News and Announcements

Updated Student COVID-19 Policy

Western Academy has amended the Student Protcol due to COVID-19. The changes are as follows:
Responsibilities of Students and Families:
Any other student attending face-to-face instruction in the school that resides in the same home as the student exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home and be assigned to Distance Learning.
Responsibilities of Principals :
The School is required to notify The Florida Department of Health Epidemiology Department if any in-classroom instruction student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. The School will provide the DOH with the necessary information for contact tracing. The DOH will work with the School to determine whether school or classroom closures are needed.
A list will be provided by the school of every student and staff member with whom they have been in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) during the school day. This list will be securely maintained.
After the Department of Health has finished the contract tracing investigation, the DOH will notify parents, guardians of students or staff identified as exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school. The DOH will provide the school with a list of the exposed students and school staff with the returning date to school. The names of exposed students must not be revealed as prohibited by FERPA.
Students identified above shall be sent home for up to 14 days to self-isolate and return to school per the date on the Department of Health letter. If the student or staff member after exposure develops symptoms, he or she should remain home and be tested for COVID-19. If the test is positive, the individual should remain isolated at least 10 days and symptom free, including no fever in the previous 24 hours. If the individual test is negative, they should still self-isolate for 14 days from the last contact with the confirmed case as per the Department of Health.
The above changes will go into effective when we return on Monday, November 30, 2020.

Western Academy Charter School Administration
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PHASE 2 - RE-OPENING PLAN

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Western Academy will begin our phased in approach for student re-entry to school beginning on Thursday, September 17th. Based on the parent responses to the intent survey, students will be allowed to return to campus for in-classroom instruction according to the timeline below.

Thursday, 9/17 – Grades K/1/3/4/6 will start live in the school. All other grades (2/5/7/8) remain on distance learning at this time.

Students remaining on distance learning are required to log in to their Google Classrooms each day to meet with their teachers during their scheduled class times.

Students returning to campus for in-classroom instruction must wear a face mask at all times throughout the day except while eating breakfast or lunch in the café or while outside at PE.

On Thursday 9/17 and Friday 9/18 we will practice the drop off procedures, hallway transitions, lunch times, dismissal procedures, and aftercare procedures with the new grades on campus. We will run the regular schedule with the students in grades K/1/3/4/6 on campus for two weeks and make any necessary adjustments as needed.

Beginning on 9/17, Morning care (6:45am-7:45am) and After care (2:30pm-4:00pm/6:00pm) services will provided for students in grades K/1/3/4/6 returning to campus that have been pre-registered.

Thursday, 10/1 - Grades 2/5/7 will start live in the school. 8th grade will remain on distance learning at this time.

Students remaining on distance learning are required to log in to their Google Classrooms each day to meet with their teachers during their scheduled class times.

Thursday, 10/15 – Grade 8 will start live in the school.

Students remaining on distance learning are required to log in to their Google Classrooms each day to meet with their teachers during their scheduled class times.

I am eagerly looking forward to the return of students to campus starting on 9/17 and I thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Manriquez
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Digital Access Survey

Western Academy Charter School will be starting the 2020-2021 school year on Monday, August 31, 2020 with remote learning from home for all students in kindergarten through 8th grade.
We realize that some students may not currently have access to a tech device for live lessons, online textbooks, online resources, and digital lessons which will be delivered daily through Google Classroom. In order for each student to fully participate and attend classes each and every day as required, they must have access to their own individual laptop or computer with a camera and microphone with internet access each school day, Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 2:45 PM. If your child or children will NOT have their own individual device, access to this type of device with a camera, or had issues with internet access, please complete this survey by WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2020 so the school can distribute them during the pickup dates scheduled from 8/17/20 to 08/24/20 (dates scheduled by last name). You MUST complete a separate survey for each individual student that will require a device.
Survey Link: forms.gle/QCQDEi8dxMCo8ddv9
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Student Pick-up Dates (8/17-8/25)

s we previously informed you, Western Academy will be starting the school year on Monday, August 31, 2020 with remote learning from home for all students in kindergarten through 8th grade.
Parents have inquired about when students will be receiving their items for 2020-2021. We will be distributing the following items on the below pickup dates:
• Student Textbooks and/or Workbooks
• Student’s Class Schedule (with corresponding class times)
• JupiterEd (Jupitergrades) login information
• Google Classroom login information (passwords will be reset for all students)
• 1st Day School Supply boxes (if pre-purchased on-line)
• Student Technology Devices (only those needing computers, microphones or cameras based on device survey e-mailed out)
This will be done through curbside pickup outside the front office from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM on the following days:
Mon, 8/17 - Last names starting A-C
Tues, 8/18 - Last names starting D-G
Wed, 8/19 - Last names starting H-L
Thurs, 8/20 - Last names starting M-O
Fri, 8/21 - Last names starting P-R
Mon, 8/24 - Last names starting S-Z
We have also added a night pickup (for any last name) on Tuesday, 8/25 from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
Please note that Middle School math classes will NOT be finalized until all students have taken a Math diagnostic test the first week of school to determine their level. We have placed them temporarily based on their homeroom but this may change.
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School Reopening Plan

As you know our school will be starting the 2020-2021 school year on Monday, August 31, 2020 with remote learning from home for all students in kindergarten through 8th grade.
On Wednesday, August 5th at 6:30pm, we will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall Meeting to go over our 2020-2021 School Reopening Plan and to answer any questions you may have about the upcoming school year.
While we are all eager to return to traditional face-to-face learning on campus, we must do what is safest for everyone at this point in time. We have created an Innovative Learning Plan for the 20-21 school year that includes beginning the year in distance learning with a phased approach to returning to campus.
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School Closed for Remainder of 2019-2020 School Year

As many of you saw on the news yesterday, Governor DeSantis announced that all K-12 Florida public schools will stay closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. WACS Administration supports this decision as the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority.

As a result of this decision, all school events for the month of May have been cancelled. WACS will continue with distance learning for the remainder of this school year and the last day for students is Friday, May 29th as originally scheduled.

Please note that we have also decided to cancel our summer camp program for this year. WACS will not have summer camp in June or July.
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Online Ordering of 2020-2021 School Supplies

We are excited to announce our continued partnership with 1st Day School Supplies! We have collaborated with 1st Day School Supplies to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year without the hassle and aggravation of shopping. 1st Day School Supplies is convenient, easy and hassle free! Plus, the prices are competitive! So, this summer as social distancing continues you can purchase school supplies from the comfort of your own home!

These kits include only the items that teachers will be utilizing in their classrooms. It does not include items that students may need to bring to class (pencils or zipped binders) or for specific middle school class (i.e. science fair boards, memory sticks, soil for botany). Teachers will only ask those students who are in their class for those additional items the first week of school.

Ordering is as easy as going to www.1stDaySchoolSupplies.com and entering our school zip code of 33411 and choosing Western Academy Charter School or going to the link that will be available on our website.

The pricing by grade is as follows:
K-2 $ 132.00
3-5 $ 104.00
6-8 $ 114.00

All order must be completed by July 1, 2020. All kits will be delivered to you students homeroom teacher even before school starts in August. So pre-order your next years’ school supplies today!
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Coronavirus Update (3/21/20)

Dear Parents,

Earlier this week the governor announced that all K-12 public and private schools in Florida will remain closed until April 15th. Therefore, WACS will remain closed after Spring Break and we will begin virtual learning for all students on Monday, March 30th until we return to school.

Every student in K-8 has been assigned a school email address that they will use to log in to Google Classroom to access daily assignments. Your child’s email address is wacs followed by their 8-digit student number @ westernacademycharter.com and their temporary password is wacs followed by their 8-digit student number.

Example:
email – wacs12345678@westernacademycharter.com
password – wacs12345678

If you don’t know your child’s student number, you can find it in JupiterGrades or email their teacher. Middle school students that have already been using their email address and Google Classroom for classes this school year will continue to use the username and password they have set up.

Students in grades K-5 will be assigned to 1 class in Google Classroom that corresponds to their homeroom (ex. 102, 401, etc.) Here they will be assigned work by teachers for all content subjects – reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.

Students in grades 6-8 will be assigned to 6 classes in Google Classroom – 1 for each class period for quarter 4. Work for every content and specials class will be assigned within the respective Google Classroom.

In addition all of our curriculum textbooks are available to all students online. Please see the Online Textbook Resources link on our school website for log-in and password information.

We understand that the transition to online learning is going to take some time for everyone to acclimate – students, parents, as well as teachers. There will be a learning curve as some are more familiar and comfortable using technology than others. Please be patient and know that we are here to provide assistance and support as needed.

On our school website we have included some helpful Google Classroom Information as well as a link for Student & Parent Support if you are in need of technical assistance.

I hope this email finds all of our students and school families healthy and safe and I look forward to seeing everyone on campus again soon.

Take care,

Mrs. Manriquez
Principal
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Coronavirus Update (3/13/20)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The safety and well-being of our students and staff remain our top priority. It is important to stress that there although there are no cases of COVID-19 linked to our Western Academy community at this point in time, we are following the advice of the District and closing school for students starting next week.

School will be closed for students starting on Monday, March 16th through Sunday, March 29th. Students will return to school on Monday, March 30th.

Please check our school website (www.westernacademycharter.com/) and your email regularly for updates from the school.

Thank you,

Mrs. Manriquez
Principal
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Coronavirus Update (3/11/2020)

My priorities, as principal of Western Academy, are keeping your children safe and making sure that you are well informed. I would like to share with you a Coronavirus update.
It is important to remember that there are currently no known cases of Coronavirus in Palm Beach County. However, we are actively monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and we are making the necessary preparations in the event it becomes more prevalent in our area.
Western Academy has been proactive in the past few weeks by initiating enhanced cleaning methods in all areas of the school. We have hired extra custodial services to come in at night to help our custodians deep clean and disinfect the school and classrooms. This proactive school-wide intensive cleaning initiative will continue through the end of school year as needed.
One of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness is through proper handwashing. All bathrooms are well stocked with soap and paper towels. Please discuss the importance of proper handwashing with your children. As a school, we are encouraging students to wash their hands frequently.
Parents, any time that your child is experiencing flu-like symptoms or has a fever, it is important to consult your pediatrician. Please follow the pediatrician’s advice regarding when to keep children home from school.
At this point in time our school, like other schools throughout the district, continues to function as normal. We are currently reviewing upcoming field trips, afterschool activities and special events to determine our plan of action.
If at any point in the future we are directed to close school for a period of time we will implement a temporary, computer-based virtual learning plan for our K-8 students. Teachers and students will be trained on how to implement the plan if necessary. In the event of such a situation, you will receive more detailed information.
Recently we sent home a survey asking parents about the availability and access to technology at home. Please return this form to school by March 19th so that we can assist you if needed.
Please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. We will continue to provide you with the latest information as it becomes available.
Thank you,
Mrs. Manriquez
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