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School Resumes VIRTUALLY Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Wednesday, Aug. 19th, 8pm

88 Kent Street

Akron, OH



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Message from the Principal...

Hello Middlebury Families!

It is my sincere hope that you have remained safe and healthy over the summer! The days are drawing near towards the start of school. With great anticipation to resume classes, we must proceed with a high degree of precaution. To that end, we have made the responsible decision to start our school year 100% virtual for the first quarter. As we approach the end of the quarter we will determine whether or not we can offer classes on campus or if it is safer to continue teaching remotely.

The first day of remote learning will begin on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Additionally, students will be given devices to access his or her classroom via internet. Our school staff has reached out to all of our families to see who would need a device. If we did not reach you, please call us at 330.752.2766 if you need a device for your scholar. Distribution dates and pick-up procedures with be provided to you in the upcoming week.

Beyond teaching, we will also provide our scholars with meal kits to take home with preparation instructions. We want to make sure that they are still receiving a balanced breakfast and lunch even away from school. Our scholars will also have the support of teletherapy when they feed the need to share their concerns and maybe fears during this unpredictable time. Then of course, our students with exceptionalities will continue to receive explicit support from our classroom teachers and intervention specialist.

Our goal is to education and accommodate the scholars of Middlebury Academy in every way-- through their MINDS academically, emotions MENTALLY and with MEALS nutritionally. This will not be an easy feat, but we most certainly can pull it off if we work together to give our scholars the tools they need to achieve success!

I look forward to working with all of my staff and parents this school year as we press boldly ahead to collectively educate our scholars!

Please visit our school website to receive the latest news and updates of the ever changing instructional pathways. Stay safe and let's have an exceptional school year!

With educating scholars first,

Felicia Woods-Wallace, M.Ed.

Principal of Middlebury Academy

Helpful Tips On Having a COVID-19 Conversation With Your Child

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019

Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children

Updated May 20, 2020

CDC has created recommendations to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

Children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear.

Tips for talking to children

  • Remain calm. Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.
  • Reassure children that they are safe. Let them know it is okay if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Make yourself available to listen and to talk. Let children know they can come to you when they have questions.
  • Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.
  • Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online. Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.
  • Provide information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child. Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
  • Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs. Remind children to wash their hands frequently and stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick. Also, remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
  • If school is open, discuss any new actions that may be taken at school to help protect children and school staff.

Have Questions? Contact Us Today!

Middlebury Academy is a tuition-free elementary charter school located in Akron, Ohio. We opened in August 2013, serving scholars in grades K-8. Middlebury places high importance on safety and civility. These are core to having a good learning environment and building character.

We have a project-based learning curriculum philosophy that incorporates new and emerging practices and technologies, such as chromebooks and tablets. We view the entire world as our classroom and will have a variety of face-to-face, virtual and other learning activities outside of the school.