For Parents

We hope you will choose Cirrus Academy Charter School for your child. For questions or information about Cirrus Academy, volunteering in your child’s classroom, joining the PTO, or more, please email us at enrollment@cirrusacademy.org or fill out the form below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) Notice to Parents for 2022-2023 School Year?

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) that serves as official notice to parents of Cirrus academy’s policy regarding parents rights for surveys, collections and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams is attached:

PPRA

 

What is CACS response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

Cirrus Academy Charter School District is working alongside health partners and emergency management officials at the state and local levels to monitor updates regarding the spread of the Coronavirus Disease.
Please read and complete ASAP.

How can I enroll my child in Cirrus Academy?

 

We are now accepting students based on a lottery. To apply for Kindergarten – 8th grade, please visit Lotterease here and enroll your student. You will first be required to create a parent account.

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What is Cirrus Academy's attendance zone?

Any student residing within the State of Georgia is eligible for attendance at Cirrus Academy.

What is the age cut-off for a child entering kindergarten?

According to the Georgia Department of Education, a child must be five years old on or before September 1 to enter a public kindergarten. The child must be six years old on or before September 1 to enter 1st grade. School systems must verify age before enrollment.

What are your office hours?

7:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Monday-Friday

What time does school start and end?

School building and gates opens at 7:30 AM

Breakfast is offered from 7:30 to 8:00 AM

The school day begins for instruction at 8:20 AM and ends at 3:20 PM

Parents MUST sign tardy scholars in at the designated drop-off point.

 

 

When does drop-off begin and early dismissal end?

Early drop-off begins at 7:30 AM.

All dismissals are at 3:20 PM

No scholars will be dismissed after 1:45 PM

Parents and Guardians must have a picture id to present to staff at the time of dismissal.

Do you have a transportation system?

No. Parents are responsible for ensuring students are taken to and from school.

Does cirrus academy have a dress code?

Yes. Students are required to wear school uniforms. DRESS CODE
Uniforms must be worn daily while attending CACS

The purpose of the School Dress Code Policy is to provide additional opportunities for increased school safety, to encourage our students to experience a greater sense of school identity and belonging, to encourage improvement in student behavior, to reduce school clothing costs and disruptions to the learning environment, to encourage a high level of program participation and to improve and expand academic excellence. In addition, potential benefits of school uniforms include:
· Decreasing violence and theft
· Helping thwart the promotion of gang activity or insignia at school
· Instilling student discipline
· Helping parents and students resist peer pressure
· Helping school officials recognize intruders who come to school.

Effective May 31, 2016, there is a mandatory school dress code policy adhered to at CACS as set forth by Cirrus Education Group Board.
MONDAY-THURSDAY
PANTS / SKIRTS / SHORTS: Gray or Blue
POLO-STYLE SHIRTS: Gray, White, Royal, & Light Blue
Students can also wear uniforms purchased from 2017-2018 Parker or 2016-2017 uniforms.

EAGLES’ FRIDAYS
Students can dress according to the dress code or wear t-shirt and jeans on Fridays and special Cirrus Academy Spirit Days. Plain t-shirts in school colors or class shirts can be worn with jeans on Eagles’ Fridays or Spirit Days. No holes, rips or sagging allowed. 2017-2018 class shirts are available for purchase at a cost $8.00 each. Order forms are available in the office.

All details of this policy will be available in the school office.

What is the student-teacher ratio at Cirrus Academy?

  • Kindergarten – 1st : 20:1
  • 2nd– 5th: 22:1
  • 6th and 8th: 24:1

How are students evaluated?

Teachers use various assessments ranging from exams, quizzes, reports, projects, student portfolios, lab projects, classroom observations, oral presentations, and homework to regularly evaluate student understanding. All state-required standardized tests are administered as well.

What qualifications do teachers have?

Cirrus Academy teachers are highly qualified and have all appropriate state certifications and clearances.

Do you provide breakfast and lunch for students? What are your wellness and meal charge policies? How do I locate summer feeding sites in our area?

Yes. Cirrus Academy is pleased to announce all students will eat FREE breakfast and lunch through Community Eligibility Provision.

1% white milk, chocolate fat-free milk and fat-free strawberry milk is available for all students.

Meals, foods, and beverages that are sold or served at Cirrus Academy meet state and federal requirements based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. All meals, foods, and beverages are prepared and served by qualified child nutrition professionals.

We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.  Our menus are planned in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Food Guide Pyramid. We also provide snacks for K-5 Students via our FFVP (Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program) entitlement.

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Wellness Policy
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Charge Policy
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Summer Feeding sites can be located in our area by visiting the following website: Summer Feeding Information

Do you provide before and after-school tutoring?

Before School – No.  Afterschool – Yes! CACS will be having Virtual After School on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting after Labor Day 2022.

Click the registration link: https://forms.office.com/r/nokK7feghN

If you have any questions please contact: (478) 250-1376 or [email protected]

How do you challenge students who are ahead of their peers?

Gifted and accelerated students will be given extra opportunities for extended learning. These may occur before or after school, during regular class in the form of differentiated instruction, in small groups that may be pulled out of class for enrichment activities, dual enrollment, and/or online learning.

What type of support is given to students who are struggling academically?

Cirrus Academy’s teachers address student needs by skill level, not age. Due to this flexibility, we are able to create individualized plans of instruction that permit us to mix ages and skill groups. In addition, the curriculum allows students the opportunity to learn at their own rate and ability level. Teachers are trained to identify students’ learning styles and design learning experiences that engage students and increase their chances of mastering the standards.

What special education programs do you provide?

Cirrus Academy will ensure that children with disabilities are educated to the maximum extent possible in the regular education environment or least restrictive environment. Programs and services available to students with disabilities might include: supplementary aides and services, itinerant service by a special education teacher either in or out of the regular classroom, a special education teacher in a resource classroom, special education class placement, or special education services provided outside the regular class.

Can I volunteer at the school or in my child's classroom?

Before COVID-19, volunteering was welcomed.  Please contact us for more information regarding the status.  Updates will be posted as they occur.

Are the 2021-2022 Parent/Student Handbook and Code of Conduct available for review?

Yes.  In progress of being updated.

 

 

What is the USDA Non-discrimination statement?

The statement is as follows:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,
color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Where do I find information about and a copy of Cirrus Academy's annual report card?

LEAs that receive Title I, Part A funds are required to place their district’s Annual Report Card and each of their school’s Annual Report Card on their websites.  Below is a copy of ESEA Section 1111(h)(2) with the specifics of this requirement.

(2) ANNUAL LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY REPORT CARDS.—

(A) PREPARATION AND DISSEMINATION.—A local educational agency that receives assistance under this part Title I, Part A shall prepare and disseminate an annual local educational agency report card that includes information on such agency as a whole and each school served by the agency.

(B) IMPLEMENTATION.—Each local educational agency report card shall be—

(i) concise;

(ii) presented in an understandable and uniform format, and to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand; and

(iii) accessible to the public, which shall include—

(I) placing such report card on the website of the local educational agency; and

(II) in any case in which a local educational agency does not operate a website, providing the information to the public in another manner determined by the local educational agency.

In Georgia, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) prepares Georgia’s State, LEA, and School Annual Report Cards and posts them on their website (https://gosa.georgia.gov/report-card).  Back in 2019, GOSA created a unique URL link for each LEA and each LEA’s schools to assist in meeting this ESEA requirement.

GOSA has updated the URL link for each LEA and school.   Therefore, please update the LEA and School website with this new URL link.   When LEAs post this URL link on their district’s website and push it out to each school’s website, they will have met the ESEA requirement.  Title I would like to thank Jackie Lundberg and Michael Moore of GOSA for developing these URLs.

Below is the specific URL link containing your LEA’s report card as well as each School’s report card.  Please appropriately post this URL link on the district’s website in a location easy for parents to find.   Should you have any questions, please contact me.

https://public.gosa.ga.gov/noauth/extensions/SchoolGrades-Georgia/SchoolGrades-Georgia.html?lang=English&SchoolName=ch-cirrus-charter-academy

How do I access the Parent Portal?

To access the Parent Portal click the following link:

Parent Portal

For more information about the Parent Portal use the power-point attached:

Parent Portal Powerpoint 2019-20

How do I ensure the safety of a child by Reporting Suspected Abuse?

To ensure the safety of a child Suspected of Abuse please use the following information.  It’s EVERYONE’s responsibility!!!

Reporting Suspected Abuse

Did Cirrus Academy do a Triennial Assessment for Nutrition?

Yes.   The Triennial Assessment tool is used to gage our Nutrition Department annually.  Please read and review.

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For questions and comments please contact our Director of Nutrition:

Wendy Brinson Grimes – [email protected] or 478.250.376 ext. 100