FAQ'S FOR THE 22-23 ACADEMIC YEAR

RGS 2022-23 FAQ

 

What is the protocol for drop-off and pick-up?

 

Grades K-6: Parents of students in grades K-6 are welcome to drop their child(ren) off directly in front of the school along the sidewalk or may walk their child(ren) to either the front door of the main building or the green gate. Our doors will be open at 7:30am. If students arrive before 8:00am, they must go straight to the gym for early care.

 

If you choose to drop off or pick up your child(ren) from the sidewalk, please pull forward as far as possible and do NOT get out of your car to assist your child(ren). In order to keep the line moving and our entire community safe, we ask that you use good judgment.

 

Early Childhood: Parents of early childhood students must walk their child(ren) to the classroom door. Early childhood may use either the fire road, the green gate, or the main door to enter campus. Parents must pick up their children from the classroom door at the end of the day.



Will the school offer morning care and aftercare?

 

Morning care will begin at 7:30am in the MAC (the gymnasium) and aftercare will be provided until 5:30pm five days a week for grades K-6. There is no cost for early care. The cost for aftercare is a flat daily rate of $15. You do not need to sign up for aftercare ahead of time. 

 

Students in grades K-3 that are not picked up by 3:10 and students in grades 4-6 that are not picked up by 3:20 will be sent to aftercare. 

 

There will be no early care or aftercare for early childhood students. EC Children can be dropped off as early as 8:00am and picked up no later than 3:00pm.  



What communications should I expect throughout the year?

 

News Grande: This bi-monthly school newsletter will include important logistical information and dates, classroom spotlights, and notes from both our Parent Association and Board of Trustees. 

 

Que Pasa With Mr. Scarola: Que Pasa will be a monthly note from Mr. Scarola aimed at keeping the community informed on the internal workings of RGS.

 

Co-curricular Newsletter: This is a monthly newsletter in the form of a website by our co-curricular educators. It is intended to provide information about the topics and projects that each grade is studying in Science, Spanish, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Library, and Adventure. These postings include videos, slides, photos, and notes for parents to read, watch, and interact with.

 

Classroom Newsletter: Each homeroom teacher will send a weekly newsletter to parents via email with information about important upcoming events and classroom projects. 

 

Text Messages: You can expect to receive a text message for event reminders and for inclement weather delays or cancellations.

 

Parent Association: We have a very active Parent Association. In order to streamline their communication, they will relay messages to a room parent who will then send emails to their respective classroom. 



Are catered lunches going to be available?

 

Adobo Catering will be offering lunches for those families who are interested. This service will begin sometime in early September. More details will be sent out as we approach their start date. This catered service will be available for students in grades K-6



Can students use lockers this year?

 

Yes, students will have lockers available to them. Lockers will be cleaned daily.



Should I send a water bottle to school with my child?

 

Water fountains will be available to students this year, but we encourage you to send your child to school with a water bottle, which they can refill throughout the day. 



Can visitors and volunteers come into the building and on campus?

 

We look forward to once again having parents and volunteers on our campus.



Will there be large events held on campus?

 

Yes, we are planning to host all of the usual annual events (Community Fair, Back to School Night, Winter and Spring Concerts, etc). 



Will there be any field trips and class trips this year?  

 

Yes, we plan to return to a regular field trip and class trip (grades 4-6) schedule this year. Safety protocols will be shared prior to each of the planned outings.



Will you hold a flu clinic this fall?

 

Yes, if available! 



Are there plans for safety upgrades?

 

Over the summer we met with local SWAT representatives and began working with an independent consultant, Rob Chadwick. Mr. Chadwick is the former head of the FBI's Tactical Training Program at Quantico and founder of the Holdfast Security Group. Mr. Chadwick will be visiting our campus in early September in order to work directly with our teachers. He will be hosting a parent event as well. We will keep the RGS community updated as we work to upgrade our security measures.



What is ASAP?

 

After School Activities Programs (ASAP) are extended day offerings. These classes run for eight weeks. There will be three ASAP sessions over the course of the school year. Most of the courses are taught by our teachers and include a wide range of subjects and activities. The first session will begin in late September. More details will be shared after the school year begins.



COVID Protocol Information

 

Are the teachers vaccinated?

 

Yes, all of our faculty and staff have been fully vaccinated.



Will the school require students and teachers to wear masks?

 

In accordance with the Department of Health Toolkit, indoor mask wearing is optional for all school sites. We have no plans to change this protocol unless required to by the state of New Mexico.



Will weekly surveillance testing still be available at school?

 

Premiere Medical Group (PMG) will no longer be providing free surveillance testing at schools.



What is test to stay?

 

If a student is considered a close contact and is unvaccinated, they may continue to attend school as long as they test negative on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th days after exposure. 



What is the protocol if a student tests positive for COVID-19 or is considered a close contact school?

 

We will follow the mandated Department of Health guidelines for Close Contact and alert our community. Community COVID updates will be sent as needed - no news means no COVID updates. Please see the new definition for Close Contact and the flowchart for a person with COVID-19 symptoms below.



How is a close contact at school determined?

 

Up-to-date Vaccinated Close Contacts: Up-to-date means the person has received the 2-shot regimen with a booster as recommended by the CDC. Vaccinated close contacts are not required to quarantine unless they begin to exhibit symptoms. It is highly recommended that these close contacts test negative with an antigen test after five days. 

 

Unvaccinated Close Contacts: Unvaccinated close contacts must test to stay in order to remain on campus. These students will test on days one, three, and five starting the day after exposure. If a family chooses not to test to stay, the exposed student will need to quarantine for 5 days and may return to school only if they are asymptomatic. 

 

**If your child is a close contact at school, you will be notified via phone call.




What is the protocol for a continuous close contact? 

 

A continuous close contact is someone that has a COVID positive household member that is unable to quarantine from the rest of the family.

 

Up-to-date Vaccinated Continuous Close Contacts: Continuous close contacts do not need to be quarantined if they remain asymptomatic. Testing is recommended on days 5 and 10 after initial exposure.

 

Unvaccinated Continuous Close Contacts: Individuals who have continuous exposure to a COVID positive family member need to quarantine for 5 days from the date of exposure and an additional 5 days from the time the COVID positive person is recovered. In total, the quarantine period is 10 days. It is recommended that individuals test after the 5 and 10 day mark. Test to stay is not an option for unvaccinated individuals who have continuous exposure.



What is the protocol for a person with COVID-19 (PWC)?

 

A PWC must stay home and isolate for 5 days after the onset of symptoms.In order to return to school after the 5 day quarantine, students must have waning or no symptoms, have been fever free for at least 24 hours, and test negative with an antigen test, or wear a mask for 5 subsequent days.



What is the protocol for early childhood students when a classmate tests positive for COVID-19?

 

If a student tests positive from either early childhood classroom, all of the students in that class will be considered close contacts. Our early childhood students can test to stay on days 1, 3, and 5 and continue to attend school. Provided we are able to obtain enough test kits, the school will provide antigen tests for the test to stay protocol.