Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Arizona’s Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger Executive Order issued on May 12 requires businesses and other entities operating in the state to implement health and safety plans to protect workers and customers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In response, we implemented procedures for our summer operations as part of our phased re-opening to protect our community.

Due to updated guidance issued by the Arizona Department of Health Services and mandates by Maricopa County, the City of Chandler, and City of Tempe, we are temporarily adjusting our policy for summer operations effective Monday, June 22.

Any VCS employee, including coaches, interacting with a guest or student while indoors must wear a face mask. During this temporary phase, face masks will also be required for employees, students, or guests if they cannot maintain six feet of social distancing – regardless of being inside or outside. Additionally, all guests or students on campus will be required to wear a face mask while indoors on campus. This requirement does not include student-athletes or campers actively participating in training or camps. Exceptions include those who cannot wear a face mask due to a medical or behavioral condition or children under the age of six.

Please note, this is a temporary policy change for our summer operations and does not represent a change in our Safe Return to School plan for this fall. It is still our full intention to have masks be optional for students and staff while on campus this August.

As part of our phased re-opening plan, the following “Phase I” procedures will go into effect beginning on Tuesday, May 26 for all our campuses for our summer operations.

As part of Phase I, all employees, students, and guests on our campuses will be required to check and record their temperature. Employees can check-in at the front office to be temperature checked during normal business hours. If employees will have a group of students on campus, they can sign-out a no-contact temperature scanner to check and record the students’ temperatures – those students do not have to go through the front office.

VCS remains in close contact with State and County health officials regarding COVID-19.  We will keep you updated with any developments that could impact our families or school campuses.

COVID-19 Resources

There are great resources available for parents and community members to learn about the virus symptoms, preventative measures, and current confirmed cases.

VCS Safe Return to School Plan

At Valley Christian, we have been working diligently to create a reasonable and responsible plan for returning to our physical campuses for the start of school on August 17. We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to campus this fall as we seek to return to school as “normal” as possible.

Given the fluidity of the situation, our plans to safely return to school in August will be constantly evaluated for necessary modifications. These plans embrace current recommendations for returning to school from the Center for Disease Control, Arizona Department of Health Services, and Arizona Department of Education, along with recommendations from our COVID-19 Task Force. Please note recommendations from each of these organizations will evolve between now and August and will be taken into appropriate consideration.