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[Page was last updated Monday, April 27, 2020]


C/A's Virtual Learning Platform

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 18, 2020, after two transition days to enable teachers, parents, and students to prepare. In compliance with Governor Northam's orders, C/A will maintain its physical campus closed through the end of this academic year.

Please click HERE for information and details about C/A's successful transition to a Virtual Learning Platform.



What if a C/A student or their family member tests positive for Coronavirus?  Please email C/A's school nurse, Ms. Shriver. 



*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: April 27, 2020

Communing with Nature Has Numerous Benefits!  In 2018 Shetland, Scotland was the first city authorized to prescribe nature to their patients. The evidence for the benefits of nature on mental and physical health are numerous. If you spend 90 minutes of your day outside in a wooded area, there will be a decrease of activity in the part of your brain typically associated with depression. So put on your walking shoes and continue to get outside at least once a day!  It's just what the doctor ordered.


Added: April 20, 2020

The Benefits of Boredom: This article was written to help parents during the summer months consider ways to manage boredom or find some brain stimulation for their children. It's not summer, but we are spending lots of time confined to our homes and may be seeking ways to address our children's boredom. 

Added: March 25, 2020

Wellness Tips for our Parents: Our school nurse, Ms. Schriver, has compiled 5 Tips for Practicing Wellness. These include recommendations for Sleep, Balance Your Diet, Water, Exercise, Rest.

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 20, 2020

FDA Warms of Fraudulent COVID-19 Test Kits: Consumer Alert:  At this time, the FDA has not authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19. 

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 ( 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 PageThe 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 Now What? -- An article from

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 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.