COVID-19 Updates

  • 4-2-2020 Update

    Dear DKH Families,

    We know that this time of uncertainty is stressful for our community, our parents, staff and our children whose routines have been disrupted. We are committed to communicating with parents and engaging our students through virtual lessons and meetings by offering educational preschool activities for our children through April 15. Please enjoy these opportunities with your child if it is beneficial and helpful. We understand that this is a “making the best of what we’ve got” approach to early childhood learning, but we are getting lots of smiles, and positive feedback from parents, and we intend to offer it to those who are wanting it. We will also continue updating you with information on any potential school closure extensions. DKH Academy is considered an essential business and may choose to reopen if the situation improves according to community health leaders and government experts. We would only make this decision if it was a safe option, and would be implemented with extreme safety protocols, limitations and daily screenings . For now, DKH will remain closed through May 1st.

    Today, I’d like to address some questions regarding tuition. Our first priority during this this time is to continue paying and retaining our staff and second is to cover the general expenses. DKH Academy is a tuition funded private school and we are doing our best to make sure that we can retain our teachers, because we all know that without them, DKH Academy wouldn’t be what it is! As the owner, I have made the commitment to continue to pay my entire staff throughout any school closure periods, to compensate for their dedication and efforts made even while away from the physical classroom. Additionally, we want to ensure that the environment and educational quality remain at the level we all expect when things return to normal.

    We also understand the inconvenience this crises has caused on our families’ finances and we are offering some options to choose from. Please notify us by responding which option you would like to choose by Monday, April 7th. For those families who are able to contribute any amount for April or May, we will be ordering a large brick for our courtyard recognizing those who supported DKH through this historic time.

    No tuition will be drafted without your written response to this email.

    Option 1:
    I am able to support DKH and the teachers by paying:
    • ____ Full tuition amount for April, excluding extended day programs
    • ____ Partial contribution in the amount of $____________

    Option 2:
    • ____I elect to pay no tuition for April

    While we believe our efforts of staying at home will have a positive impact, we also remain hopeful that school will reopen starting May 4th. Lastly, if for some reason, extended school closures are needed we will reach out to communicate any change of plans or options for May.

    As always, we are grateful for your continuous trust and commitment to our school. We know that we will get through these difficult times together, and we look forward to the time that we can all gather again in our community and in our school!

    Sincerely,
    Nancy Parra
    Director, DKH Academy
    parra@dkhacademy.org

    3-27-2020 Update

    Dear DKH Families,

    The news is never in the direction we are all hoping for. I speak on behalf of each staff member and teacher at DKH when I say, “WE MISS YOU!”  Currently, LISD has officially stated that school closures will continue through April 17th. For the safety of our DKH community, we will opt to follow their lead and remain closed through Friday, April 17.

    There is much to consider with the recommendations of our government, both local and national, along with the information coming out from health experts, and for now, this is the right decision.

    I know we are all looking ahead and wondering, and there are a few things I can answer. You will NOT be charged tuition for April until we are heading back, and you will not be asked to pay the month in full. As of now, the 20th is deemed a holiday, however this will be considered a make-up day and we would want to attend if feasible. Until then, the teachers are working hard to connect and engage with your little ones in the only way possible during the closure. Our teams will be in communication about the appropriate length of time to continue offering online learning opportunities based on your feedback along with consideration of the age groups we are trying to reach. Please let us know your thoughts, and we will continue to keep you informed about the remainder of the school year.

    Sincerely,

    Nancy Parra
    Director, DKH Academy
    parra@dkhacademy.org

    3-23-2020 Update

    Monday, March 23, 2020

    Dear DKH Families,

    Every day passes with both hope and uncertainty about what tomorrow will bring. It is our prayer that our immediate and extended DKH families are currently safe, healthy, and as anxious to get back to school as we are!

    While teaching preschoolers and kindergartners is not ideally accomplished via the internet, we are preparing some fun and engaging time for your little ones. Our teachers are excited and anxious to meet their students in virtual classrooms through Webex Meetings and communicating through Webex Teams. Our goal is to offer frequent, new and engaging windows of time for your child to connect and see all their classmates online, and to watch videos and experiences posted by their own teachers. They may experience story time, join for a usual circle time event just like they would at school, sing songs together, watch scientific experiments, and so much more! You will be notified by your teacher sometime this week about the first steps in getting prepared.

    We are sincerely hoping that all of this will carry us through to the April 3rd date, and that we will all be safe enough to return on April 6th. Because of the day by day nature of how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we will stay flexible in our plans and continue to update you as we know more.

    Sincerely,

    Nancy Parra
    Director, DKH Academy
    parra@dkhacademy.org

    3-19-2020 Update

    Dear DKH Families,

    As expected, LISD has just announced that their schools will end all normal operations through Friday, April 3, 2020. DKH Acdademy will follow this recommended schedule of closure. Obviously this is a time where all of our usual interactions and confidence in what to expect in the near future is suddenly upended. With that in mind, we can only react one day at a time. It is my hope, along with all our staff, that by April 3rd, we will be welcoming you all back with a sigh of relief. There is a chance that will be the case! When we do reopen, there are new guidelines set forth from Health and Human Services that will help protect your child at school, such as limiting entrance into the building to children and staff only, temperature and health screenings before entering each day of students and staff, exclusions of ANY staff member or student exhibiting symptoms, etc. These protective measures will be implemented immediately upon opening our classrooms to children.

    Meanwhile, myself and our teachers are hard at work preparing an online “virtual classroom” for you all to enjoy at home with your children. We want to be present with your babies during this time to offer some sense of normalcy for their souls and some academic enrichment for their minds. Stay tuned for something coming your way by next week.

    DKH Academy reserves the independent right to determine how long we stay closed, and we will do everything we can to lower everyone’s concerns moving forward. Tuition is NOT going to be charged for April until the 5th of the month, so BEFORE TUITION WILL BE CHARGED WE WILL HAVE A PLAN and you will all be made aware of the plan as soon as possible.

    Be watching for updates, and for now, enjoy the comfort and safety of your homes and loved ones! I pray for everyone to keep positive spirits, lean on each other, and know that we are a nation with a history of overcoming such difficulties.

    Sincerely,

    Nancy Parra
    Director, DKH Academy
    parra@dkhacademy.org