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Governor Northam has extended all K-12 school closures for the remainder of the academic year. While we learn the details of what this will entail for all, I wanted to provide you with an update of what we have done so far and what is in store.
Pinnacle will not stop educating your children. Distance learning will continue for the remainder of the school year.
Through planning and the strength of our amazing teachers and staff, we were able to immediately begin distance learning last week, while other schools have yet to start.
The vast majority of our teachers are already providing live classes to our students on a daily basis, the rest will be starting this week. We have had the opportunity to engage our students through virtual field trips, one on one tutoring, and virtual circle times with our young students. We have begun a free SAT prep program, and will be offering tutoring for that as well. All of our teachers are prepared and ready to move forward with distance learning on a full time basis for our students and their families.
I am in the process of creating distance learning schedules for every grade. I anticipate being done with these within the next day or two. Here is a sample of what it will look like:
For every grade and every class, you will know exactly what time each live class is happening. You will be able to click on the links and it will automatically take you to the live class or recorded videos, when applicable. I believe this will make coursework much easier to follow and provide much needed consistency for our students during these trying times.
As you can see, instruction will take place for the entire school day, with age appropriate breaks and downtime included. We will continue to come together as a community and we will make it through the threat of this virus. Your support means more now than ever.
The Virginia Department of Education will be providing guidance for high school seniors and what this will look like for graduation within the next few days. We will continue to update all families throughout this week with updates on our distance learning. If you need access to Chromebooks for your children, please let me know.
I am incredibly proud of our community and the incredible way we are coming together during these difficult times. I know we will persevere through this together. Thank you and I will continue to update you on a regular basis.
All the best,
Dear Pinnacle Families,
As you have heard by now, both the President and Governor have announced a State of Emergency. The cases of COVID-19 in Virginia have double overnight and some school districts have already released they are closing through mid-April in support of these announcements. Pinnacle will be doing the same.
In order to protect the health and safety of our students and staff, Pinnacle Academy will remain closed through April 10, 2020.
We will continue distance learning with the exception of our regularly scheduled Spring Break from April 6-10. This time will continue to be used a break for both students and teachers.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed as the virus continues.
You will receive an email on Monday with all the information you will need for distance learning.
As we begin distance learning, we will modify things as needed to fit the needs of our students and teachers. We thank you in advance for our patience during this time. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
Please feel free to contact me if you need help or assistance during this time.
Please take care and I wish you the best of health.
Dear Pinnacle Families,
I would like to start by thanking all the families that have reached out to me to voice their concerns over the rise and spread of the virus. Your voices and the voices of our students and staff are crucial to the success of our school and I hold them in the highest respect and gratitude.
With that being said, the health and safety of our students, families, and staff is our top priority during this time as the COVID-19 continues to spread. As you know, we have students attending our school from many different cities and several different counties. As such, we must take all the necessary steps to ensure we are keeping you safe. COVID-19 is particularly dangerous for people with compromised immune systems. We simply do not want to risk the health and safety of our small community.
As such, we have decided to close the school starting tomorrow, March 13, 2020 through March 20, 2020. This will include all after school activities and the music concert as well.
In the meantime, Pinnacle will do the following:
- A hospital grade cleaning will take place in both campuses.
- Distance learning will begin on Tuesday, March 17. This will look different for our early elementary and pre-school/pre-k students. However, your teachers will communicate with you regarding details for your classrooms. Grades 4 and up already have their classrooms set up on Google Classroom. We will still use Monday as a teacher work day in this regard. Please watch for emails throughout that time.
- We will continue to monitor the situation and if an extended amount of time is needed for school closure and distance learning, we will keep you informed in a timely manner.
Thank you for your continued support. We wish you all the best of health!
Dear Pinnacle Families,
Thank you for your continued support while we put plans in place to prepare for the safety and security of our students and staff during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Pinnacle Academy will be closed on Monday, March 16, so our teachers and staff can prepare for the possibility of extended closures and the need for distance learning due to the COVID-19. Any information you will need as parents to access assignments will be shared from your classroom teachers.
We will continue to update you via email, our website and social media.
Dear Pinnacle Families,
We are aware of the reports that a U.S. Marine assigned to Fort Belvoir tested positive with coronavirus on Saturday, according to the Pentagon. The Marine is currently being treated at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.
Pinnacle is working closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure we are following all necessary protocol. We recognize the continued concern about this virus and will continue to update you with information as it becomes available to us.
As of right now, the school will remain open on Monday. We will continue to monitor this situation closely.
You can find additional information here about the virus from the Fairfax County Health Department and the CDC.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for your continued support,
Pinnacle Academy Administration
Dear Pinnacle Families,
The CDC has released some specific regulations regarding the coronavirus a the best way to prepare and prevent the spread of the illness. In the school, we have placed an extra supply of hand sanitizer and will ensure our students are properly and effectively washing their hands frequently.
Below you will find some facts about the virus and how to respond if you are to become ill.
What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19?
COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in China, and limited spread among close contacts has been detected in some countries outside of China, including the United States. Right now, the greatest risk of infection is for people in China or people who have traveled to China. Risk of infection is dependent on exposure. Close contacts of people who are infected are at greater risk of exposure, for example health care workers and close contacts of people who are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC continues to closely monitor the situation.
Have there been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.?
Yes. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC’s webpage at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but now it seems to be spreading from person to person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some diseases are highly contagious (like measles), while other diseases are less so. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading between people. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- shortness of breath
What are severe complications from this virus?
Many patients have pneumonia in both lungs.
How can I help protect myself?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
What should I do if I recently traveled to China and got sick?
If you were in China within the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care. Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.
Is there a vaccine?
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Is there a treatment?
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
You can find additional documents from the CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html