Peanut/Nut-Free Campus Alert

November 28, 2018

 

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

This letter is to inform you that many scholars in our school have life-threatening peanut/nut allergies.  Strict avoidance of peanut/nut products is the only way to prevent a life-threatening allergic reaction. If exposed to peanuts/nuts, a scholar may develop a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires emergency medical treatment.

 

The greatest potential for exposure at school is to have peanut products and nut products on campus.  We are asking your assistance in providing our scholars with a safe learning environment. To reduce the risk of exposure we need your help to minimize the risk by:

 

a)     Avoiding giving or allowing scholars to bring food to campus with nuts 

b)     Asking scholars to not share food they bring to campus

 

Due to the severity of the problem, it is important that all parents/guardians and scholars carry out the suggested measures to reduce the risk of allergic reaction.

 

In addition, The SEED School dining hall along with specific spaces around campus will be nut- free moving forward. Signs will be posted identifying nut-free spaces.

 

We thank you for your partnership.

 

Sincerely,

Stacey Pearl

Assistant Head of School

A Message from the Head of School: Our Commitment to School Safety

Dear SEED DC Family,

 

It has come to the School’s attention of a potential weapon on school premises. I want to share with you the steps we took and are taking to ensure school safety. The school initiated multiple searches, conducted a thorough investigation and found a toy that was thought to be a weapon; no actual weapon was found.  The SEED Public Charter School’s School Resource Officers (SROs) were contacted. They were provided all relevant information and have performed their own investigation.

 

It is the School’s responsibility to provide a safe learning environment for our scholars, and we will do everything in our power to protect them. Please be advised that the SEED Public Charter School proactively seeks to protect our community, takes any and all accusations seriously and acts accordingly. Please be assured that we will follow up with families if there is any additional information to share.

 

Thank you for your partnership with The SEED Public Charter School of Washington, D.C.

 

Sincerely,

 Mecha Inman

Head of School

SEED PCS Goes Phone Free For Summer School 2018

Dear Parents of The SEED School of Washington, D.C.

I’m writing today to share the exciting news that SEED PCS  will be using a system called “Yondr” this year to improve teaching and learning by making our school a phone-free zone.

We understand that cellphones have great utility, but cellphone use has increasingly become a source of distraction, anti-social behavior and conflict both at home and at school.

"according to a survey and report from Common Sense Media that involved 1,240 interviews with parents and their 12- to 18-year-old children, 50 percent of teens feel addicted to their mobile devices, and 59 percent of their parents agree that their kids have a problem putting their devices down." - US News & World Report, 2016

Additionally, more and more studies are showing the ways cellphones interfere with a student’s academic success. Just last year (2017), the University of Chicago concluded that “the mere presence of cellphones reduces available cognitive capacity.”

The SEED PCS cellphone policy states that cellphones are to be kept out of sight in the school building. However, at our school, inappropriate cellphone use is the number one discipline issue. It takes away student learning time and damages both peer relationships and student/staff relationships.

The way Yondr works is simple. When students arrive at school, they will place their phones in an assigned Yondr phone case. The case locks and the student keeps their case with them. Students maintain possession of their phones throughout the day, but they will not be able to use them until they are unlocked at the end of the day. (This process is pictured on the next page.)

In an effort to best serve your child, we are asking for your support in the adoption of Yondr to teach our students responsible phone use while at school. Yondr is already used by hundreds of middle and high schools, corporations and artists across the world to improve focus, production and the overall human experience of its users.

We want to assure families that you can reach your student as you have in the past, by calling the front desk at 202-248-7773. We recommend adding this number to your contact list for easy access. 

Thank you for supporting our school and our students as we go forward with this change.

We will hold information meetings for parents Thursday, June 28 at 8:00am, and Friday, June 29th at 12:00pm. More information will also be available during  August parent meetings.

Rashida K. Holman-Jones, MSA

Director of Family and Community Engagement | The SEED Public Charter School of Washington, D.C.

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