Accotink Academy Preschool will delay the start of its 2020-2021 school year.
Due to COVID-19, Accotink Academy Preschool will be delaying the start of our 2020-2021 school year and will re-evaluate reopening options throughout the first quarter, notifying the community of our decision by November 9th, 2020. Please see a list of detailed responses to the questions surrounding this decision:
When will Accotink Academy reopen?
All currently enrolled families will be notified by November 9, 2020 of the outcome of our next reevaluation to reopen.
Should the decision be made to open schools at that time, our families will be notified of a start date for the return to school, as well as all additional dates for the start of the year procedures.
Should the decision be made to continue the delay in the start of school, our families will be given a future date for further reevaluation.
What criteria will you consider to make your decision for reopening?
We will evaluate all current data driven and mission driven criteria, including whether:
-We can successfully fulfill the mission of our program to build the foundation for children’s social and emotional development without safety guidelines that limit how children engage with their teachers and with each other; and
-There is a significant and sustained reduction in new cases of COVID-19 in our community, along with a better understanding of how the virus affects and is transmitted by young children.
What will classrooms look like when you reopen?
It is our intention to ensure that we are inviting you and your children to return to a safe and healthy preschool environment, in which our students can comfortably engage with one another and with their teacher in a natural and nurturing way.
What are my next steps to ensure enrollment for my child?
If you are currently enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year, no action is needed on your part. Your child’s registration in our program will remain unchanged.
If you are not currently enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year, you are invited to join our waitlist by filling out the contact form below.
What will happen to my registration fee?
Your non-refundable registration fee will be used to maintain your child’s spot in the program until our intended reopening. Should Accotink Academy Preschool be unable to open during the 2020-21 school year, your registration fee will be returned or can be applied to future registration.
How can I notify you of any changes to my child’s registration?
If you would like to make any changes to your child’s current enrollment, please contact us via the form below.
When is my next payment due?
Tuition installments will not be billed or accepted until the decision to return to school is made, and the timing and procedure of each program is outlined fully. Once our updated start date and policies have been released, each family will have the option of retaining or releasing their spot on our roster, before the first installment of tuition is due.
Will there be any changes to the school year calendar?
Due to the fluid nature of this pandemic and by virtue of our delayed start of school, our traditional school year calendar will be updated to reflect the best information we have at the time of opening. The amended school year calendar will be released prior to the start of school, and each family will have the option of retaining or releasing their spot on our roster, before committing to the new school year calendar.
Will you be offering learning opportunities prior to November?
A detailed and critical look was given to the option of virtual learning for the preschool aged child and it has been determined that online and distance learning falls short of the needs of our students. As such, no virtual or online learning will be offered during our preschool delay.
The administration of Accotink Academy Preschool is committed to keeping our families and students apprised of optional activities and opportunities for learning at home, and will occasionally send emails to registered families with links and resources to developmentally appropriate subject matters.
How does the delay impact your curriculum?
We will continue to provide the same high-caliber educational experiences though meaningful play that you expect from Accotink Academy Preschool when we open. Due to the collective distress of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we will also place an increased focus on social-emotional development to meet the needs of every child.
What if the decision is made not to reopen on November 9, 2020? When will you re-evaluate next?
Should the decision be made in November to continue to delay the start of school, our families will be given a future date for further re-evaluation. This date will be determined by the current trends in COVID-19 data and our mission based goals for reopening.
How late in the year will you consider reopening?
Accotink Academy Preschool and its partners will continue to evaluate the possibility for a safe reopening though March 2021.
My child is not currently enrolled in Accotink Academy Preschool, but would like to register for classes during the 2020-2021 school year. How can I register?
We are currently pausing our registration process until we know when classes will start. We have a waitlist in place; if you are not currently enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year, you are invited to join our waitlist by filling out the contact form below.