September 29, 2022
Dear Onteora High School Families,
It was nice to see and speak with so many parents at last week’s Open House, as well as this past weekend’s Homecoming events. I would like to thank the students from our National Honor Society who assisted with Open House. The Athletic Department, Athletic Council, and Onteora Booster Club worked hard and organized a successful Homecoming. Our students are also to be commended for showing their school support and for supporting their fellow students. We are grateful to the community for sharing this day with us.
I would like to share with you the following information:
We have seen an uptick in the number of student absences due to illness. Please remember, COVID-19 symptoms may appear two to fourteen days after exposure to the virus and include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If your student experiences any of these symptoms, please keep them home from school and closely monitor them. Consult with your student’s doctor for advice whenever needed. We continue to urge vigilance and responsibility.
Please report absences to the health office by sending an email to email@example.com. Select this link for information about what to do if your child tests positive for COVID-19.
We appreciate everyone’s support with our personal electronic device guidelines. Despite a few challenges, we are experiencing positive results. Our teachers have noticed that students are more focused, engaged, and are demonstrating better social skills (e.g., conversing appropriately with peers, maintaining eye contact, etc.). The few incidents that we have had appear to be the result of the students choosing to not place their phones in the classroom caddies or their backpacks. Students who decide to keep their phones out of sight on their person appear to become distracted and feel compelled to check their phones, especially when they vibrate. We will continue to encourage students to either utilize the classroom caddies or leave their devices off in their backpacks. However, your support is greatly appreciated. For your consideration, feel free to read this linked recent article that I shared with our faculty.
In an effort to promote responsible online behaviors, we are having a teacher deliver various lessons to students through their social studies classrooms throughout the year. This week, the teacher will begin pushing into ninth-grade classes. Additional information will follow.
We are continuing to hold various safety drills, such as fire drills, lockdown drills, and hold-in-place drills. Please know that although these drills seem routine, we take them seriously. Our school safety team is in place and we will continue to review and modify our safety procedures as necessary. We are grateful to our School Resource Officer, Deputy Sharon, for being an active member of our team. His insight into our procedures has been invaluable.
We are very fortunate to be able to offer an abundance of clubs and activities to our students. Most of our clubs are now up and running and will be working with students to determine the best days for their members to meet. We will continue to update our online club calendar as well as promote clubs via posters in the hallways.
Upcoming Calendar Events
October 5: School Closed - Yom Kippur
October 7: 5 Week Mark of Quarter 1 (Progress reports will be available on 10/12 on the portal)
October 10: School Closed - Indigenous People’s Day
October 12: PSATs during school
October 19: School Closed - Professional Development Day