The Birney Buzz 10/03/2021

The Birney Buzz 10/03/2021
Posted on 10/03/2021

Hello Birney families and friends,

Happy Sunday. 

As we enter the LAST WEEK OF THE FALL FUNDRAISER, I want to urge you to participate any way you choose, but to act this week! You don’t have to purchase items from Boon Supply, you can donate directly to Friends of Alice Birney if you prefer. The Fall Fundraiser will run from September 10th-October 8th.This fundraiser helps support our IB program, specials and much more. Click the following links for more information: Boon Supply and Welcome to Birney's Fall Fundraiser. If you have additional questions email: info@friendsofalicebirney.org.

At the end of the week, we received more notifications of exposure to Covid-19 or positive cases from the Health Department.  The Health Department is conducting contact tracing and notifying close contacts when they need to do a ‘modified quarantine’, ‘quarantine’ or receive tests every 3 days. In the meantime, it is my job to post the Notification of Non-Close Contact to the general public – if you have not heard from the Health Department, you are not identified as a close contact.

I ask again that you keep your child home if any of the COVID symptoms are present and provide a negative PCR test upon return. The PCR test is simple to get at any drugstore; it cannot be the antigen test that you can give at home.

What if my kid has seasonal allergies? I remind you that you can get your doctor to certify that your child has allergies using the Certification of Chronic Condition form which can be filed with the Health Office and may prevent your child from being sent home. 

LCFF funding - LCFF funding is worth about $75,000 to our school - it measures the need for additional funding based on poverty levels and language learners, so it is a huge help for us to be able to level the playing field for our students.Parents can complete the LCFF form in the parent portal. Here is how you enter LCFF data in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. So far, 164 students’ information has been completed, but we have over 500 students altogether. In the coming weeks, you will receive a paper version of this form if you have been unable to complete the survey in the Parent Portal. Our federal funding depends on families completing the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Information form through the Parent Portal. This video should explain everything. Our school needs this information to help ensure we receive all the state funding to which we are entitled. To create a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account, click  here: English | Spanish.  To create a Parent Portal account, you will need: A valid email address and Access ID and Password from the school. Click here to access the Parent Portal.  If you do not have the Access ID and Password for your student, please contact the school to make the request. You will need an Access ID and Password for each student you wish to link to your account. Click here to sign into the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Finally, here is how you enter LCFF data in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  

Last week was our best week yet for COVID testing – but we are far from 100% responding, whether it is an opt-in or an opt-out. Thanks to all of you who have emailed your questions, it has helped us set up a consistent line of communication with both the nursing department and UCSD, but as with any new system, there are kinks that must be worked out. Here are the links again to help you decide whether your child should be tested at school:

Lastly, please be mindful of our neighbors and each other at pick up and drop off – double and triple parking is never ok, especially when it’s to pick up or drop off a Birney student.  We work hard cultivating the IB Learner Profile Traits in our students – and as the adults we must also embody the same.  Just in case that is not enough of a nudge to compel proper adult behavior in the area surrounding the school, I have asked SDUSD School Police to include Birney’s current 4 gates when cruising the neighborhood, having had just one too many complaints from neighbors and other parents. We are doing our best to keep everyone safe, please help us by being responsible, respectful drivers. 

See you Monday!

Ms. Amanda

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