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 - UPDATE
2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
March 11, 2020
Dear Parents and Students of FCS,
It has been one year since the COVID-19 government mandated shutdown. I commend our staff, students, and parents for how well we have responded as a school family to be able to have and continue with in-class, face-to-face learning.
As we mentioned at the beginning of the year, we would re-evaluate and update our safe start plan and guidelines as things changed.
Here is the updated version of our safe start plan. Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and diligence to help keep our students and staff safe and healthy! Please continue to pray with us that we will be able to finish this year as planned.
It remains our goal even during these extraordinary days to continue to offer an excellent educational experience for all our students and families. 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.
Also in preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, we will be sending you some important information about re-enrollment. Please review the information and be sure to reserve your student’s seat here at FCS for the next school year by re-enrolling before the end of April.
Please review the following information and note some of the changes. These plans and procedures may be amended and updated as local conditions and regulations make it necessary.
Pastor Bruce Barker
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 at their own tables in the gym. 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.
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 two 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, parents or guests to the school should be prepared 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 work with the Health Department if we are contacted about having a confirmed, known case in our school. 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.
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 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, will receive excused absences and be expected to make up the work when they return to class. No refunds are provided for missed days.
We are doing all we can to make sure our school can continue to operate. Please help us by monitoring personal health and by not sending your child to school if they are sick or showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19.