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SMS Families -

While we have NOT had any confirmed cases of Covid, we are temporarily halting all sporting events for SMS at this time. We are doing this out of an abundance of caution. Our primary focus is the safety and overall welfare of students, staff, and the community. This suspension of sports will be for the next 10 days pending new information or changing conditions.

Additionally, there will be free Covid testing available for any SMS student this Friday. Details will be posted on the Socorro Schools Facebook page tomorrow.

Thank you for your support!


Dress Code

While we do want our students to express their individual style, we do require the following guidelines to be used when dressing for school daily.

All Clothing should have NO images or references of drugs, gangs, weapons, alcohol, sex or sexual content. Clothing should be worn appropriately and properly fastened. No excessively tight clothing. No see-through clothing may be worn. Undergarments should not be visible.


Hats, Caps, Hoodies, or any type of Headgear may not be worn in buildings at any time.

Shirts and Tops: No crop tops—showing your stomach is not allowed. Low plunging/cut necklines, halter tops, spaghetti straps, tank tops, muscle shirts (sleeveless shirts with low cut arm holes) are not allowed.

Shoes need to be worn at all times. They need to be well fitting and tied (when they have laces) at all times. House slippers are not permitted. Appropriate footwear for PE is required (tennis shoes).


Shorts, Skirts, and Pants: Shorts and skirts may be not be shorter than mid-thigh length. Pants may not show exposed skin 2 inches above the knee. Leggings or tights must be worn underneath the pants if there are rips, holes, or tears 2 inches above the knee.

Sleepwear SHOULD NOT be worn to school, unless it is a school sponsored sleepwear day.

Dress code applies to all school days, including fun days and field trips, unless otherwise noted.


Dear Parents:

Please understand that we must follow strict COVID 19 precautions and procedures and your cooperation will be greatly needed and appreciated.


Procedural Expectations:

  1. All students will be allowed a backpack to carry their laptops, chargers, and headphones with microphone capability into the building every day. (Earbuds with a builtin microphone can be obtained from Walmart and Dollar General for under $5. These are required as we will have in person & remote learners engaged simultaneously or working at the same time).

  2. Students will remain socially distranced at all times including during passing periods, lunches, arrival and dismissal, and will follow all SMS Matrix procedures and established school rules.

  3. Parents/guardians will not be allowed to enter the building. Parents who need to check out a student will use the speaker and doorbell to contact the office staff. Students will then be walked to the front doors where parents will sign the logs.

  4. Parents may be asked to show ID before their student is released to them for check out.

  5. Classes begin daily at 8:00 AM. Repeated tardiness or absence could result in a return to remote learning.

  6. The only schoolwide approved electronic device is a laptop. All other personal devices should be stowed in a backpack unless individual teachers allow use for academic purposes. Use in the classroom may vary from teacher to teacher depending on instructional goals. Teachers do have the ability to regulate use in their classrooms, and remove a device from a student if it is interfering with the instruction of the class. Devices that are taken from students will be turned over to the office to be held until a parent can pick it up. Failure to comply is a violation of policy.

  7. Under no circumstances will students be allowed to eat in the classroom. Students with dietary needs will report to the school nurse when in need of a snack. Students may only have water in the classrooms. Students may bring a refillable bottle from home. No water additives should be brought/consumed during the school day outside of lunch. Food from lunches/breakfasts cannot be carried into classrooms.

  8. SMS will not accept delivery of food from restaurants or fast food establishments.

  9. SMS will not accept delivery of flowers, balloons, etc. for holiday or personal events such as birthdays.

  10. Transportation changes must be made at least one hour in advance to allow for proper authorization and notification.


Due to the pandemic, there will not be a return to wide use of paper. Assignments and homework will continue to occur on the devices and be turned in electronically. Since all students have access to a laptop; chromebook; or other authorized 1:1 device the expectation is that students must bring their device to and from school daily. (Repeated failure to bring the device may result in a return to remote learning.)


Supplies:

  1. Backpacks will be needed. School lockers will not be assigned.

  2. Earbuds or headphones with a microphone feature. These are required due to the mix of in person and remote learners. Personal microphones will aid in communication and class discussions.


Student & Parent

Blue arrows indicate the driving route for parents to drop off/ pick up students. The route is along Gianera Street and is ONE WAY ONLY in the direction of the arrows.


The red arrows indicate the path students will walk when they are dropped off in the morning. Students will enter the North side of the cafeteria. Students who will eat breakfast will stay in the cafeteria. Those who are not eating will proceed to the gym. The first bell rings at 7:55. Students must be in class by 8:00 AM for class to start.



Parent, Bus, & Staff

Bus route: yellow loop

Parent driving route: path of blue arrows


Teacher and visitor parking: lot highlighted in green


Staff entrance marked with orange arrow



Schedule for in person and remote learners to begin Feb. 8, 2021 as approved by School Board February 3, 2021

Online learning resources


T Mobile hotspot help

Please contact your student's Advisory teacher (2nd period) for help with Google Classroom. Use the link above for all other technology issues.

These are the 6 tips offered by Guy Gunther, the senior director of fiber networks at CenturyLink:

1. Inventory: Check all the devices connected in your home. Remove any devices not in use.

2. Disconnect Streaming Platforms: Streaming services can eat up bandwidth while refreshing.

3. Set Up Shifts : Family members can use the WiFi when they need it most.

4. Disconnect Virtual Private Networks (VPNs): Gunther explained a VPN is required when getting behind a firewall/security system online. He said if you need to use a VPN, get the info and then disconnect. Gunther said a VPN can cut your bandwidth by half.

5. Place Your Modem in the Right Spot: A thick wall, refrigerator, or microwave could cause interference. Gunther said to keep your device as close to the modem as possible, or buy a cable from an electronics store to connect it to a desktop.

6. Check Package Prices Online: Gunther said some internet packages have been reduced in price, so families could probably get faster speed for the same amount they’re paying now.


Sonia Lawson

Principal

Holly Mayfield

Vice Principal

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