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No, we are a free, public charter school.
Charter schools are authorized by the state as public schools independent from school districts. They use taxpayer funding and follow most of the same laws that district schools follow. Charter schools’ independence from districts allow them to innovate and offer curriculum and programing options not available in other public schools
We have taken COVID-19 seriously from the beginning and responded to the best research we can find. As a result, we have had zero cases of known spread within our school. Our West Point campus has had zero quarantines due to contact with COVID-19 at school (while nearby schools have closed). As a result of this success, we are opening both campuses for five full days of instruction per week starting January 19th, 2020.
In addition to following all regular safety protocols, we decided to focus our resources on the air quality within our school. Our facilities manager is an expert on HVAC and a member of our board is a microbiologist specializing in sterilization techniques. They put their heads together and we decided to install ionized hydrogen peroxide systems in our HVAC units over the summer. These systems distribute ionized particles that denature and kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. These particles diffuse everywhere, including on the surfaces of objects, disinfecting everything in the school, but most importantly, the air we breathe. It is completely safe, and it reduces many sicknesses, not just COVID-19. As far as we know, we are the only school in the state following this successful approach.
All parents make a commitment to donate at least 40 hours of volunteer time per family. This can be accomplished by helping teachers, volunteering with morning drop-off or pick-up, participating in the Parent Organization, and many other opportunities.