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Below is important reopening information for the 2020-2021 school year. Towards the bottom of the page you will see the instructional choice registration forms which must be submitted by parents.

We’re actively preparing to resume classes on Monday, August 24, 2020. With the purpose of providing the best academic experience for your child(ren) in the safest way possible, we have consulted with the Florida Department of Health in Orlando, our partners at AdventHealth, The School Board, and the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists on how to open Orlando Junior Academy safely. We will continuously monitor our situation and make adjustments accordingly. Please review the reopening information to best be informed of our reopening plans.

Arrival of Students 

The normal drop time is 7:45am at the front of the school. Parents must wait to depart from the drop off area until their child is administered a health screening and a “thumbs-up” is received from official school personnel. If a child displays any of the symptoms below they will not be permitted in the school building and returned to the parent’s vehicle.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit of higher 
  • Dry cough 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Chills 
  • Loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat 
  • Muscle aches 
  • Red rash 
  • Red eyes 
  • Diarrhea

Dismissal of Students 

Dismissal time is at 3:00pm during Monday-Thursday, and on Fridays it is at 1:00pm.

Morning Care

Early Drop Off for Morning Care begins at 6:45am at the gymnasium entrance. Morning Care hours are Monday-Friday from 6:45am-7:45am. This service is free to our families and begins the first day of school. Parents must wait to depart until their child is administered a health screening and the “thumbs-up” is received. If the child displays any of the symptoms (see page 1) the student will be asked to return to the parent in the vehicle. 

The students will sit in the gym with social distancing. They must wear a mask. No sharing of food, electronic devices, or other items. Students will go straight to their homerooms once dismissed from morning care.


Enrichment Program/After school Care

The Enrichment Program will begin on the first day of classes and be available only to those students registered for in-person instruction. Students will continue to follow safety procedures and social distancing. This program is for students who remain on campus after the dismissal time. After school care (ENRICHMENT) will be automatically billed at $5.00 for every 30 minutes.

*This is an abbreviated version of the full PDF Reopening Campus Plan. 

Classrooms and Spaces are Protected through: 

  • Smaller class sizes: Decrease health risks and increase teacher/student social distancing.  
  • Homerooms will be kept isolated from each other.
  • Title 1 Tutoring: Supports struggling students through a pull out program. Sanitizing of area/materials between groups.  
  • Hygiene practices: Built into the daily schedule (include hand washing times, etc.).  
  • Desks: Socially distanced desks/desk partitions.
  • Signage and floor markings: Markings to promote social distancing in areas and classroom traffic patterns.  
  • Outdoor time: Increased outdoor time built into daily schedule.  
  • Supplies: Individual classroom supplies will be used by each student.  
  • Cooperative learning: Modified cooperative learning techniques to maintain health and social distancing. Each student has their own game pieces that are wiped down after use.  
  • Touchless water bottle stations are installed in the main school building and gymnasium. Students will be asked to use water bottles instead of the traditional fountains. Please bring your own water bottle.
  • Lockers: No locker usage for the middle school.

Specials Classes

Each specials class will be limited to only one homeroom during a scheduled period. Cleaning and sanitizing of the specials classroom will occur immediately prior to the start of the next period.

Chapel & Assemblies

Initially, chapels and assemblies will be held virtually and transmitted to the classroom. The student activities team is actively working on programming that will spiritually and socially enrich students. If and when it is deemed safe to hold group chapels where social distancing can be guaranteed, such an action will be considered.

Field Trips

Off campus field trips are currently suspended until further notice. Teachers may take students on virtual field trips to enrich students’ learning experiences.

*This is an abbreviated version of the full PDF Reopening Campus Plan. 

Lunch Program

School lunches are offered for in-person students and available for pick up for online students. This must be reserved ahead of time with Chef Ed. Each meal is billed at $5.00, unless the family applies for and is eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Applications are available on the school website or at the OJA Welcome Desk. 

Lunch Procedures

  • Only healthy individuals will be preparing, packaging, or touching food.  
  • If someone is ill or feels sick, they will go home immediately.  
  • Staff will wear freshly laundered clothing.  
  • PreK–5th grade will eat meals in designated lunchrooms. Only one homeroom class will eat in a lunchroom at a time. The areas will be cleaned and sanitized prior to the next group.
  • 6th–8th grade will eat meals in the classroom.  
  • Use of disposable food service items (e.g., utensils, dishes).  
  • Individuals will wash their hands after removing their gloves or after directly handling used food service items. 

Following items are available for food service staff: 

  • Handwashing sinks with soap and single-use paper towels or hand dryer.  
  • Proper waste receptacles.  
  • Alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.  
  • Disposable gloves.  
  • Aprons.  
  • Masks will be required.

*This is an abbreviated version of the full PDF Reopening Campus Plan. 

Basic Procedures to be followed by everyone at the school: 

  • No parents or visitors will be allowed in the school building until further notice. 
  • Social distancing will be maintained by everyone physically on campus.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not immediately available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or cough into your elbow. Sanitize your hands following a cough or sneeze and throw tissue in trash. 
  • Avoid touching your face (mouth, nose, and eyes). 

Face Mask Policy

To view the Face Mask Policy, please see the Reopening Campus Plan PDF.

COVID-19 Protocols 

The steps below will be followed if a student is showing symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Student becomes ill during school: The student will inform their teacher and get permission to go to the welcome desk.
  • The student’s temperature will be checked. If the student has a temperature of 100.4⁰ or higher, the student will enter the Sick Room then the student will be assessed further.
  • If presenting COVID-19 symptoms: Parents will be notified immediately and will be expected to pick up their child within 30 minutes. It is suggested that you have an alternate person available to pick up if you are unable to arrive at the school within 30 minutes.
  • If the student has symptoms consistent with COVID-19: Contact your Primary Care Physician and Florida Department of Health at 1-866-779-6121 for guidance to determine if testing for COVID-19 is required.

*This is an abbreviated version of the full PDF Reopening Campus Plan. 

For the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year Orlando Junior Academy is offering two learning options, in-person on-campus learning and online learning via Synchronous Web-based Instruction. Parents must register for their child’s learning option by August 12. Forms are available at DiscoverOJA.com/reopening


Synchronous Web Instruction (SWI)

OJA is offering parents the option of Synchronous Web-based Instruction (SWI). Students who are registered for this option can learn from home while following the daily schedule of in-person students via video and the SWIVL learning platform. Families who register for their child(ren) for SWI can expect the following:

  • Students will be required to attend classes via video and follow the daily schedule along with in-person learning students. Students must login (arrive virtually) at the designated times. Attendance will be taken daily.
  • Students will be expected to follow the code of conduct and classroom procedures set by the teacher. This includes but is not limited to: having their device’s video camera turned on and set to landscape mode, and raising their hand when they have a question or need to go to the bathroom.
  • Students will complete the same assignments as given to in-person students as well as follow the same due dates. (Unless otherwise specified by the teacher for a particular assignment)
  • Students will be required to be in the full school uniform while attending class.
  • There will be technical support and resources from the school but the parent will ultimately be responsible for technical issues at home. OJA will provide your child a school-issued device for use with SWI.
  • The tuition rate is the same for SWI as for in-person instruction. For eligible students, the Step Up for Students Scholarship will be applied towards the SWI learning option for up to the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Once students have begun SWI it is assumed they will continue throughout the quarter with this learning option. If a family chooses to switch their student to in-person learning, they must submit the request to the registrar and receive approval from administration. The request may take up to 3 business days to process.

*This is an abbreviated version of the full PDF Reopening Campus Plan.