SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS

Given the fluidity of the situation, our plans to safely return to school this fall will be constantly evaluated for necessary modifications. These plans embrace current recommendations for returning to school from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), and Arizona Department of Education (ADE) 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. Conditions can fluctuate, including federal, state, and city regulations, and we may need to alter our plans. We will continue to keep you updated.

ACADEMIC MODEL

  • Valley Christian Schools High School will utilize a full-time face-to-face model with various on-campus modifications for purposes of safety and sanitation whenever feasible.
  • Students who are unable to attend school because of COVID related issues will follow the guidelines for absenteeism and makeup work, as published in the Parent and Student Handbook.
  • If a return to Remote Learning is mandated due to school closure, specific guidelines will be provided similar to the previous remote model (March-May 2020) along with enhancements and changes we deemed necessary. For the high school, some of these enhancements will be a “regular” schedule with direct instruction or interaction with the teacher for each class. A student will be required to “attend” classes like normal only it will be through Zoom. In addition, there will be more uniformity among teachers in regard to how things are posted on Moodle and Renweb.

ABSENCE AND MAKEUP WORK

  • We do understand there is a possibility a student may be out of school for an extended period of time due to COVID related issues. Our goal is to support these students as best we can. A detailed plan concerning this will be forthcoming. If a student anticipates missing six or more consecutive classes due to COVID related issues they must advise the School they will need additional support.
  • The number of allowed absences per semester will be 12 as stated in the Parent-Student Handbook.
  • As stated before, a detailed plan concerning the support a student will be given during extended COVID related absences will be forthcoming. However, we do not believe this is a long-term substitute for the face-to-face model of education we are prepared to deliver.
  • All work missed during absences must be made up. This work includes summative assessments (tests) of which would be taken at school once the student returns or otherwise arranged by the teacher.
  • Long term documented medical absences for high school students will result in a conference (in-person or Zoom) with the High School Principal and Dean of Students. In general, it will be determined if we still can accommodate the student and if so, a plan will be developed.

ARRIVAL

  • The first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year is August 4th.
  • Parent’s and student’s absolute cooperation are necessary to monitor the student’s health before coming to school. We must work together on this as it will be the most effective way of preventing the spread of this virus at school. The self-monitoring check must take place before coming to school each day.
  • Students arriving earlier than 15 minutes before their first class must wait in the Courtyard and not congregate in the halls. Physical distancing must be practiced.
  • Students arriving less than 15 minutes before their first class must go directly to their first hour classroom.
  • Students that are tardy must check in the front office as usual.
  • Face masks are optional for students and staff. The use of face masks will be utilized for visitors who enter the campus until further notice.

DISMISSAL

  • Dismissal begins at 3:10 pm
  • The High School Campus will close at 4:00 p.m. Upon dismissal, students should leave campus and should not congregate in common spaces, including the parking lot.
  • Students involved in any after school extra-curricular activity should report directly to that activity upon dismissal.

SICK POLICY

  • All parents or designated person(s) must promptly report to campus and retrieve their student or be available to give approval for their student to leave campus if they are contacted by school personnel their student is ill.
  • Troy Hanzal will be the point of contact at the high school campus if you have questions in regard to COVID.
  • Please keep in mind we must follow all HIPPA rules and regulations in regard to releasing private medical information.
  • Established health and safety protocols are in place to handle various situations involving both students and staff members.
  • A student must not be brought to school or come to school if found to have a fever (having a temperature of 100.4°F or higher, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath). They should not return to school until they have been fever free without medication for 48 hours.
  • In the event a student complains about not feeling well during the school day, parents or emergency contact will be required to pick up the student or give approval for them to leave.
  • Please be advised we will use extra precautions with students not feeling well or reported to not feeling well.
  • All parents will receive an email notification via RenWeb for any student who is reported to be ill or comes up to the front office not feeling well.

REPORTED CASE OF COVID ON CAMPUS

    • Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use these areas until after cleaning and disinfecting.
    • Wait at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, we will wait as long as possible.
    • In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, school administrators should notify local health officials, staff, and families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and (HIPPA).
    • Inform those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

  • Regular school hours are from 8:00 am – 3:10 pm. On Monday School hours are from 8:40 am – 3:10 pm.
  • Valley Christian High School will be utilizing the traditional face-to-face classroom model for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • If a return to Remote Learning is mandated due to school closure, specific guidelines will be provided similar to the previous remote model (March-May 2020) along with enhancements or changes we deemed necessary. For the high school some of these enhancements will be a “regular” schedule with direct instruction or interaction with the teacher for each class. A student will be required to “attend” classes like normal except it will be through Zoom. In addition, there will be more uniformity among teachers in regard to how things are posted on Moodle and Renweb.
  • Classroom student desks will be spaced apart as much as possible and facing the same direction.
  • Hallways will have directional arrows indicating traffic flow in one direction.
  • Face masks are optional for students and staff.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be provided for students and staff.
  • Additional handwashing stations will be installed
  • An increased level of disinfecting and cleaning will take place for classrooms and common areas.
  • Lockers will be removed from the hallways to give more room during passing time.
  • Bottled water dispensers are being installed and we are eliminating shared water fountains.
  • VINE accommodations and services will continue for students.
  • For the first month, Field trips and Extra-curricular activities will be evaluated based on teacher requests to determine if adequate safety measures are in place at given destinations.
  • We will continue to educate students to wash hands after using the restroom and intermediately throughout the day.
  • Science / lab classes – We will physical distance as much as possible at shared tables
  • We are removing common area tables from the Student Center and will be disinfecting computers after each period.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Please contact Troy Hanzal for information regarding transportation services.  Parents are asked to provide a mask for their student. A temporary mask will be provided for them if necessary. Students are expected to wear a mask given physical distancing is not feasible in vehicles such as vans. All masks may be removed once the student arrives to their classroom or destination

LUNCH

  • Students will eat lunch in a number of designated areas, including classrooms, as to prevent a large gathering of students in Barnes Hall during lunch time.

CHAPEL

  • We are currently working on a chapel plan. This may include two separate chapels to allow for physical distancing as well as the possibility of virtual accommodations for students not feeling comfortable in attending a larger gathering for chapel.

ATHLETICS & FINE ARTS

  • Athletics and Fine Arts will follow AIA protocols and will make adjustments to be sure best practices are utilized. This will include outside practices, social distancing, rehearsing in larger venues and more. Communication will be sent home as needed for each activity (games, performances, etc.)

CLEANING AND SANITIZATION

  • The school cleaning protocol includes increased disinfecting and sanitizing measures as scheduled by designated staff.
  • All classrooms, common areas, restrooms, and offices are cleaned/sanitized at the end of every school day.
  • In common areas, sanitation will occur between groups.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol will be provided for students.
  • Additional handwashing stations will be installed
  • An increased level of disinfecting and cleaning will take place for classrooms and common areas.
  • Bottled water dispensers are being installed and we are eliminating shared water fountains.

VISITORS

  • All visitors will park in the front parking lot and walk into the front lobby.
  • Face masks are required for all visitors until further notice. Face masks are optional for students and staff.
  • Volunteers on campus will be limited and will require a face mask until further notice.
  • Volunteers must check-in at the office for self-temperature check and wellness questions.

CLUBS, SCHOOL EVENTS, AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • Additional information will be released at a later time as these events occur.

Last updated June 19, 2020