The Birney Buzz 01/07/2022

The Birney Buzz 01/07/2022
Posted on 01/07/2022

Hello Birney families and friends,

Happy New Year!  As we close our first week back in 2022, I want to reach out to say what a pleasure it has been to welcome students back to in-person instruction with the full measure of our health and safety guidelines continuing to guide our behavior. I also want to thank you for your cooperation with our health and safety measures as well as your patience and support for us as we encounter yet another January in a pandemic. It is with this spirit of partnership that I reach out with what I believe to be the most current state of affairs.

We are continuing to rapid test for covid every Thursday. If you have not opted in to the testing but wish to, you can access the forms here or request them in the office.  If you wish to opt your child out, let me know via email so I can take them off the list. There is an extensive decision tree we use to determine next steps for any and all exposures to covid. If your child tests positive for covid or is exposed to covid, we are currently accepting rapid antigen test results as proof of a negative test until 1/27/2022. In this week’s Buzz, there are some reminders about safety amidst this current covid Omicron surge. Any change in the health and safety protocols will be announced via email first. 

Some of you have asked about masking policy changes. There are no changes in the masking protocol – we are still requiring masks inside and outside except when eating/drinking outside. While there is a recommendation to opt for a surgical mask which fits the face snugly, and there is a supply of KF94 masks for students to opt for if wanted or needed, there has been no change in the original mask protocol and policy. We continue to follow the recommendations of the California Department of Public Health, which may differ from those of the CDC, and the County Office of Education. Our own nursing department is closely monitoring the current cases and hospitalizations, and our district leadership is currently in daily contact with all concerned to determine next steps. 

This week’s Birney Buzz  is coming home in backpacks today, but I am attaching it for your convenience since there are some links you may wish to click on. I have included the after-school class information (all links to access registration information). The ASE schedule linked at the top is an easy one-stop shop to see prices and the number of classes for each offering. Classes are filling up quickly, so act now! All classes are dismissed through the front gate of the school. Please contact the vendors directly, we in the office are not affiliated with the after-school classes.

Here I’m putting in a plug for the 1st annual Birney Scavenger Hunt. 


JANUARY 29, 2022

1-4 PM


Stay tuned for details next week, but calendar it, it sounds like a lot of fun.

If you have questions or concerns, simply send me an email and you will get to my inbox.  If you don’t receive a reply within 12 hours, send it again – sometimes it slips below the bottom of my screen and gets lost! 

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