School Reopening Plan

October 21, 2020 at 7:32 PM EDT
*Reopening Update*

In light of the Board of Trustee decision last week, I am sending out a summary of the meeting’s determinations, as well as the anticipated Commitment Survey for our families. As I am sure,, everyone was not able to tune in or watch the entireties of the board meetings, please see below for basic highlights regarding our Re-Opening Plans.

What our Trustees Approved:

  • Extension of Remote Learning K-12, until January 2020.
  • Administration flexibility to return some students sooner, if warranted, by agreed-upon criteria.
  • Administration ability/authority to vet student/family readiness to support school procedures for mitigation.

Upon return to school, the expectation of compliance and enforcement of mitigation per the School Reopening Plan.

School-based standards for closure in addition to DOH minimums.

Timeline:

  • Immediately distributed - Parent Commitment Survey (see below).
  • No later than November 1, 2020 - Matrix development and organization to determine potential students for an early return to school.
  • No later than November 15-20, 2020 - Determine population needs, communicate with families of identified students for intervention including a return to school plan.
  • No later than November 20, 2020 (and ongoing) - Development of schedules, teacher assignments, physical building assignments per Safety Plan
  • December 5 & 7, 2020 - Materials pick-up for 2nd Trimester needs / those remaining remote beyond January 2021
  • January 4-8, 2021 - Teachers/staff on-site for continued teaching, planning & preparation for student return
  • January 11, 2021 - Student phase-in of on-site attendance

What is asked of our families:

All families are required to fill out the following form to determine commitment to return for the school year in person OR to remain virtual.

Families Must be filled out Per Child for the best collection of information.

Please complete by Monday, October 26, 2020.

Thank you for your attention to this important information collection. We appreciate your time and effort to give us the best information at this time as it will be necessary for the planning process.


August 17, 2020 at 6:45 PM EDT

**RA Reopening Plan Update**

The RA Pandemic Team met this morning to review the updated Chester County Department of Health Guidelines regarding the COVID-19 Reopening Plans.

The updated recommendation of the team is based on the new guidelines and our ability to manage the expectations while keeping our staff and students safely able to perform their roles.

The team, under the delegation granted to the CEO by the Trustees of Renaissance Academy, is making the following determinations:

  • Discontinue the plan for student supervision of grades k-6
  • Discontinue all on site sport activities or practices even of a voluntary recreational nature (may continue virtually)
  • Discontinue the use of the building for any other entity such as rental agreements
  • Discontinue onsite Student Tech Help-Desk programs (may continue virtually)
  • Delay K-6 photos scheduled for August until a date later in the school year TBA
  • Staff who are able to telecommute will continue to do so
  • HR with Admin will review essential staff needs to determine if adjustments to staffing and schedules are appropriate
  • Require reservations and screening process which continues for staff who continue to need to teach or perform job duties on site

The above will be place until October 9 , 2020 with a review of updates and current guidelines no later than October 1, 2020 with the intent of planning for next steps or a continuation of the above.

This does not change the current plan for online learning to continue until the conclusion of the First Trimester (November 13, 2020), with plans to evaluate progress and needs in early October.

We will continue to update the community as more information and updates become available.

All the best, 
Dr. Guarino Buli


Plan *Update* July 23, 2020 - Version Two

From Dr. Guarino Buli's July 24th Communication Email:

Yesterday afternoon, our Board of Trustees approved the Second Version of RA’s Health and Safety Plan for Reopening School. This version was developed with support and planning in collaboration with our Middle Leaders, Trustees and Administrators; with input from others in our school community. The approval occurred during a public board meeting.

  The greatest change in this plan is a move to a FULLY REMOTE mode of learning for the start of the school year. This plan includes an on-site supervision option for students K-6th grade.

 This plan was chosen as it was determined the BEST option for both health, safety, planning and being able to provide a consistent and continuous education regardless of future developments or changes ahead of our nation and community.


Plan July 1, 2020 - Version One

The following plan is presented by the Renaissance Academy Pandemic Response Re-Opening Team. These plans were developed in alignment with guidelines and recommendations of PDE, PADOH, CDC, school’s counsel, and the families, students and staff of Renaissance Academy. This plan aims to outline the necessary provisions of safety, wellness, and care which we feel will allow our community to thrive and learn while feeling safe and supported.

Information, suggestions, and ideas provided in this plan were collected and reviewed from family and staff surveys, professional organizations, anecdotal conversations, and readings by stakeholders. The Team made all efforts to consider the overall health and safety of the RA community in developing the following guidelines.

This plan is presented with the express understanding that the situation in our country, state and local communities is and will remain fluid. The Team acknowledges that this plan will need to be adjusted and amended based on events and developments which may occur prior to the official opening of school in August 2020; as well as during the coming school year. The team will review and adjust as needed providing our trustees and community with updates regularly. Updates will be posted for public review on the school website.

This plan should serve as a general guideline to all stakeholders while those responsible for executing the plan will develop and maintain detailed duties and protocols.

Yours in wellness,

Dr. Guarino Buli, CEO
Renaissance Academy Charter School


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