Thank you so much for your understanding during this uncertain time. The patience, encouragement, and support from all of our families has been overwhelming. Unfortunately, Georgia Academy has made the tough decision to temporarily close our doors until at least April 6, 2020. Our goal was to stay open to care for essential healthcare and emergency workers’ children, however this is no longer possible due to Governor Kemp’s order, stated below:
“IT IS FURTHER ORDERED: That no business, establishment, corporation, non-profit corporation, or organization shall allow more than ten (10) persons to be gathered at a single location if such gathering requires persons to stand or to be seated within six (6) feet of any other person.”
This was not an easy decision to make, but we feel that closing is the only way to ensure the health and safety of all our clients and staff. We will credit full tuition to all accounts for this week and will charge a daily rate of $40/day for anyone in attendance yesterday (3/23/2020) and today (3/24/2020). No accounts will be billed during closure. All notices are subject to change, so we will continue to stay in contact with all of our families using our Facebook Page and the Himama App.
Thank you again,
Dear Georgia Academy Families,
We appreciate your patience with us as we are figuring out what the best decisions are for our business and clients. At this time, we are aware that many of you are not able to work or are not receiving normal pay. If your child did not attend this week, we have credited ½ of your tuition to your account. If you would like to use a sick week, we can credit the other ½ of your tuition to your account, as well, making your tuition for this week $0.00. You can use up to 2 sick weeks per year. We will follow the same billing procedures next week and will decide on further actions by next Friday, March 27. We will be reaching out to all of our families on Monday to talk about how you would like to proceed with this week and next week’s billing. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Thank you all so much for your understanding and support for Georgia Academy during these uncertain times. We are working hard to ensure that all decisions made are for the safety and well-being of our families and staff. At this time, Georgia Academy is remaining open. With this in mind, we thought it important to share with you the additional measures we will be taking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We have asked all high-risk employees to take this time off and to quarantine themselves. When scheduled employees arrive, we have them wash and disinfect their hands. We then check their temperature. (All staff with a temperature of 99°F or higher are sent home and must be fever free without medication for 72 hours.) Staff are then screened with questions to allow us to see if they pose a risk to other employees or children. If staff answer yes to any of our screening questions, they are encouraged to contact their primary care physician and are asked to self quarantine for 2 weeks. Also, if staff are asked to help with carpool, they are required to wear gloves and disinfect or change gloves between each drop off. Please note that we have had to send staff members home this week.
For children, our procedures look very similar. As you know, we have asked that parents refrain from entering the building during this time, so that we can better maintain the germs entering the center. As children enter the building, they are taken to the gym/cafeteria to wash their hands. We are helping each child learn how to wash their hands correctly! For younger children, we are washing their hands for them. For older children, we are walking them through the correct process. We are then checking their temperatures immediately. All children with a temperature of 99°F or higher are sent home and must be fever free without medication for 24 hours. We are asking that all families keep us updated if they or anyone they know have come in contact with anyone with COVID-19. As usual, if we notice any symptoms of sickness, parents are notified and pick up is required. At this time, we have no reason to believe that COVID-19 has been directly exposed to the environment at Georgia Academy.
I also wanted to note that the carpool-style drop-off and pick-up seems to be going smoothly. We have actually found that many students are having easier and happier drop-offs in the mornings. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. As a friendly reminder, our hours will remain 7a.m. to 6p.m. until things get back to normal. We are still taking this day-by-day and all updates are subject to change.
To better support our employees and serve our customers, we will adjust our operating hours beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18. Georgia Academy will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As of today, Friday, March 13, 2020, Georgia Academy will be remaining open for business. However, our GA Pre-K program will be closed for two weeks following the Oconee County School System. Childcare for Pre-K and school age students will be available at normal holiday pricing. Though we aren’t closing, we will, however, be implementing a few key changes in our operations as we navigate through this uncertain time.
The biggest change parents need to be aware of concerns our drop off and pick up procedures. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 and until further notice, parents/guardians will not be permitted to enter the building for drop off and pick up. We will have greeters waiting at the front door to assist you in getting your child in the building during drop off. We will be setting up two pickup windows for your family to choose from: 4:30pm-5:30pm or 5:30pm-6:30pm. You will need to make the front desk staff aware of your chosen pickup window by end of business today. If you are unable to pickup during your selected window, please call the center 15 minutes prior to your arrival, so that we can prepare your child.
During both drop off and pickup, please use the far right lane in our parking lot and pull your car up to the door. We will work swiftly and promptly, however, we ask you to be gracious and patient with us as we learn this new protocol. We will not rush this process. Please be advised that if an ID check is necessary, the pickup person may be asked to park while we check the pickup list.
Infant parents will need to use the messaging platform on the Himama app to send in drop off information. This information must include wake up time, time of last feeding, time of last diaper change, and other important information for the day.
We ask that all non-automatic payments be made by ACH or credit card over the phone or with a check while dropping off/picking up to limit the handling of money. If you must pay with cash, please park and call the center. Someone will meet you at your car to receive payment and give a receipt.
Please check your child’s temperature each morning before dropping off. Temporarily, Georgia Academy’s fever policy will be moved to 99°F. We will conduct temperature checks at drop off and throughout the day. Should your child have a fever of 99°F or higher, we will require pickup within the hour and they will not be able to return until they have been fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours.
Before children enter their classroom, we will be washing their hands in the cafeteria. We will also be serving all meals in the classrooms until further notice.
If you or anyone you know (knowingly) encounter someone diagnosed with Coronavirus COVID-19 or have traveled to an area affected by Coronavirus COVID-19, please make Georgia Academy aware as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation and thank you for choosing Georgia Academy!
Director of Operations
Dear Valued Parents,
Please know that the health and safety of the children and families we serve is our top priority. We are continuing to actively monitor the ongoing developments of the Coronavirus COVID-19. At this time, we do not have plans to close our facility, however, we will act in accordance with the recommendations of the CDC, Health Department, and Bright from the Start. This situation is changing rapidly and we are taking all precautions to stay informed.
We are urging parents to take additional measures to help us keep our school a safe environment. If your child has any signs of illness, please keep them home. All children with symptoms of illness, including low grade fevers, will be sent home during this time. Thank you for being cooperative and understanding, and thank you for choosing Georgia Academy. We will update you on necessary developments using the HiMama App and Facebook.