February 27 – March 5 (All School)
Posted on: Feb 26, 2021
In this issue of Dutch Weekly, you will find information on:
- All-School news – Yearbook, PA Meeting
- Upper School News
- Middle School News
- Primary School News
- Campus health
ALL SCHOOL INFO
Don’t forget your yearbook!
Yearbook sales end Sunday night at midnight. After this dates, jostens.com will continue to sell books on a first-come, first-served basic until they’re gone for the increased price of $100. Once all are sold, no additional books can be printed so make sure you order now.
Parents’ Association Meeting
All parents are invited to a virtual meeting on March 2 at 11:30 a.m. to vote on changes to the Parents’ Association Bylaws. Proposed changes alter the nominations process to select officers and other representatives of the Association, and address verbiage inconsistencies in the bylaws, which were last updated in 2014-15.
Please contact PA President Beth Goddard at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments about the proposed revisions.
Click here to view the proposed bylaws revisions.
Check the Dutch Weekly email for the Google Meet code
Holland Haul Online Auction
The HOLLAND HAUL online auction is gearing up for mid-April — in an enhanced format this year. Help us raise funds for our students and teachers by donating an item or service from your business. We’d love to include it in our fantastic auction offerings! Please contact email@example.com to participate.
Thank you so much for supporting Holland Hall and making this such a special community!
The app — new and improved
Parents, we are revamping the Holland Hall app, and we started with the directory. If you’ve uninstalled the app, it’s time to go to the App Store and add it back.
When you click directory in the app, you will see a login screen. Click forgot password and enter your email for an auto-generated password. You should only have to log in once or twice a year.
Once you’re logged in, if you see that your information is incorrect — or isn’t there at all — make sure you’ve updated your information in the Parent Portal, go.hollandhall.org/parentportal, and click the Family tab.
The directory will be updated once a week — usually on Tuesdays.
COMING SOON: An anonymous tip line for safety concerns, plus a question line for any question you want answered. Stay tuned.
UPPER SCHOOL NEWS
ACT District Test – March 2
Holland Hall College Counseling will give the ACT Test to current juniors on Tuesday, March 2. All juniors are invited to take the test. We will handle registration and also survey students soon for those who need to opt out of taking this district test. If your student chooses to take the test, your family’s account will be billed later in the spring. The approximate cost is $45.
Contact Brent Casey in College Counseling with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upper School Play — ‘Alice in Wonderland’
Join the Holland Hall Upper School Theatre for another evening under the stars as they present the spring performance of “Alice in Wonderland,” adapted by Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus.
Based on the beloved classics by Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland” is a journey into a world of complete illusion. When Alice steps into Wonderland, she is immersed into a fantastical, wacky world full of chaos and nonsense. Filled with zany characters, music and active staging, “Alice in Wonderland” is the perfect play for young and old audiences alike. You don’t want to miss it.
Dates: March 10-12
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Upper School outdoor Amphitheater
*Masks and social distancing guidelines will be in place, bring a blanket*
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
Congratulations to our MathCounts team
Twelve 6th-8th graders recently competed in the MathCounts Chapter competition. The Holland Hall team claimed four of the top 6 spots to advance to the next level of competition. Seventh-grader Nikhil Vaidya and eighth-graders Ava Khorgami, Elliot Peters & Eshan Salami advance to the chapter invitational. The four will have an opportunity to compete for a spot at the state competition.
MS Day of Service
The challenges that the 20-21 school year has presented require the Middle School service day to be a unique one! On April 1, students will be helping the community around them from their own classrooms. We will be planning COVID-friendly activities so that everyone is able to participate in a safe, and enjoyable service day.
Students will be participating in activities such as making crafts, writing cards, organizing cans, researching charities, and so much more to not only help the Holland Hall community- but all of the community around us.
Friendly MS Reminders
- Student cell phones should be off and in lockers. If parents need to deliver a message, they should call the MS office.
- Dutch Day should be non athletic bottoms and no ripped jeans are allowed.
- Lunch should be brought from home in the morning or purchased from Flik, no deliveries please.
PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS
Home COVID testing
If you have health questions
Although the nursing staff is glad to answer your COVID-related questions, your doctor should always be your first call. And the staff has put together this Q-and-A for more guidance.
Q. What qualifies as direct exposure/close contact?
A. “You are a close contact if you are within six feet of an infected person (a diagnosed COVID case) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes within a 24-hour period, starting from two days before illness onset or two days prior to a positive COVID test.” — Oklahoma State Department of Health
Direct exposure is not …
… being around someone who has had direct exposure to a known positive COVID case. (That is a secondary exposure and no action is required)
… being around someone who is ill unless and until they receive a positive COVID test. (They might have the flu or a different illness as opposed to COVID)
If you have had direct exposure to a known positive COVID case:
First — Call your primary care physician for guidance.
If your primary care physician is unavailable, please follow these guidelines.
- Immediately separate yourself from the known positive COVID individual.
- If they are a member of your household, they must be isolated in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. You should not have any contact with the individual for 10 days.
- Remain separated from the known COVID individual and obtain a COVID test five days (or more) after your last contact with the individual.
- If your test result is negative, you may resume your normal activities, however, you must remain separated from the COVID positive individual for 10 days after their diagnosis.
- If your test result is positive, you will need to quarantine for 10 days from the date of your positive test or the development of COVID symptoms.
- If you are unable to separate from the COVID positive individual in your household, you must quarantine for 15 days and then obtain a COVID test.
Travel and Spring Break
“If you plan to travel internationally, get tested before you travel by air into the United States, or be prepared to show proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel.
On January 12, 2021, CDC issued an order requiring all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This order will go into effect on January 26, 2021.”
Here is the link to the CDC travel order:
“CDC officials announced new guidance for testing before and after traveling: Someone planning a trip should get a test one to three days in advance and then be tested again three to five days after returning. The agency reiterated its recommendation against travel this holiday season amid a massive spike in coronavirus infections nationwide that is filling hospitals with COVID-19 patients.”
Here is the link to the CDC travel recommendations:
Here is the link to the Washington Post article referenced above:
Transparency and COVID-19
Holland Hall is committed to transparency. This spreadsheet on the school’s website is updated daily with any positive cases on campus. The numbers — if there are any — are reported by branch (Upper School/WAC; Middle School/Tandy; Primary School). Nurse Linda Christensen is responsible for contact tracing this year and informs anyone with direct exposure personally.