All Aboard Update

03-30-2020

To:  All Aboard Families

This is a current update from the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman today announced the extension of Arizona school closures through the end of the school year. The extension follows updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an announcement from the White House extending physical distancing guidelines until April 30, 2020.

Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman released the following joint statement:

“In alignment with yesterday’s updated federal guidance, today we are announcing the extension of school closures through the remainder of the school year. Today’s announcement is intended to give parents and educators as much certainty as possible so they can plan and make decisions. While this isn’t the outcome any of us wanted, we are grateful for the partnership of schools around the state, who have stepped up to offer virtual and take-home learning opportunities for our students. These efforts are crucial, and we recognize that schools are making every effort possible to continue providing instruction during closures. We also thank our legislative partners for passing legislation ensuring all educators and staff see no disruption in pay. Our number one priority will continue to be health and safety, and we will continue to work closely with public health officials to make the best decisions for kids, families, and our school communities.”

This is from All Aboard Charter School

Today we are beginning our distance/online learning that will carry us through the end of the school year. We will all work together to make this as successful as possible. We will need to be patient and flexible during this time of learning. When you picked up your child’s materials last Friday, we gave you everything you will need for the next 7 weeks of learning.  This should carry us through the end of the school year. 

Thank you again for your patience and support through these challenging times.   Most importantly, please be sure to keep you and your family safe by following all recommended precautions from local, state, and federal authorities. This certainly is an unusual time, but we will successfully navigate it, together, as a community.

All Aboard Charter School

03/30/2020

Dear All Aboard Charter School Parents & Guardians,

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the mandated school closure caused by the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19. We hope you and your family members are staying healthy.

We want to provide you with an update for the next couple of weeks. As you know, all Arizona schools will remain closed until at least April 10, 2020. When or if we receive an update from state officials about the closure, we will pass that on to our community as soon as we can.

Thank you for picking up learning materials last Friday. Your child has been given a flexible schedule to work on his/her learning assignments. We will be communicating with you through www.classdojo.com, phone, email, our Facebook page and website (allaboardcharterschool@cox.com), .

We want to provide you with some updates and reminders:

  • To locate where free breakfast and lunches are being given out contact azed.gov or www.azhealthzone.org/summerfood/
  • All events that were scheduled for this school year have been postponed.
  • All state testing has been suspended at this time.
  • MARCH 30, 2020 we will begin our off campus learning.  This is distance learning for all students, to allow learning to continue.
  • MARCH 30, 2020: at this time Teacher’s hours will be from 9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. and 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Monday – Thursday and from 8:00a.m. -11:00a.m. on Fridays. This is a time for you to talk to them, for the children to get on and get clarification or help, really anything you need. They will be available during these times.
  • Teachers platform/communication board:  www.classdojo.com
  • Online learning sites:

                        K – 5th grade Pearson Realize (Reading & Math): pearsonrealize.com

2nd -5th grade Success Maker: bit.ly/smaacs

                      K & 1 grade intervention club: Success Maker: bit.ly/smaacs

Teachers emails:

Kindergarten:  smathis@allaboardcharter.com

1st grade:  efrazier@allaboardcharter.com and mrivera@allaboardcharter.com

2nd grade:  rmiller@allaboardcharter.com

3rd – 5th reading:  scrisp@allaboardcharter.com

3rd – 5th grammar and writing:  ahenderson@allaboardcharter.com

3rd – 5th math:  ejohnson@allaboardcharter.com

  • For information on the COVID19, go to www.azdhs.gov or www.cdc.gov

Remember this is a new way of teaching and learning for all of us.  We need to be patient and understanding with each other and our children. Our thoughts continue to be with our students and families. Please continue to take steps to stay safe.

All Aboard Charter School

03/22/2020

Dear All Aboard Charter School Parents & Guardians,

We hope that you and your family are continuing to stay safe. We want to let you know that we will be communicating with you through www.classdojo.com, phone, email, website, and our facebook page.  We want to provide you with some updates and reminders:

  • MARCH 20: Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman announced that All Arizona Schools are now closed until at least April 10, 2020. We expect to receive additional information from the Governor and other state leaders this week about how and when online learning could take place for students. We will communicate that information to you as soon as we receive it. In addition, all updates will be posted on our website and classdojo.com. (allaboardcharterschool@cox.com)
  • MONDAY and TUESDAY:  Teachers and staff will be reaching out to families by phone.  If we are unable to contact you by phone we will send you an email and have you contact us by phone. Teachers will be doing a survey with parents.  Teachers also are planning lesson for all students.
  • MONDAY: To locate where free meals are being given out contact azed.gov or www.azhealthzone.org/summerfood/
  • FRIDAY: Administration/staff will be available on campus for parents to pick up student medications and other student learning materials. Parents should go to the side gate at the south building of our school from 9 to 11 am or 3 to 6 pm on Friday, March 27. During these times, we will practice social distancing. One family member/vehicle at a time will be allowed to pick up medications and student learning materials. Families will stay in their vehicle and materials will be handed to them.
  • All events that were scheduled for this school year have been postponed.
  • All state testing has been suspended at this time.
  • Teachers platform/communication board:  www.classdojo.com
  • Online learning sites:

                       Kindergarten – 5th grade Pearson Realize (Reading & Math): pearsonrealize.com

2nd -5th grade Success Maker: bit.ly/smaacs

                      K & 1 grade intervention club: Success Maker: bit.ly/smaacs

  • Teachers emails:

Kindergarten:  smathis@allaboardcharter.com

1st grade:  efrazier@allaboardcharter.com and mrivera@allaboardcharter.com

2nd grade:  rmiller@allaboardcharter.com

3rd – 5th reading:  scrisp@allaboardcharter.com

3rd – 5th grammar and writing:  ahenderson@allaboardcharter.com

3rd – 5th math:  ejohnson@allaboardcharter.com

 

  • For information on the COVID19, go to www.azdhs.gov or www.cdc.gov

Again, all updated information will be posted at www.allaboardcharter.com. and www.classdojo.com  Our thoughts continue to be with our students and families. Please continue to take steps to stay safe.

All Aboard Charter School

 

 

3/20/2020

Dear All Aboard Charter School(AACS) Families,

It has been communicated from the Arizona Department of Education that all schools close through April 12, 2020, while making every effort to provide continued education learning opportunities.

Please remember, at this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 affecting our school. In the best interest of the general community and after careful consideration of the health and safety of our student’s families and staff the All Aboard Charter School Governing Board voted to provide continued education learning opportunities starting March 23, 2020 through April 12, 2020. To be clear, all students will remain off campus through April 12, 2020.

All Aboard Charter School is prepared to do this in the following ways:

  • March 16th – 22nd- Regular Scheduled Spring Break
  • March 23rd – until further notice – AACS is able to provide continued instruction during this time.  Students will engage in off-campus online and remote learning along with other materials.

Thank you for supporting AACS’s efforts to keep our students, families, staff and general community safe and healthy. Continue to practice healthy habits at home and we will continue to update you as AACS continues to coordinate with State and local agencies.

Arizona Department of Education

3/15/2020

Dear Arizona families, educators, school leaders, and education community members,

In our roles as Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction, we stand united in working with you to keep Arizona’s kids, families, and school communities safe and healthy.

Over the past few weeks and in coordination with public health officials, we have been in close communication with school administrators to provide guidance and be a resource as it relates to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. The health and safety of all our students is our top priority, and we’ve worked hard to keep our school doors open — these are important assets in people’s lives and many families rely on them for nutrition and access to health care.

Both of our staffs have been working together in partnership through the weekend, and we’ve been in touch with educational leaders on the frontlines. Currently, staffing and potential absences are a concern in many districts. Many schools and school districts have announced closures.

Today, we are jointly announcing the closure of all schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. We will continue to work together and assess this situation on a 24/7 basis.

It’s important for families and parents to know that while this will address operational issues, doing this will not stop the spread of COVID-19.

The safest place for children during this time is at home. They should not be cared for by elderly adults or those with underlying health conditions, including grandparents and other family members.

Additionally, we are committed to working together to minimize the impact of these closures. To that end, we are assembling resources and forming community partnerships that will reduce the impact of these closures on families, teachers, and school communities.

Efforts are underway to ensure that any child has access to meals while schools are closed. We have also worked with USDA to allow schools to begin summer food service operations and provide boxed meals as needed. Your local school will have more information about how and where to access meals.

We understand many parents have questions about childcare options. It is the recommendation of public health officials that kids who are not at school remain at home to the greatest extent possible. For families for whom that’s not an option, we are coordinating with partners in the non-profit, faith-based and education communities to make available childcare options to families who need it.

For our dedicated school employees, we’re working together to make sure you don’t see any disruption to your pay. We’ll also be consulting with our district and legislative partners to determine the extent of any potential makeup days.

Many parents, teachers, and administrators may have questions about statewide testing. We’re currently engaging with our federal partners in the event that we need to secure a waiver.

The Department of Education will provide additional guidance to schools that will be posted to azed.gov. For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit azhealth.gov. This website is updated daily with new information.

We will continue to remain in close contact with state and public health officials to provide the most up-to-date information and ensure that the State of Arizona is doing everything we can to keep every member of our community healthy and safe.

We are asking schools to please adhere to the following measures during this period of closure:

  • School administrators should make every effort to provide continued education learning opportunities through online resources or materials that can be sent home.
  • School administrators should develop a plan to continue breakfast and lunch services for Arizona students.
  • As demand rises on healthcare professionals and first responders, schools should expand child care programs currently available to ensure minimal disruption to these critical jobs as a result of the school closure.
  • When school resumes, school administrators should develop and implement precautions to ensure schools are a safe learning environment, including social distancing measures, regular intervals for administrators to wash and sanitize their hands, and guidance on how to properly and frequently sanitize equipment and common surfaces.

Sincerely,

Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman

 

 

3/13/20

Parents/Guardians:

All Aboard Charter School is closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 by staying in close communication with local health agencies such as the Arizona Department of Health Services. All Aboard staff is taking precautions on our campus to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for our students, such as disinfecting learning environments, eating spaces, and shared spaces.

At this time, we have no known cases of the Coronavirus with students and staff on our campus. As a reminder a student with a fever above 100.0 should stay at home until they are fever free for 24-hours. Furthermore, frequent hand washing, avoiding close contact with those that are sick, and staying home when you are sick is highly recommended. If any student contracts a highly contagious virus or communicable disease, the Maricopa County Health Department will work closely and guide the impacted school district(s) on how to handle the situation.

We are committed to our students' academic success and health. We will continue to stay in contact with ADHS and we will continue to monitor COVID-19 updates.

We will keep you updated with any developments that could impact families or school by postings on website: www.allaboardcharter.com, phone text, and answering machine at school (602)433-0500.

Additional Resources:

  • cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
  • www.azhealth.gov/coronavirus