March 31, 2020 Update #5
Good afternoon CCA Families and Staff,
Based on the recommendations from the Florida Department of Education, CCA will extend its on-campus closure until May 1, 2020. If I am being completely transparent, I don’t see much changing and anticipate that we will remain closed for the rest of the school year. I hope that I am wrong! However, we are prepared for this and, while not what we all wanted, we will get through this together and learning will continue for our students! I want to be clear about a few things: 1) We will not extend our school year. We will still follow our school calendar and have the last day be May 15th. 2) Students will receive grades. Unlike other schools, we have had a continuity of learning and feel very confident in our parents’ ability to teach on home days with the support of CCA. Therefore, there will be no change. 3) Teachers will continue to be paid per their contracts.
We will make a determination about school in May, senior commencement, 8th-grade graduation, kindergarten graduation, Maverick Games and Senior chapel by April 15th. I am working on a Q & A and would ask you to send me any questions or clarifications that you might have. If you have them, perhaps other parents or staff do too. Please email me by Friday.
If there is something your family needs or if you have a prayer request, please let us know. We are in this together! I am so impressed with the efforts of our amazing teachers and the flexibility and positive attitudes of our parents. What an encouragement~You are all doing an amazing job!
My prayer for all of us is to see this time as a blessing and not a burden. “The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made,” Psalms 145:9.
March 19, 2020 Update
Based on the recommendations from the Florida Department of Education and the State of Florida, CCA will remain closed until April 15, 2020.
CCA Hybrid families will begin their at-home learning plan on March 23rd with the support of lesson plans, teachers manuals, online live classes, and virtual tutoring. Connections families will continue to homeschool as usual.
Our campus is closed, but we are still learning and here for you! Email us at email@example.com or text us M-F, 9-5 at 941-229-0927.
March 18, 2020 CCA Update #4
Good afternoon CCA Families & Staff,
As you may have heard, the Governor has mandated that all public and private schools remain closed until at least April 15th. This is certainly not what we hoped for but understand the intent of keeping our community safe. We will move forward with our original plan of schooling at home starting on March 23rd. Teachers will also reach out with live meeting or teaching options that will be available for certain subjects and grades as we seek to partner well with parents during this time.
The good news is- you have been preparing for this since the moment you began CCA! Whether you have been at CCA 8 months or 16 years, our hybrid model has prepared you for schooling at home. You are a homeschooler, and you can do this! During this ever-changing time, you have an opportunity to be a beacon of hope and truth to your friends that are not already homeschooling or part of a hybrid school like CCA. You can encourage them. Pray for them. Offer to be a sounding board. Why? Because you have been there. You know what it’s like when you began homeschooling for the first time. You know that the Lord will equip parents to do the work of homeschooling. But you also know that there is more to education than math and science. This is our opportunity to speak truth to our children. To disciple them. To explore their gifts and talents. To grow closer together as a family as we draw closer to God. This is hard. Yes. But, let’s be a calm voice of encouragement and truth. I am reminded of our school verse that we chose last summer. Little did we know how much we would need this reminder: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you,” Isaiah 26:3.
As I mentioned in my previous message, you will hear from teachers by March 22nd, and Christi and Tabitha will send a detailed email to families on Friday morning. Please be patient with our teachers and staff as they work through this transition. They are committed to helping you be successful on your home days. It doesn’t mean it will go perfectly. Please communicate with them and know that grace and patience go both ways. We know this will be a transition for you too. We are in a situation, unlike most of America- we have experience with this! We just need to keep the right perspective and goals in mind as we move forward.
All activities on or off-campus are canceled until April 15th. We are working with our accrediting body on removing the standardized testing requirement, and all graduation plans remain the same. This situation is fluid, so we will be sure to keep you updated as things change.
If you haven’t already, I encourage all of our parents and staff to join our private Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/
We continue to pray for the safety and health of our CCA family and our community. If you need anything or have a question, please let us know. We are here for you and are praying that these next few weeks will be a blessing to your family.
March 13, 2020 Update #3
Good evening CCA Families,
As we continue to monitor and review information coming in from FLDOE, the CDC and Health Department, we have made the decision to close the CCA campus until March 30th and move to schooling at home starting March 23rd. Please continue to report any travel plans and whether you are traveling by car or plane. Our teachers are putting our plan into action now and we will provide the information you need to school at home no later than Sunday, March 22nd.
We received a directive from the FLDOE this morning that includes:
· Anyone (students/faculty/staff) who goes on foreign travel to any country must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
· Anyone (students/faculty/staff) who goes on a cruise, anywhere, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
· If this applies to you or your family, notify us and we will provide additional information.
We are canceling the Busch Gardens Field Trip and the Upper School Dinner and Headpinz event. We will work on refunding families should that apply. Any activities or practices are canceled the week of March 23rd. We will work out lunch credits too. If you were scheduled to Parent Partner, you will receive an email from our Parent Partner Coordinator about rescheduling your day.
We are thankful that our model of education makes this type of learning an easier transition for our community, but understand there still may be some bumps and stress associated with this change. We will periodically check voicemail at the school remotely, but the best way to reach us is via email. Please let us know if you have a question. We are here to help.
We continue to trust in God’s sovereignty and pray everyone has a safe and healthy Spring Break!
March 12, 2020 Update #2
Good afternoon CCA Parents,
As we have been doing continuously over the past few weeks, our leadership team is closely monitoring daily directions and information from the Florida Department of Education, the CDC and the Florida Department of Health. Our main concern is the health and safety of all of our students, staff, and parents. As of today, we have no plans to cancel school or move to schooling at home. However, we have developed a plan should we need to move to schooling at home for a period of time. Thankfully, we have experience doing this with all of the hurricane days we have had over the past 16 years. Our model easily transitions to this type of temporary learning-another wonderful aspect of our school! Some of the ways we would support a move to only at-home learning are: We would modify lesson plans, provide online learning experiences for certain classes, and provide virtual tutoring. We have already begun to consider all the ways we can best equip our parents to be prepared should you have to school at home too.
We will keep you updated should things change. In the meanwhile, we are asking all staff and parents to report any travel outside our area. Why? Because this is a rapidly changing situation and if you travel to an area or destination that is not a concern today, it may be a concern next week. We just don’t know at this point. It does not mean that we will necessarily ask anything different from you, but we need to be informed in order to make those decisions for the safety of our community. Please email me by tomorrow if you are traveling and where you are headed.
What do I need to do now? 1) Tell us your travel plans 2) continue with our common sense health precautions that I sent out earlier:
1) Discuss good hand washing with your children. Please encourage them to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer with every opportunity. This is a great time to remind younger students to keep their fingers out of their mouths, eyes, and nose.
2) Students with cold symptoms are contagious 1-2 days before symptoms and can be contagious for as long as there are symptoms.
3) Students with flu-like symptoms are contagious 1 day before and 5-7 days during symptoms. I know coronavirus is big news right now, but in our area (and school), the flu is happening. Both have similar symptoms and the same precautions.
4) Generally, students that have not vomited for 24 hours may return to school.
5) Generally, students that have not had a fever for 24 hours may return to school.
6) If you are concerned, please seek the advice of your medical professional. Remember, complications can arise for anyone. If symptoms are not improving or getting worse, please contact your pediatrician.
What about special events and field trips? Right now, we are just monitoring things. The camping trip should be fine next week. It’s outside and a small number of people. OM is waiting to hear what will happen to the State Competition. We will make a decision about Busch Gardens by Monday the 23rd.
We want to be prayerfully prepared and assure everyone that we believe that while we don’t have any idea what this might look like in a week, we trust the One who does. I pray we can avoid a spirit of fear, but instead have a spirit of preparedness, love, and concern for our community/neighbor and together we will make the best decisions we can with the information we have. With that in mind, the CDC has listed Florida as low-risk. The Florida Department of Education shared the following: “As of yesterday, there were 21 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida, and two deaths have occurred. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), of the over 80,000 individuals in China that contracted COVID-19, 3% were children, and almost 98% of those children had minor symptoms.”
If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. We will see everyone at school tomorrow and pray all of our families and staff have a safe and healthy Spring Break!