âœ… Please remind your children to practice social distancing, good handwashing, and cough/sneeze etiquette. We are seeing a lot of flu, strep throat, and a couple of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease. The spread of these viruses can be slowed down if we go back to being vigilant about having clean hands and protecting our personal space.
âœ… See to Succeed program consents are due November 7. The field trip will be the week of January 24-27 (the exact day will be announced a week or two before). Please contact me ASAP if your child needs glasses.
âœ… COVID testing on Friday, November 18: Please sign up your child for optional COVID testing. Ms. Barbara Banks is the contact person for the COVID testing at our school (Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org). Fulgent’s team will be on our campus at 9:00 am on that Friday. We will be making an announcement for the students who are on our list to come to the community room by grade. Please notify your child that they will be tested. See below for more information.
Our goal at Wharton is to foster a caring, joyful, and challenging learning experience for every student, every day. That’s why beginning November 18, Wharton Academy will provide free COVID-19 testing to all students in partnership with the Houston Health Department. Testing is completely voluntary and requires parent/guardian consent first. You can be confident our school is safe, and now, free COVID-19 testing adds another layer of protection to our safety strategy.
Free testing puts our student’s health first, it allows us to maximize learning in school and promotes equity by ensuring every student has access to testing if they want it and if you, as their parent/guardian, provide consent.
- Who will be tested? We will offer testing to everyone who consents - all students and staff - even if they don’t have symptoms of COVID-19.
- How is the testing done? The COVID-19 testing is free, quick, and easy. Trained medical. professionals will conduct testing with a short, shallow nasal swab.
- Where and when is the testing done? Our school’s testing site will be in a room or area large enough to accommodate an organized flow to testers in and out of the space. Testing will take place every two weeks. Test results will be available within 24-48 hours.
- How can I be sure that my student’s information will be protected? Sharing of information about your student will only be done for public health purposes and in accordance with applicable law and policies protecting student privacy and the security of your student’s data.
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We are extremely grateful to our families and staff who continue to show great flexibility and resilience as we work together to contain the spread of this virus.