COVID-19 Update April 9th

In keeping with Governor Brian Kemp’s mandate regarding the closing of public schools and ban on large gatherings, The Academy of Scholars campus will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019–2020 school year. We will, however, continue our at-home learning program for the balance of the semester.

Each week through May 22, our teachers will continue providing learning assignments, offering timely feedback, and grading work so that this school year will be counted as a year of record in your scholar’s academic journey and meet all requirements of grade level. Our teachers also will be
available to provide academic support by phone to assist with at-home learning assignments. Phone conferences allow AOS to protect the sanctity of the time scholars interact with teachers while avoiding the security issues many schools have experienced using video conferencing. Read FAQs below.

Progress reports will continue to be issued reflecting scholars’ progress for the remaining quarters, with the final report card issued on the last day of the school year, Friday, May 22. Teachers will continue to be available from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, to answer questions and address concerns. Please communicate with your scholar’s teacher directly if and when you need to.

The Good Friday holiday (April 10) and Easter Break (April 13 – April 17) will be honored with no at-home learning assignments from Friday, April 10 through Friday, April 17. At-home learning assignments will resume on Monday, April 20.

You will continue to receive weekly updates from your scholar’s teacher and regular communications from the school.

A message of hope in these trying times

He is Risen! Easter, as it did for the disciples, brings fresh hope into our life and situation. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the message of hope and Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection is more significant than ever. As we sit and think about how life has changed so drastically in just a matter of weeks—social distancing, at-home learning, shelter-in-place orders, and the tragic news of death, economic devastation, and uncertainty—let us not forget the message of Easter: hope, faith in the future, and a new beginning. We wish all of our AOS families a blessed Easter!

Stacy Lambert-Johnson
Chief Learning Officer

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is the last day of school?
The last day of school for scholars is May 22nd.

2. Are scholars getting graded for the work they complete?
Yes.

3. Why can’t the scholars be excused from doing the assignments?
In order for this academic year to count, scholars have to do the classwork assigned.

4. What does AOS use for its platforms?
AOS uses our parent portal as our communication platform along with our curriculum platform (Pearson) and Renaissance (Accelerated Reading/Freckle). Grade levels utilize additional resources such as SpellingCity, Khan Academy, YouTube videos, etc., in order to enhance the lessons and engage scholars further.

5. Why doesn’t AOS use video conferencing?
AOS made a conscious decision not to use videoconferencing in order to avoid the many security issues that other schools have experienced using those platforms. See the following links:
NYC Schools Banned From Using Zoom
Zoom Use Skyrockets During Coronavirus Pandemic, Prompting Wave of Problems for Schools