COVID-19


KLA Schools is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of the children, your families and our staff. We are diligently watching the development of the Coronavirus and following recommendations by the Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and World Health Organization to stay up to date on the most current information. We are abiding by ordnances given to us by our local child care representatives as well as our local governments to participate in the effort to keep our communities as safe as possible. Please see below regarding specific information as it pertains to our latest updates and precautions:


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Q. WHAT IS THE SCHOOL DOING TO PREPARE FOR A LOCAL OUTBREAK?


KLA Schools continues to stay committed to protecting the safety and well-being of the children, your families and our staff. We are diligently watching the development of the Coronavirus and following recommendations by the Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and World Health Organization to stay up to date on the most current information. We are abiding by ordnances given to us by our local child care representatives as well as our local governments to participate in the effort to keep our communities as safe as possible.


Q. WHAT STEPS HAVE THE SCHOOL TAKEN?


We have a number of protocols to protect against the spread of infectious illnesses that we do every day – and even more so during flu season. Given the risks associated with Coronavirus, we want you to know that we are extra vigilant and have increased our efforts around safety, hygiene, and particularly infection control.
We have implemented strategic daily disinfection of high-touch surfaces, focusing on abundant supplies for hygiene, and frequent disinfecting and preventative cleaning. We have raised a heightened staff awareness and diligence in sanitary practices.

Steps Taken:

1. Incorporating additional hand sanitizing/washing protocols throughout the day.
2. Trained our cleaning crew and teachers to emphasize focus on cleaning all ‘high-touch’ surfaces multiple times each day. This includes counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, tablets, toys, touch screens, light switches, thermostats, and railings.
3. Deep cleaning in all of our schools.
4. Additional signage has been installed in the restrooms encouraging proper hand washing.
5. Speaking to children about the importance of proper handwashing and hygiene.


Q. WHAT SHOULD PARENTS DO?


Parents, it is crucial that you are enrolled in all of our communication systems and that we have all of your updated contact information. The school will be sending important updates on school closures and learning resources.

You can encourage your child to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by teaching them to do the same things everyone should do to stay healthy. The following are CDC recommendations that we are implementing, and we ask for you to as well, in an effort to reduce the spread of respiratory disease:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home. (If your child has been sent home for illness, they will not be permitted to return without a doctor’s note and fever free without medication for 24 hours).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then dispose of the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Monitor your symptoms.
  • Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

In addition, we ask that you reconsider traveling internationally. As stated by the Department of State “U.S. citizens are advised to avoid all international travel at this time due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.”

For families that are currently visiting or have recently returned from European Countries that are part of the Schengen Area, China and Iran, the Department of Homeland Security has issued a new process for Americans returning to the United States.

As mentioned in the Department of Homeland Security’s website: “Upon arrival, travelers will proceed to standard customs processing. They will then continue to enhanced entry screening where the passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities. Passengers will then be given written guidance about COVID-19 and directed to proceed to their final destination, and immediately home-quarantine in accordance with CDC best practices.”

To learn more, go to the Department of Homeland Security’s website.


Q. WHAT IF MY CHILD BECOMES ILL?


If you or any member of your family have any symptoms of illness, including fever, coughing or sneezing, please reconsider entering our facilities – please contact the school for support during drop off or pick up periods. We understand it may be hard to temporarily accommodate this request, but if you feel under the weather, we appreciate your support in keeping KLA Schools a safe place for everyone.

Anyone that fits the following criteria will be not be allowed entry into our schools:

  • Has a temperature of 100.4°F or above.
  • Signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and low-grade fever.
  • In the previous 14 days has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19; is under investigation for COVID-19; or is ill with a respiratory illness.
  • In the previous 14 days has travelled internationally to countries or domestically to states or counties with widespread, sustained community transmission.

Q. LEARNING RESOURCES


Some of our schools have closed their doors, but the teachers are working from home to provide families with continued support. Please check your email daily as we will be sending learning resources for your child. We would love to see photos of students participating in their remote learning experiences!

Here are a list of educational websites that you can visit with your child:

https://pbskids.org
https://www.starfall.com
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com
https://www.funbrain.com
https://www.abcmouse.com
https://www.seussville.com
http://www.petethecatbooks.com



COVID-19


KLA Schools is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of the children, your families and our staff. We are diligently watching the development of the Coronavirus and following recommendations by the Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and World Health Organization to stay up to date on the most current information. We are abiding by ordnances given to us by our local child care representatives as well as our local governments to participate in the effort to keep our communities as safe as possible. Please see below regarding specific information as it pertains to our latest updates and precautions:


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Q. WHAT IS THE SCHOOL DOING TO PREPARE FOR A LOCAL OUTBREAK?


KLA Schools continues to stay committed to protecting the safety and well-being of the children, your families and our staff. We are diligently watching the development of the Coronavirus and following recommendations by the Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and World Health Organization to stay up to date on the most current information. We are abiding by ordnances given to us by our local child care representatives as well as our local governments to participate in the effort to keep our communities as safe as possible.


Q. WHAT STEPS HAVE THE SCHOOL TAKEN?


We have a number of protocols to protect against the spread of infectious illnesses that we do every day – and even more so during flu season. Given the risks associated with Coronavirus, we want you to know that we are extra vigilant and have increased our efforts around safety, hygiene, and particularly infection control.
We have implemented strategic daily disinfection of high-touch surfaces, focusing on abundant supplies for hygiene, and frequent disinfecting and preventative cleaning. We have raised a heightened staff awareness and diligence in sanitary practices.

Steps Taken:

1. Incorporating additional hand sanitizing/washing protocols throughout the day.
2. Trained our cleaning crew and teachers to emphasize focus on cleaning all ‘high-touch’ surfaces multiple times each day. This includes counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, tablets, toys, touch screens, light switches, thermostats, and railings.
3. Deep cleaning in all of our schools.
4. Additional signage has been installed in the restrooms encouraging proper hand washing.
5. Speaking to children about the importance of proper handwashing and hygiene.


Q. WHAT SHOULD PARENTS DO?


Parents, it is crucial that you are enrolled in all of our communication systems and that we have all of your updated contact information. The school will be sending important updates on school closures and learning resources.

You can encourage your child to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by teaching them to do the same things everyone should do to stay healthy. The following are CDC recommendations that we are implementing, and we ask for you to as well, in an effort to reduce the spread of respiratory disease:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home. (If your child has been sent home for illness, they will not be permitted to return without a doctor’s note and fever free without medication for 24 hours).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then dispose of the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Monitor your symptoms.
  • Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

In addition, we ask that you reconsider traveling internationally. As stated by the Department of State “U.S. citizens are advised to avoid all international travel at this time due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.”

For families that are currently visiting or have recently returned from European Countries that are part of the Schengen Area, China and Iran, the Department of Homeland Security has issued a new process for Americans returning to the United States.

As mentioned in the Department of Homeland Security’s website: “Upon arrival, travelers will proceed to standard customs processing. They will then continue to enhanced entry screening where the passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities. Passengers will then be given written guidance about COVID-19 and directed to proceed to their final destination, and immediately home-quarantine in accordance with CDC best practices.”

To learn more, go to the Department of Homeland Security’s website.


Q. WHAT IF MY CHILD BECOMES ILL?


If you or any member of your family have any symptoms of illness, including fever, coughing or sneezing, please reconsider entering our facilities – please contact the school for support during drop off or pick up periods. We understand it may be hard to temporarily accommodate this request, but if you feel under the weather, we appreciate your support in keeping KLA Schools a safe place for everyone.

Anyone that fits the following criteria will be not be allowed entry into our schools:

  • Has a temperature of 100.4°F or above.
  • Signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and low-grade fever.
  • In the previous 14 days has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19; is under investigation for COVID-19; or is ill with a respiratory illness.
  • In the previous 14 days has travelled internationally to countries or domestically to states or counties with widespread, sustained community transmission.

Q. LEARNING RESOURCES


Some of our schools have closed their doors, but the teachers are working from home to provide families with continued support. Please check your email daily as we will be sending learning resources for your child. We would love to see photos of students participating in their remote learning experiences!

Here are a list of educational websites that you can visit with your child:

https://pbskids.org
https://www.starfall.com
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com
https://www.funbrain.com
https://www.abcmouse.com
https://www.seussville.com
http://www.petethecatbooks.com



Leadership Team


Roberto Ortega

President & CEO


Roberto Ortega is the founder and President of KLA Schools, where he is responsible for the development, operations and oversight of multiple high-performing preschools in the U.S. His scope of work encompasses the growth of the franchise arm of the company as well as the pool of corporate owned locations. Under his leadership, he manages a team of executives and educators with a passion for providing high-quality early childhood education.

Mr. Ortega inherited his passion for education from his grandfather who opened two K-12 schools of his own in South America. Together with his wife they wanted to create an impact in society by providing a quality early childhood education program. They knew the key was to have a curriculum suited for the 21st century and they selected the Reggio Emilia Approach hailed by Newsweek magazine as the best in the world.


Candy Ortega

Pedagogical Director

Mrs. Candelaria Ortega is the co-founder of KLA Schools. She has been the Director of the first school since the company opened in 2008. Mrs. Ortega became the Pedagogical Director of the KLA School Franchise in 2010 to support the corporate owned and franchise centers. As the Pedagogical Director of KLA Schools, Mrs. Ortega supervises the development and implementation of the philosophy and curriculum of KLA Schools. She is also responsible for the continuous improvement of the curriculum and professional development initiatives.

Mrs. Ortega and her team provide the necessary tools and materials to ensure that the students are getting a quality early childhood education program. Mrs. Ortega is the company spokesperson on education and child-related topics.


Claudia Chaustre
Director of Professional Development

Claudia Chaustre has 15 years of experience in the learning and practice of the Reggio Emilia approach to education. She was part of L’Atelier School – Miami’s first Reggio Emilia inspired preschool – for 14 years. Throughout this time she was a teacher in the different age groups (0 to 5), a Pedagogical Coordinator, and a Co-Director. Her relationship with KLA Schools started in 2008, by being their consultant during their first years through L’Atelier school. She joined KLA Schools in January 2015 as a full-time Pedagogical Consultant. Her role is to visit the schools periodically to provide pedagogical support in the ReggioEmilia approach.

Dana Grimes
Director of Finance

Ms. Dana Grimes has been in charge of the Accounting and Finance department of the KLA Schools Affiliates since 2008, and has served as our Director of Finance since November 2008. Mrs. Grimes has more than 15 years of experience in accounting and finance. She has worked in the public and private sector since 2001. She has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Miami Dade College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Florida International University. She provides our staff and franchisees with training and support in the areas of Accounting and Finance. She holds these positions in our corporate office in Miami, Florida.

Adriana Lamas Ortega
Director of Admissions

A Miami native, Ms. Ortega has served as our Admissions Director since June 2013. Prior to that, she was a teacher for a KLA Schools Affiliate from August 2011 to June 2013. Ms. Ortega earned a Bachelors of Psychology from University of Miami in 2010 and has held these positions in our corporate office in Miami, Florida.

Jose Loor
Director of Marketing

Jose Loor has held the position of Director of Marketing and the Director of Marking of the KLA Schools Affiliates since April 2013. Prior to that, he was the Operations Manager of the KLA Schools Affiliates from January 2010 to April 2013. He has help these positions in our corporate office in Miami, FL. Mr. Loor has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Miami and a Master of Business Administration from Universidad Complutese de Madrid, Spain.

Gillian Gavurin
Director of Operations

Gillian Gavurin has worked for the KLA Schools Affiliates since August 2013. She started her career as a teacher for preschool children. After participating in projects throughout the school year of 2014-2015 with the marketing department, she became Assistant Director of Marketing in June 2015 and was later promoted to Director of Operations. She has been working in the education field since 2005, received her Bachelors Degree in Special Education in 2008 from Boston University and a dual Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Touro College in New York City in 2010. She currently holds her position at our corporate office in Miami, Florida.

Maria Jose Morla
Director of Branding

Maria Jose Morla works for the KLA Schools Affiliates as the Director of Branding. She oversees marketing and advertising activities to ensure the right message is delivered among schools. Maria Jose received her Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Communications with a Major in Advertising from Florida International University in 2009 and a Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communication from Emerson College in 2017. She holds her position at our corporate offices in Miami, Florida.

Magdalena Castro
Pedagogical Consultant

Magdalena Castro has worked for the KLA Schools Affiliates since 2008, before the first school was opened. She started her career as a teacher at KLA Schools of Brickell in the Class of the 2’s, Class of the 3’s, Class of the 4’s and Kindergarten. She later became the Co-Director for that school and served as the Pedagogical Consultant for the schools in Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines and Aventura. Following that she was named the Director of KLA Schools of Aventura. In 2016, Ms. Castro stepped down from her School Director position and now serves as the Pedagogical Consultant for all the KLA Schools across the nation.

Raquel Roa 
Assistant Director of Professional Development

Raquel Roa has 15 years of experience working with children, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Catholic University Andrés Bello and a Minor degree in Early Childhood Education from Metropolitan University in Caracas, Venezuela. She worked for KLA Schools in Doral as a teacher from 2012 to 2015. In November 2017, she became the Assistant Director of Professional Development, where she oversees the pedagogical development. She holds her position at our corporate offices in Miami, Florida.

Over her career, her passion is being surrounded by children, she is a promoter and defender of children’s rights, she firmly believes in them and thinks that if we provide an education of quality we will have a better world because they are the future of our humanity.


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