Parents are asked to report any COVID-19 exposures as well as quarantines within the home to the school principal. During the Thanksgiving Holiday and Winter Break, please contact the principal to report COVID exposures, quarantines, and isolations. Email: email@example.com Call: 864-355-5610
The CDC recommends avoiding all non-essential travel and both the CDC and SC DHEC asks persons returning from international travel within the past 14 days to monitor their health, stay home as much as possible and wear a mask while in public. Staff and students can return to school after U.S. or international travel provided they have not been knowingly exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms of illness, in addition to adhering to all precautionary measures in place at the school.
Parents are strongly encouraged to screen their students daily, at home, for COVID-19 symptoms (see below). If a student takes a COVID-19 test because he/she is symptomatic, the student should not be physically present in school until the test results are returned.
Keep students at home if they present with any of the following symptoms:
Per DHEC regulations, any staff or student identified as having spent 15 minutes or more within six feet of a positive case are considered close contacts and will be excluded from school for a minimum of 14 days. Students and staff who were not close contacts will be allowed to remain at school. We will be sure and let you know if these notification requirements change. Additional information is available on the GCS Parent Resource webpage.
By now you’ve heard of the district’s phased in return to in-person instruction for all middle schools. I imagine there are parents who are excited to finally see students back in school on a regular basis, while others are very concerned about this return.
Regardless of where you stand on the return to in-person, I want to relay to each of you that the health and safety of our students and our staff is of my utmost priority, especially now. We will continue to follow the protocols we have in place, which I believe have been helpful.
Our teachers and staff recognize that eLearning has been a challenge and that our students learn best when they are in-person. Teachers have felt the tremendous weight of ensuring students are learning and progressing. We will welcome our students back, and we appreciate your help in this transition.
To help address questions that you may have regarding the return to in-person, I’ve updated the Greenville Middle COVID-19 School Protocols & Procedures: A Guide for Students & Parents. My hope is this document answers questions you may have regarding the transition to in-person.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to wish our GMA families a very Happy Thanksgiving! I consider it a blessing to be a part of our school community. May this holiday be filled with joy and many happy moments surrounded by family and friends, socially distanced, of course!
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As always, thank you for your support of Greenville Middle Academy! Let's have a great week!
Please view Greenville Middle's Magnet Virtual Open House video to learn about our unique curriculum and the application process. Answers to frequently asked questions about magnet academies are found on this document and Applications are available online. For more information, contact our Magnet Coordinator, Alonda Rollison at 355-5670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Explore our facility and peek into some of our classrooms at Greenville Middle Academy, please visit our Virtual Tour link.
On Friday, December 11, 2020, from 8:30-10:30 a.m., GCS Virtual Program students in Grades 3-8 are invited to take the SC ACT-142 TE21 Post-assessments at their home-based schools. Virtual students who participated in the SC ACT-142 Pre-assessments during LEAP Week (August 17-21) are encouraged to contact their home-based schools and RSVP to take the post-assessments on December 11. Virtual students who participate in the post-assessments at their home-based schools on December 11 will not be counted absent from their virtual classes that day. On December 11, virtual students must bring their Chromebooks and provide their own transportation to and from the home-based school location.
We only need those students that took the assessment during LEAP week in August to come back and take the test on December 11th from 8:30-10:30.
Please RSVP on the Google Form. This will help us with planning to ensure we have the proper space for social distancing.
Students will need to wear a mask while they are in the building.
Just in time for your holiday shopping! Please support Greenville Middle by shopping at our Scholastic Online Virtual Book Fair. There are books for every age and it's easy to shop. Books will be shipped to your home and delivery is free with a minimum $25 purchase. The live link will be available on Monday, Nov. 30 and open until Monday, Dec. 14. In the meantime, you can browse the Scholastic flyer and plan for your purchases.
Greenville County Schools has been approved by the SC State Department of Education to provide free meals to all students for the entire school year; this will include students attending school in person as well as those attending the Virtual Program. No application is needed this year to receive these meals.
On Attendance Plans 1 and 2, students can receive take-home breakfast and lunch for days they are NOT in attendance. The meals will be available for pickup near the end of the day. Students participating in after-school programs or activities can have their meals held for pickup until they are leaving the premises.
Meals are provided at no cost to families (through December 31, 2020). In order to assist our cafeteria staff better prepare for the number of meals needed to be sent home, we are asking families, interested in this meal option, to complete this form no later than Sunday for the upcoming week. A form should be completed for each student receiving the meals. TAKE HOME MEALS FORM
If you have not completed the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application, we encourage you to do so. The online application can be found on our school website.
Parent Backpack is an online application that replaces the PowerSchool Parent Portal. With Parent Backpack, you are able to view your child's grades, school attendance, and any discipline incidents when you are logged into the system. Best of all, Parent Backpack works on any device and is mobile friendly. To access Parent Backpack, go to https://parents.gcsbackpack.com and create an account. Please access directions by clicking on Creating a Parent Backpack Account.
To view a video on how to create your Parent Backpack, click on the blue Backpack icon. An additional Student Backpack link is provided, however many homes have restrictive firewalls or pop-up blockers that may make access difficult.
Report Cards will be accessible through Parent Backpack. Report Cards will only be mailed if a parent contacts the school to make this request.