News and Updates
On-Campus Learners that need Short-Term Distance Learning

For our on-campus students, distance learning can be a helpful option during a short-term illness and a necessity if quarantining is required.

It is not to be used as a general convenience as this places an additional strain on our most valuable resource - our teachers.

Moving forward, make these requests through to be approved.

To be approved, requests must meet multiple criteria, including:

  • Medical need (doctor’s note, need for quarantining) 
  • Duration of absence
  • Timely notification of need
Safety Drills Commence after Fall Break
Meridian follows the Standard Response Protocol for emergency procedures, and we will be conducting safety drills over the next few months beginning the first week of Quarter 2. Not all drills will be announced in advance. Each drill will be repeated during After School activities. 

Safety is our priority; students cannot be picked up while a drill is in progress. For these first five drills, parents will receive a text notification around ten minutes prior to the start.

Parents or visitors that are inside the building during a drill will be required to follow the appropriate procedures. This could mean sheltering in place on the floor of a hallway or huddling up with a classroom during a lockdown. For After School drills, pickup may be delayed if parents arrive during an active drill (which will take place before 5 pm).
Sample Message PikMyKid
Emergency Notifications via PikMyKid

As the drills take place, parents will receive a message via cell phone notifying them of the drill, along with instructions to follow if there were an actual emergency on campus. This message will be shared via PikMyKid app, so you will only receive it if you are listed as the primary or secondary parent/guardian in the app.

Contact with the second parent's name and cell phone number if they are not yet set up with PikMyKid (they should see their child pop up on the app's screen once they're set up). 

If your student is not yet on campus, you do not need to download the app. Just know that you won't receive emergency text notifications until you do so. (And you shouldn't have a need for them; these alerts include traffic and weather updates). 
Attendance Alerts in Ascender

Parents may want to disable their attendance alerts if they have a distance learning child because they could get an alert each day for an absence.

Teachers have until the following morning to determine and record engagement for attendance since not all students have proven engagement for attendance by 9:30 am, which is our official time to take attendance. If you have any questions, email
Triple A News

Learn about PikMyKid Triple A delegations, bringing snacks from home, mask protocols, registration and more! Review our October 2020 update on the website. 
Parent Book Group tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6 pm for our first book group meeting via Zoom of the year. All are welcome to attend. Tomorrow's book is 2016 National Book Award winner, “Stamped from the Beginning: the Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America”, by Ibram X. Kendi. 

School Pictures for Second through Fifth grade students Tuesday after Fall break

Lifetouch will be on campus Tuesday, October 20, to take on-campus students’ pictures for the fall. They will also take pictures of kindergarten and first grade students who did not get them taken earlier.

Lifetouch will work with us throughout the year to take the pictures for our distance learners as well. Stay tuned.
Upcoming Events At-A-Glance
(With links when available)
  • Parent Book Group (with our Counselors): 10/7/2020
  • Fall Break: 10/12/2020 - 10/16/2020
  • Counselor Speaker Series, Family Support: How to give grace and space to each other during times of stress with Megan Ibanez. Georgetown & Family Therapist: 10/28/2020 at noon
  • ESL Parent Night: 10/29/2020

  • Early Voting in Texas lasts from October 12-30; take advantage of Fall Break and vote early!