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2020 Reopening Update & FAQ

Edited Thursday, July 2 at 3:17 p.m.

As we look ahead to the 2020-21 school year, we want to assure you that our plan is to start school on campus Monday, August 10. We continue our preparations in thoughtful conversation and prayer while navigating the challenges of providing education during a pandemic.

This page will be edited weekly and will provide the most updated information regarding reopening for fall 2020.

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Will school begin as planned on Monday, August 10?

Governor Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education have both announced that the State plans on a return to onsite instruction in August.

On-Campus Instruction

What will on-campus learning look like?

We are waiting on the latest guidance for on-campus activities and instruction for the fall; however, we have made considerable progress in our planning and preparation. We have focused our planning on two possible scenarios:

Scenario One: On-campus learning implementing health and safety strategies that require significant changes to normal school operations. These strategies may include:

  • Daily health screenings for students and staff
  • Instruction and emphasis on personal hygiene
  • Modified classroom layouts that allows for physical distancing
  • Grouping of students by cohort to reduce incidental interactions (e.g. by grade or division)
  • Cohort assignments to specific areas of facilities
  • Teachers, instead of students, travel to classrooms 
  • Staggered daily class schedules 
  • Regular sanitizing of contact areas
  • Specialized planning for extra-curricular activities and large group activities (e.g. modified band and choir instruction will be provided following mitigation protocols)
  • No shared items (e.g. individually assigned Chromebooks for students 4th-12th grades)
  • Use of backpacks instead of lockers
  • Utilization of face coverings per CDC/ADH/DHS/ADE regulations
  • Implementation of protocols (cleaning, temporary remote learning, notification, communication) when a student tests positive or has close contact with someone with COVID-19. Cohort grouping and limiting interaction between cohorts is designed to limit exposure and to minimize disruptions.

Scenario Two: On-campus learning (outlined above) combined with periods of remote learning utilizing our enhanced remote learning format.

Will CAC families be required to follow an alternating on-site/off-site or half day schedule this fall?

No. Based on current guidelines, we will be able to meet expected physical distancing and other safety precaution guidance without resorting to alternate/half day plans for students.

Will face coverings be required?

ADE guidance for onsite summer programs required face coverings for adults and students (age 10 and up). Students with sensory, health, or communication concerns were exempted. We anticipate guidance for onsite fall programs to be similar. If required, students will have the option to  purchase  a CAC branded mask at production cost or provide their own face covering within guidelines that are currently being developed (i.e. solid color, no wording).

Remote Learning Instruction

Will CAC provide a remote learning option for families who choose not to attend on-campus classes due to health and safety concerns?

Yes. We will utilize a model that involves livestreaming most classes. Remote learning students will: 

  • Be provided a device if needed
  • Be able to view the teacher and participate in class discussions
  • Follow the same class schedule as those on campus 
  • Be able to access recorded key live streamed lessons and other critical class components via Google Classroom
  • Be provided with opportunities for individual interaction with staff

The remote learning option will be provided at no additional cost. Families may opt to return to on-campus learning at the end of each nine week grading period. Extra-curricular activities eligibility will not be affected when students return to on-campus learning.

Activities / Extended Care / Transportation / Food Service

What is the status of athletics and other co-curricular activities?

The Arkansas Activities Association governs co-curricular activities. Limited student activities following strict protocols began on June 1. Updated schedules and guidelines for the unrestricted return to activities have not been released. Plans are being made for the resumption of these activities this fall. Additional information will be provided when it is available.

Will CAC offer before and after school care, food, and school transportation services?

  • Transportation: Daily shuttle service will be provided. Physical distancing requirements may mean that space is limited. Enrollment forms will be provided the week of July 6.
  • Before and After School Care: Service will be provided at all campuses. Physical distancing requirements may mean space is limited and activities may be restricted. Additionally, students arriving at the Secondary Campus before classrooms are open will be required to register for Before School Care. Enrollment forms and additional information will be provided the week of July 6.
  • Food Services: Service will be provided at all campuses. Selections will be limited. Details and menus will be provided when available.

How will Aug. 2 graduation proceed?

Our plan will be proposed to the Arkansas Health Department and is subject to their approval, but we are confident in our adherence to the state’s guidelines for events. You can view the information about the event here.

General Questions

Will ACT testing be available for CAC students in 2020-2021?

Current COVID-19 mitigation guidelines limit our ability to serve as an ACT test site. We are exploring options that will enable us to provide testing for our students.

What is the status of the August 2 graduation date for the Class of 2020?

We are submitting plans to the ADH for an outdoor graduation at our stadium on the evening of August 2 following the Directive Regarding Large Outdoor Venues. We will provide details to families when approval is confirmed.

Are there travel considerations that might impact student attendance?

Travel to high risk areas prior to the beginning of school and during the school term may require that students self-quarantine for a period of 14 days upon return home. Areas designated as high-risk continue to expand and may include domestic locations. Local and federal authorities may impose containment measures including travel restrictions and quarantine requirements to prevent spread of the virus. Measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details may change rapidly.