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Our Re-Entry Plan for August 2020

Our Re-Entry Plan for August 2020

To the A+UP Family Community,

These past few months have been tough on kids and families. The end of school was quite different from what we had originally planned, but we made the best of it. We are now getting ready for the new school year and there are a lot of questions out there.

While we would love to see every single smiling face in August, we also know that may not be possible. Regardless of what happens, we want you to know that we are committed to figuring things out and making 2020-21 the best year possible for all of our scholars and families. A+UP is a small community that is flexible and committed to doing our best in these uncertain but hopeful times.

I know you all want answers to your questions about the coming school year. This letter will not answer all of the questions you have. It will lay out our best thinking and our best plan for the future as we see it now.

Our plan is the result of conversations with many parents, our board, and our faculty. We have also looked at our survey results and have studied what the scientists are saying about reopening schools. Everything below is based upon where we stand today. If the situation changes, we are flexible and will change our plans, too. We love our scholars and coaches, so safety will always be our first priority.

Our Commitments--  We will:

  • Prioritize the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and our families.
  • Provide the best possible education for each student
  • Meet the social and emotional needs of our student community

Our Plan--

• If allowed by local officials, we will have in-person school this year. What exactly that looks like will depend on the health and safety facts in August.
• We will definitely offer online school this year. Families will be able to choose 100% online learning if they are concerned about COVID-19.
• Our school calendar has been decided and approved by our board
• We have added one week to the start of school so that we have a head-start on our work
• First day of school will be August 17
• Otherwise, the calendar is the same as we first announced and is the same as HISD’s current calendar
• Family choice will be an important factor. If a family opts to have their child do remote learning, we are prepared to provide a strong A+UP learning experience for them. If a parent wants their child to learn in-person, we will work with them to make that happen.
• Every child will be provided with a school-issued laptop and access to all of our learning software. The school will work with families who are having wi-fi connectivity issues.
• Every child will get the best education we can provide, regardless of where they are learning.
• We will provide a program that educates the whole child in both settings.

Campus Safety--

• A+UP will take every safety precaution for on-campus school.
• We will follow state and local guidelines for safety inside the classroom.
• Student temperatures will be taken prior to entering the building
• Students and faculty will wear masks in the building
• Physical distancing will be taught and enforced throughout the day
• Safety systems will be followed during every step of the day to make sure that our kids and faculty are safe. This includes:

  1. Drop-off
  2. Restroom breaks
  3. Lunch
  4. Break time
  5. Pick-up
  • Sanitizer stations are spread throughout the building and will be used
  • HEPA-filter air purifiers have been placed in each classroom and the Commons. They will assist in cleaning the air in each classroom
  • Cleaning will be regularly done

The A+UP Way:

This past spring was tough for everyone. We know that we need to take care of our kids and their social-emotional learning. We are working on a plan that will work for both in-person and remote schooling.

We have worked to build on our spring successes. We are building-in ways to track student effort and success as well as track our work with your children.

We are a school that focuses on character through our virtues and that won’t stop next year. We will reinforce our virtues, like Ownership and Perseverance.

Our team spent June teaching remote summer school with just over 20 students. We used that time to practice new skills that we will use this coming year. A+UP was good this spring. We want to be the best school this coming year.

We will continue to work like our kids' futures depend on it.

Next Steps:

  • We will be sending a survey in mid-July to all registered families to ask whether parents want full in-person classes or full remote classes. We will use that information to help us finalize our plans for August.
  • We will communicate future updates and messages by email and on our website, as well as on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/houstonaplusup/).

On behalf of our team, I thank you for the chance to work with you and your children. Thank you for the encouraging notes and messages you have sent to our coaches and me. This is truly a special community.

As always, please feel free to reach out directly if you have any questions.

Rise Phoenix,

Paul Castro
Superintendent
A+UP Charter School
www.aplusup.org
713-204-3837

Perseverance is working through challenges to achieve our goal.

Notice of Emergency Board Meeting of A+UP | June 18, 2020

Notice of Emergency Board Meeting of A+UP | June 18, 2020

An emergency meeting of the Board of A+ Unlimited Potential will be held on June 18, 2020 beginning at 8:30 AM. Meetings of the Board are normally held at 2410 Hamilton St. Houston, TX 77004.  THIS MEETING WILL BE CONDUCTED BY TELEPHONE CONFERENCE AND/OR VIDEO CONFERENCE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOVERNOR’S AUTHORIZATION CONCERNING SUSPENSION OF CERTAIN OPEN MEETING LAW REQUIREMENTS FOR COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) DISASTER.

The public may access the meeting through the following link:
A+UP Board of Director's Meeting
Time: Jun 18, 2020 08:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 999 6392 4635 Password: 555999

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PIN: 999 6392 4635# PW: 555 999

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are as follows:

Executive Session: Govt. Code 551.071 (consultation with legal counsel on COVID-19 related matters); 551.072 Discussing purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property; 551.074 (personnel); 551.0821 (confidential student matters).

Open Session: Consider and take possible action on Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Association Loan due to COVID-19 and discussion pertaining to same.

Open Session: Consider and take possible action on board emergency resolution relating to COVID-19 Response and discussion pertaining to same.

Open Session: Discuss and approve School Calendar for 2020-21.

An emergency or urgent public necessity exists that requires immediate action of the Board or an imminent threat to public health and safety or a reasonably unforeseeable situation exists, as follows:

The Federal Government and State of Texas have declared a public health emergency in all counties of Texas, including those served by the A+ UNLIMITED POTENTIAL. State and Local health officials have also advised against public meetings and gatherings of large groups of people.  Immediate action is required due to the imminent threat to public health and safety relating to COVID-19.  The threat to the State, community and the A+ UNLIMITED POTENTIAL is imminent as reported by federal and state officials and the situation qualifies as an epidemic under 551.045(b)(2)(C). 

Items will not necessarily be discussed or considered in the order they are printed on the agenda below.  If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in an executive or closed session, the Board will convene in such executive or closed session as permitted by and in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code Chapter 551. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting. 

This notice was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act on June 15, 2020.

Paul Castro – Superintendent <Kristy Martin – Webmaster>
For the Board of A+ UNLIMITED POTENTIAL

2020-2021 School Calendar | Parent Input

2020-2021 School Calendar | Parent Input

2020-2021 School Calendar | Parent Input

Parent Input on School Calendar

Video of the Zoom Parent Meeting held on June 12, 2020. The Meeting's slideshow presentation can be found below.

Community Meeting & Survey on School Calendar

Community Meeting & Survey on School Calendar

We Need Your Feedback

Hello Phoenix Family,

We are seeking feedback from you about the 2020-21 school year calendar. Below is a link for a survey that we want families and faculty to fill out.

Survey Form

We will also have an online community meeting to review calendar options with our Phoenix family. The meeting will be Thursday, June 11 at 6 PM. Meeting information is at the bottom of this email.

This summer, all school systems must answer:

• What calendar will the district adopt? Most districts are considering two changes:

• Extending the school year by starting earlier and ending later. HISD is adding 10 days to the calendar for students (going from 172 to 182) and moving school earlier by 7 days and extending it by two weeks in June.
• Building in weeks during the year just-in-case there is a need to shut down due to COVID-19. In HISD’s case, they have added an additional full week off in October and another in February.

We do not know what attendance rules the state will put into place for next school year. They might allow families to attend schools, like A+UP, entirely online, if the family is concerned about COVID-19. We expect the state to authorize districts to use online learning if needed. Districts would need to prove their students are being served. A+UP has served kids as well as possible this spring. Only had one student was not engaged during remote learning this spring. We are confident that we will be able to serve all of our students next year, regardless of the setting.

For your review, we are attaching two calendars here:

The current planned calendar for A+UP
The proposed calendar for HISD

There are other calendar options that are possible, including:

• Starting school earlier than planned, but not as early as HISD, who are planning to start Thursday, August 13. A+UP could start the following Monday, August 17. We would take those added 5 days and have a week of “Flood Days” added to the calendar. They would be scheduled as non-school days, but would be used as make-up days if any days were missed for COVID-19.
• Finding a unique solution not listed above.

At the end of the day, two things are true. One, we want to have as many days taught inside the school building as is safe for kids and faculty. Two, even if we have to close the building and go remote, the learning won’t stop at A+UP.

Nonetheless, we are a community school where parent voice matters greatly. Please fill out the survey by Thursday at noon, so that we hear your voice. If you can join us Thursday night, please do. We will record the meeting and post it to our website if you cannot make it.

Your child’s safety is our primary responsibility and we take that job seriously.

The survey asks you to indicate your preferences regarding:

• First Day of School
• Existence of Potential October Break
• Existence of Potential February Break

The last day of school will be determined by the choices made above.

All calendar options include the following required criteria:

• Meets state requirement of at least 75,600 minutes in the school year
• Meets district requirement of 190 contractual days for teachers
• Holidays on Labor Day (Sept. 7, 2020); Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 18, 2021); Good Friday (April 2, 2021); and Memorial Day (May 31, 2021)
• Full Week Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 23-27, 2020)
• Two Week Winter Break (Dec. 21, 2020 - Jan 1, 2021)
• One Week Spring Break (March 15-19, 2021)

Please fill out the survey by Thursday, June 11 at noon.

Family Input Night - School Calendar - Zoom Call

Thursday June 11, 6 PM

Join Zoom Meeting by 6PM on Thursday

Click Here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87665257535?pwd=NVBDeFFRWmRubjg4VDlyanZpamxjUT09

Meeting ID: 876 6525 7535
Password: v0NFX3

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Call +13462487799,,87665257535#,,1#,770958# US (Houston)

Thank you in advance for your help.

Onward,

Paul Castro
Superintendent

Perseverance is working through challenges to achieve the goal.

Notice of Emergency Board Meeting of A+UP | May 21, 2020

Notice of Emergency Board Meeting of A+UP | May 21, 2020

An emergency meeting of the Board of A+ Unlimited Potential will be held on May 21, 2020 beginning at 8:30 AM. Meetings of the Board are normally held at 2410 Hamilton Street, Houston, TX 77004.  THIS MEETING WILL BE CONDUCTED BY TELEPHONE CONFERENCE AND/OR VIDEO CONFERENCE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOVERNOR’S AUTHORIZATION CONCERNING SUSPENSION OF CERTAIN OPEN MEETING LAW REQUIREMENTS FOR COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) DISASTER.

The public may access the meeting through the following link:
Join Zoom Meeting
ID: 86313164306
Password: ku9UT0W6u4
or call at:
(US) +1 312-626-6799
PIN: 847 891 5464#

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are as follows:

Executive Session: Govt. Code 551.071 (consultation with legal counsel on COVID-19 related matters); 551.072 Discussing purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property; 551.074 (personnel); 551.0821 (confidential student matters).

Open Session: Consider and take possible action on Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Association Loan due to COVID-19 and
discussion pertaining to same.

Open Session: Consider and take possible action on board emergency resolution relating to COVID-19 Response and discussion pertaining to same.

Open Session: Discuss and approve School Calendar for 2020-21.

An emergency or urgent public necessity exists that requires immediate action of the Board or an imminent threat to public health and safety or a reasonably unforeseeable situation exists, as follows:

The Federal Government and State of Texas have declared a public health emergency in all counties of Texas, including those served by the A+ UNLIMITED POTENTIAL. State and Local health officials have also advised against public meetings and gatherings of large groups of people. Immediate action is required due to the imminent threat to public health and safety relating to COVID-19. The threat to the State, community and the A+ UNLIMITED POTENTIAL is imminent as reported by federal and state officials and the situation qualifies as an epidemic under 551.045(b)(2)(C).

Items will not necessarily be discussed or considered in the order they are printed on the agenda below. If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in an executive or closed session, the Board will convene in such executive or closed session as permitted by and in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code Chapter 551. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting.

This notice was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act on May 18, 2020.

Paul Castro – Superintendent <Kristy Martin – Webmaster>
For the Board of A+ UNLIMITED POTENTIAL