Masks are being recommended when social distancing cannot be achieved. Staff will be provided a mask or other face covering to wear when working closely with students. However, students will not be mandated by the school to wear masks. Parents have the freedom to enforce the wearing of masks for their child(ren).
SFCA’s Blended Learning Option is a short-term alternative to in-person instruction. The purpose of the Blended Learning Option is to facilitate learning for those who cannot physically attend classes on campus due to health concerns during the pandemic. Lessons taught in the classroom will be uploaded to SFCA’s Canvas platform along with required assignments and assessments for the students to view and complete.
SFCA Virtual is the online substitute for in-person learning to be utilized ONLY if the SFCA campus is shut down.
Students will have their temperature checked upon arrival to King’s Crew and/or the homeroom classroom, and before any activity after school.
Staff will have their temperatures checked before school starts every morning.
All students should be fever free when arriving to school. If a student has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, he/she will be sent home. It is recommended that parents take their student’s temperature before leaving the house.
If the fever is unrelated to COVID-19, the student may return to campus once he/she is fever free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours.
If the student is believed to have COVID-19 or was exposed to COVID-19, he/she will not be allowed to return to campus for at least 10 days since the symptoms first appeared, and at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved.
Parents must remain in their vehicles at both drop-off and pick-up.
Exterior building entry points will be supervised by a staff member and will direct students to King’s Crew. Students should follow social distancing guidelines from 7:40am to 8:00am when entering campus.
Staff will send students to King’s Crew any time before 7:45am.
Students will be reminded throughout the day to practice social distancing.
Signs will be posted throughout campus and in classrooms as additional reminders.
Hand sanitizer will be placed in every classroom and in common areas. Staff and teachers in K-12 will encourage hand sanitizer use as appropriate in the classroom and throughout the day. Hand washing will remain the recommended practice to prevent the spread.
A classroom of students will not necessarily be placed on quarantine. A blanket policy cannot address all scenarios so each situation will be evaluated individually with health officials, administration, and the school nurse.
If there is verified potential exposure, parents will be notified and may be required to keep their student home for the quarantine period determined. If a quarantine is not mandated, parents may still choose to quarantine their student. In either scenario, those students would immediately switch to the Blended Learning Option to not disrupt learning.
Students in the Blended Learning Option can be involved in after-school activities, but at this time activities during school hours will not be permitted.
Chapel attendance for homeschool athletes is also being suspended at this time.
We recommend that students and staff avoid traveling to “hot spot areas.” If an individual travels to a “hot spot” location, they may be asked to quarantine. However, if a student or staff member travels to an area that is under a Level 2,3 or 4 Travel Advisory by the US State Department a 14-day quarantine will be required prior to returning to campus.
Only students and staff members will be allowed in the library. Students will be able to check out books.
Books/items returned to the Library will be quarantined for 24 hours and then cleaned.
The same protocol will be followed for individual classroom libraries if provided.
Water fountains will be unavailable and replaced with bottle filling stations.
Every student is required to bring a refillable water bottle.
Water bottles will be available for purchase at lunch for grades K-12 and during the morning snack break for grades 6-12.
Lockers will not be available at the start of school. Students may carry a backpack throughout the day with their necessary items. Locations will be designated for PE bags, lunch boxes and sports equipment so that they do not need to be carried throughout the day.
Cell phones must remain in backpacks during the school day.
Only class sets of items that can be disinfected will be shared (i.e. iPads).
Students in grades 6-12 taking Physical Education classes will be required to dress out. Only a limited number of students will be permitted in each locker room.
Locker rooms will be disinfected regularly, and students are encouraged to use a clean PE uniform each day.
July 16, 2020 Update
Dear SFCA Families,
Thank you for your patience as we have diligently worked through the varied details of SFCA’s campus re-opening. Throughout the summer, the administrative team, teachers, and staff have been developing effective “best practices” for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. We will continue to monitor the guidance provided by the state and local government authorities, as well as the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics and make changes to our Re-Opening Guide as necessary. Our goal is to act with prudence and not in a mode of panic. We trust that our Sovereign God is still in control even though the “world” would have us all think otherwise.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released the following statements: “Schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and well-being and provide our children and adolescents with academic instruction, social and emotional skills, safety, reliable nutrition, physical/speech and mental health therapy, and opportunities for physical activity, among other benefits.
The AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.” (https://www.aap.org/en-us/Pages/Default.aspx)
We at SFCA agree with the AAP and are striving to provide an instructional environment where kids can learn and thrive. With that being said, we respect the role of parents in deciding when it is appropriate for their child to return to school. Therefore, SFCA will be providing a blended learning option that will allow students to receive the education provided by SFCA at home. Parents can utilize this option if choosing to keep their child home until later in the school year, when their child or another family member has been exposed to COVID, or if their child or family member becomes ill. SFCA’s Canvas platform will be the conduit between the teacher and student. Lessons taught by the SFCA teacher, along with supporting videos, instructional resources, and assessments will be uploaded on this platform and students will be able to continue their education without interruption. This is different from SFCA Virtual but accomplishes the same outcomes.
We are in continual prayer for you and the entire SFCA family. We covet your prayers as we navigate through the days leading up to the start of school on August 12. Keep a watchful eye out for upcoming details regarding our Back to School Orientation on August 10.
Blessed to be King’s,