We are excited that many IDEA staff members have already begun the COVID-19 vaccination process so they can confidently return to in-person teaching as soon as we have determined that it is safe. We will continue to offer limited in-person support to our scholars. Our Reopening Committee continues to meet regularly to evaluate the current health risks and make recommendations about a return to more traditional teaching and learning. We are always seeking input from our scholars and families. Parents are invited to complete this three-question survey.
Free COVID Testing
In the meantime, to address the ongoing pandemic, IDEA has partnered with Curative to offer free, accessible, on-site COVID-19 testing to anyone in the IDEA community. Curative testing takes place in a safe kiosk where individuals administer the test to themselves with a mouth swab. Testing is available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Appointments are available through Curative's website. Test results are typically available within 24-48 hours. The test is free, whether or not an individual has health insurance. I recently took a COVID-19 test myself through Curative and the process was easy and painless.
In-Person Academic Support
IDEA continues to offer safe, limited in-person support for a select number of scholars. Our first BOGO Assignment session was a success. Those who attended were able to make up assignments and improve their grades. Upcoming BOGO sessions will be held February 16 and 25. Scholars may sign up here. Pre-registration is required in order to attend.
As the second semester of the school year has begun, scholars are in the process of creating and presenting their portfolios to reflect on what they learned during the first half of the year and identifying goals for the remainder of the year. IDEA staff are also required to go through the same process to ensure that they are always examining their teaching and finding ways to improve.
Black History Month
Celebrating Black History Month is important to all of us at IDEA, and we’ve found a variety of innovative ways to talk about the meaning and relevance of Black excellence in all of our classes. Working with the Equity Committee, Dean Briscoe and Dean Bengoechea have planned activities to educate, engage, and inspire both scholars and staff.
To better serve our families and ensure that our scholars have access to nutritious food to fuel their learning, IDEA is piloting a meal delivery program. Free breakfast and lunches are still available for pickup at IDEA on Mondays and Wednesdays, but now families can sign up to have meals delivered on the IDEA shuttle bus twice a week.
We hope all of you are staying safe, healthy, and warm this February. As always, we welcome your questions, suggestions, and contributions.