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January 8, 2021

Good morning Utica High Families,

Happy New Year.  We’re excited to be out of 2020 and into 2021 and hopeful for positive changes and the capacity to get back to doing what we do best, which is teaching our students and building a better and stronger Utica High community. 

We are looking forward to welcoming back students on Tuesday, January 19th! We are excited to see our students in person again and are committed to providing a safe and active learning environment.

All high school students who are currently enrolled in the remote/in-person option are scheduled to return to classrooms the week of Tuesday, January 19. Students of families who chose the UCS virtual academy will continue their on-line instruction for the remainder of the school year.

As we prepare for this transition, below are answers to some questions that you may have regarding this return to students.

Schedule

Students enrolled in the remote/in-person learning model will use the cohort schedule that was shared with you earlier this school year. This schedule reduces the interaction of students. I have included the schedule at the bottom of this e-mail.

Safety Protocols

As a school and district, the health and safety of our students and staff remains the top priority. We need to work together to make sure that we can meet our goal of a return on January 19 and continue moving forward with increased face-to-face learning. Parents need to follow these safety protocols each morning and, if your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep them at home. In the event that someone in a classroom is diagnosed with COVID-19, we are required to quarantine those students and teachers into a remote setting. Working together, we can keep our students in the classroom and avoid any interruptions.

We will also continue using the protocols that are important to keeping everyone safe, including encouraging frequent hand washing and use of sanitizer, reducing close interactions and wearing of face coverings. These protocols are all detailed in the updated parent handbook that is now on the district website.

Extra Curricular Activities

As we begin the return to face to face instruction we will also look to reengage in extracurricular opportunities as feasible. Some have continued and others have not. In order to maintain a safe environment, some extracurricular activities may remain completely or partially virtual.  Watch for future communications with details.  

Transportation

For families that are eligible for transportation services, times and routes are available at this link. We also encourage you to review this video with your children. It details the important safety procedures that students must follow in riding the bus.  Juniors and seniors wishing to drive must complete the parking permit application on the website.  Unless you are told otherwise, you can submit that and drive.  Failure to follow the rules and regulations or appropriately park could cause you to lose this privilege this year and in the future.

Food Service

Breakfast and lunch are available for our students during their in-person learning sessions. For days they are at home for remote learning, meals are available at the remote pickup locations during the designated times. More information on remote locations and times are available at this link.

 

Utica Orange Cohort (Students with last names of A – K).

Week of

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

January 18

No School

A Block
In-Person

B Block
In-Person

A Block
Remote

B Block
Remote

January 25

A Block
In-Person

B Block
In-Person

All Classes
Remote

A Block
Remote

B Block
Remote

 

High School Black Cohort (Students with last names of L – Z).

Week of

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

January 18

No School

A Block
Remote

B Block
Remote

A Block
In-Person

B Block
In-Person

January 25

A Block
Remote

B Block
Remote

All Classes
Remote

A Block
In-Person

B Block
In-Person

 

 

Bell Schedule for Students for In-Person Instruction Day

 

Time

1st & 4

7:20-9:10

Student Support within 1st & 4th

9:10-9:40

Passing

9:40-9:47

2nd & 5th with Lunch*

9:47-12:17

A

Lunch

9:47-10:17

Class

10:17-12:17

B

Class

9:47-10:17

Lunch

10:17-10:47

Class

10:47-12:17

C

Class

9:47-10:47

Lunch

10:47-11:17

Class

11:17-12:17

D

Class

9:47-11:17

Lunch

11:17-11:47

Class

11:47-12:17

E

Class

9:47-11:47

Lunch

11:47-12:17

Passing

12:17-12:24

3rd & 6th

12:24-2:14

 

 

 

Bell Schedule for All Student Remote Day

High School Times

Hours

7:20-7:50

1st

7:55-8:25

2nd

8:30-9:00

3rd

9:05-9:35

4th

9:40-10:10

5th

10:15-10:45

6th

10:45-2:14

Student Support
(Teacher will share schedule with students)

 

We are excited to take this step forward.  We know, with your full cooperation, we can provide a successful transition to being student learning safely back into schools.  As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to Email or call the building at 586-797-2200. 

Sincerely,

Tom Lietz
Principal