News and Announcements

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSES - SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2021

We will be hosting our Open Houses Virtually on Saturday, March 6, 2021 as follows:

KINDERGARTEN-10 AM

MIDDLE SCHOOL- 1 PM

Virtual Open Houses will include a Presentation, Q&A Chat, and a Virtual Tour. Streamyard links will be posted to our website prior to the events.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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