GVP Family News

August 24, 2021

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A Note From The Principal

Welcome back GVP Families! I hope that this newsletter finds everyone doing well and refreshed from their summer break. It’s hard to believe that the start of school is here! We have been working hard to prepare to provide our scholars with the highest quality educational programming we can. With everyone’s help, together we can make this school year an outstanding experience for our scholars.

Please spend some time getting your child back into their school routine. Continue to reinforce the value of having good study skills, striving to always do their best, the importance of completing their assigned homework, getting a good night’s sleep, eating a healthy breakfast, reading at least 15 minutes/day, etc. Parents play a vital role in their child’s successful school experience.

Please take the time to read through our COVID-19 Guidelines in the newsletter as it includes important details as to our process for COVID-19 this year. Also, take a look at our Arrival and Dismissal Policy as it may differ from the previous school year.

I am excited and look forward to working with all of you throughout this year and seeing the building filled with our scholars. The staff and I are here for you and your scholars and if, at any time, you have questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Mr. Carrion

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

We have recently amended our procedures for late arrivals and dismissal. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these changes as they are in effect immediately.

Late Arrivals

Scholars arriving after 8:05 a.m. are considered tardy. Parents/guardians and daycare providers will need to park and escort tardy scholars to the cafe entrance of the building. Scholars arriving late to school will NOT be permitted to enter the school without a staff member performing a temperature check. Parents/guardians and daycare providers MUST stay with their child(ren) until they are permitted to enter the school. Tardy scholars will be provided a tardy slip by the FOA, which must be given to their classroom teachers to enter the classroom.


Dismissal begins promptly at 3:00 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. When picking scholars up for school, parents/guardians and daycare providers are required to enter the school parking lot from the Illinois Street entrance ONLY. Parents/guardians and daycare providers will need to have scholar(s) car-rider placards in their windshield when picking up scholars. Scholar(s) will be escorted by a staff member to enter vehicles through passenger side doors along the sidewalk of the school’s entrance. Parents/guardians and daycare providers are to exit the dismissal procession line out to 24th Street ONLY. Please ensure that an authorized individual is here before 3:30 p.m. to pick up your scholar.

Due to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety and security of our scholars and staff, ALL walkers will be dismissed from the cafe at 3:30 pm. NO EXCEPTIONS.

In the event that you are unable to pick your scholar up by 3:30 p.m., it is your responsibility as

parent/guardian to notify the school and make arrangements for your scholar to be picked up by the end of dismissal by an authorized individual listed on the scholar’s emergency contact list. Scholars left after 3:30 p.m. impose an extreme burden on staff who must then stay late.

If your scholar is not picked up by 3:30 habitually, the school holds the right to make a referral to the Department of Child Services for abandonment. It is not the responsibility of our staff to stay beyond their contractual day to provide care for your child.

For additional information, please see the updated policy posted below.

COVID-19 Guidance and Policies

We have recently amended our COVID-19 Guidance and Procedures in regards to our mask policy. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these changes as they are in effect immediately.

Face Masks

GVPLA requires all scholars in grades K-8, staff, contractors, and visitors to wear a face mask during all in-person class instruction time and when mask-wearing requirements or recommendations will not cause a health risk.

ALL GVPLA scholars will need to come to school wearing a face mask and have an extra mask in their backpack for use in the event of an emergency. The school will not be responsible for providing.

*Optional for staff and scholars when outside. Masks are required outside only if social distancing is not possible.

For additional information, please see the updated policy posted below.

Ice Cream Social

Thank you to everyone who attended our Ice Cream Social/Meet The Teacher Night. It was so wonderful to see everyone again. Our next family event is our Back To School Night on September 15. We hope to see you all there!

Please enjoy some photos from the Ice Cream Social below.

Mark Your Calendars

August Birthdays Celebration - August 31

Teacher PD Day (1/2 Day) - September 1

Labor Day (No School) - September 6

Tie Tuesday - September 14

Back To School Night - September 15

Have Questions? Contact Us Today!

George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy is an A-rated, tuition free charter school serving grades K-8. Our scholars experience hands-on learning with high-quality teachers in small class sizes. We work to help our scholars master key academic skills, and demonstrate strong character, as exhibited by: honesty, service to others, a superior work ethic, and a strong vision for and belief in their futures.

Policies and Procedures

Reopening Safely

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with Phalen Leadership Academy's reopening policy posted below.

Temperature checks will take place before scholars exit their vehicle. If a scholar has a temperature over 100.4 degrees, they will not be permitted into the building.

Face masks will be required for all staff, scholars, and guests regardless of current vaccination status. For the safety of everyone, masks must be worn covering the mouth and nose.


A new workforce development program is underway to respond to the growing economic challenges faced by many of our families. PLA University is a tuition-free training program created to provide PLA’s families with the access, skills, experience and job placement support to realize their full earning potential. READ MORE HERE.