Good Afternoon, Eagle Families,
I hope that all of you are having a wonderful holiday week and are doing well. I wanted to update you on the progress of our “Welcome Back Eagle Plan” as our leadership team has been hard at work over the last two weeks. This communication specifically covers two topics: 1) our COVID-19 committee's current plan for facility cleaning and disinfecting during the 2020-2021 school year, and 2) more detail about the real-time distance learning option we are making available to families this year.
While subject to change and some adjustment, the COVID-19 committee's plan for cleaning and disinfecting our facilities during the school year is a robust and aggressive one. Here are some of the specifics:
The Academy is partnering with Jan-Pro, an established commercial cleaning company that has been at the forefront of helping many schools, companies and institutions fight the battle with the novel coronavirus.
Jan-Pro will conduct a very extensive cleaning and disinfecting inside our buildings just prior to the start of school on 8/19.
Once the school year begins, Jan-Pro will perform nightly cleaning and disinfecting on campus, after each school day, which will include a very rigorous, multi-step process to disinfect all of our bathrooms.
Additionally, our staff will also disinfect our bathrooms twice daily during the school day - targeting high touch surfaces with a spray, let sit, wipe system.
While the use of Academy vehicles during 20-21 remains an open question, the committee plans to implement a "disinfect and seal after each use" system.
In the event of a COVID-19 event on campus, the affected building will be vacated and Jan-Pro will quickly be on-site to disinfect it with their EnviroShield system.
Additionally, persistent cleaning procedures will be implemented on campus, including the disinfecting of student desks and commonly touched surfaces in classrooms throughout each school day by faculty, staff and students.
All of the above efforts will be in addition to the ongoing cleaning and disinfecting efforts the school has been and will continue to undertake.
The costs of the above measures are very significant, but the school's leadership feels these steps are absolutely critical to take if we are able to re-open our campus on 8/19 as planned.
As stated in our previous correspondence, ALL GRADE LEVELS AT CFCA WILL OFFER A HYBRID LEARNING OPTION FOR FAMILIES WITH COVID-RELATED CONCERNS. We recognize that some families may not be comfortable with their child(ren) being on campus in the fall due to the student or family members' pre-existing health conditions or other risk factors. Families who choose not to send their child to campus will be given the option of learning remotely. Teachers will have the ability to provide synchronous lessons at specific times during the school day, as well as post classes and lessons for students and parents to access later. If a family intends to begin the 2020-2021 school year remotely via the Hybrid Learning option, they are advised to alert the Head of School in writing by August 1. The Academy will evaluate all requests for hybrid learning and assess the feasibility.
We are constantly monitoring the virus situation daily while making necessary adjustments as needed to safeguard our campus. Based on community reporting, the COVID-19 committee requests that parents and guardians ensure students have several washable / reusable face coverings at the start of the school year. An example of why a face covering will be required is a child beginning to exhibit symptoms during the school day.
Our COVID-19 committee will meet again later this week. We look forward to updating you on our progress as we work to reopen the Academy, so please stay tuned. We appreciate your continued support and encouragement as we navigate through this evolving situation.
Karen W Parker, Head of School