LEADING THE CHARGE OF LIFELONG LEARNING!
weekly e-newsletter
May 23, 2021
SCHOOL-WIDE NEWS

MCA Families, we appreciate your assistance in supporting our health and safety protocols here on campus. As a reminder, below is the student health screener questions. If you can say yes to any of the symptoms below for your child, please keep your child at home until you can say no to all symptoms. If you can say yes to the questions, follow the instructions in red.
Student Health Screening Entry Form
 
Please assess your child daily for the following symptoms and answer the contact questions.

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Uncontrolled cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Muscle aches
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

  1. Is your child currently awaiting COVID-19 test results? If yes, please keep your child home and notify the school nurse when test results received. Further instructions will be discussed at that time.
  2. Does your child live in the same household with someone positive for COVID-19? If yes, your child must quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact with the positive individual. *Certain criteria may qualify for a shortened quarantine of 10 days. Please contact the nurse for more information.
  3. Has your child had close contact with someone who in the past 14 days who tested positive for COVID-19? If yes, your child must quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact with the positive individual. *Certain criteria may qualify for a shortened quarantine of 10 days. Please contact the nurse for more information.*

Please refer to the attached document to review our health and safety protocols.
As a reminder, staff and students are required to wear face coverings that cover their nose and mouth at arrival, dismissal, transitions, and anytime they cannot socially distance.
CDC/DOH Quarantine Update
CDC updates regarding quarantine requirements after vaccination:
 
  • Individuals who have been fully vaccinated – that is, 2 weeks or more have passed since the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine or the first dose in a 1-dose vaccine series – will not be required to quarantine following exposure, provided he/she does not develop new symptoms of COVID-19. 
 
The Department of Health (DOH) requests that we follow the current contact tracing protocol, regardless of vaccination status. They will contact exposed individuals to ensure no symptoms have developed, research his/her vaccination status in the state system, and provide further COVID education. The DOH will determine if the individual is exempt from quarantine. The Health Services Department, as well as the school nurses, will work diligently to assist students, parents and staff in this process
Book Fair

It’s Book Fair time!  Join us online for our virtual book fair. Our fair will run May 15-May 28th. This is a great opportunity to get books for the kids for summer reading without leaving the comfort of your home. Thank you so much for your support.


Student Medications
All student medications must be picked up from our clinic by June 10th.
Elementary Parent Pick-up
If you are picking students up from the elementary parent pick-up side, we are finishing by about 3:00pm. Please be in the line by this time to avoid traffic.
Registration

2021-2022 NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT, EMPLOYEE TRANSFER WAIVER and HARDSHIP WAIVERS OPEN ON MONDAY, MARCH 1.

Current SJCSD PK students DO NOT have to complete a registration. They will complete the process through RSV which opens on April 12th. PK students outside of the district's program will need to complete a registration.

Current SJVS students wishing to return to their home zone brick and mortar school for 2021-2022 DO NOT have to complete a registration. They will complete the process through RSV which opens on April 12th.

Current students (including rising 9th graders) do NOT need to reregister. You will complete the process through RSV.


Kindergarten and new students register early!
Voluntary Pre-K: A child must be four years old on or before September 1st.
Kindergarten: A child must be five years old on or before September 1st.
First Grade: A child must be six years old on or before September 1st AND satisfy one of the
following:
a) Satisfactory completion of kindergarten in a Florida public school.
b) Satisfactory completion of kindergarten in a non-public school.
c) Previous attendance in an out-of-state school in which the student was admitted on the basis of age requirements established by the state of residency.

Registration Requirements:
•   Proof of Residency.
•   Proof of Immunization.
•   Copy of Birth Certificate.
•   Physical/Health Exam with in 12 months of enrollment.
Important Updates
RISING 7th GRADE TDAP REQUIREMENTS
It is a State of Florida requirement that all students MUST provide the school with proof of receiving the Tdap vaccine in prior to beginning 7th grade. The Florida Department of Health states that:

“In addition to compliance with all other immunization requirements, children entering, attending, or transferring to the seventh grade in Florida schools must complete the following: 
one (1) tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap).”

We must receive documentation of the Tdap immunization on a Florida Shot record DH 680 before school begins in the fall or your child will not be able to pick up their schedule or attend class on the first day of school. Receipts and other forms of documentation are not acceptable. Immunization information can be found at the St. Johns Co. School District website: http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/health/immunizations/

Please check with your child’s health care provider. If your child already received the shot, you only need to get an updated form. If your child has not received the shot, it will require an office visit to both receive the shot and pick up the updated form.

ABSENCES
When your child is absent you need to send in a hand written note or utilize our Digital Absentee Form under Quick Links on our website for the absence to be considered for excusal. The note must contain the students name, dates absent, and the reason for the absence. Notes must be received within 48 hours of a student’s return to school. 
May is Speech and Hearing Month
Please check you email for a message regarding our Screen Free Bingo activity.

Free Breakfast and Lunch

Free breakfast and lunch will be offered to all students through the end of this school year.
SAC Meeting
Our last SAC Meeting for this school year is May 25th at 4:00 p.m. (virtual and in-person). If you have any questions, please contact Art Thomas at arthur.thomas@stjohns.k12.fl.us
PTA NEWS
PTA Nominations
Thank you for considering to be part of the MCA PTA. It takes many volunteers to plan a fun and successful year for our students, teachers and staff. We can not do it without you.

Please review the attachment for additional information.

There's still time for you to nominate yourself for a PTA position for next year! PTA President Kim Sheets and Secretary Carol Tarnawa made the following video to help answer some of your questions you might have about volunteering.




Amazon Smile
Did you know that you can be helping our school while shopping! By simply signing up for Amazon Smiles and selecting Mill Creek, Amazon will donate a portion of what you are already spending to our school!

Helping Hands
We want to remind everyone that we need some helping hands on Thursdays, here is the link to the sign up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DABAD22ABFD0-helping, Please join us.
SCHOOL-BASED DISTANCE LEARNERS(SBDL)
Distant Learning Webpage - Visit https://www-mca.stjohns.k12.fl.us/distance-learners/ for links and the latest information.
St Johns County School District
For the most recent news from the district, please visit the district's webpage.
Mill Creek Academy
3750 International Golf Pkwy
St. Augustine, FL 32092
(904) 547-3720