Due to unexpected circumstances and the spread of the Coronavirus, commonly known as COVID-19, KAA decided very early on to close the building to all students and staff to ensure the protection and safety of our students, families, and staff. In fact, our school was one of the first schools in the region that closed its campus grounds and immediately offered online learning to all students with only one day of interruption to train teachers on available technology. After a full day of professional development and focused on-site training on the school’s existing Learning Management System and additional instructional technology tools, our teachers were able to immediately resume teaching. Through continuing with distance education, we were able to provide our students and their families some consistency and stability during these uncertain times, all while continuing their education and growth. We are proud of the work that we have done at KAA.

KAA’s administration will continue to monitor the situation very closely and follow guidance from the Governor of Virginia as well as the Virginia Council of Private Schools. We are also working on various plans for opening KAA for the next academic year 2020-2021

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  • Learning and Teaching during COVID-19

    Teachers at KAA have adapted quickly and have been offering full classes as online sessions, small group sessions, and even one-on-one online sessions when needed to offer KAA students support to thrive. Via our Learning Management System, students are informed at the start of each week of virtual classroom sessions, assignments and activities for each of their classes. Teachers are providing whole class instruction, small group instruction and individual sessions as they see necessary to address students’ needs. Teachers are also recording their own instructional videos, recording their virtual meetings, hosting virtual field trips, and providing a variety of internet resources to support their units of instruction. Our librarian held story time and facilitated classroom reading activities. As a result, students who have traveled are able to continue and stay current with their studies. Given the social and emotional health of students is especially important to consider at this time, our Visual Arts and Physical Education classes have continued in order to provide balance to the students’ schedules and to support their health and well-being. Students have even been given a fitness challenge and several have sent videos as proof of having met the challenge! Administrators continue to connect with students with grade level virtual meetings to check the pulse of how students are adjusting to their new learning environments.

    Our special education staff has been working with students and their families on providing daily follow-ups and the vital care necessary during this difficult time. KAA’s school counselor has also been working hard offering emotional support, encouragement, and stability to our students.

    We are very proud of all our faculty and staff for doing a phenomenal job in such a short amount of time. We are also very thankful for our students and parents for their patience and support. We pray that all our stakeholders stay healthy and safe and we will continue to work together to strive to offer the best learning experiences for our students. We will be utilizing our school’s teachers’ workdays and professional development days at the end of this academic year to reflect on the year and we will also be working toward offering more online training for our faculty and staff so that KAA is increasingly prepared and well equipped to meet the needs of our learners in the event we may need to continue online teaching for the next academic year.

  • COVID-19 and Your Physical Health

    In these unprecedented times, we are all coming together to achieve one shared goal. That goal is to keep our students and community safe and healthy.

    Signs and symptoms affect people in different ways especially people with co-morbidities and compromised immunity. When leaving the home, one must practice social distancing, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and always wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.

    Below are Signs and Symptoms Related to COVID-19

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Headache
    • Sudden loss of taste or smell
    • Sore Throat
    • Chills/body aches

    People with co-morbidities such as heart disease, diabetes, are at higher risk than others.

    The above is not an exhaustive list as we are learning more about this disease daily. Please continue to refer to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for current and accurate information.

    How It Spreads

    The virus spreads from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets which comes through a cough or sneezing. These droplets can land in the mouth, nose or eyes of a person who is nearby and can be inhaled into the lungs. Social distancing is very important to prevent the spread of the droplets. If one becomes in contact with an infected person, that person must be quarantined for 14 days and a follow up retest.

    Handwashing

    Handwashing should be done:

    • After returning from any public place such as the grocery store, work, hospital, after using the bathroom, especially a public bathroom.
    • Before during, and after preparing food, particularly raw food.
    • Before and after eating.
    • Before and caring for someone who is sick.
    • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet.
    • After using public computers, touching public tables and countertops, and cell phones. If available these items can be wiped down with alcohol 95% at 70%
    Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes can be kept in the car to do a wipe down of the frequent objects that you touch in the car. When entering the home wash hands.

    The Mask

    Due to the shortages of mask the CDC does not recommend that the general public wear surgical mask(N/95). The N95 mask requires measurements for a proper fit. If possible, try and search for mask that has built in filters to protect you from the germs and bacteria. If the homemade mask is worn, the mask must be washed daily with hot water soap or detergent. Most of all practice social distancing.

  • COVID-19 Update from The Counseling Department

    The Counseling Department continues to help students and their parents during these unknown and difficult times. Individual Zoom sessions with students and/or parents are being held upon request. Our Counseling Department is available to help in anyway needed, whether it is to quell the anxiety that students are dealing with during this time or help with time management, we are here to listen and to help.

    If you have any  questions or concerns for the Counseling Department, please send an email to Dr. Areej Iftaiha at aiftaiha@kaa-herndon.com. One of our counseling staff will be in touch very shortly.

    Tips for parents for homeschooling

    • Create a classroom space, whether it is a space in the living room, dining room or bedroom. Let there be a specific space where your child(ren) sit and work. In that space they keep their textbooks, laptops, pencils, papers, etc.
    • Create a schedule for the day that mirrors the schedule that your child has at school and include a lunch break and recess break.
    • Create a checklist for your child so that they can have a visual of what tasks/assignments they need to complete on that day.
    • Remember that a perk of being homeschooled during this time is that kids can have a little bit more flexibility and have a little bit of a longer break, especially since they are going to get restless from not being able to go to too many places.
    • Allow them to choose what they would like to work on at a given time.   Giving them the choice will give them a sense of ownership over their learning.
    • Find opportunities for natural learning throughout the day. 
    • Finally, get creative! This is a great time to bond with your child and to see what they’re working on in school and see how you can help them out.

    Our Minds Matter Club (high school students only)

    Our Minds Matter Club headquarter is holding virtual support group sessions for participating high school teens around the area. For more information on the club please visit: https://ourmindsmatter.org/support-during-covid-19/

    Weekly Wellness Wednesdays

    Every Wednesday from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST Our Minds Matter have been hosting a virtual #wellnesswednesdays for peers to connect and participate in activities focused on self-care and resources. These meetings are open to teens with all participating schools (sponsors welcomed to participate too). You can join these meetings by following this link at 3pm EST every Wednesday through June 10th: bit.ly/ommmeeting.

  • Community Resources and Websites

    We know there are a lot of information out there on the web, please find below some trusted websites we recommend reading to facilitate conversations with your child about Coronavirus.


     
  • COVID-19 Update from Special Education Department

    The Special Education Department is working closely with our students and parents who receive special education services. Flexibility and compassion to our students’ needs is our top priority. The Special Education Department is working hard every day to provide a comfortable and satisfying learning experience to match each student needs. In order to facilitate the process, the following procedures have been implemented:

    Distant Learning Goals

    Our Special Education Department have created Distant Learning Goals for each individual student with a Learner Profile or an IEP through the remainder of the year. Our Special Education teachers and lead teachers will work closely with students conducting individual one on one sessions, through interactive and hands on learning.

    Digital Recourses for Continuity of Education

    Our special education teachers are utilizing the use of trusted digital resources to enhance learning and utilize independence in various math and English, social studies, and science concepts.

    Eligibility Meetings

    The Special Education Department will continue to accept new referrals from parents, teachers and administrators. Eligibility meetings will be held using Zoom sessions and telephone conferencing.

    Annual IEP Meetings

    The Special Education Department will so be scheduling and holding annual IEP meetings using Zoom and telephone conferencing.

    Additional Help is Always Available

    As we navigate these uncharted waters, the Special Education Department is ready and available to help students and their families answer any questions that may arise. Please use the table below as a guide to help you answer your questions in the fastest and most efficient way possible. Email is the fastest way to communicate.

    Inquiries aboutAsk
    Specific course, assignment, or learning resourceClass Teacher
    Supports or accommodationsSpecial Education Department
    Supports or accommodations for English learnersESL Department
    Personal or social emotional concernSchool Psychologist or Counselor 
    Other issue related to distance learningPrincipal or Assistant Principal


  • Library during COVID-19

    Library classes have transformed to online classes during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The librarian attends zoom sessions with different classes daily to read age appropriate books and discuss the story that is read. We also discuss the importance of reading and always encourage our students to read while they are at home no matter how long this situation lasts. We have also provided numerous online resources for students to use and read online if they do not have access to print books. Reading is an essential part of our students’ life and it is always encouraged regardless of the situation.

    We hope that everyone stays healthy and safe during this difficult time.

    Amal Charara
    acharara@kaa-herndon.com


  • Admissions During COVID-19

    While KAA classes have been conducted through distance learning, KAA Admissions is working remotely to help interested families apply for 2020-2021 school year, walking them through virtual placement tests as well as online meeting sessions.

    If you are interested in applying or scheduling a virtual open house, please contact us at admissions@kaa-herndon.com.


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