Parent Welcome Back Letter ’21-’22!

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Dear Polaris Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the opening of the 2021-22 school year!

We hope you’re enjoying a summer full of health and happiness, and that your child(ren) are rested and recharged ready to start the year. This August we embark on a journey like none other. We look forward to partnering with you in supporting you and your children as we face the next chapter of this unprecedented time. This is an incredibly important year and we will need everyone- staff, students, parents, guardians- in our Crew to be ready to work together.

The purpose of this message is to help your family prepare for the start of the school year, so please review this information carefully. A detailed parent calendar is currently under review and awaiting approval with Chicago Public Schools. We will email it and post it to our website as soon as it is approved.

For important parent updates and information visit our website at www.PCAChicago.org and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. In the meantime, continue living your best summer lives- resting and recharging, investing in yourself and in all the people, places, and things that you love and bring you joy. Looking forward to seeing your child on August 30th!

Sincerely,
The Clubhouse Crew

Back to School Questions and Answers 2021-2022

When does the school year begin?

The first day of school is Monday, August 30, 2021.

Will Polaris host a Back to School Event?

YES! Save the Date! Polaris is hosting an outdoor Back to School Event on Friday, August 20th! Come join us to…

● Meet your child(ren)’s teacher(s)
● Get your child(ren)’s student ID badge
● Purchase uniform shirt(s)
● Complete the technology rental agreement process to get your home device (more info below) ● Grab a hot dog and chips as you meet your child(ren)’s new crew!

When: Friday, August 20th from 2 – 4 pm Where: Polaris Charter Academy

Note: Face Masks and social distancing are required.
School parking lots will be closed. Street parking is available on Sawyer, Huron, Ohio, and Spaulding.

What are daily school hours?

*Please note that school hours have been modified.

School Instructional Hours:

Monday → 7:50am* – 3:15pm
Tuesday → 7:50am* – 3:15pm
Wednesday→ 7:50am* – 2:00pm (early dismissal day)
Thursday → 7:50am* – 3:15pm
Friday → 7:50am* – 3:15pm
*Daily breakfast service will begin at 7:20 am.
*Students who enter the building after 7:50 am will be marked tardy.

Main Office Hours (by Appointment Only)

Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 2:45pm

*Please call (773) 534-0820 to schedule your appointment and prior to entering the building.

Will COVID19 health and safety guidelines be in place?

Yes, Polaris will keep in place all previous COVID19 health and safety guidelines in place.

  • Daily COVID19 Screener to be completed every morning prior to building entry. Complete the daily screener email from Raptor EVERY SCHOOL DAY. Students will scan their student I.D. every day to ensure the screener was completed.
  • Masks mandated. All students regardless of vaccination status must be fully masked at all times. (Fully masked means fully covering the nose and mouth)
  • Classroom podding system to reduce risk of spread
  • Social distancing will be enforced in classrooms and throughout the common areas.
  • Assigned entrances into the school building
  • Hand hygiene routines and protocols
  •  Daily classroom cleaning and sanitization
  • Daily schoolwide cleaning and sanitization

What school supplies do I need to purchase on my own?

School supplies that parents must purchase are:

  • Backpack
  • Lunch bag (if bringing lunch to school)
  • Water bottle (fill at home prior to school each day)
  • Polaris Uniform shirt
  • Khaki Uniform pants/shorts
  • Gym shoes (closed-toe, rubber sole)

What is this year’s student school supply fee?

This year’s student school supply fee is $100. This fee will cover the cost of consumable supplies for the entire school year like folders, notebooks, pencils, crayons, glue, scissors, etc. The fee will cover all the supplies your child will need for learning in the classroom.

Are students expected to wear uniforms?

Yes, all students are required to be in uniform every day. Uniforms code is as follows:

  • Face Mask
  • Student I.D. and lanyard (given to your child on their first day)
  • Blue Polaris uniform t-shirt
  • Khaki pants or shorts (all pants and shorts must be worn at the waist at all times, a belt can be worn)
  • Gym shoes (closed-toe, rubber sole)

How and when can I purchase uniforms for my child(ren)?

Uniform shirts are $6 each and can be purchased at the August 13th Back to School Event or from the main office by appointment. Please call the main office (773) 534-0820 to schedule your appointment and prior to entering the building.

Will my child receive a computer device to use at home?

Polaris is excited to offer a new school device rental program designed to connect and enhance the learning at school to the learning in your home. This school year, all interested parents will have an opportunity to complete the Polaris Student Device Rental Process.

Polaris Student Device Rental Process

  1. Review and sign the rental agreement. (found here Student Device Rental Agreement)
  2. Pay a $100 deposit (cash only), refunded to you when the device is returned to school in acceptable condition as stated in the rental agreement.
  3. Take home a device for your child to keep at home to use for homework and extra engagement.

Student Device Rentals will take place at the Back to School Event on August 13th and or by appointment only Monday, August 16th – Thursday, August 19th from 12pm-2pm. Sign up HERE (https://calendly.com/pcatech/tech-device-rental)

When will I know my child’s assigned crew number and teacher(s)?

Polaris will communicate your child(ren)’s crew number both at the August 13th Back to School event and on the first day of school.