Information on Corona Virus
This page will be updated as new information becomes available. We will closely monitor the situation and will keep you updated. A new date will be added in order to make it easy for families to know if new information has been posted.
In addition we will email our families and staff each time there is a new post. You should have received the first email on Friday, March 13; if you did not, please text your current email to your operations director or teacher.
March 13, 2020
The health and welfare of HVA students, families, teachers, and staff are our primary concern. On Friday, March 13, major cities and over a dozen states announced that they will close schools in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. Our schools are joining in that effort and will be closed effective Monday, March 16, until further notice. After significant consideration we have suspended on-campus learning and will transition to remote learning, which will include a full day of classwork for students and daily personal check-ins.
Did anyone at HVA test positive for coronavirus?
No, so far there have been no reported cases. However, we are closing out of an abundance of caution, because of the possibility that there may be undiagnosed cases, and because we are committed to protecting all of our students, families, teachers, staff, and all of their families.
Are HVA schools currently open?
HVA school buildings are closed for instruction as of March 13 until further notice, but learning will continue through remote learning, i.e., students studying at home with materials provided by HVA.
Our teachers will be working full time and students will be engaged in remote learning beginning on Thursday, March 19. Students and families will receive learning plans by March 18. We will continually reassess the situation, so please make sure to check email and this webpage frequently.
Are school activities and games cancelled?
Yes, all in-person activities are cancelled until further notice.
What work should students be doing?
Remote learning will begin on Thursday, March 19. Until then, it is critically important that students read books for at least three hours each day, and stay away from TV during school hours. Alternative activities include drawing, checkers, exercise, or educational videos.
Class materials and books were sent home on Friday, March 13. Additional resources will be sent in a few days. In the meantime, here are some quality educational websites your child may wish to explore:
- Brain Pop
- Khan Academy
- Big History Project
- The History Channel
- National Geographic for Kids
- Bill Nye the Science Guy
During this period where in-person classes are not possible, the single most important thing our students need academically is to read three hours per day. Research shows that a large amount of time spent on pleasure reading will maintain students’ reading comprehension level, which is the foundation of all other academic success.
What if I need support?
It is critically important that our students are learning a full day, every day. We know this may pose a challenge and we are all here to help our families. If you need personal or family support, please call your child’s school’s main office number. Together, we will ensure our students continue to learn and develop to their fullest potential.
- CDC Travel Notices
- Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- DOE Parent Letter (March 10) in English and Spanish
- Handwashing: A Family Activity
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
- NYC Health: What You Need to Know about the Coronavirus
- Stop the Spread