Coronavirus Update – March 4, 2020

Coronavirus

March 4, 2020

Dear Parents,

The Academy of Scholars is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak via the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the DeKalb Board of Health. According to the CDC, the virus is presently quite limited in the United States and the immediate health risk from coronavirus remains low. However, as the number of cases around the world increases, so should our vigilance and planning.

The virus is generally spread by person to person contact. Therefore, it is imperative that all scholars who have a fever, or symptoms of the flu or a respiratory infection, remain at home until they are cleared to return to school by their physician.

According to this CDC document, the following are preventative actions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and flu:
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
● Stay home when you are sick.
● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. (AOS housekeeping staff cleans and sanitizes classrooms and other areas of the building several times throughout the school day.)

Because it is so important for our families to keep sick children home from school, we have reconsidered our “Perfect Attendance” award. Effective immediately AOS will no longer issue awards for scholars who maintain perfect attendance throughout the semester or schoolyear. We do not want to encourage parents to send scholars to school when they are not well. School attendance is important; but a single sick child can infect an entire class.

In addition, we have taken the additional step of no longer promoting shaking hands as a greeting. We will continue to greet scholars, parents, and visitors warmly, but without handshakes.

In the event of a school closure due to the virus or other emergency, teachers will provide students with virtual learning assignments. As always, parents will be able to find these assignments in the Family Portal (formerly ParentsWeb). Each assignment will be aligned to the content and standards scholars are currently learning. Assignments may involve reading, writing, conducting research, completing practice problems, and/or answering questions.

We will continue to monitor this situation and will keep you updated.

God bless,
Stacy Lambert-Johnson
Chief Learning Officer