2020 Back to School

Updated August 27, 2020

All information is subject to change due to COVID-19

Information will be published as it becomes available. ERHS families should expect weekly emails regarding important information about the upcoming school year.

2020-21 Back to School Information

  •  Fall 2020 District Website
  •  District 833 Quick Links
  •  Fall Sports Registration
  •  Student Schedules
  •  Transition Week for Students (August 31-September 3)
  •  Parking Permits
  •  Pictures
  •  Textbook Pick-Up
  •  Planners
  •  Class Schedules
  •  Senior Transcripts
  •  Personalized Learning
  •  ERHS Cell Phone Policy

Additional 2020-21 Back to School Topics

  •  ERHS Supply List
  •  ERHS Open House
  •  Senior-Graduation Information
  •  Information for All Grades
  •  District 833 Services

Fall 2020 District Website

South Washington County Schools (District 833) posts the most current Fall 2020 updates on their website.

District 833 Fall 2020 Quick Links

Fall Sports Registration

The school district has transitioned to a new registration system (SmartSchoolK12-Affinety) beginning this year. You will need to set up a new account prior to registering. Please see the links below for instructions on account setup and how to go about registering. 

To begin CLICK HERE! Registration Instructions to creating a parent user account login and connecting to student AccountsNote: There have been issues with processing credit card payments. We were told this may be an issue with using Google Chrome due to a recent update. If you run into this issue in Chrome, please try using a different browser! 

The start date for Fall Athletics began August 17th. Students must be registered to participate.. If you are looking for specific tryout information, you can look under the sport-specific page for more detailed information on the East Ridge Activities Webpage -https://www.erhsactivities.com/page/show/1112219-home

 

2020-21 Student Schedules

A & B hybrid group assignments were communicated the week of August 17th via email from the district office.

Complete student class schedules were released on Monday, Aug. 24. Schedule requests are going to be honored on a very limited basis due to the complexities of the master schedule this fall. More information about how to request changes will be communicated at a later time.

Schedule Change Requests: Please use this form (Schedule Request Form Term 1.1 and 1.2) to request any changes to your reschedule for Term 1.1 and 1.2. Due to the complexities of this year’s master schedule, schedule change requests will be honored on a very limited basis. We will explore the potential for schedule changes for the following reasons only:

  1. You have an “empty” period on your schedule.
  2. You already had the class.
  3. You did not take or did not pass the prerequisite course.
  4. You were scheduled into a course that is at an inappropriate academic level for you. (There may be paperwork involved beyond this form for this scenario.)

Due to high volumes, you will be notified by your counselor of the change in schedule should your request be honored. Please check your schedule prior to the days leading up to your start date in the Student/Parent Portal after the schedules are published.. If you do not see the change, it means that the request could not be honored. 

 

Transition Week for Students (August 31-September 3)

Please note that this information has changed since our initial communication. See blackboard message (or read below) on August 27th at 10:00 am for full details.

We are quickly preparing for the return of students on the first day of school on September 8th. As we review our final plans, we realized we needed to make some adjustments to ensure an equitable school experience so that each student can start the school year strong. To help our students feel confident and comfortable on their first day, we are making the following adjustments.

Our transition week, Monday, August 31st - Thursday, September 3rd, will focus on scheduling times for students in grades 10-12 to pick course materials, textbooks and devices (if a student is new to ERHS). If students are unable to pick up their materials during these days, they will be provided during the week of September 8th. Please see our full schedule below. During transition week, students will no longer attend school on their designated hybrid in-person day as previously scheduled

Transition Week - Student Material Pickup Details:

  • When students arrive at ERHS, they must wear a mask and enter the building through the Activities Entrance. Students will be allowed in the school in limited numbers and will proceed to the Media Center for material checkout. 
  • Students can pick up parking permits that have been purchased on-line (link) during this time near the main entrance (flagpole/roundabout drop off door) greeter desk. Students must have their driver's license and receipt. 
  • It is recommended that students bring a copy of their class schedule, either printed or on their phone.

Transition Week Schedule Details:

  • Monday, August 31st - 12th Grade Students
    • Last Name A-Ha - 10 am-11 am
    • Last Name He-O - 11 am-12 pm
    • Last Name P-Z - 12 pm-1 pm
  • Tuesday, September 1st - 11th Grade Students
    • Last Name A-Ha - 10 am-11 am
    • Last Name He-O - 11 am-12 pm
    • Last Name P-Z - 12 pm-1 pm
  • Wednesday, September 2nd - 10th Grade Students
    • Last Name A-Ha - 10 am-11 am
    • Last Name He-O - 11 am-12 pm
    • Last Name P-Z - 12 pm-1 pm
      • Siblings can come together if they are in different grades

Tuesday, September 8th

  • Students in Grades 9 (Student Group B) will attend school in-person. Students will pick up their Chromebook, meet school staff, tour the school, become familiar with their class schedule, go over the student handbook and practice safety routines. Students eligible for transportation can ride the school bus as they normally would. Bus information will be shared by August 28th. 
  • Students in grades 10-12 (Hybrid) will login to Schoology on their devices to become familiar with their classes. Activities will be posted by 8:30 a.m. in their Schoology courses. The activities on this day will focus on required student policies/procedures, health & safety routines, basics about East Ridge High School, and student handbook information.
    • 9th Grade Students in Group A will not have activities posted on this day in Schoology because they will get all of the information they need on Wednesday, September 9th.
    • 9th Grade VLA students will not have activities posted on this day in Schoology because they will get all of the information they need on Thursday, September 3rd.

Wednesday, September 9th

  • Students in Grades 9 (Student Group A) will attend school in-person. Students will pick up their Chromebook, meet school staff, tour the school, become familiar with their class schedule, go over the student handbook and practice safety routines. Students eligible for transportation can ride the school bus as they normally would. Bus information will be shared by August 28th. 
  • Students in grades 10-12 (Hybrid) will login to Schoology on their devices to become familiar with their classes. Activities will be posted by 8:30 a.m. in their Schoology courses. The activities on this day will focus on course specific syllabus information.
    • 9th Grade Students in Group B will not have activities posted on this day in Schoology because they will get all of the information they need on Tuesday the 8th.
    • 9th Grade VLA students will not have activities posted on this day in Schoology because they will get all of the information they need on Thursday, September 3rd.

Thursday & Friday, September 10th - 11th: All students in grades 9-12 will follow their hybrid schedule on the days in which they are assigned to attend school in-person (either Student Group A or Student Group B). 

  • September 10th: Student Group B attends school in-person. Student Group A learns from home. VLA students learn from home.
  • September 11th: Student Group A attends school in-person. Student Group B learns from home. VLA students learn from home.

Virtual Learning Academy - Transition Orientation

Thursday, September 3rd: All 9-12 Virtual Learning Academy students will have an online orientation via Google Meets to meet their teacher and learn more about their class. Students will learn about the course syllabus and go through some get to know you activities. We are excited to meet with you on this day!

  • Period 1: 9:00-10:00 a.m. - Google Meets links will be posted in individual courses in Schoology
  • Period 2: 10:15-11:15 a.m. - Google Meets links will be posted in individual courses in Schoology
  • Period 3: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Google Meets links will be posted in individual courses in Schoology

CLICK HERE FOR A CHECKLIST VLA STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE PRIOR TO, DURING, AND AFTER ORIENTATION

Chromebook Protection Plan and Agreement

All high school students at ERHS are assigned a Chromebook by the district. Before receiving a device, each student will need to purchase or decline coverage offered by the district’s Device Protection Plan on SmartSchoolK12. The plan provides coverage for accidental damage to the device; damage from fire, flood, natural disasters, or power surges; and theft (with filed police report).

The participation cost for those choosing to enroll in the Device Protection Plan is $20 annually per device. Families who qualify for federal educational benefits, such as free and reduced meals, will also be eligible for reduced pricing ($15 annually per device) on the plan or free coverage by the plan. Learn more about the Device Protection Plan here. 

Chromebooks will be distributed during the first week of school to all of our incoming 9th grade students and to any newly enrolled students in grades 10-12. 


Parking Permits

  • $15 Full Price (this is the only price that appears on the registration screen)
  • $10 Eligible for reduced meals price (see 2nd bullet below)
  • $5 Eligible for free meals price (see 2nd bullet below)

*Please visit SmartSchoolK12 to set up your account and purchase your trimester 1 pass.

A few notes about the parking fees:

  • This fee is non-refundable.
  • The free/reduced price should be reflected when you go to check out and is based on your economic indicator shown in Infinite Campus. There is no further action that is needed from the student/family.
  • The fee schedule will be reviewed prior to the start of each subsequent trimester to determine if any changes are warranted.
  • As a comparison, the fee in a usual year is $40 per trimester.

This registration is now open & active. If there are any issues, please direct parents to fees@sowashco.org. 

 

Pictures

  • School pictures have been delayed until further notice.


Textbook Pick-Up

  • Back-to-school procedures include textbook pick-up for the week of August 31st-September 3rd.
  • Students will pick up their textbooks during transition week. 
  • Students who opted for Virtual Learning Academy are asked to pickup material on August 28th from 10:00 am-1:00 pm
  • 9th grade students will get textbooks and other school materials during their transition days on September 8th and 9th.

 

Planners

  • Student planners will be available to purchase in the main office for $5 beginning the week of August 31st. 

 

Class Schedules

Beginning August 24th, parents and students are able to access a DRAFT of their ERHS student's 2020-21 class schedule by logging into Parent/Student Portal. Please be aware all student schedules are in DRAFT FORM until the first day of school and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE!!! All students should print out a copy of their schedule and bring it with them on their first day of school. 

  • Check for a complete schedule; 18 courses, 6 each trimester
  • Check that you have the required courses for your grade level in English and Social Studies
  • Note that a 3 trimester class (i.e. English, Social Studies, Science, Math) may or may not change class periods from trimester to trimester. 

We also attempt to keep students with the same teacher for our core content areas, but it is not always possible due to schedule constraints and/or student elective course selections. 

If you would like to request a change to your schedule, please visit the ERHS Counseling website to complete the necessary schedule change form. The form will be available from August 31st-September 11th. 

Essential schedule change requests that WILL be considered are:

  • "Empty" or "Missing" on your schedule
  • Already had the class and passed
  • Did not take or did not pass the prerequisite
  • Elective changes may be considered on a space available basis
  • Inappropriate academic level

Non-essential schedule change requests WILL NOT be considered are:

  • Teacher Requests
  • Lunch Requests
  • To have the same class as your friend
  • To accommodate sports schedules

Counselors are not able to see students individually about schedule changes. The last day to make a schedule change is September 11th through the online request form. Please plan accordingly. 

**If you are considering senior study, student aid, online classes, independent study, or weighted study, must visit the Counseling website or stop by the Counseling Office for the appropriate form.

 

Hybrid/Virtual Learning Academy Daily Schedules

Click here to view the daily schedule.

 

Senior Transcripts

Attention Seniors! Seniors who are requesting college transcripts first need to pay their ERHS transcript fee in SmartSchoolK12. The fee for transcripts is $15 for unlimited transcripts. Please know that SmartSchoolK12 gives options for the purchase of one, two or unlimited transcripts. 

 

Personalized Learning

Starting last fall, all high school students in District 833 were assigned a Chromebook by the district to be used as a tool to enhance personalized learning. Personalization is one of the two objectives of our district's strategic plan, calling for the district to "engage, motivate and empower each student through personal instruction creating a shared ownership of learning." 

These district-provided personal devices will be used during class time thoughtfully and in ways that enhance existing lesson plans. Personal devices are just one tool to use in teaching and do not replace teachers. Students will not be on devices for the entirety of their school day. When used responsibly, we know digital technologies can be an asset in an ever-changing digital age and can be used as an effective tool to personalize learning.

Before receiving a device, each student will need to purchase or decline coverage offered by the district's Device Protection Plan through our fee pay system. The plan provides coverage for accidental damage to the device; damage from fire, flood, natural disasters, or power surges; and theft (with filed police report). 

The participation cost for those choosing to enroll in the Device Protection Plan is $20 annually per device. Families who qualify for federal educational benefits, such as free and reduced meals, will also be eligible for reduced pricing ($15 annually per device) on the plan or free coverage by the plan. Learn more about the Device Protection Plan here. 

Thank you, in advance, for promptly completing the needed steps to ensuring your child receives a device at the beginning of the year so personalized learning can get started right away. Should you have any questions, please visit the District 833 website to learn more about Personalized Learning.

 

ERHS Cell Phone Policy

Be sure to read our ERHS Cell Phone Policy.

 

ERHS Supply List

ERHS does not maintain a list of supplies for students. Since each student has their own unique schedule when they get to the high school it is difficult to create one master supply list that would work for everyone. 

We ask that each student have: 

  • Notebooks or binders with loose leaf paper/dividers
  • Pens and Papers
  •  EAR BUDS/HEADPHONES on the first day of school (this is important to ensure students can participate in online discussions)
  • Some teachers may have their supply lists posted on Schoology.

ERHS is an AVID school and our hope is that all 9th grade students come to school prepared with an AVID binder. The list below includes all materials needed to properly build your binder and additional items that may help you to be successfully organized.  GRADE 9 SUPPLY LIST.

An important note is to ensure you have completed the Chromebook Protection Plan and Agreement process outlined below PRIOR to attending Transition Week.

 

Open House -TBD

Please stay tuned for information about how we will conduct our open house this fall.

 

Senior-Graduation Information

Seniors & Senior Parents: For all information regarding Commencement/Graduation and Senior Important Dates, please go to our Senior-Graduation webpage.

 

Information for All Grades 

Information in ( ) indicates the location in which this information can be found on our

ERHS website. 

District 833 Services