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Avon Grove Charter School News May 2020

Class of 2020 ~ Your Future is Looking Bright!

AGCS Seniors Are Heading Places

The Administration thanks you for your support and cooperation during these unprecedented and challenging times.

COVID-19 Updates

Please regularly visit the AGCS website for updates and resources from Administration.

COVID-19 Resource Page hosts the following information:

  • Information from Governor Tom Wolf
  • AGCS Continuity of Education Plan
  • Continuous Learning Plan & CLP Presentation
  • Health Information on the Coronavirus
  • School Email Communication sent through School Messenger
  • Videos, Inforgraphics and more.

Information Technology Updates

IT continues to provide support for AGCS devices and software. Need assistance? Submit your question or issue in the following ways:

  1. Report issues to your Teacher or Family Coach. Staff will enter an IT Ticket on your behalf. Communication will then flow between IT & student or parent.
  2. Students familiar with the IT Ticketing System may submit their own tickets.

Health Services Information

Health Services continues to provide updates to the constantly changing landscape of COVID 19. As you continue to educate yourself on the latest information, it is important reference websites ending in, ".org" or ".gov". Examples of websites include:

  • Chester County Health Department
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • World Health Organization

Remember to Keep Moving! With the transition to working & schooling from home, it is important to take movement breaks and avoid sitting in front of a screen for extended periods of time.

Ideas to reduce stress include maintaining a routine for sleep, meals, and school work. Remember, to limit your child's exposure to the news if it causes stress.

Guidance On COVID-19 How to Teach Kids About COVID -19 by BrainPOP

It can be scary to hear about a disease outbreak, but learning the facts can help ease your mind.

Special Education Team

AGCS is committed to implementing appropriate programming for students identified with a disability. Special education teachers wear many hats and serve the role of case manager, interventionist, co-teacher, and mentor. Here at AGCS, the special education teachers are not the only ones invested in student success. We take an inclusive, “all hands on deck” approach, which enables collaboration amongst all key players: regular education teachers, related service providers, nurses, reading interventionists, guidance counselors, mental health coordinators, behaviorists, administrators, PCAs, and of course- parents!

If your child needs assistance navigating any aspects of our Continuous Learning Plan, please reach out to your child’s case manager. We are happy to collaborate to ensure your child continues to receive accommodations and modifications necessary for his/her success. Live virtual learning opportunities will continue to take place throughout the week to address your child’s needs in reading, math, speech, fine/gross motor skills, social/emotional skills, and mental health. If the school closure has presented a new obstacle for your child that requires new support that (s)he was not previously receiving, we are happy to discuss possible interim services to address the immediate need.

Have Special Education questions or concerns, contact Ryan Taylor (rtaylor@agcharter.org) or Caitlin Leonard (cleonard@agcharter.org)

Special Education Information & Resources

Continuous Learning at Home!

Students continue to be engaged and learning while staff continues to provide meaningful education. Take a look at what our students & staff have been up too.

Here's a glimpse at some of the recent Virtual Activities students and staff have participated in.

AGCS Micro Farm continues to make weekly fresh food donations to the Local Food Banks.

Board of Trustees Information

Board Meeting Recap

Head of School Report

Continuity of Education

During the extended school closure for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, AGCS continues to provide standards-aligned, meaningful instruction and supplemental support to our students. Instruction is a combination of both asynchronous, individual work and synchronous live instruction. Students receive instruction focused on new concepts originally planned as per the school’s curriculum for the final quarter of the school year, as well as enrichment and remediation opportunities as needed. Our plan’s goal is to provide and leverage flexibility while providing students with similar learning experiences and content exposure as they would have received had schools not been closed. Our plan includes a strong commitment to equity and ensuring that our students receiving special education services and ELL support are provided the necessary services, accommodations, modifications, and support needed to be successful. Avon Grove Charter School also aims at maintaining the strong connections built with students and families while reducing anxiety and stress amid this global pandemic. We will continue to seek parent, student, and staff feedback related to our Continuity of Education plan and will make adjustments and modifications as needed to meet the changing educational landscape and the needs of our students.

Fair Funding Update

Right now, lawmakers are negotiating the 2020-21 state budget. Fair funding for public schools is still very much alive in Harrisburg. AGCS is working with the Pennsylvania Coalition for Public Charter Schools to provide assistance where able to implement positive change and equitable funding for all public schools throughout the Commonwealth.

Class of 2020 Graduation Information
COVID 19/School Closure/Graduation Waiver

Board of Trustees suspends the requirements it has established for graduation from High School for the 2019-2020 school year and establishes AGCS new grading guidelines for the final quarter of the 19/20 school year which will apply to high school students, including seniors, and their academic course work.

Graduation Ceremonies

AGCS is currently evaluating options regarding the Class of 2020 year-end activities. Kindergarten and 8th-grade graduation will be virtual and some very creative and memorable planning has already started. The AGCS senior class of 2020 will be celebrated. They have completed a survey and are looking forward to many options that were presented.

Transportation Form Notice

Per guidelines from the PA Department of Education, Pennsylvania school districts are required to have a new/updated transportation form on file for all new and returning students every school year. All AGCS families will be required to provide an updated transportation request form for ALL students on a yearly basis.

For this year, we have digitized your school district’s transportation form for easy data collection.

During the week of April 27, 2020, you will receive an individual email with your specific school district of residence’s digital transportation form.

This form is required to be completed by every family whether you are requesting or declining transportation services by your district.

Form completion date is June 1, 2020. If this form is not completed by June 1, your home school district has indicated that you may not have transportation arrangements for your student(s) for the start of the 20-21 school year.

Communications

Avon Grove Charter School is committed to community communication. We are in the process of updating our website. The new website is well designed and will provide even better navigation.

AGCS has been in constant, ongoing communication with its staff, families, students and stakeholders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The AGCS Community has received regular email communication via SchoolMessenger informing them of school-based decisions related to the school closure, instruction, athletics, events, and activities. We have communicated regularly related to our Continuity of Education plan and learning expectations.

We have set up a COVID-19 School Resource page within our website which houses copies of all communications and documents related to the school plans for education throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We have also developed general FAQs to help parents find answers to common questions.

School administration is hosting regular webinars to check-in and communicate with families. These webinars are being hosted via Zoom and streamed to the school’s YouTube and Facebook pages. All AGCS staff are trained to follow secure Zoom protocols.

Our Head of School also has begun a regular video blog (Corona Diaries) to increase communication and provide an insight into her home during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Finally, our Communications and Social Media team has been leveraging the school’s social media platforms to keep our community connected and informed.

A major goal of the school during this period of closure has been to continue to try to have students feel connected to the school and one another. We have developed and planned a number of fun activities for students to participate throughout the rest of the year that includes virtual fire drills, spirit weeks, and online assemblies.

Finance and Facilities Committees Update

Spring Capital Improvement Projects continue. The administration has reviewed one-time expenditures (already planned for next year or later years) that AGCS would like to initiate between now and the end of the fiscal year. The following items were board approved:

  • Technology Purchases
  • Bathroom Renovations
  • Flexible Furniture
  • Summer Capital Projects (State Road Gym Air Conditioning & Phase 1 of Window Replacement and additional bathroom renovations.
Policy & Procedure Updates

Policies Approved

  1. Program Policy 1013.3: Discipline of Students with Disabilities
  2. Program Policy 1013.4: Confidentiality of Special Education Student Information
  3. Students Policy 2010.1: Student Asthma Epinephrine Inhaler Injectors
  4. Employee Policy 302: Family Medical Leave Act
Avon Grove Charter School's Class of 2020

Class of 2020 - Faces of Success

We realize that the current social distancing requirements can be stressful. To help support our rock star parents through this time, we're offering a free series of Virtual Workshops on a variety of topics. We hope you can join us!

UPCOMING MEETINGS

  • May 4th, 2020 11:00 AM - Grab & Go Meals, State Road Campus
  • May 5th, 2020 7:30 PM - Virtual Parent Series - Head of School Updates
  • May 6th, 2020 11:00 am - Grab & Go Meals, State Road Campus
  • May 12th, 2020 7:30 PM - Virtual Parent Series - Jason Lurie, MBA with Wealth Advisory Group, LLC The financial side of the COVID-19 crisis and how to rebuild your balance sheet.
  • May 19th, 2020, 7:30 PM - May Board of Trustees Meeting