Coronavirus Updates

Cedars International Academy

Cedars International Academy Schools Families and Staff,

 

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order closing school buildings until Monday, May 4th. In compliance with this Executive Order all CIA campuses will continue to remain closed and online learning and/or student packets will continue to be utilized to instruct our students.

 

CIA will continue to provide students with Distance Learning online and/or in the student packets that some received. Please continue to have our students monitor their accounts and teacher websites for up to date classroom instruction.

 

Governor Abbott issues his Executive Order. 

https://www.kxan.com/news/coronavirus/gov-abbott-provides-latest-covid-19-update-from-texas-capitol/

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Panachakunnil

Superintendent of Schools

Cedars International Academy Schools

 

 

 

 

Mission: Cedars International Academy inspires and nurtures a child’s natural love for learning. We do this by providing a safe, supportive social and academic community where children are given the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential as they grow to be life-long learners.

 

Vision: All children can and will learn in the village we build through community, communication, continuity, and commitment.

 

Public Notification of Nondiscrimination:  Cedars International Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs  and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to  handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Mr. Varghese Panachakunnil, 8416 N I-H 35, Austin, TX 78753 (512)419-1551.

Proper and consistent hand washing is essential. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet if it is not automatic. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 % alcohol; apply to the palm of one hand; rub hands together covering all surfaces until dry.  
                                     

During Spring Break, our Custodial Services team will be deep cleaning campuses, and facilities. They will be wiping down all high touch/traffic areas with disinfectant that is EPA registered. These areas include desks, water fountains, cafeteria tables, restrooms, and surface areas. 

 

Cedars International Schools will be closed to visitors, parents, and staff during Spring Break.  

The CDC is recommending avoiding all non-essential travel to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Europe and has placed restrictions on re-entry to the United States for individuals traveling from these areas. Cedars International Schools encourages families to follow CDC guidelines regarding travel and avoid visiting these countries over Spring Break. Parents of students who do travel to one of these countries over Spring Break (or have plans to do so) should contact campus administration and plan to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning to the United States per the CDC’s guidelines. The self-quarantine days will be counted as excused absences.

 

Additionally, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) shared guidance on enrolling students after Spring Break on March 6, 2020. According to TEA, students seeking to enroll following Spring Break must be allowed to do so unless they have traveled to a Level 3 Travel Health Notice country (in which case districts must follow guidance from the CDC before students are allowed to enroll).

School closures due to illness are not novel. In fact, several schools in Texas close for some amount of time nearly every year due to excessive absenteeism as a result of flu or other illnesses. Typically, schools close when absenteeism reaches 15 percent or higher. In this case, we will also follow the direction of local, state and federal health authorities should it be deemed prudent to close schools to limit the spread of infection.

 

Should Cedars International Schools close for health purposes, we would immediately notify the Region 13 Education Service Center. The Education Service Centers are a critical conduit for the Texas Education Agency as the Texas Department of Emergency Management and other state agencies monitor the situation.

 

If a school closes, the District will take appropriate mitigation measures to reduce the chances the illness will continue to spread after the campus is reopened. This includes disinfecting common spaces like the cafeteria, bathrooms, and classrooms and also disinfecting shared schools supplies, like calculators, computers, crayons, and desks.

 

In the case of widespread or prolonged closures, it is likely the Texas Education Agency would waive attendance requirements and could potentially even exempt campuses from state accountability ratings, as it did when Hurricane Harvey displaced thousands of students and educators in the Houston area in 2017.

Cedars International Schools has access to platforms and technical infrastructure to deploy virtual learning experiences to 1st - 12th grade students in the case of a prolonged closure. The district also has enough laptops in grades 3-5 to provide to students who may not have access to a device at home.

 

 

Our District’s efforts to keep our students healthy are supported by our Superintendent Varghese Panachakunnil.
The District is actively monitoring the health of our campuses for any signs of the illness, under the direction of our Superintendent. To date, there have been no cases or suspected cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on any of our campuses or at any of our facilities. Out of an abundance of caution,Cedars is using the screening protocol developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help identify anything that may develop in regard to coronavirus.  All staff members are using the process for students or staff who have traveled to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea or Europe within the past 14 days or who report to the health room with fever. The screening involves determining if the student or staff member has had any contact in the past 14 days with a person who may have or who has a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As health and wellness continues to be a focus in our community, we ask our parents and guardians to partner with us to best ensure the health and safety of our students and staff by continuing to monitor their child’s health and keeping them home if they have a fever, have had a fever within the last 24 hours or may have an illness that could be contagious to others. It is Cedars International Schools policy that students and staff with a fever of 100 degrees or greater must stay out of school and not participate in after-school activities until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication. By doing this, the exposure of illness and the possibility of it spreading to well students and staff are minimized.

 

There are also everyday steps that can be taken by us all to help minimize the spread of illness. The Center for Disease Control website discusses the important actions that must take place to remain healthy which include:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with the crook of your elbow or upper arm when you cough or sneeze. This will block the spread of droplets from your mouth or nose that could contain the flu virus.
  • Proper and consistent hand washing is essential. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet if it is not automatic. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer; apply to the palm of one hand; rub hands together covering all surfaces until dry.
  • Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will be available if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as germs spread this way.
  • Avoid sharing objects. If an activity requires the passing around of an object, be sure to wash hands afterwards.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you or your child gets sick with a respiratory illness, like flu, limit contact with others as much as possible to help prevent spreading the illness. Stay home (or keep your child home) for at least 24 hours after fever is gone except to seek medical care. Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.