COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources
March 17, 2020
Thank you for all of your support and collaboration during this time. The public health crisis created by COVID-19 is not something any of us could reasonably have expected to happen, and we are in uncharted waters as we work to prevent the spread of the illness. We have been following the guidance of state and local public health experts on how we can keep all who are part of our school community - students, staff, family members and visitors - safe in the midst of a growing health crisis. We are also following the Executive Order from our governor and Guidance for K-12 Schools. We are at a point where the balance has shifted and the appropriate path is to close schools. Our board of directors has decided that at this time it is best we close our school to keep our communities safe.
The closure will begin March 18th, 2020 at 3pm and be in effect until our next Board meeting on April 16, 2020.
Closing our school enables students and families to respond to the impacts caused by COVID-19 without consequence. Meaning, if we didn't close and families had emergencies that kept them from completing work, they would be penalized. Since we have closed, the school will not be impacted if the work can’t be completed. Although charter school closure suspends the compliance requirements of public education, our format of Homeschooling and type of instructional support we have developed to a high level is designed to support families as they continue the educational process at home. The Inspire family of schools are ready for this challenge and are going to support our students, families and communities through this uncertain time.
This means the following changes:
- No face-to-face meetings, only virtual (computer, phone) meetings.
- We will not collect work samples, AWR’s or provide grades.
- Field trips are currently put on pause during school closure.
- Enrichment services may be paused during this school closure but products may still be ordered if they are available for purchase.
- Curriculum orders will continue to be processed.
The following supports will be in place:
- HSTs will still be available for virtual support and will check-in weekly.
- EOS orders will still be accepted and placed.
- Student Support Services along with Outstanding Direct Instruction (ODI) will still be available for our students.
- A special website of open and free resources is available here.
- HQTs will hold their regular office hours for high school students and families.
- Asynchronous recordings and assignments (for Choice Plus Academy only) will still be available. *Note - Edgenuity will be set on auto progression
- Special Education will be sending a letter detailing their legal requirements. Resources can be found at this Padlet site.
These supports are designed to help support families and student achievement during this closure. The Inspire family of schools has spent the last six years perfecting the format, supports, and resources needed for parents and students who are learning from home. Our HST’s are experts and they are ready and able to help. Please feel free to share any of these online resources with your family and friends who are not in our charter.
Our main office will be closed to the public. Remember, a virus, or any destabilizing event, is in part only as strong as we allow it to fray our social bonds. We are always stronger together, and we have the privilege and unique opportunity to continue to serve in ways that ensure our connection to our students and families remains intact and achievement remains in place.
As promised, we will provide you with regular updates which will be shared through your HST connecting with you as well as updates will be posted on our main website. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your Home School Teacher. You can also email or call the Director/Principal, Dr. Laurie Goodman or the Assistant Director/ Vice Principal, Stephanie Johnson. We are at your service.
Dr. Laurie Goodman
March 12, 2020
Dear Families and Staff:
In recent news, you may have heard how other districts in the area are taking action in response to the COVID-19. Our administration and staff recognize the questions and concerns that have arisen due to the fluid COVID-19 situation and how this could affect our schools, students, staff and families. Fortunately, our students have the ability to participate in their education remotely while being fully engaged and can remain free of large gathering places, if they so choose.
As an administrative team, we have made the following decisions regarding our school activities:
- All meetings between HST’s and families will be virtual through Spring Break.
- We are not directing families and/or vendors to cease classes and activities; we will leave that decision up to the discretion of the vendor and family.
- We are working to determine which Community Connections events can continue as planned.
- Mobile Library activities will be paused through Spring Break.
- Field trips: We are working to determine which field trips will continue as planned. We will provide regular updates as soon as they become available. Please wait to be contacted by the Field Trip Coordinator/Home School Teacher on the status of specific field trips.
- Starting March 13th, the PFT - Group Physical Fitness Testing (5th, 7th, and 9th grade only) will be paused until further notice. We will be sending out instructions on how to proceed.
- We will continue to monitor state testing requirements and communicate the most up-to-date information as we receive it.
We are in communication with our authorizers and public health officials in order to monitor the situation closely and will follow all guidance from public health officials as it relates to protecting the health and safety of our students, our employees, and our community. Of course, the situation is fluid, and our administration will respond immediately, should the recommendations of public health officials change.
Our team will also continue to communicate the practical measures advised by county and state health officials in helping to combat the spread of this virus.
- Frequent handwashing for students and staff
- Frequent and deep sanitizing of surfaces touched at school events such as testing, field trips, and Community Connections events
- Advising anyone who is ill to stay home and not return until they have been fever-free--without medication--for at least 24 hours.
If new guidance is issued by state and federal officials, our Central family of schools will communicate the information to you and act on it immediately. We will keep you notified of any changes to planned events or activities as quickly as possible. The focus is to keep our students, families, and staff updated on our response and action to this challenge. Emails will be sent and school websites will be updated.
Please rest assured that the well-being, health, and safety of our students, families, and staff remains our top priority.
If you have questions, please feel free to email us directly.
Dr. Laurie Goodman