Protocols

Thank you for the patience you have exercised while we have prayed and considered how we would open God’s School – CHCS – for the Spring of 2022. 

In addition, we thank you, in advance, for the integrity with which you will carry out all that is below, so that our students will be offered all the advantages of the In-Person Learning and Discipleship so very necessary for their development and spiritual formation in these crucial years of their lives. 

With this in mind, the overall umbrella for our plan is built around the endeavor to return the environment of our school to its normal operation to the highest degree possible for the purpose of the students’ experience.  This will require that the adults in their lives, both their parents/guardians and those who serve them through their school, work closely together, as is conveyed through our historic triangle of Family-Church-Christian School.  The text of Scripture we believe God is using to encourage us is Ephesians 4:3: “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” 

updated 01/19/22

Face Coverings

Masking at this time is currently by personal choice.  For those who choose to mask their student(s) we would ask you to help us by putting an extra mask in a plastic bag in your child’s backpack. We will supply lanyards to those who don’t have them. You are invited to visit our chapels and special assemblies, as we believe there is enough room to distance there. Masking is also currently by personal choice for those who chose to visit CHCS.

Things to know about this transition:

  1. We will review this monthly at Board of Education meetings. the board will check in weekly should changes need to be implemented.
  2. Mask breaks will be scheduled throughout the day. Your teachers are amazing people, and they know when their class or a specific child needs a break.
  3. Outdoor recess, intramural sports, outdoor clubs, physical education, and lunch are all times for breaks from masking.

We will continue to practice distancing by maintaining at least 3.5 ft. in the classroom and 4 ft. during lunch. While it is wise to continue to seat students in cohorts, this lunch plan will allow students to be served through the line and have a couple more friends with whom they may interact during their lunchtime.

Students who ride a public-school bus will follow the protocols of that system. You may call your local bus garage for this information.

updated 03/04/22

Quarantine Guidelines

Any student or staff member with a positive Covid test

  1. Should quarantine outside of school for 5 days minimum – if symptoms persist after 5 days, please continue quarantine until without fever for at least 24 hours and other symptoms are improving. 
  2. Upon return to school, should wear a mask while in school for the next 5 days. 


Any student or staff member who has been
exposed to Covid and is up to date on Covid vaccination, or has tested positive for Covid in the last 90 days: 

  1. Should wear a mask while in school for the next 10 days. 
  2. Test on day 5 following exposure is recommended. 
  3. Should begin quarantine and test for Covid if symptoms develop. 


Any student or staff member who has been
exposed to Covid and is unvaccinated or not up to date on vaccines: 

  1. Should quarantine outside of school for 5 days. 
  2. Should test on day 5 and may return to school if the test is negative and have no Covid symptoms. 
  3. Upon return to school, should wear a mask while in school for the next 5 days. 
  4. If symptoms develop during quarantine or mask-wearing period, a test for Covid should be performed. 


Special considerations for in-home exposures:
 

If a student is exposed to Covid by their primary caregiver/parent and is unable to isolate from the positive case, that student will have an extended quarantine period — 5 days quarantine during the parent/sibling’s infectious period PLUS — 5 days of quarantine for close contact from exposure.

Similar to how we began to open up in the fourth quarter of last year, we want to be sensitive to allow our parents and grandparents the blessing of participation in the life of the school.  With this in mind, we will make chapel and special assemblies available in person at both campuses and share volunteer opportunities in the classroom, for after-school clubs and programs, and on field trips.

The intramural sports for fall will be soccer (4th–6th grade) and running club (3rd–6th) since we have already had a good experience with those sports.  We are also hopeful to be able to have volleyball this winter and invite parents in as spectators and coaches.  We are scheduling our normal music and fundraising activities and will look forward to your attendance as always.

Please view the guidelines below determined by the CDC and Ohio Department of Health that helped determine the guidelines we have chosen to utilize at CHCS. 

Ohio Department of Health isolation/quarantine guidance:
 
CDC Guidelines for isolation/quarantine in Early Childhood Care and Education: 
 
Steps for determining close contact and quarantine in school: 
 
CDC Masks on public transportation:

updated 03/04/22

Visitors/Dropping Off and Picking Up

We will continue the practice of last year in which students were dropped off with our Welcome Team outside the building, and we help them to class.  The number system will be used for pick up, so your student can be called directly to your vehicle as you arrive.  Drop off will begin at 8:40 am and pick up will start at 3:20 pm.  While the specific locations will not change from last year, we will send that information to you, as it will be campus-specific; and new parents are unfamiliar with that procedure. If you have are planning to use before and after daycare and have not scheduled that already, we would like you to schedule that with us again this year, so that we are able to space and staff appropriately.

Similar to how we began to open up in the fourth quarter of last year, we want to be sensitive to allow our parents and grandparents the blessing of participation in the life of the school.  With this in mind, we will make chapel and special assemblies available in person at both campuses, invite parents in for Parent Night, and share volunteer opportunities in the classroom, for after-school clubs and programs, and on field trips.

The intramural sports for fall will be soccer (4th–6th grade) and running club (3rd–6th) since we have already had a good experience with those sports.  We are also hopeful to be able to have volleyball this winter and invite parents in as spectators and coaches.  We are scheduling our normal music and fundraising activities and will look forward to your attendance as always.

updated 01/19/22

Sanitization and Screening

We will rely on you, our parents, as we have done in the past, to monitor your child’s health closely at home. We will not be checking temperatures at drop-off. As always, our expectation is that no child, parent, faculty, or staff enter the building with symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness that could be contagious and risk the health and safety of the CHCS students and team members.

Much was learned last year about the prevention of all kinds of illnesses that can enter a school. As a result, we had significantly fewer illnesses of ANY kind at CHCS. We will, therefore, continue to practice hand and surface sanitization in a manner very similar to last year. Each room will continue to be equipped with two hand sanitizing stations and a sink. Each classroom will practice a schedule that includes entering the building, recess, lunch, and leaving the building. Surfaces and playground equipment will be sanitized daily with an electrostatic sprayer.

Both of our campuses are equipped to filter clean air into the classroom and every room is equipped with an advanced oxidation air-purifier that runs throughout the school day. These have been tested to be highly effective with COVID-19.

Positive cases of COVID-19 will be handled just as we were dealing with them in the second half of last year by following CDC guidelines for ten-day quarantines. New guidance for exposures allows persons exposed in school buildings the option to “mask to stay” or practice seven or ten-day quarantines. We will continue to report cases to you and to the Summit County Public Health Department for tracing.

updated 01/19/22

Conclusion

Prayer is such a powerful tool with regard to all that we are communicating above. One thing we have certainly learned in the last year and a half is that while we may plan, the circumstances that the virus generates around us can drastically change. Know that our greatest desire is to make choices that will keep you, your child, and our staff and faculty safe. So if our plan needs to change, we commit to communicating that with you.

 

Prayer gives us information, but more, wisdom (James 1:5), from the One who is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He transcends our time and space and gives wisdom “liberally to those who ask without finding fault.” 

 

Prayer unifies us around the love, mind, and strength of Christ. Prayer gives us access to the very presence, power, and promises of God! We invite you to pray with us for the 2021–2022 School Year.

 

As you pray, remember to give Him thanks for His incredible protection thus far. Last year we experienced NO student-to-student transmission of the coronavirus at either of our CHCS Campuses. And, as is stated above, we experienced less illness and absenteeism in our entire school family. Praise God!

 

We were astounded by the resilience and perseverance you and your children exhibited last year! Thank you! We are looking forward to an awesome school year with you. We are celebrating Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and Mark 12:29–31: The Great Commandment to “Love the Lord: Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength.” What a blessing to have God’s very Word to unify us within His Body! 

 

updated 01/19/22