IDEA Academy @ Cottonwood

School Plan for Safe Reopening


 

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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

Updated

As always, the safety of our students and staff is of the highest priority.  Unfortunately, the latest variant of COVID has once again spread rapidly across our county.  While we anticipated receiving promised at-home COVID tests for our students from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, at this date they have not been delivered.  Based on the communication we received yesterday, they may be delivered late next week, but will not be received this week.  Rest assured that as soon as we receive the tests, they will be distributed at each school site.  Testing is not a requirement at this time, but we know many parents want the opportunity to administer the tests to their children. 

For parents who want the assurance from their children receiving a negative COVID test prior to the start of 2nd semester, the District will make available PCR tests.  From 8-11 am on Thursday, January 6th at the Maintenance and Operations Facility located on the District Office Complex, 41910 50th St. W, Quartz Hill, staff will be available to help with testing which is on a walk-in basis.  Once the testing session is complete, tests will be sent to a lab for processing and parents will receive the results via email from the lab.  The results are usually received within 48-72 hours.  Again, testing is not being required for students to return to school, however, parents have asked about providing testing especially since the over the counter tests will not arrive before Monday.

Updated

The rain was a welcome sight to help with the statewide drought, but rainy days are always different at school. The sleet reminded us that it can get really cold in the Antelope Valley, but it sure looked a bit like snow for just a while. 

December 17th will be our final day for the first semester, and at the conclusion of our minimum day (an hour earlier dismissal), our schools will be closed until January 10, 2022 for Winter Break.

During the week of December 21st, please check your mail for your children’s first semester progress report. A new session of after school intervention classes to improve reading performance for our students will begin after Spring Break.

When your children return to school in January, we will be discontinuing the use of the STOPit SafeScreen.

The District recognizes that students utilize social media or text to communicate with their peers. Parents are encouraged to have a discussion with their children regarding the importance of appropriate online citizenship and the consequences of cyberbullying. When school reconvenes on January 10, 2022, the District may consider discipline against any student who has engaged in cyberbullying during the Winter Break.

Updated

Vaccine Clinic at Westside Union School District on November 20th | December 4, 11, 18 | January 8, 15, 22, from 9am - 1pm register for COVID vaccine at myturn.ca.gov

Updated

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

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