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COVID-19 FAQ

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FAQ UPDATED Tuesday, October 20, 2020 

Start to the School Year (Updated 10/20/2020)

Important Updates, September 14:

K-12 remote: Students to connect with teachers on Sep. 10– Sep.11 and official first day of school on Sep.14 

McAlder and Frederickson part-day KPrep: First day of school on Monday, Sep. 14 

Frederickson Thrive-On Camp and child care: OPEN and back on normal schedule

Puyallup Early Learning Center part-day KPrep: Back on normal schedule

Puyallup Early Learning Center child care: OPEN and back on normal schedule 

 
Elementary and Junior High Students
  • Monday, September 21: Begin on-site learning
High School Students
  • Wednesday, September 23: Begin on-site learning

Click here for our transition to on-site learning page.

Those who have chosen the entire 2020–2021 Remote Learning Option will continue in the remote format. 

Click here for an enlarged flow chart for COVID-19 symptoms with no exposure.

Click here for an enlarged flow chart for situations with a positive COVID-19 test or close contact.

 

Yes. Traditional KPrep will be operating as an early learning program on-site at each campus where typically offered. The health and safety guidelines will be implemented in the KPrep classrooms for continued learning and care. More information will be sent to you in an information packet from your campus.

Click here for our plan to transition to on-site learning as soon as possible.

K–12 Learning Options and Tuition

All CCS families will receive a 15% reduction in tuition during our time in remote learning. Families who choose the full-time remote learning option will receive the 15% tuition reduction for the entire 2020-2021 school year. This reduction will be in addition to any other adjustments that have already been made. These adjustments will be reflected in families’ FACTS accounts starting September.

Temporary remote learning with transition to on-site learning

If it is your intent to transition to on-site learning when circumstances allow, your student’s spot in the classroom is being held. Your FACTS account will automatically be adjusted to reflect the remote learning tuition rate for the period that we are operating remotely. At the point that we transition back to on-site learning, tuition will automatically be adjusted back to regular rates. No action is needed on your part at this time.

Full-time remote (2020-21 school year)

If it is your intent to choose full-time remote learning, you are acknowledging that it may be your only option for the 2020-2021 school year as on-site space is limited. Families choosing this option will pay the remote learning tuition rate—which reflects the 15% discount—for the entire 2020-2021 school year.

Please formally indicate your choice for full-time remote learning by completing the link below so we can adjust your FACTS account accordingly. Completing this form will also open a spot for another on-site student when we transition to on-site learning. Please complete this form by 5 PM on August 17, 2020.

Click here for a response from the health department posted on August 14, 2020.

A temporary Thrive-On camp child care program is being offered during the time of remote learning for Kindergarten to grade 6 CCS students.Visit this page for details.   

Early Learning Child Care is offered as an essential program at Puyallup Early Learning Center and Frederickson Early Learning Center for 6 weeks to 5 years old. 

 

What are the current health and safety guidelines at the Early Learning Centers, Cougar Club Before and After School programs, Thrive and enrichment programs?
  • We have implemented the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s recommended guidelines for youth programs and childcares:
  • Use face coverings or shields, and other space barriers.
  • Washing hands between each transition activity with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand gel.
  • Increasing sanitation throughout the day and prioritize cleaning high-touch surfaces.
  • Health screenings conducted at time of arrival for anyone entering the building or dropping off a child; temperatures are checked (100.4 F or higher may not enter the building)
  • Limiting group activities to 20 or fewer. 
  • Use Cohorts: When possible conduct all activities in small groups that remain together over time with minimal mixing of groups.
  • Improve indoor ventilation: Open windows to the outside when possible.
  • Isolation: Isolate sick people and exclude exposed people.
  • Outdoor spaces: Consider outdoor activities when possible as they have less transmission risk than indoor activities.
  • Children, parents, and staff cannot come to campus if someone in their household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:
    • Fever (100.4 F or greater) or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Unusual fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Recent loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Diarrhea

  • The TPCHD suggests the following measures: Take these steps to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19: 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. 
    • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces. 
    • Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.

How does Cascade Christian Schools make decisions regarding COVID-19? 

Our primary source of information regarding COVID-19 is the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD). We will rely on TPCHD for information to determine if conditions should warrant alteration to our normal school schedule. The superintendent's office has direct contact with the TPCHD so we are in close communication with their officials. 

The Washington State Department of Health is a leading source regarding the health crisis situations in our state and provides school districts direction on how to manage responses. We refer to both the TPCHD as well as the Washington State Department of Health for information. 

What is a confirmed case of COVID-19? 

Visit Washington State Health Department for information. 

What kind of communication will I receive from the school regarding COVID-19? 

We will communicate via email if there are any changes to the current status. If the nature of certain information is time sensitive, we will use Parent Alert (texts). Please make sure your contact information is up to date. Major school announcements that are time sensitive will also be broadcasted on Flash Alert.

What can I do now? 

The TPCHD suggests the following measures: 

“Take these steps to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces. 
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.” 

Doing those things represents appropriate and responsible practices under any circumstances during annual cold and flu seasons. As such, please stay home until 24 hours free of any flu-like symptoms. If you have any medical concerns, please address them with a medical professional. 

Stay up to date by continuously visiting the TPCHD web page. We will update this page if there are changes to the status of the COVID-19 virus. We encourage you to frequently check TPCHD and this page for updates.  

Safe Return to On-Site School

  • Students should be able to be on-site all day, every day  
  • We have put a cap on class sizes for the purpose of being able to achieve social distancing guidelines. This means that some of our grades will require waiting pools. Families who have completed the enrollment process can be assured their student's space has been secured.
  • Social distancing guidelines will be practiced throughout the campuses. 

Lunches will likely be eaten in classrooms and other areas where smaller groups can be accommodated. 

 

Chapels and assemblies will likely be presented in auditoriums and will be live-streamed into classrooms. Groups of students might be able to attend the live presentation on a rotating basis.  

 

  • Special events will likely be highly limited if allowed to take place.  
  • There are a number of creative alternatives being discussed.  
  • Steps will be taken to broadcast certain events online.  
  • Spectators/audience members might not be allowed to attend.  
  • For JH & HS athletics, visit this page.

It is likely that students will move from one place to another in the same groups, so the number of students being interacted with is limited throughout the day.  

Yes, in all phases certain protocols and schedules for cleaning and sanitization throughout the day and at the end of each day will be established and strictly followed by all individuals.  

Screening protocols for all individuals entering buildings on a daily basis will be established and strictly adhered to. This will include screening for staff and students as they enter the building each morning, and any guests that enter buildings throughout the day. The intensity of protocols may be adjusted depending on the mandates in place.  

  • It is likely that staff and students will be asked to provide their own masks that can be worn at certain times during the day.  
  • The frequency of wearing these masks will be determined by the phase we are in and the mandates that are in place. 

 

As we continue to gather new information, we will keep you informed on this page and by email or video updates from Dr. Ken Friesen.

Thank you, CCS families, for your words of encouragement.

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