Cherry Hills Christian School

Return to School Plan 2021-2022
Cherry Hills Christian School looks forward to serving our families with great care for health and wellness for all.
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2021-22 Return to School Plan

In partnership with parents, we are on a mission to awaken the educational experience by preparing students to live fully for God in a rapidly changing world knowing they are His masterpieces uniquely designed for His purpose. We eagerly pursue to honor God and do what is in the best interest of our students so they may develop alive hearts, anchored souls, academically prepared minds, and abiding strength.

CHC will utilize a variety of resources including the CDC and Tri-County Health Department recommendations to help inform best decision making for our CHC community.  

Below is an overview of our plans for the 2021-22 school year. 

Return to All Campus Activities

We have launched the school year with a regular schedule that includes more parent volunteer opportunities, live chapels, field trips, athletics and community events. We have brought back hot lunch back to CHC on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (volunteers are always loved and appreciated!) and students will enjoy regular lunch and recess routines. We have planned for on campus gatherings including New Parent Orientation, Meet & Greet, Volunteer Fair, Parent Universities and other CHC events.

Face Coverings

We do not intend to mandate the use of face masks or check the COVID-19 vaccination status of our students or community members. Face masks will be optional for those who feel more comfortable wearing them. CHC will be supportive of individuals who choose to do so. We continue to encourage those who are not vaccinated to wear a mask. We ask there is mutual respect within the CHC community for those who wear or do not wear a mask. 

Continued Health & Safety Protocols

We will continue to prioritize health and safety at CHC. We made many improvements last year including the installation of Germicidal-UVC air sanitation, hand sanitizer stations and water bottle fillers, as well as the enhancement of our cleaning and sanitization practices and protocols.

We ask that families continue to monitor their child’s health each day and keep their child home if they have any symptoms. If/when questions or symptoms arise, please consult your physician. Each family will acknowledge and sign an updated “Health Agreement” in their Magnus Health portal prior to the start of the year. 

As was our normal procedure before the pandemic, we will continue to send sick children home and require they be symptom/fever free for at least 24 hours before return. If they are found to be COVID-19 positive, we will follow current, stay-at-home, and return-to-school guidelines. While we may be required to observe some protocols when it comes to quarantining students who are exposed to a sick classmate, we will not employ cohort or mass quarantine measures unless absolutely necessary. 

We recognize that COVID-19 remains a fluid situation and therefore our response efforts must be flexible to best serve our students and staff daily. In addition to our multi-layered approach, we will use targeted mitigation efforts in response to positive cases and potential exposures that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Having sick students stay home for a prescribed period
  • Informing parents if their child may have been exposed
  • Increasing communication on the importance of daily symptom screenings and keeping children home if they are sick
  • Mask wearing when indoors for exposed persons for up to 14 days following exposure (Please note requirements will vary by age/grade level and communication will be sent to parents with specific guidelines)
  • Eating lunch in classrooms
  • Utilizing Zoom from the classroom for large group gatherings such as Chapel, assemblies, etc.
  • Providing online learning resources for Grades K-8 through CHC Connect for COVID-19 related circumstances (Parents must contact the Director of Lower or Upper School at least 24 hours in advance to get approval for short-term, live remote instruction access)

In Class Learning

We look forward to returning to a full in class instructional approach where our teachers can consistently build relationships, provide ongoing feedback, and prepare our students for their next steps. This will include Upper School students rotating classes and utilizing lockers.
Our remote learning platform, CHC Connect, was launched during the pandemic to allow PreK – Grade 8 students the opportunity to learn from home as needed due to illness, quarantines and other COVID-19 related issues. Unlike last school year, students who are Absent (Excused) will not tune in for live instruction moving forward. All Absent (Excused) students will have access to resources and assignments through their Canvas course modules. Absent schoolwork policies will apply, and we encourage all students to check in with their teachers once they return to school.
Kindergarten through Grade 8 students will only have access to live remote instruction through CHC Connect when they need to quarantine or have an extended medically approved reason. Parents will need to contact the Director of Lower or Upper School at least 24 hours in advance to get approval for short-term live remote instruction access. 

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