Coronavirus-19 Update

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: coronavirus@aristoiclassical.org 

 

Absence Policy

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/AP/SAT/ACT/CLT Testing

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.

 

AP Exam Testing
AP testing will be held online and from home.  Exams are scheduled to take 45 minutes.  View the exam schedule, review sessions as well as updates here.
 
SAT - CANCELLED
 
ACT
The next ACT is scheduled for June 13, 2020.  The deadline for registration is May 8, 2020.
 
CLT
The next CLT will be held on June 20, 2020, at Aristoi Classical Academy (situation permitting). 
 
Please contact Mrs. Madison, District Testing Coordinator, if you have questions regarding testing.
 

Documents

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.

 

Exemptions

The attendance requirement for Spring 2020 high school final exam exemptions has been waived.  The semester grade average and discipline exemption requirements remain intact.

 

Facility Rentals

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.

 

Grades 

Report cards for the 3rd quarter are finalized and are available via the Ascender Parent Portal.

 

K-12 Counseling Services

Lynn Cummins, MS, Counselor/Guidance Counselor is available via email for your questions and concerns. Click here to go to the Guidance Counseling Office website.

 

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.

 

STAAR/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 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

 

Student Medications

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.

 

Appointments must be made with the Upper School by contacting Mrs. Sarver, or at the Elementary School - Katy by contacting Mrs. Smock.

 

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.

 

Vendor Services

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.

 

Updated Communications

 

July 27, 2020 - TEA School Re-Opening Guidance Summary

 

July 24, 2020 - Important Letter from the Superintendent, July 24, 2020

 

July 20, 2020 - Letter to Harris County Superintendents from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo

 

July 2, 2020 - Superintendent COVID-19 Update, July 2, 2020

 

April 20, 2020 - Important Letter from the Superintendent, Brenda Davidson, Update #5

 

 

April 1, 2020 - Important Letter from the Superintendent, Brenda Davidson, Update #4

 

March 31, 2020 - Coping with Stress during Infectious Disease Outbreaks

 

March 25, 2020 - Guidance Office Website now available

 

March 20, 2020 - Upper School Google Classroom Information

 

March 19, 2020 - Upper & Elementary School Google Classroom Update

 

March 19, 2020 - Resources from Aristoi's Counselor, Mrs Cummins

 

March 18, 2020 - Texas Education Agency Resources

 

March 17, 2020 - Coronavirus #3 Update from the Superintendent

 

March 17, 2020 - Parent Survey re: Technology Availability

 

March 16, 2020 - STAAR Testing Waived for 2019-2020 Academic Year

 

March 12, 2020 - Coronavirus Update from Mrs. Davidson

 

March 6, 2020 - Coronavirus Letter from Mrs. Davidson

 

 

Other Resources

 

Tips for Managing Behaviors for at Home Learning

 

TEA COVID-19 Mental & Behavioral Health Grief & Trauma Resources

 

Resources for Parents/Families from the TEA Service Center, Region 4

 

Mental Health Resources from the TEA Service Center, Region 4

 

USDA Meals for Kids

 

Tips for Emergency Online Learning

 

Coping with Stress during Infectious Disease Outbreaks

 

Free Internet for Displaced Students

 

Texas Students MealFinder Map

 

How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus

 

Answering Kids' Questions About Coronavirus

 

5 Facts Every Kid Should Know About the Coronavirus

 

Talking with Children about Coronavirus Disease

 

Centers for Disease Control

 

Texas Education Agency

 

The Parent's Guide to Google Classroom

 

 

Virtual Tours and Other Links

 

San Diego Zoo Live Animal Cams

 

Children's Museum of Houston

 

12 Museums from Around the World

 

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips

 

Virtual Zoo Exhibits and Museums

 

KHOU Weather School

 

How to Schedule Your New School Day

 

The Secret to Keeping Everyone Happy at Home

 

 

FAQs for Parents

A.  Google Classrooms and online learning launch March 23.  More information and emails will be sent from the Administration and individual teachers.  Please continue to check emails and the website for details.
A.  All necessary materials will be available online and from the teacher's in the Google Classroom sites.
A. Each teacher is establishing these parameters.  Please contact your student’s teacher if you need additional support and advice.
 A.  Teachers are available Monday-Friday to answer emails from students and parents. 
A. Our Special Education team is working to ensure that all accommodations and modifications are included for students.
A. In their websites and Google Classrooms, many teachers are including resources such as Khan Academy, Discovery Education, Imagine Math, and a host of other links and websites to enrich the students’ experiences.
A. Yes. Students may be in contact with classmates by phone or computer (please do not gather in-person). Working with other students, especially Upper School students, may prove helpful and beneficial. However, please remember that students must submit their own work.  Academic honesty and plagiarism rules still apply.
A. The amount of help each student needs depends on the student and subject matter.  Upper School students should be able to work more independently than Elementary School students.  The transition to online schooling may take a brief adjustment period and extra time to work through Google Classroom, but once that habit is established, signing in and launching lessons should work easily.
A. Some of the student’s work will be graded for completion.  Other materials will be evaluated for quality and correctness.  As a parent, you will not be required to grade anything, but you may be asked to sign off on certain tasks (e.g. reading for a certain amount of time very day).
A. The Aristoi leadership team is constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation with the help and guidance of the Governor, TEA, and TPCSA.  Any changes will be made in accordance with these governing bodies.
A.  The schools are temporarily closed to parents and students.  Access to lockers, the campuses, or facilities is not available at this time.
A. There are no confirmed cases at this time.
A. Please continue to check the Aristoi website for news and announcements.   All communications are shared via email, the website, and the Aristoi-supported facebook page (Aristoi Classical Academy).
A.  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.
 
Appointments must made with the Upper School  - asarver@aristoiclassical.org and Elementary School - jsmock@aristoiclassical.org
 
 
A.  We are also working with TEA, TPCSA, and the Governor's office for additional information. You can read more here: https://tea.texas.gov/, https://txcharterschools.org/covid19/
 
A.  Graduation is currently schedule for May 23rd.  If changes need to be made, we will address those concerns when necessary.
A.  All events have been cancelled through May 4th.  
A.  To assist families in meeting the needs of students during the district closure, school breakfast and lunches will be offered to all Katy area children ages 0-18, free of charge. Children do not need to be an enrolled in a Katy ISD school in order to receive a meal. The meals 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. All meals will be provided in a "grab and go" style outside of the cafeteria near the covered walkway where buses pickup and drop off students. Families will not be able to enter the campus during the meal service. 
Meal "Grab and Go" locations:
 
 Bear Creek Elementary 
 Bethke Elementary 
 Golbow Elementary 
 Hutsell Elementary 
 Mayde Creek Elementary 
 Memorial Parkway Elementary 
 Sundown Elementary 
 West Memorial Elementary 
 Williams Elementary 
 Tompkins High School 
 
Should you have any questions about this food service, please do not hesitate to contact Katy ISD Food Services at (281) 396-2151.
A.  Please monitor the CDC and WHO websites for detailed information.  There is great information here from the CDC.
A.  Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people. More information about the source and spread of COVID-19 is available on the Situation Summary: Source and Spread of the Virus. (From the CDC).