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CAES Weekly Updates: February 2022

Carrollton Weekly Update  2/5/2022

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

A founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History organization, Carter G. Woodson first planted the seeds for what has become Black History Month, selecting February because it’s the month that Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass both celebrated their birthdays. Woodson was born in 1875 to newly freed Virginia slaves and later earned a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, the second Black to do so after W.E.B. Du Bois. Worried that American Black children were not being taught about their ancestors’ achievements, he launched Negro History Week in 1926 with the belief that teaching of Black history was key to the physical and intellectual survival of his race within American society; according to Dr. Woodson, "If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated." Fifty years after the first celebration, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month during our country's bicentennial celebration, calling on all Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Forty years later, President Barack Obama stated, "Black History Month shouldn't be treated as though it is somehow separate from our collective American history or somehow just boiled down to a compilation of greatest hits from the March on Washington or from some of our sports heroes…It's about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans." 

Source: foxnews.com/lifestyle/black-history-month-facts-10-things

CARDINAL KUDOS!

The following staff members were recognized this week for their years of service with Isle of Wight County Schools: 15 years – Mrs. K. McKay; 10 years – Mrs. E. Madden; 5 years – Ms. H. Enyingi, Mr. C. Goerger, Mrs. P. Hall, Mrs. H. Luong, Mrs. S. Mitra, Mrs. M. Pealo, Mr. M. Sciarrotta, and Mrs. K. Vukmanic.

F.Y.I.

Class group pictures will be taken by our school photographer Wednesday, 2/9Photos will be available for ordering online about two weeks after picture day.

Canned food drive 2/14 – 2/18; Ms. Sledge is our point of contact, and the winning class will get a movie & popcorn party!

Parent Portal will be off-line until Feb. 11 while teachers are inputting report card information.

From Coach Madden: We’re gearing up for our annual Kids Heart Challenge sponsored by the American Heart Association, starting next week and ending late February with our Jump Night! (more info on Jump Night coming soon). Our students will be moving even more by dancing, doing cardio exercises, jumping rope, and conquering an obstacle course, all during their PE Encore week!  And here’s my secret: while they’re having fun, they’re learning what it takes to have a healthy heart and about physical and emotional strength while they support a great cause – a true “win-win!”  You can join the excitement. Visit www.heart.org/KHC to register and get started and spread the word. Let’s raise much-needed funds for the Kids Heart Challenge!

In honor of American Heart Month, Isle of Wight County Schools will GO RED on Thursday, Feb. 10. Chances are, we all know someone affected by heart disease and stroke, so let's join together to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives.

From our Art teacher, Ms. Enyingi: The annual "Doodle for Google" contest has begun! The theme for this year is, "I care for myself by..." and encourages children to show how they make themselves feel better through artwork.  Rules, details, and how to enter can be found at https://doodle4google.com4google.comor a paper form can be picked up from Ms. Enyingi.  This contest will not be done in art class, but students are encouraged to participate. The deadline for this contest is March 4, 2022, and scholarship money will be awarded to winners.  Let's see if we can create some winners!

FROM OUR P.T.A.   https://carrollton.memberhub.com/calendar

CAES is sponsoring a canned food drive February 14 -18 and we are looking for volunteers to help collect and count the cans. Click here to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4faea823a5f94-canned

Retired Spirit Wear from 2020-2021 can now be purchased at our Store for a discounted price! Limited sizes and styles are available Check it out at https://carrollton.memberhub.com/store

Spring Book Fair with Usborne Books & More!

Wednesday, 3/16 - Family Kick-Off Event 6pm-8pm at CAES

Thursday, 3/17 and Friday, 3/18 - Student Preview/Wish List Days

Student Purchasing Days: (exact class times will be sent at a later date)

Monday, 3/21 - PreK and K classes

Tuesday, 3/22 - 1st grade classes

Wednesday, 3/23 - 2nd grade classes 

Thursday, 3/24 - 3rd grade classes 

Friday, 3/25 – Teachers, self-contained, and those students who missed their class day

Volunteers will be needed, so please be on the lookout for a Sign-Up Genius from the PTA!

Sign up to receive Remind messages from the CAES PTA! Use the class code @3e7fk3f

Don't forget to sign up for Amazon Smile and Box Tops:

Amazon Smile Registration: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/homepage?orig=%2F

Box Tops for Education Registration and download the app: https://www.boxtops4education.com/

HEALTH UPDATE

This week, 37 Cardinals were quarantined, making a total of 479 students/staff members since the start of school; a student or staff member is quarantined if he/she exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, is a close contact of someone who exhibits symptoms, and/or tests positive. Of those quarantined this week, 8 tested positive, making a total of 52 Cardinals since September. 

The CDC recommends that people remain up to date with their vaccines, which includes additional doses for individuals who are immunocompromised or booster doses at regular time points. Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot and a booster shot.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2/8       Bayport Savings Day

2/9       Class picture day

2/10     IWCS GO RED day!  School Board meeting (6:00)

2/11     Report cards come home

2/14     Happy Hearts Day – Students can wear Valentiney stuff and a class will win the Cardinal Spirit Stick!

2/21     No school: Presidents’ Day

2/23     Jump Rope for Hearts Night (more info to come)

3/1       Bayport Savings Day

3/4       Interim reports come home

 

Can you believe this school year is half-way through?!

Mr. B.

Carrollton Weekly Update  2/12/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

The United States has had 115 Supreme Court justices since the formation of the institution in 1790. Thurgood Marshall served from 1967 to 1991 as the first of only two Black justices in the Court's 232-year history. During a speech given July 4, 1992, at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Marshall stated, “Democracy just cannot flourish amid fear.” That word fearhas had significance lately as educators have faced Black History Month 2022 with trepidation. Why? Because of the current knee-jerk reaction to paint any instruction about Black culture as an attempt to indoctrinate students with insidious tenets of critical race theory. So, what does a teacher do if she’s fearful of being targeted or he’s afraid of being tattled on for focusing on the Black experience? That teacher does what's safe and does nothing -- and doing nothing betters no one. No teacher should be afraid of the reputation-tarnishing that comes from those who weaponize Facebook, and no educator should be afraid of an anonymous call to a CRT tip-line as if we were still living in the McCarthy era. No one should be afraid of being canceled or branded or outed because she authentically wants to recognize the humanity of others. According to Thurgood Marshall, “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute." What educators actually should be afraid of is students only learning a whitewashed version of history or a twisted version that views one race as perennial oppressors and another as perpetual victims. Adults should be afraid if our children have no friends who don’t look like them, and we should all be afraid if our children – not matter their hue – don’t understand that anyone of any race can be a doctor, a scientist, a politician, an astronaut, an author, a mover and a shaker. A judge. Justice Thurgood Marshall also observed during that Independence Hall speech that “liberty cannot bloom amid hate. Justice cannot take root amid rage. America must get to work. In the chill climate in which we live, we must go against the prevailing wind. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and the absence of moral leadership. We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.”

CARDINAL KUDOS!

Thank you to those who donated drinks to fill the fridge for our staff! It’s a simple treat and sincerely appreciated.

It was great to show off our building and our Cardinals to School Board members Mrs. R. Dial and Mr. M. Cunningham who joined us Thursday morning!

I truly appreciate the patience you have demonstrated as we’ve waited and watched for Virginia lawmakers to settle the to-mask-or-not-to-mask debate. Even though many of you hold a different personal opinion, your compliance with our health mitigation efforts has been exemplary and I’m grateful for you.

F.Y.I.

Canned food drive 2/14 – 2/18; Ms. Sledge is our point of contact, and the winning class will get a movie & popcorn party!

2/22/22 will be our fun Twosday and students are encouraged to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime date by wearing tutu’s or ties. 

From PE coach Mrs. Madden about the Kids Heart Challenge -- Our goal is $6,000 and we’re half-way there! If you haven’t joined our team, you can register online at heart.org/KHCJump Night is Wednesday, 2/23, from 6:00 - 7:30, and students and caregivers can participate in a variety of fun and exciting stations for a donation of $1 per person; all proceeds will go to our wonderful cause! Fundraising envelopes are due Friday, 2/25. Thank you for your support and generosity

From our Art teacher, Ms. Enyingi: The annual "Doodle for Google" contest has begun! The theme for this year is, "I care for myself by..." and encourages children to show how they make themselves feel better through artwork.  Rules, details, and how to enter can be found at https://doodle4google.com4google.comor a paper form can be picked up from Ms. Enyingi.  This contest will not be done in art class, but students are encouraged to participate. The deadline for this contest is March 4 and scholarship money will be awarded to winners.  Let's see if we can create some winners!


Class photos are ready to order! Online ordering only; please read the instructions on the login page.
Ordering Link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/F62D93 Product Delivery: Photo orders will process immediately and ship directly to the address you provide (not to the school).

FROM OUR P.T.A.   https://carrollton.memberhub.com/calendar

General Meeting Tuesday, March 8, at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom! We will be discussing a nominating committee and the PTA board positions available for next year. 

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/85951598142?pwd=UkpHYjNaSnRPdXczdU1aU0g5cXJjUT09
Meeting ID: 859 5159 8142
Passcode: r3jiF0

Spring Book Fair Family Event with Usborne Books & More: Wednesday, March 16, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Spring Book Fair Wish List Days: March 17 &18

Spring Book Fair Purchasing Days during school: March 21 -25 (A schedule will be sent out shortly.)

Book Fair Volunteers needed! A Sign-Up Genius will be available next week!

April 12 at 5:00 p.m. PTA General Meeting via Zoom -- We will announce our nominees.

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/82088709860?pwd=T0hqWmZpaXY1ZVkrWE1HVmdZc3VXQT09
Meeting ID: 820 8870 9860
Passcode: HerWk3

May 10 at 5:00 p.m. PTA General Meeting via Zoom -- We will vote on the open board positions for the 2022-2023 school year.

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/83602328329?pwd=dXI0MnNXUENQNEhVcit3cWxpNUJqZz09
Meeting ID: 836 0232 8329
Passcode: x2mP44

Mrs. Madden is looking for 3 volunteers for the Jump Rope for Heart Event February 23 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. If you're interested in volunteering please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FAEA823A5F94-jump

If you are looking for a way to volunteer at CAES, please contact the CAES PTA at [email protected]!

Retired Spirit Wear from 2020-2021 can now be purchased at our Store for a discounted price! Limited sizes and styles are available. Check it out at https://carrollton.memberhub.com/store

Please sign up to receive Remind Messages from the CAES PTA: @3e7fk3f

HEALTH UPDATE

This week, 20 Cardinals were quarantined, making a total of 499 students/staff members since the start of school; a student or staff member is quarantined if he/she exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, is a close contact of someone who exhibits symptoms, tests positive, or is a close contact of someone who tests positive. Of those quarantined this week, 2 tested positive, making a total of 54 Cardinals since September. 

The CDC recommends that people remain up to date with their vaccines, which includes additional doses for individuals who are immunocompromised or booster doses at regular time points. Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot and a booster shot.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2/11     Report cards came home

2/14     Happy Hearts Day – Students can wear Valentiney stuff and a class will win the Cardinal Spirit Stick!

2/15     Kindness Week’s “Wear Green” day and be grateful by thanking at least three people!

2/16     Kindness Week’s “Wear Orange” day and be helpful to someone!

2/17     Kindness Week’s “Wear Yellow” day and be positive, smiling even when it’s hard!

2/18     Kindness Week’s “Wear Your Favorite Color” day and be unique, celebrating that we’re all different!

2/21     No school: Presidents’ Day

2/22     Twosday! 

2/23     Jump Rope for Hearts Night (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)

3/1       Bayport Savings Day

3/4       Interim reports come home

3/10     Individual spring portraits (optional)

 

Let’s do better for our kids,

Mr. B.

Carrollton Weekly Update  2/19/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

Health and wellness is the theme of this year’s Black History Month and the contributions of African Americans to medicine date back to the American Revolutionary War. The information below details contributions made by Black figures in health care and comes from the American Heart Association:

Dr. Alexa Irene Canady became the first female African-American neurosurgeon in the United States. Her research in children includes studies on the effects of hydrocephalus, a condition characterized by the excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain. Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler worked as a nurse for almost ten years before becoming the first African-American woman to earn a medical degree in the United States, which she received in 1864; she focused her practice on women and children, and in 1883, she published what is believed to be the first medical text written by an African American author. Physician and scholar Dr. James McCune Smith is believed to be the first African-American man to earn a degree in medicine. After he was denied college admission in the United States, he moved to Scotland and earned his medical degree there in 1837. Smith also is believed to be the first Black physician to publish articles in U.S. medical journals. His writings include texts on science, education, racism and literature. In 1943, Dr. Myra Adele Logan became the first woman to perform open-heart surgery. It was reportedly the ninth time the procedure had been performed worldwide. Logan's research included studying antibiotics and breast cancer, and her notable contributions include developing more accurate tests to detect density differences in breast tissue. Dr. Louis T. Wright, a pioneer in antibiotic research, led a team that studied how the antibiotic chlortetracycline affects humans, and during his service during WWI, he developed a better vaccination technique to protect soldiers from smallpox. In 1919, he was the first African American staff physician at New York's Harlem Hospital. Cardiologist Dr. Daniel Hale Williams III was one of the first physicians to perform heart surgery in the United States. The former shoemaker's apprentice performed the surgery in 1893 on a man who suffered a stab wound. Williams’ contributions in medicine went beyond the operating room. The physician helped found the Provident Hospital and Training School for Nurses, reportedly the first U.S. hospital with a racially integrated staff. If you’d like to learn more about how Black achievements have benefitted the wellness of all Americans, check out https://www.heart.org/en/news/2020/02/21/9-african-american-pioneers-in-medicine

 

CARDINAL KUDOS!

Thank you for sending in 1,924 items for our canned food drive! One thousand nine hundred twenty-four! (We have a winning class for the most collected but it’s still a secret!)

And thanks for the Fill the Fridge drinks that keep coming in – our very thirsty staff is very appreciative!

F.Y.I.

2/22/22 will be our fun Twosday and students are encouraged to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime date by wearing tutus and/or ties. 

From PE coach Mrs. Madden about the Kids Heart Challenge -- Our goal is $6,000 and we’re half-way there! If you haven’t joined our team, you can register online at heart.org/KHCJump Night is Wednesday, 2/23, from 6:00 - 7:30, and students and caregivers can participate in a variety of fun and exciting stations for a donation of $1 per person; all proceeds will go to our wonderful cause! Fundraising envelopes are due Friday, 2/25. Thank you for your support and generosity


Class photos are ready to order! Online ordering only; please read the instructions on the login page.
Ordering Link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/F62D93

Product Delivery: Photo orders will process immediately and ship directly to the address you provide (not to the school).

Be sure to check those backpacks for your copy of the 2020-21 Superintendent's Annual Report. There’s an interactive digital version on the IWCS website and linked here:  http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/23f4d829#/23f4d829/1

HEALTH UPDATE

Beginning Tuesday, February 22, Isle of Wight County Schools will transition to a mask-optional learning environment for all students and staff in our buildings. We continue to strongly encourage mask-wearing as a key strategy in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community.

It is important to note that students will need to continue wearing masks on school buses.

Several procedures will be modified in response to the new practice:

Contact Tracing

On Tuesday, Jan. 25, the Virginia Department of Health announced a change in the approach to contact tracing. VDH is no longer conducting contact tracing in most circumstances, stating that “Omicron is now the most common COVID-19 variant and is spreading so quickly, it is not possible or fruitful to track every case.” VDH is now focusing efforts on the follow-up of outbreaks and cases in high-risk settings, as well as promoting disease prevention and mitigation strategies.

Based on this change, and in collaboration with the Western Tidewater Health District, Isle of Wight County Public Schools will no longer conduct contact tracing for individual cases in our schools.

Isolation

Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for five days from the date of the positive test or onset of symptoms, whichever occurs first. They may return to school on day 6 if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms are improving. Those who return to school on day six must wear a well-fitting mask for five days.  If parents do not want their child to wear a mask on days 6-10, they can choose to keep their child home for 10 days.

Quarantine 

  • Students who are currently at home as a result of being identified as a close contact may return to school on Tuesday if they are asymptomatic and fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Parents may also choose for their child to fulfill the entire quarantine period if they desire and communicate this with the school.
  • If a student learns they are a close contact to someone with COVID-19, no quarantine is required as long as they have no symptoms and are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • Note: If your child is identified as being exposed to an outbreak, school staff will reach out with further guidance, which could include quarantine. The number of students exposed to an outbreak is typically small.

The school division will continue to review and update its mitigation strategies to keep our staff and students safe and our schools open for the remainder of the school year. 

This week, 6 Cardinals were quarantined, making a total of 505 students/staff members since the start of school; a student or staff member is quarantined if he/she exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, is a close contact of someone who exhibits symptoms, tests positive, or is a close contact of someone who tests positive. Of those quarantined this week, none tested positive, keeping our total of 54 Cardinals since September. 

The CDC recommends that people remain up to date with their vaccines, which includes additional doses for individuals who are immunocompromised or booster doses at regular time points. Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot and a booster shot.

FROM OUR P.T.A.   https://carrollton.memberhub.com/calendar

General Meeting Tuesday, March 8, at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom! We will be discussing a nominating committee and the PTA board positions available for next year. 

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/85951598142?pwd=UkpHYjNaSnRPdXczdU1aU0g5cXJjUT09
Meeting ID: 859 5159 8142
Passcode: r3jiF0

Spring Book Fair Family Event with Usborne Books & More: Wednesday, March 16, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Spring Book Fair Wish List Days: March 17 &18

Spring Book Fair Purchasing Days during school: March 21 -25 (A schedule will be sent out shortly.)

Book Fair Volunteers needed! A Sign-Up Genius will be available next week!

April 12 at 5:00 p.m. PTA General Meeting via Zoom -- We will announce our nominees.

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/82088709860?pwd=T0hqWmZpaXY1ZVkrWE1HVmdZc3VXQT09
Meeting ID: 820 8870 9860
Passcode: HerWk3

May 10 at 5:00 p.m. PTA General Meeting via Zoom -- We will vote on the open board positions for the 2022-2023 school year.

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/83602328329?pwd=dXI0MnNXUENQNEhVcit3cWxpNUJqZz09
Meeting ID: 836 0232 8329
Passcode: x2mP44

Mrs. Madden is looking for 3 volunteers for the Jump Rope for Heart Event February 23 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. If you're interested in volunteering please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FAEA823A5F94-jump

If you are looking for a way to volunteer at CAES, please contact the CAES PTA at [email protected]!

Retired Spirit Wear from 2020-2021 can now be purchased at our Store for a discounted price! Limited sizes and styles are available. Check it out at https://carrollton.memberhub.com/store

Please sign up to receive Remind Messages from the CAES PTA: @3e7fk3f

UPCOMING EVENTS

2/21     No school: Presidents’ Day

2/22     Twosday! (Ties and tutus!)

2/23     Jump Rope for Hearts Night (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)

3/1       Bayport Savings Day

3/2        Read Across America Day (Students will be encouraged to dress as a favorite vocabulary word.)

3/4       Interim reports come home

3/10     Individual spring portraits (optional)

3/10     School Board meeting to discuss next year's budget (6:00 p.m.)

3/16     Spring book fair family event with Usborne Books & More (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

3/17     Go Green! day (The most leprechaun-y class will win the Cardinal Spirit Stick)

 

Stay well,

Mr. B.

Carrollton Weekly Update  2/26/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

As a result of my very non-scientific data collection, it appeared that we had a 50/50 split this first week of optional masking. On our Big Twosday, 2/22/22, I saw lots of tutus, ties, and teeth – plus gaps where teeth will soon be! To keep you in the loop, here’s how we’re handling our new masking practice in the building:

  • As we have transitioned to a mask-optional period, IWCS will no longer provide masks for school use, however, masks will be available on buses. If a student requires a mask while in the clinic, one will be offered.
  • Maskers and non-maskers will not be separated. All students will be allowed to work together, sit together, and play together.
  • We will continue to split lunch between the cafeteria and the classrooms and revisit our process next Friday.
  • Teachers are encouraged to have spare masks for students who are willing to don them in order to help a masked classmate feel more comfortable if he/she wants to work together.
  • Classrooms will maintain our pre-mask-free arrangement for students' desks with no circles or students directly facing each other.
  • Staff may continue to sit behind plexiglass shields but may not require a student to do so.
  • I have asked our staff who are choosing to not mask at work to occasionally wear one so our masking students can connect with them.

As the CDC is now beginning to follow the people's guidance, I'm cautiously optimistic that we may have begun to flatten that curve...!

CARDINAL KUDOS!

Here are the canned food drive results:

  • Ms. Stuprich’s 3rd graders won the popcorn and movie party for bringing in the most with 257 items!
  • Ms. Midnight’s 2nd graders came in second with 210 items!
  • Ms. King’s 3rd graders earned bronze with 189 items!

The Cardinals donated a total of 1,924 items and helped fill the local Christian Outreach food pantry! Thank you to all who participated and to Mrs. Sledge, Kate Burnett, Jason Burnett, Cat Breckenridge, Rykeshia Haywood, Sara Barnes, Brianna Benning, Michelle Knutsen-Santana, and Ursula Bowe for volunteering to collect, count, and deliver the canned goods.

Thanks to our PE coach Mrs. Madden, the Kids Heart Challenge was back in full-swing again this year and the family event Wednesday evening was a good time for kids and caregivers to have fun together while getting their heart rates up! We appreciate all of you who participated in helping raise funds for the American Heart Association. 

Congratulations to Mrs. Hall for receiving a $1K Green Star Teaching Award that she’ll be using in our Engineering class!

Zoe in Ms. Booth’s class had the correct guess of how many Legos were in the bowl outside Room 311!

F.Y.I.
Class photos are ready to order! Online ordering only; please read the instructions on the login page.
Ordering Link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/F62D93   Product Delivery: Photo orders will process immediately and ship directly to the address you provide (not to the school).

K-2 students throughout the division have been struggling with logging on to ST Math due to a update issue with our current iPads; those students who are unable to access the program at school can easily review mathematic concepts on Waterford and can work on ST Math at home on a different device. Third graders are doing fine with their Chromebooks.

HEALTH UPDATE

Effective February 22, Isle of Wight County Schools transitioned to a mask-optional learning environment for all students and staff in our buildings. IWCS continues to strongly encourage mask-wearing as a key strategy in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community. It is important to note that students will need to continue wearing masks on school buses.

Several procedures have been modified in response to the new practice:

Contact Tracing

On Tuesday, Jan. 25, the Virginia Department of Health announced a change in the approach to contact tracing. VDH is no longer conducting contact tracing in most circumstances, stating that “Omicron is now the most common COVID-19 variant and is spreading so quickly, it is not possible or fruitful to track every case.” VDH is now focusing efforts on the follow-up of outbreaks and cases in high-risk settings, as well as promoting disease prevention and mitigation strategies.

Based on this change, and in collaboration with the Western Tidewater Health District, Isle of Wight County Public Schools will no longer conduct contact tracing for individual cases in our schools.

Isolation

Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for five days from the date of the positive test or onset of symptoms, whichever occurs first. They may return to school on day 6 if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms are improving. Those who return to school on day six must wear a well-fitting mask for five days.  If parents do not want their child to wear a mask on days 6-10, they can choose to keep their child home for 10 days.

Quarantine 

  • Students who are currently at home as a result of being identified as a close contact may return to school on Tuesday if they are asymptomatic and fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Parents may also choose for their child to fulfill the entire quarantine period if they desire and communicate this with the school.
  • If a student learns they are a close contact to someone with COVID-19, no quarantine is required as long as they have no symptoms and are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • Note: If your child is identified as being exposed to an outbreak, school staff will reach out with further guidance, which could include quarantine. The number of students exposed to an outbreak is typically small.

The school division will continue to review and update its mitigation strategies to keep our staff and students safe and our schools open for the remainder of the school year. 

This week, one Cardinal was quarantined – I’m as shocked and pleased as you! -- making a total of 506 recorded incidents since the start of school; a student or staff member is quarantined if he/she exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, is a close contact of someone who exhibits symptoms, tests positive, or is a close contact of someone who tests positive. As of this week, our total COVID-positive cases remained at 54 Cardinals since September. Under new Virginia Department of Health guidance, we will no longer be conducting contact tracing.

The CDC recommends that people remain up to date with their vaccines, which includes additional doses for individuals who are immunocompromised or booster doses at regular time points. Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot and a booster shot.

FROM OUR P.T.A.   https://carrollton.memberhub.com/calendar

General PTA Meeting Tuesday, March 8, at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom!. We will be discussing a nominating committee and the PTA board positions available for next year. Please join us for this very informative and important meeting. 

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/85951598142?pwd=UkpHYjNaSnRPdXczdU1aU0g5cXJjUT09

Meeting ID: 859 5159 8142

Passcode: r3jiF0

SPRING BOOK FAIR with Usborne Books & More

Spring Book Fair Family Event: Wednesday, March 16, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Spring Book Fair Wish List Days: March 17 &18

Spring Book Fair Purchasing Days during school: March 21 -25 (A schedule will be sent out soon.)

Book Fair Volunteers needed 3/16 - 3/25! Please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FAEA823A5F94-spring1

UPCOMING EVENTS

3/1       Bayport Savings Day

3/2       Read Across America Day (Students will be encouraged to dress as a favorite vocabulary word.)

3/4       Interim reports come home

3/10     Individual spring portraits (optional)

3/10     School board budget meeting (6:00 p.m.)

3/14     No school: Staff professional development day

3/16     Spring book fair family event with Usborne Books & More (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

3/17     Go Green! day (a chance to channel our inner leprechauns and win the Spirit Stick!)

 

Breathe easy!

Mr. B.