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COVID-19 Continuity Plan

September 08, 2020
By Julie Yetter

September 8, 2020

With the Fall cooler weather, some parents have had questions regarding when to keep children home for illness.  It can seem simple, until it isn’t.  If your child has a clear runny nose, with no other symptoms they can come to school.  If a child has itchy eyes and is sneezing with a clear runny nose, they can come to school.   If your child has had a fever, please keep them home until they have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without Tylenol or other fever reducer.  If your child has symptoms on the Covid-19 list, but has been to a doctor and you have a doctor’s note that the child has a different illness causing the symptoms and the note clears you to return to school, you may.  For example, a strep test was done and came back positive and the doctor’s note clears the child to return to school after being on antibiotics for 24hours. 

Beyond this, if your child has a fever AND other symptoms on the Covid list, please keep them home.  Your choices then are the following:

See a doctor and get cleared because of another condition

Test negative for Covid, and remain home until the fever subsides plus 24 hours

Do not test for Covid, but stay home for 14 days (consecutive days not school days)

Test positive for Covid and remain home for 10 days after the symptoms subside

IN ADDITION, if your child has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid, please either get them tested, or quarantine for 14 days.

A positive antibody test will be accepted to allow your child back into school, as long as the child does not have other contagious illnesses; therefore, they should have no fever for at least 24 hours and, if bacterial infection exists, be on antibiotics for at least 24 hours.

In addition to emailing the front desk (frontdesk@ccs-id.net) to let us know in writing that your child will be absent, please also email the front desk before a child returns to school after being cleared by one or more of the situations above.  Please do not call, text, dojo, or other notification. 

Covid-19 Symptoms list:

Fever (100.4)

Chills/Aches

Cough

Difficulty Breathing

Loss of taste or smell

Congestion

Sore Throat

Headache (in conjunction with other symptoms)

Fatigue (in conjunction with other symptoms)

 

August 24, 2020

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season.” 2 Timothy 4:2

This is what the Lord says—
    he who made a way through the sea,
    a path through the mighty waters,

“Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.    Isaiah 43:16, 18-20

This has been a challenging season, but here at Christian Center School we are excited to see what God is doing.  He is doing a new thing, and we have faith that it be a renewing season.  Please join us in praying for God’s wisdom and blessing as we make plans for the Fall 2020-21 school year.  We believe this year can bring us together, not separate us, and that this year we can be a light set on a hill, not hidden under a bushel. 

As you read our plans for next year, please know that these are a work in progress.  We have spent significant time attending local meetings, reading medical reports, listening to experts and being guided by governmental entities.  Ultimately, we are responsible to provide the very best academic education possible from an intentional Christian worldview, within the family identity of CCS.  We will uphold that, even as things evolve and shift to meet the health needs of our own community and the community at large.  This will be our mission.  What follows, is the plan the CCS Board, Administrators, and Staff have collaborated on to meet that mission.

Christian Center School, in an attempt to comply with the CDC, State Governing Bodies, and the local Panhandle Health District is presenting this comprehensive continuity plan for the 2020-21 school year.  As Idaho Governor Brad Little has said, “We do know the 2020-2021 school year will not look the same as in previous years, but the expectation is that schools will not be closed for extended periods of time. Before coronavirus, too many Idaho students faced a significant achievement gap and ongoing risks to their mental and social wellbeing. It’s imperative that students return to their classrooms and interact directly with their teachers and classmates at the end of the summer.” The CDC divides the risk of reopening schools into three categories: low, moderate and high. Highest risk seasons are limited to virtual-only activities with only daycare for Preschool and Kindergarten, and Federal Programs on an essential services basis.  This season would only be initiated by a President or Governor’s Stay-At-Home edict. Moderate risk seasons include small, in-person classes where students stay grouped together with only their same classmates and are socially distanced as much as possible. The lowest risk seasons look more like classrooms pre-pandemic -- full-sized, in-person and with no spacing.

CCS has plans to begin the school year in Green (low risk season).  School age children are in the lowest risk population for Covid-19.  We are comfortable, therefore, moving forward with accommodations for those in our CCS family that may be of a higher risk.

During low risk periods (Green), the CDC and Panhandle Health District suggest some routine changes to assure that students are well and using safe hygiene habits.  These are not invasive practices, but a provision of standards, and protocols to help regulate a healthier and preventative environment.  CCS plans to make these changes as routine and seamless as possible, to promote a comfortable transition, much like our change of schedule last fall which made the flow of traffic function much more smoothly.  The fast they become familiar ways of doing things the faster normalcy will be experienced.

The changes for CCS Academic Days are as follows:

As always, the CDC recommends sick students and school employees stay at home.

Arriving upper school, students will enter through the front doors between 8:00am and 8:15am and undergo a health check before entry.  This will include questions regarding Covid-19 symptoms (this may be electronically available through FACTS to save time checking in), using hand sanitizer upon entry and having their temperature taken.  Students who have a temperature of 99F or higher will not remain at school.  Upper school students will move downstairs after check-in, but remain socially distanced until the 8:15am bell rings.

Arriving elementary students will be dropped off at the North Outdoor Basketball Court by their grade between 8:10am and 8:30am and undergo a health check before entry.  This will include questions regarding Covid-19 symptoms (this may be electronically available through FACTS to save time checking in), the use of hand sanitizer and having their temperature taken.  Students with a temperature of 99F or higher will not remain at school.  After check-in, elementary students will go to their classrooms.  Parents and siblings will not accompany them.

If students have other symptoms other than a temperature of 99F (such as a cough), but have a doctor’s note explaining a responsible condition other than Covid-19 (such as allergies), they will be allowed to remain at school.  They must have a doctor’s note for this accommodation.

Attendance policies will be more flexible this Fall.  If a staff member or student is at risk due to other health considerations, or has immediate contact with those who are, or if a student needs to miss school due to these protocols or illness they should.  Parents should evaluate if their child is well enough to do school that day at home.  Elementary grade’s lesson plans and homework entered on FACTS will be sufficient to follow for remote learning, allowing students to return to school with no “catch-up” time.  Upper school students should Zoom into their classes and complete assignments for the day to avoid accruing an absence. If this strategy is adequately followed, no absence may be entered for the missed day.

Elementary check-out and pick-up in the afternoons will take place at the North Outdoor Basketball Court as long as weather permits or at the classroom during inclement weather and students should be collected no later than 3:45pm.

Upper school students will wait in the gym, socially distanced, until a parent arrives.  There will be no recreation available.  Students who are driving themselves should leave right after school is released and not staff on campus to socialize.  All students should be collected no later than 4pm.

Parents are asked to not remain on campus to socialize, but are encouraged to do so off campus.    

When possible, please make appointments if you need to speak with staff, including the front desk, since drop off and pick up will be a hectic time.

The CCS building will be cleaned and disinfected nightly by our janitor.  This will include, but not be limited to, all hard surfaces such as handrails, door knobs, counter tops, in addition to bathrooms and the kitchen area.

In elementary grades with offices, dividers will be left in place at all times.

In the upper school during low risk seasons, students and staff will wipe down hard surfaces of classrooms including desks, tables and chairs before leaving the classroom and before a new class enters.  Cleaning solutions will be an organic alternative to bleach that is approved for disinfection.  The same will be done in the lunch room between shifts of students.

Lunch periods will be expanded both in time and space.  See class schedules for the flow of classes through the lunch periods.

Drinking fountains will be limited to bottle filling stations only.

Masks and Shields are optional but not mandatory.

Inside the classroom, desks will be spaced as much as possible and students will all be faced in the same direction when possible with students only sitting on one side, not face-to-face.

Those who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms while at school will be moved to an isolation area and an emergency contact notified.  If this is a student, they should be picked up as soon as possible. Areas used by a sick person will be closed off until after the area is cleaned and disinfected.

If a student or staff member of the school tests positive for Covid-19, the exposed individuals on campus will be identified in the following manner.  An exposed cohort/group is defined as: those who have been exposed to a Covid-19 positive person within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes without masking.  This identified cohort/group will be given the choice of being placed on a 14-day quarantine, or will have the option of testing with the ability to return to school after a negative test result. The compromised areas of the building will be satisfactorily cleaned prior to any students and staff returning to that area.

During moderate risk periods (Yellow), the CDC and Idaho Department of Education suggest that the staff rotate to the students rather than the other way around, keeping the same group of students together for the duration of school days to restrict mixing of different students. This will help to better contain the virus if a student happens to get sick.  Playground equipment use should be staggered and the equipment cleaned and disinfected in between groups.  Students are encouraged to bring their own cold lunches and eat in their classrooms instead of the cafeteria. Food that is provided by the school should be pre-packaged in boxes or bags. Buffet-style is discouraged.

During Yellow seasons, staff and students with compromised immune systems or who are at higher risk should wear masks/shields, or consider staying at home depending upon the severity of the yellow season.

In addition to the protocols listed above for Green season, these additional protocols and procedures may be implemented during a Yellow season.

Liberal absenteeism and optional remote learning will be allowed at the discretion of parents, as long as students continue to perform required academic work.

Shields may be required by staff during these seasons.

Kindergarten and Preschool will continue every day as an essential child care service, but daily hours may be limited.  PE, and Music classes may be cancelled.

Title I services will also be considered essential services.

Elementary grades may move to a rotating schedule on campus.  If so, odd grades will be on campus Monday and Wednesday and even grades will be on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays.  When on campus during these seasons, classes will stay for the full day, but PE, Music, Art and Spanish will be cancelled so that class time on campus can focus on core subjects.

If CCS moves to a rotating schedule, the upper school grades 7,8 and 9 will be on campus Monday and Wednesday and grades 10, 11, and 12 will be on campus Tuesday and Thursday.  When on campus during these seasons, classes will be full days.

All upper school credited classes will meet, but focus and time will be on core classes and some of the other classes may have shortened schedules during these seasons.

Families that have difficulty with transportation with this schedule may seek accommodations.

During moderate risk seasons, no hot lunch will be available and students will eat cold bagged lunches from home in their classrooms.  This may occur periodically even during green seasons that are being elevated toward yellow.

If recess is available outside (all days except rain and below 14F) elementary grades will rotate for their breaks. Please have children dress appropriately for the weather. In inclement weather, all breaks will be taken in the classrooms.

Homework and remote learning will take place on the days students are not on campus.  Students will be required to stay up to date on homework assignments.  Teachers will be available on these days to hold class remotely when appropriate, to answer questions and give assistance to students during office hours.

During High Risk Periods (Red), the CDC or Idaho Governor’s office will communicate the necessary guidelines for school building closure or opening.  During red periods, CCS academic services may be disrupted, but only as a governmental order.

These operating conditions are reserved for a nationwide, state wide, or county wide Stay-At-Home edict or other governmental order beyond the jurisdiction of the CCS Board. 

This would be implemented during a High Risk Seasons only and should be of short duration.

During these seasons CCS would be on remote learning only in grades 1-12, with no students from those grades on campus.

For grades 1-6 the focus of remote learning would be curtailed to the essential information of core subjects: Math, Language Arts, Spelling, Reading, History, and Science.  Instruction would be primarily through pre-recorded video lessons from their teacher, resourced videos made available from reputable sources, and the CCS curriculum.  Dojo, would be the platform utilized at home along with CCS FACTS, while teachers may direct students/parents to other platforms through links provided.  This prevents students/parents from having to learn multiple platforms. These platforms will all be taught and rehearsed during “normal” low risk seasons, so that they are familiar and easily used during remote learning.  Parental supervision of lessons would be essential.  Teachers will be available during daily office hours to meet with students, answer questions, tutor, and strategize with parents.

For grades 7-12 all credited classes would implement remote instruction, but focus would be given to core subjects.  Instruction would use primarily a Zoom, Google Drive and CCS FACTS as platforms, however teachers may direct students/parents to other platforms through links provided.  This prevents students/parents from having to learn multiple platforms.  These platforms will all be taught and rehearsed during “normal” low risk seasons, so that they are familiar and easily used during remote learning.  Teachers will be available during daily office hours to meet with students, answer questions, tutor, and strategize with parents.

Only Preschool, Kindergarten and Title I Services would be considered essential student services that remain on campus, and only if allowed by the supervising governmental entity.

Only essential administrative personnel would work at the building on days that were also essential such as payroll.

Changes for CCS Activities are as follows:

We love the culture of CCS; we are a family and that is an essential aspect of our identity.  However, while our goal is to continue to provide a culture and environment in keeping with CCS identity, heritage and traditions, the CCS activities beyond the academic day must be more flexible to protect the ongoing daily academic program.  This is not to diminish their value in the lives and education of our students, but to assure that we protect the primary role of academics during the varying seasons of risk the school must respond to.

During Green or Yellow Periods:

Sports will continue as the Mountain Christian League determines.  Spectator crowds will be limited so that reasonable social distance from one another and players can occur.  In differing facilities, therefore, crowd size may change accordingly.  Spectators in different states may be required to adhere to different governmentally enforced protocols, such as masks.

Weekly Chapel will be altered to limit the number of students together during singing.  This change is still being determined.  Chapel is a priority and we will be having chapel, as well as the buddy program, but the structure and protocols are still being planned.

Ongoing after school clubs and activities other than sports (and possibly FLL) may be limited or suspended for the 2020-21 school year.

ASB activities will be scheduled on a case by case basis and unique standards and protocols may be called for.

The traditional high school trip will be planned for and money fundraised, however, the schedule of the trip may need to be flexible.

CCS Family gatherings will be scheduled according to our traditional calendar, but may be altered or canceled due to the changing nature of risk assessment.

During Red Periods – All activities beyond academics may be postponed or canceled.

These protocols are not exhaustive and additional procedures or steps may be added to assist in their appropriate application during different seasons of risk.  If you have questions regarding these protocols, you may address them to the Principal, Julie Yetter, or to our Mike Marshall our CCS Board member responding to these issues.

 

July 21, 2020

SCHOOL IN ALL SEASONS

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season.” 2 Timothy 4:2

This is what the Lord says—
 he who made a way through the sea,
 a path through the mighty waters,
 
 “Forget the former things;
 do not dwell on the past.
 See, I am doing a new thing!
 Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
 I am making a way in the wilderness
 and streams in the wasteland.    Isaiah 43:16, 18-20

This has been a challenging season, but here at Christian Center School we are excited to see what God is doing.  He is doing a new thing, and we have faith that it be a renewing season. Please join us in praying for God’s wisdom and blessing as we make plans for the Fall 2020-21 school year.  We believe this year can bring us together, not separate us, and that this year we can be a light set on a hill, not hidden under a bushel.  

As you read our plans for next year, please know that they are a work in progress.  We have spent significant time attending local meetings, reading medical reports, listening to experts and being guided by governmental entities.  Ultimately, we are responsible to provide the very best academic education possible from an intentionally Christian worldview, within the family identity of CCS.  We will uphold that, even as things evolve and shift to meet the health needs of our own community and the community at large.  This will be our mission.  What follows, is the plan the CCS Board, Administrators, and Staff have collaborated on to meet that mission.

Christian Center School, in an attempt to comply with the CDC, State Governing Bodies, and the local Panhandle Health District is presenting this comprehensive continuity plan for the 2020-21 school year.  As Idaho Governor Brad Little has said, “We do know the 2020-2021 school year will not look the same as in previous years, but the expectation is that schools will not be closed for extended periods of time. Before coronavirus, too many Idaho students faced a significant achievement gap and ongoing risks to their mental and social wellbeing. It’s imperative that students return to their classrooms and interact directly with their teachers and classmates at the end of the summer.” The CDC divides the risk of reopening schools into three categories: low, moderate and high. Highest risk seasons are limited to virtual-only activities with only daycare for Preschool and Kindergarten, and Federal Programs on an essential services basis.  This season would only be initiated by a governmental edict. Moderate risk seasons include small, in-person classes where students stay grouped together with only their same classmates and are socially distanced as much as possible. The lowest risk seasons look more like classrooms pre-pandemic -- full-sized, in-person and with no spacing.

CCS has plans to begin the school year in Green (low risk season).   School age children are in the lowest risk population for Covid-19.  We are comfortable, therefore, moving forward while making accommodations for those in our CCS family that may be of a higher risk.

During low risk periods (Green), the CDC and Panhandle Health District suggest some routine changes to assure that students are well and using safe hygiene habits.  These are not invasive practices, but a provision of standards, and protocols to help regulate a healthier and preventative environment.  CCS plans to make these changes as routine and seamless as possible, to promote a comfortable transition, much like our change of schedule last fall which made the flow of traffic function much more smoothly.  The fast they become familiar ways of doing things the faster normalcy will be experienced.

The changes for CCS Academic Days are as follows:

As always, the CDC recommends sick students and school employees stay at home. 

Arriving upper school, students will enter through the front doors between 8:00am and 8:15am and undergo a health check before entry.   This will include questions regarding Covid-19 symptoms (this may be electronically available through FACTS to save time checking in), using hand sanitizer upon entry and having their temperature taken.  Students who have a temperature of 99F or higher will not remain at school.  Upper school students will move downstairs after check-in, but remain socially distanced until the 8:15am bell rings.

Arriving elementary students will be dropped off at the North Outdoor Basketball Court by their grade between 8:10am and 8:30am and undergo a health check before entry.   This will include questions regarding Covid-19 symptoms (this may be electronically available through FACTS to save time checking in), the use of hand sanitizer and having their temperature taken.  Students with a temperature of 99F or higher will not remain at school.  After check-in, elementary students will go to their classrooms.  Parents and siblings will not accompany them.

If students have other symptoms other than a temperature of 99F (such as a cough), but have a doctor’s note explaining a responsible condition other than Covid-19 (such as allergies), they will be allowed to remain at school.  They must have a doctor’s note for this accommodation.

Attendance policies will be more flexible this Fall.  If a staff member or student is at risk due to other health considerations, or has immediate contact with those who are, or if a student needs to miss school due to these protocols or illness they should.  Parents should evaluate if their child is well enough to do school that day at home.  Elementary grade’s lesson plans and homework entered on FACTS will be sufficient to follow for remote learning, allowing students to return to school with no “catch-up” time.  Upper school students should Zoom into their classes and complete assignments for the day to avoid accruing an absence. If this strategy is adequately followed, no absence may be entered for the missed day. 

Elementary check-out and pick-up in the afternoons will take place at the North Outdoor Basketball Court as long as weather permits or at the classroom during inclement weather and students should be collected no later than 3:45pm.

Upper school students will wait in the gym, socially distanced, until a parent arrives.   There will be no recreation available.   Students who are driving themselves should leave right after school is released and not staff on campus to socialize.   All students should be collected no later than 4pm.

Parents are asked to not remain on campus to socialize, but are encouraged to do so off campus.    

When possible, please make appointments if you need to speak with staff, including the front desk, since drop off and pick up will be a hectic time.

The CCS building will be cleaned and disinfected nightly by our janitor.  This will include, but not be limited to, all hard surfaces such as handrails, door knobs, counter tops, in addition to bathrooms and the kitchen area.

In elementary grades with offices, dividers will be left in place at all times.

In the upper school during low risk seasons, students and staff will wipe down hard surfaces of classrooms including desks, tables and chairs before leaving the classroom and before a new class enters.  Cleaning solutions will be an organic alternative to bleach that is approved for disinfection.  The same will be done in the lunch room between shifts of students.

Lunch periods will be expanded both in time and space.  See class schedules for the flow of classes through the lunch periods. 

Drinking fountains will be limited to bottle filling stations only. 

Masks and Shields are optional but not mandatory.

Inside the classroom, desks will be spaced as much as possible and students will all be faced in the same direction when possible with students only sitting on one side, not face-to-face. 

Those who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms while at school will be moved to an isolation area and an emergency contact notified.  If this is a student, they should be picked up as soon as possible. Areas used by a sick person will be closed off until after the area is cleaned and disinfected.

If a student or staff member of the school tests positive for Covid-19, the exposed individuals on campus will be identified in the following manner.   An exposed cohort/group is defined as: those who have been exposed to a Covid-19 positive person within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes without masking.  This identified cohort/group will be given the choice of being placed on a 14-day quarantine, or will have the option of testing with the ability to return to school after a negative test result. The compromised areas of the building will be satisfactorily cleaned prior to any students and staff returning to that area.

During moderate risk periods (Yellow), the CDC and Idaho Department of Education suggest that the staff rotate to the students rather than the other way around, keeping the same group of students together for the duration of school days to restrict mixing of different students. This will help to better contain the virus if a student happens to get sick.  Playground equipment use should be staggered and the equipment cleaned and disinfected in between groups.  Students are encouraged to bring their own cold lunches and eat in their classrooms instead of the cafeteria. Food that is provided by the school should be pre-packaged in boxes or bags. Buffet-style is discouraged.

During Yellow seasons, staff and students with compromised immune systems or who are at higher risk should wear masks/shields, or consider staying at home depending upon the severity of the yellow season.

In addition to the protocols listed above for Green season, these additional protocols and procedures may be implemented during a Yellow season.

Liberal absenteeism and optional remote learning will be allowed at the discretion of parents, as long as students continue to perform required academic work.

Shields may be required by staff during these seasons.

Kindergarten and Preschool will continue every day as an essential child care service, but daily hours may be limited.  PE, and Music classes may be cancelled.

Title I services will also be considered essential services.

Elementary grades may move to a rotating schedule on campus.  If so, odd grades will be on campus Monday and Wednesday and even grades will be on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays.  When on campus during these seasons, classes will stay for the full day, but PE, Music, Art and Spanish will be cancelled so that class time on campus can focus on core subjects.

If CCS moves to a rotating schedule, the upper school grades 7,8 and 9 will be on campus Monday and Wednesday and grades 10, 11, and 12 will be on campus Tuesday and Thursday.  When on campus during these seasons, classes will be full days.

All upper school credited classes will meet, but focus and time will be on core classes and some of the other classes may have shortened schedules during these seasons.

Families that have difficulty with transportation with this schedule may seek accommodations.

During moderate risk seasons, no hot lunch will be available and students will eat cold bagged lunches from home in their classrooms.  This may occur periodically even during green seasons that are being elevated toward yellow.

If recess is available outside (all days except rain and below 14F) elementary grades will rotate for their breaks. Please have children dress appropriately for the weather. In inclement weather, all breaks will be taken in the classrooms.

Homework and remote learning will take place on the days students are not on campus.   Students will be required to stay up to date on homework assignments.  Teachers will be available on these days to hold class remotely when appropriate, to answer questions and give assistance to students during office hours.

During High Risk Periods (Red), the CDC or Idaho Governor’s office will communicate the necessary guidelines for school building closure or opening.  During red periods, CCS academic services may be disrupted, but only as a governmental order.

These operating conditions are reserved for a nationwide, state wide, or county wide Stay-At-Home edict or other governmental order beyond the jurisdiction of the CCS Board.   

This would be implemented during a High Risk Seasons only and should be of short duration.

During these seasons CCS would be on remote learning only in grades 1-12, with no students from those grades on campus.

For grades 1-6 the focus of remote learning would be curtailed to the essential information of core subjects: Math, Language Arts, Spelling, Reading, History, and Science.  Instruction would be primarily through pre-recorded video lessons from their teacher, resourced videos made available from reputable sources, and the CCS curriculum.   Dojo, would be the platform utilized at home along with CCS FACTS, while teachers may direct students/parents to other platforms through links provided.  This prevents students/parents from having to learn multiple platforms. These platforms will all be taught and rehearsed during “normal” low risk seasons, so that they are familiar and easily used during remote learning.  Parental supervision of lessons would be essential.   Teachers will be available during daily office hours to meet with students, answer questions, tutor, and strategize with parents.

For grades 7-12 all credited classes would implement remote instruction, but focus would be given to core subjects.  Instruction would use primarily a Zoom, Google Drive and CCS FACTS as platforms, however teachers may direct students/parents to other platforms through links provided.   This prevents students/parents from having to learn multiple platforms.  These platforms will all be taught and rehearsed during “normal” low risk seasons, so that they are familiar and easily used during remote learning.  Teachers will be available during daily office hours to meet with students, answer questions, tutor, and strategize with parents.

Only Preschool, Kindergarten and Title I Services would be considered essential student services that remain on campus, and only if allowed by the supervising governmental entity.

Only essential administrative personnel would work at the building on days that were also essential such as payroll.

Changes for CCS Activities are as follows:

We love the culture of CCS; we are a family and that is an essential aspect of our identity.  However, while our goal is to continue to provide a culture and environment in keeping with CCS identity, heritage and traditions, the CCS activities beyond the academic day must be more flexible to protect the ongoing daily academic program.   This is not to diminish their value in the lives and education of our students, but to assure that we protect the primary role of academics during the varying seasons of risk the school must respond to.

During Green or Yellow Periods:

Sports will continue as the Mountain Christian League determines.  Spectator crowds will be limited so that reasonable social distance from one another and players can occur.  In differing facilities, therefore, crowd size may change accordingly.   Spectators in different states may be required to adhere to different governmentally enforced protocols, such as masks.

Weekly Chapel will be altered to limit the number of students together during singing.   This change is still being determined.   Chapel is a priority and we will be having chapel, as well as the buddy program, but the structure and protocols are still being planned.

Ongoing after school clubs and activities other than sports (and possibly FLL) may be limited or suspended for the 2020-21 school year.

ASB activities will be scheduled on a case by case basis and unique standards and protocols may be called for.

The traditional high school trip will be planned for and money fundraised, however, the schedule of the trip may need to be flexible.

CCS Family gatherings will be scheduled according to our traditional calendar, but may be altered or cancelled due to the changing nature of risk assessment.

During Red Periods – All activities beyond academics may be postponed or cancelled.

These protocols are not exhaustive and additional procedures or steps may be added to assist in their appropriate application during different seasons of risk.   If you have questions regarding these protocols, you may address them to the Principal, Julie Yetter, or to our Mike Marshall our CCS Board member responding to these issues.

The Cat Chat Blog

COVID-19 Continuity Plan

September 10, 2020
By Julie Yetter

September 8, 2020

With the Fall cooler weather, some parents have had questions regarding when to keep children home for illness.  It can seem simple, until it isn’t.  If your child has a clear runny nose, with no other symptoms they can come to school.  If a child has itchy eyes and is sneezing with a clear runny nose, they can come to school.   If your child has had a fever, please keep them home until they have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without Tylenol or other fever reducer.  If your child has symptoms on the Covid-19 list, but has been to a doctor and you have a doctor’s note that the child has a different illness causing the symptoms and the note clears you to return to school, you may.  For example, a strep test was done and came back positive and the doctor’s note clears the child to return to school after being on antibiotics for 24hours. 

Beyond this, if your child has a fever AND other symptoms on the Covid list, please keep them home.  Your choices then are the following:

See a doctor and get cleared because of another condition

Test negative for Covid, and remain home until the fever subsides plus 24 hours

Do not test for Covid, but stay home for 14 days (consecutive days not school days)

Test positive for Covid and remain home for 10 days after the symptoms subside

IN ADDITION, if your child has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid, please either get them tested, or quarantine for 14 days.

A positive antibody test will be accepted to allow your child back into school, as long as the child does not have other contagious illnesses; therefore, they should have no fever for at least 24 hours and, if bacterial infection exists, be on antibiotics for at least 24 hours.

In addition to emailing the front desk (frontdesk@ccs-id.net) to let us know in writing that your child will be absent, please also email the front desk before a child returns to school after being cleared by one or more of the situations above.  Please do not call, text, dojo, or other notification. 

Covid-19 Symptoms list:

Fever (100.4)

Chills/Aches

Cough

Difficulty Breathing

Loss of taste or smell

Congestion

Sore Throat

Headache (in conjunction with other symptoms)

Fatigue (in conjunction with other symptoms)

 

August 24, 2020

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season.” 2 Timothy 4:2

This is what the Lord says—
    he who made a way through the sea,
    a path through the mighty waters,

“Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.    Isaiah 43:16, 18-20

This has been a challenging season, but here at Christian Center School we are excited to see what God is doing.  He is doing a new thing, and we have faith that it be a renewing season.  Please join us in praying for God’s wisdom and blessing as we make plans for the Fall 2020-21 school year.  We believe this year can bring us together, not separate us, and that this year we can be a light set on a hill, not hidden under a bushel. 

As you read our plans for next year, please know that these are a work in progress.  We have spent significant time attending local meetings, reading medical reports, listening to experts and being guided by governmental entities.  Ultimately, we are responsible to provide the very best academic education possible from an intentional Christian worldview, within the family identity of CCS.  We will uphold that, even as things evolve and shift to meet the health needs of our own community and the community at large.  This will be our mission.  What follows, is the plan the CCS Board, Administrators, and Staff have collaborated on to meet that mission.

Christian Center School, in an attempt to comply with the CDC, State Governing Bodies, and the local Panhandle Health District is presenting this comprehensive continuity plan for the 2020-21 school year.  As Idaho Governor Brad Little has said, “We do know the 2020-2021 school year will not look the same as in previous years, but the expectation is that schools will not be closed for extended periods of time. Before coronavirus, too many Idaho students faced a significant achievement gap and ongoing risks to their mental and social wellbeing. It’s imperative that students return to their classrooms and interact directly with their teachers and classmates at the end of the summer.” The CDC divides the risk of reopening schools into three categories: low, moderate and high. Highest risk seasons are limited to virtual-only activities with only daycare for Preschool and Kindergarten, and Federal Programs on an essential services basis.  This season would only be initiated by a President or Governor’s Stay-At-Home edict. Moderate risk seasons include small, in-person classes where students stay grouped together with only their same classmates and are socially distanced as much as possible. The lowest risk seasons look more like classrooms pre-pandemic -- full-sized, in-person and with no spacing.

CCS has plans to begin the school year in Green (low risk season).  School age children are in the lowest risk population for Covid-19.  We are comfortable, therefore, moving forward with accommodations for those in our CCS family that may be of a higher risk.

During low risk periods (Green), the CDC and Panhandle Health District suggest some routine changes to assure that students are well and using safe hygiene habits.  These are not invasive practices, but a provision of standards, and protocols to help regulate a healthier and preventative environment.  CCS plans to make these changes as routine and seamless as possible, to promote a comfortable transition, much like our change of schedule last fall which made the flow of traffic function much more smoothly.  The fast they become familiar ways of doing things the faster normalcy will be experienced.

The changes for CCS Academic Days are as follows:

As always, the CDC recommends sick students and school employees stay at home.

Arriving upper school, students will enter through the front doors between 8:00am and 8:15am and undergo a health check before entry.  This will include questions regarding Covid-19 symptoms (this may be electronically available through FACTS to save time checking in), using hand sanitizer upon entry and having their temperature taken.  Students who have a temperature of 99F or higher will not remain at school.  Upper school students will move downstairs after check-in, but remain socially distanced until the 8:15am bell rings.

Arriving elementary students will be dropped off at the North Outdoor Basketball Court by their grade between 8:10am and 8:30am and undergo a health check before entry.  This will include questions regarding Covid-19 symptoms (this may be electronically available through FACTS to save time checking in), the use of hand sanitizer and having their temperature taken.  Students with a temperature of 99F or higher will not remain at school.  After check-in, elementary students will go to their classrooms.  Parents and siblings will not accompany them.

If students have other symptoms other than a temperature of 99F (such as a cough), but have a doctor’s note explaining a responsible condition other than Covid-19 (such as allergies), they will be allowed to remain at school.  They must have a doctor’s note for this accommodation.

Attendance policies will be more flexible this Fall.  If a staff member or student is at risk due to other health considerations, or has immediate contact with those who are, or if a student needs to miss school due to these protocols or illness they should.  Parents should evaluate if their child is well enough to do school that day at home.  Elementary grade’s lesson plans and homework entered on FACTS will be sufficient to follow for remote learning, allowing students to return to school with no “catch-up” time.  Upper school students should Zoom into their classes and complete assignments for the day to avoid accruing an absence. If this strategy is adequately followed, no absence may be entered for the missed day.

Elementary check-out and pick-up in the afternoons will take place at the North Outdoor Basketball Court as long as weather permits or at the classroom during inclement weather and students should be collected no later than 3:45pm.

Upper school students will wait in the gym, socially distanced, until a parent arrives.  There will be no recreation available.  Students who are driving themselves should leave right after school is released and not staff on campus to socialize.  All students should be collected no later than 4pm.

Parents are asked to not remain on campus to socialize, but are encouraged to do so off campus.    

When possible, please make appointments if you need to speak with staff, including the front desk, since drop off and pick up will be a hectic time.

The CCS building will be cleaned and disinfected nightly by our janitor.  This will include, but not be limited to, all hard surfaces such as handrails, door knobs, counter tops, in addition to bathrooms and the kitchen area.

In elementary grades with offices, dividers will be left in place at all times.

In the upper school during low risk seasons, students and staff will wipe down hard surfaces of classrooms including desks, tables and chairs before leaving the classroom and before a new class enters.  Cleaning solutions will be an organic alternative to bleach that is approved for disinfection.  The same will be done in the lunch room between shifts of students.

Lunch periods will be expanded both in time and space.  See class schedules for the flow of classes through the lunch periods.

Drinking fountains will be limited to bottle filling stations only.

Masks and Shields are optional but not mandatory.

Inside the classroom, desks will be spaced as much as possible and students will all be faced in the same direction when possible with students only sitting on one side, not face-to-face.

Those who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms while at school will be moved to an isolation area and an emergency contact notified.  If this is a student, they should be picked up as soon as possible. Areas used by a sick person will be closed off until after the area is cleaned and disinfected.

If a student or staff member of the school tests positive for Covid-19, the exposed individuals on campus will be identified in the following manner.  An exposed cohort/group is defined as: those who have been exposed to a Covid-19 positive person within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes without masking.  This identified cohort/group will be given the choice of being placed on a 14-day quarantine, or will have the option of testing with the ability to return to school after a negative test result. The compromised areas of the building will be satisfactorily cleaned prior to any students and staff returning to that area.

During moderate risk periods (Yellow), the CDC and Idaho Department of Education suggest that the staff rotate to the students rather than the other way around, keeping the same group of students together for the duration of school days to restrict mixing of different students. This will help to better contain the virus if a student happens to get sick.  Playground equipment use should be staggered and the equipment cleaned and disinfected in between groups.  Students are encouraged to bring their own cold lunches and eat in their classrooms instead of the cafeteria. Food that is provided by the school should be pre-packaged in boxes or bags. Buffet-style is discouraged.

During Yellow seasons, staff and students with compromised immune systems or who are at higher risk should wear masks/shields, or consider staying at home depending upon the severity of the yellow season.

In addition to the protocols listed above for Green season, these additional protocols and procedures may be implemented during a Yellow season.

Liberal absenteeism and optional remote learning will be allowed at the discretion of parents, as long as students continue to perform required academic work.

Shields may be required by staff during these seasons.

Kindergarten and Preschool will continue every day as an essential child care service, but daily hours may be limited.  PE, and Music classes may be cancelled.

Title I services will also be considered essential services.

Elementary grades may move to a rotating schedule on campus.  If so, odd grades will be on campus Monday and Wednesday and even grades will be on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays.  When on campus during these seasons, classes will stay for the full day, but PE, Music, Art and Spanish will be cancelled so that class time on campus can focus on core subjects.

If CCS moves to a rotating schedule, the upper school grades 7,8 and 9 will be on campus Monday and Wednesday and grades 10, 11, and 12 will be on campus Tuesday and Thursday.  When on campus during these seasons, classes will be full days.

All upper school credited classes will meet, but focus and time will be on core classes and some of the other classes may have shortened schedules during these seasons.

Families that have difficulty with transportation with this schedule may seek accommodations.

During moderate risk seasons, no hot lunch will be available and students will eat cold bagged lunches from home in their classrooms.  This may occur periodically even during green seasons that are being elevated toward yellow.

If recess is available outside (all days except rain and below 14F) elementary grades will rotate for their breaks. Please have children dress appropriately for the weather. In inclement weather, all breaks will be taken in the classrooms.

Homework and remote learning will take place on the days students are not on campus.  Students will be required to stay up to date on homework assignments.  Teachers will be available on these days to hold class remotely when appropriate, to answer questions and give assistance to students during office hours.

During High Risk Periods (Red), the CDC or Idaho Governor’s office will communicate the necessary guidelines for school building closure or opening.  During red periods, CCS academic services may be disrupted, but only as a governmental order.

These operating conditions are reserved for a nationwide, state wide, or county wide Stay-At-Home edict or other governmental order beyond the jurisdiction of the CCS Board. 

This would be implemented during a High Risk Seasons only and should be of short duration.

During these seasons CCS would be on remote learning only in grades 1-12, with no students from those grades on campus.

For grades 1-6 the focus of remote learning would be curtailed to the essential information of core subjects: Math, Language Arts, Spelling, Reading, History, and Science.  Instruction would be primarily through pre-recorded video lessons from their teacher, resourced videos made available from reputable sources, and the CCS curriculum.  Dojo, would be the platform utilized at home along with CCS FACTS, while teachers may direct students/parents to other platforms through links provided.  This prevents students/parents from having to learn multiple platforms. These platforms will all be taught and rehearsed during “normal” low risk seasons, so that they are familiar and easily used during remote learning.  Parental supervision of lessons would be essential.  Teachers will be available during daily office hours to meet with students, answer questions, tutor, and strategize with parents.

For grades 7-12 all credited classes would implement remote instruction, but focus would be given to core subjects.  Instruction would use primarily a Zoom, Google Drive and CCS FACTS as platforms, however teachers may direct students/parents to other platforms through links provided.  This prevents students/parents from having to learn multiple platforms.  These platforms will all be taught and rehearsed during “normal” low risk seasons, so that they are familiar and easily used during remote learning.  Teachers will be available during daily office hours to meet with students, answer questions, tutor, and strategize with parents.

Only Preschool, Kindergarten and Title I Services would be considered essential student services that remain on campus, and only if allowed by the supervising governmental entity.

Only essential administrative personnel would work at the building on days that were also essential such as payroll.

Changes for CCS Activities are as follows:

We love the culture of CCS; we are a family and that is an essential aspect of our identity.  However, while our goal is to continue to provide a culture and environment in keeping with CCS identity, heritage and traditions, the CCS activities beyond the academic day must be more flexible to protect the ongoing daily academic program.  This is not to diminish their value in the lives and education of our students, but to assure that we protect the primary role of academics during the varying seasons of risk the school must respond to.

During Green or Yellow Periods:

Sports will continue as the Mountain Christian League determines.  Spectator crowds will be limited so that reasonable social distance from one another and players can occur.  In differing facilities, therefore, crowd size may change accordingly.  Spectators in different states may be required to adhere to different governmentally enforced protocols, such as masks.

Weekly Chapel will be altered to limit the number of students together during singing.  This change is still being determined.  Chapel is a priority and we will be having chapel, as well as the buddy program, but the structure and protocols are still being planned.

Ongoing after school clubs and activities other than sports (and possibly FLL) may be limited or suspended for the 2020-21 school year.

ASB activities will be scheduled on a case by case basis and unique standards and protocols may be called for.

The traditional high school trip will be planned for and money fundraised, however, the schedule of the trip may need to be flexible.

CCS Family gatherings will be scheduled according to our traditional calendar, but may be altered or canceled due to the changing nature of risk assessment.

During Red Periods – All activities beyond academics may be postponed or canceled.

These protocols are not exhaustive and additional procedures or steps may be added to assist in their appropriate application during different seasons of risk.  If you have questions regarding these protocols, you may address them to the Principal, Julie Yetter, or to our Mike Marshall our CCS Board member responding to these issues.

 

July 21, 2020

SCHOOL IN ALL SEASONS

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season.” 2 Timothy 4:2

This is what the Lord says—
 he who made a way through the sea,
 a path through the mighty waters,
 
 “Forget the former things;
 do not dwell on the past.
 See, I am doing a new thing!
 Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
 I am making a way in the wilderness
 and streams in the wasteland.    Isaiah 43:16, 18-20

This has been a challenging season, but here at Christian Center School we are excited to see what God is doing.  He is doing a new thing, and we have faith that it be a renewing season. Please join us in praying for God’s wisdom and blessing as we make plans for the Fall 2020-21 school year.  We believe this year can bring us together, not separate us, and that this year we can be a light set on a hill, not hidden under a bushel.  

As you read our plans for next year, please know that they are a work in progress.  We have spent significant time attending local meetings, reading medical reports, listening to experts and being guided by governmental entities.  Ultimately, we are responsible to provide the very best academic education possible from an intentionally Christian worldview, within the family identity of CCS.  We will uphold that, even as things evolve and shift to meet the health needs of our own community and the community at large.  This will be our mission.  What follows, is the plan the CCS Board, Administrators, and Staff have collaborated on to meet that mission.

Christian Center School, in an attempt to comply with the CDC, State Governing Bodies, and the local Panhandle Health District is presenting this comprehensive continuity plan for the 2020-21 school year.  As Idaho Governor Brad Little has said, “We do know the 2020-2021 school year will not look the same as in previous years, but the expectation is that schools will not be closed for extended periods of time. Before coronavirus, too many Idaho students faced a significant achievement gap and ongoing risks to their mental and social wellbeing. It’s imperative that students return to their classrooms and interact directly with their teachers and classmates at the end of the summer.” The CDC divides the risk of reopening schools into three categories: low, moderate and high. Highest risk seasons are limited to virtual-only activities with only daycare for Preschool and Kindergarten, and Federal Programs on an essential services basis.  This season would only be initiated by a governmental edict. Moderate risk seasons include small, in-person classes where students stay grouped together with only their same classmates and are socially distanced as much as possible. The lowest risk seasons look more like classrooms pre-pandemic -- full-sized, in-person and with no spacing.

CCS has plans to begin the school year in Green (low risk season).   School age children are in the lowest risk population for Covid-19.  We are comfortable, therefore, moving forward while making accommodations for those in our CCS family that may be of a higher risk.

During low risk periods (Green), the CDC and Panhandle Health District suggest some routine changes to assure that students are well and using safe hygiene habits.  These are not invasive practices, but a provision of standards, and protocols to help regulate a healthier and preventative environment.  CCS plans to make these changes as routine and seamless as possible, to promote a comfortable transition, much like our change of schedule last fall which made the flow of traffic function much more smoothly.  The fast they become familiar ways of doing things the faster normalcy will be experienced.

The changes for CCS Academic Days are as follows:

As always, the CDC recommends sick students and school employees stay at home. 

Arriving upper school, students will enter through the front doors between 8:00am and 8:15am and undergo a health check before entry.   This will include questions regarding Covid-19 symptoms (this may be electronically available through FACTS to save time checking in), using hand sanitizer upon entry and having their temperature taken.  Students who have a temperature of 99F or higher will not remain at school.  Upper school students will move downstairs after check-in, but remain socially distanced until the 8:15am bell rings.

Arriving elementary students will be dropped off at the North Outdoor Basketball Court by their grade between 8:10am and 8:30am and undergo a health check before entry.   This will include questions regarding Covid-19 symptoms (this may be electronically available through FACTS to save time checking in), the use of hand sanitizer and having their temperature taken.  Students with a temperature of 99F or higher will not remain at school.  After check-in, elementary students will go to their classrooms.  Parents and siblings will not accompany them.

If students have other symptoms other than a temperature of 99F (such as a cough), but have a doctor’s note explaining a responsible condition other than Covid-19 (such as allergies), they will be allowed to remain at school.  They must have a doctor’s note for this accommodation.

Attendance policies will be more flexible this Fall.  If a staff member or student is at risk due to other health considerations, or has immediate contact with those who are, or if a student needs to miss school due to these protocols or illness they should.  Parents should evaluate if their child is well enough to do school that day at home.  Elementary grade’s lesson plans and homework entered on FACTS will be sufficient to follow for remote learning, allowing students to return to school with no “catch-up” time.  Upper school students should Zoom into their classes and complete assignments for the day to avoid accruing an absence. If this strategy is adequately followed, no absence may be entered for the missed day. 

Elementary check-out and pick-up in the afternoons will take place at the North Outdoor Basketball Court as long as weather permits or at the classroom during inclement weather and students should be collected no later than 3:45pm.

Upper school students will wait in the gym, socially distanced, until a parent arrives.   There will be no recreation available.   Students who are driving themselves should leave right after school is released and not staff on campus to socialize.   All students should be collected no later than 4pm.

Parents are asked to not remain on campus to socialize, but are encouraged to do so off campus.    

When possible, please make appointments if you need to speak with staff, including the front desk, since drop off and pick up will be a hectic time.

The CCS building will be cleaned and disinfected nightly by our janitor.  This will include, but not be limited to, all hard surfaces such as handrails, door knobs, counter tops, in addition to bathrooms and the kitchen area.

In elementary grades with offices, dividers will be left in place at all times.

In the upper school during low risk seasons, students and staff will wipe down hard surfaces of classrooms including desks, tables and chairs before leaving the classroom and before a new class enters.  Cleaning solutions will be an organic alternative to bleach that is approved for disinfection.  The same will be done in the lunch room between shifts of students.

Lunch periods will be expanded both in time and space.  See class schedules for the flow of classes through the lunch periods. 

Drinking fountains will be limited to bottle filling stations only. 

Masks and Shields are optional but not mandatory.

Inside the classroom, desks will be spaced as much as possible and students will all be faced in the same direction when possible with students only sitting on one side, not face-to-face. 

Those who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms while at school will be moved to an isolation area and an emergency contact notified.  If this is a student, they should be picked up as soon as possible. Areas used by a sick person will be closed off until after the area is cleaned and disinfected.

If a student or staff member of the school tests positive for Covid-19, the exposed individuals on campus will be identified in the following manner.   An exposed cohort/group is defined as: those who have been exposed to a Covid-19 positive person within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes without masking.  This identified cohort/group will be given the choice of being placed on a 14-day quarantine, or will have the option of testing with the ability to return to school after a negative test result. The compromised areas of the building will be satisfactorily cleaned prior to any students and staff returning to that area.

During moderate risk periods (Yellow), the CDC and Idaho Department of Education suggest that the staff rotate to the students rather than the other way around, keeping the same group of students together for the duration of school days to restrict mixing of different students. This will help to better contain the virus if a student happens to get sick.  Playground equipment use should be staggered and the equipment cleaned and disinfected in between groups.  Students are encouraged to bring their own cold lunches and eat in their classrooms instead of the cafeteria. Food that is provided by the school should be pre-packaged in boxes or bags. Buffet-style is discouraged.

During Yellow seasons, staff and students with compromised immune systems or who are at higher risk should wear masks/shields, or consider staying at home depending upon the severity of the yellow season.

In addition to the protocols listed above for Green season, these additional protocols and procedures may be implemented during a Yellow season.

Liberal absenteeism and optional remote learning will be allowed at the discretion of parents, as long as students continue to perform required academic work.

Shields may be required by staff during these seasons.

Kindergarten and Preschool will continue every day as an essential child care service, but daily hours may be limited.  PE, and Music classes may be cancelled.

Title I services will also be considered essential services.

Elementary grades may move to a rotating schedule on campus.  If so, odd grades will be on campus Monday and Wednesday and even grades will be on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays.  When on campus during these seasons, classes will stay for the full day, but PE, Music, Art and Spanish will be cancelled so that class time on campus can focus on core subjects.

If CCS moves to a rotating schedule, the upper school grades 7,8 and 9 will be on campus Monday and Wednesday and grades 10, 11, and 12 will be on campus Tuesday and Thursday.  When on campus during these seasons, classes will be full days.

All upper school credited classes will meet, but focus and time will be on core classes and some of the other classes may have shortened schedules during these seasons.

Families that have difficulty with transportation with this schedule may seek accommodations.

During moderate risk seasons, no hot lunch will be available and students will eat cold bagged lunches from home in their classrooms.  This may occur periodically even during green seasons that are being elevated toward yellow.

If recess is available outside (all days except rain and below 14F) elementary grades will rotate for their breaks. Please have children dress appropriately for the weather. In inclement weather, all breaks will be taken in the classrooms.

Homework and remote learning will take place on the days students are not on campus.   Students will be required to stay up to date on homework assignments.  Teachers will be available on these days to hold class remotely when appropriate, to answer questions and give assistance to students during office hours.

During High Risk Periods (Red), the CDC or Idaho Governor’s office will communicate the necessary guidelines for school building closure or opening.  During red periods, CCS academic services may be disrupted, but only as a governmental order.

These operating conditions are reserved for a nationwide, state wide, or county wide Stay-At-Home edict or other governmental order beyond the jurisdiction of the CCS Board.   

This would be implemented during a High Risk Seasons only and should be of short duration.

During these seasons CCS would be on remote learning only in grades 1-12, with no students from those grades on campus.

For grades 1-6 the focus of remote learning would be curtailed to the essential information of core subjects: Math, Language Arts, Spelling, Reading, History, and Science.  Instruction would be primarily through pre-recorded video lessons from their teacher, resourced videos made available from reputable sources, and the CCS curriculum.   Dojo, would be the platform utilized at home along with CCS FACTS, while teachers may direct students/parents to other platforms through links provided.  This prevents students/parents from having to learn multiple platforms. These platforms will all be taught and rehearsed during “normal” low risk seasons, so that they are familiar and easily used during remote learning.  Parental supervision of lessons would be essential.   Teachers will be available during daily office hours to meet with students, answer questions, tutor, and strategize with parents.

For grades 7-12 all credited classes would implement remote instruction, but focus would be given to core subjects.  Instruction would use primarily a Zoom, Google Drive and CCS FACTS as platforms, however teachers may direct students/parents to other platforms through links provided.   This prevents students/parents from having to learn multiple platforms.  These platforms will all be taught and rehearsed during “normal” low risk seasons, so that they are familiar and easily used during remote learning.  Teachers will be available during daily office hours to meet with students, answer questions, tutor, and strategize with parents.

Only Preschool, Kindergarten and Title I Services would be considered essential student services that remain on campus, and only if allowed by the supervising governmental entity.

Only essential administrative personnel would work at the building on days that were also essential such as payroll.

Changes for CCS Activities are as follows:

We love the culture of CCS; we are a family and that is an essential aspect of our identity.  However, while our goal is to continue to provide a culture and environment in keeping with CCS identity, heritage and traditions, the CCS activities beyond the academic day must be more flexible to protect the ongoing daily academic program.   This is not to diminish their value in the lives and education of our students, but to assure that we protect the primary role of academics during the varying seasons of risk the school must respond to.

During Green or Yellow Periods:

Sports will continue as the Mountain Christian League determines.  Spectator crowds will be limited so that reasonable social distance from one another and players can occur.  In differing facilities, therefore, crowd size may change accordingly.   Spectators in different states may be required to adhere to different governmentally enforced protocols, such as masks.

Weekly Chapel will be altered to limit the number of students together during singing.   This change is still being determined.   Chapel is a priority and we will be having chapel, as well as the buddy program, but the structure and protocols are still being planned.

Ongoing after school clubs and activities other than sports (and possibly FLL) may be limited or suspended for the 2020-21 school year.

ASB activities will be scheduled on a case by case basis and unique standards and protocols may be called for.

The traditional high school trip will be planned for and money fundraised, however, the schedule of the trip may need to be flexible.

CCS Family gatherings will be scheduled according to our traditional calendar, but may be altered or cancelled due to the changing nature of risk assessment.

During Red Periods – All activities beyond academics may be postponed or cancelled.

These protocols are not exhaustive and additional procedures or steps may be added to assist in their appropriate application during different seasons of risk.   If you have questions regarding these protocols, you may address them to the Principal, Julie Yetter, or to our Mike Marshall our CCS Board member responding to these issues.

Why So Many Projects?

November 25, 2019
By Julie Yetter

Why so many projects?

Here at CCS, it seems like you see projects and academic fairs going on all of the time!  Yes, you do.  Why?  Projects, project based learning and academic fairs give students an opportunity to be immersed in a real world topic, while at the same time practicing many interdisciplinary competencies, and developing higher order thinking skills and presentation skills.  There is nothing else like it.

We begin in 1st/2nd grade with a camping project that covers science, social studies and math or pioneer days which incorporates history, science, and English, and an animal habitat project that involves science and English.  In addition, these first graders practice writing, speaking publically extemporaneously, memorization, and creating attractive presentation boards.  These same types of skills are engaged year after year for larger and larger venues.

Project Based Learning (PBL) is actually a formal teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects.  The definition according to PBLworks.org states that PBL is a teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects. In PBL, teachers make learning come alive for students.

How is PBL different from “doing a project”?

PBL has become more and more widely used because of the many benefits it provides and there are many ways to structure it.  However, there are key characteristics that differentiate "doing a project" from engaging in rigorous Project Based Learning.  We practice both here at CCS

Doing a simple project can often be a culminating assessment of topics that were covered thoroughly in a unit from a test book and reinforced by teach led instruction.  This might look like constructing a model of a cell using edible parts.  We do these simple type projects throughout the grades here at CCS.  However, this is not project based learning.  For distinction, a simple project, such as the one just described, is “a short, intellectually-light project served up after the teacher covers the content of a unit in the usual way - from a "main course" project, in which the project is the unit. In Project Based Learning, the project is the vehicle for teaching the important knowledge and skills student need to learn. The project contains and frames curriculum and instruction” (PBLworks).

Here at CCS the 5th grade soup project, the 6th grade world’s fair, First Lego League, the science fair, change for the world, and senior project are all founded upon PBL.  These require critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and various forms of communication. They seek to answer a Driving Question and create high-quality work, and students need to do much more than recite memorized answers on a multiple choice test. They need to use higher-order thinking skills and often need to learn to work as a team.

Because students begin using PBL early here at CCS, by the time they graduate they are remarkable thinkers, researchers, communicators, and presenters.  Graduates regularly return to express their appreciation for this education and share with us glowing reports from professors, bosses, and co-workers.  It is something we are very proud of.

The Challenges of PBL

PBL does come with some challenges.  Scaffolding instructions at different age groups with differing learning styles and academic levels can be a strength of PBL, since there can be allowances for uniqueness’s to individual student’s projects, but it is also a challenge to structure the overall project in a manner that meets those needs.  Like any teaching method, some students love the freedom, individuality and sense of ownership they can have with their project.  Others feel intimidated and have a hard time with different components of bringing the project together.  Sometimes, students feel so uncomfortable they have a difficult time even forming their confusion into questions to ask a teacher and become overwhelmed.  This can end up coming out at home, rather than in the classroom where their teacher can guide them through the process step by step.  In PBL teachers rarely “give the answer”, rather they ask the questions, because thinking through the questions is what leads students to an answer that they can own and carry forward.

We appreciate that these challenges can create frustration at times at home.  We desire to communicate with parents throughout the process of these activities, and clarify information throughout the process.  We recognize that parents are often part of the project, providing oversight for safety, coordination for team members to meet, and collecting materials.  We do not desire, nor expect parents to be members of the project team with their child.  The work of PBL must be done by the students, this in itself can present temptation to do too much or answer questions they really need to get answered with their team or teachers.

If you, as a parent, have questions please contact your child’s teacher through email.  Email, rather than texts, dojo, or even calling, presents the best opportunity for clarity that can be referred back to again and again.  We desire that these projects be engaging, memorable and even fun learning experiences.

For More Information

If you are interested in learning more about PBL this website is a great start:  https://www.pblworks.org/what-is-pbl

I am also happy to discuss teaching methods here at CCS and give you additional research or literature on our varied approaches to learning.  Contact me anytime.

What is Dual Credit?

October 23, 2019
By Julie Yetter

What is Dual Credit?  Should my child take dual credit classes?

Technically the term “dual credit” refers to any simultaneous enrollment to two academic programs at one time.  This could be a student enrolled in both a homeschool program and brick and mortar school simultaneously, or a private school and public school simultaneously; however, while you will hear the term used that way it more often refers to a high school student that is simultaneously enrolled in both a high school program and a college program and is gaining credits from both academic programs at the same time.  Students are killing two birds with one stone, so to speak.  The obvious benefit of this dual enrollment is that they are fulfilling their graduation requirements for a high school diploma at the same time as getting a head start on the graduation requirements they will have for an associates or bachelor’s degree in college.

Christian Center School (CCS) encourages dual enrollment for upper classmen and does so through the sequence of the courses we offer in our college prep program, as well as with our daily schedule for upper classmen.  Most dual credit opportunities at the college level require that students be 16 and/or a junior in high school to qualify.  This is the case with North Idaho College (NIC) and the other Idaho state schools.  They must also already have a 3.0 GPA.  CCS prepares students to qualify for this opportunity by working with students to achieve high scores in college preparatory coursework as a prerequisite for their dual enrollment.

One of the financial benefits of dual enrollment is the discount given for dual enrollment in college level courses.  The discount is generally half of the normal per credit cost associated with the course.  CCS students, therefore, can cut the costs of their college financial burden by dual enrolling.  However, because CCS is a private school, we do not have access the additional funding the State of Idaho gives for dual enrollment tuition; we encourage parents as tax payers to make their opinions regarding this inequity known to their state legislators.

CCS offers dual credit opportunities through NIC, as well as other Idaho schools through online IDLA classes, and is partnering with Christian colleges to do the same.  If you are interested in more information regarding specific dual enrollment options, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Dani Redican.

What is Title 1?

September 26, 2019
By Julie Yetter

What is Title 1?

Title I is a federal aid program for schools. The goal of Title 1 is to ensure a high-quality education for every child, by providing extra help to students who need it most. Title I has three primary objectives:

  • to improve student achievement for all participating children
  • to improve staff development
  • to improve parental and community involvement

Title 1 funds are distributed to school districts and individual schools based on the number of families enrolled that would qualify for free or reduced lunch within the public school district that they live. However, once a school qualifies for Title 1 funds, academic need, not economic status, determines which students receive extra services. Title 1 funds are intended to supplement what a school already provides its students.

Title 1 is different from Special Education programs. Title 1 does not address student needs based on disability or special needs, but rather on the basis of student performance, achievement and progress. CCS uses many forms of assessment to determine these needs including but not limited to: Direct Reading Assessments, Iowa Assessment, formative and summative assessment by teachers, and more.

Under new flexibility guidelines for Title 1 grants, the way Title 1 funds are used within schools has changed.  Title 1 programs are now allowed, and encouraged, to collaborate to fill gaps and introduce innovations in instruction. What does this mean to you and your child? Because we can now combine some Title 1 funds with other funding sources to enhance the education of all students, the role of Title 1 in your school may not be as visible to you (and your child) as they have been in the past. This is a good thing! As educators and parents, we share the goal of providing students with the best education possible. The new guidelines enable us to work together toward this goal.  

Under Title I, local school districts are required to provide services for eligible private school students, as well as eligible public school students. In particular, section 1120 of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act, requires a participating local school district to provide eligible children attending private elementary and secondary schools, their teachers, and their families with Title I services or other benefits that are equitable to those provided to eligible public school children, their teachers, and their families. These services must be developed in consultation with officials of the private schools. The Title I services provided by the local school districts for private school participants are designed to meet their educational needs and supplement the educational services provided by the private school.

Here at CCS we recognize that parent involvement in the school increases academic success as well as builds our culture.  You play an integral role in our Title 1 program.  We encourage parents to become classroom aides, volunteer in classrooms through Parent Service Hours, and partner with teachers through at home reading logs, projects, fieldtrip chaperones, and other program supports.  We invite you to get more involved and find out how Title 1 is supporting the programs of CCS.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education. Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of State Support. (2015). Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies (Title I, Part A).

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