Back to School Information 2021-2022
Calkins Road Middle School
Back to School Information 2021-2022
We have been working diligently for the opening of school and return of our MidKnight students. Below is some important information for families. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Schedule –Class periods are 39 minutes with a 4 minute passing time. Lunch periods are 30 minutes.
Masks – Students, staff and visitors are required to use a face mask while indoors per NYS mandate. Masks are optional for students when outdoors (i.e. PE class, outside classes). Mask breaks will be provided for students in classes throughout the day.
Open House – Our Open House this year is on September 22nd and will be in person. Open House will be from 6-8pm. Shuttle buses will be provided from MCE to avoid parking lot congestion. More information about Open House will be coming from the school after the start of the year.
Lockers & Backpacks – Students will be issued a locker at the beginning of the year. This year, we will allow students to carry backpacks with them throughout the day. Teachers will help instruct students on "backpack management," aka when to stop at the locker during the day. Students will be issued a school laptop, so a backpack may help with that transportation during the day.
Student health screenings – Families will NOT have to complete the health screening each morning for their students. Parents should monitor their student for any signs of illness and keep them home. Click here for more information about health protocols.
Personal devices (new 1:1 policy) – As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, students will be issued a school laptop to bring to and from school each day (along with a charger and protective sleeve). These devices are for academic purposes only, and parents and students should review the PCSD Bring Your Own Device Policy as well as the EIN form (signed at the start of 6th grade). More information will be sent before the start of the year. Students will receive their laptop within the first week or school.
Lunch periods - We will be using the Commons for lunch periods this year. All of our regular lunch options will be available for our students. Students will need to pre-order wraps in the morning if that is what they want for lunch. Safety protocols for lunch periods (i.e. spacing, seating) will be shared with the students on the first day of school.
PE class/locker rooms - We will not be starting the year with students changing for PE. Arragements will be made on special occassions (i.e. presenting in another class, picture day, etc.) to accommodate those that need to change.
Homeroom/1st period - To clarify, a student's "homeroom" is their first period class. Unlike last year when the students were in assigned pods at the start of the day, this is a return to pre-COVID scheduling. The first period time slot is extended for 3 minutes to allow for morning announcements.
Parent portal IC – Parents will be able to monitor student progress through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. All returning PCSD parents should already have access. Parents new to PCSD will be contacted by the school within the first two weeks to set up the portal account.
PTSA – Our PTSA remains a wonderful partner and support for our students, teachers and programs. Please consider joining the PTSA. More information can be found on their webpage.
CRMS communications – Announcements will be emailed home daily to parents. A Principal’s Update newsletter is emailed and posted monthly. Please follow Calkins Road on Twitter at @PCSDCalkinsRd.
Materials from last year's presentation from our Counseling Department about the social atmosphere of middle school and how parents play a pivotal role.