Updated March 31, 2020: Ascension Academy has suspended all on campus classes, extracurricular activities and athletics through Monday, May 4, 2020. Our online, remote learning program will continue to provide instruction via Google Classroom.
Updated March 19, 2020: Ascension Academy has suspended all on campus classes, extracurricular activities and athletics through Sunday, April 5, 2020. Our online, remote learning program will be initiated by Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Updated March 18, 2020:
In response to national, state and local measures to protect our school community from further spread of the coronavirus epidemic, Ascension Academy will remain closed to all student learning and extracurricular activities through Sunday, March 29, 2020. The administrative staff and faculty of the school are developing contingency plans to enable our students to continue their education via online resources available to us. These plans will be communicated to all of our families at 4:00 p.m. (CDT) on Monday afternoon, March 23, after our faculty and staff have formulated our plan for continuing Ascension learning online. Ascension's administrative staff will continue to monitor the progress and remediation of this health crisis on a daily basis and communicate with our faculty and families through the duration of this period of suspended classes and school activities.
Additional Cleaning Measures: Over the past several months we have all been made aware of the coronavirus emanating from China. While it has not touched us so far, the likelihood that it might has gotten all of our attention. To address these health threats, Mr. Hooks, our Director of Maintenance, has purchased a Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayer System for our school. This will give us a proactive way to safeguard our school by sanitizing and disinfecting our entire facility: bathrooms, hallways, classrooms, offices, lockers, gym and café using state-of-the art technology proven to kill 99.9% of those bacterial and viral organisms that could pose a danger to all of us. Our maintenance staff will soon begin treating our entire building and continue to do so on a schedule that should keep us clean and safe over the Spring Break.
The CDC continues to stress that the health risk to the American public remains low and the best way to prevent the spread of any disease, including COVID-19, is through proper hygiene. We are working with our schools to be diligent in stressing healthy hygiene habits with students, but families may want to consider reinforcing these steps at home.
Recommendations from the CDC:
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds on a regular basis.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cough or sneeze into your bent elbow or a tissue and dispose of the tissue in the trash.
Stay at home and seek medical attention if you are not feeling well.
Our first priority is always the safety of our students and staff. We will remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent the spread of all communicable diseases in our schools and continue to work closely with local health officials.