COVID-19 Updates

B.A. Illness Guidelines

IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING CORONAVIRUS

Text COVIDNC to 898211 to get updates about NC’s response to the Coronavirus.

School Closure Updates 

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Center of Disease Control and Prevention

Call 800-232-4636

Open 24/7

Transylvania County Health Department

Transylvania Public Health
106 East Morgan Street
Suite 105

OPERATING HOURS:

Monday – Friday
8:30am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 5:00pm
(last appointment at 4:30pm)

Phone: 828.884.3135
public.health@transylvaniacounty.org

Monday, March 23, 2020

Dear Bulldog Parents,

I hope that this email finds you healthy and well.  Earlier today, the Governor and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, as well as several others leading North Carolina’s Emergency Management, gave a joint press conference about NC’s response to COVID-19 and how it was affecting NC.

The most important point stressed by Governor Cooper was to make sure that you are getting updates from reliable sources, such as the ones included below.

Stay Informed about COVID-19

National and State Resources:

Center for Disease Control

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services–Text COVID19 to 898211 to get regular updates.

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction–How NC Public Schools are responding to the outbreak.

Local Health Departments:

Buncombe County Health Department

Henderson County Health Department

Transylvania County Health Department

Was there anything in the press conference that affects Brevard Academy?

Further closure–All schools are closed for in-person learning until May 15, 2020.
Testing–The NC State Legislature is working on a waiver for testing.  I will update you when we have more information.
Calendar–The NC State Legislature is working on a waiver for our school calendar.  As of now, we will begin Distance Learning on March 30 and our last day of school is May 29.  Our full calendar is posted on our website.

How will I get online for Distance Learning?

Your child’s teacher will send you an email this Friday with the access code for his/her Google Classroom.  During our Distance Learning Program, we will offer the following:

Monitored email checks for parent and student support.
Regular technical assistance.
Regular, live parent phone calls with School Director Ted Duncan and other support team members.

What if I do not have a Chromebook for my student?

Your child should be able to access Google Classroom with any computer or iPad with online access.
We will be offering another opportunity to pick up Chromebooks on Friday, March 27 from 9:00-5:00.

Will my child be able to move to the next grade level in the fall of 2020?

Yes, regular participation in Distance Learning will be key to your child’s advancement this year.

Please continue to send in your photos of your Bulldogs to ebrewton@brevardacademy.school as he/she continues to learn.

If you have further questions, please send them to baclosed@brevardacademy.school.  We are working on a parent FAQ sheet in order to best serve you and your family.

On behalf of the entire Brevard Academy Staff, we will navigate these uncharted waters together and work with you to make sure that Distance Learning works for you and your family.

I hope you have a great rest of your day and will continue to keep you up to date on happenings at the school.

Best,

Ted Duncan

 

Estimados Padres Bulldog,

 

Espero que este correo electrónico te encuentre sano y saludable. Hoy temprano, el Gobernador y el Superintendente de Instrucción Pública del Estado, así como varios otros líderes en el Manejo de Emergencias de Carolina del Norte, dieron una conferencia de prensa conjunta sobre la respuesta de NC al COVID-19 y cómo estaba afectando a NC.

 

El punto más importante subrayado por el gobernador Cooper fue asegurarse de que está recibiendo actualizaciones de fuentes confiables, como las que se incluyen a continuación.

 

Manténgase informado sobre COVID-19

 

Recursos nacionales y estatales:

Centro de Control de Enfermedades

Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Carolina del Norte: envíe un mensaje de texto con COVID19 al 898211 para obtener actualizaciones periódicas.

Departamento de Instrucción Pública de Carolina del Norte: cómo las Escuelas Públicas de Carolina del Norte están respondiendo al brote.

 

Departamentos de salud locales:

Departamento de Salud del Condado de Buncombe

Departamento de salud del condado de Henderson

Departamento de salud del condado de Transilvania

 

¿Hubo algo en la conferencia de prensa que afecta a la Academia Brevard?

 

Cierre adicional: todas las escuelas están cerradas para el aprendizaje en persona hasta el 15 de mayo de 2020.

Pruebas: la Legislatura del Estado de Carolina del Norte está trabajando en una exención para las pruebas. Te actualizaré cuando tengamos más información.

Calendario – La Legislatura del Estado de Carolina del Norte está trabajando en una exención para nuestro calendario escolar. A partir de ahora, comenzaremos el aprendizaje a distancia el 30 de marzo y nuestro último día de clases será el 29 de mayo. Nuestro calendario completo está publicado en nuestro sitio web.

 

¿Cómo voy a estar en línea para el aprendizaje a distancia?

 

El maestro de su hijo le enviará un correo electrónico este viernes con el código de acceso para su Google Classroom. Durante nuestro Programa de aprendizaje a distancia, ofreceremos lo siguiente:

Cheques de correo electrónico monitoreados para apoyo de padres y estudiantes.

Asistencia técnica regular.

Llamadas telefónicas regulares y en vivo con el director de la escuela, Ted Duncan, y otros miembros del equipo de apoyo.

 

¿Qué sucede si no tengo un Chromebook para mi estudiante?

Su hijo debe poder acceder a Google Classroom con cualquier computadora o iPad con acceso en línea.

Ofreceremos otra oportunidad para recoger Chromebooks el viernes 27 de marzo de 9: 00-5: 00.

 

¿Podrá mi hijo pasar al siguiente nivel de grado en el otoño de 2020?

 

Sí, la participación regular en la educación a distancia será clave para el avance de su hijo este año.

 

Continúe enviando sus fotos de sus Bulldogs a ebrewton@brevardacademy.school mientras continúa aprendiendo.

 

Si tiene más preguntas, envíelas a baclosed@brevardacademy.school. Estamos trabajando en una hoja de preguntas frecuentes para padres con el fin de servirle mejor a usted y su familia.

 

En nombre de todo el personal de la Academia Brevard, navegaremos juntos por estas aguas desconocidas y trabajaremos con usted para asegurarnos de que la educación a distancia funcione para usted y su familia.

 

Espero que tengas un buen descanso de tu día y que sigas manteniéndote al tanto de los acontecimientos en la escuela.

 

Mejor,

Ted Duncan

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dear Bulldog Families,

As we send out daily updates, we can’t help but mention how our community, in a time of chaos and uncertainty, has come together in support of one another regardless of race, religion, political views, which school your child attends, or which county you live in.

 Our educators, with less than ample time to prepare, have stepped up to the plate in every school to plan engaging activities and lessons and have solved problems they’ve never fathomed. Restaurants and businesses have opened their doors and offered unorthodox ways to provide services, not only in western North Carolina but all over the world. Community leaders have put aside their differences in order to collaborate on ways to help meet the needs of, not only the most vulnerable but all of their citizens. We would like to take this time to recognize and thank each and every one of you as well for your ideas, your patience, and your cooperation through this global event.

 The gratitude we feel cannot be put into words. What we can do is promise to continue to serve our families, students, and community. We can continue to help fill needs and offer support.

 An excerpt from the novel “Grown & Flown” said it best. “When the Apollo 13 oxygen tank failed and the lunar module was in danger of not returning to earth, Gene Kranz, the lead flight director overheard people saying that this could be the worst disaster NASA had ever experienced—to which he is rumored to have responded, “With all due respect, I believe this is going to be our finest hour.”

 Imagine if we could make our response to this crisis our finest hour. Imagine if a year or two from now we looked back on this and told the stories of how we came together as a team in our community, in our state, in our nation, and across the world.”

Sincerely,

 Ted Duncan, Director

 

Estimadas familias de Bulldog,

A medida que enviamos actualizaciones diarias, no podemos evitar mencionar cómo nuestra comunidad, en un momento de caos e incertidumbre, se ha unido para apoyarse unos a otros independientemente de la raza, la religión, las opiniones políticas, a qué escuela asiste su hijo o en qué condado vives

Nuestros educadores, con menos tiempo de sobra para prepararse, han dado un paso al frente en cada escuela para planear actividades y lecciones interesantes y han resuelto problemas que nunca han imaginado. Los restaurantes y las empresas han abierto sus puertas y han ofrecido formas poco ortodoxas de proporcionar servicios, no solo en el oeste de Carolina del Norte sino en todo el mundo. Los líderes comunitarios han dejado de lado sus diferencias para colaborar en formas de ayudar a satisfacer las necesidades, no solo de los más vulnerables sino de todos sus ciudadanos. Nos gustaría aprovechar este tiempo para reconocer y agradecer a todos y cada uno de ustedes por sus ideas, su paciencia y su cooperación a través de este evento global.

La gratitud que sentimos no se puede expresar con palabras. Lo que podemos hacer es prometer continuar sirviendo a nuestras familias, estudiantes y comunidad. Podemos continuar ayudando a satisfacer las necesidades y ofrecer apoyo.

 Un extracto de la novela “Grown & Flown” lo dijo mejor. “Cuando el tanque de oxígeno del Apolo 13 falló y el módulo lunar estaba en peligro de no regresar a la Tierra, Gene Kranz, el director de vuelo principal escuchó a las personas decir que este podría ser el peor desastre que la NASA haya experimentado, a lo que se rumorea que tuvo respondió: “Con el debido respeto, creo que esta será nuestra mejor hora”.

 Imagínese si pudiéramos hacer que nuestra respuesta a esta crisis sea nuestra mejor hora. Imagínese si dentro de un año o dos miramos hacia atrás y contamos las historias de cómo nos unimos como equipo en nuestra comunidad, en nuestro estado, en nuestra nación y en todo el mundo “.

Sincerely,

 Ted Duncan, Director

 

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dear Bulldog Parents,

Thank you to everyone who joined our Zoom Call today at 1:00 pm.  We will host another call on Friday at 1:00 pm. Details are in the BA Smore and our website.

Lunch and Chromebook Distribution

We will offer lunches to students between 11:00-12:30 through Friday.  We encourage families to check our Facebook page and Smore newsletter to learn about free lunch service in the surrounding counties.

We will have Chromebooks for pick up tomorrow, March 19 from 9:00-3:00 pm.

If your child has an internet capable device at home that can be used for school work, you do not need to pick up a chromebook.

Calendar Changes

Last night the Brevard Academy Board of Directors approved changes to our calendar.

March 16-20 and March 27 are designated as teacher workdays.

We have moved our Spring Break days to March 23-26.

April 10 and 13 are still days off for Spring Break.  If you have Spring Break (April 14-17) plans that cannot be changed, all families can ask for Educational Leave by sending me an email.

Distance learning will begin on March 30.  Please feel free to use the instructional resources we have listed on our website for Bonus Learning.

Report Cards

Report cards can be in PowerSchool accessed for students grades 3-8.  Kindergarten through 2nd-grade report cards will be mailed out later this week.

Teacher Emails

Teachers have begun emailing families about communication plans.  Please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher and me if you have not yet received an email.

Have a great rest of your day.

Go Bulldogs!
Estimados Padres Bulldog,
Gracias a todos los que se unieron a nuestra Llamada de Zoom hoy a la 1:00 p.m. Realizaremos otra llamada el viernes a la 1:00 p.m. Los detalles se encuentran en BA Smore y en nuestro sitio web.
Almuerzo y distribución de Chromebook

Ofreceremos almuerzos a los estudiantes entre las 11: 00-12: 30 hasta el viernes. Alentamos a las familias a consultar nuestra página de Facebook y el boletín de Smore para obtener información sobre el servicio de almuerzo gratuito en los condados de los alrededores.
Tendremos Chromebooks para recoger mañana, 19 de marzo de 9: 00-3: 00 pm.
Si su hijo tiene un dispositivo con acceso a Internet en el hogar que se puede utilizar para el trabajo escolar, no necesita recoger un Chromebook.
Cambios de calendario

Anoche, la Junta Directiva de la Academia Brevard aprobó cambios en nuestro calendario.
16-20 de marzo y 27 de marzo son designados como días de trabajo docentes.
Hemos trasladado nuestros días de vacaciones de primavera del 23 al 26 de marzo.
El 10 y 13 de abril todavía son días libres para las vacaciones de primavera. Si tiene planes de vacaciones de primavera (del 14 al 17 de abril) que no se pueden cambiar, todas las familias pueden solicitar un permiso educativo enviándome un correo electrónico.
El aprendizaje a distancia comenzará el 30 de marzo. Por favor, siéntase libre de usar los recursos de instrucción que hemos enumerado en nuestro sitio web para Bonus Learning.
Las boletas de calificaciones

Se puede acceder a las boletas de calificaciones en PowerSchool para estudiantes de grados 3-8. Las boletas de calificaciones de jardín de infantes a segundo grado se enviarán por correo a finales de esta semana.
Correos electrónicos del maestro

Los maestros han comenzado a enviar correos electrónicos a las familias sobre planes de comunicación. Comuníquese con la maestra de su hijo y conmigo si aún no ha recibido un correo electrónico.
Ten un buen descanso de tu día.
¡Van los bulldogs!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear Bulldog Parents,

I hope this message finds you well.

Today we handed out 45 lunches and over 110 Chromebooks. Teachers finished 3rd quarter grades and we will get report cards to you as soon as possible.

As we handed out Chromebooks, one question that came up was about logging in. Your teacher will email this information to you in the coming days. As of right now, this is nothing that has to be completed online.

Tomorrow I will be hosting a parent Zoom phone call at 1:00. Feel free to jump on with questions about school closure and ask questions. Please click the link here to join.

Before signing off, I wanted to share a message from Ms. Monk:
“Dear Parents,

Please see the message below and know that I am thinking of all of you right now. Feel free to check my email in the coming days/ weeks for more resources as we navigate this time away from one another.

One thing I have learned to help my own children has been to create a new “normal” with some schedule around our house. This should include quiet time, time for exercise/ movement, healthy eating and fun interactions (such as game time as a family).

Dealing with Change

Right now is a new time in history. It is not easy. It is sudden to us and hard for adults to comprehend; much less our children/ young people.

I will be updating my web-page often and sharing resources for ways to communicate with your children/ families about what we are facing right now with the Coronavirus stopping all normal life for now. I will also be a part of the education put out in the virtual classrooms. I care deeply about our school community and will do all I can to give you all resources and ways to share with your children. Here is a great book that I found about changes and the ending wraps up how our staff at BA feels about your children. We will all be ready and with open arms when we can all gather in one space together again. Your kids are our extended families and we want you to know that we miss them and want the best for them each and every day, even when we can’t physically be together!

Take care of yourselves and please reach out for assistance. Use the email baclosed@brevardacademy.school for specific questions regarding our current operating system. If you have specific questions regarding your child’s emotional well-being, you may email me at mmonk@brevardacademy.school.

Watch this story with your kids….https://youtu.be/YtnXHGOo8kI It is about a Goldfish and the changes that were out of his control. Remember we are here for one another; just in a different way for a while. Know that your children are our mission and we will do what we can to support and care for them while using social distancing.”

 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Dear Bulldog Families,

The Board, Administration, and Staff at Brevard Academy, understand that describing current events as “overwhelming” is an understatement. Your social media is flooded, emails are lengthy, news stations are gloomy.

Your losses are real. Your disappointments are real. Your hardships are real. We know because this is our reality as well. However, as one of our amazing teachers, Mrs. Katie Gibson, said, “We can figure this out together.”

Your BA teachers will be taking this week to train on a distance learning platform, create and provide high-quality enrichment ideas to parents, and allow staff members to take care of their families and loved ones. No matter what, teachers and staff will continue advocating and cheering for your children to the best of their abilities.

While our setting looks and sounds different, we are fully committed to our Bulldog family and will not only continue to provide updates but will provide whatever assistance this crisis allows.

In the event school closures extend beyond the two weeks, we want to make sure we have our virtual program fully developed to lessen any other disruptions to your child’s education. This takes time but rest assured we are charging full speed ahead.

Our future communications will include engaging ideas and resources for students and families. In the interim, students can participate in low-tech options below as well as Compass Learning and Moby Max.

Our families are part of our team and we have no doubt we will weather this storm… TOGETHER. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this uncertain time.

Your child. Our mission.

 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Dear Bulldog Families:

I want to thank the incredible efforts of staff in their work today; they were able to accomplish the following tasks:

Close out 3rd quarter grades
Sanitize their rooms and hallways
Prepare the school for closure
Create a roadmap for our BA BONUS learning days
Provide parents with free online and no-tech options
Begin learning how to convert in-class experiences to online learning
As we continue to work through this unprecedented time in history, please know that your child’s learning is still something we take extremely seriously.

Our staff is working to launch an online learning platform that will be available to all students.

In the meantime, we recognize the importance of keeping your children engaged in stimulating activities during their time away from the BA campus. Our staff and administration have created a rubric titled Bonus Learning Days aimed at providing families with a structured learning day for all children, grades K-8. It is full of online, low tech, and high tech activities geared at keeping young minds occupied in educational activities.

Packets are also available at school in our information tubes and at the Transylvania County Library if you do not have internet access.

Bonus Learning Days are intended to provide structure for parents and students while we are building our distance learning program.  These are not required school days and there is no need to submit work to teachers at this point.  Our staff is engaged in building distance learning courses for your children.

If your child is in Kindergarten-5th grade and needs a computer, the school will be open to check out Chromebooks from 12:00-6:00 pm, tomorrow, March 17, 2020.

We will also serve a grab and go lunch tomorrow from 11:00-12:30.

I will continue to update you each day at 4:30 with our progress.  I invite you to visit our webpage and click on the Sunday Message link to stay up to date with the latest news from BA.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones.

In partnership,

Ted Duncan

Sunday, March 15 3:51 pm

This afternoon the Brevard Academy Board of Directors met to discuss how we best prepare for our community for the next two weeks and beyond.  We all know that this is a stressful time for everyone involved.  Understanding this stress, the Board of Directors approved the objectives of our Family Support Plan.

Objectives:

Support the health and well being of our students and families.
Relieve families from the stress of this unprecedented event as best we can.
Provide enriching activities for students to engage in during the school’s closure.
Promote our mission and vision and lead by serving others.

What if my child has medicine at school?

If your child has medicine at school that needs to be picked up, the office will be open for medicine pick up from 10:00-2:00.

What if my child needs lunch?

We will have grab and go lunches and snack bags for students available at between 11:00-12:30 in our side parking lot.

Do you have suggestions for learning activities for students?

By tomorrow afternoon, we will have a list of high-quality resources and activities that students and families can engage in in order to keep our Bulldogs learning and promote scholarly habits.  This list of resources will posted to our website, available in a distribution tube on campus, posted via social media, and available in local libraries.

How will you communicate with us?

Due to the ever-changing global event, I will continue to communicate with you on a daily basis using our school messaging system, our webpage, and Facebook.

When will distance learning begin?

Our goal is to begin distance learning starting on March 30.  We will be working with parents to slowly and intentionally roll out this new form of learning over these next two weeks.

Our immediate goal is to support you during this transition, provide stability to remove stress, and establish high-quality engaging learning opportunities.

If you have questions about this closure, please email them to baclosed@brevardacademy.school.

I will speak with you again tomorrow to let you know how our support plan is progressing.

Your child.  Our mission.

Go Bulldogs!

 

 

Friday, March 13 2:00 pm

Dear Bulldog Families:

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, we are consistently reviewing and making decisions about current and upcoming policies and events. The committee brought forth to make these decisions adjourned this afternoon with several new steps in place to help protect the students and staff at Brevard Academy.

As of this time, we have decided to cancel all planned field trips. Our decision was based on our ability to not only disinfect buses after morning and afternoon routes but also to lessen the possibility that our students and faculty would be contributing to a gathering of over 100 people.

In addition, with the uncertainty of contamination via food products, we ask families to refrain from bringing shared food items into the school for student consumption. We understand the importance of recognizing your child’s birthday so we encourage you to come in to lead a game at recess or maybe read a book to the class. All birthdays will continue to be recognized by the front office.

We are continuing to work on plans to address a range of impacts the coronavirus may have on Brevard Academy and the region.  If you have questions or concerns, I encourage you to reach out to your healthcare provider directly, check the Transylvania or Henderson County Health Department websites, or follow the latest developments from the Centers for Disease Control.  All of this contact information is available on our website.

Thank you for your support as we work to keep your children, our staff members, and the greater community healthy and safe.  We will continue to provide updates as information is available.

Your child.  Our mission.

Ted Duncan

School Director

 

Thursday, March 12, 2020 9:19 pm

The Transylvania County Health Department released the following guidelines this evening.  Click here for the document.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 3:00pm

UPDATE:

Dear Brevard Academy Families,

As we continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation, the administration has deemed it necessary to form a committee that have and will continue to access safety guidelines and procedures carried out throughout the school. Under the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and our local health department, the committee has developed protocols for visitors entering the campus, formalized daily schedules and procedures for handwashing and hand sanitizing, protocols on handling medically fragile staff and students as well as for those who have traveled out of the state.

As of today, all local field trips next week will continue as planned. Visitors will be required to go through a screening upon entering the building to help decrease exposure to illnesses as well as familiarizing themselves with the sanitation stations throughout the school. Daily classroom activities will now require scheduled time for classwide handwashing as well as hand sanitizing upon entering and exiting the classroom. Students and staff who have left the state will be receiving instructions from the administration before returning to school.

As of March 13, 2020, we are following the advice of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and canceling all athletic events, including practices and games effective immediately.

Instructors have been working on developing a virtual learning protocol for kindergarten through 8th grade in the event the health department recommends schoolwide closure. This afternoon, students in grades K-5th will bring home a computer use agreement. All 6th-8th grade students have already signed off on this agreement. If you do not have reliable internet access or a home computer, please let your child’s homeroom teacher know.

We have created a COVID-19 webpage with a link on our webpage where we will post all information regarding our response to this unprecedented situation. This will include links to the Center for Disease Control sites and local health department contact information.

Please believe Brevard Academy is exhausting every avenue within our reach to ensure your children’s educational day remains safe, healthy, and consistent. Through our daily monitoring of the current situation and our ability to quickly adapt our policies and procedures, we hope to provide all of our Brevard Academy families with some certainty in this uncertain time.
Your child. Our mission.
Ted Duncan

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:00pm

UPDATE:

In order to ensure the staff and students of Brevard Academy stay safe, the Board of Directors and the Administration have been tirelessly reviewing protocols and making adjustments where they are needed.

At tonight’s board meeting, the attached Communicable Disease Plan was approved and will be implemented immediately.

As stated previously, we will continue to keep you updated daily so please continue to check our facebook page. We have also included a “QuickLink” on our webpage where we will post the most current information. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we want all of our families and our community as a whole to stay safe and well.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1:20pm

UPDATE:

We at Brevard Academy would like you to know that we are aware of the field trip cancellations taking place in Transylvania and the surrounding counties due to the spread of the Coronavirus. As always, our most important priority is the health and safety of your children. With the uncertainty of the dynamics of the Coronavirus, we are looking to the local Health Department as well as our current policies for guidance in helping to prevent further escalation of this and other transmittable illnesses.

As of today, no decisions have been made regarding upcoming field trips for Brevard Academy. With no confirmed cases in Transylvania County, we feel it is premature to begin cancellation procedures, however, the Board of Directors for Brevard Academy will be discussing safety concerns regarding your children this evening at their regularly scheduled board meeting.

We will be prompt in informing you, our families, of any new developments, plans,  or procedures that we feel are appropriate on a daily basis. Please continue to check our facebook page for important announcements regarding ways in which the Coronavirus may impact our school and immediate area.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we navigate these uncharted waters and assure you, we will keep you updated as information is made available to us.

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