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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

March 19, 2020

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Dear Families,

Thank you for all of your support and patience during this time. The public health crisis created by COVID-19 is not something any of us could have anticipated. We have been following the guidance of state and local public health experts on how to keep our school community safe. With the Executive Order from our governor and Guidance for K-12 Schools, the balance has shifted, and the appropriate path at this time is to respond accordingly.

Beginning March 20, 2020, we will no longer be requiring attendance. We anticipate resuming normal operations on April 30, 2020, and will keep you updated should this date need to change.

This decision enables students, families, and staff to respond to the challenges caused by COVID-19. We are fortunate to have an individualized learning platform that enables students to access instructional support and easily implement distance learning. This is where we will shine!

We are committed to supporting you through this time. Our desire is to be respectful to our students and staff and recognize that we are all in a very difficult situation. The COVID-19 situation has been escalating each day, which prevents us from operating our program at its full capacity. The Governor's most recent Executive Order guarantees ongoing school funding, and calls for schools to continue to provide high-quality learning opportunities to the maximum extent feasible. Our schools will do everything in our power to do just that. During this time we will continue to offer learning opportunities and support:


Please note:


We appreciate your partnership, and we are dedicated to serving you. Let’s continue to support one another, share ideas, and lead the way as our nation grapples with homeschooling, distance learning, and independent study!


Respectfully,

Krystin Demofonte
Principal
Pacific Coast Academy
krystin@pacificcoastacademy.org



March 17, 2020

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Dear Families,

We want to thank you so much for your patience as we respond to the ever-changing guidelines from state and local authorities on the COVID-19 situation. The health and safety of our students, families, and staff continue to be our main focus during these unsettling times. For this reason, all meetings between staff and families must be virtual and all field trips, off-site studies, and state testing are canceled until further notice. We know your children were looking forward to these opportunities and this is disappointing. We will work to reschedule what we can. We understand that this may cause a disruption in services and we will be working with our vendors through this time, but our recommendation is that all families stop placing service orders in the EOS until further notice. If you have a pending service order, and would like to cancel it, please reach out to your HST.

Today, the California Department of Education will be releasing more information around school closures and the implications it has on our students and their education. We anticipate releasing a new statement about our schools shortly after receiving the latest updates.

As always, we will keep you updated as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop and will continue to heed the guidance and mandates from federal, state, and county health and safety officials. We appreciate all your support while we navigate this unprecedented crisis and thank you for partnering with us!


Sincerely,

Krystin Demofonte
Principal


March 12, 2020

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Dear Families and Staff:

In recent news, you may have heard about actions being taken in response to the COVID-19 virus. 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 southern family of 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:

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.

These include:

If new guidance is issued by state and federal officials, our southern 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.

Thank you for your patience and support during this hectic time.


Sincerely,

Krystin Demofonte
Principal



March 10, 2020

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Dear Families,

We are continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (now named COVID-19) situation in Southern California. We understand that with the strong media coverage, anxieties are heightened and you may have questions.

We want to assure you that every precaution is being taken to ensure the health and safety of you, our students and staff. As we continue to monitor the situation, we would like to provide current information about precautions and preparations we are taking as a school.

As always, the safety and wellness of our students and staff is a priority. We will be monitoring new developments and will continue to reevaluate our steps and actions. Thank you for your cooperation and support in helping us to maintain healthy and safe learning environments. Any official updates will be posted on our school website.

What Are We Doing Now?

We are closely monitoring the California Department of Health Care Services, the California Department of Public Health - as well as the California Department of Education (CDE) for ongoing information, guidance, and coordination. We will continue to follow their expert recommendations.

Testing: Any site where students gather in groups (testing sites) will be cleaned utilizing EPA-recommended cleaning solutions, methods, and devices. That list can be viewed here.

While public health officials say that there is no need to alter current routines, the school is prepared to offer alternatives to in-person HST meetings. If you are unable to attend your assigned testing location due to an illness, we will work with you to reschedule your test as soon as you are able.

What Can You Do?

Our team has received CDC recommended strategies for staying healthy during cold and flu season which are:

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by local counties, please visit the CDC website.

The Importance of State Testing

A school’s academic progress is reported on the California School’s Dashboard in the Academic Indicator which takes into account both the participation rate and performance on state assessments. Per federal law (Every Student Succeeds Act), public schools, including charter schools that administer state assessments to less than 95% of their students, will automatically receive the lowest possible score for each student needed to bring the participation rate to 95%.

The federal participation rate plays a critical role in our ability to renew our charter. With the recent passage of state law, Assembly Bill 1505, charter school renewal is now closely tied to the Academic Indicator on the Dashboard. Charter school authorizers must now forcibly rank charter schools into three tiers based on their Dashboard performance. Charter schools who rank in the lowest tier, based on Dashboard performance, will be denied renewal or granted only a two-year renewal.

Please help keep our wonderful school open by encouraging your child/teen to participate in and make an earnest effort to do well on the state assessments that will be administered this spring. If you are interested in helping keep our school open, you may also encourage your child/teen to prepare for the state assessment by helping to familiarize them with the testing format. Becoming familiar with the state assessment format ahead of time will allow your child/teen to focus on demonstrating what they know. This hyperlink provides you with access to useful resources: How to Take a Practice Test and Check-Out Designated Supports.

This is an evolving situation and we will update you regularly with important information and instructions. The safety and wellness of our students, staff, and families is our top priority. Unless otherwise informed, please plan for all regular school activities as scheduled.

Thank you for partnering with us.


Sincerely,

Krystin Demofonte
Principal