SCROLL DOWN FOR COVID 19 NLA EARLY CHILDHOOD MESSAGES IN DATE ORDER

starting with the most recent

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MARCH 16, 2020 - To all EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILIES


NLA Parents, 

Thank you for your patience as we make plans for the upcoming two and a half weeks of preschool in response to the COVID-2019.

  • Monday & Tuesday, March 16th - 17th - We will have preschool as normal.
  • Wednesday, March 18 - Friday, April 3rd -  Classes for K-12 and ECH are cancelled.  
 
Financial Considerations:
NLA is committed to taking care of our high quality teaching staff. We will pay them on the days that the academy will be closed. Parents will only be required to pay for one day's tuition of each week that we are closed (total of 3 days = $35 or $40 per week depending on the age of the child). 
 
New Life Academy - St. Louis ECH emergency closing policy:
  • No reimbursement is made for the first snow (or emergency closing) day in one academic week (Monday through Friday).  The second, third, fourth and fifth snow (or emergency closing) day in one academic week will be reimbursed at the current daily rate that is paid for each child enrolled full-time.  The reimbursement will be made with a credit on the following tuition payment.  A make-up day will be granted to part-time students for each snow day in which he or she would normally be in attendance. 
 
Educational Considerations: 
NLA is committed to high quality education. The teachers will send home a packet with the students' curriculum pages that are scheduled for their classwork between Wednesday, Mar 18th and Friday April 3rd. If you will complete these papers with your child, he or she can start back on Monday, April 6th with as little interruption as possible. 
 
The NLA Board of Education understands and does not take lightly our families and the challenges faced when school closes.  It is our goal to give as much time for our families to prepare as we move forward.  We appreciate your understanding as we listen to our national, state, local officials and health professionals in making these decisions.

 

Spiritual Considerations:

New Life St. Louis will not gather for services on Sunday but it will be live-streamed. On Sunday, 3/22/20 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. there will be a special live-streamed program for the children. Starting at 10:30 a.m., there will be regular music, praise and worship and a sermon by Pastor Batchelor https://www.facebook.com/newlifestlouis/. Please let us know if your family is in need during this closing and our New Life st. Louis Benevolence team will be notified. Please go to our website https://www.newlifestlouis.com/resources if you would like to request a hospital visit or prayer for the sick.

 

Best regards,

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DR. ROBBIE CRAWFORD, PhD 
New Life Academy - St Louis
Preschool Director
11570 Mark Twain Lane
Bridgeton, MO  63044
314-291-4181 ext 3

ANTHONY BRASWELL 
New Life Academy - St Louis
Administrator
11570 Mark Twain Lane
Bridgeton, MO  63044
314-291-4181 ext 210

 

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MARCH 15, 2020 - TO NLA EARLY CHILDHOOD

NLA Early Childhood Parents and Staff,

The New Life Board of Education met today to formulate a plan moving forward into the next few weeks for New Life Academy K-12 and Early Childhood.  It is our intention to keep our NLA family informed, be as proactive as we possibly can, and keep ALL of our students and staff as safe as possible.  As all of you are aware we are dealing with a very fluid, ever evolving situation.  This makes it impossible to predict or plan too far in advance.  Our board of education will be meeting frequently so we are able to give our parents as much advance notice as to the next step for our organization. We will outline our plan for the next 3 weeks in order to help everyone in our community prepare as much as possible.

          Week 1 (March 16-20) -  

          ST. LOUIS — Local leaders for most of the St. Louis area are suggesting new proactive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

          St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann, St. Clair County, Ilinois, Board                  Chairman Mark Kern, and Madison County, Illinois, Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler agreed to take the following measures to prevent the spread:

  • It is recommended that by at least Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all public, private, charter, and parochial schools across all five jurisdictions close until further notice. This decision will be reevaluated by April 3.


    Monday, March 16 - we will have school as normal (K-12 and ECH).  
    Tuesday, March 17 - the scheduled  Parent/Teacher Conferences (K-12) for this coming week will be replaced with school as normal (K-12 and ECH).    Report Cards will be sent electronically by end of day on Thursday (March 19).  
    Wednesday, March 18 - Classes for K-12 and ECH are cancelled.  ALL NLA Staff will report for logistics planning, short-term curriculum planning, and procedural planning for the possibility of extended closure.
    Thursday, March 19 -  Classes for K-12 and ECH are cancelled.  ALL NLA Staff will report for logistics planning, short-term curriculum planning, and procedural planning for the possibility of extended closure.
    Friday, March 20 -  Classes for K-12 and ECH are cancelled.  ALL NLA Staff will report for logistics planning, short-term curriculum planning, and procedural planning for the possibility of extended closure.

    * ECH Financial -  For this week Early Childhood tuition will be credited back to parents for 3 of the 4 days.  

    Week 2 (March 23-27) -  This is the previously scheduled NLA K-12 Spring Break.  In addition to K-12 being out of session, we are cancelling classes for Early Childhood for this week.  New Life St Louis (Church) will be closing the doors to our facility to any non-essential staff and group meetings.    

    ECH Financial -  For this week Early Childhood tuition will be credited back to parents for 4 of the 5 days.  

    Week 3 (March 30-April 3) -  Classes for K-12 and ECH are cancelled for this week.  We will be in contact with our families with more details on the educational plans for this week.

    ECH Financial -  For this week Early Childhood tuition will be credited back to parents for 4 of the 5 days.  


    The New Life Board of Education will closely monitor the progression of COVID 19 through Missouri DHHS and CDC for anything beyond April 3.  


    The NLA Board of Education understands and does not take lightly our families and the challenges faced when school closes.  It is our goal to give as much time for our families to prepare as we move forward.  We appreciate your understanding as we listen to our national, state, local officials and health professionals in making these decisions.

    We do understand that there is a possibility that this crisis could stretch beyond these 3 weeks, so we will continue to monitor and communicate with our families on a weekly basis.

 

New Life Board of Education
New Life Academy - St Louis

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MARCH 13 MESSAGE TO ALL NLA FAMILIES

NLA Families,

It would be hard to miss the health-related news that has dominated the daily news cycle nationwide.  COVID-19, being commonly referred to as coronavirus has the attention of all state health departments, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Because of this attention, we want to communicate with our New Life Academy family (Early Childhood and K-12) about this situation and our efforts to keep our students, families, and staff safe.

As we continue to prepare for a potential impact from COVID-19, we are collaborating with our New Life St. Louis leadership team, other schools, and relying the professionals of the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) to ensure we are offering our students and staff the safest environment possible.  We have recently purchased several ULV Foggers to utilize daily in our facility with a recommended disinfectant.  The spray is safe, non-caustic, hospital grade solution that is food safe and biodegradable.  It leaves no residue and dries within minutes.  Our classroom teachers will continue to use safe practices through the day with the use of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and the education of how to avoid the passing of germs.  Here are a couple of videos that we are also playing for our classes in this process.  Any additional training you can do at home will reinforce these important practices.

HOW GERMS SPREAD!

PROPER HANDWASHING!

As we maintain our disinfecting procedures, we would like to emphasize the following precautions for our students, families, and staff.

● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick
● Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
● Stay at home away from others if you are sick
● Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands

During this time, it is important for student safety that if a student is experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms (elevated temperature, fever, cough, shortness of breath), they stay home.  We will continue to communicate with our families moving forward as we closely monitor the situation through our local health officials. It is my hope that our planning and communication make all of our NLA community feel less anxious and more informed.

RESOURCES (click on links for more info)

MO Dept. of Health and Senior Services Information
CDC Information 

There may be questions regarding possible school closings in the future.  We will have a plan in place for K-12 and Early Childhood should NLA close for any period of time due to COVID-19.  Should NLA need to close, we will notify the NLA community with the same communication methods we use for snow day closures.  Please be sure your information is up-to-date in RENWEB in order to receive email, texts, and/or calls. Student and staff safety is our highest priority. This is a fluid situation, and we will continue to keep you updated via RENWEB e-mails and text alerts.

We have the responsibility as Christian educators (both school, church and family) to teach to our children the power of prayer in these situations.  Make it a point to pray as a family for our leaders, those who have felt the impact of this virus, and the professionals who are working on a cure.  While we understand that social media, and media in general can at times fan the flames of fear, our faith in God helps us overcome that fear!  Use this as a teachable moment!
   

God bless,

Anthony Braswell
Principal