Greetings Obama Families,
This notification is to inform you that additional, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases were reported to our school today (Thursday, August 26, 2021). We received this information this morning and have been working closely with the district, the Ga. Dept. of Public Health and the DeKalb County Board of Health to isolate the individuals, identify and contact any persons who were in close contact with the individual, and clean and disinfect the impacted areas within the building.
All students and staff members who were exposed to the COVID-positive individuals have been notified. If you were not notified via phone call, email and/or Class DOJO, your child was not exposed to the individuals who tested positive in our school. Work will be sent by teachers to quarantined and virtual students via Class DOJO or through the Virtual TEAMS links that are attached to this email. Please click the link below, and then click on your child's teacher's name to access the class. Due to the current COVID crisis, ALL Obama staff members have created a TEAMS link to connect with their students when/if they are absent. Most of our technology issues have been resolved and chromebooks are currently being issued to those students whose parents have signed a Chromebook Agreement Form. We must have an Agreement Form signed by a parent or guardian before a chromebook will be issued by the teacher.
If quarantined teachers and students are feeling up to it, teachers will connect with students virtually to provide instruction while they are quarantining. Only quarantined students and those who have elected to be virtual for the entire first semester may use the links below. Students cannot switch back and forth between face to face and virtual unless it is COVID-related. Once the quarantine is over, parents must decide if their child will be virtual or face to face. Students will either return to the building face-to-face or remain virtual for the rest of the semester. Once you add your child's name to the virtual list, your child must remain virtual until the end of the first semester (through the end of December, 2021). Below are the TEAMS links for all teachers:
Virtual TEAMS links for Obama Elementary, 1st semester, 21-22
Please remember that students will not be marked absent or penalized in any way if they were exposed to a positive individual at school. Also, virtual students will not be penalized if they are unable to connect due to the district's network issues. As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay home if they develop or experience any COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who develops symptoms should seek medical care immediately. You should also contact your healthcare provider to determine if testing is needed.
Your cooperation, patience and flexibility are greatly appreciated during these unprecedented times in education. We must communicate effectively and work together to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff.
Angela Thomas-Bethea, Principal
Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology