Wildcat Weekly #4

A MESSAGE FROM DR. FELLOWS

Wildcat Community:

We hope your week is going well, so far. We also hope you were able to attend the Virtual Back-to-School Night earlier this week. We are aware some teachers and guests experienced technical difficulties and we apologize for the inconvenience. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions or need any clarification on the items that were presented.

We are excited to share the Homecoming 2021 plans in the message below.

Later this week, we will turn the calendar to October and it is a perfect time to evaluate our progress on any short and long-term goals that we made at the beginning of the school year. For our students and families, please know our entire faculty and staff will support and assist you.

Have a great remainder of the week and a wonderful weekend.

#WildcatPrideRunsDeep

Thank you!

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COVID INFORMATION

Information will be updated each week in this section

For the week of Sept. 18 – Sept 24, our school recorded 2 positive COVID cases and 28 close contacts. All close contacts have been notified.

Moving forward, community emails will not be sent on a case-by-case basis, but the data will be shared each Wednesday as part of the Wildcat Weekly.

If you are interested in knowing the data from each school in HCPS, please CLICK HERE. The information is updated every Monday.

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SAFETY EXERCISE: LOCK & HIDE DRILL

As we end the month of September, please be aware we will be conducting a Lock & Hide and Lock & Teach drill. We will communicate with you once we complete the drill. Thank you.

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HOMECOMING PLANS

THE SHOW MUST GLOW ON…….

Please CLICK HERE to access the plans for Homecoming 2021 – including information on how to purchase tickets for the Saturday evening event. Tickets are on sale now through October 8 using the OSP online system.

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CLASS OF 2022

Please continue checking the DRHS Class of 2022 Senior Website regularly.

Caps & Gowns were distributed to students earlier this week in preparation for Convocation. Please keep them in a safe place and hang them in a closet. If a student was unable to pick up his/her cap & gown, please see Ms. McKinney prior to October 13. In order to pick up, the Class of 2022 Graduation Fee of $60 must be paid. Please visit OSP and click on Obligations to pay the fee.

Attire for Convocation and Graduation – students should wear a dark dress/pants (black, dark blue, gray) and dark shoes with the graduation gown with a shirt/skirt (white recommended). Gentlemen are encouraged to wear a tie.

Convocation (STUDENTS AND STAFF ONLY) – 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. Seniors will be dismissed for the day at the conclusion of the Convocation program.

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PTSO Parent Program – “Little Known Secrets of Paying for College”

Each year our College Funding Coach Team partners with the Deep Run PTSO to teach our free workshop called “Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College”.  Parents who have attended our workshop in the past have expressed how useful and invaluable the information we share is, so we’ve always made sure to visit Deep Run each fall.

Due to COVID, unfortunately, we will need to hold the event virtually.  On Monday, October 4 at 6:30 pm, we will be streaming our free workshop as a webinar. The webinar will run for approximately 1 hour. In order to attend the workshop, all you need to do is register using this link!

We look forward to having the opportunity to present this information to you.

Stay safe and we’ll see you on the 4th!

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MATH HELP IS AVAILABLE

Mu Alpha Theta (National Mathematics Honor Society) will be offering peer tutoring again this year. If you need additional assistance in math and to take advantage of this resource, please click on the following link: https://tinyurl.com/DRHSMathTutoring

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COLLEGE & MILITARY VIRTUAL VISITS

Here is the list of colleges conducting virtual visits for the week of 9/29-10/8 during lunch periods:

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

Tuesday, 10/5 – Binghamton University – State University of New York – A Lunch (11:30-12) – Binghamton University Virtual Visit Link

Thursday, 10/7 – Hollins University – A Lunch (11:30-12) – Hollins University Virtual Visit

Friday, 10/8 – Mary Baldwin – A Lunch (11:30-12) – Mary Baldwin University Virtual Visit

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.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:

EQUITY AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

ATTENTION ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Are you passionate about becoming a change agent in your school community?  You should consider becoming an Equity Ambassador.  The Equity Ambassador program is designed to create a safe place for students across the County to discuss current issues impacting our school communities while developing knowledge and leadership skills to promote equity and diversity (inclusivity) efforts in your school community.  You can complete and submit an application online at henricoschools.us/equity-and-diversity.  Click the Student Voice Application.  Applications are due October 8.

STUDENT ELECTION PAGE PROGRAM – Students aged 16-18

The Henrico County Registrar’s office has launched its registration process for the 2021 Student Election Page program.   The registrar’s office places high school students in precincts across the county on Election Day to assist with the voting process.  This program is for students aged 16-18.

Students are assigned a precinct for either the morning (5 am to 12:00 pm) or afternoon (12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.)  The registrar’s office is providing masks, hand sanitizer, etc. for all workers.  Pages are of great assistance with line management, looking up voters, keeping voting booths clean, and handing out stickers.  They will be assigned to a precinct close to their home.    Pages will receive community service hours for their time and valuable knowledge of the electoral process.

To participate in the Henrico County Election Page Program, a page must be:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • 16-18 years old by November, General Election Day
  • Henrico County Resident
  • Complete the online application

The link to the website and page application can be found here: https://henrico.us/services/studentpage/   There is a Google form for students to complete.

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INFORMATION FROM PREVIOUS WILDCAT WEEKLY MESSAGES WHICH ARE STILL RELEVANT:

REQUEST AN EXCUSED ABSENCE

To request a full-day planned absence due to Out-of-Town travel to be approved, please CLICK HERE.

Note: Only ten total days per school year will be approved for out-of-town travel.

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SCHOOL CALENDAR  

CLICK HERE for the HCPS 21-22 Calendar

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PTSO MEMBERSHIP

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 membership@deeprunptso.com.

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SPORTS SCHEDULES

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE UPCOMING SCHEDULE FOR ALL TEAMS!

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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.

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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.

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COVID-19 POSITIVE CASES AND QUARANTINE INFORMATION

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 with 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 an 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.