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In Response to COVID-19

We take seriously the wellbeing of our students and staff. Please refer to this page for ongoing updates and resources.

School lunch location reminder: Scholars who need breakfast and lunch are encouraged to visit any of these sites to pick up food. Please note that different sites may have different hours of operation. (Note: the closest site to RVLA is Aki Kurose Middle School.)

NOTE: ALL sites feed scholars. No ID required.

Other Resources

4/6/2020

Dear Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Families,

As many of you heard today, Governor Inslee announced that schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus. During this time, RVLA will remain closed. Without these restrictions, public health authorities have told us the rate of infection will overwhelm the healthcare system.

We acknowledge continued school closures are difficult on scholars, families, staff, and the entire community. This is disappointing news for all of us: scholars miss their friends and teachers, and we miss our scholars. The extended closure also raises numerous questions for scholars and families. We will work quickly to answer your questions as soon as possible. In the meantime, here is what we know now:

  • Remote learning will continue on APEX and Zoom as long as RVLA is closed. We are committed to continuing to partner with families and community to support our scholars’ learning while they are at home.
    • Teachers hosted APEX orientation on Monday, April 6th on Zoom. If there are questions about how to access APEX visit RVLA Lessons on YouTube for detailed directions in EnglishSpanish and Somali.
    • Additionally teachers will continue to host weekly office hours to support scholars in the completion of their APEX course. The office hour schedule is linked here.
  • Meal location pickups throughout Seattle, Kent and Renton are posted on our website at: https://wa.greendot.org/covid19/
  • If your scholar needs a laptop, please email: tech@myrvla.org
  • All field trips, events, socials and dances, will be canceled during the extended closure.
  • We are awaiting information from the Governor on whether school facilities will be open to provide summer school.

Please, stay home as much as possible and stay healthy. Even while staying at home, it is important to practice excellent hygiene and sanitation. Staying home and limiting person-to-person contact appears to be making a difference in slowing the spread of COVID-19, but those measures need to continue in order to be effective long-term. As much as possible, stay home, limit trips outside for groceries, gas and essentials, and stay 6 feet apart from people outside of your home in closed areas, and 25 feet when outdoors. Additionally:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Stay at home away from others if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

We are also very aware of the anxiety and frustration this causes for caregivers and guardians. Please know Governor Inslee has stated you cannot be evicted or foreclosed on during this mandated Stay at Home period.  If you need more information about this please check this website.

More information can be found on our website: https://wa.greendot.org/covid19/. Please reach out with any questions to: info@myrvla.org.

It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village to fight Covid-19.  While we are required to social distance from one another, we are still connected. Please continue to send information out to us that may support the greater community and continue to let us know what your needs are by contacting us at info@myrvla.org.  This is a rough time for everyone in our community, we need to stick together more now than ever; we will persevere through this as a collaborative community!

Be well, safe, and healthy.

Sincerely,

 

Baionne Coleman, Principal

Andra Maughan, Head of School

3/24/20

Dear families,

As I'm sure you are aware, Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-25, Stay Home - Stay Healthy yesterday evening. As a result of this proclamation, we are closing our campus completely until April 6th (unless the Governor decides to extend the date).

Due to this proclamation, our last opportunity to pick up packet work or a Chromebook is tomorrow, Wednesday 25th from 11:00-12:00. If you are unable to come during this window of time, all packets of work that are not picked up will be mailed to your home. This will be the last opportunity to check out a Chromebook until further notice. If you are unable to come during this time, please send someone who is able to act on your behalf to check one out or email info@myrvla.org. We will do our absolute best to support you in these difficult times.

School lunch location reminder: Scholars who need breakfast and lunch are encouraged to visit any of these sites to pick up food. Please note that different sites may have different hours of operation. (Note: the closest site to RVLA is Aki Kurose Middle School.)

NOTE: ALL sites feed scholars. No ID required.

We know these times are extremely difficult and are impacting all of us in different ways. Please know that we will do what we can to support you. Our team will continue to call, text, email you to check in, share information, and even just for a friendly chat. Our counselors are available to set up phone appointments by request. If your scholar would like to speak to one of our counselors, please let anyone on our team know or email info@myrvla.org and one of them will be in contact with you. You should have heard from us, if you have not heard from anyone on our team, it could be that we don't have updated information. If you have not received a call from teachers and our engagement team, please email info@myrvla.org to let us know and we will give you a call.

We are frequently updating our website with new information. We are creating a teacher resource page that will soon be ready, we will share it when it is ready! Teachers are linking work into Skyward as well.

RVLA Website
RVLA Staff Contact List
Important Information During COVID-19 Closure

Please keep us posted as to how we can continue to support you! We hope this email finds you, your family and loved ones healthy and safe.

Take extra care,
Andra Maughan
Head of School

3/18/20

Dear families,

We hope this email finds you healthy and well. And that all your family members and friends are healthy and safe. This is a quick check in to share information.

Technology: we will be sending information to individual families who shared they needed support regarding next steps. If you did not complete our survey to share you needed tech support and you do it, please email tech@myrvla.org.

Lunch: this week, our office is open from 11-12 for scholars who want to pick up a school lunch. It has been great to see families this week!

School Work: our office is open from 11-12 for scholars who did not get their first work packets from their teachers (or if a scholar has lost theirs by chance). Information regarding work after the initial 3 weeks will soon come.

Connections: please expect to hear from us! Teachers and staff will be calling you to check in and connect with you and your scholar. Teachers are also sending home newsletters and information regarding specific classes. Please also feel free to reach out to us if you have questions. Please see attached to this email for contact information. We are here to support you.

Re-enrollment/enrollment for next year: most of our families have already completed the re-enrollment process for next year! We are so excited! Our engagement team will continue to reach out to you to support re-enrollment for next year.

Enrollment ask: we are facing unprecedented times right now and our plan for scholar recruitment has had to change. We are asking for your support. Please share with your friends and family information about our school. We are proud to serve you and our community. As we continue to transition into a community based school, we are excited to fill our hallways with a community of scholars and families who share this vision. Please reach out to Mr. Woods (deron.woods@myrvla.org) or info@myrvla.org with referrals.

We know these times are uncertain and seem to be changing daily. We are here and will do what we can to support you. Please reach out. We are also posting information on our website, so please check that for new information.

Take extra care,
Andra Maughan
Head of School

Staff Contact List
Important Contact Information during COVID-19 school closure

3/16/20

Family Resources from the Washington State Charter Association
Hello families,I hope this email finds you in good health. These are difficult times and as a school, state and nation we are all doing the best we can to keep us all safe. With the information released last week that we will be out of school for a greater period of time, we want to do our best to get resources to you to access technology at home.Please complete this survey to share your needs with us. 

After we are able to assess how many scholars will need to check out a Chromebook, we will work with these individual families to check them out. We know that there are internet plans offering free internet for the next 60 days. Families should sign up for this service if you don't already have internet at home.

Take care,
Andra Maughan
Head of School

Free Wifi for 2 Months with Comcast:
Sign up at www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish. This is promotional pricing and regular rates apply thereafter. Current rate is $9.95. Income eligibility criteria apply. You may qualify if you are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others. Offer ends April 30, 2020. We make no warranties about this service or rates as this is offered by Comcast. We are providing this information only so that families may be aware of options.

3/12/20

Dear Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Families,

Today at 2 p.m. Governor Jay Inslee issued a proclamation that all K-12 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties will be closed for educational purposes no later than March 17 until April 24, 2020 due to COVID-19. As you know, we made the decision to close as of today, March 12th, in a call with school leaders today he stated that he fully supports schools who have already made this difficult decision.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. We are following the Governor’s proclamation and using an abundance of caution and RVLA will remain closed until April 24th, we will resume classes on April 27th. All school activities are cancelled during this time.

We recognize closing school is extremely difficult on scholars, staff, families and the community and we recognize it will result in challenges. We have been preparing for the potential of a school closure and developed the following plans to continue scholars’ education and provide/arrange supports and resources for families.

Our current plan:

  • Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, we will offer lunch to scholars from 11:00 AM -12:00 PM, our office will be staffed with two staff members during this time frame.
  • Scholars were sent home from school yesterday with 3 weeks worth of work. We know this is not enough and will be sending updated information and plans once we have developed them.
    • If your scholar was absent on Wednesday, March 11th – please come pick up work from our office during our open lunch hour.
    • Teachers have also linked all school work into Skyward and you can download these packets there.
    • Our team is meeting daily to further develop our plans. This is unprecedented and we are working to do the best we can during this time.

We will continue to stay in close contact with local, state and federal agencies and are closely monitoring the situation. We are committed to answering your questions and keeping you informed during the closure. We will send updates as we receive new information.

Our community can take the following actions to help prevent the spread of viruses including COVID-19:

  •  Stay home when you are sick.
  •  Wash hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose. Help young children do the same.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
  • Get a flu shot during the flu season.

Thank you for your partnership at this time. If you have questions, please reach out to:

Please take good care through this challenging time.

Very Sincerely,
Andra Maughan
Head of School

3/11/20

Beginning Thursday, March 12th, Rainier Valley Leadership Academy will be closed for all school activities until further notice - a minimum of 14 days (per current Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidance). COVID-19 has created a health crisis in our community and beyond and we are committed to supporting the health and safety of all our scholars, faculty, staff and families. At this time, we have no reported cases at RVLA.

We have been following recommendations and protocols that have been shared by Public Health Seattle and King County to ensure that our scholars, staff and community were protected. At this time, Governor Inslee has requested that we all implement practices to slow the spread of COVID-19. Based on this request, we have made the decision to close our school.

At this time, we have more questions than answers about the implications of this closure. We are committed to sharing information and updates as we continue to learn. This is unprecedented and we appreciate your grace and understanding as we problem solve the issues this closure creates.

We know this creates a hardship for families and want to do our best to support you in these times. Our teachers and staff are available via email to answer questions you may have regarding school work or other issues. You can expect that you will hear from teachers, administration and our engagement team in the coming days.

Beginning Tuesday, we will open our main office to scholars who choose to pick up a school lunch. We will continue to offer this if families/scholars come, however, if no one comes to pick up lunches we will discontinue this service  and will communicate via Dean’s List.

If you need to pick up your scholar's medication, please contact the school nurse (contact information below). She will set up a time with you during office hours to meet at the school for medication pick-up. In addition, she will also continue to be available by email and phone during regular hours for any questions and concerns.