Principal's Weekly Message - 5/3/2021
This is Ian Solomon, Principal of Leesville Road High School sharing the latest news and upcoming events.
Updated Face Coverings Guidelines
To align with the governor’s easing of face covering requirements, we will no longer require that face coverings be worn outdoors. While not required, NCDHHS still recommends that anyone who is not vaccinated continue to wear a face covering when they are closer than six feet to another person, even when outdoors. To be clear, face coverings will be optional when outdoors. Face coverings will still be required indoors and on school transportation.
The registration window for the WCPSS Virtual Academy will open Thursday, April 22 at 12:01 a.m. and close Sunday, May 2 at 5 p.m.
Information regarding the Virtual Academy, along with a link to the registration form and pre-K virtual option and registration information, can be found at the link above.
The site also includes information regarding the level of commitment we seek, student and family responsibilities, course offerings and FAQs.
Anyone wishing to register outside this window will not be guaranteed a seat in the Virtual Academy, due to staffing and scheduling issues.
AP Exam Information-Time Sensitive
Information about preparing for AP Digital Exams has been sent to students several times in the last month and will continue to be sent. It has also been shared with their AP teachers. It is very important that students check the email they are using for their College Board Account for an email from Mr. Greene about steps that are required to get ready for AP Digital Exams. The time sensitive information can be found here: https://www.wcpss.net/cms/lib/NC01911451/Centricity/Domain/1078/Preparing%20for%20AP%20Digital%20Exams.pdf. The AP Exam schedule can be found here: https://www.wcpss.net/cms/lib/NC01911451/Centricity/Domain/1078/AP%20Exam%20Flyer%202021.pdf. Students must complete the required steps for AP Digital Exams before their exam day or they will have issues with being able to test. Paper-Pencil tests will be given in the same format as previous years.
Attendance for Students on AP Exam days
Students will be marked present for all their classes on the days they have AP exams, either digital tests from home or a paper and pencil test in the school building. They do not have to attend class on these days but can if they wish to.
The deadline for four school selected scholarships is this Friday, May 7. Students must complete the information online. Details can be found on the April/May Bulletin found here that was advertised in mid-April.
This survey needs to be completed by every Senior by June 1.
This form should be completed by any senior who has received scholarship offers or is planning to enlist in the military no later than June 1.
Upcoming Asynchronous Day
The asynchronous day scheduled for May 5 has been moved to Thursday, May 13. This is a correction from last week’s message.
Textbook and Supply Distribution
Our next textbook collection event will be held Thursday, May 13. Collection will begin at 3:30 pm and end at 5:30 pm. To make things run smoothly, please adhere to the following:
- Have your student check with their teacher(s) to see if a book or supplies is needed for the class.
- All traffic should approach campus from Country Trail, making a right turn into the Carpool lane at the front of the school.
- Prepare an information sheet prior to arriving to campus that you will show attendants with the following:
-Your student’s first and last name
- Course Name and description (i.e., Honors Chemistry, AP Calculus, World History etc.)
-Teacher’s last name for the course
- Remain in your vehicle and a staff member will assist you.
Spring Semester Exam Information (repeat)
The following link provides you with important information regarding second semester exam scheduling and protocols.
Underclassmen Portrait Pickup (repeat)
Underclassmen picture portraits are still available in the front office. Parents or students can drop by to collect them daily from 7:00 am -3:00 pm.
Student Parking at Leesville Road Elementary School (repeat)
The LES lot is not for LHS students to park. Those who park in the LES lot to avoid securing a permit run the risk of having their car towed.
Leesville Road High School COVID-19 Guidance (repeat)
With the return to daily in-person instruction, the following guidance provides us a framework to ensure that we remain in school. Guidance is also provided on how students will continue to engage in learning in the event they are required to quarantine due to a confirmed case or exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Practice the 3w’s
- Always wear your masks when inside the building and not eating during lunch. (Students can talk during lunch but must have their masks on.)
- Wash and sanitize hands as often as possible.
- Wait and allow adequate social distancing as you pass through the hallways.
- When to stay home
Students should not be in school if they are diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed to someone with COVID-19, instructed to quarantine, or if they are sick and experiencing any of these symptoms:
- 4 fever or higher
- Sore throat
- New Cough
- New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- New severe headache
- Student access to instructional activities when under quarantine
If you are notified by WCPSS Health Services of the need to have your student quarantine, please reach out to your student’s teachers who will provide you guidance on how to stay on track academically. All teachers are expected to maintain their Google Classroom sites that provide assignments and upcoming due dates. Also, when teachers are notified of your student’s status, they will provide you and your student Google Link information to access live instruction. Please be aware that this live instruction will likely be provided by someone other than your child’s teacher. However, they are covering the same general content and your student will still have the ability to communicate with their own teacher via email, agreed upon office hours, etc. to maintain as much continuity as possible.
A Night Under the Stars - An event for LRHS Seniors and their guests on Saturday, May 22nd. (repeat)
Please click the link here for more information and to purchase tickets. https://bit.ly/3sw38Fi
You can also find this information on our homepage under the Pride News section.
2021-2022 National Honor Society Membership (repeat)
The 2021 NHS application packet has been posted for rising juniors and seniors. Please see the LRHS website for more information. The application is due by 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 7th. Please email Mrs. Langlois (slanglois) with questions.
Leesville's 2021 graduation ceremonies will be held Thursday, June 10 at 6 PM and Friday, June 11 at 9 AM in Marshall Hamilton Stadium on the Leesville campus. Graduates with last names A-M (except for those taking a June 10 AP Exam) will have their commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 10 at 6 PM. All graduates with last names N-Z (as well as those taking the June 10 AP Exam with last names A - M) will have their commencement ceremony on June 11 at 9 AM. The rain date (as needed for either or both ceremonies) will be Friday, June 11. More detailed information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks, but all senior parents should plan on a Google Meet parent information session in mid-May. Please stay abreast of all information on the All Things 2021 page as well as Mrs. Dinkenor's postings on Twitter (@hdinkenor).
Thank you for your continued support of Leesville Road High School, where we take PRIDE in everything we do.