Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year!

Please see below for information, updates and reminders from Principal Norris.

Parent Town Halls (Stone MS)

Slide Decks, Q&A, Information Shared

August 5, 2021

Question

Response

Will there be lockers this year?

We will not be using hallway lockers but will access gym lockers. 

Can students bring their own laptops?

We would prefer for students to bring the school supplied laptops. Tech support will be limited to school laptops only. 

When will students receive laptops

During the first week of school students will receive their laptops and receive training on Schoology and SIS. 

Will students change classes

Students will change classes and will have A(odd) days and B(even) days. See the bell schedule here. 

Will there be gym uniforms

We will be able to use gym uniforms to change into and will have access to gym locker rooms. This will be managed with myschoolbucks. More information to come regarding uniforms. 

Can the health forms be faxed to Stone?

Yes, if you have access to the original form. They can also be scanned and emailed or you can access the google form to submit. The most updated FCPS Health Form will be posted on the website as soon as we have it. Please find additional information about forms here. 

Will we need to have our child fill out a covid health form each day?

No. Please find more information about the daily health screening parents and families should use to assess your child’s health each day. 

What if our child wants to drink water in class?

Students can lift their masks to drink water in the class if they need to. We ask that upon completion of drinking the water, masks are put back on. 

How do we indicate if a child is a bus rider or walker?

The initial survey asked if transportation was needed. 

Check ParentVUE transportation section to see bus # or contact Ms. Brummet at @email

What is the Stone cell phone policy?

Currently, the policy is students can use their cell phones during lunch. They must be away during classes or used only for instructional purposes. More information will be forthcoming around our Stone Expectations of respect, honesty and kindness. 

Free breakfast and lunch was mentioned.  Is this something that will continue the remainder of the year or is it just a temporary thing?

All students are eligible for one free breakfast and one free lunch each day. Find out more about school meals here.

Do water bottles need to have a straw? 

No, students can use any refillable water bottle. 

If laptops start running low on batteries, will students have the ability to get them charged?

Students should charge their laptops at home each evening, so they have a fully charged laptop each day at school.  There will be times where there is a need to charge at school, and this will be available for students on an as-needed basis. 

Will the classes actually be given on the laptops

Students will receive a laptop by the end of the first week of school. 

When will we find out about transportation

Bus stops and route information will be shared with families via the ParentVue accounts on August 10. All staff and students riding a bus will be required to wear a mask. For more information about bus transportation, including how to access the Bus Delay Notification System, visit the Transportation page.

We will be dropping off and picking up our son via our vehicle. Where is the location for this?

The school has a Kiss and Ride similar to elementary school. There are cones, signage and school personnel available to assist each morning.

How many students will be allowed in each classroom? Capacity

99.5%  of  our students will return to Stone in person for the 2021-22 school year. Students and staff will wear masks throughout the day except while eating and drinking. 

Will students be wearing masks

The strongest mitigation strategy is for all students and staff to wear masks for the safety of all. Students will need to wear masks throughout the day. 

Masks will be available upon request if a student or staff member forgets one. 

Will students need to be socially distanced

Please refer to the most updated guidance from FCPS as it relates to a strong return to school and the mitigation strategies we will utilize. 

What time does Kiss and Ride start? 

The Kiss and Ride line will be available at 7:00 AM. The building will open to students at 7:10am through Door 2.

What time do they have to be physically in the building? Drop off time?

Please do not drop off earlier than 7:10. AM.. Students need to physically be in the building by 7:20am to make it to class on time before 7:30am. 

Do they still need notebooks, pencils, paper on the first day of school?

The 2021-22 supply list information can be found on our school website. Students should plan to bring materials on the first day. 

Can siblings attend the Open House on Aug 18? 

Yes, this is an informal way for our students, parents and families to see the building and learn a little more about Stone. A reminder that any person inside the building this evening will need to wear a mask.  

What does back to school night look like?

Our Back-to-School Night will be in-person on September 8 and invite parents/guardians only to attend this evening. During this time, you will have a chance to meet your child’s teachers and learn more about each of their classes. More information is forthcoming about this evening. 

Can you ensure social distancing in the gym locker rooms? 

More information will be available to parents as it becomes available from the CDC and FCPS. 

What will the Student Orientation look like? 9-11:15am on August 20

Upon arrival at school,  students will meet in the gym to hear a welcome message from the Stone admin team. They will then have an opportunity to go to each of their classes for ten minutes each, where they will meet their teacher and learn more about life at Stone. 

How do I get communication from the school? 

You can opt in to our school’s News You Choose Newsletter that is sent out weekly. You can sign up here. These newsletters can also be found on our school homepage. 

Can we still register for Panther Jump Start

Yes, we have a 7th grade date of August 10 and an 8th grade date of August 11 for Panther Jumpstart. While it says registration has closed, please email Lashon Harrison at @email if you would like to join. 

Will there be another opportunity to walk the building

We will accommodate to make it work for students and parents to walk the building as needed prior to the start of the school year.  If you missed an opportunity, please email Ms. Norris directly. (@email

August 12, 2021

Question

Response

How will gym lockers work? 

Lockers will be spaced out. Students will have access to gym lockers to put away their backpacks and laptops in locked spaces. The students will then have access to dress out when uniforms become available and enter the gym from the locker room and report to their designated space for PE. More information is forthcoming around uniforms and gym lockers.  

Do we need to email Mrs. Stubblefield if we are coming to the Open House or Student Orientation? 

All students and families are welcome to attend. You do not need to email or let us know you are coming. 

Do the Assistant Principals cover both the grade levels or do they each focus on one grade level? 

Ms. Bowman is our 7th grade administrator. Mr. Hudson is our 8th grade administrator. 

While both are here to serve all students and families, when a situation arises, they will support their respective grade level. 

School supply list: What should my  child bring on the first day of school 

Please refer to the 2021-2022 School Supply list. 

Laptops and supplies: Should kids bring their office supplies to school at some point? If so, when? 

On the first day of school, students should bring pen/pencil and a notebook. On a daily basis after laptops are distributed, students will bring a charged laptop and any supplies necessary. The students should check Schoology courses for any announcements from their teachers. 

When will schedules be available? When will SIS get updated for class schedules

Schedules will be available in SIS beginning August 18 and a paper copy will be available August 18 at the Open House, August 20 at Student Orientation, and on the first day of school in the  Main Office.

My son took the bus last year with an exception to ride, would I need to complete another exception to ride? 

Yes, the exceptions to ride forms need to be completed each year. If you have questions related to transportation, please contact Ms. Bowman at @email 

Will we return to Hot Lunches? Will regular lunch menus be provided or will it be a modified menu? 

We will begin the year with hot lunches. The lunch menus will be posted for middle school to the nutrislice website a week in advance. Each school does have the flexibility if supplies are not available to change the menu as needed. 

How do we get assistance with Schoology and Parent Vue login issues? 

Please find out more information on Schoology and Parent Vue here. 

Are students expected to stay home if students have a cold or allergy symptoms? Will students be asked to quarantine if someone in their class tests positive? And if yes will there be a virtual option for them to sign in so they do not have to miss so much school? 

Please continue to refer to the Daily Health Screening to assess your child’s health before school. 

 

Additional information can be found on the FCPS Health and Safety guidance. 

Can the PE uniforms be purchased on Friday?

PE uniforms have been ordered. More information will be available on purchasing when they are in the building. 

What will students do with wet umbrellas, coats, etc

 

Do they still have hardback books

Each curriculum area is using a digital book this year. The ebooks are linked into the Schoology courses for student access. 

Start Date for School: What day are we going to go back to school? 

Students return to in person learning at school for 5 full days per week on Monday, August 23. 

Are parents allowed to attend orientation with their 7th grader on the 18th? 

Parents are welcome to come to walk the building with students informally at the Open House on August 18. On August 20, all students are invited to attend the orientation where they will go through their entire schedule and meet their teachers. September 8 is Back to School night and more information is forthcoming on this night. 

Since they are not using lockers is anything going to be done to help prevent back issues since they are carrying their backpacks all day? 

Please see above note reference hardback books. Students will have minimal “heavy” materials to carry throughout each day. 

Cleaning: Are desks going to be cleaned or sprayed between classes or are allowed to bring wipes? 

Our high touch service areas will be cleaned on a consistent daily basis. All classrooms will be equipped with hand sanitizer, spray and wipes. Our custodial team does an excellent job working on a rotating schedule to ensure all high touch areas are cleaned multiple times during the day. 

If we don’t want to use the school laptop is it possible for students to use their own or is it required

It is highly recommended that all students utilize the school-issued laptop, as it helps for trouble-shooting technical support at the school level. 

Are students expected to carry a 3 inch binder? 

Students should refer to the supply list, as well as their respective teachers’ instructions. 

Water Fountains or Water Bottle Filling stations? Are they going to be in use or off limits? 

We have several water bottle filling stations around the building. Students are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottle. 

With so many students in the building and everyone having backpacks, is it possible to expect them to get to class with 5 minutes between classes? 

We had ten minutes last year in between classes and it was extremely long. We are confident five minutes will be enough time, but will always reassess if necessary. 

Medications: My child has allergies and an epi pen. Should I bring that to the open house

Please refer to our Clinic procedures as it relates to medication drop-off. 

Is there a Virtual option for Back to School Night

At the moment, our Back to School Night is slated for in-person on September 8. More information is forthcoming about this night. 

Will we get information about how dismissal works at Stone? How does Kiss and Ride work? 

Yes, in next week’s community message on 8/21, we will include the specifics around Bus Arrival and Dismissal, as well as walker/Kiss and Ride information. 

Can my child bring her own lunch

Yes, your child can bring a lunch from home and has the option to pick up a breakfast and/or a lunch at school each day.

How does block scheduling work? 

A Days are all Odd numbered classes 1,3,5,7,and 2,4,6,8

The bell schedule can be found at https://stonems.fcps.edu/node/4903 

Is there a supply list

The supply list is available on the Stone Website at 

Are A days MWF? Schedule

A days are referred to as our odd schedule days and B days are the even day classes. Please see the bell schedule here. 

 

An overview of the FCPS A Day and B Day schedule can be found here. 

My kids want to know since there is no current plan for concurrent, does it look like we might have the possibility of regular snow days? 

There is still the possibility of snow days. 

Is there a need for parent volunteers in middle school or is that just an elementary school need? 

Please reach out to the PTA @email if you are interested in volunteering. 

Will afterschool clubs still be offered? 

Yes; we have an excellent after-school program. More information will be provided in the coming weeks. 

What time will the bus riders

Bus information will be available on August 18. Please reach out to Ms. Bowman (@email) if you have questions related to transportation. 

August 26, 2021

Questions/Feedback

Response

Will students receive a student planner this year?

Student planners have been ordered for all students and we await their arrival. Students will learn how to use it during Panther Block. 

AC is better, Tell the teachers thank you for all that they are doing to help. 

This is a work in progress but our FCPS facilities and HVAC team has been working hard to trouble-shoot the problem. Thankfully, the majority of the building was much cooler by Tuesday morning. 

Are students wearing gym uniforms this year? 

PE uniforms have been ordered. You will receive more information in the coming weeks from your child’s PE teacher. 

Student Comment: The first week was so fun I haven’t been in school for over a year. 

We have made a concerted effort to engage in activities, team building, getting re-acclimated to school in the first week. We will continue to ensure we are providing meaningful learning opportunities for all students! 

Do you know the vaccination rate at Stone? 

The vaccination rate that is posted by Fairfax County is not specific to each school..

When will FLE be taught? 

More information surrounding Family Life Education can be found here.  Additionally, curriculum will be available for viewing during our Back to School Night. If you have any questions related to FLE, please reach out to Mr. Hudson (@email). 

Water bottle filling stations are available in the lobby and upstairs. 

Water-bottle filling stations are currently available to students. There is one upstairs and downstairs and we encourage our students to bring reusable water bottles. 

Are there any after school activities this year? 

Please find more information related to our After-School program here. Additional information will be forthcoming as the date gets closer to after-school activities. 

What is the absence policy, not illness related? 

Please see any information related to attendance on our school website and complete this attendance form when your child will be out.  

What is the bus driver situation? 

At Stone, we are fortunate to not have any challenges with our buses at the moments due to the FCPS and nation-wide bus driver shortage. 

If they have to stay home due to minor illness or quarantine, are they supposed to contact them anyway for make up work? 

Stay in communication with the teachers and the counselor if students are out of the building for 3 or more consecutive days. Otherwise, please encourage your child to check Schoology. 

Is there any gym long pants and not shorts? 

Students have access to the uniform, short sleeve shirt and shorts or clothes that they can change into for PE. They can also purchase a sweatshirt and sweatpants as well as towel service. However, they can use their own sweatpants and sweatshirt for PE. If you have additional questions, you can reach out to your child’s PE teacher or Mr. Hudson who supervises the PE department. 

BTSN

Back to School Night will be in-person on September 8 at 6:00 PM. There will be an ESOL and Special Education meeting at 5:30 PM. We will begin with a  Principal’s Welcome and Greeting in the Gym followed by presentations by each of the teachers in their respective classrooms. More information will be coming in next week’s message. 

Is there any understanding of how much the kids have fallen behind (if at all) due to the remote learning of the past 1.5 years. 

As our students completed their first week of school, the focus was on re-acclimation as best as possible. Our school team will use a combination of informal and formal assessments to gauge students’ understanding and progress. New this Fall, will be the Virginia Growth Assessments, More information about these assessments can be found here. We will provide more specific information as it relates to Stone once dates are solidified. 

 

Our primary focus will continue to be our students are afforded meaningful learning opportunities during their classes. Our school team continues to work together to provide rich, hands-on experiences to support overall learning and growth. We will continue to work on additional opportunities throughout Panther Block for students identified in need of targeted support, as well as additional opportunities for extension and enrichment. 

When does the TJ information go out? 

This information will be available later this Fall. If you have questions related to the TJ Admissions process, please contact Katie Marrefi (@email). 

Is there another way to access the technology form other than a QR code? 

The Digital Consent Permission form can be found here. Please sign off on this so your child will have access to use a variety of digital tools. 

 

All account signups from the Open House flyer with QR codes can be found here as well. 

Are after school activities available to view for parents yet? 

Please refer to the After-School Program information listed on our website. 

Can you explain the communication plan? 

At Stone, you should expect to receive a weekly Principal’s Message every Saturday which includes pertinent information, updates and reminders. There are times you will receive additional emails from Student Services, but we try to capture the bulk of our communication and information 

Is there a way to take a look at the content of the family life lessons? Would it be possible to have access to the videos that will be shown to the students? 

The FLE curriculum will be available in the library on back to school night. Feel free to reach out to Mr. Hudson for details should you have additional questions. 

PTA contact information 

Please use this email @email to contact the PTA. 

Is virtual class available when they can’t go in person? 

No, virtual classes are not an option for students when they cannot be in school., If a student needs to be absent, they should check Schoology for assignments. If a student is out for an extended time (3 or more days),  the student’s counselor will be in touch with teachers in order to develop a plan. 

What is the policy on COVID cases exposure and notification and timeline? 

Please continue to refer to the FCPS Health and Safety Guidance document. You will find an updated flow chart mid-way through this page that outlines the notification process. 

 

Unvaccinated students who are identified as a close contact with someone with COVID-19 must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure. Fully vaccinated students who are identified as a close contact with someone with COVID-19 must remain home until your vaccination status is verified. Upon verification of vaccination status by the FCHD, and if the student/staff is asymptomatic, they may return to in-person learning and activities once notified by FCPS of their return date.

Covid Processes for Stone Middle School

I wanted to provide a few pieces of information as it relates to Covid processes in place at Stone Middle School. We recognize how challenging of a time this continues to be and it is a collective effort from our students, staff and families to ensure we maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.

Below are a few important reminders and answers to questions regarding these Covid processes.

When should I keep my child home from school?

Please keep your child home from school if they have any symptoms that are Covid-like. 

Consider the questions in the Health Screening Questionnaire each morning before sending your child to school. If you answered Yes to any of the questions, please keep your child home. 

Communicate with us quickly if you have information your child has Covid or likely has it.

What will happen if there is a student who tests positive for Covid in my child’s class?

If a student tests positive and was at school during the infectious period (within 48 hours of onset of symptoms), we will alert the entire school community. The school reviews seating assignments throughout the school day and identifies potential close contacts to the student who has tested positive for Covid-19. If your child is considered a potential close contact, we will notify you and your child by the end of the school day. 

What determines if a student is a potential close contact to a known positive case?

The following are examples of individuals who would be considered a potential close contact: 

  • Students wearing masks who were less than 3 feet from a student case for 15 minutes or more in a school day
  • Students not wearing masks who were 6 feet or less from a student case for 15 minutes or more in a school day
  • Students masked or unmasked who were within 6 feet or less of a staff case for 15 minutes or more in a school da

What happens if my child is determined to be a potential close contact by FCPS staff?

Parents and guardians who have been notified by their child’s school that their child is a potential close contact will need to complete the COVID Contact Vaccination Verification form if their child is fully vaccinated. Parents and guardians will be able to access this form through a link that will be embedded in the pause letter sent to all parents and guardians whose child has been identified as a potential close contact to a positive case.  

In the COVID Contact Vaccination Verification form, parents and guardians will need to take two steps:

  1. First, you will provide proof of your child’s vaccination status by electronically uploading the vaccination record or card. 
  2. Then you will complete a Health Department survey to confirm the child is asymptomatic, if appropriate.

The Health Department will quickly verify the information provided and send a personalized student clearance letter to the parent/guardian who completed the survey. 

The portal will be monitored by Health Department staff seven days a week between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Letters will be sent via email within hours for submissions received during business hours or by the next day for after-hour submissions.

Your child will be able to immediately resume in-person learning and activities when you submit the clearance letter to their school.

What should my child do if they are instructed to pause or misses school?

Students should get in the habit of checking Schoology each day. Teachers are posting work that they are completing during classes and students are always welcome to message their teachers as well. 

Overall Case Information

We cannot disclose details of the positive case to include the child's name, grade, classes or any additional information; or the staff member's name or assignment. The health department will contact you directly and will direct the appropriate students to quarantine. The school will notify the entire community when the contact tracing is complete. Once the Health Department has completed their investigation, we will also invite any student who was staying home per FCPS staff direction and who has not been required to quarantine per the Health Department to return to school.  

covid flowchart

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