COVID-19 Main Page & Updates
August 6, 2020 -
The 7.30.20 updated 2021-21 school calendar is posted on our website for you to print. Reminder: (the information below was previously sent out on Monday, July 27, 2020). Continue to check this COVID page for updates and COVID reentry protocol @ www.advantageacademy.org/
GP EAST, GP WEST AND NORTH DUNCANVILLE CAMPUSES - Our Grand Prairie East, Grand Prairie West, and North Duncanville/SW Dallas campuses will begin with all at-home/online learning for the week of August 31 through September 4. Beginning Tuesday, September 8, at school/face-to-face instruction will begin for those families who chose to have their students learn on campus (whether 100% at school or a hybrid model). Those who chose at home learning will continue to do so online.
WAXAHACHIE CAMPUS ONLY - Ellis County has not currently placed any restrictions concerning our current start date for at school/face-to-face learning. At our Waxahachie campus, at school/face-to-face instruction will begin on August 31st for those families who chose to have their students learn on campus (whether 100% at school or a combination/hybrid model). Those who chose at home learning will also begin online on August 31.
Thank you for your patience during this time.
August 4, 2020
We have some great news for you! This year all PK-12 Advantage Academy students will receive free breakfast and lunch everyday this year. This will include our online and hybrid students enrolled at Advantage Academy. We will let you know soon what days & times we will hand out breakfasts and lunches for our online and hybrid learners.
We are now introducing Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). What is (CEP) and what does it mean for Advantage Academy families? CEP is a school meal funding option of the National School Lunch Program that enables schools to provide FREE meals to ALL AA students. Regardless of the household income.
CEP eliminates the out-of-pocket costs of school meals for all families and reduces stigma for students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals.
CEP eliminates any concerns of unpaid school meal debt; helps families make ends meet at a time when many are facing loss of jobs and reduced wages.CEP eliminates having to give a student an alternate meal because the meal balance has exceeded the limit and/or the student cannot pay.
We are excited about providing healthy nutritional FREE school meals to our Advantage Academy students for the next 4 years.
For any questions and/or concerns please contact our Child Nutrition Department at 214.276.5848.
July 27, 2020 - Advantage Academy Families,
My letter last week indicated that due to the most recent Dallas County Order, schools in Dallas County shall not start at-school or face-to-face instruction until on or after September 8th. However, schools are permitted to start sooner for at home/online learning.
Advantage Academy’s new start date for instruction is Monday, August 31, 2020. Please read below for information on how each campus will begin the new school year:
GP EAST, GP WEST AND NORTH DUNCANVILLE / SW DALLAS CAMPUSES
Our Grand Prairie East, Grand Prairie West, and North Duncanville/SW Dallas campuses will begin with all at-home/online learning for the week of August 31 through September 4. Beginning Tuesday, September 8, at school/face-to-face instruction will begin for those families who chose to have their students learn on campus (whether 100% at school or a hybrid model). Those who chose at home learning will continue to do so online.
WAXAHACHIE CAMPUS ONLY
Ellis County has not currently placed any restrictions concerning our current start date for at school/face-to-face learning. At our Waxahachie campus, at school/face-to-face instruction will begin on August 31st for those families who chose to have their students learn on campus (whether 100% at school or a combination/hybrid model). Those who chose at home learning will also begin online on August 31.
For all parents, please keep in mind that we continue to receive guidance from state and local officials. We will continue to keep you informed if any further changes or guidance is provided. Additionally, we are currently working to make revisions to the calendar to ensure that we have the required number of instructional minutes, as set by the Texas Education Agency.
Lastly, we are currently making plans to provide all students with the necessary tools and resources to ensure all students have access to online learning as needed throughout the school year. Resources such as ipads, chromebooks, or other will be available and vary by grade level. You will be receiving further communication regarding dates to pick up these items from your child’s campus. Please continue to be on the lookout for ongoing updates as well as other information regarding virtual parent meetings, virtual meet the teacher nights, or other virtual meetings.
Dr. Angela McDonald
Questions - 214.276.5822
July 21, 2020 - Dear Advantage Academy Families, Parents, Students and Staff:
Please be advised that on Thursday, July 16th, the Dallas County Judge, along with the Dallas County Health Department, updated the COVID-19 disaster order mandating that schools in Dallas County must not re-open for face-to-face or on-campus instruction until after September 7, 2020. Due to this order, Advantage Academy is re-considering our current August 19th start date. We want to ensure we provide the best and safest options for our students, families, and staff to best maintain a healthy, safe and positive learning environment.
Please know that these decisions, in considering the continued spread of COVID-19, are difficult for everyone. We are weighing every option available and will notify you immediately once a decision is finalized. Our current plan is to inform everyone of calendar changes by Monday, July 27th.
I would also like to remind everyone of our three options for our students and families this school year. In keeping with our mission, we are excited to offer choice to parents in their child’s education. These include 1) in-school learning 100% of the time; 2) at-home learning 100% of the time; or a 3) combination of at-home and in-school learning. This third choice now includes one of three options:
A. Monday and Tuesday in-school,B. Thursday and Friday in-school, orC. Wednesday ONLY in-school
Additionally, please see the attached Reentry Guidelines for the new school year. Our guidelines are based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and local health departments, as well as the Texas Education Agency.
Thank you again for understanding these ever changing circumstances and the many decisions that must be made in the best interest of our entire Advantage Academy family.
Dr. Angela McDonald SuperintendentAdvantage Academy
June 29, 2020 - Although we are waiting on more guidance from the Texas Education Agency on required health guidelines, we are proactively putting measures in place for personal hygiene, staff and student training, social distancing, and personal protection equipment. We are doing everything we can to mitigate as many health concerns as possible.
As we plan, we believe this is not a one-size-fits-all decision. Based on your responses to the previous survey, Advantage Academy is offering multiple options to ensure that parents have the freedom to make the right choices for their children and their families. Learning options for the 2020/2021 school year will include: (1) fully on-campus 100% of the time, (2) remote learning, where students learn from home using online tools 100% of the time, and (3) a hybrid model of instruction, where students attend some days on campus and some days off campus. Advantage Academy is officially offering all three options, and it will be your choice!
As we continue to plan for our August 19 start date, it is important for us to know more specifically your expectation for the upcoming school year. With this in mind, a new form will be sent out asking each parent to select your preferences for instruction and to hear more about your needs. While the last survey was focused on gathering a general consensus of the possible instruction options, this form will be a part of your enrollment records and asks specifically for which options you choose for each child enrolled.
Additionally, all students PK through 12th grade will be loaned a personal device for the school year, such as an ipad, chromebook, or other to assist with continuing education, even in the case of a school closure. These will be provided at no cost to parents. We know that a strong academic year is important for our students. We are committed to ensuring students are caught up on instruction they may have missed due to closures at the end of the 2019/2020 school year. Our multidisciplinary team is continuing to put many plans in place to help close any educational gaps that have occurred.
Lastly, we know that the decisions in the coming months will be difficult for parents, and we want our parents to know that we are here to provide as much guidance as possible. We will be providing Parent University online for training for parents to learn the best ways to help their children succeed academically, emotionally and socially during these difficult times. For further assistance, our offices are now open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am- 4:00 pm. Please wear a face covering when visiting the offices. Stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to a successful school year.
Sincerely,Angela McDonald, Ed.D.SuperintendentAdvantage Academy Watch this Video from the Superintendent