December 30, 2021
To: Promise Academy Students, Parents, and Partners
From: Dr. Jeffrey Jaroscak, Executive Director
Re: Delayed reopening and enhanced social distancing procedures
Cuyahoga County is experiencing a surge in COVID in infections. This is part of a national trend. In order to respond to this situation, Promise Academy will not be open on January 3, 2022. Promise Academy staff will use this day to prepare the school for the safe return of students. Promise Academy will reopen for students on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
When students return on Tuesday, January 4, they will notice enhanced social distancing and safety procedures. These temporary measures are intended to ensure that Promise Academy is a safe place to attend school. Getting back to normal school procedures will require everyone in the Promise family to work together. Your participation in our attempt to keep the school open and productive is appreciated.
Social Distance and Safety Precautions
- First, and foremost, if you are feeling ill, have come into contact with a confirmed case of COVID, or believe that you may have been exposed to COVID, please DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL. Instead notify the school that your absence is COVID related. Promise Academy will work with you to ensure that you are able to continue to make progress through your courses and we will make all necessary accommodations to ensure that you are able to continue to make progress.
- Staff and students will have their temperature taken upon arrival at school. In addition, we ask that students and staff take a moment to complete a brief health questionnaire when they arrive at school.
- Mask requirements will be strictly enforced. Students and staff will wear masks properly throughout the day. Students observed wearing a mask improperly will be asked to correct the situation. Only one request will be given. A failure to comply with the request to wear the mask correctly will result in the student being asked to leave for day.
- Social distancing measures will be fully in effect. Students are asked to sit at every other computer station. Plexiglass partitions will be re-installed. Once seated, students are asked to remain at that station throughout the class period. This will allow us to accurately conduct contact tracing, should it become necessary.
- Student traffic will be reduced. Students are asked to limit their movement around the lab areas. In addition, we will reduce the number of students in the hallways and restrooms at one time. Although we will not prohibit restroom use, only one person per time will be permitted in the restrooms.
- Lunchtime will return to a “one person per table” model. We ask that students that wish to use the microwave, water cooler, or Panini grills do so one at a time, and wear their masks when away from their lunch table.
- We will continue to have hand sanitizer placed around the school. Please wash your hands thoroughly numerous times throughout the day.
- We have secured the services of a day porter. This person will ensure that the tables on the cafeteria side are sanitized prior to lunch. While students are at lunch the day porter will sanitize the lab area. In addition, door handles in the lobby and throughout the school will be frequently sanitized.
Promise Academy has gone to great lengths to make sure that students can continue coursework safely. While no one enjoys these restrictions, they are temporary and designed to protect the safety of student and staff. Please come to school on Tuesday, January 4 ready to comply with these measures, and ready to learn. We have exciting things planned for the remainder of the school year. The sooner we can get through this surge, the sooner we can get back to normal programming.
I look forward to seeing each of you on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.