COVID-19 Awareness & School Updates
We’ll Get Through This!
Be Joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Begins August 11, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of School
September 9, 2020
Dear Middle School Parents,
We hope that you have had a great start to this new school year and that you and your family are staying safe and healthy. While things continue to change and evolve, we want to provide you with the most current update regarding Middle School Athletics.
At this time, our league has decided that competition will not take place during the first semester (which also mirrors high school programs per CIF). Should we return to campus sooner, you will be notified of any meeting, tryout, or workouts. Our number one priority remains the health and safety of our students, coaches, and all of those involved. It is our goal to resume sports in some capacity when conditions allow us to do so and with the permission from our local health officials, administration, and league.
In an effort to plan accordingly, your participation in the following survey would be greatly appreciated. Please fill out one per child by Tuesday, September 15. If your student does not intend on participating in any sports this school year, please select that answer as well. All responses are very helpful in our decision making and planning processes.
Thank you for your time and we look forward to the day where we can all be together again on campus!
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
In His Service,
Middle School Athletic Director
August 13, 2020
Hope you and your family are having a restful summer break. Our administrative team has been praying for you throughout these summer months as we all have been dealing with challenging times and we pray that you and your family have been safe and remain healthy as we head into the school year.
Preparations for the coming school year have been in full swing, including staffing our teacher ranks with qualified people who are joining us in our mission of Christian Education.
New Teachers are in place for Middle School English, Math, Social Studies and Science as well as High School Government, History, Math and Science.
Our traditional Meet & Greet to welcome families and meet our new and returning faculty will be held Virtually, more information will be sent later.
An email will be sent to you soon letting you know student’s Class Schedule is available to view on Renweb.
Summer Reading Lists can be found on our Summer Reading List page.
Learning Platforms will continue to be through Google Classroom. Our teachers will be receiving professional development on further use of this platform. Assignments will be posted in Google Classroom for students, and on Renweb for parents.
Student Expectations will be in place for remote learning. Students will be expected to:
- Reply to teacher emails promptly or check into their teachers Google Classroom Monday through Friday during school hours.
- Be on Time for their online classes as outlined in the published class schedule. Attendance will be taken. Students’ attendance will reflect tardies and leaving class early.
- Actively participate, follow teacher directions and expectations. This includes participating in online conferencing with teachers when requested.
- Complete coursework within the time frame determined by their teacher.
- Adhere to the following “Student Video Conferencing Guidelines:”
- Find a common space in the home with a non-distracting wall or background,
- Be on time for your class session,
- Mute your device when you are not speaking,
- Speak clearly when sharing,
- Follow teacher directions,
- Follow school rules, and dress appropriately,
- Be sitting up at a desk, table or flat surface.
- Support your student to follow teacher directions.
- Support your student to complete coursework within the teacher specified timeframe.
- Log in to Renweb to monitor student progress.
- Use Teacher Office Hour times to contact teachers with inquiries.
- Call or email the office when your student is sick or absent.
When Students Return to Campus for Instruction
12th Grade Student-parent Meeting will be planned when we return for on-campus learning. This meeting covers your student’s senior year and the college application process.
School Uniforms are required when students return to on-campus learning. Go to the Heritage website to view details.
Middle School Supply Lists can be found here.
Request for Medication Form must be filled out for students to receive medication at school by school personnel. This form will need to be complete and turned in when students arrive on campus for in-person learning; you can find the form here.
School Retreats and Educational Trips have been pushed to the spring and are to be determined.
Student Photos & Ids dates are to be determined.
Fall Sports have been mandated by CIF to start in January 2021.
Hot Lunch is to be determined.
Watch for a hard copy of this letter will be coming to you via US Post, which includes signature pages for our Student/Parent Handbook and Internet Guidelines.
Continue to be in prayer with us as we look forward this new and different start of the school year. We eagerly await the day when all of our students, faculty and staff can be on the south campus together.
Mr. M. Frendt
South Campus Principal
August 7, 2020
Dear Elementary Families,
Peace to you, in the name of our LORD, Jesus Christ!
We have often heard and said “We live in such a fast-changing world!” for years and this phrase can’t be ever more true in describing how our world changes by the hour amid COVID!
As many of you have heard, the increase in cases of reported COVID and tighter government restrictions are impeding our plans to open our North Campus for our TK-5th Grade Students. The administration and special task force team have been working endlessly for a safe reopening and to provide quality educational services for our students both on-campus and on-line.
For the summer, we were able to reopen our campus to our preschool and elementary students to provide daycare for our essential workers. It was a delight to hear the voices of our children passing along air hugs and virtual high fives! We were able to balance academics and fun activities with proper safety regulations. We were able to experience God’s protection over our campus, our students, and staff altogether. We hope to offer similar services to families in need of daycare.
As uncertain as our times are, we hope to deliver our plan that is reasonable and not to disappoint you with false hope at the same time. We are still pressing forward with a waiver to fully open up our campus for TK-5th grade. Meanwhile, we are looking into several various ways to open our campus for daycare in compliance with the safety regulations set forth by the California Department of Public Health.
FALL DAYCARE OPTION for TK- 5th Grade
SHOULD WE NOT BE APPROVED FOR AN ON-CAMPUS LEARNING WAIVER, and our only option is on-line learning for the start of school, we would like to provide daycare services if there is enough family interest to do so. An online application will be available shortly. Spaces will be limited on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students will be supervised by our student supervision staff in smaller cohorts while doing their on-line learning. However, the student supervision staff will not be responsible for teaching, checking work and for completion, etc.
Online application forms will be available next week with detailed information, if there is enough interest for this program. There will be a nominal fee of $100 per month in addition to your monthly tuition for student supervision between the hours of 7:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Similar to our regular after school daycare program, there will be a fee of $5 per accumulated hour for children picked up after 3:15 p.m. There will be an additional $2 per minute charge for each child picked up after 6:00 p.m.
TK-KINDERGARTEN OPTION (Pending approval)
We are currently pursuing the option of adding TK and Kindergarten to our current preschool license. If this is approved, we will be offering an on-campus learning option as we understand that on-line learning is quite challenging for our younger students. These classes will be taught by our current TK and Kindergarten teachers. The Afterschool Day Care fees as outlined above will apply for any child not picked up at 3:00 p.m. Upon approval, TK and Kindergarteners will not be eligible to remain in the Fall Day Care Option. They must choose between 100% at-home/online learning or 100% on-campus/in-class learning.
Please understand that these are our plans and best effort to provide needed services to our families. However, if the government regulations prohibit us from doing so, we may need to make adjustments to our proposed plans. Please find our generic plan to reopening both on-campus and on-line options in the attachment. We hope to address specific concerns and questions in the following weeks as more information becomes available. The faculty and staff have been working throughout the summer to welcome our students!
Flexibility is our strength. We thank you for your patience, understanding, and support as we navigate through this uncharted territory! Please keep us in your prayers! We hope to communicate with you more frequently as the school opening date is drawing near and will provide a clearer plan for the 2020-2021 school year.
Dr. Esther Choi
Preschool & Elementary Principal
July 24, 2020
Dear Heritage Families,
Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate the state and county rules regarding school opening. Each day brings new elements to consider, and that has made our season all the more complicated.
We are sharing that our first day of school for Elementary and Secondary schools is September 1st, and our school year will end June 11, 2021. The shift of the school year will help us better prepare for at-home learning until we are permitted to safely welcome our TK-12th grade students to the classroom. Note, Heritage will be seeking a waiver through our county and state agencies which could allow our TK-6th grade students attend classes on campus. Although our approval is not guaranteed, we are seeking every opportunity to serve our families with excellent learning within a safe environment.
We look forward to welcoming our preschoolers onto both our North and West campuses on August 11th as originally planned. Again, our safety measures are already being deployed at our North Campus, and we continue to tune our procedures as we receive information from local and state officials.
This is a time of flexibility. We are thankful to our families for investing in Private Christian education, and we recognize our Christian-based curriculum and care from our staff are critical to child development. Yet, we understand this season has led to some of our families to consider how schooling options could affect their health.
I continue to pray for each of our families and encourage you to submit a prayer request so our prayer warriors can lift you and your request in prayer.
Thank you and God Bless,
Head of School
July 13, 2020
Dear Heritage Parents,
I hope you are well!
This season has been a trying time for many. I have spoken with some who echo a sentiment that I have felt in my prayers: that in a manner of speaking, God has used the COVID situation for GOOD by pressing the pause button for the whole world. When we read Romans 5:1-4 we can see that Hope should be our driving factor. It’s in hope that we do what we do, and serve as we serve.
We learned today that LAUSD is committed exclusively to at-home learning this Fall. As many have since inquired, I want to remind our families that we continue to plan on daily classroom learning for all students across all campuses starting this Fall. We continue to watch the statistics on COVID, we remain in contact with other area private schools, check in with ACSI for guidance, watch for updates from health and safety organizations, and work through our internal plans. I am thankful for our summer care program – not only does it bring life to our North Campus, it afforded us a head start for implementation of a very successful health and screening process necessary for a safe return to our campuses.
I am pleased to report that our safety team is working diligently on matters pertaining to health and safety concerns for all our campuses. We meet this week to work through those details and intend to share our plan in the coming days. Of course, we are following the CDC guidelines for schools and keep up with the changes – as they learn, we learn too.
Our technology team has continued the installation of the Promethean boards for our North and South Campuses to aid in on-campus learning, but also help us continue our educational efforts should we be forced to shelter-at-home. As reported previously, days were added for our teachers’ professional development schedule, and we are on track for completion ahead of the school year. What is more, our administration is pouring through details to avoid any shortcomings we experienced together during the last months of the 2019/2020 school year when all students across Los Angeles were sent home.
Moving forward, my communications will be as frequent and brief as practical – please ensure you’ve added my email address to your address books to help with deliverability to your inbox. We’re in this together, and on behalf of our school board and staff, I thank you for your investment in private Christian education at Heritage Christian School.
I am thankful to be here at Heritage, and remain optimistic that this year will be among the best ever for our school and for your family.
Head of School