Safe Start Plan to Reopen
Welcome From the Administrator
Although the Scriptures plainly teach that parents are responsible for the education of their children, there is much we can do to strengthen your hands in this great and eternal task. Our staff and faculty work very hard each day to make Faith Christian School a premier Christian school.
I hope you will contact us today to arrange a visit to our campus. You have only one opportunity to educate your child, make sure they receive a truly Christian education!
FAITH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
SAFE START PLAN TO REOPEN
2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
August 11, 2020
During the spring semester of 2020, we underwent some amazing and transformational changes to the education of students during the COVID-19 government mandated shutdown. I commend our staff, students, and parents for how well we were able to make the quick transition to distance learning as a temporary solution. However, we all realize that while it was effective, it is not a preferred long-term solution that could replace in-class education and instruction. Therefore, we have researched and worked to develop a Safe Start Plan to reopen our school that prioritizes the health and safety of our students and staff.
Following the advice of the MACS legal team, we have developed a reopening plan and will resume classroom instruction this fall while complying with the portions of the governor’s Return to School Roadmap that apply to us as a Christian School and a ministry of Faith Bible Baptist Church. It remains our goal even during these extraordinary days to continue to offer an excellent educational experience for all our students and families. This includes a safe and healthy environment that engages in high-quality academic, spiritual, social, and physical instruction. As always, we are committed to the Scriptural mandate for Christian education which has been the foundation of our ministry and the focus of our mission.
To prepare for the opening of school, we are sending you some important information. If you have not already completed your online enrolment, please contact the school office to receive your link to the MySchoolWorx enrollment page. As you prepare for the orientation meeting and the opening of school, please review the following information and note some of the changes for the upcoming school year. These plans and procedures may be amended and updated as local conditions and regulations make it necessary. We look forward to seeing all of you back at school very soon.
Pastor Bruce Barker
RETURNING TO SCHOOL
Parent Orientation is August 20, 2020, at 7 pm. It is for parents only. Orientation is an important element for a successful start to the school year; therefore, at least one parent needs to attend the meeting. Information about the first day of school, as well as specific COVID-19 mitigation protocols and procedures will be discussed. Parents should be prepared to confirm already submitted information and complete any information or forms still needed. You will also be able to order/purchase PE uniforms, meet the teachers, pay for books, and make any other needed payments.
First Day of School:
Grades 1-12 will begin on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 8:05 am.
Kindergarten (K4/K5) This year K4/K5 will be splitting to two separate programs. This fall K5 classes will meet as usual on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:05 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. The K4 class will meet only two days on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:05 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Also, both of these programs will start a week later than the other grades.
K5 first day of school is Wednesday, September 9.
K4 first day of school is Thursday, September 10.
For All Grades:
Social Distancing: Faith Christian school believes that part of the education a student receives is learning to grow in favor with God and man; therefore, we encourage normal, healthy, and respectful social interaction. However, during this time of heightened sensitivity to social spacing, we will encourage proper spacing and physical separation to the extent that it is possible in a school setting both in our classrooms and in other locations throughout the day.
To help keep the students in smaller groups throughout the school day, K4 through 6th grade classes will eat snack and lunch in their classrooms. Restroom and handwashing breaks will be on a staggered schedule.
For chapel and any school assemblies, students will be seated with their classes and the classes will be appropriately socially distanced in the auditorium.
Face Coverings: The classroom is not an enclosed public space; therefore, face coverings, masks, or face shields are optional. The staff and students may wear a face covering if they personally or the students’ parents desire for them to wear one. We will respect the personal choice of all our staff and students and will not allow any unkind treatment, intimidation, or disrespect to any person based on their personal choice to wear or not wear a face covering. Anyone wearing a face covering must abide by normal dress codes and can have no writing or graphic images on the face coverings.
Hot Lunch: Hot lunch will not be offered for at least the first semester. As the year progresses, we will re-evaluate when we can offer hot lunch again.
Building and Classrooms:
Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned during the day. Overall cleanings will be conducted at the conclusion of each day.
Grades 7-12 desks and chairs will be cleaned between classes.
Staff will encourage and schedule designated times to wash hands, disinfect desks, and use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom and throughout the building.
Students are encouraged to bring translucent, capped, refillable water bottles for use throughout the day. Drinking fountains will only be used to refill water bottles.
Sharing of personal items (pencils, pens, markers, etc.) will be limited as much as possible.
Prevention and Response
Admittance to the building
For All Students: A health screening will be administered to each student including a non-contact temperature scan as they enter the building as we begin school. Students who have a temperature greater that 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit will be sent home for the day. In accordance with CDC guidelines students and staff will be excluded from school if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit one or more of the following symptoms of COVID-19 (not due to some other known health problem i.e., allergies, asthma, etc.) :
A fever greater than 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Repeated shaking with chills
New loss of taste or smell
Students who become ill at school may be asked to wear a mask and will be moved to an isolated area to wait to be picked up from school. Staff working with these students are encouraged to use face coverings and gloves while caring for a sick child.
Parents and Guests: To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of all our students and staff we are asking all parents and drivers to remain in the vehicle while staff guide children to and from the cars into the building and to their classrooms. Parents who have students that are new to the school will be familiarized with the school layout and classroom locations during their interview appointment or Parent Orientation. During the school day, any parent or guest to the school will have to pass a health screening in order to enter the building.
Positive Covid-19 Case: Because COVID-19 is a highly contagious, reportable communicable disease, FCS will notify the Health Department if we have a confirmed, known case in our school and respond accordingly to disinfect the facility. Those testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine at home until it has been 10 days from the first symptoms and 24 hours with no fever and have improving symptoms.
Parents of students in the affected class or classes will also be notified of exposure. Personal identity of positive cases will be protected.
Students may have to meet in an alternate room location until the classroom has been sanitized.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, those who have been in close proximity to anyone who has a confirmed case will be screened and may be required to quarantine at home.
Any student who is quarantined at home will be able to continue with classes through distance learning while they are on quarantine. Students who complete all the assigned work and communicate daily with their teachers will be considered present. Students who are not well enough to participate due to illness during this time will receive excused absences and will be expected to make up the work required by the teachers when they return to class. No refunds are provided for missed days.
Faith Christian school will support and cooperate with our local health departments’ efforts to mitigate further spread of the disease.
The CDC and our local county health departments recommend voluntary quarantine of 14 days if you know that you or your family has been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive.
We ask our staff, students, and parents to take personal responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and our school. We are doing all we can to make sure our school can continue to operate and provide a safe and quality educational experience for each student and family. Please help us by being vigilant in monitoring personal health and not coming to school or sending your child to school if you/they are sick or showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19.