Tuesday, September 7 – First Day of School
Thursday, July 29 – Last Day of Camp C.R.E.A.T.E
Vaccine Event June 19 at Excell POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Monday, May 17, 2021
Dear Excell Families and Staff:
Over the weekend, the CDC released guidance for schools following last week’s announcement that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks. The CDC continues to recommend that school staff and students wear masks in school buildings and on school buses for the remainder of the school year.
As the health and safety of our students, staff, and families continues to be our first priority, Excell Academy will follow the Commissioner of Education’s directive for schools to continue the implementation of its Safe Learning Plan as well as the CDC’s recommendations for mask wearing for school buildings and on school buses for the remainder of the school year.
The CDC cites the following reasons for continuing to wear masks in schools:
- Students will not be fully vaccinated by the end of the 2020-21 school year. Youth under the age of 12 are not yet eligible for vaccination. Youth between the ages of 12 and 15 became eligible for vaccination on May 12, 2021. Because people are not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, students in this age group will not be fully vaccinated before the end of current school year.
- The time needed for schools to make systems and policy adjustments. Systems and policy adjustments may be required for schools to change mask requirements for students and staff while continuing to ensure the safety of unvaccinated populations.
CDC will update its guidance for schools in the coming weeks. Updated guidance can inform school planning for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Thank you for your continued support and collaboration in keeping our Excell Community safe.
Sabrina Williams, Founder & Executive Director
Friday, May 7, 2021
RE: Board postponing the Annual Meeting and board member elections.
Dear Excell Families:
At a recent “special” board meeting, the Excell Academy Board of Directors made the decision to postpone the “Annual Board Meeting” and board elections that normally take place in May.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the recent civil unrest in our community, and Excell Academy’s need to focus its energies and resources on safely delivering quality education and other services to students and their families, attempting to plan for and conduct the Annual Board Meeting and school board member elections could be a major distraction and negatively affect the delivery of those services.Identification of teachers, parents, and community members with interest in serving as a board member under the current circumstances will likely be very difficult at best, and impossible at worst. Not because of general lack of interest in serving on the school board; rather, their focus is rightfully on the safety, security and education of their children, their families and their continued employment.
During times of crisis, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the recent civil unrest in our community, organizations are best served by experienced and stable leadership both at the school and the board levels. Current board members have significant knowledge about the school’s governance, finance, and operations and they are in the best position to make decisions central to the board’s operations at this time. New board members would need a time of learning and adjustment that current board members do not need; thus, they are in a position to provide continuity to the school.
Although Excell’s Board of Directors have decided to postpone the “Annual Board Meeting” and board elections until further notice this calendar year, the Board will continue its operations at the next general Board meeting, as scheduled, on May 27th. Thank you,
Sabrina Williams, Executive Director