Return to School Plan

2020-2021 School Year

This Storefront Academy  Reopening Plan aims to define clear guidance for how we will open our doors, physically and virtually, that is aligned with the regulations developed by the CDC and state authorities. Our first commitment is to the staff, students and families we serve. Our priority must be keeping them safe. The areas outlined in this plan represent major considerations our schools are addressing to reopen  safely and to sustain their reopening. Each department has taken the safety of both staff and our learners into consideration.

Of course, as with every plan right now, this document is fluid and will change as necessary based on guidance from the state, CDC, and considerations to our families and our staff. We obviously don’t want to have a COVID-19 case at one of our schools in the fall but it could, and we will be ready to act if and when it happens.

Our return to school will occur with two options, all remote and blended (on site and remote). It is important that all parents and staff understand and be prepared to comply with the information shared in this document.


Dr. Nicole Garcia


Guiding Principles for Storefront Academy

Storefront Academy Charter Schools has identified five principles to guide all planning for school reopening

  1. Ensure safe learning and working environments for students and staff. 

  2. Maximize family choice in student learning format, offering two options for instruction: 

    • Full-time online instruction; or

    • In-person instruction with social distancing in SACS school buildings.

  3. Ensure all students receive instruction that meets state and federal standards and have the necessary supports for success, including:

    • Access to technology and connectivity

    • Social-emotional wellness and health supports

    • Additional support to meet the needs of special populations.

  4.  Provide training, time, support, and flexibility necessary for staff to prepare for successful reopening.

  5. Provide proactive, clear communication (with translations) to all families and staff

To view the detailed copy of Storefront Academy return to school plan for 2020-2021 school year, click here 

General FAQs about COVID-19

How does the virus spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Should families and staff avoid international travel?

  • The CDC recommends avoiding non-essential international travel.

Should families and staff avoid traveling by airplane?

  • The CDC website explains that because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on airplanes. Although the risk of infection on an airplane is low, travelers should try to avoid contact with sick passengers and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol.

Should families and staff avoid traveling locally by bus or train?

  • The CDC has not recommended that stopping local travel, however, avoiding crowded trains and areas may prevent you from contracting the virus. Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands after traveling on public transportation.

Can someone who doesn’t feel sick spread the coronavirus?

  • The CDC asserts that people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Where can we find information on coronavirus in the US?

  • The CDC regularly updates this page with information on the spread in the US.

What should be done if one begins to feel sick?

Seek medical advice. General guidance from the CDC includes the following:

  • Stay home except to get medical care. 

  • Do not go to work, school, or public areas. 

  • Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. 

  • You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick.

  • wear a facemask when you are around other people 

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Clean your hands often

  • Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding

  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you think you have coronavirus. Put on a face mask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.

How should we prepare for the possibility of self-quarantine?

Guidance from the CDC on preparing your household for self-quarantine can be found here.

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