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LHS Sunday All Call for October 17th:
Good evening LHS students and parents. This is principal Megan Meschery with your weekly All Call. First and foremost, all of us at LHS would like to thank you for your amazing shift to online learning this last week and a half. We feel confident that this reset and the testing efforts by our school and county communities have put us at a positive place to open back up. We are really hopeful that with universal mask-wearing and keeping students home when not feeling well, we will be able to stay open.
Tomorrow is a “B” Day with our usual schedule.
Some important dates to mark on your calendars are the following:
On Wednesday, October 20th from 5:30-6:30 LHS is hosting Financial Aid Night for seniors. We will be assisting families in filling out their FAFSA forms for federal and state financial aid, so please bring your 2020 tax returns so you can complete the form that night.
Seniors are heading to the UNR Knowledge Center, AKA the library, on Thursday, October 21 to jumpstart their senior project research paper.
Picture retakes are now set for November 4th.
Homecoming is back in action the week of October 25th through the 30th. The schedule of events continues with the parade on Saturday at 10:00 and the Homecoming Game starting at 1:00 with the crowning ceremony and senior football and cheer appreciation happening during halftime. We will post a new schedule of events on our website and facebook page once we determine any necessary changes.
Sports are back with gusto this week! Middle School volleyball has a volleyball Jamboree at 4:00 in Portola on Tuesday and our Flag Football Team plays at 1:00 on Saturday here at home against Quincy.
High School sports has a big week starting Monday with JV and Varsity Volleyball playing Portola here at home at 5:00 and Soccer playing Portola away. Soccer playoffs begin Tuesday. Varsity Volleyball travels to Herlong on Tuesday and to Westwood on Wednesday, with their playoffs on Thursday. Our fabulous football team travels to Excel Christian on Saturday.
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District All-Call 10/11/21:
Good evening Sierra-Plumas families. This is Superintendent James Berardi with an important message about returning to school and testing.
As you all know, we are planning on returning to in-person instruction next Monday the 18th.
In order to return to school as safely as possible, the school district along with our local health department and the California Department of Public Health will be offering a no-cost Antigen, 15-minute testing for all students, staff and their families. The state is sending in their official outbreak team to assist in this process as our county’s positivity rate has reached a point of concern.
In addition, a community wide testing day will be set up as well.
Please know that it is our goal to get our schools open and to keep them open. The more individuals tested, helps establish a baseline of how we are doing prior to the re-opening.
On the East side of the county we will be offering testing at the Loyalton High School Gym on Thursday the 14th from 2 to 7PM for students, staff and their families. If needed, the PCR test will be available for both days.
On Friday the 15th, we will be offering community members the opportunity to receive the same 15-minute Antigen test at the LHS Gym from 9AM to 5PM.
In Downieville, there will be testing in the school cafeteria on Wednesday the 13th from 9 to noon and again from 1 to 6 PM. Both the rapid and PCR test will be available.
I thank you all for assisting us in staying safe and getting our doors back open.
Have a great evening.
Register at: my.primary.health/l/sierracountyschools
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Sierra County Residents: The California Department of Public Health is bringing in a mobile Covid Testing lab to do both antigen and PCR testing for all students and community members. Walk-Ins welcome from 2:00-7:00 on Thursday and 9:00-5:00 on Friday at the Loyalton High School Gym (700 4th Street, Loyalton), and from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-6:00 on Wednesday at the Downieville Schools cafeteria. Let's get tested so we can slow our community outbreak and come on back to school. We miss our students!
Walk-ins welcome. In order to save time, you can pre-register by following the appropriate link - Registration for Loyalton: my.primary.health/l/sierracountyschools Pre-registration is not required. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you and this is not mandatory in order to return to school on the 18th.
I have questions about the all-call from tonight. You are testing for antigens on Thursday. What exactly does this mean and what are you looking to do specifically? If someone was positive, they will have the antigens and likely test positive for a while … even though they no longer have c-19 and are not contagious. That means they have the natural immunities. I’m a bit confused about what you’re looking for and the results of what you find? ... See MoreSee Less
I think the purpose is to help our county and the district with testing. We have a lot of people wanting or needing to be tested. This is not mandated to return. Just a support being offered.
LHS Sunday All Call, 10/10:
Good evening LHS students and parents. This is Principal Megan Meschery with your Sunday All Call.
This week begins our full week of online learning as a way to reset after our Covid 19 outbreak early last week. We are grateful for the support of our school community in making this decision and hope that we can all work together to prevent further outbreaks when we return to in-person learning. It is our hope that we all support the efforts to stay open safely, while also allowing students to work in groups and utilize their lockers. Further outbreaks could lead to enhanced Covid mitigations similar to last year, and we’re hoping that with 100% participation in universal mask-wearing as prescribed in our district plan, this will not be in our future.
Tomorrow, Monday, is an “A Day.” The school day begins at 8:00 with Period 1 and follows the regular class schedule. Please check your school email for any specific class instructions your teachers may be sending you. Wednesday will be an Early Release Wednesday as usual, with students following the Early Release Schedule. I will post the schedule on facebook and you can also find the schedule and All Call announcements on the LHS website: www.loyaltonhighschool.org under 2021-2022 School Schedule:
If you are having trouble with your internet or logging on to your classes, please email your teacher and call the office right away. We can help you troubleshoot.
Free lunches are also being served at the Loyalton Elementary School cafeteria. To ensure your child gets a lunch, please always call the cafeteria the day before and leave a message with the name of your child. To order lunches, call: 993-4482 extension 243.
October 20th from 5:30-6:30 is Financial Aid Night for seniors. We will be assisting families in filling out their FAFSA forms for federal and state financial aid, so please bring your 2020 tax returns so you can complete the form that night.
The Practice SAT of PSAT will be on October 26th.
Homecoming Week has been rescheduled for October 25th through the 30th.
Make-Up Picture Day and Senior Tux and Drape photos have been rescheduled for Thursday, November 4th.
If you have any questions about your child’s schedule or anything at all, please don’t hesitate to call me or Stacey or reach out via email.
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The Sierra County Board of Education and Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District Governing Board meetings will be held October 12, 2021, via Zoom videoconferencing.
Zoom link: us02web.zoom.us/j/83483486383
Phone dial-in: 669-900-9128 (press *6 to unmute)
Webinar ID: 834 8348 6383
Please note there is a Closed Session beginning at 5:30pm on the SPJUSD agenda.
**Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit Public Comment for any Closed Session items by 5:15pm on 10/12/21.
The Regular Session for SCOE begins at 6:00pm immediately followed by the Regular Session for SPJUSD.
**Emails will not be accepted for Public Comment during the Regular sessions. Please attend via Zoom if you wish to make a Public Comment.
**For Public Comment through Zoom please use the “raise hand” button to speak or type your comments in the “chat” feature. Press *6 to unmute if dialing in on a phone.
If there are any questions about any of the agenda items that can be addressed before the meetings, please call the County/District Office at 530-993-1660 x0.
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LHS All Call Text Regarding Transition to Online Learning
Good evening LHS students and parents. This is Principal Megan Meschery with an important All Call. First, thank you for your patience and support in our district decision to transition to online learning until Monday, October 18th. Student will return in person to school on the 18th. This decision was extremely difficult to make, especially knowing how it would impact our planned Homecoming celebrations. We will be rescheduling Homecoming.
Please listen carefully for the details of the transition at LHS. It’s a lot of information:
Pick up of any materials you might have left in your lockers or classrooms or that your teacher emails you to pick up will occur tomorrow from 8:00 to 10:00, again from 1:00 to 2:00, and again in the evening from 5:00 to 6:30. We will also have an extra pickup time on Friday from from 3:00 to 6:30. If you need a hotspot, please call the office as soon as possible so we can have one for you when you come to pick up any materials tomorrow.
Friday is a B DAY. The school day will follow the current bell schedule. Students will go to the Google Classrooms at the start times listed on their schedules and connect to the Zoom or Google Meet link listed in the Google Classroom. Students must come to all classes for attendence, even study halls and T.A’s. A photo of our daily schedule will be posted on facebook and in our Powerschool’s Daily Bulletin.
Our class schedule is as follows:
P.5 A/B: 12:05-1:30
P.6 A/B: 1:35-3:00
Please, please be sure to check your school email for any teacher instructions or Google Classroom invites tonight and tomorrow. If you haven’t received an invite to all of your classes on your schedule, please email your teacher directly. And, just to be clear, we are following our regular daily schedule with four 50-minute classes in the mornings and two block classes in the afternoons and it will involve synchronous start and some asynchronous learning as well depending on the class. We are keeping the schedule the same to maintain consistency and certainty for students.
Lunches will be available for pick up at the back door of the Loyalton Elementary School cafeteria. In order to have lunches for your child, you need to call the cafeteria to order the night before and leave your child’s or children’s names. The number to call is: 993-4482 extension 243.
The Calpine Improvement Association building in Calpine will be open starting Friday from 8:00-3:00 for any students needing fast internet. This educational hub is a wonderful option for our area students, especially those living around Calpine where service is spotty at best.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me or Stacey or reach out via email.
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REMINDER: ESSER III Expenditure Plan - community meeting tonight - Wednesday, October 6th @6:00pm at Loyalton Elementary School
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All-Call 10/5/2021 5:00pm:
Good evening Sierra-Plumas families, this is superintendent James Berardi with an important message regarding the current COVID outbreak.
As you are probably aware, Sierra County is experiencing a massive uptick in positive cases that is impacting both sides of the county.
Today the administrative team met with our local health department to go over the current situation. Later this afternoon the admin team met with the districts’ teachers union to further our discussions and next steps. During this meeting four additional cases were confirmed within the schools.
At this point it was decided that we needed a break to reset and assist on putting an end to the current outbreak. The Delta Variant is proving to be highly contagious and we have numerous active cases at each site Therefore, there will be no school for all district schools starting tomorrow, October 6th thru Monday the 18th.
This Thursday, October 7th, students may return to school to pick up needed books, supplies, hotspots and Chromebooks. Staff will be present to handout items between 8-10 AM and 12-1 PM. Teaches will also be informing the students/parents of procedures and logistics. LHS will add additional pick up times both Thursday and Friday from 5-6:30 PM. No buses will be running.
Lunches will still be provided if you call in and place an order the night before. Lunches maybe picked up between 11:30 and noon.
All Loyalton High School homecoming activities will be cancelled and the staff is looking into rescheduling options for a later date and game.
Please know that all involved in these decisions are devastated and are working tirelessly to continue to provide an education and keep everyone safe.
It is our intention to get this back under control and be able to return as soon as possible to more normal activities.
Thank you once again for your patience and working with your teachers, staff and administrators.
Please reach out to your site administrator if you have questions.
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If you treated every illness like you do covid this would illuminate a big part of this. Iv been outrageous about how the school so far has handled the situation. My kids have been quarantined more than in school and I'm already looking online for a school instead of public school. Anyone have suggestions of greatly appreciate it.
Will there be distance learning taking place over the next two week? We do NOT want our summer cut two weeks short because of this shut down.
Sierra county schools for Adult Education
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