Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Excel Academy continues to closely monitor the situation regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while working with expert partner agencies to ensure we are providing our community with accurate and timely information. This resource page includes the most recent Excel Academy-related information, links to expert health agencies, and an archive of Excel communications. Excel will continue to update our community as we have new information. Excel Academy staff checks for new COVID-19 information daily and will update this page when new and confirmed information is provided from expert agencies.
- Update (May 22): At this point in time regulations are easing up on non-essential services, however; we do not predict we will be able to return to in-person services for this school year. In keeping our students, parents and staff protected it is in our best judgment to adhere to the local policies as they are released.
- Update (April 21): We have a wonderful zoom series that can be accessed by parents Tuesday at 3pm and Students Friday’s at 10am. “Keep Calm and Carry On” will be hosted by ExcelAcademy’s talented counseling team and will offer students and parents tips and information for calming an anxious mind.
Please register for the series at the following link: https://zoom.us/j/8417798776
Update (March 17): We are following all recommended guidelines regarding social distancing. Virtual field trips, tutoring, and classes are continuing to be offered.
Update from Excel Academy (March 16): Excel Academy will follow the direction of these agencies and will, therefore, be instituting 100% virtual interaction for our students in all settings within our schools.
- Update from the Orange County Health Care Agency (March 15): There is now laboratory evidence of community transmission in Orange County, indicating that COVID-19 is likely spreading in the community. People aged 65 and older, and those with chronic health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease) should stay home. All residents should practice good health hygiene which includes washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not hands).
- Update from Excel Academy (March 13): Excel Academy Charter School has decided to cancel all non-required, supplemental learning experiences through April 3rd. This includes all field trips, content and community providor events, park days and special programs. The upcoming Science Fair on March 23rd will be cancelled. More information to follow. We will work with the content and community providors of canceled events to secure a refund if applicable. If a refund is received, families who used out of pocket funds will receive a refund via PayPal and the purchase order for instructional funds will be canceled. We will be able to provide more information on refunds in the coming days or case by case through April 3rd.
- There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Excel Academy schools. The Orange County Health Care Agency only notifies a school district if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 who is a student or staff member.
- Recently, the CDC expanded the self-quarantine guidelines by asking travelers, who have returned from a country with widespread transmission (including China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea) to stay home for 14 days from the time they left the affected area. For more information, review here.
- All Excel Academy students, families, and staff should practice good health hygiene which includes washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not hands).
Q: What is the difference between “Shelter in Place” and “Stay-At-Home”?
A: These are one in the same on March 19, 2020 Governor Newson issued guidance to the state of California to “shelter in place” this being defined in order N-33-20 “Stay-At-Home” order issued. This order, to reiterate; requires citizens of the state of California to remain in their homes unless to perform essential duties such as buying groceries or picking up medications etc... This also allows individuals to leave to maintain jobs that require continuity of operations critical of infrastructure. The list of these (16) critical Infrastructure industries plus more information to what is allowed can be found at: https://covid19.ca.gov
Q: How long will the administrative offices be closed?
A: Currently, Excel Academy’s physical administrative office at 1 Technology in Irvine will be closed through Friday, May 8th 2020. Excel Academy leadership team is closely following federal and local government regulations and will issue updated communication as it becomes available.
Q: What is the current projected status of virtual only operations?
A: Excel Academy Charter School with remain a virtual ONLY platform, at this time, through the end of LP 8 (May 29,2020)
Q: How is Excel Academy addressing special education services for students as a result of the stay home order?
A: All students that are now receiving virtual services in lieu of in-person services, as a result of the stay home order, have been notified of the change from their case manager as well as written correspondence (US Mail).
Q: What if a student was in the middle of an assessment for special education services prior to the stay at home order issued on March 16, 2020?
A: All families have been notified via written correspondence regarding current assessments. The timeline of 60 days has been put on hold. Our SPED team is working on additional solutions to complete these assessments in a timely manner. Stay tuned for updates in this area.