Fall 2020: Options for Families

With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Focus Academy is committed to giving our families a choice of method for their student's learning. Families can choose from on-campus learning in the classroom or distanced learning from home.

On Campus Learning

  • Direct specialized instruction, in person, five days a week

  • New procedures and protocols in place to ensure safety of students, families, and staff

  • All services on each student's IEP will be provided

E-Learning

  • Students will be expected to Zoom into class each day and participate as though they were in the classroom live

  • Students follow the same bell schedule as on campus peers while remaining at home

  • Students will receive five day a week direct specialized instruction

  • All services on student IEP will be provided virtually

In addition, new protocols have been implemented for the safety of everyone on campus. These include:

  • Temperature checks for all students, staff, and visitors via touchless thermometer. Any temperature of 100.4 or above will be asked to return home.

  • Face masks will be required while on campus. Students will be given periodic "mask breaks" in designated areas. Three reusable masks will be provided for each student.

  • Hand sanitizing stations with auto dispensers have been positioned around the school for easy access. Hand sanitizer will also be available in every classroom.

  • Good handwashing techniques will be reinforced and practiced with students. 

  • Social distancing signs and markings throughout the buildings.

  • Plexiglass dividers on student tables.

These protocols will supplement more robust changes to the delivery of classroom lessons:

  • Teachers will move from class to class, maximizing the amount of social distancing for students. 

  • Lunch periods have been reduced to 30 minutes with no more than 30 students at a time in the cafeteria at spaced tables.

  • Bathroom breaks will be scheduled by class to minimize contact between students.

  • Our beautiful outdoor space will be fully utilized to give breaks to both students and staff, weather permitting. 

Although we have asked families to choose a learning method for the first semester, we understand that changing circumstances can affect these choices as we move forward. Families should be assured that Focus Academy administration will be flexible and supportive of family needs. We are here for you!

For more information about our plans for Fall 2020, please contact the office at 813.443.5558.

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