Parent/Caregiver Q&A Session and Reopening Update

Thank you to the parents and caregivers who were able to attend the Q&A and Reopening Update before the Thanksgiving Break. A recording of the update can be viewed HERE

We continue to get new information from Atlanta Public Schools that impacts reopening plans. You should expect continued updates including sessions like these perhaps as early the first week in December. 

We had a little confusion on our end on the use of the chat room during the session and I apologize for that. Should you have additional questions, feel free to email me or any member of the leadership team. 

Answers to additional questions submitted prior to the session:

  • Will after school programs be implemented?
    • Yes – there will be after care available once we return to the classrooms.
  • Will  children get mask breaks throughout the day? If so, how many and what might that look like?
    • We are planning to allow mask breaks during the school day. We are still working on when and how, but we do feel that it is important to both faculty and students.
  • If it becomes apparent that there will be no return to face to face learning for the remainder of the ’20-’21 school year, will there be any possibility of pulling our children from ANCS for the remainder of the school year while still retaining our spot at the school for a return for the 21-22 school year?
    • We do expect APS to allow us to reopen our classrooms in early 2021. Should a family decide to withdraw their student(s) we are unable to hold spots at the school. A new application for the 2021-2022 school year would be required. 
  • Has the school made or will it make prior to reopening any upgrades to ventilation/HVAC (eg merv 13 rated air purifiers in classrooms)?
    • Yes – we are considering a range of upgrades to our ventilation systems, including higher rated filters, portable filters, and ionizers. Those upgrades will be in place prior to the return of students to the classroom.  

What comes next?

  • Announcement from APS regarding reopening expected soon
  • HOWL Hybrid Manual & COVID-19 Safety Protocols complete
  • Teachers opt for remote or in-person teaching
  • Parents make remote or in-person commitment
  • Reopening preplanning for faculty & staff
    • Set-up, training and classroom preparations
  • HOWL Hybrid commences with the first cohort

 

REMEMBER: Everything is subject to change.

A big part of the reason we share plans with the school family as early as possible is to give everyone the opportunity for feedback/input on those plans. As we discover the need to modify our approach for the benefit of students, parents and teachers, we will do so in a transparent and inclusive manner.