FEBRUARY 18, 2021
Our Board of Trustees unanimously approved our Reopening Plan with resumption of classes in-person at school. Our first day back will be one month from today on Thursday March 18. We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone back at school.
The Board noted the extraordinary efforts of our faculty and staff in providing good instruction and support, and opportunities like science labs and field trips for our students through this extraordinary past year of time.
Allowing a 4-week transition period will provide families time to make any necessary arrangements to help their student(s) resume classes at school on March 18. It also allows our faculty and staff to have the protection of receiving both doses of vaccine before returning to school. Additionally, this period provides time for the school to prepare well for a full and safe return to in-person learning.
Parents and students will be contacted over the next few weeks to help make personalized plans for each student. Based on that information, school day schedules will then be finalized and shared with everyone in the near future.
As per our newly approved reopening plan, any students or parents who identify as high risk for severe illness due to COVID-19, or who have other special circumstances should make a written request to the Executive Director explaining the need for alternative learning arrangements and make-available any health-care provider information. Next week a Request Form will be available for making this written request. A personal plan will be developed for each identified high-risk or approved special circumstance student by the Dean and/or Special Education Coordinator to minimize risk and maximize learning opportunity for the individual.
Along with the educational benefit of safely learning together with teachers and friends, we are also looking forward to safely resuming some committees and school activities in-person at school. Please watch for updates on our transition back to in-person teaching and learning in the Monday Mail each week.
JANUARY 25, 2021
We are excited to be preparing for a return to offering classes in-person at school. We are just over halfway through our staff with getting the first round of vaccines.
We took the difficult decision in October to move to teaching classes online because our number one concern was to provide the most consistent and effective learning situation possible through this pandemic for every one of our students.
Since then, we have been able to provide each student four high quality class sessions with their teacher consistently each week without disruptions from quarantine or school closure. I am proud of our consistent provision of high quality learning opportunity for all our students, and am so proud of our teachers who have done an outstanding job in adapting to teaching online. Our students (and their families supporting them) have also shown amazing growth and resilience to adjust and to succeed in this trying situation. Our students’ attendance has been excellent, even when coping with sickness. Our teachers have gone the extra mile to help our students, both in our small classes and with extra help outside of class time. We have also even been able to continue to provide students with in-person science labs, and with support in-person as needed throughout the pandemic.
We know, and we hear you do as well, that students need that daily consistency and frequency of classes with their teacher. Our students tell us how much they appreciate being able to see and work with teachers and classmates four times a week, just as they would on our regular school schedule. We also hear that working alone and at home away from everyone makes it hard.
We are preparing for a return to in-person classes that continues to allow students to see their teacher four days each week while also ensuring the best possible protections for everyone’s health. We want to avoid making the major change back to in-person learning only to have it quickly disrupted.
We are preparing to return to offering in-person classes at school for all students during this current Quarter 3 and as soon as possible. I will keep you informed each week on the progress of our planning and let you know in advance of the meeting of our Board of Trustees that will consider approval of a date for resumption of classes at school. As eager as we all are to get back in-person, we appreciate everyone’s patience – students, parents, teachers, staff – as we prepare to return to school effectively and safely.
In the meantime:
• Lets all please continue to make the most of the great classes that our teachers are providing online with good daily attendance, participation, and work production.
• We hope that Covid infection rates continue to decline and we ask everyone to wear masks and continue to do their part to reduce the spread of this virus.
• Start planning ahead now for attending school in-person soon. And of course, we will continue to offer an online option for those who need it.
Please feel very welcome to let me know your thoughts and questions.
Best, Dr. Woodbury
City Academy has moved to full-time remote teaching and learning for all students through the end of first semester in January. We, of course, wish we could be having school in-person with everyone. We know you feel the same. In order to provide a high quality and engaging education for each of our students under current conditions, the Board has decided to utilize online instruction with our great City Academy teachers through virtual scheduled classes four days per week. The Board is not closing our building. Some instruction, support, and/or activities will still be occurring at school this semester. Thank you to all the students, teachers, and staff who do their part to make our school building a safe learning environment.
Here are some specifics of our transition to fully remote teaching and learning:
1. Beginning Tuesday October 6 all students will have scheduled virtual classes 4 days per week, Wednesday will be an asynchronous learning day. On Wednesdays teachers will provide asynchronous lessons and will work with individual students as needed.
2. Virtual classes will be 50 minutes long, starting at 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, for a seven period day.
3. Students will have individual study time during their day, and a lunch break is scheduled for 11:50-12:30.
4. We will be using Google Meet to deliver classes.
5. Students will be accessing their classes from their Google Calendar. All students will receive training on using their google calendar and accessing their new classes.
6. Canvas will continue to be used for each class as a learning platform.
7. Students’ previous work and grades from their hybrid classes during the first weeks of school will remain and combine with what they will be doing in the new virtual form of their classes.
8. We will be taking attendance every period in every class Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Parents will be notified if their student does not attend a class.
Our Board has made the best decision for us right now so that our teachers may provide the best learning experience for all our students. The Board will be monitoring community conditions and results from our virtual classes regularly and will re-evaluate our fully remote status at their December Board Meeting.
New students may still register here through September.
Tuesday August 25 is the first day of school at City Academy.
In some ways we have never prepared so much for the school year.
· Extra cleaning and sanitizing.
· Teachers ready to serve students in class and online – and fluidly move between the two as needed.
In other ways, we have never been so uncertain about a school year. Ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community cannot be predicted.
· We are committed to keeping our school safely open. And, moving seamlessly in and out of distance learning if health safety becomes a concern.
· We are committed to working with individual needs of each of our students, families, and teachers to make this school year successful.
Students have two options:
1 - Learning away from school online with City Academy teachers and the ability to participate remotely with class activity.
2 - Learning and participating at school two days per week in addition to digital learning outside of school.
In either case all students benefit from
· Amazing caring teachers, teachers who know each student and keep in daily contact
· The opportunity to participate with friends and classmates in-person or virtually
· The same interesting, engaging, relevant City Academy lessons
August 1, 2020
City Academy Board, Faculty, Administrators, and Staff have developed a City Academy School Re-Opening Plan. We are well aware that this plan will evolve as new information and guidance become available from the Governor, State Superintendent, and Health Department.
Our objective is to safely open school on August 25, and to carefully and strategically keep it safely open.
July 20, 2020
City Academy teachers are excited to get back to teaching, helping, and inspiring our students to learn. Our personalized and flexible approach will give every student the best opportunities for success, whatever option works best for each student and their family.
Here is more clarity on the options we will be offering this fall:
(1) Learning away from school, or (2) Learning through a blend of in-class learning and digital learning
> You will have the freedom to switch quickly between learning out of school and working in school at City Academy as circumstances change. We will work with each individual student's situation.
> In either case, we can arrange for students to focus on fewer classes at a time, or utilize digital learning to, for example, expand into new areas of study or take concurrent enrollment courses.
> In both options, this is still the thought-provoking real-world and current issues curriculum that you appreciate from City Academy.
Option 1: Learning away from school.
While we are dealing with Covid-19 health issues, we will offer a fully out-of-school learning option to anyone who requests this choice. Teachers have been preparing so that this will be even better than what we were able to offer last spring when we were suddenly in this position.
Here are the highlights:
The same amazing, caring teachers, teachers who know each student and keep in daily contact.
The opportunity still to participate with friends and classmates through live streamed classes, virtual participation in labs, discussion boards, video call help sessions and even debates.
The same interesting and engaging City Academy lessons adapted to work through Canvas but powered by a real person who can help and challenge you personally.
Option 2: Learning at school.
To begin the school year with some added protection for our students, teachers, and staff against a disease that is not yet under control, we will offer a blended option with scheduled days of in-person classes complemented by digital learning outside of school. Students may additionally have time to study at school, consult with teachers, or work on projects in math, art, or computer science.
Our daily and weekly schedule is still being finalized as we also watch developments in the larger community. At this time, we are expecting our plan will have each student attend school all or part of 3 days per week on a set schedule. Our main objective at this point is to keep small group sizes in the building at any point in time.
We also enthusiastically await the time when we are comfortable having students back in school five days/week. We hope that is soon! But in the meantime:
Our building is clean and we are prepared to sustain good sanitation and personal protection while we work together at school.
Our amazing teachers are ready with opportunities for meaningful in-class learning blended with digital learning that extends and complements what is done in-class.
Students will have the opportunity to rejoin our school community and participate in classes and other activities with teachers and friends.
July 17, 2020
Yesterday the governor announced that schools in Salt Lake City do not need to remain closed even while the city remains in the Orange phase of the Governor’s recovery plan. This announcement means that City Academy may now develop our best plan for opening with in-person instruction starting in August. Our Leadership Team and Board in conjunction with teachers, staff, and families are working on our reopening plan that will be considered by the Board for approval before the end of the month.
Our reopening plan will have the following priorities:
1. Ensuring the health and safety of our faculty and staff, and our students and families.
2. Increased cleaning, sanitizing, and personal hygiene measures in the school.
3. Providing a great City Academy education in the best way that works for each student. We will make a personalized plan for success with each student.
4. Flexibility and support for our students and families. The freedom to switch quickly between learning out of school and working in school as circumstances change. We will work with each individual student's situation.
Our reopening plan will meet all state requirements for physical distancing, group size, wearing masks, and how students move throughout the school. We will also have plans for safely continuing our food service and extended day learning opportunities.
Watch for more information about finalizing registration and courses on August 12-14, and the first day of school on August 25.
For now, enjoy summer. Read some more good books, learn something new, look for the bright planets in the sky at night. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook. Let us know what you are doing to keep busy.
July 10, 2020
It is officially summer, and it feels like summer outside. Inside City Academy it does not feel like a normal summer because teachers have been working with students from their spring 4th quarter classes, and because of the expanded preparations for school to open that have begun in earnest and are keeping us very busy. This is a first update on our progress and our plans for reopening school this fall. We look forward to seeing you in a month or so.
Salt Lake City is currently still in the Orange (Moderate Risk) phase of Utah’s COVID-19 recovery plan. If we remain in this phase or move backward to the Red (High Risk) phase when school is supposed to be starting on August 25, all of our teaching, and student demonstrations of learning will be conducted remotely through Canvas. Even while we are in the Orange phase, though, we are prepared for some small group support with students in-person at school, and as directed by the Health Department.
If Salt Lake City moves to the Yellow (Low Risk) phase, our school will be open every day but operating on a modified schedule. In this modified schedule students will spend 2-3 days each week learning in class, and the rest of the time learning remotely. We have modified schedules ready which we will share soon. And of course, we will still be personalizing schedules and accommodating for individual situations as needed. Whatever option works best for each student and their family, our teachers are excited to get back to helping and inspiring our students to learn. Our personalized and flexible approach will give each student the best opportunities for success.
Importantly, we are thoroughly sanitizing and readying the building to accommodate our return to school. Hand Sanitizer stations ready to be deployed throughout the building are just one example of the many, many ways we are preparing our physical space with health and safety at the forefront. We will be ready to get back to school, and to get back to learning!