Important Updates For IAA Families Regarding COVID-19

Correspondence #8

Dear IAA Families,

On Thursday, April 9, Governor Wolf and the State Secretary of Education, Pedro Rivera, announced that all schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

As a result of this mandate, IAA will continue with our virtual education plan through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We will continue to deliver instruction, virtually, throughout the remaining weeks of the current academic school year.

Undoubtedly, there will be questions that will need to be answered moving forward. As decisions are made and finalized, that may impact end-of-year activities, this information will be shared with
our families. Additionally, IAA administration and staff have been meeting regularly to maintain continuity of education.

We are tremendously appreciative and sincerely thank you for the patience, support and flexibility of our families over the past several weeks. We hope you and your families continue to be well, be safe and stay healthy.


Brad Schifko, M.Ed.
Interim CEO

Correspondence #7

Good afternoon Innovative Arts Academy Families,

Due to Governor Wolf’s mandated school closures, we have been forced to close our school. IAA administration and staff are working tremendously hard, remotely, to launch our “Virtual Learning Plan,” in order to advance your child(ren)’s education.

IAA administration and staff are excited to announce its Virtual Learning Plan, which will begin on Monday, March 30, 2020. Given the number of challenges this form of education may present, we are committed to providing high-quality academics, during this less-than-ideal situation. Together, we will work through these challenging times.

Attached, please find the Parent Notification of our Virtual Learning Plan and Special Education Prior Written Notice during COVID-19 school closure. In the meantime, please work with your child(ren) to prepare them for the online learning opportunities in the coming weeks. Furthermore, it is imperative that we continue to abide by the Governor’s Stay at Home Order issued for Lehigh and Northampton Counties.


Brad Schifko, M.Ed.
Interim CEO


Correspondence #6


Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we are well into our second week of the mandated school closing issued by Governor Wolf due to COVID-19, we hope you are all healthy and safe.  This is an unprecedented time in our country as every aspect of our lives has changed. Balancing life responsibilities, child care, teaching and learning, while navigating the next steps, has been an enormous challenge for everyone.  Please know your IAA family is here for you. With this in mind, it is a time for our school to become stronger and united. Now, more than ever, it is crucial we work in partnership to support our students.

The administration, as well as the faculty and staff, have been working to prepare for the next steps, as Governor Wolf has now mandated school closings through Monday, April 6, 2020.  As a result of this mandate, we will be moving to an online learning platform, beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020, in order to move forward with your child(ren)’s education.  Additional information and resources will be shared in the coming days.

In the meantime, here are a few steps you should take to ensure your child(ren) are prepared for this transition:


  1. Do you have access to the internet?  If not, here are a few resources to help you during this time: 



We have also provided a list of additional reduced price and free internet resources for you to view and download:


  1. Does your child have technology (chromebook or computer or laptop) in order to engage in daily learning activities? A technology survey has been sent out several times.  If you have not responded, please do so immediately.  If you require assistance please contact the school (information provided below).  The link to our survey is as follows:
  • Due to the limited number of available Chromebooks, only those families who have NO ACCESS to technology, AND who have responded to our survey, will have the ability to borrow a chromebook from the school.
  • Families with NO ACCESS will receive direct communication from the school detailing specific instructions as to how they may borrow a chromebook.


  1. Please check on your fellow IAA families.  Ask if they are hearing from us! If you have changed your email or phone number we need to know!  Now more than ever we need to hear from you.  If you are not hearing from us, call, send a message on social media – please reach out!


  1. Here is how to contact the school:

Phone: 610-403-2787
Website:  (The homepage has all of our updates)


  1. Please check our website on a regular basis. Our homepage will have all of the most up-to-date information posted:  Over the next few days we will be adding a link for online learning.  Students will be accessing google classroom for their daily instruction.  We will be sending out detailed instructions on how to login and access resources for our students (teachers have already begun communicating with their students).


Now more than ever, we need each other.  Please know we are deeply committed to ensure your children receive an outstanding, personalized education.  We are here for you and your children. Thank you for your ongoing support.

If there is anything we can do during this time please do not hesitate to reach out.  We are looking forward to the day where we are able to resume “normal” operations!



IAA Administration

Correspondence #5

Dear IAA Families,

As we continue to navigate through these uncertain times, I want to strongly encourage everyone to continue to practice "social distancing," as well as other measures to ensure your safety, health and well-being. Remember that frequent hand-washing and sanitizing, as well as the cleaning and sanitizing of "high-traffic" areas, is strongly recommended. Should you feel "symptomatic," please seek appropriate medical attention. I hope that you are all well at this time.

With this in mind, IAA administration is rolling out guidelines as they relate to the continuity of instruction for our students. As per Governor Wolf’s order, during this 2-week closure, IAA is not required to provide education to our students. However, we have developed a recommended daily plan that students may access online while they are home. While we cannot make it mandatory for students to follow this plan, we hope that you will encourage your children to make educational activities a regular part of their daily routine. We understand that not all students have the same level of access to technology resources, as well as the internet (a survey was sent to assess need). We will be taking steps to address those areas of need and will provide more information in the days to come. Currently, the “IAA Recommended Educational Activities Planner” is a recommendation to keep students engaged during this closure. Once the plan is rolled out, it will be updated frequently over the next few days. Please be sure to check our website for regular updates.

At this time, IAA administration is requesting that all teachers and staff be available during the hours of 7:30 - 3:00 PM, daily, to help support our administration, as well as our families. Furthermore, IAA administration is requiring teachers and staff to respond to any questions you may have, via email or phone, as quickly as possible. We understand that these are less-than-ideal times, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as await further directions from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the CDC, as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

We are confident that, together, our IAA family can get through these unprecedented times.

Please remember to take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself, your families and your community.


Brad Schifko, M.Ed.
Interim CEO

During this period of time while the schools remain closed due to the mandatory shut down by Governor Wolf we are here for you! If students need breakfast or lunch please contact IAA for more information. Just call the school 610-403-2787 prompt #3. 8am-3pm

UPDATE: Students in need of meals

During this period of time while the schools remain closed due to the mandatory shut down by Governor Wolf we are here for you! If students need breakfast or lunch please contact IAA for more information. Just call the school 610-403-2787 prompt #3. 8am-3pm

UPDATE 3/13/20

In an effort to keep our community healthy and safe, at this time the school is closed to visitors and unauthorized appointments. Student pick up and drop off procedures will remain in effect. If you need to be on campus we ask that you please use all necessary precautions such as washing hands and using sanitizer and limit your time on campus.

UPDATE 3/12/2020
Correspondence #2

IAA Staff and Families:

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 from a local, regional and national level, IAA's first priority is keeping our community safe and healthy. The decision to close IAA on 3/12/2020 was made to ensure we are being proactive by deep cleaning the facility.

Since that decision, IAA has been made aware an employee presented with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 overnight and was subsequently tested late this morning. As a result, the school will remain closed tomorrow, March 13th, 2020. When more information becomes available we will inform the community. IAA will follow guidelines set out by the PA Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control regarding COVID-19.

Cleaning and sanitation efforts of the building will resume Friday, March 13th and through the weekend if necessary.

Moving forward, our plan is to reopen the school on Monday, March 16th.
It is important to note that there are no known or reported cases of COVID-19 at IAA and our students, staff, as well as their families, will always remain our top priority.

We encourage you to be vigilant in following the necessary steps to keep not only yourself but others safe. Several resources have been posted on our website and we will continue to update as necessary. We understand the impact this has on all aspects of our community and urge parents to work in partnership with IAA to ensure our community remains healthy, strong and united.

Mr. Bradley Schifko
Interim CEO

UPDATE 3/12/2020
Correspondence #1

Innovative Arts Academy will be CLOSED on March 12th and 13th, 2020 as a precautionary measure. The health of our students, families, staff, and community is our first priority and we will be conducting a deep clean of the entire school as a precautionary measure. We will continue to provide regular updates. Please be patient as we make the necessary decisions to protect our school and community.

UPDATE 3/6/2020

Innovative Arts Academy is committed to protecting the health and welfare of its students, families, and staff and wants to remind everyone to practice the following:

1) Stay home when you are sick.
2) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
3) Cover coughs and sneezes.
4) Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects, especially when someone is ill.
5) Wash hands for 20 seconds under clean, running water. If you cannot wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.

We will remain vigilant in following recommendations from local and national organizations that are closely monitoring the safety of our community.

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