Latest Coronavirus Updates


FA Family,

Welcome back from a well-deserved and hopefully restful spring break. As you are well aware, COVID protocols continue to change as the situation in our state and country changes. As a part of our ongoing effort to stay at the forefront of safety and success, we have released our latest documentation FARE Phase III. This latest document has been revised and reflects changes dated 3/12/21. 

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the changes. To stay up-to-date regarding please check back often to this post. We suggest you bookmark the link for easy reference moving forward.

Have a great day, FA! 


FA Family,

As we enter our third full week of school, we are happy with our re-entry. Through the cooperation of staff, faculty, parents, and our students, we are pleased with our progress. It has been a great pleasure having our students back learning & growing. 

Moving forward, we have revised and updated our FARE document to help us continue with our procedures and provisions with the latest information that is available. This latest document has been revised and reflects changes dated 8/31/20. You can review the Foundation Academy Re-Entry Documentation (FARE II) online.

To stay up-to-date regarding please check back often to this post. We suggest you bookmark the link for easy reference moving forward.

Have a great day, FA! 


FA Families

As we approach the challenging days with faith and hope, the road that lies ahead may have a few twists and turns and a few bumps along the way. 

It will take cooperation on everyone’s part to take this challenge head-on. Please review the newly updated FARE document for all of the plans and procedures in place intended to make our daily school learning & activities as safe as possible.

Attached to this email is a COVID Release Form that needs to be signed and returned to Foundation Academy on your scheduled Open House in order to return to school.  For Lakeside students, please bring to school on the first day.

It has been a fantastic week of Pre-Planning. Our teachers are excited to be in their classrooms, and cannot wait for the return of our students on August 17th.
We want to share a few updates that have been made to the F.A.R.E Plan document. The Administration team has been working closely with our medical advisory team to provide our families with the most current CDC guidelines for returning back to school. 

You may have noticed that the OneBlood Buses were on two of our campuses this week. Our teachers and staff went above and beyond, yet again, giving back to our community, as well as being tested for the antibodies. Due to the overwhelming response we have received from our families that wish to donate, we will have a OneBlood bus back on our Tilden Campus on Thursday, August 13th from 10 am – 3 pm. Should any of you wish to donate blood, please use the link below to sign up. This is on a first come, first serve basis and time slots are limited.

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We want you to know that Foundation Academy is committed to keeping you informed with the latest updates. We ask that you follow along with our updates and communication through the FA Newsletter that is sent out every week. Email communications will only be used when necessary.

Thank you for trusting Foundation Academy and partnering with us. Together we will make the difference. Dave Buckles, President


Dear FA Parents, 

Foundation Academy continues to be committed to doing our best to follow protocols and procedures necessary to protect our students, families, teachers, and staff. Please know that we do not take this responsibility lightly. A number of teams have worked throughout the summer to prepare for the opening of school. 

In light of the current COVID situation in our area, FA has decided to test all of our teachers & staff before the beginning of the school year. While we are still waiting to receive reports back on our testing, FA administration has decided to not bring back teachers for Pre-Planning this week, as originally planned.

Thus, Foundation Academy’s first day of school has been rescheduled for Monday, August 17th, with Meet the Teacher on Thursday, August 13th. This will ensure that the teachers and staff have the time to adequately prepare their classrooms. While we are anxiously awaiting the start of school and seeing all the smiling faces, we want to be sure that we are taking all necessary steps to make it a safe opening for all. 

Thank you for your continued partnership. While these are definitely trying times, we have received many words of encouragement and support from you. Your prayers have been greatly appreciated and felt. See you Thursday, August 13 for Meet the Teacher and Monday, August 17 for the first day of school. 

Partnering in the Journey, Carol Grosshans, Vice President of Education


Dear FA Families,

Below you will find the campus-specific documents for the FARE Plan.

Thank you and have a great day. Dave Buckles, President


Dear Foundation Academy Community,

Thank you for your support and patience at this time. As we gain further information and inquiries, we will continue to update our re-entry plans for the 2020-21 school year. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Foundation Academy for more information. We value your input as key members of our FA Community.

Thank you for partnering with us!

Frequently Asked Questions: FARE FAQs


Dear Foundation Academy Community,

Thank you for your patience! This plan started development almost as soon as our quarantine orders began back in March. The biggest challenge in preparing our reentry plan is how quickly information and guidelines change. As you review the document, please understand that updates will be made as needed or mandated during this pandemic. 

Thank you again for your continued partnership. We share in your excitement for the new school year to begin and can’t wait to welcome our students back to campus!

Dave Buckles, President and Carol Grosshans, Vice President of Education


Dear FA Families,

I hope everyone has had an enjoyable summer so far. We are now at the halfway mark and the countdown to August 10th is on! I wanted to give you a few quick updates.

This Wednesday, we will be preparing our Re-entry plan. Once we have completed the plan, we will have our task force ready to review the plan and make any final recommendations before we send it to you. You should receive it no later than July 14th. Please know that this is uncharted waters for all of us, but FA has consulted with individuals in all areas of the medical field, Orange County Department of Health, as well as looking at the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics to provide guidance during this time as we prepare for the upcoming school year.

Should you feel your child may be at risk, please notify:

Stephanie Gray for the Tilden Campus, Megan Engelbert for the Plant Street Campus, and Amanda Donaho for the Lakeside Campus, and share any concerns you may have, so that we can make any adjustments needed.

Alicia Barilla

We understand that not only COVID, but what is going on in the world now, has brought on some uncertainty and maybe even some anxiety to some of our students. We would like to announce that we now have a licensed mental health counselor, Alicia Barilla, on staff that will be supporting our students on all of our campuses. Alicia has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interpersonal & Organizational Communication  As well as a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology. Alicia is licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida and has over a decade of experience within the counseling field.

We pray you are making memories, having fun, and enjoying your summer.

Thank you for partnering with us. Dave Buckles, President and Carol Grosshans, Vice President of Education


Dear FA Families,

While this pandemic has brought much uncertainty to us all, we at Foundation Academy pray that you are enjoying the quality time with your family. This last month, weeks, and days have been filled with listening to the leaders of our country, state, and county to take the necessary precautions in order to keep our families safe. We will be following the guidance from our governor to finish our 2019-2020 school year on May 19th, continuing our FACE Learning Program.

We have been diligently working with your principals, alongside a team of staff to make alternative plans for the Class of 2020 Graduation ceremony, as well as other various awards ceremonies. While this may be different than what we expected them to look, it is our mission and desire to recognize our students and all of their accomplishments this year. We will continuously monitor and work within the guidelines provided to us.

Please know this is not easy for any of us, we miss seeing our students, teachers, and parents each day. We had no way of knowing, when we began the school year in August, that this is how the year would end. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. We at Foundation Academy believe in God’s plan, and we look forward to the future.

We want to thank you for trusting us and walking alongside us as we partner with you and the church to build a firm foundation for life through Christ-centered education.

Dave Buckles, President and Carol Grosshans, Vice President of Education


Dear FA families,

It is our hope that this correspondence finds you all safe and healthy.

We want you to know that the safety of our FA Families, teachers, and staff is our highest priority, as it has been from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want you to know that Foundation Academy has raised our cleanliness standards and continue to exceed them on an ongoing basis.

Throughout this pandemic, we have been documenting the standards with photos. Please see the attached, “Foundation Academy COVID-19 Response” (click here to view). This allows our families some insight to view the cleaning standards we are taking along the way. You will see that The Clorox Total 360 System is just one of the many procedures we are currently using to keep our campuses clean.

I have been working with the leadership team to ensure that when our students return to each of our campuses, they will have a safe, clean, and nurturing learning environment waiting for them.

In closing, as believers, we live in the assurance of our Lord’s protection and unyielding, unconditional love. We will continue to pray for each of our students and families. We certainly look forward to the day when we are all together again.

Dave Buckles, President


Dear Foundation Academy Families,

It has been fun to keep up with many of you through your social media posts, emails, and shares from teachers. We know this is not how any of us viewed a typical school day, however here we are. We want to thank you for your continued partnership in this new journey we find ourselves on. Our Foundation Academy team is here to assist in any way we can. We encourage you to reach out to your teacher or principal should you have questions or need assistance.

As we head into the Easter season, we wanted to remind you that we will not be having classes on Friday, April 10th, or Monday, April 13th. We hope you will plan some fun things to do together as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Get dressed up and watch an Easter service together, enjoy Easter Sunday lunch, hide eggs, and facetime family members and friends. During these days of not knowing what’s ahead, Jesus is our hope. Romans 15:13 tells us, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” This is our prayer for each of you, God’s joy and peace for each of you.

Additionally, as you may have heard, schools have been requested to remain closed through April 30th. In compliance, Foundation Academy will continue remote learning through April 30th. We know there are many questions concerning events such as Honor Society Inductions, Awards Ceremonies, and Graduation. The Administration team is working on several options concerning these events; updated information will be forthcoming.

While we continue to face many unknowns in the days ahead, please know we have no doubt that the Foundation Academy family will finish strong. Walking together with Christ at our side, we will succeed. 

FA is Family,

Dave Buckles, President and Carol Grosshans, Vice President of Education


Dear Rising 6th – 12th Grade FA Families,

As the COVID-19 crisis continues throughout our nation, our athletic department wants you to know that we are praying for you and your family.  It is such a weird feeling to come to work without our students on campus!

In light of the situation, we have decided to cancel the athletic physicals scheduled for April 6, 2020.  When we have a return date to school, we will reschedule with Dr. Cox.  Many of your athletes’ physicals have already expired or will expire on April 11.  This means that when we do return to school, they will not be eligible to participate in afterschool athletics.  If you would like to get your athlete’s physical prior to returning, you can find all the necessary forms on our website, and you can possibly get your physical at a walk-in clinic.  I called Paramount Urgent Care, and they have suspended in-person visits.  Advent Health Centra Care is continuing in-person visits and will do physicals.  I spoke with the Winter Garden branch.  I would call and confirm this before you drive over.  Things are changing quickly in this time of uncertainty.

If you are uncertain of your athlete’s expiration date, please email me at, and I will be glad to give you that information.

Sincerely, Lisa Eaves, Athletic Director


Dear FA Families,

Click here to view the Parent Guide for Foundation Academy Classrooms Everywhere (FACE). Read through this document today in preparation to begin FACE on Wednesday, March 25. Please note that you must click on the blue underlined text to access the links within the document.

Praying for you, Carol Grosshans, Vice President of Education


Dear FA Families,

Governor DeSantis announced this week that all schools will be closed to students through April 15. Therefore, Foundation Academy will remain closed through April 15th. While we would prefer to have students in our classrooms learning, we are aware that the continued advancement of the coronavirus has made this decision for us. We ask that you please follow the guidelines given by our government officials as we strive together to stop its spread.

Our Administrative team has continued to work on guidelines for Foundation Academy’s Classrooms Everywhere (F.A.C.E.) program. We are blessed with talented teachers who share, guide, instruct, and care for your children each day. The day to day routines of their classrooms are a familiar and comfortable setting for learning, for both students and teachers. However, we are stepping into a scenario that is not as comfortable or familiar for many of our staff, students or even parents.

To better prepare for F.A.C.E. learning, we have decided to extend Spring Break for our students two additional days, Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24. This will allow our I.T. team time to work with teachers to better facilitate our remote learning program. Additionally, every teacher will have time on Tuesday to communicate with you and your student, checking in to be sure you are able to connect with them prior to initiating the F.A.C.E. program. As with any new program, there are bound to be some bumps in the road. Please be patient with us as we work with you and your student on this uncharted path. We are doing our very best to serve you.

You will be receiving additional information in the coming days with a detailed outline of how to best assist your student in this new learning process. Teachers will post learning activities and assignments on Tuesday, March 24 and classwork will begin on Wednesday, March 25. We thank you for your partnership.

During this time FA is committed to continue to educate and serve our families. Administrative personnel may work in their office 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. During these hours, we will be available by phone, should you need to contact us. You may also reach us through email should you need assistance.

I know these are unsettling days. Some of you have lost your jobs, some are concerned about elderly family members or those with health issues. You may still be looking to purchase toilet paper. We all wonder when this will all come to an end. I don’t understand the why or the how. This I do know, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.” Prov. 3:5. That is all I can do, trust God. Just as your child would trust you when they were standing on the edge of the swimming pool and you called out, “Jump, trust me.” Jesus reminds us to be like little children, “Come on, jump in my arms. Trust me!”

Praying for you, Carol Grosshans, Vice President of Education


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Dear FA Parents,

With the new direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Education announced today that all state K12 schools would close for one additional week beyond spring break and return Monday, March 30. As a result of this directive, Foundation Academy will also be closed one additional week with students returning to their campuses on March 30. 

Beginning Monday, March 23, FA students will begin the use of our School Closure Learning Program. Students were sent home for spring break with the needed materials in the event this situation should occur. Lesson plans for the week will be available on RenWeb by Saturday, March 21, at 8:00 am. Students that have Google Classroom available to them should check there for assignments. During the week of March 23 – 27, teachers will be available from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm each day to answer questions that you or your student may have. Please reach out to your teacher should you need any assistance. For those students that were not in attendance to pick up their materials, offices will be open on Monday, March 23, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm for you to drop by and pick up what is needed. Be aware; teachers are not on campus during this week; they are also working from their homes. Students are responsible for the work assigned for the week, and grades will be recorded for various assignments. Please refer to your student’s specific teacher for instructions for returning work.

Administration has begun discussion regarding the rescheduling of our standardized testing as well as the play production dates. We will make final decisions on Monday, March 23, and updates will be forthcoming.

At this time, all athletic activities are canceled until we return to school.

This is a new situation, one which none of us has experienced before. As an administrative team, we thank you for your prayers, patience, and partnership. We serve a mighty God, one who loves and protects us. Isaiah 41:10 tells us, “Do not fear for I am with you; do not be afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you. I will hold onto you with my righteous right hand.”

Sincerely, Dave Buckles, President and Carol Grosshans, Vice President of Education


Dear Foundation Academy Parents, 

Foundation Academy considers itself a large crowd community. Because of that, we are requesting all individuals who have traveled to any of the CDC Level 2 & 3 Countries or on a cruise ship to any destination comply with new school guidelines. These guidelines are based, in part, on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommendations:   

  • Travel to CDC Level 2 & 3 Countries and all Cruises: FA is requiring students and families to remain off all school premises for 14-days upon re-entry into the United States. This includes all school-related functions on and off FA campuses.

Please watch your email inbox for ongoing updates from Foundation Academy pertaining to COVID-19.

Sincerely, Dave Buckles, President and Carol Grosshans, Vice President of Education


Dear Foundation Academy Parents, 

Our students’ health and safety are among our top priorities. With that being said, given the recent situation that is of global-focus with the Coronavirus Infectious Disease (COVID-19), our Administrative Team has begun to conceptualize a proactive plan that will go into effect as early as this week. To stay abreast of the COVID-19 situation you can visit the Florida Health website by clicking here. Additionally, we are keeping a very close eye on how local schools are preparing for and managing day-to-day concerns around COVID-19. 

While the potential for possible exposure in our community may be limited right now, we do not want to assume that this will remain the case. FA has been and will continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC, Department of Education and various organizations we are members of such as ACSI to help ensure that the steps we are taking to limit the spread of any and all germs are the appropriate ones. 

Foundation Academy considers itself a large crowd community. Because of that, we are requesting all individuals who have traveled internationally and/or on a cruise ship to any destination comply with new school guidelines. These guidelines are based, in part, on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommendations:   

  • Travel to CDC Level 2 & 3 Countries and all Cruises: FA is requiring students and families to remain off all school premises for 14-days upon re-entry into the United States. This includes all school-related functions, including any home or away athletic events.

Additionally, we are working with our faculty to ensure that an academic plan will be ready to execute should we encounter a prolonged school closing (a week or more). As your student(s) depart for Spring Break, they will bring with them all books/materials needed should we need to close school following our break. Please know, we do not have any information at this time that would cause us to believe this will be the case, but we want to be prepared. Teachers are working on learning plans which students will work through at home if needed. Lesson plans will continue to be communicated through RenWeb with additional information as needed through emails. Again, this is not a communication that school will be closed, only preparation in the event of. Our prayer is that students will all return, with their books in tow, on Monday, March 23rd. 

We hope you have a wonderful time with family during your Spring Break. Please be aware that lesson plans for the week of March 23rd will not be posted to RenWeb until we return. We want you all to relax and enjoy your break, not work ahead on school lessons. Have fun, laugh, and make family memories. 

Please watch your email inbox for ongoing updates from Foundation Academy pertaining to COVID-19.

Sincerely, Dave Buckles, President and Carol Grosshans, Vice President of Education


Dear Foundation Academy Families,

As you are likely aware, on Tuesday, February 25th, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave a press conference updating the country on the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and what steps should be taken moving forward. We wanted to share with you some of the steps Foundation Academy is taking to prevent the spread of illness across our campuses, and plan for the possible spread of the coronavirus in our community. 

As the CDC emphasized, there is not currently a coronavirus pandemic in the United States. A pandemic occurs when a disease is spreading from a variety of sources across a large region, and the number of cases across the US is still small. However, given how quickly the global situation is evolving, we are monitoring new developments and will continue to reevaluate our steps and actions daily. 

In the meantime, the most effective way to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease is to follow basic health best practices like: 

  • Enforcing great hygiene, like washing hands thoroughly and covering up coughs/sneezes
  • Asking all faculty, staff, and students who are feeling ill to stay home until they recover.

Foundation Academy administration is prepared to alter our procedures and planning should the situation change. Our janitorial services have already altered their cleaning schedule to accommodate additional sanitization of our facilities. We are also thinking ahead regarding the impact of spring travel, upcoming school trips, and other non-typical school activities we will have in the context of the coronavirus. We will communicate any changes affirmatively when the time is appropriate. 

It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion like the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. Any directives from the World Health Organization, CDC, or local governmental organizations should be followed. 

In times like this, we are particularly grateful for the strength and togetherness of the FA Family. Please continue to look for further communications from us on this matter.

Sincerely, David Buckles, President