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Updates on COVID-19

In an effort to provide clear communication and keep our entire school community informed, we will update this page with all Wesley information related to the coronavirus and school procedures. Any emails or other school-wide communications will be added here for reference and clarity. If you have additional questions, please reach out to the school directly.

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March 24, 2020

We hope you are doing well and staying safe as we all watch the developing changes related to the coronavirus.

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carstarphen has shared a letter for all parents that includes important updates on school closures and community resources. We are following the lead of Atlanta Public Schools as we anticipate schools will remain closed through Monday, April 13 and possibly beyond.

You can read her full letter here.

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March 17, 2020

We hope you and your family are well and taking the best of care. Last night, APS Superintendent Dr. Carstarphen shared a letter for all parents. It includes important updates on meal distribution and upcoming delivery. You can read her full letter here.

For additional resources, and access to meals, please see these local options:

Mr. Marshall
Executive Director

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March 16, 2020

Thank you all for your active engagement today as we kicked off our first day of virtual learning. We appreciate your patience as we work through any technology issues that may have arisen today.

As per our Distance Learning Resource Page, if you have an issue with a computer or hot spot, please reach out to your child’s assistant principal who will forward your request to our tech team. For PYP, please email Ms. Goodman at rachel.goodman@wesleyacademy.org. For MYP, please contact Dr. Pullen at alastair.pullen@wesleyacademy.org.

Please be advised that for those who have signed up for a computer, the last day for pick up will be tomorrow, March 17 from 12 pm – 3 pm.

We look forward to working with you virtually over the next few weeks!

Mr. Marshall
Executive Director

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March 13, 2020

Due to the large number of families who have requested a computer and/or hotspot, we have reached our limit for the day. Please come and pick up your technology only if you have requested it prior to 1:00 today. We have communicated directly with all families who submitted requests. If you have not received direct communication, please do not arrive at the school to pick up technology today.

If you request technology after the 1:00 cut-off, we will have it available for pick up on Monday between the hours of 12 and 3. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Also, please note that we are keeping all email communications related to COVID-19 together in one place on our website. You can visit this page for all information to make sure you haven’t missed any communication.

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March 13, 2020

We understand that school closure of any kind may pose challenges to all families in the Metro-Atlanta area, including those at Wesley. We want to make you aware of the following resources of which you may wish to take advantage:

Comcast Internet: Comcast is offering free internet for a two month period. For more information, please click here.

Free meals for APS students (including charter schools) during Coronavirus School Closures:

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all APS students can receive free bagged meals at 5 school sites that will be open for food distribution Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Douglass High School
  • Cleveland Ave Elementary School
  • Bunche Middle School
  • Sylvan Middle School
  • Phoenix Academy

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, APS partner, GOODR, will provide ready to eat meals at the following local community sites:

  • Hosea Williams Feed The Hungry (4779 Mindy St. Atlanta, GA. 30366, 404-755-3353)
  • Food Pantry – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 a.m. – Noon ( Bring ID and Social Security Card)
  • Loaves and Fishes @ St.John the Wonderworker Parish (543 Cherokee Ave., SE Atlanta, GA. 30312 * 678-373-9433) Serves food Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, all APS families can report to one of the 5 open APS school sites Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. to receive a bag of shelf-stable grocery items from the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out directly with any additional questions.

Mr. Marshall
Executive Director

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March 13, 2020

In order to ensure that instruction continues and that students have access to online learning materials, we will continue instruction virtually via Google Classroom, including instruction in Chinese and Connections.

Homeroom teachers for students in grades K-5 will provide students with access to Google Classroom. MYP content teachers will use this platform as well to continue instruction. Students will be required to complete assignments and teachers will continue to enter grades into Infinite Campus. In order to assist students, all teachers will hold virtual office hours at the following times:

PYP (by grade level):

Kindergarten: 9:00 – 9:45
First Grade: 10:00 – 10:45
Second Grade: 11:00 – 11:45
Third Grade: 12:00 – 12:45
Fourth Grade: 1:00 – 1:45
Fifth Grade: 2:00 – 2:45
Chinese: 8:00 – 8:45

Connections: 2:45 – 3:30

MYP (by content):
ELA: 9:00-10:00
Math: 10:00-11:00
Science: 11:00-12:00
Social Studies: 12:00-1:00
Chinese: 1:00-2:00
Connections: 2:00-3:00

Our goal is to ensure that students receive the support they need to complete assignments. Our counselors and administrative staff will be available as well to support students and families with virtual instruction and any other issues that arise.

As we roll out our virtual learning platform, we ask that you work with us through any issues that may arise. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact your teachers and administrators with any questions.

As a reminder, if your family needs access to a laptop, please fill out the request here. We have a limited number of laptops and will be issuing them to families who have requested them from 12-3 pm and 4:30-5:30 pm today. Laptops will be issued on the basis of need first and foremost. All families who wish to pick up a laptop should come to the main office to sign a user agreement and acceptable use policy.

Again, although the building may be closed during this time, we remain committed to educating your child and remain available and accessible should you have any questions.

Mr. Marshall
Executive Director

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March 12, 2020

In accordance with Atlanta Public Schools, we will close Wesley for two weeks, beginning Monday, March 16 due to the impact of COVID-19. We will be open tomorrow, Friday, March 13. However, if you have concerns about sending your child, we understand and want to assure you that the absence will not count against him/her.

We have been preparing for the possibility of this extended closure, and our Wesley teachers are ready to administer instruction virtually during this time. We will finalize details tomorrow, and you can expect an email from us in the evening regarding the next steps for students in grades K-8.

We recognize that not all families have access to technology to accommodate at-home learning. If your family needs access to a laptop or hotspot, please complete the request form here. We have a limited supply of devices, so please only complete this form if you lack these resources at home.

This situation is most definitely unprecedented territory, but the dedication of our staff remains the same as always. I want to take this opportunity to give a huge shout out to all of our Wesley staff, teachers, and administration who have worked tirelessly to prepare for the likelihood of this event.

We will do all we can to ensure that instruction continues and our children remain in a safe learning environment even though they may not be physically within the walls of our building. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we all navigate this developing situation.

Mr. Marshall
Executive Director

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March 3, 2020

At Wesley International Academy, we are committed to developing citizens of the world in relation to culture, language, and learning to live together. We seek to build and reinforce students’ sense of identity and cultural awareness. This philosophy is embedded within our school’s mission as we develop internationally-minded students.

As you are aware, the global community is on heightened alert due to COVID-19, and countries are currently working to prevent the spread of the virus to ensure the health of their citizens. Although not common in the U.S., people in some countries often respond to virus outbreaks by wearing masks. Specifically, in East Asia, it is very common culturally to wear face-coverings to prevent exposure to germs.

Today, two Wesley staff members arrived at school wearing masks, which created a stir among some students. Please rest assured that these staff members are healthy and only wearing the masks as a preventative measure. Please use this opportunity to engage in conversation with your student(s) about cultural differences as we continue to build internationally-minded students.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our principals or to me. Thank you!

Mr. Marshall
Executive Director

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March 2, 2020

Dear Wesley Parents, Caregivers, and Staff:

Last week, we sent an internal email, updating you on our monitoring of news reports about Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and its potential impact in our country. We have recently heard from APS and are sending out this additional information they have shared. Of course, nothing is more important in Atlanta Public Schools and here at Wesley than the safety, security, and well-being of our students, families, and employees. As such, I can assure you that APS is closely monitoring all developments related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) describes Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a respiratory illness that mainly spreads from person to person (within about six feet) through coughs and sneezes. The virus that causes COVID-19 was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. You can access the CDC resource page here.

 As with any emergency situation – inclement weather, health warnings, etc. – APS and Wesley and at the ready to institute our emergency management practices. If the District decides to close schools, we can also launch APS WeatherWise, our online learning platform designed to prevent learning loss by supplementing missed classroom time during emergency management situations.

I should also make it clear that we – APS and Wesley – are not the expert authority on this issue. As such, many of the decisions and plans around quarantines or school closures will be led by the federal government with assistance from state emergency management officials. Our District administrators have already received guidance from those agencies – which include the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the Fulton County Board of Health (BOH), and the CDC – and are incorporating key components into our emergency management practices.

We will continue to provide updated information to students, families, and employees as we receive directives from local, state, and federal health officials. To stay abreast of developments with CONVID-19 and other emerging health news in our District, click here to visit our health alerts page.

Additionally, the Georgia Department of Public Health provided us with this information and guidance on Wednesday (below). Please read it when you have an opportunity. You will probably notice the advice is similar to the precautions you already take during flu season and that the current risk to the state of Georgia “remains low”.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me. Thank you for your continued support of Wesley.

Sincerely,

Mr. Marshall

PH Preparations for Potential Spread of COVID-19

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with the CDC, and state partners to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S., including Georgia. The goal is to quickly identify cases of COVID-19 and take the appropriate public health action to reduce its spread and protect the general public. It is important to note that at this time, the overall risk of COVID-19 to the general public remains low.

“We urge Georgians to prepare for hurricanes or flooding or take measures to prevent flu, so preparing for an outbreak of COVID-19 is no different,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., DPH commissioner. “DPH is working to make sure our health systems, first responders and county health departments have the resources they need to respond to a COVID-19 outbreak.”

DPH already has a detailed pandemic flu plan that was developed in partnership with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the Georgia Department of Education and other state agencies, and will be adapted for a COVID-19 outbreak in the state. DPH has responded to other serious disease outbreaks, including Ebola and Zika virus and each instance has provided new insight and guidance and highlighted the need to be as prepared as we can be.

DPH Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) is providing CDC information and guidance about COVID-19 to all health care and hospital facilities throughout Georgia, and holding weekly calls with the entire public health and hospital/health care community to update information and answer questions.

DPH epidemiologists are on-call 24/7 to help health care providers evaluate individuals presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 to ensure that possible cases are managed safely, support laboratory testing and implement recommendations from the CDC. In the event of COVID-19 in Georgia, epidemiologists would also be monitoring outbreaks and recommending control strategies, including guidance regarding testing and isolation.

Should it become necessary, DPH may recommend appropriate community mitigation measures for affected communities, such as temporary closure of child care facilities and schools/colleges and universities, school and workplace social distancing measures, and postponement or cancellation of mass gatherings. Additionally, businesses should consider ways to implement strategies to reduce the impact of a potential COVID-19 outbreak on their workforce, including teleworking and cross-training employees on essential job functions.

The same measures that are urged to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus are increasingly important for all Georgians:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The best prevention against the flu is vaccination. Flu is still widespread and active in Georgia – it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

Passenger screening at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport is ongoing. This is to identify people coming from China who may have been exposed to and are at risk of developing COVID-19, and to provide appropriate assessment and monitoring to protect the general public.

COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and guidance is subject to change. The preparations currently underway in Georgia are based on the best scientific information we have from the CDC. DPH will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and work with state partners and health care communities to incorporate the most up to date guidance in our planning and preparation efforts.

DPH will continue to update Georgians through our website https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus, our Facebook page and our Twitter account. It is important to remember that the most accurate and timely information regarding this outbreak is available through DPH or the CDC’s website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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About the Georgia Department of Public Health

The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency in preventing disease, injury and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective. For more information about DPH, visit www.dph.ga.gov.

 

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February 27, 2020

Dear Parents,

Like you, we have been following the news reports regarding the coronavirus and monitoring it closely to determine best responses for the safety of our students and staff. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), there are common coronaviruses that circulate every year, causing upper respiratory tract illnesses similar to the common cold.

The DPH is working closely with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as state partners, to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19 in the US, including Georgia. Their goal is to quickly identify any cases and take appropriate public health actions to reduce the spread and protect the general public. Read more about these preparations in the latest DPH press release. They have stated that the current overall risk remains low.

Additionally, we are in constant communication with our partner Atlanta Public Schools (APS) should there be a need for any additional response.

Similar to the seasonal flu, it is important that all students and families take general precautionary measures:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used in the absence of soap and water.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home and keep children home when sick.

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue that goes into the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces frequently.

At Wesley, we are practicing the same safety precautions, and we encourage you to do so at home as well. This is an evolving situation, and we are continuing to monitor reports from the CDC and the DPH. Should there be a need to take additional precautions, we will communicate those to Wesley families.

If you have any additional concerns, please reach out to one of our principals, Dr. Mason or Mrs. Satterfield. The health and safety of our staff and students is a top priority, and we will continue to monitor this public health situation as it develops.