Letter From Our Director
June 10, 2020
Dear Excell Academy Families:
Whew! We made it through the 2019-2020 school year; what an incredible year! Thank you for your flexibility, patience, and partnership as we suddenly reorganized our programs per the Governor’s orders in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the hard work and dedication of our staff and the support from YOU – our families, Excell Academy was able to continue its high quality education, offer health and wellness supports, provide childcare for children of essential / critical workers, and provide over 5,500 meals to all of our students and community!
As you are aware, the horrific death of George Floyd has brought our communities, our nation, and the world to a point of no return with the injustices that have plagued so many black men, women and children for centuries. We want you to know and remind you that Excell Academy has always been committed to the advancement of Black Lives through providing our students with a high quality education and social-emotional supports to ensure high school and college preparedness and opportunities for future successes. As the founder and Executive Director of Excell Academy, I am committed to ensuring Excell Academy’s teachers and staff believe in our mission of Excellence that serves college aspiring students; teachers and staff who will commit to Excell’s core values including a developing value of “listening, reflecting, processing, and moving forward in action” on issues that affect the lives of Excell’s Black students and staff as well as growing in the understanding that “Black Lives Matter.”
As we plan for your students to return to school in the fall, we are constantly reviewing guidance from the Governor, Commissioner of Education, as well as the Centers for Disease Control regarding the state of public health in our country in light of COVID-19. As a final decision from the Governor may not come until the end of July or beginning of August, we want you to know we are planning several high quality educational program models; most likely, one of the following scenarios will be implemented for the upcoming school year:
- Distance Learning – Remote instruction using technology and / or student work packets.
- Blended Learning – Also called “hybrid learning” – “represents a learning model that combines both formal (traditional classroom) and non-formal (online courses) methodologies” – including rotating groups of students physically distanced on site.
- Traditional – All on site classroom instruction.
We will keep you informed once a final decision is made via our website and social media this summer as we receive updates from Governor Walz and Commissioner Ricker. Also, please remember, Excell Academy is offering summer school via distance learning from June 22nd – August 7th. All students are strongly encouraged and welcome to attend. Please contact your child’s teacher or the main office.
Finally, please know that the health, safety, and dignity of our students and families is of utmost importance to me as well as our Board and school leadership. We will continue to “Do Whatever it Takes” to work together with YOU – our families to “Change Tomorrows for Children Today.” Please stay well and safe.
Sabrina R. Williams, Founder and Executive DIrector