EMERGENCY INFORMATION

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

The health and safety of our students is our number one priority. Out of an abundance of caution, Valley Christian Schools has closed all of our campuses and will transition to remote learning through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. Principals and teachers will be communicating with students and families any necessary details regarding online learning. All scheduled events, practices, and athletic contests through that time have also been postponed.

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.

Information on Online Learning for Families and Students

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.

Questions and Answers

What are office hours?

Our school offices are currently open Monday-Friday from 8am-2pm to continue operations. Please note that our campuses are closed to guests. 

What if I have materials on campus?

If you need to get any textbooks, your iPad, or any other materials from your locker on campus, please contact the school office and we will make arrangements for you to come on campus and pick those up.

What about graduation?

Seniors, as you continue your academics remotely, please be assured you will graduate, as long as you do what is expected by your teachers through remote education. Your transcripts will reflect all your current courses, with grades and credits earned, just as if you were on our campus. There will be no disruption in sending your final transcripts with proof of graduation.

Is AP Testing still scheduled?

Please stay tuned in regard to AP testing.  The College Board is working through ways these tests could be administered in the event schools are not in session. 

I have a new student interview scheduled, what do I do?

We will be reaching out to you and either scheduling an online interview or rescheduling if that isn’t convenient for you.

What about lunch orders?

Lunch orders at the high school will be credited to your account during this time. Lunch orders for K-8 students will be refunded. 

What happens to spring testing?

VCS has cancelled our spring testing, and ACT has cancelled their March 14th national testing. College Board (SAT) is also looking at cancellations, so please check ACT.org and Collegeboard.org for more details on national testing and cancellations. Although they have not announced that additional testing dates will be added in the future, they are aware of the situation and are looking at all options. Colleges are also looking at their application timelines for fall and are aware of the need to extend these, as well as allow for later testing. Once decisions are concrete regarding applications for fall and SAT/ACT testing, it will be communicated with you.

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To Report an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Information regarding a major emergency will be available via the VCS homepage. Information will be updated as soon as possible. When possible, the school will use the Emergency Notification System and social media to communicate updates via email and text messages to our community.

Members of the media inquiring about VCS should email the Office of Communications or call 480-496-7256.

 

Emergency Response

If an emergency occurs during school hours, you can expect the school to contact you via text and email via our Emergency Notification System, as well as post to our social media accounts and website. To receive up-to-date information, make sure your phone and email information are up-to-date in RenWeb.

School administration will determine the course of action based on our Emergency Action Plan and, if necessary, oversee the release of students. The school has a supply of food and water for students who may be required to remain at the school during an emergency. Faculty and staff teams are organized and trained in first aid, security, rescue, roll call and communications.

In the event of an emergency, we ask for your cooperation in the following:

  • Please do not call the school, as it will be necessary to keep the telephone lines open to communicate with emergency personnel.
  • Please do not come to the school unless you are notified by VCS to pick up your student.
  • Do not call your student’s cell phone as this could complicate the situation. Calling could put your student or others in danger.
  • During an active emergency, no one will be allowed on campus. After emergency personnel determine that a safe student release is possible, arrangements will be made to reunite students with their families – most likely at a reunification site.
  • If we are required to evacuate and relocate, students may be picked up at a designated reunification location by an identified, responsible parent or adult indicated in the student’s records.
  • Students will not be allowed to take their property (backpacks, jackets, etc.) with them in an emergency.

We will investigate all potential threats. Please be aware that legally, we are limited in what information can be shared during an emergency. When an actual threat occurs, we will share as much information as possible. When deemed not credible, there may be a brief statement made by the school.