During this pandemic, our school mission and vision remain front and center and it is a driving force in shaping Oaks Christian School’s response. We exist to nurture, develop and educate the whole child – mind, body, heart and soul – as an image-bearer of God. We accomplish our vision through an experiential classroom model, a Christ-centered Biblical worldview, community service partnerships, and a year-round calendar that promotes a love of learning. This period of time has been challenging, but it has also presented unique opportunities to respond with different learning modalities and approaches that support and advance our mission.
Throughout the pandemic, OCS has followed the guidance of state and public health authorities. Despite the current unknowns about the fall, we have planned for multiple scenarios for the 2020-2021 school year. Guidance from relevant authorities has been used to help make ongoing operational decisions and our protocol and procedures are subject to change due to Federal and State regulations.
We desire to keep our students in the classroom for as long as it is safe to do so.
How will we accomplish this?
1. Adjusted physical environment for distancing and heightened public health protocols.
2. Reviewed programs, policies, and procedures for safe operations
3. Identified tools and resources to make work easier and effective in this environment.
4. Created different learning scenarios that provide for maximum flexibility in academic schedules and learning modes.
We anticipate the need to shift between several operational modes this school year. Our learning scenarios are as follows:
Phase Green – Full Campus Use/Traditional Operations
Phase Yellow – Moderate Physical Distancing / Limiting People on Campus
Phase Orange – High Physical Distancing / Limiting Movement of People
Phase Red – Virtual / Essential Personnel Only
Because of our small class sizes and our unique, year-round school model offering week-long breaks throughout the year we will likely have more flexibility than most schools if we should have to navigate this most restrictive mode of learning.
In all the modes, the desire is to maximize the time students can have on campus, while being flexible with students who can not be on campus and must learn remotely.
If a student must stay home from school for an extended amount of time, there will be several options for parents to choose from regarding learning opportunities. These could include, but are not limited to:
1. Individual Zoom lessons with core (math, reading, and writing) Educators
2. Synchronous classroom participation via Zoom
3. Asynchronous class via videoed sessions
4. Worksheet packets sent home to be completed
The decision will be made by the parent after a conversation with the EE, HRS, and Principal based on what will be the best fit for the family.
– Erica Stroup
Will students and employees have their temperatures checked on a daily basis as they arrive on campus?
- Temperature screenings will be conducted at the carline prior to students exiting vehicles. Students with a temperature of 100.4 or greater will not be allowed to enter the building.
- All employees will also have temperature and symptom screening daily as well.
- Students who develop symptoms (fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea, sore throat, headache, body aches, fatigue, and/or congestion) during the day will be immediately isolated in a designated area and will be provided with a mask. The parent or guardian will need to make arrangements for the student to be picked up
What will happen if a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19? If it is just one student in a class, will the whole class be sent home for 14 days? What if a teacher tests positive?
- If someone in our school community tests positive, we will work with the Mecklenburg County Health Department to learn how we should proceed. The health department will give us guidance on who needs to be informed in the school community, based on who was in close contact with the infected person.
- The health department will guide us as to whether we need to close one classroom for cleaning, close multiple rooms, etc.
- It is possible that one diagnosis does not necessarily mean an automatic shutdown.
What sanitizing and cleaning protocols are in place?
- Cleaning protocols used by Providence Baptist Church include additional cleanings throughout the day and disinfecting shared areas and hallways.
- Cleaning protocols for OCS staff include disinfecting hard surfaces between classes, requiring students to clean hands before entering and before exiting classrooms, and disinfecting shared student materials.
- Additional sanitizing stations will be added throughout the building.
What social distancing adaptions will be in place?
Social Distancing Physical Adaptations
- Classrooms will be set up to be mindful of physical distancing between students.
- Staff members will open and close doors, turn lights on and off and clean heavily used objects to limit high touch areas.
- Arrows and dots will be placed down hallways to mark social distancing expectations.
- Students will use the back stairwell only.
- No more than two students will be allowed in the bathroom at a time.
Social Distancing Human Adaptations
- Lunch and recess will be held at two separate times for K-2 and 3-5.
- Gathering will be broken into grade-level groups to avoid large-group gatherings
- All students will need to have individual pencil boxes with their own supplies (crayons, scissors, pencils, etc.)
- Students should bring their own water bottles to avoid using the water fountain.
- Students should bring a personal sized hand sanitizer bottle if available to keep in their pencil cases.