Cherry Hills Christian School is planning and preparing for a wonderful 2020-21 academic year! We have developed models for schooling during times of communicable illness outbreak and are committed to maintaining a healthy and illness-free environment through increased focus on hygiene and cleanliness.
At this time, it is our intent and expectation to return to campus in August with in-person learning in a traditional school model with physical distancing. We also are confident our remote learning program, CHC Connect, will be a stabilizing, effective and strengthening force for our school community. Execution of our plans will be informed by the Centers for Disease Control, state licensing requirements and state and local officials’ orders. Our plans have been designed for continuous and seamless learning should we have to make a transition from one plan to another. We also will administer our plans with a mindset of love over fear and potential kingdom impact over negative operational impact. We invite current and prospective families with questions to contact us at email@example.com.
2020-21 Return to School Plan
We will monitor recommended guidelines and make adjustments only if necessary. We will alert CHC families about all necessary calendar adjustments with as much advance notice as possible.
We look forward to welcoming students in 1st through Grade 8 for a half-day on Mon., Aug. 24. Students in Kindergarten will attend their first full day on Tues., Aug. 25. Students in The Preschool are expected for their first day on Tues., Aug. 25, or Wed., Aug. 26, according to the program in which they are enrolled.
Detailed explanation of traditional setting with physical distancing
Masks and other protective equipment
- CHC will utilize face coverings as part of our multi-layered plan. Neck buffs will be provided for students to wear with their uniform. We will continue to monitor and follow recommended guidelines and make adjustments as necessary.
- Staff, faculty and teacher assistants of The Lower School and The Upper School will wear masks/face shields when physical distancing is not ideal. Staff, faculty and teacher assistants of The Preschool will be required to wear masks.
- When working at tables or desks designed for student collaboration, all students will be equipped with a clear desk shield as an added precaution to help ensure physical distancing.
- CHC will monitor recommended guidelines closely and make adjustments to this plan as necessary.
Student class structure
- Large-group student events will be limited.
- To further minimize exposure to large-group settings, students will be assigned to cohorts we call “learning communities ” that will remain together throughout the day.
- Students will not share school supplies.
- Students will have a designated restroom.
- Students will have an assigned desk and seat.
- Students will go to recess in rotating small groups and have ample time for play and movement.
- All electives, athletics and extracurricular activities will adhere to physical distancing and sanitation guidelines. Details about registration and participation in clubs will be provided after school starts.
- CHC will monitor recommended guidelines closely and make adjustments to this plan as necessary.
- Students, faculty and staff will maintain physical distance when possible.
- Throughout the day, faculty members will rotate in and out of classrooms, leaving students in the same place throughout the day. To further minimize student interaction and limit the spread of germs, hallway traffic flow will be one-way, limited and monitored.
- CHC will maximize the use of outdoor space.
- CHC will provide staggered recess times with zoned and supervised play areas. Classes of The Preschool will access play areas one at a time.
- CHC will discontinue use of student lockers in The Upper School and gym. Students will keep their backpacks at their assigned desk.
- Students of The Preschool will be physically distanced during nap time.
- Students will bring their own lunches to school and will eat in a classroom. Faculty and teacher assistants of The Preschool will serve snacks to students.
- Student Chapel services will be held in smaller groups and follow physical distance guidelines.
- Students will be physically distanced for carline pick-up after school.
- Upper School students will not be permitted to gather at Wild Blue before or after school.
In our multi-layered approach to keeping students safe and healthy, they will be eating snacks and lunch in their classrooms with their Small Learning Communities. Our dining service, Wholesome Foods, is discontinued temporarily. CHC families should remember to pack healthy snacks, lunch and a water bottle for a student every day until the service resumes.
- Students will sanitize their area and throughly wash their hands before eating. Clear desk shields on tables or desks will provide a safe environment to eat and enjoy social time with classmates.
- Students with nut allergies will have designated “nut-free” areas in the classroom to eat.
- Field trips are optional and organized by students’ learning communities. Parents are welcome to drive their own student to and from the destination.
- One student passenger per bus seat.
- The bus driver and student passengers will be required to wear a mask.
Hand washing, sanitizing and cleaning procedures
- Students, faculty and staff will wash and sanitize hands at regular intervals: school arrival and departure and before and after eating.
- Students will be directed to wash hands after sneezing or blowing their nose or using the restroom.
- Bottle fillers will replace drinking fountains.
- Health hygiene education will be implemented in students’ learning communities, and signs about hygiene will be visible throughout the CHC campus.
- Sneeze guards will be installed at reception desks and other high-traffic areas.
- Motion-activated hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the building.
- Upper-Air, Germicidal UV-C fixtures installed in all classrooms, Preschool – Grade 8, for continuous circulation of clean air and eradication of illness-causing microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, mold spores and other pathogens.
- Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned daily; in regular intervals; and between uses, including iPads.
- Deep cleanings throughout the building will happen regularly.
- Toys and other items that cannot be cleaned or sanitized easily, such as plush toys, will be removed from classrooms and outdoor play areas. Group use of sensory tables in The Preschool and water play are discontinued until further notice. However, some individual access may be permitted.
Temperature and symptom screening
- Students, faculty and staff may not come to school if they have a fever or any other symptom, including, but not limited to, sore throat, cough and/or trouble breathing.
- Daily, non-contact temperature and symptom screenings will be required.
- If symptoms develop during the day, a student’s parents will be contacted for pickup as soon as possible. The student will be cared for in an isolation room across from the CHC nurse’s office until a parent arrives.
- Any student, faculty or staff member who is found to be ill will not be allowed to return to school until clearance is received from a physician. CHC will also follow recommendations published by the Tri-County Health Department to determine when a faculty or staff member may return to school.
- Students who are ill will be excused and have access to CHC Connect to stay current with their classwork.
- CHC will consult with Tri-County Health and conduct appropriate record keeping and reporting.
Student drop-off and pick-up
- To maintain physical distance for all students, morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times will be staggered. The window for morning drop-off also will be extended. More details coming soon.
- All carlines for drop-off and pick-up will follow the same traffic patterns as in years past for Grades K-8.
- Students of The Preschool through Grade 2 will enter their classroom through the exterior classroom door. Older siblings of Grades K -2 students are permitted to escort their younger siblings to and from the exterior classroom door. Parents of The Preschool through Grade 2 may park and walk their child to their exterior classroom door.
- Students in Grades 3-8 are to be dropped off and picked up through carlines only. Each morning, students are to go directly to their assigned classroom.
- Parents and volunteers will have limited access to CHC classrooms and the campus and must undergo temperature and health checks before entering.
Response to positive COVID-19 test result
If a student is found to be displaying signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with the virus, CHC will follow this protocol recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, and Tri-County Health Department:
During school hours
- The student reports feeling ill to a faculty or staff member.
- The student’s temperature will be taken with a non-contact thermometer
- If the student has a fever and/or any other symptom, the student will be escorted to the CHC Nurse.
- The student will be asked to wear a face mask if not wearing one already.
- If the student’s temperature is registered at greater than 100.4 degrees or the student reports yes to any of the following screening questions, parents will be notified, and the student will be escorted to an isolation room for parent pick-up. The questions are: 1. Have you registered a temperature or fever greater than 100.4 degrees in the last 14 days? 2. Are you now experiencing any of the following symptoms, or have you experienced them in the last 14 days: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea? 3. Have you knowingly been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days? (Please note: any travel outside the United States will be assumed presumptively to have exposed your student and will require your student to complete a 14-day quarantine before he or she is permitted to return to school.) 4. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are you waiting for a test result?
- Parents will be encouraged to schedule with their healthcare provider an appointment for their student’s testing. A PCR/Nasal Swab test is required. Current recommendations advise that parents wait 3-5 days before having their student tested to reduce the chances of a false-positive test result. The student will need to access CHC classes remotely until the test result is received and reported to Cherry Hills Christian School.
- Students with positive symptoms who elect not to be tested must stay out of school for no fewer than 10 days from the onset of symptoms, must demonstrate that they have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without fever-reducing medication, and must demonstrate improvement of respiratory symptoms.
After-hours or away from school attendance reporting
- Students experiencing symptoms of illness are encouraged to stay home.
- Parents are asked to complete a daily health screening through the Magnus mobile app to report if a student is sick for any reason. This will allow CHC to track any trends and minimize transmission of any illness.
- Students who are excused from school/class for illness will be excused for the entire day and are unable to participate in extra-curricular activities until they are well.
Results of a positive test or presence of COVID-19 symptoms
Even if there are no symptoms present, the student must isolate at home for 10 days from the day the test was taken. If the student develops symptoms during this time, the isolation time starts on Day 1 of the symptoms. The student may return to school after 72 hours without fever-reducing medications, fever present or any other symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes of someone with confirmed COVID-19)
- Upon confirmation of an exposure, we strongly encourage parents to contact their healthcare provider and to communicate with CHC if the exposure was away from school.
- If exposure takes place at school, CHC will contact with TriCounty Health Department with regards to process and procedure.
Students will be required to quarantine at home for 14 days from date of exposure.
- CHC will follow recommendations of our local healthcare partners with regards to notifications, contact tracing, isolation or quarantining methods.
Alternate reason for varying symptoms
If there is an alternative explanation for a student’s symptoms, the student may return to school after 24 hours, fever-free and with a note from his or her physician.
Students may be able to receive a PCR/Nasal Swab Test at Colorado Children’s Hospital in Aurora with an anticipated with a 24-hour turnaround time for results. A doctor’s order is required in advance.
School models during times of severe illness outbreak
Traditional school model
Cherry Hills Christian School students engage in learning in person and with increased safety and health protocols in place. School officials will continue to monitor closely the effectiveness of prevention efforts and make adjustments as necessary. CHC Connect will remain available for all students.
Illness prevention techniques will include regular communications with parents and faculty and staff. Disinfection and sanitation will remain a top priority for CHC. Personal protective equipment may be worn.
Traditional model with physical distancing
Students will continue to learn in our Traditional model and with full implementation of our physical-distancing protocols. These protocols will include limits on group meeting sizes, such as during recess and lunch; changes in student drop-off and pickup; changes in classroom desk configuration; cohort groups of students; no use of lockers; and limits on campus access to parents, volunteers and visitors. We also will implement a variety of health and safety measures, including health screenings, increased hand washing and sanitizing protocols and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting capabilities.
Remote learning with optional, on-site enrichment days
During times of public health-related restrictions, it is likely that only a portion of CHC students will be permitted to enter the campus. To help our students engage in their school community and advance in their studies, Cherry Hills Christian School will provide optional On-Site Enrichment Days that follow recommended guidelines for small-group gatherings.
Remote learning and CHC-designed activities for engagement from home
Our campus will close until in-person instruction is permitted. All learning for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 will be conducted through school-issued iPads and our CHC Connect program. Students and their families also will be invited to connect with us through fun, online events and activities.