RA Email Communications (COVID-19)

The following information was sent via email to the RA community regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  This page will be updated as new emails are send out to keep our families up to date and informed. 

If you have not been receiving the below communication emails, please check your email's spam folder or verify that your email address is correct in your  Skyward profile.

July 3, 2020 at 3:00 PM EDT
News From RA

July Greetings!

Another milestone of sorts has been reached as the educational communities in our state and nation continue to prepare for the school year ahead. Health and Safety are the guiding forces while reconciling the importance of delivering on our promise of a World Class CHOICE in education for your child is ever on our minds.

This past week our Trustees approved the first version of our Reopening Plan. We hope that this plan will provide our staff, students and families with some guidelines that point toward our hopes for a successful school year. We are keenly aware that this plan will change over time and adjustments will be made. Our expectation is to maintain the standards set forth by PDE and the Department of Health while doing what is best for the overall well-being of our community.

We appreciate everyone’s ongoing support and understanding as decisions must be made and questions answered; in tandem with ever-changing updates and guidelines.

I wish you and your families the best for a lovely Fourth of July Weekend, celebrating safely!

Dr. Guarino Buli

Summer Information

Please check back frequently as this page will be updated as needed throughout the summer.  RA Summer 2020 Information Page

From the School Nurse:

Items needed for entry into School Year 2020/2021:
(Note: all forms and information can be found on rak12.org by clicking on
Medical & Health under the Parent section)

  • Entering Kindergarten:
    • Physical Exam form
    • Dental Exam form
    • Immunizations
      • 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis* (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
      • 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
      • 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella**
      • 3 doses of hepatitis B
      • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity
  • Entering Third Grade:
    • Dental Exam form
  • Entering Sixth Grade:
    • Physical Exam form
  • Entering Seventh Grade:
    • Dental Exam form
    • Immunizations
      • 1 Dose of Tdap
      • 1 Dose of MCV
  • Entering Eleventh Grade:
    • Physical Exam form
  • Entering Twelfth Grade:
    • Immunizations
      • 2nd Dose of MCV is required at age 16 or entry into 12 th grade. (If the 1st dose was given at 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.)

*Updated* - The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires students entering 12th grade receive a second dose of the Meningitis vaccination. (If the dose was given at 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.) After careful review of your child’s records they are still in need of their 2nd meningitis vaccination required for entering 12th grade.

Please note that if your child fails to comply with the immunization requirements by August 27, 2020 we will be required to exclude your child from attendance in school.

Please forward updated immunization records to Mrs. Cavanagh as soon as possible or have your child bring documentation to school on their first day back. Information regarding immunization requirements are available on the school web page at rak12.org by clicking on Medical & Health under the parent section.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Grace Cavanagh, RN, BSN, CSN, M. Ed.
Certified School Nurse
Ph: 610-983-4080 x127
F: 610-983-4096

Repeat Information:

The following items were included in this communication as Repeated Information from previous emails (as a reference):

Attention www.rak12.org Mobile Website Users

We have recently been informed by our website host that the former web app is no longer supported. If you have downloaded and been using this app, please delete it and save our actual website www.rak12.org for future use. Our website is now fully responsive in mobile form so this app is obsolete.

*If you receive an error message when trying to view our site, be sure that you are NOT using the old app address which contains a “/m” at the end. Use www.rak12.org only.

From June 28th Email (below)

  • High School Prom Update
  • Scholarship Contest
  • Bus Loop Mural

From June 19th Email (below)

  • Sports PIAA Physical Information Update
  • School Uniform Vendor Sales

From June 5th Email (below)

  • Fall Sports Registration

From May 29th Email (below):

  • Busing Information
  • Moving Instructions

From May 15th Email (below):

  • Yearbooks
  • Junior Class Rings

June 28, 2020 at 8:24 PM EDT
News From RA

Summer Information

Please check back frequently as this page will be updated as needed throughout the summer.  RA Summer 2020 Information Page

Office Summer Hours

  • July 6th - August 6th
    • Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm (Closed Fridays)
  • August 10th-August 19th
    • Weekdays 7:30am-3:30pm
  • August 20th - 1st Day of School
    • Regular Office Hours 7:30am-4:40pm

Main Office Email:  officestaff@rak12.org

If you have an emergency or need immediate assistance in a school related manner please contact a school administrator. Emails and phone messages will be checked periodically through the summer months.

High School Prom

Unfortunately, there was not enough interest / commitment to warrant holding a Prom even this summer. We apologize for any disappointment and look forward to future events with our students! 

Contest Opportunity:

Calling All Middle & High School Students!  Has your school delivered on the promise of equal access and educational excellence during these challenging times? Show @edreform your answer in a YouTube video, and you could win a scholarship! #MyEducationVideo http://MyEducationVideo.com

Attention www.rak12.org Mobile Website Users

We have recently been informed by our website host that the former web app is no longer supported. If you have downloaded and been using this app, please delete it and save our actual website www.rak12.org for future use. Our website is now fully responsive in mobile form so this app is obsolete.

*If you receive an error message when trying to view our site, be sure that you are NOT using the old app address which contains a “/m” at the end. Use www.rak12.org only.

Reopening of Schools

The administration continues to work toward plans for a safe reopening of schools in August. We are working along with guidance from PDE, professional organizations and internal teams to create a plan that will allow for peace of mind, safety and learning to happen for all of our students.

Thank you for the feedback provided by families through our Reopening Survey and Collection of Information earlier in the Spring. These responses are very helpful as we try to consider the many needs of our families and students.

While firm plans are not yet known we do anticipate that our official start date will remain per our school calendar, August 20, 2020. Specifics on what this will entail are forthcoming. We hope to have a ‘Preliminary Plan for Re-opening to share in with the community soon. We acknowledge that things will continue to develop and change and plans will be fluid.

We do expect that there will be some expectation for face coverings at minimum. Specific requirements pertaining to children’s ages, times of day, and activities requiring this are not yet set in stone.

We do not want this requirement to add any additional stress but we will have set expectations to diminish distractions or issues; much like the rest of our dress code.

There have been a few questions about the strictness of these guidelines. While we are not making any decisions regarding this currently, please know we are taking all concerns and suggestions into consideration.

  • We will not require a specific color of mask, but we will encourage neutral, or academy colors. Colors such as gray, blue, black, etc. will be encouraged.
  • We will not allow prints, pictures, or wording - masks will need to be solid in color.
  • Some of our uniform vendors will be supplying masks for sale, but we will not require a logo. The option to affix a logo does appear on some sites at this time.
  • We will maintain a stock of disposable masks for students who might forget, lose, or damage a mask while at school. This will need to be managed as we, for obvious reasons, cannot have an endless supply.

Dear RA Students/Alumni/Parents,

On June 9th, an email was sent to our families stating our intention to create a Black Lives Matter mural in the bus loop at school. This idea was inspired by the mural painted in Washington DC and that now is being painted in a variety of ways all over the country. A follow-up email was sent last week, asking for student input for the artwork. We are happy to have received several creative ideas.

The proposed design is under review with our trustees & will be shared with the Franklin Commons Condominium Association prior to a final decision on what the design will look like. We will update the community once we have an approved design.

Best,
Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. James, & Mrs. Swiggard

From the School Nurse:

Items needed for entry into School Year 2020/2021:
(Note: all forms and information can be found on rak12.org by clicking on
Medical & Health under the Parent section)

  • Entering Kindergarten:
    • Physical Exam form
    • Dental Exam form
    • Immunizations
      • 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis* (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
      • 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
      • 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella**
      • 3 doses of hepatitis B
      • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity
  • Entering Third Grade:
    • Dental Exam form
  • Entering Sixth Grade:
    • Physical Exam form
  • Entering Seventh Grade:
    • Dental Exam form
    • Immunizations
      • 1 Dose of Tdap
      • 1 Dose of MCV
  • Entering Eleventh Grade:
    • Physical Exam form
  • Entering Twelfth Grade:
    • Immunizations
      • 2nd Dose of MCV is required at age 16 or entry into 12 th grade. (If the 1st dose was given at 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.)

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Grace Cavanagh, RN, BSN, CSN, M. Ed.
Certified School Nurse
Ph: 610-983-4080 x127
F: 610-983-4096

Repeat Information:

The following items were included in this communication as Repeated Information from previous emails (as a reference):

From June 19th Email (below)

  • Sports PIAA Physical Information Update
  • School Uniform Vendor Sales

From June 5th Email (below)

  • Fall Sports Registration

From May 29th Email (below):

  • Busing Information
  • Moving Instructions

From May 15th Email (below):

  • Yearbooks
  • Junior Class Rings

June 22, 2020 at 2:22 PM EDT and again on June 26, 2020 at 2:22 PM EDT

Good Afternoon

Thank you to the many families who have already completed our Re-Opening Survey. We will continue to collect responses until Friday, June 26, 2020. Your time, input and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Some Notes on the response thus far:

Many of the concerns voiced by families, are the very same concerns that our administration is aware of and working on plans to address. It is reassuring that we are all on the same page and are seeking solutions to many of the same issues! This will help our planning immensely.

I wish to cautiously note that No Firm Plans are in place however, I can address a few questions that have consistently come up while confirming a few items for you.

  1. Perfect Attendance Awards - This will no longer be an area of recognition. We do not want to do anything that encourages a child or staff member to come to school if they are not feeling well! 
  2. Rotating Schedule - If implemented in any configuration we will do our best to keep households/families on the same rotation so that siblings are able to be home and to travel together.
  3. Online Learning - We are well aware that the model used during out period of closure was 'good enough' to get us through an emergency situation. We are in exploration and development of a much more robust, interactive and structured plan for our staff and students. While we are not opening a Cyber School, per se, If virtual learning continues in some format it will be a different level of expectation and accountability going forward.

Thank you again for your feedback. If your family has not yet filled out the survey please do so: Fill Out Online Re-Opening Family Survey

Regards,
Dr. Guarino Buli


June 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM EDT
News From RA

Summer Information

Please check back frequently as this page will be updated as needed throughout the summer.  RA Summer 2020 Information Page

Reopening of Schools

The administration continues to work toward plans for a safe reopening of schools in August. We are working along with guidance from PDE, professional organizations and internal teams to create a plan that will allow for peace of mind, safety and learning to happen for all of our students.

We are asking for ALL FAMILIES to complete this survey to provide the school with information to inform these ongoing plans and decisions. Responses are not a commitment to any particular plan at this time. A response is requested by June 26, 2020. Additional information may be requested in the coming weeks. Re-Opening Survey

While firm plans are not yet known we do anticipate that our official start date will remain per our school calendar, August 20, 2020. Specifics on what this will entail are forthcoming.

We do expect that there will be some expectation for face coverings at minimum. Specific requirements pertaining to children’s ages, times of day, and activities requiring this are not yet set in stone.

We do not want this requirement to add any additional stress but we will have set expectations to diminish distractions or issues; much like the rest of our dress code.

We will not require a specific color of mask, but we will encourage neutral, or academy colors. Colors such as gray, blue, black, etc. will be encouraged.

We will not allow prints, pictures, or wording - masks will need to be solid in color.

Some of our uniform vendors will be supplying masks for sale, but we will not require a logo. The option to affix a logo does appear on some sites at this time.

We will maintain a stock of disposable masks for students who might forget, lose, or damage a mask while at school. This will need to be managed as we, for obvious reasons, cannot have an endless supply.

Office Summer Hours

  • July 6th - August 6th
    • Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm (Closed Fridays)
  • August 10th-August 19th
    • Weekdays 7:30am-3:30pm
  • August 20th - 1st Day of School
    • Regular Office Hours 7:30am-4:40pm

Main Office Email:  officestaff@rak12.org

If you have an emergency or need immediate assistance in a school related manner please contact a school administrator. Emails and phone messages will be checked periodically through the summer months.

Uniforms

Please see the following vendor specials on uniform items

Lands End

  • Free Logo + 20% off uniforms (July 4th - July 10th)
  • Code: ROCKET Pin: 1776

Flynn O'Hara

Visit RA's Uniform Webpage for more uniform and vendor information.

PIAA Athletic Physicals Information Update:

All physicals for sports MUST be completed on a PIAA Physical form and must be dated after June 1st, 2020. Any physicals not completed on a PIAA Physical form or were completed prior to June 1, 2020 will not be accepted.

New This Year:  Renaissance Academy Athletic Department has collaborated with a local Physician in Phoenixville that will offer Renaissance Academy student-athletes sports physicals at his office for $20 on Tuesday and Friday mornings starting June 1, 2020. You are NOT required to use this Physician and may use your own doctor. This is just another option for you to use if you would like.

Physician Information:

Dr. Csaszar
Csaszar Institute, PLLC (share space with Tri-County Chiropractors)
503 Kimberton Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
610-983-3686
Email will always get a faster response: Csaszar@csaszarinstitute.com

All PIAA Physicals must be completed and turned in prior to the first official practice or tryout of the season:

  • Varsity Football – August 10, 2020
  • All other Fall Varsity Sports – August 17, 2020
  • Fall Middle School Sports – August 24, 2020

Repeat Information:

The following items were included as Repeated Information from previous emails (as a reference):

From June 5th Email (below)

  • Fall Sports Registration

From May 29th Email (below):

  • Busing Information
  • Moving Instructions

From May 15th Email (below):

  • Yearbooks
  • Junior Class Rings

June 5, 2020 at 8:59 PM EDT

Weekly News

Good Evening Families of Renaissance:
As we wrap up another week, I am going to take this opportunity and this forum to address what is happening in our community. I will try not be long-winded, and I will not try to answer all the questions - I have never pretended to know all the answers.

In the past three months we have seen struggles of physical health, mental health, job-security, literal storms and blatant hatred; in the form of overt racism. These have ALL hit our nation and our own school community. We have had members of our school family suffer loss of loved ones, loss of stability and loss of their feeling of safety.

This may not be known to all of our families, but since closing school on March 13, I have sent a communication to my staff every day we were in session. My goal in this steady consistent communication was to keep them informed, connected and updated. Sometimes there were logistical needs. Sometimes there were simply morale needs.

Last week, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, a now well known name to all of us, I again communicated to my staff. My communication was to remind them of our role and the need to support our students in times of need. My staff response to my email was reassuring, and validating, and I know that they understand the role they play in your children’s lives. In response to an alumnus’ question on social media, I willingly shared that very communication, in an effort to show our families what my words and directive to my staff look like.

The Social Media posts were followed by a message, which you received earlier today, from our board of trustees. The letter sought to declare the school leadership’s stance and views on the mistreatment of black persons; and specifically our black students. The letter sought to clearly state that our school sees you, hears you, supports you, and supports the ANTI-RACISM stance that is called for to make necessary change.

I proudly support the staff, student-groups and families who currently engage within our school to take active steps to be against racism. I gladly commit resources, time and effort to this mission and look forward to continued action through the efforts of these groups and others!

To the families, alumni staff and others who reached out in the wake of these messages, to offer sincere support and partnership, I thank you. You WILL be called upon and are appreciated!

Have a safe weekend,
Dr, Guarino Buli

From The Counseling Department

As a department, we feel a sense of loss that we are not here to support our students in person during such a traumatic time in the world. Our world is hurting and there is a divide amongst people due to racial tensions. People are experiencing many different feelings, all of which are normal and okay. Please continue to talk to your children about their worries, anger, sadness, and other emotions that they are experiencing. As a department, we recognize that we must do a better job in acknowledging and educating others on this topic. We can listen and seek to better understand other people's perspectives.

Our hearts are heavy knowing how much pain, anger, and sadness people are enduring. Listed below are a few resources that may help you to navigate a conversation with your child. Feel free to reach out to your school counselors if you have any questions or if you come across resources that you feel may benefit our school community.