COVID-19 Planning

Dear Northstar Families,

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, Northstar Academy and Northstar Career Academy will begin utilizing distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Distance Learning Plan:

Northstar Academy’s Distance Learning Plan can be found here.

Expectations for Distance Learning:

  • Students should establish a daily routine for school work in partnership with a family member when appropriate for the needs of the individual student. Find a comfortable, distraction-free place in the home or outside for learning/practice.
  • Students should abide by our school values in all that they do and comply with our Acceptable Use Policy regarding online conduct. Please remember that our expectations for how we treat each other in school are the same online. The rules, as outlined in our student handbook, still apply.
  • Students and families should seek opportunities to move outside.
  • A more casual dress code will be in effect while you are at home. Please remember, however, that if you will be meeting your teacher and classmates in a real-time video conference, that you should wear appropriate attire.
  • Students and parents should communicate with your classroom teachers or case manager with questions or comments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will Northstar re-open?

  • Northstar is following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health guidelines very closely. We also remain in communication with other private and public schools across the State. At this time, our campus is closed through the end of the academic year, pursuant to Gov. Northam’s address on Monday, March 23.

Q: Who should I contact if I have technology questions about distance learning?

  • Please contact Kasey Massengale ( Keep in mind that we can only troubleshoot questions related to Northstar provided materials. For example, we cannot provide assistance in removing a virus or malware from your family’s device.

Q: What should we do if our family has travel plans?

  • We encourage all families who have upcoming professional or personal travel scheduled to follow CDC travel guidance. If you or any of your family members travel outside of the Richmond area, please report this to our school to Nurse Rachel Johnson (

Q: What should we do if a family member has been asked to self-quarantine based on known exposure to COVID-19?


Distance Learning Resources for Parents:

Google Classroom – Parents Guide

Zoom – How to Join a Meeting

Classlink – Parents Guide

Co-writer – Quick Card – Google Chrome Extension

Co-Writer – Quick Card (itouch, ipad, iphone)


Helpful Resources: Here is a list of resources that may be helpful to you and your family as we navigate all of this together.

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times

How to Talk to Your Student about COVID-19

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Travel Guidelines

Virginia Department of Health

When and How to Wash Your Hands

Comcast Xfinity Free Hotspot Map

Below, are the correspondences that have been sent:

Northstar Academy’s Distance Learning Plan (March 27, 2020) can be found here.

March 27, 2020

March 13, 2020

March 11, 2020