Dear IAA Families,
On behalf of the Innovative Arts Academy, I would like to welcome you to the 2020-21 academic year! While we are all dealing with these unprecedented times, IAA administration and staff are looking forward to starting this school year with an even greater emphasis on teaching and learning, with an increased focus on academic achievement and student growth! As with starting anything “new,” the first few days will not be without their “hiccups” or “snags” – stay positive – everything will get worked out!
As we begin our fifth year as a school, we will open our doors to nearly 600 students, on the first day of school – albeit either “hybrid” or “virtual”. We are privileged to have the opportunity to serve students from 9 school districts, within the Lehigh Valley. We understand the tremendous responsibility associated with educating your child(ren). We take that responsibility very seriously and thank you for allowing us to play an integral role in the education of your child(ren).
As a staff, we have been hard at work since students left for summer break! New procedures and protocols have been put into place to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff. As with any new year, changes have been made in order to ensure we are providing the best learning experience for our students. Below are some of the many changes:
- New highly-qualified teachers were hired to support our growing student population.
- Additional changes were made to the floorplan to make effective use of the resources within our building.
- Upgrades were made to our wireless internet to improve internet speeds for students.
- Minor changes were made to the student code of conduct and student uniform policy to increase safety, while promoting school pride (school logo).
- PPE and mitigation protocols were developed and implemented for increased student and staff safety.
With the ever-changing landscape due to the uncertainty associated with COVID-19, more changes may be necessary in order to suit the ever-changing needs of our students and staff. While educating your child(ren) is our top-priority, their safety and well-being is also of paramount importance. We will continually strive to have the best interests of our students, at the forefront of all of our decision-making processes. We will look to partner with each one of you, our parents/guardians, to ensure that we are on the right path. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the appropriate administrator. If your child did not receive a schedule, please contact Emily Fulmer, Assistant Principal, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to an incredible school year! Once again, welcome to the 2020-21 academic year. Cougar Pride!
Bradley S. Schifko, M.Ed.
Chief Executive Officer
Innovative Arts Academy