CORONAVIRUS DISEASE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
[Page was last updated Tuesday, March 24, 2020]
Commonwealth Academy closed its building at the end of school on Friday, March 13, 2020. This action was taken after carefully following the rapid evolution of the situation surrounding COVID-19 and in accordance with school emergency response protocols.
The transition to our Virtual Learning Platform began on March 16th, with two transition days. Classes will be held online from Wednesday, March 18th through Thursday, April 2nd. Spring Break starts on Friday, April 3rd and ends on Sunday, April 12th.
Online classes will resume on Monday, April 13th. In compliance with Governor Northam's orders, C/A will maintain its physical campus closed through the end of this academic year.
COMMONWEALTH ACADEMY INFORMATION
Communications from Head of School, Anabelle C. Morgan
- March 23, 2020 Letter announcing that C/A will comply with Governor Northam's orders and maintain its physical campus closed through the end of this academic year. Click HERE.
- March 13, 2020 Letter announcing the closing of our school building. Click HERE.
- March 11, 2020 Letter updating school on C/A health safety plans. Includes Q&A about C/A's Virtual Learning Plan. Click HERE.
C/A's Virtual Learning Technology Guide for Parents/Students: On March 16th, Division Directors emailed parents and students with hyperlinks to the C/A VL Technology Guide, as well as access to the Mini-Guide and audio instructions for their specific Division. Virtual learning began on Wednesday, March 18th!
Students were provided with mini-guides that outlines schedules and expectations for Virtual Learning.
- Virtual Learning Mini-Guide for Lower School
- Virtual Learning Mini-Guide for Middle School
- Virtual Learning Mini-Gide for High School
What if a C/A student or their family member tests positive for Coronavirus? Please email C/A's school nurse, Ms. Shriver.
OTHER INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
*Please continue to check the Centers for Disease Control and Local County Health Department Websites for the most accurate and up-to-date information *
Added: March 25, 2020
Travel Advisories: As a first step in planning any trip abroad, check the U.S. State Department's Travel Advisories for your intended destination. You can see the world at a glance on its color-coded map. Note that conditions can change rapidly in a country at any time.
Added: March 24, 2020
CDC Self-Checker: The CDC has developed a "Self-Checker" to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care if you think you've been exposed to COVAD-19. This system is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or other conditions, including COVID-19. This system is intended only for people who are currently located in the United States.
Added: March 23, 2020
C/A Virtual Learning Support Resources for Parents and Students: The Support Team at C/A has compiled a manual of Virtual Learning Support Resources for Parents and Students. "We recognize that online learning, 'social distancing', and hunkering down at home present us all with a unique set of challenges," said Ellen Edwards, Director of Support Services.
"Although we cannot be physically present in your daily lives, we want to continue to offer support and community to you and your students. That includes providing resources for parents and students to talk about what is happening in the world, manage the stress and emotions of this large change in routine, and keep the community connected."
Added: March 18, 2020
NPR Podcast: What parents need to know about COVID-19.
Tips for Children with Asthma: The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America offers information on what people with asthma need to know about the risk COVID-19 and how to protect themselves.
Tips for Children with Food Allergies: Planning and preparedness are key to managing food allergies safely during an emergency. The Food Allergy & Research Foundation (foodallergy.org) offers tips for families with food allergies.
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks: When children and youth watch news on TV about an infectious disease outbreak, read about it in the news, or overhear others discussing it, they can feel scared, confused, or anxious—as much as adults. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) tip sheet can assist parents and caregivers to learn some common reactions, respond in a helpful way, and know when to seek support.
Added: March 16, 2020
City of Alexandria COVID-19 Information Page - The Alexandria Health Department is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by coronavirus "COVID-19." Learn about the City's response and find information and resources related to COVID-19.
My Kid's School is Closed...so Now What? -- An article from confidentparentsconfidentkids.org
How to Reduce Stress During School Closures - Blog from Psychology Today on how to minimize disruptions from routine that can trigger stress and anxiety for kids.
How to Explain Coronavirus to a Child with Anxiety -- Positive Parenting article from ADDitude magazine on how to explain COVID-19 to a child with anxiety and how to navigate the next few weeks at home together.
Your Kids and the Coronavirus – Five things parents can do to make this time at home meaningful.
Added: March 13, 2020
How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus -- A Parent Resource from the National Associations of School Nurses and School Psychologists
CDC Travel Guidelines -- Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for travelers and travel-related industries.
5 Things Parents Can Do to Support Students in Virtual Courses -- Parental involvement is key to success in virtual courses. This blog on edmentum.com offers suggestions.
Virginia Governor Declares State of Emergency - What does that mean?
Virginia Governor Closes All Virginia Public Schools for Two Weeks Minimum - On March 13, 2020, Gov. Northam ordered all Virginia K-12 public schools to close for a minimum of two weeks to stop the spread of coronavirus, starting March 16, 2020.