How will I know if my student has been in close contact with a positive covid case?
If your student has been identified as a close contact to an individual who tested positive with COVID-19, you will receive a phone call from the school. The school will ask you to pick up your student from school and then go over the necessary measures unique to your student's situation. Following the phone conversation, parents will receive an email with a recap of the information.
The Contact Tracing Team will reach out to direct contacts as soon as possible but will use discretion should the notification of the positive case come in after school hours or over the weekend.
Will mass notifications be used to inform parents of a rise in cases?
CHCS will send COVID Health Updates at the end of the day when the active case number has increased. On days that the active case number doesn't increase or maintains, there will not be a notification. COVID Health Updates will be sent to parents/guardians through email. A COVID daily dashboard can be found online for parents or community members who wish to see a daily update.
When will the daily dashboard be updated?
The COVID daily dashboard will be updated at the end of the day on days when school is in session. This means if we are notified of a case over the weekend or after the nightly email update to the CHCS parents has been sent, that case will be counted on the following business day's total.
Fall 2020 Update
During this time, as we search for safe ways to start the new school year for our students and families, I believe it is extremely important to remember what God tells us in His word:
God is with us. He is with us wherever we go and whatever we do. In this time of uncertainty, God is certain, and we stand on His word. this excites me and gives me confidence that this year is going to be an amazing year where we get to see God do incredible things!
Back to School Plan
The primary objective of our back to school plan is to maximize-in-person, on campus instruction for our students, conducted in a manner that is as safe as reasonably and practically possible for both our students and their teachers. Striking this balance will not be the easiest thing we attempt this year, and yet we believe it is possible as we remain committed to supporting the safety of our community and upholding the mission and values of College Heights Christian School.
On the evening of Tuesday, July 28, a COVID-19 Back To School Task force composed of parents from each grade level, staff members, administrators, board members, and students met to discuss the issue at hand and come up with an initial plan. A great deal of discussion took place around guidelines and recommendations for reopening schools provided by the CDC, State of Missouri and City of Joplin. Those in attendance discussed what each of these areas looked like for CHCS and developed the following plan for the fall of 2020. Please be advised that this is a fluid plan, changes may be made as deemed necessary.
Students are required to wear a face covering upon arrival
ENTRANCE ROUTINE - Upon entering the building
Able to remove face covering once in the classroom
Students remain with their bubble class for the entire school day.
Students attend Art, Music, Spanish and PE in other classrooms, but are required to use their face covering when in the hallway
Go to the gym, or directly to their classroom.
Students held in the gym are in cohort groups assigned by "buff" color
When students are in their "buff" cohort, they are allowed to remove their face covering.
Face coverings are required when in the hallways and other common areas where social distancing with students outside their cohort group is not possible.
Elementary students eat lunch in the cafeteria with their bubble classroom to maintain proper safety while in the cafeteria.
Middle school/High school students utilize the cafeteria for lunch and will be seated according to cohort group and "buff"color.
- Elementary students stay with their bubble group during recess and are assigned a specific area to play. These areas are rotated daily so students have opportunity to play in all areas.
- Middle School/High School students who have unstructured time are supervised by staff. Social distancing measures are required. If that is not possible and students are unable to stay social distanced, students are required to wear face covering during this time.
Students are required to wear face coverings during dismissal time while in the hallways and until they reach their personal vehicle.
The school will reduce end of day hallway congestion by staggering dismissal times or adjust dismissal procedures to keep students from co-mingling unnecessarily.
*Wearing of face coverings once inside the school/classroom will be kept as minimal as possible while still ensuring the safety of our students and staff.
**Visitors allowed in the building will be limited. If visitors are allowed, a face mask will be required, the face mask will be worn for the duration of the visit.
***Students will be required to wash their hands thoroughly and use hand sanitizer throughout the day to maintain good hygiene and help prevent the possible spread of the COVID-19 virus.