Cirona Virus Communication
Global concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to grow every day. The health and safety of our community is always a top priority for our school.
As we continue to learn more each day about how COVID-19 is spreading, who is at risk, and how it will affect school communities, we are committed to making our decisions as fact-based as possible.
Please continue to refer to this page for ongoing updates and resources, to ensure we are all doing our part to keep our community as safe as possible. Together, we can take steps to minimize risk to ourselves and others.
Join our relief efforts HERE to help our students during this time.
- Travel Guidelines
- Cancellations | Announcements
- Distance Learning
- Helpful Resources
- Health Guidelines & Reminders
With Spring Break fast approaching, we have been in consultation with an infectious disease physician among other local, national, and global resources to keep our community as safe as possible. Under their advice and in order to do everything we can to keep our community safe, we are recommending families be mindful about travel to areas with verified community transmissions of COVID-19.
As such, we are requesting families to please complete this form if they are:
- Traveling to known domestic or international areas where COVID-19 warnings exist or have verified community transmissions
- Taking a cruise
- Hosting visitors who have traveled to these areas in the last three months
This information will help keep our community safe and aid us in better knowing where members of our community are planning to travel and any action the school may need to consider upon their return.
As of 3/10/20, the State Department has issued Level 3 Warnings (do not travel) for China and Iran. The CDC has expanded its warnings to include Italy, South Korea, Venezuela, and Japan. Also, the CDC warns against any cruise ship travel. To keep our community safe, travel to areas identified by the CDC as Level 3 or above will require a 14-day self-quarantine and consultation with the school nurses before students may return to school.
If you plan to travel, please carefully check the CDC travel website and the State Department website to ensure a safe experience for your family. The situation is very fluid, and new locations continue to be added, so please be vigilant. We will post updates here and will remain in constant communication with you via e-mail.
Thank you in advance for supporting our preparedness efforts.
As COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases increase across the state, Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all K-12 schools to close.
The Nest Academy will be closed for students until April 16th. Distance learning will continue. As decisions are made, information will be shared through our normal communication channels. We will continue to provide updates to questions families and staff will likely have. Many responses will depend on decisions at the state level.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience. We will communicate more details as they become available. Please join us in continued prayers for our city, state and nation.
We will be starting distance learning Wednesday March 18, 2020. We will be in contact with students and parents about procedures and expectations. Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.
Please remind your children to wash their hands regularly and cover their mouth or nose when they cough or sneeze.
- All students who have a fever of 100°F or greater, vomiting, and/or diarrhea may NOT attend school until they are symptom-free for 24 hours.
- Please exercise an abundance of caution to help stem the spread of germs to our community.
- If your child has a respiratory challenge, please inform us, if you have not done so already.
MC Hildreth wanted so badly to wrap her arms around her students and their families as they filed in and out of the quiet cafeteria of The Nest Academy off Eastway Drive.
But there was a pandemic brewing, which is why they were there on Wednesday afternoon — to pick up provisions Hildreth and her staff had rounded up for what could be a long isolation for members of the tiny school that serves 24 low-income students, mostly Latino immigrants and refugees.
The private school, founded in 2009, is free for students.
On one side of the cafeteria sat boxes loaded with veggies and flatbread and shredded cheese, all donated by Cici’s Pizza. Nearby, six cafeteria tables were loaded with cereal and canned goods, bread, fresh fruit, soap and hygiene products.
The relief effort was the result of a sinking feeling that hit Hildreth hard on Sunday while she stood in line buying groceries and supplies for herself and her own three children: If she was having trouble finding the essentials, she had to find a way to help her school’s families get through the crisis.
“Their needs are great every day on a normal basis,” Hildreth said.
On Monday, she sent an email blast to 600 school supporters, and within minutes, donations were rolling in.
Hildreth took the $1,000 that was donated and spent Monday and Tuesday filling carts with groceries and supplies and notifying families that help was coming.
“We wanted to ensure them that we had their kids, that we were going to continue to teach their kids every single day and that we would continue to feed them,” she said. For many, “this is triggering something that reminds them of the fight they’ve been in before, the fight for their lives, to flee their country.”
One mom named Luz, who has two kids at The Nest, smiled widely as she picked out her groceries. She has a compromised immune system because she suffers from Lupus, so being able to get food from a sparsely populated cafeteria instead of a grocery store was a big help.
“This is incredible,” she said.
Hildreth helped families carry boxes out on Wednesday afternoon, and bid students farewell.
But while they wouldn’t see each other in person for awhile, they’d be seeing each other daily via Chromebook. Last week, school staff sent students home with Chromebooks in case schools were closed.
“This is where the strength of the community really is able to be shown,” Hildreth said, “by linking arms with one another.”
We would love to chat with you about how you can get plugged in at the The Nest Academy. We have so many opportunities of you to connect our Nest.
2223 Eastway Drive Charlotte, NC 28205