Chariho Middle News

Dear CMS Community,

Important Dates:

-October 28- In-person student picture day, packets were sent home with students.

-November 3 -All schools closed. No virtual learning.

-November 4 -SIT virtual meeting at 3:30.

-November 4 -PTO virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

-November 11- All schools closed. No virtual learning.

-November 16- State PD for teachers-All students distance learning, no in-person school.

-November 23- Distance learning student picture, sign up link to follow.

-November 25, 26, and 27- All schools closed. No virtual learning.

-New attendance policy during COVID-19.  Please note that any in-person students are only allowed to access distance learning if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, are under quarantine, or have tested positive for COVID 19.  Otherwise, that absence will be considered a non-exempt absence.

-Emergency Consent forms for our distance learners were mailed out.  We need them returned ASAP.

-Water bottles- Students should bring a refillable water bottle to school. Water fountains have been shut off but filling stations are working with new filters.

-A Message from our School Nurse- A symptomatic person is someone who is experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID 19.  Per RIDOH/RIDE guidelines students any student who has at least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, new loss of smell or new loss of taste, OR at least two of the following symptoms: fever (measured > 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or subjective), chills (rigors), body aches (myalgia), headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or congestion or runny nose are considered a probable case. 

A probable case requires COVID testing which is a two-step process.  Students dismissed need to return with the attestation form (signed by a parent/guardian) and a copy of a negative PCR test.

Please note, do not send any siblings to school until the probable case student has received, and has documentation of a negative PCR COVID test.  Any siblings present in school will be sent back home per policy. 

If your child has only one symptom and was not told they needed to be tested, they may return after they are 24 hours symptom free.  Students will distance learn will at home. 

Jessica Whitney, RN, BSN

Chariho Middle School Nurse 

-CMS is 100% Peanut/Tree Nut Free school- Below is our process for address any issues:

Peanut/Tree Nut Free

  • If a student brings in a peanut/tree nut product and it has not been opened, we will request that the student bring the product to the main office to be picked up at the end of the day.
  • If the student has opened the product during snack or lunch, we will request that the student either go to the main office break room or throw the product out. If student throws the product out a school snack/lunch will be given to them.  
  • All CMS staff will monitor food to ensure peanut/tree nut free contents.  
  • Restricted items include any food that may have been produced in a factory that may not be peanut/tree nut-free. 
  • Due to allergies, we ask that you reinforce with your students that no one should share food items. 

-Chartwells- Please see attached October menu. October Menu.pdf 

-From Dr. Manlove- Masks - mask wearing at all times is mandatory for students and staff. There may be some students with special needs who will need help with being able to keep a mask on, and the school is prepared to help with strategies for this. As per current state executive order, a physician or other medical provider is not permitted to write a note stating a student or staff member cannot wear a mask. Bandanas are no longer considered adequate for masking. Face shields by themselves cannot be allowed, but they may be worn in addition to a mask. Information about mask wearing can be found here:

-Daily Self-Check- Parents will submit a COVID -19 Health Check for each of their children on a Daily basis in PowerSchool. *Students will not be able to submit a COVID-19 Health Check using their account. Parents please do not login using your child’s PowerSchool account as the COVID-19 Health Check will not function.  A Parent/guardian will log into PowerSchool from a computer at:  . If parents/guardians do not have an account they will need to create an account and link their children. Parents will receive a web access letter supplied by their child’s school for each of their children if applicable. If a parent/guardian is using the PowerSchool Mobile app, they will need to go to the daily bulletin to access the link for the COVID-19 Health Check.

Thank you, stay healthy, and enjoy the weekend,

Greg and Mary Beth

"CMS will teach, target, and transform our school community”

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