Hurricanes at Home!

Here is an interesting meteorology activity by the National Hurricane Center, for 4th, 5th, & 6th graders.

“These webinars will focus on the job of a meteorologist, the weather hazards that come with hurricanes, and how meteorologists get you the weather information you need before a storm.

“Registration links available about a week before the webinar is conducted (on the second page of this notice). We can only accommodate 500 participants for each webinar, so please only register for one of the two identical webinars provided for your region. Future info on the #HurricanesAtHome webinars will be available on NHC’s social media accounts:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSNHC/

Twitter: @NWSNHC (https://twitter.com/NWSNHC) @NHC_Atlantic (https://twitter.com/NHC_Atlantic)



Distance Learning & Virtual Field Trips

During this challenging time of COVID-19 school closing, we have moved to a distance learning model that, thanks to both our families’ patience and support and our teachers hard work, seems to be working very well.

We are sharing various things to support and enhance these efforts on our school’s Facebook Page (like & follow it if you haven’t already). To make finding the activities easier, we have tagged them with the hashtags:

  • #DistanceLearning for those activities that are instructional as well as having other educational merit, and
  • #VirtualFieldTrips which are activities and websites that can be used as lessons as well as just fun! These can be great activities even after the non COVID-19 closings.

To make finding these easier, if you click on the hashtag, it will automatically filter those posts so you don’t have to scroll through the entire page.

School Closing Update

BREAKING NEWS: Governor Kemp has just announced that schools will remained closed through at least April 24, 2020. This is 2 weeks longer than we last anticipated. You can read more HERE.

We will continue to work diligently to deliver instruction to your students during this time and will keep you updated with any new developments.

Please check the Parent Portal for information regarding enrollment and financial aid extensions.

COVID-19 Update

Late yesterday afternoon the City of Acworth made a Declaration of Emergency regarding the current COVID-19 crisis. This order is effective from 12:00PM, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 through 12:00PM, Monday, April 6, 2020. To briefly summarize sections that affect the school the most:

  • No business, establishment, corporation, non-profit corporation or organization shall allow more than ten (10) persons to be gathered at a single location if such gathering requires persons to stand or be seated within six (6) feet of any other person.
  • Restrooms, playgrounds, pavilions, baseball and football fields, batting cages and other amenities in parks will remain closed. All individuals in public places must allow for proper social distancing and maintain and restrict in person contact as much as possible and maintain a distance of 6 (six) feet between individuals.
  • All persons shall shelter in place (stay at home) as much as possible. People should only leave their homes to go to work, to obtain food, medical treatment, medication, or for an emergency.

You can read the full declaration HERE.

Later in the same evening the Cobb County Chairman issued a similar Declaration of Emergency beginning March 25, 2020 at 12:00PM and continuing until April 15, 2020 at 12:00PM which includes the above and also adds:

  • public gatherings — whether inside or outdoors — of more than 10 people are prohibited anywhere in the county.
  • The county has closed all parks and recreation buildings until further notice.
  • All businesses except “Essential Businesses” (as referenced in the Declaration), can operate no earlier than 6 a.m. and no later than 9 p.m.

You can read the full declaration HERE.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), at the time of this post, there are 1,097 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia, 90 cases in Cobb County and we have had no notification from DPH of any cases affiliated with the school.




COVID-19 Update

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s suggestion yesterday and guidance from the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Brookwood Christian School will move to Distance Learning effective Monday, March 16. We will remain closed for the week and update you on a week by week basis.

While our campus will be closed, the education of your child will continue. All staff will work remotely to best support students, including delivering digital and physical instructional resources to students while they are at home. Teachers will be available from 9 – 3 (just like a regular school day) with a break from 11:30 – 12:20 for lunch and students to take a break. 

The decision to close schools was not easy. After the private schools in Cherokee & Bartow closed, and the closing of Kinkaid, we knew this would be inevitable, we just did not want to create a situation where families had a student at home and siblings at school. After reviewing the closures of the public schools yesterday, we knew the time had come to transition students to our distance learning model  and close campus. 

We know that you may have questions regarding how the school closure will impact you, and we will work to provide you the answers.

We will continue to keep you updated on the next steps during the school closure process as we turn to our distance learning resources. We are in the process of getting materials together and you will start receiving information from teachers if you haven’t already. We will also keep important information on our website.

We know this is a very difficult time for our school families and the community. We will work together to get through this.

Look for more information throughout the day including phone numbers and contact information.

Parent Alert

Research shows that SMS open rates are as high as 98%, compared to just 20% of all emails. And, on average, it takes 90 seconds for someone to respond to a text and 90 minutes to respond to an email.

Because of this, we send out time sensitive information via our Parent Alert System, which is part of our Emergency Alert System.

From our alert system:

Selecting the Emergency option will override Family Individual Preferences.

Parents who have replied “STOP” to a text sent by the school have blocked messages with their cell provider and will not receive texts.

Please note that regular Parent Alerts are sent with reminders, school closings, inclement weather, and traffic advisories that may be time sensitive and get buried in email. Please be sure your settings allow for these alerts. We all check our texts faster than email 

We will NEVER send an Emergency Alert for weather, traffic, or closings, only for actual EMERGENCY situations.

To check/change your settings, login to the Family Portal and follow the following steps:

  1. Pull down the FAMILY menu on the left
  2. Select FAMILY HOME
  3. On the right look for Family Alert Cell Phone and it should say YES. If it does, there’s no need to do anything else.
  4. If it says NO, select the EDIT pen.
  5. Select the appropriate parent name(s)
  6. Change from NO to YES.
  7. Be sure to SAVE the changes.
1. Pull down FAMILY menu
2. Select FAMILY HOME.
3. If circled region says YES, you are good
4. If not, select the EDIT pen
5. Select appropriate parent(s)
6. Change from NO to YES
7. SAVE

School Closing Clarification

In light of recent events surrounding COVID-19 we want to clarify our school closing policy. We have previously stated that :

“If you hear Cobb County Schools close, we will automatically close. We will also close if any 2 of the following close: Bartow, Cherokee, Fulton, or Paulding. If conditions in your area are not safe to drive, and we are not closed, any absences will be excused.”

Please be advised this policy is with regards to closing because of weather conditions, which would make sense for us to close under those circumstances.

However, school closings as a result of illness are an entirely different matter and not based on similar criteria.

We will continue to be in contact with the Cobb County Health Department, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with other appropriate state and federal agencies as we monitor any changing conditions.  Likewise, if any concerns arise in our school we will share that information with the appropriate departments immediately.

At this time we have no plans of closing school unless the above agencies order us to do so.

Fortunately, because of our accreditation, in that unlikely event, we have a plan that will not require us to make up days. Please note, we are NOT expecting any closings, but under the advice of health agencies, we are developing a plan in the event of a situation.

In the event we are ordered to close, we will send out a parent alert. Please make sure that your settings in the Family Portal allow you to receive these and click HERE for details regarding parent alert settings.

As with any communicable illness, we strongly urge families to keep sick children home and to limit contact with those who are ill.

Click HERE to find more information regarding measures we are taking at school regarding COVID-19.

Coronavirus Update

You are probably aware of recent events and the concern over the global 2019 novel coronavirus (also reported as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV) outbreak.

Most of these cases have been reported in China, Europe, and other Asian countries. At this time there are 28 cases in the United States, over half if those are on the west coast. To date, there have been no cases reported in Georgia. However, with the media attention surrounding this event and the fact that your child’s health and safety are our highest priority, we want to assure you that we are closely monitoring this situation and are prepared to address any situation should it become a concern in Georgia and the Brookwood Christian community.

Common viruses circulate every year in the United States, and they usually cause upper respiratory illnesses such as the common cold (rhinovirus and other, non COVID-19, coronaviruses), influenza, adenovirus, etc. These can  have symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, which are also symptoms of COVID-19. According to the Georgia Department of Health, the overall risk of coronavirus to the general public and schools is very low. However, that does not mean that we should not take reasonable cautionary steps and continue to monitor the situation.

For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered LOW.

So far, it seems the new virus is more likely to infect older adults, particularly people with chronic health problems. And those who have died from the virus in China tend to be much older, with an average age in their 70s.

We are encouraging students to follow basic measures for everyday preventative steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

• Wash hands regularly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. To ensure 20 seconds sing the Happy Birthday song twice or the ABC song, including the “now I know my ABCs” part.

• Dry hands! Wet skin spreads germs. Use paper towels rather than air dryers as studies have confirmed they spread germs at an alarming rate.

• If soap and water are not available,use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (hand sanitizer should NOT replace hand washing if available).

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and wash hands afterward.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Keep sick children home from school and limit their contact with others while sick.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, including cell phones, keyboards, and doorknobs using regular household cleaning spray or a disinfectant wipe.

• Get a flu shot every year. It is not too late to get one now.

Brookwood Christian School is committed to the health and wellness of our students, faculty and families. We are following the above procedures at school and will send home students with fever or obvious signs of illness.

We will continue to be in contact with the Cobb County Health Department, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with other appropriate state and federal agencies as we monitor any changing conditions.  Likewise, if any concerns arise in our school we will share that information with the appropriate departments immediately.

Fortunately, because of our accreditation, in the unlikely event of school closings, we are able to use distance learning and home assignments to count toward hours. Please note, we are NOT expecting any closings, but under the advice of health agencies, we are developing a plan in the event of a situation.

Sources:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary. Atlanta, Georgia: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; February 25, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html?
  2. Journal of the American Medical Association. Characteristics of and Important Lessons From the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak in China. Chicago, IL: American Medical Association; February 24, 2020.  https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2762130
  3. Lysol.  Coronavirus: Understanding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Reckitt Benckiser LLC: Parsippany, NJ; https://www.lysol.com/healthy-home/understanding-coronavirus/ (accessed 2/26/2020)
  4. Facitlity Management. The Great Debate: Paper Towels vs. Air Dryers. FM Communications: Danvers, MA; http://facilitymanagement.com/restroom-paper-towels-air-dryers/ (accessed 2/27/2020)
  5. National Public Radio. Coronavirus Is Contagious, But Kids Seem Less Vulnerable So Far. Washington, DC: National Public Radio; February 20, 2020. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/20/807483553/coronavirus-is-contagious-but-kids-seem-less-vulnerable-so-far