Update from Superintendent Kline

Update from Superintendent Kline
Posted on 03/21/2020

University Parents and Guardians,

These are trying times for us all.  I recognize all the stress and anxiety we are all feeling.
I have some vital announcements that I must make.
1. UA will be closed until at least April 24, in line with all the KCMO districts and Mayor's office.  Kansas City will start a "Stay-At-Home" order on Tuesday that is expected to last at least 30 days. 
2. We will make all efforts to keep or reschedule prom, graduation and end-of-year activities, should they be affected.   I don't know what the future holds for us in the coming weeks and months, but I know these things are special and deserved opportunities for students, and we will make every effort to afford those opportunities of a lifetime.
3. UA will begin food service programs at four locations starting Monday.  You may choose to come to one of those four locations or go to another school site.  Our information is on our website at www.universityacademy.org.   Once we have a comprehensive list with other school information, we will publish it.  Persons 18 years of age or younger are eligible, and those youth must be present at the time of food service.  Leaving to get school lunches is allowed under the "stay-at-home" order.
4. We will have a second round of laptop checkouts on Tuesday afternoon.  The Signup Genius link will go live on Sunday at 2:00pm.  An email will go out, and the link will appear on our Facebook page and homepage at www.universityacademy.org.   The stay-at-home orders do allow for provisions of picking up learning materials and school lunches.  If we have another distribution that has more demand than available times, we will keep releasing additional computers until we are out.   We have to balance crowd sizes and we can have a small number of staff at a time to be safe and in compliance with city orders.
5. Volunteer inquiries -  We have been blessed and humbled with the sheer amount of people that want to do what they can to help.  The management team will be discussing this Monday.  We want to embrace those that want to help, but also need to balance the health concerns at hand and adhere to the stay-at-home measures our local government is asking us to do.   Starting Monday afternoon, we will have a list of ways people can help available on our website.
6. Grace - We are all going through a historic crisis together, for the first time.  We are going to keep trying our best, but we are inevitably going to make mistakes.  I ask that we all afford one another grace.   UA will not be asking for substantial work to be completed Day 1.  We will ease into this.  Our goal over the coming month or so is to help your child continue to learn and have opportunities for growth.  We will be looking to provide opportunities to help, first and foremost.   We also understand many families are experiencing severe stress through loss of jobs, uncertain childcare, food insecurity, etc.   Myself and our staff will be doing everything we can to help.   
I wish all of you and your families the very best in the coming days and weeks.  We are in this together.
Tony Kline, Superintendent
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