IDEA Academy @ Cottonwood

School Plan for Safe Reopening


 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

UPDATES FOR PARENTS OF SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in TK-12 Schools

This document reviews current policies and important action steps to keep children safe in Los Angeles County’s 3,040 TK-12 schools. At the end you will find resources you can turn to, including where to call, if you want further information or need assistance with COVID-19 prevention or care.

Parent Updates TK-12

IDEA is Innovation, Design, Engineering, & Art!

Announcements

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation throughout this first quarter of the school year.  While we are learning to manage the COVID-19 related issues, your patience has helped us to implement the ever changing health directives as expeditiously as possible.  It has also helped keep our focus on ensuring that our students continue to learn, while also addressing the social-emotional needs created by this unprecedented time.

In this article:

* PARENT CONFERENCES

* COVID-19 UPDATE

* TIKTOK CHALLENGES

* VOLUNTEERS

* BOARD MEETINGS

* EMPLOYMENT

* SURVEY

* INDEPENDENT STUDY

As we end our 2nd week of school, we are so pleased to have your children back in our classrooms.  We have had a busy first week of school, but so appreciate your help and support in having your children arrive at school on time, with their SafeScreener completed, and ready to learn.  We also thank you for attending the Back to School Night Programs that have already been held or upcoming.

We continue to monitor our staff and students to control the spread of the COVID virus, so being thorough and thoughtful when completing the SafeScreener for your children is a key.  

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health is adopting a staged approach, supported by science and public health expertise, to enable schools serving students from transitional kindergarten through grade12 to reopen safely. In addition to the conditions imposed on schools by the State Public Health Officer and the California Department of Education, schools must also be in compliance with these employee and student safety and infection control protocols.

We are so excited and looking forward to welcoming our students back to school on August 4th.  Be looking for specific information such as start time, teacher assignments, lunch and breakfast schedules, and opening activities from the principal of your child’s school this week.   

During the past few months, several changes were made and others reinforced by legislation and regulation in our state.  So, here are some answers to frequently requested information: 

School Meals * School Hours * Transportation* Distance Learning  * Transitional Kindergarten

COVID-19 Testing * Vaccinations  * Masks 

School Activities * Volunteers * Meetings of the Board 

School Dress* Counseling Services * Attendance *After School Care

Hello Innovator Families,

Welcome to the launch of the school year. I hope all of our school families are safe and well and have had some quality time as a family during this very challenging summer season. I am so pleased to be returning as your principal at the IDEA Academy @Cottonwood, a 2020 AVID Showcase School and home of the newly WASC-accredited Innovators! Joining me as a part of our administrative team are Sandra Jones, our new vice-principal and Kristen Charlick, school counselor. 

 

Our staff and I are excited to welcome your children back to school! I also understand that many families are anxious about what this year may bring. Please know that it is our goal to provide all of our students with the best education possible. We are committed to taking these unprecedented circumstances and developing creative new ways to challenge and support your children’s academic and personal growth. We are committed to making 2020-2021 a year marked with memories (the good kind), special experiences and rigorous learning for your children!

Safe Reopening

School Plan for Safe Reopening

Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools

Please Update Your Back to School Information in PowerSchool for the 2021-2022 School Year

If you have not yet done so, it is imperative that you visit the Parent Portal as soon as possible by logging on to your PowerSchool parent account to update your parent contact and other Back to School information. This is the only emergency and contact information that the school office will have on file for your child and we need to be able to contact you when necessary. You will be able to update your contact information, emergency contacts, and your child's medical information, so that it is current and accurate. See the quick start steps below to get started and refer to this letter for full instructions and frequently asked questions:

Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions Updating Your Child's Information in PowerSchool

From the Parent Portal:

1. Select the student you wish to register along the top.

2. Select "Back-to-School Registration" on the left side.

3. Agree to the terms and conditions.

4. Select Begin Forms.

*Please note, the link above is unavailable in the PowerSchool parent app. You must use a web browser to access this information.

 

School Communication

Weekly dialer messages will be sent  along with announcements posted on Class Dojo and through the IDEA Academy PTA Facebook group. Please also check the district Facebook page, as well as the district and school website frequently. Please be sure that your email address and phone numbers in PowerSchool are accurate so that you will receive important school news. 

So that you can locate school announcements in your inbox, know that all automated e-mail announcements from our school will come from t.morreale@westside.k12.ca.us. 

The school office is open Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm for phone service and curbside pick-up/drop-off only. The telephone number is (661) 267-2825.

School Uniforms

School uniforms are required while attending school. 

We are a proud AVID school and will continue to promote the wearing of college shirts each Thursday.

Wearing an IDEA Academy spirit shirt on Fridays is also encouraged.

Thank you, families, for your support. We will take these unique circumstances and turn them into a rewarding new year. That is exactly the kind of thing that Innovators do! Take care of yourselves. You continue to be so dearly missed!

Go, Innovators!

T. Morreale

Principal

SCHOOL START UP

Upcoming Events

News & Announcements


The Palmdale General Plan Update continues! The City of Palmdale is seeking community input on their preferred land use alternative and General Plan Land Use map, which is the blueprint for land uses across Palmdale. A survey is available online at https://Palmdale2045.org and a live presentation with questions and answers will be held virtually on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

COVID-19 continues to be a major concern across our country. Los Angeles County has seen the increase in cases over the past week, and while there are no cases identified by Public Health in the Antelope Valley, we are taking additional steps to keep our school safe for the students, staff and community.

The health and wellness of students, staff, volunteers and families is our highest priority. When any alarming incident like the 2019 novel COVID-19 occurs, we all want honest information. I am writing today to update you on the state of the COVID-19 from our perspective. I also want to share information regarding steps that we are taking to minimize the chance of transmission at our school sites.

The novel COVID-19 has garnered extensive attention worldwide. There are only a very limited number of cases in the United States, but we can expect the number of domestic cases to increase over coming weeks.

At this time, the risk of exposure to Westside students, staff and volunteers is extremely limited but caution should, nonetheless, be observed.

College Wear every Thursday
wear spirit wear every friday
College and Career Ready - Avid Certified
Future Ready - Engineering, STEM, Project Lead the Way
Technology Rich school, 1:1 in 3rd-6th; 2:1 Kinder - 2nd
Character Focused - Service projects, Leadership Groups