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Covid-19

COVID-19 Awareness & School Updates

We’ll Get Through This!

Be Joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12

Current Status

Preschool
Begins August 11, 2020

TK-12
Begins September 1, 2020
Last day of school is June 11, 2021

North Campus Classrooms

See how our teachers are preparing for the first day of school.

Learning Schedule

South Campus

Frequently Asked Questions

For questions related to the reopening of campus, please review our FAQ below. We encourage you to visit this page regularly, as the site will continue to be updated. If you have any additional questions, please contact your respective campus.

General

Will my student still be able to participate in clubs, extracurricular activities, and sports? 

Participation in clubs and extracurricular activities will be pending approval of state and local guidelines. South Campus Athletics will follow what has been set forth by CIF. We will provide further updates as they develop.

How will the campus respond if a member of the Heritage community tests positive? 

Any person testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate from campus for 14 days and test negative at the end of that time period. No person will be allowed to return to school without medical clearance. The privacy of any individual testing positive will be maintained in accordance with HIPPA and FERPA requirements. The school’s COVID response team will interview the student and parents to initiate the contact tracing process. COVID updates will be posted on on our internal communications system through Google Classroom.

What if a student or faculty member comes into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

We will be performing daily screenings for all staff and students to help prevent such contact.

If we learn of any positive results among our community, we will follow the CDC recommendations regarding contact, notification, and quarantine. Any person who tested positive is required to be isolated from our campus until we receive written medical clearance. 

Academic

At which point will on campus instruction move to remote learning? How will the new quarter system schedule accommodate remote learning if we must switch to online learning?

Heritage Christian School is seeking to offer on-campus classes 5 days a week for the 2020-21 school year for preschool-6th grade. Yet, we understand this plan is subject to change depending on county, state and/or federal guidelines.

The design of our return to school plan has been created with flexibility in mind, should we move to online learning.

In anticipation of the different needs of our families and a potential increase in on-campus absences, we are prepared to deliver instruction to students remotely using technology that will allow students to continue their college preparatory curriculum remotely. Synchronous and asynchronous learning will be available if deemed necessary.

Google Classroom allows for HCS to concurrently educate students physically and remotely. Our faculty will be prepared to allow remote students to participate in and record in person or synchronous classes.

If a partial or total closure of our campus occurs, we are prepared to follow CDC guidelines for a short term (2-5 days) closure of campus. If this occurs, we will continue to deliver content using our successful remote learning model we developed this year and return to campus promptly when we have assessed the situation and taken appropriate measures to ensure a safer environment.

What does the 100% online, at-home learning schedule look like?

We are working out the minute-by-minute details of our daily program should we be unable to welcome students into the classroom. The bell schedule at our South Campus for Middle- and High-School is modeled after the “Block Schedule”, which translates to longer class periods for each subject, but fewer classes each school day.  All our students and teachers for Elementary, Middle School, and High School, will follow a daily start time, consistent class schedule, breaks between classes, a lunch period, and consistent conclusion each school day. Students are expected to be connected and participate during each class period.  

It is important to share that, in the event our government prevents us from welcoming students on-campus, our ministry continues. We believe in high quality education that helps our students get accepted into great universites. We also recognize the critical importance of spiritual development and mental health for our students as they grow into adulthood and become future leaders. 

 

How have teachers/faculty members been trained to follow the COVID-19 guidelines?

As part of our Professional Development, faculty will have training prior to school starting to review guidelines and protocols to return to on-campus instruction safely.

 

Sanitation & Safety

Will students, faculty, and staff be required to wear a face-covering?

At this time, students, faculty, and staff will follow state guidelines regarding face coverings at all times while on campus. As of June 29, 2020 the State of California has mandated the use of face coverings for all persons except for those under the age of two, or with a licensed physician’s written permission. HCS must apply this mandate and include all students, staff and visitors. As a result of this mandate, HCS is seeking further clarity on use of face shields in lieu of face coverings from public health.

Is there a time when they don’t have to wear face coverings?

Only while eating/drinking or participating in supervised physical activities. If a student has written permission from a licensed physician stating the student is unable to wear a face covering, we will seek accommodations along with the family. Preschool-2nd grade are recommended. 3rd-12th grade, including all staff, faculty, and visitors are mandatory.

How have campus sanitation practices evolved to mitigate the spread of COVID-19?

HCS will have additional maintenance supervision to implement COVID cleaning protocol. Frequently touched surfaces throughout campus will be cleaned and disinfected by trained staff, regularly scheduled disinfection will be implemented for each classroom upon dismissal of class period. Frequently touched surfaces to be disinfected include, but are not limited to door handles, light switches, sink handles, bathroom surfaces, tables, desks, and chairs. All cleaning products are approved for use against COVID-19 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

How will wellness checks/temperature checks be administered? Should I expect to drop off my son early so that he is not late to class? 

Starting at 7:00am, all staff, students, and visitors will have their temperatures checked with a no-touch thermometer prior to entering campus. We anticipate there being no more than a 5 minute wait to be screened. Per health department guidelines, anyone with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher will need to isolate from campus.

All faculty, staff, and students will be asked to if they answer yes to any of the following:

  • Have you or anyone in your household currently have or had any of the following symptoms in the last 14 days: sore throat, cough, chills, body aches for unknown reasons, shortness of breath for unknown reasons, loss of smell, loss of taste, fever at or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit?
  • Are you or someone you live with waiting for results of a test for COVID-19?
  • Have you or anyone in your household tested positive for COVID-19?
  • To the best of your knowledge have you been in close proximity to any individual who tested positive or has been exposed or acquired COVID-19?

What if someone develops symptoms on campus? 

Any students, faculty, or staff exhibiting symptoms will be required to wait in an isolation area outside until they can be transported home or to a healthcare facility, as soon as practical.

If a teacher tests positive for COVID-19 are they required to quarantine for 14 days? Will all of their students be required to self isolate?

The teacher will be instructed to self-quarantine until medically clear to return.

Any individual testing positive for COVID-19 will be instructed to self-quarantine as required by Health Officer Order of May 1, 2020, until such time as it has been determined that the individual screening positive for COVID-19 symptoms is negative for COVID-19.

Daily schedules are structured to reduce exposure for all including students, teachers, and support staff. We will conduct contact tracing in consultation with public health officials and isolate any students or staff that have been in close contact with any person who has tested positive. The contact tracing process will help determine the extent of the amount of isolation required.

 

Where will you find a substitute teacher who will work in a classroom full of exposed, possibly infected students?

Heritage will provide in-house substitues and contract out with qualified personnel when necessary. If the school’s contact tracing procedures determine that students need to isolate, we will do so.

What if a teacher is diagnosed with COVID-19? Do all the kids in each class now have to quarantine and get tested?

For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

We will conduct contact tracing in consultation with public health officials and isolate any students or staff that have been in close contact with any person who has tested positive. The contact tracing process will help determine the extent of the amount of isolation required.

What if a student in your son’s class tests positive? What if your son tests positive? Does every other student and teacher they have been around quarantine? Are all parents and teachers notified who is infected and when?

See close contact definition. We will contact trace, notify, & isolate those that are affected. There will be regular updates to parents via Schoology with current information regarding the school’s status. Due to HIPAA regulations we are not able to share the identities of individuals who test positive without authorization.

What is this stress going to do to our teachers? How does it affect their health and well-being? How does it affect their ability to teach? How does it affect the quality of education they are able to provide? What is it going to do to our kids? What are the long-term effects of consistently being stressed out?

Working during COVID-19 in the world today has affected us all and will continue to affect all whose jobs primarily take place outside of their home. We are working on identifying sources for socio-emotional and spiritual guidance for staff and students who need it during this difficult time.

How will distance guidelines be achieved during the school day?

We will be using a combination of signage, adult supervision, and designated traffic flow and seating instructions. 

How will desks and student seating be spread out to meet social distancing guidelines?

Desks will be spaced 6ft apart in class to the greatest extent possible. Class sizes will range from 15-20 students. If six feet is not possible, then the minimum distance must be no less than four feet with the use of shields/dividers. Classrooms with less than six feet between desks will use other mitigation techniques such as partitions or screens between desks. Teachers and staff/deans and coaches will reinforce standards for students maintaining social distance and reduce shared materials as much as possible.

Additional functions of the classroom environment will include:

  • Markings (i.e., masking or painters tape) on classroom floors to promote distancing
  • Desk arrangements to minimize contact (i.e., configuration of desks in a checkerboard style and facing the same direction)
  • Increased ventilation (i.e., opening windows and doors)
  • Students will be dismissed for lunch and break using a staggered approach and will have designated areas to allow social interaction while providing social distancing and space to reduce transmission.

Dear TK-12th Grade Families,

You have been in my prayers as we navigate through these stormy waters. As a private Christian school, we can be very flexible. We are thankful for your patience along the way.

To all those who filled out our recent survey, we thank you. We learned the majority of our families preferred their students return to our campuses, and at the same time communicated to us the importance of offering a remote learning scenario during these unprecedented times. We had begun preparations to support both scenarios, and when school goes back to “normal” we will all benefit from our newfound flexibility.

You may have heard the announcement from our local government agencies on August 4th which stated that the COVID case rate must be lower in order for ANY school waiver application to be approved. This is a disappointing announcement for us and for many other private schools with whom we have been in touch. However, we remain firm in our faith and know God is not surprised by this.

We are seeking other arrangements to help our families, and you will be hearing from our principals very soon regarding the opening of a daycare program. This program allows us to support our families by permitting students to participate in their online classroom from the safety and security of our campuses.

Additional communications will come from our principals, Dr. Esther Choi for our North Campus Elementary Grades and Mr. Martin Frendt for our South Campus Secondary Grades. I have complete confidence in our plan to reopen safely, and am thankful for all the work our teams have invested into making this upcoming school year amazing. Please be on the lookout for emails from our principals in the days to come.

School is back in session on Tuesday, September 1st and we are VERY excited to see our students’ faces.

Thank you for your investment in Christian Education. God Bless each and every one of you.

Sincerely,
Jeremy Hoff
Head of School

Previous Communication

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North Campus
Wednesdays at 10:30 am

South Campus
Wednesdays or Thursdays at 1 pm (See learning schedule for more information)

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