August 12, 2020
Our Dear Ohana,
Whether you selected our traditional setting or virtual setting, we are looking forward to welcoming back our incredible kiddos on August 24th and beginning this exciting, new adventure together! As we always note, things can change quickly! After a recent vote by the Hillsborough County School Board, the Florida Department of Education provided additional guidance, which has provided additional clarity for all school districts and independently operated schools like Athenian Academy.
We know you have many questions about processes and how everything will look and work. Below is detailed information for both our traditional families and our virtual families. This information covers the following: Meet the Teacher, expectations, computers, materials, supplies, and what the virtual option will look like.
Meet the Teacher Information:
All of our families need to attend Meet the Teacher, including virtual families, as there will be important paperwork and processes discussed during this time. All adults must wear a mask to be permitted on campus, masks for students are optional. In addition, only the student in that grade and 2 adults will be permitted on campus during the scheduled time.
Please note the following about Meet the Teacher:
- Officer Paris will check class lists to verify students before allowing access on campus.
- Each student and their 2 adults may only access the student’s assigned classroom.
- Siblings and additional family members won’t be permitted on campus.
- Families are required to bring all school supplies to Meet The Teacher and drop them off during the designated window for their scheduled grade time. Please be sure to clearly label the bags that contain the supplies.
- If you have children in multiple grades, you will need to come back during the assigned time.
Wednesday, August 19th Meet The Teacher times and grades:
- 8:00 – 10:00 = Kindergarten
- 10:00 – 12:00 = 1st Grade
- 12:00 – 2:00 = 2nd Grade
- 2:00 – 4:00 = 3rd Grade
Thursday, August 20th Meet The Teacher times and grades:
- 8:00 – 10:00 = 4th Grade
- 10:00 – 12:00 = 5th Grade
- 12:00 – 2:00 = Middle School
As noted above, supplies must be dropped off during your scheduled Meet the Teacher window. This applies to both virtual and traditional families. Virtual families need to drop off supplies during Meet the Teacher as well.
Computers (Virtual Families): The school Chromebook MUST be utilized by our virtual students, this is not optional. For our virtual families, computers will be picked up during the Meet the Teacher window. Please note that students may not eat/drink near the school computer.
Uniforms: Both traditional and virtual students are required to be in uniform each school day. Our uniform vendor will be on campus for Meet the Teacher. You can also visit their physical location or website to purchase uniforms https://www.rissebrothers.com/shop.cfm. Please note our polos must be purchased through our uniform vendor, Risse Brothers.
Attendance: Attendance will continue to be recorded each day for both traditional and virtual students. Students must be present each day. Please refer to the Attendance Policy in the Meet the Teacher Folder you will be receiving for additional details. Please note, this policy is for all students, including our virtual students.
ESE Services: ESE services will continue to be provided to both our traditional and virtual students. Virtual students will be responsible for signing in the Big Blue Button Conference for their small group services.
Traditional Learning: Our traditional learning model will continue to meet all of the high expectations we set for ourselves and that you have come to know, love, and expect as well. Our students will continue to work together cooperatively; however, we will be refraining from many of the contact celebrations our kiddos normally use. As an example, instead of a traditional high five or fist bump, we’ll use “air” high fives and “air” fist bumps. We’ve put in many safety precautions to protect our kiddos and team; however, it’s important to us that we continue our adventure together and help our kiddos build a love for learning. We are excited to continue this adventure with you and provide our kiddos the incredible education they deserve.
Virtual Learning: Students participating in our virtual program will be expected to be in their school uniform each school day. Polos must have our school logo on them, these are purchased from Risse Brothers. Students will log on to the school computer each day by 8:00 a.m. and must have their web camera up at all times. Students will have a live feed to the whiteboard in the classroom, where they will be able to watch and listen to the classroom teacher provide live instruction. Students will follow the same bell schedule as their traditional peers. To help provide your child with a structured learning environment, please set up a workstation/desk for your child to work at. Please also have pencil, paper, scissors, glue, and something to color with in a bin near your child’s workstation.
Virtual students will need support from a parent or family member to assist them each and every school day. In addition, students will need access to a printer at home and will be responsible for uploading assignments to Schoology for submission. Classwork from the day would need to be submitted by 3:30 each day or it is a zero. Homework would be due the next day by 8:00 a.m. or it’s a zero. It is our goal to provide as much structure as possible to our kiddos during this time and establish good routines, so they are well prepared to rejoin us later in the year for our adventure.
Thank you for trusting us with your babies, we look forward to seeing you soon at our Meet the Teacher and again on the first day of school! Let the adventure begin!
July 17, 2020
Our Dear Ohana,
It seems like just yesterday we were wishing each of you a safe summer until our next adventure together. It’s been one of the busiest summers any of us can likely recall, as we have been preparing for the future with safety at the forefront. With our summer break now coming to a close, our next adventure is around the corner with much uncertainty for our heroes.
As our plan was created, the team reflected on the 4 keys of Disney, which begin with safety as always the top priority. Disney provides experiences, entertainment, and joy to its guests; however, this isn’t possible without providing a safe experience for its guests. Similarly, we educate our kiddos, while providing fun and unique experiences for our kiddos; however, this isn’t possible without a safe learning environment for our kiddos.
As you read through Athenian Academy of Technology and the Arts’ Reopening Plan, which is located HERE, we hope you’ll be pleased with the many steps we have put into place to provide a safe experience for our kiddos. It is extremely important to note that this is a fluid situation and things continue to change quickly. As of right now, school will resume on Monday, August 10, 2020; however, this could change.
After you have reviewed the document and had time to discuss the information as a family, please follow THIS LINK and submit your selection for the 2020 – 2021 school year. Please be sure to submit your selection(s) for each of your children at our school. Thank you for trusting us with your babies, we look forward to having our kiddos back soon so we can continue providing them with an incredible education and experiences.
*Warm Hugs and Much Love* We’ll see ya real soon!