Dear Solomon Family--

I wish everyone in the Solomon community a healthy and happy start to 2022. I hope that your child's break has been an enjoyable one, though I know that the recent COVID surge may have impacted your family plans, as it did mine.

We are scheduled to return to the building tomorrow (Monday, January 3) for in-person learning. Please see this note from the district regarding our return.

In order to prepare for a safe and successful return to in-person learning on Monday, please review the following:

  • COVID Reporting Protocol: If your child currently has COVID, or tested positive for COVID over the break, please report the case by clicking here. CPS Contact Tracing will then email you the date of the return to school for your child. Once you receive that email, you may forward it to your child’s teacher and our main office. Teachers will then provide information about synchronous and asynchronous learning for your child.
  • Sick Protocol: Please have your child stay home if they are sick or have any symptoms, regardless of their vaccination status. Click here for a list of symptoms that would require a student to remain home.
  • Travel Protocol: If your child traveled over the break, follow directions from CDPH’S Travel Advisory. If your child is unvaccinated, and traveled to an “orange” state, please have them get tested with a viral COVID test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days. 
  • Vaccination Status: Please ensure we have your child’s vaccination card on file if he/she is fully vaccinated. In the case of needing to flip to remote instruction, students with vaccination cards on file can return to school once remote learning launches. Please stop by the main office between 9am-4pm starting this Monday to have their vaccination card inputted in our system; alternatively, you can send a photocopied card with your child, which will then be turned into the main office. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after their second dose. 
  • Vaccination: Students ages 5 and up are eligible for COVID vaccinations. If your child has yet to be vaccinated, click here for support in signing up for a vaccination. We are hosting two vaccination opportunities at Solomon on January 10 and January 31. To sign up in advance, click here (in Spanish) or the January 10 session and here (in Spanish) for the January 31 session.
  • Reminder about delay for remote learning: Though asymptomatic, vaccinated students do not need to quarantine, educators are provided a 24 hour period to plan for remote instruction. If the district determines a full class needs to flip to remote instruction, all students in the class will be home during this 24 hour period. Then students who are vaccinated may return in person, while those unvaccinated, or sick, will access learning remotely. During that 24 hour window, the school will also pass out technology and materials for those learning from home remotely as needed.
  • COVID Testing: If you would like to sign your child up for COVID testing please click here. Generally, students are called out of class to come down for testing on Wednesday afternoons.

Last but not least, it is going to be cold this week. As a reminder, students cannot enter the building until 9am. We avoid going outside when it is lower than 15 degrees and there is moderate precipitations; otherwise, though, we go outside for at least 20 minutes. Have your child prepared with a winter coat, hat, and gloves.

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School