form for each of their classes, on the date the teacher has specified on the form.

Before & After School Plans

Our school doors open for students at 7:40. Should your student arrive between 7:40 and 7:55, and if they are not working with a teacher or coach, they must stay in the cafeteria until 7:55. Wandering around the school building will not be permitted during this time.

The academic school day ends at 3:00 for students. Unless your student is working with a teacher or coach after school, they must be out of the building no later than 3:30. Wandering around the school building will not be permitted during this time. Students will be escorted out of the building at 3:30 if they are not working with a teacher or coach.

Current Handbook Policy Concerning School Dances

Dances (Page 16--Student Handbook)

School-sponsored dances must be approved by the principal at least 4 weeks prior to the dance. Students who leave a dance are not allowed to re-enter. School district policies, rules, and regulations apply to students as well as guests at school dances. Students and guests violating school district policies, rules, or regulations are asked to leave the dance and grounds. Parents will be notified of the violation and removal. Student identification may be requested by school officials. Students who have an excessive number of office referrals or are habitually tardy/absent may lose the privilege of attending dances. This is the discretion of the campus administration.

High School only: Visitors may be allowed to attend High School dances but must meet the following expectations:

  1. Currently attend a high school,
  2. Register in advance,
  3. Receive permission from their current High School Administrator
  4. Receive permission from Charles City High School Administration.

Revised Handbook Policy Concerning School Dances

Dances (Will be changed in Student Handbook for 2024-2025 school year. Will be used as our policy for Prom 2024)

School-sponsored dances must be approved by the principal at least 4 weeks prior to the dance. Students who leave a dance are not allowed to re-enter. School district policies, rules, and regulations apply to students as well as guests at school dances. Students and guests violating school district policies, rules, or regulations are asked to leave the dance and grounds. Parents will be notified of the violation and removal. Student identification may be requested by school officials. Students who have an excessive number of office referrals or are habitually tardy/absent may lose the privilege of attending dances. This is the discretion of the campus administration.

High School only: 

Guests and Guest Protocol

Guests may be allowed to attend High School dances but must meet at least one of the following two expectations to meet our “Guest Protocol:”

  1. Guests must currently attend a high school and be able to show proper ID AND Receive permission from their current High School Administrator AND Receive permission from Charles City High School Administration AND Register in advance.

OR

  1. Guests must be no older than 19 years of age and be no more than one year post high school graduation AND Receive permission from Charles City High School Administration AND Register in advance.

ADMITTANCE AND ATTENDANCE

  1. Any bags, purses, backpacks, etc will be searched before entering the dance
  2. Any open container will not be allowed inside the dance and all water bottles must be empty before entering.
  3. Any student or guest who leaves during the dance for any reason will not be readmitted

Attendance

In the interest of student safety and well-being, security will be increased in all school buildings. All students must check in and out of the front office after the school day begins. Students who fail to do so will be considered truant. Parents must notify the school by 9:00 am each day their student is absent. The phone number to report absences at the High School is 641-257-6511. Please see page 7 of the Student Handbook for more information on student absences.

Meal Menus

See the website here for the breakfast and lunch menus.  See the back to school article here for information on how to add money to a student meal account. 

Athletic Events

See the district activity calendar here for upcoming events.

A Note from Mr. Bliss & Ms. Johnson

We have nine school days until Spring break.

Please help us encourage your student(s) to make the last several days before spring break count! 

  • Prioritize Your Student's Attendance
    • Every time your student is not attending a high school class they are missing out on opportunities to connect with their peers & teachers & attain support academically, socially, and emotionally
  • Keep Tabs on Your Student's Grades
    • Check with your student and their grades at least once a week
    • Encourage your student to communicate with their teachers (direct conversation or email) when they feel "stuck" in class, are missing an assignment, and/or are confused about an assignment. 
    • Insist that your student sign up for classes they are failing during Advisory Wednesday-Friday of each week
  • Encourage Your Student to Attend a Study Table after School

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