Community Briefing: June 8

A briefing will be sent to the entire community every school day at this time.

A month ago we asked families to complete a brief survey to give us feedback on EPSRemote, and to tell us how you were thinking about the start of school in September, 2020.

Time has passed.  We all know more now, and our experience has, perhaps, shifted our thinking.  On Wednesday of this week you’ll receive another survey – including many of the questions you answered a month ago. We’ll also be asking a few new questions in an effort to understand your preferences regarding the upcoming academic year.

Equipment to enable hybrid teaching has been installed in classrooms.  We’ve equipped all the campus bathrooms with touchless hardware.  Signs are being made that will guide the foot traffic patterns we’re establishing, and we’re just about to complete the schedule of courses for the year.  We have full enrollment at 502, all new teachers have been hired, and classrooms have been refurnished to enable social distancing during classes.  We will be communicating with you next week about the criteria that will determine why we are operating at a particular “stage.”

There will be four stages, each specifying information about numbers of students who can be on campus, grade levels allowed to be on campus on particular days, requirements for social distancing, masking, hand-washing, lunch service and information specific to program components.

After Independence Day, we will begin to invite small groups of students and faculty to visit campus for a portion of a day to learn how to access facilities, and to begin to get reacquainted with both the campus and each other.  More information will be available soon – and don’t worry about potential schedule conflicts.  There will be more than one opportunity to visit between July 6 and August 31.

To help us make decisions on some important details, we are – again – asking you to tell us your preferences.  Keep an eye out for that link in the daily briefing on Wednesday, June 10.

Graduation

For the first time in our history, the venue for graduation has no maximum seating limit.  The entire EPS community is invited to log in to celebrate the Class of 2020 in a Teams Live event.

Graduation Teams Live Event Link

Clarification on Health Forms

Please log into SchoolDoc https://app.schooldoc.com/!/home/auth/login to ensure that your student’s profile is complete* prior to the due date of July 15.

Since EPS has forgone the need for annual physicals for this year due to the COVID situation, all existing physical exam dates for every student have been manually entered into SchoolDoc.  Please note:

If a physical exam from 2019 appears, you do not need to obtain a new physical exam.  Please note that physician-signed Prescription Medication Authorization, Life-Threatening Allergy Action Plans, Asthma Action Care Plans, Seizure Action Care Plans and Diabetes Care Plans must be submitted annually. These forms can be found in the allergies and health history sub-sections.  If you choose to obtain a physical exam, please upload the new exam, update the form with the new exam date, and retain a copy for your records.  Please note that a copy of the physical exam (not just the date of the exam) is required in all cases.  

If a physical exam from 2018 appears, either no physical exam was on file or the latest exam occurred in 2018.  A new physical exam is needed prior to July 15.  Please upload the new exam to the physical exam sub-section, update the form with the new exam date, and retain a copy for your records.

Next year we will resume the policy of annual exams. Every student will need an exam after January 1, 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year so please take this into consideration when scheduling future exams.

*Due to the situation with physical exams, you may not be able to reach 100% completion in the physical exam section. Please be sure that all other sections are 100% complete.

Questions, contact School Nurse Stephanie Hinson.

Locker Belongings

Students who have items in their lockers should have those items reclaimed by Friday, June 12th. All items not claimed by that date will be donated or discarded.  Please email Bob Baldwin to schedule a time to be on campus.

Quarantine Question

For our next issue of Inspire magazine we’d like to highlight activities that members of our community discovered or re-discovered during quarantine. Maybe it was baking or puzzles or walking your neighborhood!  Whatever the activity, we’d like to hear about it. And if you have photos, please send them along with the description of your activity. This is for EPS parents, faculty, staff and students—we’d love to hear from everyone! Please send information to Vickie Baldwin.

Laptop Warranties

If you have a x260 or x460 laptop purchased through Eastside Prep, the four-year warranty and accidental damage coverage expires on July 10th of this year. If you have any repairs needed, whether it is a cracked palm rest or a loose screen hinge, you want to get that processed before the coverage expires.

If your laptop falls into the above category, contact tech@eastsideprep.org to tell us what the issues are and let us know when you would be dropping it off (after finals). We will take it from there and contact you when the machine has been repaired.

Information/Activity Resources

Used Textbook Buyback and EPS Online Bookstore

2019-20 MBS Textbook Buyback
by EPS on behalf of MBS Direct

If you purchased textbooks for the 2019-20 school year through MBS Direct, you may have books that are eligible for buyback.

You will receive an email prompt from MBS to obtain a buyback quote two weeks prior to the end of spring term, when your books will have the greatest potential buyback value.

To obtain your quote:

  1. Log in to your MBS Direct bookstore account: https://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/vbm/vb_home.php?FVCUSNO=37712&url=eastsideprep.htm
  2. Click into the Menu in the upper right corner of the webpage, and select Sell Your Textbooks:
  3. You will see items you have purchased previously, and be able to enter additional ISBNs.
  4. Choose your preferred payment method (check or PayPal.)
  5. Print quote and free shipping label to send.

General Information

  • MBS buys back used books (via check or PayPal) that qualify as useable inventory.
  • Families should log in to their MBS accounts to determine if they have books with Guaranteed Buyback.

2020-21 MBS Online Bookstore
In mid-August, textbooks and materials for each student’s 2020-21 courses will be available for e-purchase and home delivery (with a two-week free shipping period.)

Seen and Heard

Today eighth graders practiced their Continuation Ceremony, to be held on Teams Live/Minecraft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPS faculty and staff participated in a paint and sip over the weekend.