A MESSAGE FROM DR. FELLOWS
We continue to be thankful for the entire Wildcat Community for your patience and understanding as we settle into the school year. There is a lot of information to share this week. We hope it is all helpful to you and your family. Please continue to let any member of our Faculty and Staff know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Have a great remainder of the week and a wonderful weekend.
Change/Revision – The number of confirmed COVID positive cases and Close Contacts at DRHS will be shared next Wednesday for the week of Sept 18 – Sept 24. Moving forward, this data will be shared in the Wildcat Weekly instead of an individual email to the community.
The next section attempts to explain the current process we are following related to COVID-19 POSITIVE CASES AND QUARANTINE. If any of these scenarios apply to your child now or in the future, please know school staff will work with you and your family.
If a student tests positive for Covid-19, the student must quarantine. We will enter the student into a contact tracing form so the Henrico County health department can follow up the student’s family to determine a return-to-school date. Once cleared by the health department, the student can return to school as long as he/she is symptom-free.
If a student is fully vaccinated and is exposed to a positive COVID-19 case at school because he/she is within 3 feet of the case in the classroom, lunchroom, or school bus, the student can be cleared to return to school by the principal (or designee) as long as he/she is symptom-free. The principal (or designee) will communicate this information with the student and will send families a message with the date of exposure and other information. Vaccinated students do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic.
If a student is fully vaccinated and is exposed to a positive COVID-19 case in the community and the student’s family reports it to the school, the principal (or designee) can clear the student and will contact the student’s family. Fully vaccinated students do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic.
If a student is not vaccinated and is exposed to a positive COVID-19 case at school, the student will need to quarantine until the Henrico County health department can follow up with the student’s family to determine a return to school date. This date is tentative for 10 days after the exposure, and the student could possibly return on the 11th day after the exposure. A student in this situation must be cleared by the health department to return to school. The student can be tested for Covid-19 during this 10-day window which may prove to shorten the length of time that a student is out of school. (Tested on day 5 and return on day 8 to school)
If a student is not vaccinated and is exposed to a positive COVID-19 case in the community, the student will need to quarantine for 10 days after the exposure. We will submit the information to the Henrico County Health Department, but the student will be able to return to school after the 10 days quarantine. The student can be tested for COVID-19 during this 10-day window which may prove to shorten the length of time that a student is out of school. (Tested on day 5 and return on day 8 to school)
If a student is sent home from school from the clinic with COVID-19 symptoms, the student will need a doctor’s note to return to school. If not, the student will have to quarantine for 10 days.
If a student has any illness where he/she misses school, the student will need a doctor’s note to return to school or a negative COVID-19 test. If not, the student will have to quarantine for 10 days.
Note: We encourage students to take a picture of their vaccination card to have with them to assist and to expedite the contact tracing process.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT – ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Back to School Night will be on Monday, September 27, 2021, starting at 6p. This year’s event will be fully virtual to allow for maximum participation from all our families. You will have an opportunity to follow your child’s schedule and the teacher will meet with the ‘class’ Live using a Microsoft Teams link. There will be more information to follow via an individual email/text on Monday afternoon.
CLASS OF 2022 – CAP/GOWN & CONVOCATION
Please continue checking the DRHS Class of 2022 Senior Website regularly.
Cap & Gown will be distributed during lunch next week … HOWEVER, THE GRADUATION FEE MUST BE PAID IN FULL. Please visit OSP and click on Obligations to pay the fee.
Convocation – We will formally present the DRHS Class of 2022 to the school and community on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 9:45a. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Nyah Hamlett, Superintendent of Chapel Hill-Carborro City Public Schools.
This event will be in the auditorium for students and staff ONLY. The event will be live-streamed for those family/community members near and far who wish to watch. It will be available on Deep Run’s YouTube channel and the link will be sent closer to the date.
For those family members who were hoping to attend the event in person, we sincerely apologize. Since the event is taking place during the school day, based on current guidelines, visitors are not allowed inside the building (this is different from events taking place in the building in the evening or outside of school hours where people are not required to attend and are attending voluntarily). We explored the possibility of using the stadium, but we are not allowed to have that many chairs on the turf and our wireless mic does not extend past mid-field.
The Deep Run Homecoming football game is scheduled for Friday, October 15 vs Godwin High School. We plan to have other activities and events as well.
Our SCA Officers were just elected on Monday and Tuesday of this week and they will meet very soon to formulate specific plans. Stay tuned -as the plans are finalized, they will be shared via the morning announcements and via email to the community.
Currently, in addition to other celebrations and events, we are planning to have a parade on Friday before the game from the Shady Grove YMCA to school.
Unfortunately, under the advice of Henrico County, we will not be able to have a ‘traditional’ homecoming dance on Saturday night. We do not have the ability to have a dance on the turf field because we cannot put a tent or a portable dance floor on the surface. We know this is disappointing for our students, staff, and families. Hopefully, we can revisit having a dance indoors later in the school year – perhaps, if safe to do so, in the winter around Valentine’s Day.
We want our Wildcats to have an enjoyable and fun week. Specific plans will be announced soon.
DELIVERIES AND THE FRONT OFFICE
The main office will only accept educational or emergency items (eg, assignments, laptops, eyeglasses, house keys).
We will not be able to accept student lunches or items for after-school activities or sports equipment.
Please keep in mind that school lunches are free this year for all students.
STUDY HALL / WILDCAT CONNECTION
This week, the option has been available for all students who have a study hall 6th or 7th period, to leave at the end of Wildcat Connection (at 2:20p). We are also extending the option to those students with a 1st-period study hall to arrive late to school (at 9:50a).
Teachers have been providing and will continue to provide the forms for parents/guardians/caregivers to sign granting their child(ren) permission.
NOTE: We will not be able to change any schedules, at this point, to move a study hall for a specific student. Also, at this time, this offer is only being made available for this school year only.
COLLEGE & MILITARY VIRTUAL VISITS
Here is the list of colleges conducting virtual visits for the week of 9/22-10/1 during lunch periods:
Thursday, 9/23 – East Carolina University – C Lunch (12:40-1:10) – East Carolina University Virtual Visit Link
Friday, 9/24 – University of Richmond – D Lunch (1:15-1:45) – University of Richmond Virtual Visit Link
Monday, 9/27 – James Madison University – A & C Lunch (11:30-12 & 12:40-1:10) – James Madison Virtual Visit Link
Tuesday, 9/28 – Richard Bland College – A Lunch (11:30-12) – Richard Bland College Virtual Visit Link
Wednesday, 9/29 – Longwood University – A Lunch (11:30-12) – Longwood University Virtual Visit Link
Thursday, 9/30 – South Carolina University – C Lunch (12:40-1:10) – South Carolina University Virtual Visit
Friday, 10/1 – John Hopkins University – A Lunch (11:30-12) – John Hopkins University
The links to these virtual visits can also be found on the Counseling Schoology page. Parents and students are welcome to join in on the visits.
EVENING OF SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE – HCPS
REMINDER THAT ALL APPLICATIONS & PAYMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED BY THIS FRIDAY, SEPT. 24
The Fall Evening School of Excellence instructions on how to apply and applications are now available at the link below. Course offerings include Drivers Ed, Economics, English 11 & 12, Online PE 9 & 10, Bio II, Alg. II, Geometry, VA & US History, Government, and several others. Courses are held at VIRTUALLY this semester and the fee is $200-$225 depending on the course. Registration started 8/23/21 and ends on September 24. Link: https://henricoschools.us/evening-school-of-excellence/
HBCU COLLEGE FAIR
The 6th Annual (and 1st VIRTUAL) HBCU College Fair will take place on Saturday, September, 25 from 9am-12pm. There will be a keynote speaker, informational presentations, first-hand accounts from current HBCU students, and school representatives from Spelman College, Virginia State University, NC A&T State University, and more!
CLICK HERE to register.
UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY
Are you interested in the United States Merchant Marine Academy, one of the five federal service academies that include West Point, Annapolis, Air Force, and Coast Guard academies? The admissions process and academic requirements are unique for service academies and this session is open to all high school students and college counselors.
Date: Sept. 28, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Who: All interested students.
What: Virtual question and answer session with some of our outstanding Midshipmen. This will be the perfect opportunity to learn about the admissions process and what it’s really like to attend USMMA.
To register for the session, please CLICK HERE.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. More Information is at the link below.
For more information, CLICK HERE.
INFORMATION FROM PREVIOUS WILDCAT WEEKLY MESSAGES WHICH ARE STILL RELEVANT:
REQUEST AN EXCUSED ABSENCE
To request a full-day planned absence to be approved, please CLICK HERE.
Note: Only ten total days per school year will be approved for out-of-town travel.
CLICK HERE for the HCPS 21-22 Calendar
Welcome back to in person school! The Deep Run PTSO wants to make this school year a great one for your children and needs your help by joining the DRHS PTSO. Your membership directly benefits your student at Deep Run as we are not affiliated with any state or national organization. All contributions are used for programs and activities supporting the students, parents, faculty and administration at DRHS. We fund our budget through your tax deductible direct donation. To join the PTSO go to Memberhub. We encourage not only parents to join, but also your students. You can also visit our PTSO website for more information. For questions, reach out to our membership chair at email@example.com.
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE UPCOMING SCHEDULE FOR ALL TEAMS!
STUDENT ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE PROCEDURES
Please review the DRHS traffic flow map.
If you are a student driver or if you drop off/pick up a student, you are encouraged to read, again, the procedures in the next section. Thank you! IMPORTANT: you may not park or pick up/drop off in the neighborhoods or businesses surrounding the school. This includes the Twin Hickory Library, Twin Hickory Elementary School, and Twin Hickory Park. We have been notified that they will start ticketing/towing vehicles. We need to be good neighbors. Thank you.