We are committed to providing the safest environment possible for all of our students and staff, while continuing to foster an atmosphere focused on community and connection. We will also monitor the recommendations and requirements provided at the state and local levels.
In May, we launched a task force of committees to address safety, learning, and community activities that will allow us to welcome our students back on campus this fall.
We are planning to implement safety precautions that include daily temperature and health checks, along with increased handwashing and sanitization throughout the day.
We will also add the utilization of open and outdoor spaces on campus, the organized transition of classes, and new approaches in facilitating recess, PE, and lunch, along with much more.
We encourage you to join us in being patient, hopeful, and prayerful!
Adding seven additional days will provide time for evaluating student progress from the 2019–2020 school year, incorporating additional academic instruction, and offsetting any time that we may need if there are any disruptions to our school year.
Daily health checks administered by parents or guardians
Face coverings in common areas, in transitions, during arrival and dismissal for all students, staff, and visitors. Students in grades 6–12 will be required to wear face coverings in classes where there are teachers or students with pre-existing health concerns, or where social distancing is not possible.
Daily temperature checks
Social distancing of 6 feet when possible
Scheduled handwashing times and hand sanitizer availability in all classrooms and common areas
Increased cleaning and sanitizing across campus
Integration of outdoor space for learning, lunch, and socialization
Policies will be in place to actively monitor illness and any lab-confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. We will close off areas that were heavily used by individuals with a positive case (student, teacher, or staff) until the nonporous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected. Also, health officials and all close contacts will be notified.
Students, staff, and visitors will need to bring a face covering to school every day. Face coverings are required for all students PK-5th grade in common areas, during transitions, at arrival, and dismissal. Students in grades 6-12 will be required to wear face coverings in classes where there are teachers or students with pre-existing health conditions, or where social distancing is not possible.
Face coverings will not be required for students in athletic activities, at recess, and at PE. We also know there will be students on campus who will wear face coverings for longer periods of time, including students who are directed to do so by their healthcare providers or at their parent’s request.
This practice will be in effect until September 4 at which time we will reevaluate. We are continuing to develop opportunities for students to be outside of their normal classroom spaces, where face coverings will not be necessary. Faculty will allow students to lower the face coverings as it is permissible, if the location and activity allows for social distancing.
Lunches will be enjoyed in the classroom, which will allow the gym to be designated as a PE area for the entire school day and allow for all students to take part in this vital time of movement and physical education.
We are continuing to formulate plans with SAGE Dining to create nutritious student-selected lunch options that can be delivered straight to the classroom.
Students will wash or sanitize their hands before and after eating lunch.
Desks will be cleaned at the completion of lunch daily.
Middle and Upper School Students
Middle and Upper School students will eat in small groups for lunch and will be spread throughout the building to eat in the main cafeteria, Commons Place, or outdoors when possible.
We are continuing to work with SAGE Dining to develop a quick and safe way for students to select their all-you-can-eat desired lunch items within the cafeteria.
Outside food delivery will not be allowed during the first nine weeks of the 2020–2021 school year. We will reevaluate after nine weeks.
To help K–5th grade students learn about the importance of keeping their body healthy and strong, students will continue to have PE as a part of their schedule. PE teachers are reworking the curriculum by adding more individualized games and activities to minimize physical contact among students during classes. More details to follow.
Pre-K to 5th grade students will continue to have daily recess as movement and play are crucial to a child’s development and overall well-being. Recess is a time where social learning comes to life and children are given an opportunity to creatively play with their peers.
If you are a potential family interested in attending Liberty Christian School, we are offering in-person or virtual tours and principal interviews. We are available to answer any questions you may have. Call 940-294-2127 today!