You did it! All $13,000 of Mrs. Stirling's Donors Choose project was funded, and Solomon will be the beneficiaries. We will have new risers to use in our gymnasium for graduations, concerts, and more. Way to go, Mrs. Stirling, for organizing this--we are abundantly grateful to our community members that supported us, giving our students another way to shine.
We are still refining our entry and exit procedures document, so we will share a final version of the document mid-week so that you can prepare for the first day. General education homerooms (K-8) will enter the building at different doors between 9:00-9:05 and be dismissed from those same doors between 3:55-4:00. Stay tuned :)
If you need before-school care for your child (7-9am), be sure to sign up with our new partners, the YMCA. You can sign up for before-school care here. At this same link, you can share your interest in any after-school enrichment programming as well. At this time, the YMCA will only be offering before-school care, as we did not have sufficient parent interest in after-school child care. If there is sufficient interest for afternoon programming, we will partner with the YMCA to bring in enrichment programming, like chess, STEM programming, etc., to help provide some after-school options for families. We will also offer free Solomon staffed programming (called "OST programming") for different grade levels a few days a week later in the fall. All before-school child care from the YMCA will be held in the Solomon lunchroom, and families can drop off their children at Door #6.
If you did not order the Teacher Tailored kits this past spring, then make sure you print out a supply list for your child's classroom and head over to the store. You can find the supply list on our website (solomon.cps.edu) or you can click here.
This past spring and summer, our Local School Council approved Solomon's Dress Code policy, which can be found here. It is more or less a continuation of last year's policy, and we are grateful for Solomon's Student Voice Committee leading that initiative. Additionally, the LSC approved our school fee structure for the year. You can find the letter describing the fees and how they are used here. You can use the E-pay link to pay fees online, or you can stop by the Solomon main office to pay.
Please review the district's minimum health requirements for all students here.
In district updates:
Due to the national driver shortage impacting CPS, the projected travel time for students can be 90 minutes each way. Diverse learner families and students in temporary living situations have the option to opt to self-transport their child(ren) and receive $500 monthly. If you are interested this year in self-transportation, you are asked to complete the following forms: English and Spanish
Every CPS student or staff member who wants to enroll in weekly testing this school year MUST complete a new consent form. Consents from last school year or this summer WILL NOT be valid for the 2022-23 school year. Parents or guardians can click here to complete this year’s consent form. Once consent is given for the 2022-23 school year, staff and students will remain consented until they leave CPS. Please refer to this guide if you need assistance in filling out the consent form. You will need your staff or student’s ID number to complete the form. Testing will begin the week of August 29. For the first week of school, starting August 22, each student and staff member will be given a take-home rapid COVID-19 test.
- For students or staff that are unvaccinated and identified as a close contact this year, the district will be implementing a Test to Stay program for all district schools. If your child is identified as a close contact, you will receive an email from the district detailing your options with the Test to Stay program. When a description of the program is uploaded to the district website, I will share that information.
- Please continue to read all district communications sent out to families, including the most recent one on August 5 regarding this year's COVID-19 Safety Protocols, so that you have the information you need to make decisions for your family.
More information, such as our daily entrance and exit information and introductions to our new staff, will start in next week's newsletter, so stay tuned!