March 2, 2022
Important Events Coming Up

  • February 28th - March 3rd: NJHS Bake Sale

  • February 14th - March 14th: NJHS Sock Drive

  • Thursday, March 3rd: 5th Grade Transition Event 6PM (in-person)

  • Friday, March 4th: Asynchronous Learning Day (No Community Circle)

  • March 7th - March 16th: Scholastic Book Fair

  • Thursday, March 10th: Assessments 101 Parent Workshop 5PM

  • Saturday, March 25th: Atlanta Science Festival

  • April 4th-8th: Spring Break - No School
Mask Policy Update

Dear Amana Community,

On Sunday we sent an update forecasting a change to our masking policies. Amana will be lifting the mandatory mask requirement for all staff and students indoors and on buses. Effective Monday, March 7, mask-wearing will be strongly encouraged for all staff, students, and visitors. This change in mask guidelines was based on new CDC data and is in line with changes across Fulton County. We recognize this may be a relief for some in the Amana community and stressful for others, so we wanted to convey some contextual information about this change.

The most important change to note is that we are safer now than we have been since the very early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The landscape in the US, including here in Fulton County, has changed dramatically.
  • Cases of COVID are plummeting
  • The dominant strain, the Omicron variant, is less severe than previous strains
  • COVID-19 testing is free and available, including readily available home testing kits
  • COVID-19 vaccines are available for all school-aged kids and adults
  • Hospitals have the capacity for treating those that need medical attention
  • We are coming to the end of flu season, reducing another comorbidity for COVID-19

We are at a point in the pandemic where public health officials are starting to treat COVID as an endemic disease, meaning that it is no longer considered a public health emergency. This is hopeful news after two difficult years of a changing world living through a pandemic. We want to celebrate the hope that comes with this change, and we want to do so in a way that is responsible to our community.  

Going forward, Amana will follow Fulton County Schools COVID-19 guidelines per the following:
When can students report to school

  • If you have a pending COVID-19 test and you are not exhibiting symptoms
  • If you have an in-school exposure and are asymptomatic or symptom-free. However, masks are recommended to be worn for the next 10 days while on campus or at any school-sponsored activity.
  • If you have an exposure and have been vaccinated for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic or symptom-free. However, masks are required to be worn at school for the next 10 days after this exposure. 

You do not need to report a pending test or exposure to the Parent Portal

When do students need to stay home

  • If you have a positive COVID-19 test
  • If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or illness
  • If you have exposure inside the home and are not vaccinated and you cannot separate from the positive individual at home – follow public health guidance which is to quarantine for 10 days and wear a mask for 5 days when you return.
  • If you are not vaccinated but able to separate from the positive individual at home – quarantine for 5 days and wear a mask for 5 days when you return.

Positive tests should be reported to the Covid Reporting Form on our website.

The Response Team will provide guidance for all positive reports.
Just as a reminder, please do not come to school if you are sick. If you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, public health strongly recommends you be tested. We also strongly encourage families to participate in vaccination and testing opportunities.

Additional Amana mask policies include:
  • COVID cases in the classroom: We will respond to positive cases in classrooms in a targeted manner by requiring the wearing of masks if 3+ cases are reported in a class. Classes will no longer need to transition to remote learning.
  • Parents in the building: All parents are strongly encouraged to wear masks when entering the building for dismissal, meetings, or volunteering.
  • Field Studies: Masks are optional on field studies unless the venue requires them. Expert Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks while in the building. 
  • Visitors & Tours: Amana will encourage visitors to wear masks. 

We need to take this time to still celebrate the diversity within our community and to promote learning. To this end, we will spend time over the next few days preparing staff and students for this change. This will include lessons about respect and responsibility, using Crew time to discuss why choice is okay now and to ensure no bullying, ostracization, or harassment based on different choices related to masking, and renewing last year’s Crew CARES Pledge to address this new environment.

As always, if there is a change in the data and/or guidelines, we will adjust accordingly to meet the safety needs of the entire Amana community. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our Principal Najla Abdul-Khaliq. We are hopeful for a healthier and safer spring and summer.

Counseling Resources

Professional Counseling Program:

  • We are excited to announce that Amana Academy received a grant from North Point Community Church to provide free and low-cost counseling to students through Sunshine Counseling in Alpharetta. If you would like for your child to be referred to this program, please complete the Professional Counseling Referral Request form below. For additional information or questions regarding this program, please contact Jaime Albright at  

High School Transition Website:
  • We encourage all parents with a current 8th Grader to visit the High School Transition Website. It contains important information for ensuring your student has a smooth transition into high school.
  • CLICK HERE to access it.

Connect Fulton
  • Connect Fulton helps families find resources like financial assistance, food pantries, and medical care in their area.
  • CLICK HERE to access their website.
Helpful Resources

  • Amana's 8th Grade Transition Newsletter: CLICK HERE
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