The academy accommodates children pre-kindergarten to eighth grade and provides healthy meals that are organic and sugar-free. The school also welcomes unvaccinated students and those who wish to attend school mask-free, and is hiring new teachers.
The academy is an oasis, said Kennedy, a safe place where children feel comfortable being close to each other, and aren't viewing their classmates as potential biohazards.
Students were not forced to social distance or hide behind plexiglass, said Centner. There was no science to support those kind of restrictions, she added.
When the academy reopened in September 2020, Centner was given a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document that had "pages and pages of ridiculous restrictions." She tossed the document aside and did her own research on how to keep kids safe at school without making them feel scared and anxious.
Centner purchased UV lights, which kill 99.99% of viruses, and placed them in the HVAC systems, she explained. She also doubled their cleaning crew and bought hydrogen peroxide, which Centner said is the most effective and safest way to clean without harming the brain.