Jupiter (and others) outlines the basic COVID rules all over campus. This series of posters remind our community of these core guidelines, all day and everywhere at Latin.
Dear Latin families,
I have had many sleepless nights in the past few months as we have considered how to safely transition students back to in-person learning. Keeping students, staff, and family members safe has been a priority that predates the pandemic and continues to be our number one guiding principle. This has compelled me to read extensively, participate in countless meetings or get on the phone with city officials and other school leaders (including many from across the country), and engage in advocacy (whether that means giving public testimony, sharing my concerns in writing, or speaking to reporters).
Parents and other adult caregivers are crucial partners in keeping our community safe and we urge you to follow the protocols outlined by DC Health and other healthcare experts. Your efforts coupled with the investments we have made in regular deep cleaning, changes to our HVAC system, upgrades to bathroom commodes, provision of PPE, and the institution of various policies and procedures is what it will take to maintain a safe environment for all of us.
Here are some quick, but important reminders:
Please do not send your children to school if they have COVID-like symptoms (see guidance from DC Health on what is and is not a COVID symptom);
Please do not send your children to school if you know they have been exposed to COVID at an out-of-school event such that they are likely to be identified as a close contact; and
If your children are eligible, please get them vaccinated so they do not have to quarantine.
As you likely know, we have tried to maximize student time outdoors during lunch and breaks. We are exploring options for additional outdoor seating, including sheltered areas for students to use even during rainy weather. If you have children who want to have lunch on the field or some other location where seating is limited or unavailable, feel free to send them with a cushion or mat that they can use to set out on the grass and/or pavement for individual seating.
We welcome your questions and suggestions related to how we can keep the community safe. And note, that this commitment is not just related to COVID matters. For example, we have started to engage with Council members and Council staff about The Safe Passage to School Expansion Act of 2021, currently under consideration by the DC City Council. If enacted, it would establish an Office of Safe Passage that would support violence-prevention efforts and enhance existing safe passage measures for students traveling between home and school.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend! We hope that you enjoy the great weather (which we are forecasted to have) and get quality time with loved ones, as safely as possible.
Peter T. Anderson Head of School
Parent & Family Events
We hope your return to school has been great!
There is a lot coming up in the next six weeks for parents, families, and of course students. Please see the calendar listing below for lots of activities. We hope to see you! Here are some highlights:
Back To School Night (Middle School) Thursday 9/9 @ 6:00 pm via Zoom - Meet your children's teachers through a combination of video introductions and on-zoom conversations. Details to follow!
Back To School Night (Upper School) Tuesday 9/14 @ 6:00 pm via Zoom - Meet your children's teachers through a combination of video introductions and on-zoom conversations. Details to follow!
Latin Cafe Tuesday 9/21 @ 6:00 pm via Zoom - Updates from the administration about the school year, COVID safety, and the at-risk preference.
Parent-Faculty Social Saturday 10/2 @ 6:00 pm at Latin (outside) - Join us for a purely social (and no-kid!) event outside at Latin with parents and faculty.
MAGIS Afterschool Program
Registration now open!
Magis (Latin for more) is our afterschool program for middle school students in grades 5-8. It offers a range of options for each six-week session, most led by Latin community members (teachers, alumni, etc.) This first session for 2021-22 begins on September 13 and continues through October 31 with four options: Outdoor Sports, Indoor Games, Art, and Study Hall. More choices will be added to future sessions. Magis runs every afternoon EXCEPT Fridays, from dismissal until 6:00 pm. Students may participate for a single day or everyday.
Please complete the registration form using the blue button. This form and initial payment, if applicable, are due by Monday, September 13. Visit the Magis page of latinpcs.org for more information and payment options.
Our founding program coordinator, Caroline Coleman, is running this first session of Magis as interim coordinator. Latin, however, is looking for a permanent coordinator of Magis. This is a part-time position and we welcome referrals and applications from parents, alumni and anyone who loves kids and is interested in joining our team at Latin. Read more on the Magis page below.
A doctor's note is now required to excuse absences or tardies!
If students arrive at school late or are absent due to a medical appointment you must submit a note from the physician's office to email@example.com. Without a note, the absence will be UNEXCUSED!
We are all adjusting to being back in the building all together, including where students enter and exit the building. While this always takes some getting used to, the beginning of this year has some special considerations, including more new-to-Latin students, temperature checks at the door, and the need to separate from each other. Please make sure you have created a pick-up and drop-off plan with your child(ren).
Just as we have done since the start of this pandemic, we are making adjustments and staying informed, reasoned and flexible! Our response to the new demands: more faculty working to check students in and see them off at the end of the day, more exits and entrances, and more spaces for waiting.
Some notes of explanation and clarification for our families:
There is no pick-up/drop-off circle for cars. Parents drop their children off on the sidewalk or park and walk with them to the door.
Please practice safe drop-off and pick-up!Drop your child so they do not have to cross the street (and traffic!) This is especially important right in front of the school on Hamilton Street.
You may also drop at Hamilton and 2nd Streets.Our buses will let off passengers at Hamilton and 3rd to help clear the area by the parking lot entrance.
Upper school students should enter through the front door or the MPR door on Hamilton Street. They can then go to the MPR until advisory.
Middle School students should enter through the Martha C. Cutts Gym doors (off the parking lot). Faculty will direct them to the gym to wait until advisory.
Afternoon exits and pick up:
We will open the doors on Ingraham at the end of the day for students to meet their rides there more easily. This is especially encouraged for grades 5 & 6.
Any student may exit through any door, and we encourage you to make a pick up plan with your child(ren) that works for your circumstances.
Kids Ride Free
If your child has not yet picked up their Kids Ride Free pass at orientation or in advisory this week, please send them to the front desk with Ms. Flores and Ms. Nunn at break, recess, lunch and after school. There will be a line, but that's how students know they are in the right place!
Don't miss out on any communications!
We have heard from some parents that they don’t always receive our all-school emails. Emails are sent through PowerSchool, so the issue is usually over-zealous spam filters, which even block our emails before they get to your junk folder!
But we won't give up!
You may opt in for text notices for every communication, such as Legenda and other all-school emails. Please use the button below!
FAMILY BIKE FEST:Show off your wheels on Saturday at Alethia Tanner Park for the Family Bike Fest 2021. Participants can expect a free Kona Ice truck (courtesy of Bunch Bikes), back-to-school safety checks and mini-tune-ups, and test rides available. (Alethia Tanner Park; 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; FREE)
9/6 -Labor Day - NO SCHOOL 9/8 - College Night for Seniors & Parents, 6:30 pm (virtual) 9/9 - 11th Grade to Adventure Park at Sandy Spring 9/9 - MS Back to School Night, 6:00 pm (virtual) 9/10 - Convocation, 9:30 - 11:15 am (students only) 9/13 -College Night for Juniors & Parents, 6:30 pm (virtual) 9/14 -US Back to School Night, 6:00 pm (virtual) 9/15 - NEW DATE 12th Grade to Adventure Park at Sandy Spring 9/17 - NEW DATE9th Grade to Adventure Park at Sandy Spring 9/17 - Cocktail Concert to support Latin Music! Details to follow 9/21 - Latin Cafe, 6:30 pm - Join via Zoom for updates and Q&A 9/22 - 10th Grade to Adventure Park at Sandy Spring 9/24 - 26 - 12th Grade to Western MD 4H Education Center 10/2 - Parent-Faculty Social, 6:00 pm 10/11 -Indigenous People Day - NO SCHOOL