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School Reopening Plan 2022-2023

The INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF SMYRNA School Reopening Plan 2022-2023

The International Academy of Smyrna (IAS) is dedicated to the academic, social and emotional development of our Scholars. It is critical that the school has policies and procedures that allow for the continuation of effective operations and delivery of quality instruction despite disruptive events.

The IAS Governing Board and school administration considered the guidance of state agencies: Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Cobb Douglas Department of Health (CDPH) and reviewed research related to the social emotional care of students and staff. The safety of our stakeholders while continuing a rigorous academic environment continuously guided our thinking as we developed our plans.

The following academic and operational information represent our plans for effective re-opening of school:

Instructional Models:
• In-Person Learning

Strategies to Address Learning Loss:
• Data-Based Decision Making – continuous assessment of Scholars to determine instructional delivery
• Intense Learning Time (ILT) – additional instructional time built into the schedule
• Extended Learning Programs – Saturday and/or Summer School
• Increased use of technology
• Evidence-informed tutoring programs
• Increased family engagement
• One-to-One personalized instruction

School Lunch Program:
• Free and reduced breakfast and lunch for Scholars
• Summer Program – breakfast and lunch distribution for summer school

Social Emotional Support:
• Creating framework for meeting the students’ social, emotional, and academic needs
• Intentionally building strong relationships with Scholars and families
• Distribution of community resources
• Morning Meetings for Scholars
• Wellness training for Scholars and staff
• Assuring attendance is addressed and re-engaging disconnected Scholars
• Counseling professionals available

Mitigation and Etiquette Guidelines:
• Removal of nonessential furniture
• Appropriate signage throughout the building
• Masks strongly encouraged for staff and scholars (universal guidelines and correct wearing)
• Encourage frequent handwashing
• Sanitizer stations throughout the school
• Sanitizer provided to staff for classroom use
• No community use of water fountains; water bottle fillers available
• Clinic and triage rooms utilized
• Reminder notifications sent to staff and parents
• Encourage staff and community vaccinations
• Use of seating charts in classrooms and cafeteria
• Voluntary onsite testing for COVID for staff available 3 times a week
• Following CDC guidelines to implement any necessary changes

Maintenance Expectations:
• CDC cleaning and sanitizing guidelines maintained
• Daily cleaning of offices, classrooms, cafeteria, Multipurpose Room, bathrooms
• Improved ventilation using HEPA filters
• Continuous inspection of school facility
• Periodic inspection of park playground

COVID-19 Rise Plan:
• Class(es) will go to virtual learning
• Google classroom will be used for academic work
• Zoom will be used for live class
• Class(es) will follow normal schedule with time allotted for independent work to be completed

COVID-19 Resources

Topic: Virtual Learning Parent Webinar


Meeting Recording:



On August 15, 2022 the CDC updated is guidelines for schools. This update is part of CDC’s efforts to simplify and streamline existing guidance. The main updates include: 

  1. Removing prior recommendations for cohorting, quarantine, and Test to Stay procedures. 
  2. Limiting recommendations for screening testing to certain high-risk situations when the COVID-19 Community Level is high or in response to an outbreak. 

Click here for more details

Please note CDC Travel advisories:


IAS Virtual Learning Food Distribution and Ordering/IAS Distribución y pedidos virtuales de alimentos de aprendizaje

During virtual learning, we will continue to serve breakfast and lunch for our IAS Scholars on a weekly basis. Please go to Infinite Campus to review the Food and Distribution During Virtual Learning document. You will need to pre-order meals in the online school store weekly from Tuesday to Thursday at noon for pick up the following Monday from 3:30 to 5:30.

Durante el aprendizaje virtual continuaremos sirviendo desayunos y almuerzos para nuestros becarios de la IAS semanalmente. Por favor, vaya a Infinite Campus para revisar el documento Alimentos y Distribución durante el Aprendizaje Virtual. Usted tendrá que pre-ordenar las comidas en la tienda de la escuela en línea semanalmente de martes a jueves al mediodía para recoger el lunes siguiente de 3:30 a 5:30.

If your scholar participates in in-person instruction please download this link and review before sending them to school. Covid Protocol for Scholars

Si su estudiante participa en la instrucción en persona, descargue este enlace y revíselo antes de enviarlo a la escuela. Árbol de decisiones de bienestar académico

Wireless Plans Summary-July 2020 – Summary of wireless plan offers for Georgia public K-12 school districts.

Information about Face Shields and Mask Options

Let’s Be Prepared: Safety Series

“Let’s Be Prepared: Safety Series” is an opportunity for IAS to provide several tips to equip families with the necessary skills to protect themselves and each other during COVID-19. 

Below is a list of videos to provide safety information ensuring we all stay safe during this global pandemic:

#1: How to Handwash Properly

#2: Coronavirus explained to Kids (by a superhero)

#3: Wearing a Mask Helps Stop the Spread of Germs

#4: How to Properly Put on a Medical Mask and How to wear it


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