Dominion Christian School to return to on-campus in-person learning in August.

July 15, 2020 :: The information below discusses three different scenarios that could occur as a result of COVID-19. As we continue to monitor the current information from our local government and health officials, our plans are subject to change.

Should these plans change, we will communicate that to you right away.

BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT

We will not be doing our traditional Back to School Night. Instead, returning students can sign up for a time on Tuesday, August 4, and Wednesday, August 5, from 12:00-5:00 PM to come on campus to put their books in their lockers.

New students can sign up for a time on Thursday, August 6, from 12:00-6:00 PM to come on campus to put their books in their lockers and meet teachers.

SCENARIO 1: IN-PERSON LEARNING

FULL RETURN ON AUGUST 7: OUR CURRENT PLAN

Our plans are to have students return to campus; our first day of school will still be August 7. We will have an 11:45 AM dismissal on Friday, August 7. (Cobb County students are going back two weeks later than they had originally planned, but their delay is for planning purposes.)

While most of our families have expressed interest in students going back to campus, we realize some are not comfortable yet with this format. We are offering those families the option of receiving virtual instruction while they remain at home. Students that choose the option of virtual learning from home will be required to use this format through Friday, October 16 (end of first quarter).

If your family chooses this option or you have questions about this option, please contact Mr. Lightner. Families choosing the virtual option must notify Mr. Lightner of their intention by Tuesday, July 28.

Students that choose the virtual option will be eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities. Students that choose the virtual learning option will still pay standard tuition.

Procedures
  • Each morning, temperature checks will be performed on all students and faculty before they enter the building. Anyone with a temperature of 100+ will not be allowed in the building.
  • Hand Sanitizer will be available in every classroom.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned periodically throughout the day and after school with EPA approved disinfectant.
  • Our water fountains will not be available for use. Students will need to bring their own water from home.
  • We will keep as much distance as possible between student desks in our classrooms.

We will not be having our morning assembly and chapel. Students will report directly to their first period class (1st period will begin at 8:00 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We will still have late start Wednesday. First period will begin at 9:00 AM on Wednesdays.)

Masks and Face Coverings
Right now, masks are optional. This could change based on government guidelines as we begin school. If they are required, students will need to provide their own masks. The school will not have masks available.
Break & Lunch

We will not be selling snacks at break. Students will need to bring their snacks from home.

We will be serving lunch similarly to how we have done in the past with disposable trays and cups. At the beginning of the year, students will be eating lunch in their classrooms. This will help us eliminate a large crowd of students in the cafeteria. Microwaves will be unavailable for use during lunch.

Parents, please order lunch in advance or send a lunch from home to eliminate a lot of people coming in and out of the school building during the day. Should you need to drop lunch or something else off for your student, label it, put it on the shelf outside the main office window, and then leave the building. Thank you for your help in this area.

Checking Students Out
If you need to check your student out of school, please call the school office and let them know. When you get to the school, come to the main lobby doors. When the office staff sees you, they will send your student outside to meet you.
IF SOMEONE ASSOCIATED WITH DCS CONTRACTS COVID-19

If a student, staff, or family member contracts COVID-19, we will follow these steps:

  1. Contact our local health authorities and notify the school community (the name of the individual will not be released for privacy reasons).
  2. Individuals with COVID-19 will not be allowed to return to campus until they test negative. Students or staff residing in the same household as the individual will be held to these same requirements.
  3. Any space where the individual spent extended periods of time will be thoroughly disinfected by our custodial staff and left vacant for a minimum of 24 hours before being used again.

SCENARIO 2: LIMITING NUMBERS ON CAMPUS

ONLY A SPECIFIC NUMBER OF STUDENTS ON CAMPUS AT A TIME

We would use this scenario if we are limited to the number of students allowed on campus at the same time. Procedures in Scenario 1 would also be followed in Scenario 2. In this scenario, middle-school students would be on campus one day and high-school students the next. Students would be on campus every other day. On the days they are at home, they will receive virtual instruction.

While most of our families have expressed interest in students going back to campus, we realize some are not comfortable yet with this format. We are offering those families the option of receiving virtual instruction while they remain at home. Students that choose the option of virtual learning from home will be required to use this format through Friday, October 16 (end of first quarter).

If your family chooses this option or you have questions about this option, please contact Mr. Lightner. Families choosing the virtual option must notify Mr. Lightner of their intention by Tuesday, July 28.

Students that choose the virtual option will be eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities. Students that choose the virtual learning option will still pay standard tuition.

SCENARIO 3: AT HOME LEARNING

ALL VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION

In this scenario, no students would be on campus for in-person instruction. We would follow a schedule similar to the one at the end of last year. Students would have four periods of virtual instruction on Monday & Wednesday and the other four periods of virtual instruction on Tuesday & Thursday. We would primarily use Zoom and Google Classroom for the virtual instruction.

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