APRIL 16, 2020
I am hopeful that your family continues to remain in good health, and that you are staying safe. I personally pray for all of our students, families, and staff members on a daily basis. I am encouraged by the blessings that we have. Each of you is one of those blessings.
I wanted to send you a quick update in regards to several items that are on the front of our minds as we proceed with our distance learning, and march through the month of April. I apologize for the length, but want you to be informed.
We are hopeful that most of you are starting to get into a routine at this point. The feedback that has been received by our teachers has been extremely helpful in trying to provide for the needs of our students and families. It is our desire to streamline our communications as much as possible.
We have tried to remain as flexible as possible with regards to “attendance” to online class meetings. It is important that your child is present as much as possible to class gatherings for instruction, information, and assistance. We understand that there are a wide range of complications for each of you. We ask that you stay in touch with your child’s teacher so that necessary information is provided should there be a meeting or instruction that is missed.
Completing school work is an important part of the distance learning process. Our teachers are prepared to work with you and your situation as much as possible. Normal grading procedures will take place, though the workload and structure may be a bit different. Please refer to your teachers for further information on grading procedures and requirements.
You will notice on the school calendar that several events have been removed at this time. Our awards ceremonies remain on the calendar at this time for MS, HS, and Athletics. We are looking at ways to celebrate the accomplishments of our students as we near the end of the school year. Those dates may be adjusted depending on the format. Please note that there is no school on Monday, April 20. That was originally on the calendar and remains. The SECC has given us a few opportunities to provide inservice for our faculty during this period of distance learning. As those dates are specified, we will communicate those to you as well.
We just received this release from the SECC regarding graduation services:
Based on orders from the Governor and the State Department of Education, as well as the orders coming from local government agencies across the five counties of Southeastern California Conference to shelter-in-place in our homes, and to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Education is directing schools that there will not be face to face, on-site graduations at the close of this school year, at all levels: Pre-K; K; 8th; and 12th grade. Schools are encouraged to be creative in finding ways to celebrate the academic achievement of their students through a virtual platform or another medium that will not require face to face contact, foster the gathering of groups of people, or compromise social distancing in any way. Should more positive developments occur surrounding the pandemic and/or local authorities relax their orders regarding social gatherings, we will reassess our intentions regarding this directive. If you so choose, you are welcome to plan an additional celebratory event at a later date in the summer once public gatherings are once again allowed.
EAA is exploring options for 8th grade and 12th grade graduation formats. While this is extremely disappointing, it is our desire and intent to find a way to celebrate our graduates and their achievements.
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We use our re-enrollment process to plan for the following school year. It is obvious that this year is unlike any that we have seen before. We are in need of your help as we plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Fowler and Mrs. Hall have been reaching out to families to see what your plans are for the 2020-2021 school year. We realize that this is a challenging time for many of our families, as it is for our school. Your feedback in this regard will help us tremendously as we plan for the coming school year. Thank you for your helpful responses.
I am so blessed by this school family. Your resolve, perseverance, and genuine care and concern for one another is remarkable. The text that has had the biggest impact on me this week was one I shared for the Wednesday Word in the HawksCast. Joshua 1:9: “This is my command - be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” He is with us all at our homes as we march forward through this unique time, and as we work together to provide the best for “our” kids.
APRIL 3, 2020
The impact of the Coronavirus on the entire world is something never experienced in our lifetime. In an effort to curb the spread of the virus and to protect students and staff, EAA, along with schools across the country, have ceased on-site instruction and implemented distance learning. At this time, the Southeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SECC), EAA’s governing body, states the following:
“Based on the recent guidance from the Governor and the state department of education as well as the recent decisions of most of our local public school districts in the SECC territory, it is reasonable to conclude that we will likely not resume on-site instruction this school year. Should more positive developments occur surrounding the pandemic situation and/or local authorities relax their orders regarding social gatherings, we will certainly reassess our intentions for on-site instruction this school year at that time.”
We are so proud of our faculty and staff, students, and parents for their efforts as EAA continues to provide our students with a quality Christian education from a distance. It has truly been a team effort, and a blessing to witness. We are continually learning and growing each day. Our school building may be closed temporarily, but school continues. Communication is key! Please make sure to be in contact with your child’s teacher on a regular basis to ensure that you are receiving information and understanding what is expected.
EAA recognizes that this is a confusing time for our students as they try to make sense of what is happening at different developmental stages. We are making our best effort to stay connected even at a distance. We also know that many students, especially our eighth graders and seniors, have been looking forward to celebrating graduation ceremonies, and are very concerned about missing out on end-of-year activities and celebrations. Please know that we are planning to offer these graduation ceremonies to celebrate our students. We are exploring formats and/or the option of postponing activities to later dates, should that be necessary. We will keep you posted as the situation evolves. The safety and health of the EAA family will continue to be a priority.
While we recognize this situation poses challenges and hardship to many families, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic –and therefore get back to normal -- is by continuing to implement social distancing practices. We are grateful to our community for everything you are doing to protect each other and hasten the return to normalcy.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through this unprecedented time. Please understand that EAA is working hard to keep our students safe, communicate with our school family, and provide a quality educational experience during this pandemic.
MARCH 30, 2020
Dear Hawks Family,
The COVID-19 situation has changed our lives in just about every aspect, but I hope that it has provided some perspective as well. It has certainly made me appreciate EVEN MORE the value of our presence and connection. It has also made me appreciate EVEN MORE the time I have with my own family. Though this situation is challenging on so many levels, I hope that we can all take the time to be thankful for the many blessings we do have.
As we get ready to resume distance-learning and begin fourth quarter this Wednesday, April 1, I wanted to provide you with a picture of how things will proceed moving forward. The teachers have worked tirelessly to turn things around and provide a quality distance-learning experience for EAA students. We realize that there are a multitude of challenges for both students and parents. It is our desire to present a positive Christian education for all, while providing flexibility and assistance during this time of crisis. There is no one approach that will work perfectly for all, but it is our goal to work with you to accommodate your needs as much as possible.
EAA’s middle school and high school levels will be working with a class schedule that provides structure relating to a variety of individual courses and instructors. Both middle school and high school schedules are attached for your reference. Teachers will continue to use Google Classroom as the main platform, and Zoom for online instruction and video conferencing. It is extremely important for students to stay connected with their teachers. If a student cannot attend a class at the scheduled time, they will need to contact the teacher so that arrangements can be made for the appropriate materials to be available.
We do not have a return date for on-site instruction. EAA will reopen when both state and health officials notify us that it is safe to return. At this time, the overall school calendar, with regards to school and vacation days, will remain the same. If there are adjustments that need to be made, those will be communicated to you as soon as possible.
I know that there are many questions regarding future events. The majority of those answers will have to wait until there is a clearer picture of what the remainder of the school year will look like. We will provide you with information as it becomes available to us. In the meantime, stay home, stay healthy, and stay safe.
I want to thank each of you for all that you do as parents and guardians. I know this is a very uncertain time for all of you. On behalf of our school, I am so appreciative of the support that has been given. The faculty and staff have learned a lot in the past two weeks, and we know that we will continue to do so each day moving forward. As we navigate this current reality together, the support that we give each other will be what carries us through and makes us stronger. Thank YOU for the important role that you play on our team.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers daily. We serve an Awesome God who is in control and loves each member of the EAA family