Aristoi Classical Academy Closure Information
- last updated July 27, 2020
This is a challenging time for our school community as we all enter uncharted territory and work to balance careers, families and childcare needs. Aristoi is taking every precaution available to keep our faculty, staff, and students safe. The Administration is in constant contact with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Public Charter Schools Association (TPSCA), and is following the CDC guidelines.
Please utilize our new email for all COVID-19 related questions: email@example.com
Aristoi Classical Academy supports our parents' decisions regarding their child's well-being and attendance at school. If your child was absent prior to Spring Break and you believe it was related to COVID-19, please contact Aristoi's Attendance Clerk, Mrs. Garza, to discuss your child’s absence.
STAAR 3 - 8 & End of Course (EOC) Testing
Governor Abbott has canceled mandatory STAAR testing for the 2019-2020 Academic school year. TEA has instructed schools to determine whether students will pass to the next grade utilizing each student's educations progress and additional data.
Campus requests for student documents (VOE, birth certificates, custody paperwork) should be directed to Aristoi's Registrar, Mrs. Gates.
Emergency Text Notifications
Aristoi utilizes text notifications for urgent communications in conjunction with email, website messages, and social media postings. Text notifications are only used by the District for emergency and related information (i.e. school closings, weather conditions, etc.). Parents and Guardians who wish to receive emergency text notifications should update their Ascender Parent Portal information and notify the Marketing Department.
The attendance requirement for Spring 2020 high school final exam exemptions has been waived. The semester grade average and discipline exemption requirements remain intact.
For facility rentals, please contact the Business Office.
Family & Community Resources
Aristoi continues to update the COVID-19 Information page with websites and resources for our families. Resources include information on how to speak with your children about COVID-19, COVID-19 facts, and other pertinent information.
K-12 Counseling Services
Online Teaching and Learning
Online learning was launched March 23, 2020. The entire faculty and staff have been working to develop plans for online education to provide continuity in our students’ learning during the closure. Online teaching and learning will continue to evolve as we move forward. Teachers utilize a variety of resources including Google Classroom, online videos, instructional websites, and online meetings.
Governor Abbott has canceled mandatory STAAR testing for the 2019-2020 Academic school year. TEA has instructed schools to determine whether students will pass to the next grade utilizing each student's educational progress and additional data.
Student Meals During Closure
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the launch of Meals for Kids, to help families find meals for children while schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic. The Meals for Kids interactive map directs people to local sites where kids can get free meals.
School breakfast and lunches will be served at the campuses listed below from 9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020. Katy area children ages 0 to 18 are eligible and may pick up a breakfast and lunch at one of the designated locations. Children do not need to be an enrolled Katy ISD student. The meals will be provided in a "grab and go" style outside of the cafeteria near the covered walkway where buses pick up and drop off students.
- Bear Creek Elementary
- Cinco Ranch High School (starts on Monday, March 30)
- Golbow Elementary
- Hutsell Elementary
- Mayde Creek Elementary (last day of service at this site is March 27; service to transition to Mayde Creek HS)
- Mayde Creek High School (starts on Monday, March 30)
- Memorial Parkway Elementary
- Paetow High School
- Schmalz Elementary
- Sundown Elementary
- West Memorial Elementary
- Williams Elementary
- Tompkins High School
ONLY parents may pick up medicine from the Upper School and Elementary School Student Care Offices. Parents must not be ill, must be symptom-free, and must not have traveled outside of the US for the past two months. Only one parent will be allowed in the building; children and students will not be allowed within the offices. Disinfecting protocols will take place upon entry and exit of the buildings.
Technology HelpDesk - Parents and Students
The IT Team will be sending an email with the information regarding a dedicated Technology Help Desk contact soon. For classroom help, parents should contact their teachers.
Travel - Students & Staff
All student and staff travel is canceled through May 4, 2020 or until further notice. Travel includes field trips, conferences, competitions, and out of town trips.
Team Practices and Competitions
All athletic team practices and competitions are canceled until further notice.
Aristoi has ceased normal business operations until further notice. Aristoi's Business Office is continuing to pay vendors for services as quickly as possible. Any questions should be directed to the Business Office Manager, Mrs.Amboree.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
July 27, 2020 - TEA School Re-Opening Guidance Summary
July 24, 2020 - Important Letter from the Superintendent, July 24, 2020
July 2, 2020 - Superintendent COVID-19 Update, July 2, 2020
April 20, 2020 - Important Letter from the Superintendent, Brenda Davidson, Update #5
March 31, 2020 - Coping with Stress during Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Virtual Tours and Other Links
FAQs for Parents
Q. When does online learning begin?
Q. What if students do not have textbooks and materials at home?
Q. What if my student doesn’t finish the work in the recommended amount of time?
Q. What if I cannot help my student with their work?
Q. What if my student needs accommodations, how will that work?
Q. Are there other resources we can use?
Q. May students collaborate with classmates?
Q. How much time will I need to schedule to work with my children?
Q. How will my student's work be graded?
Q. What happens after May 4?
Q. Will I, or my student, be able to access the school campuses?
Q. Has Aristoi had a confirmed case of COVID-19?
Q. How will I be updated of changes or developments?
Q. May I pick up my student's medicine from Student Care?
Q. How will an extended school closure impact my child's attendance? How does this impact the required time of instruction?
Q. Will there be a graduation ceremony for the seniors?
Q. What about the scheduled theatre, band, and choir productions?
Q. What about STAAR testing?
Q. Are meal services available?
Q. What is COVID-19?