SECONDARY


Back to School on Mustang Mountain

CAC Fall 2021 Back to School Information

CAC is a special place because of the community we share, and while some things may be a little different this year, our commitment to creating a loving space for students hasn’t changed. In fact, we are working in new and creative ways to ensure that our time together each day is even more focused and meaningful.

We are excited to welcome students back to campus on Aug. 18! Below you will find the Back-to-School guide for the Secondary campus. This guide is not intended to be exhaustive, but to provide families with basic information and answers to most questions related to the start of school.

Additional detailed information will be provided prior to the start of school when appropriate.

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Health & Safety

All health and safety protocols have been put in place for the wellbeing of CAC students, faculty, staff, administration and families. One of the most important factors in limiting a COVID-19 outbreak within a community is the early detection of the virus. Thus, the daily monitoring of all COVID-19 symptoms among students and staff is considered best practice by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). By following the protocols outlined below, the CAC community can reduce unnecessary exposure to the virus and promote care for one another.

Health and Wellness Screening Pledge

Prior to the first day of school, all Secondary Campus parents and guardians will be required to digitally sign and submit a Health and Wellness Screening Pledge. By signing this pledge, parents and guardians will agree to perform a brief screening of their student(s) daily before sending them to campus. The screening may include taking the student’s temperature, checking for common COVID-19 symptoms and monitoring their student’s contact with COVID-19 positive cases. We believe the cooperation and diligent commitment of our families can help significantly reduce unnecessary risks on our campus.

Temperature Checks 

Though not required at school, CAC faculty members are prepared to administer non-contact temperature scans for all students along with a brief health and wellness scan (e.g. monitoring for runny nose, cough, etc.). In the case of a student temperature of 100.4 or above, the student will be asked to wait in a designated space on campus to then be checked out for the day. Per ADH guidelines, parents and guardians are required to pick up their student from campus as soon as possible after the detection of a fever.

Hand Washing/Sanitization

All members of the CAC community are encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water. Numerous hand sanitizer stations have been installed at each entrance and interspersed in walkways throughout campus. Additionally, every classroom has wall-mounted hand sanitizers that will be well-stocked throughout the year.

Social Distancing  

Per CDC guidelines, students and teachers must practice social distancing with at least six feet of space between individuals. Social distancing requirements will apply anywhere on the school campus, inside or outside.

Classrooms 

All classrooms are organized to abide by current ADH social distancing guidelines. 

  • Student desks are spaced six feet apart. In the limited instances where 6 feet of distance between desks is not possible, protective partitions are in place to comply with ADH and CDC guidelines.  
  • Teachers will maintain proper social distance while lecturing.

Cleaning/Disinfecting  

In addition to our regularly-scheduled daily cleaning service, the CAC facilities staff will increase their sanitization of public spaces and frequently-touched surfaces (e.g. tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets and sinks). EPA approved products for use against COVID-19 will be utilized in consultation with specialists.

Mask use

We will begin the school year following the CDC recommendation to wear masks in all indoor settings where physical distancing is not possible. We have decided to take this approach due to the current high infection designation of the state and the increase in active cases in Pulaski County. Masks will not be worn for most outdoor activities. 

Although approximately 95% of our faculty and staff have been vaccinated, we are going to require all staff members as well as vaccinated students follow mask guidelines. We have had two “breakthrough” (infection of vaccinated individual) cases this month from vaccinated staff/volunteers. Though the effectiveness of the vaccine remains high, we want to make every effort to minimize disruptions to the learning process because of infection and/or quarantine.

K-12 students will not be required to wear masks when seated in their desks due to spacing between desks.

Other campus preparations

  • Through staff training and communication we have emphasized the need for staff and students to follow ADH and CDC recommended behaviors to reduce the spread of COVID-19 outside of school, including staying home when appropriate, following hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and using face coverings. Staff have received COVID-19 protocols and hygiene procedures.
  • HEPA air purifiers were installed summer 2021.

Sharing Items

Teachers have made preparations to effectively eliminate the sharing of items in classrooms and to still allow for creative learning. CAC will distribute Chromebooks to allow all students access to their own device to coincide with our technology-infused learning environment.


Academics

The goal of the CAC administration throughout the planning process has been to limit large group interactions. As advised by the CDC and ADH, CAC administration has done their utmost to minimize the size of student groups through the planning outlined below. While this plan cannot cover every detail, it provides a succinct overview of the steps we have taken to prepare for this school year and to promote a positive experience for our students.

Handbook Changes

There are a few changes to the handbook compared to last school year with the goal of making the school day as normal as possible while abiding by Arkansas Department of Health and CDC mandates.

Top three handbook changes to note:

  1. Grading Scale (page 10)

We will no longer be assigning “A-” as a letter grade — only the letter grade “A” will be assigned for grades 90-100 and calculated as a 4.0 in overall GPA. After comparing many grading scales in high school institutions across America and through consistent interaction with higher education institutions, we believe this grading scale adjustment serves our students best in the current educational climate. *Grading scale takes effect in the 21-22 school year. 

  1. Student Identification Cards (page 7)

Each student will receive an individual identification card with a specific barcode tied to each individual student’s FACTS account. It is critical that students do not lose their ID card. The card will be used for purchasing lunch and other identification processes within the school building. CAC will provide every secondary student with their initial identification card free of charge. However, if a student loses their Identification card they will be responsible for a replacement and will be charged $5. Parents may preload their student’s account for lunch purchases. Please view the video here to learn how to pre-load money on our student’s lunch account.

  1. Lunch and Mustang Market (page 7)

We plan to serve lunch in a physically-distanced format in the cafeteria this year. During lunch, students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner and follow all school policies. Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria and atrium at 11:45 a.m. for middle school students (6th-8th) and 12:35 p.m. for high school students (9th-12th). Students may bring lunch or purchase food through CAC’s catering partnerships and Mustang Market. Microwaves and drinks vending machines will be available for use. See lunch ordering below.

Student Schedules

Student schedules will be open next week and may be accessed via RenWeb. Please note schedules are subject to change. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Penrod (jpenrod@cacmustangs.org) or Mrs. Vick (cvick@cacmustangs.org).

Google Classroom

Google Classroom will serve as a learning hub for students. All students will be added to a Google Classroom for each of their class periods. All lesson plans, assignments, due dates and assessments will be included in a student’s specific Google classroom section. Similar to RenWeb, parents will have the opportunity to view all posts made on Google Classroom by the teacher on a daily or weekly basis. Parents will also be able to view missing assignments. Parents will receive an invite from ‘Guardian/Classroom Summaries’ prior to classes starting if they would like to receive notifications regarding their student classes.

Recording and Uploading Lessons

Due to CAC’s heavy investment in technology software, students will be able to rewatch classes, and lessons will be recorded and uploaded as soon as possible to Google Classroom for students to reference.

RenWeb/FACTS Information

CAC will still utilize RenWeb for attendance and all student grades. Google Classroom may allow students to view some of their grades from completed assignments. However, RenWeb will remain the online database for all final student grades. 

*Google Classroom grades do not reflect a student’s accurate grade.

To learn more about the FACTS app and website including how to view lesson plans, student grades,  load lunch money, pay bills and many other convenient tools, watch the tutorial video below.

Tutorial video

To learn more about the FACTS app and website including how to view lesson plans, student grades,  load lunch money, pay bills and many other convenient tools, watch the tutorial video

Device and Schedule

Students will be issued student schedule, and other pertinent materials and can pick up the device at Supply Drop Off/Pick Up Aug. 12 (new students) or Aug. 13 (returning students). Students will be issued a Chromebook on the first day of school.

Device Agreement

CAC attempts to consolidate all signed forms in one package at the beginning of the school year. One of the forms will include a school-issued device form for families to sign. The form will outline expectations for students when utilizing school-issued devices.

Temporary Remote Learning

CAC will work with students who must quarantine to provide temporary remote learning. If a student is required to quarantine, they will easily transition from the physical classroom to our online environment.


Forms

How to Complete Forms

ParentWeb App Instructions:

ParentWeb Online Instructions:


Spiritual Life

Chapel

With our mission still being at the forefront of our purpose at CAC, we place tremendous value on chapel. We will ensure our group meetings will abide by ADH guidelines for group gatherings. Consequently, we will conduct chapel in the auditorium where students will be socially distanced and masked.


Food Service

Lunch time

Middle school — lunch from 11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
High school — lunch from 12:35-1 p.m.

Monday and Wednesday

All Little Bites ordering will be completed online by pre-ordering food. Parents may access the Little Bites website (https://littlebitescatering.schoollunchchoice.com/) to set up an account and pre-order. On days Little Bites caters (Monday and Wednesday), all food has to be pre-ordered online, there will be no option to pick up any a la carte items in the cafeteria. The deadline to order for Little Bites is 8 a.m. the day of the lunch. 

*Important. Please login to your Little Bites account and update your student’s grade and campus.

Tuesday and Thursday

On days Chick-fil-A is served students will have the choice of purchasing sandwiches or salads from the cafeteria. Lunch on Chick-fil-A days will not be pre-ordered but served a la carte in the cafeteria. Students will simply swipe their personal identification card and then choose their lunch option. All lunch purchases will be charged directly to the FACTS account associated with the individual student.

Friday

On Fridays, students have the option to eat from Marcos Pizza. A selection of pizza toppings will be served with students being charged by the slice. Students will simply swipe their identification card and then choose their pizza option and the amount of slices. All pizza purchases will be charged directly to the FACTS account associated with the individual student.

Lunch Visitation

Mustang Market

CAC will offer a broad selection of snack items in the cafeteria during middle and high school lunch. The Market should not serve as a primary source of lunch, but can supplement a main meal. Students will have the opportunity to purchase snacks for additional lunch items or in preparation for after-school activities. Again, students will simply swipe their identification card and then choose their snack items. All market purchases will be charged directly to the FACTS account associated with the individual student. A full menu and pricing list for the Market will be posted on the website soon.

Drink Vending Machines

CAC offers drink vending machines in the cafeteria with a variety of drink products available. Drinks from the vending machines have to be purchased with cash or debit card. The vending machines are the only area of the cafeteria where cash or debit card is required for purchase.


Extended Care

2021-2022 Extended Care Enrollment Forms are now available. Space may be limited due to physical distancing restrictions. Space will be reserved in the order enrollment forms are received.

Service will be provided at all campuses. Physical distancing requirements may mean space is limited and activities may be restricted.


Transportation

All school buses used for transporting students will be sanitized prior to transporting children and at the end of the school day. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. ADH and CDC recommendations and guidelines will be followed.

All drivers, staff and students are required to wear masks while on the bus. 

Transportation Sign-up

Parents who plan to utilize the CAC shuttle service must have signed-up their student previously. No student will be allowed on a CAC shuttle bus without previously signing-up. Bus capacity will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis, and drop-ins will not be taken.


Athletics

The safety of our students and staff remains a priority. The CAC administration continues to monitor guidelines related to extracurricular activities. Additional mitigation strategies (disinfecting, mask usage, social distancing) have been implemented in all our facilities to protect our students and staff. 

We do not anticipate limiting attendance at events. However, household groups are encouraged to social distance when attending all extracurricular activities. Additionally, masks are recommended for indoor events. The administration will continue to monitor the guidance from the state and make any adjustments we deem necessary. Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility!


Campus Activity

Visitors on Campus

Entrance to the facility will be limited to students, staff and persons with legal authority to enter the facility. 

First Day of School

Please see the first day of the school schedule. Similar to previous years we will begin with an all-school assembly in the auditorium in a physically-distanced format before students move through their typical daily schedule.

Assembly Bell
Schedule
Time
Assembly8-8:50 a.m.
1st period8:55-9:35 a.m.
2nd period9:40-10:20 a.m.
3rd period10:25-11:05 a.m.
4th period11:10-11:50 a.m.
M.S. lunch11:55 a.m.-12:25 p.m.
H.S. 5th period11:55 a.m.-12:35 p.m.
M.S. 5th period12:30-1:10 p.m.
H.S. lunch12:40-1:10 p.m.
6th period1:15-1:55 p.m.
7th period2-2:40 p.m.
8th period2:45-3:25 p.m.

Drop-off and Pick-up

All students will enter and exit the building through the Atrium. A map of the school entrance and the traffic flow pattern for drop-off and pick-up procedures is below.

Drop-off

The Atrium will open at 7 a.m., and the main doors will open at 7:30 a.m. There will be designated, socially distanced seating areas in the Atrium for students who arrive between 7 and 7:30. If a student does not have a first period class, our goal is for them to enter the school building between the times of 8:40 and 8:50 a.m. (class starts at 8:50 a.m.).

Students must wear a mask until seated in their classroom, and they must also wear a mask while moving around the build and when exiting.

Pick-up

All grades will exit through the Atrium. Students must remain masked until they are outside the building and must abide my social distancing guidelines. If a student’s ride does not arrive by 4 p.m., extended care policies and procedures will apply.

Check-in

The doors will lock at 8 a.m. each morning. If a student arrives after this point they will be required to check in at the main office through the buzzer system. Check-in procedures will be outlined in the handbook.

Check-out

Parents needing to check their students out will not be allowed to enter the main building at this time. Check-out procedures will be outlined in the handbook.

Student Parking and Parking Passes

Student drivers may park in any spot designated with a number or in the lower parking lot for the first week of school. Students should not park in handicap or staff parking spots. Parking passes will be sold the second week of school for $5 during lunch.

Events

All events, including field trips, athletic events and annual school traditional events are subject to the most current information we receive from the Arkansas Department of Health. Programs and events will be in compliance with social distancing measures, and we will adhere to crowd size guidelines when it is safe and permissible to host an event. CAC will continue to follow the guidelines from the ADH and Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) regarding athletics and extracurricular activities. We will provide more information when it becomes available.

Upcoming Events

Mask protocols will be followed at each event.

Wrestling clinic – August 9-10, 9-11 a.m., CAC main gym

A free Introduction to Wrestling clinic will be held Aug. 9-10 from 9-11 a.m. at the high school gym. This event is for any CAC 3rd- through 12th-grade girls and boys who are interested in learning more about the sport and opportunities with CAC’s wrestling team. The clinic will also feature four-time Division I champion Pat Smith and UALR Head Wrestling Coach Neil Erisman. Anyone interested or planning to attend, please email rburton@cacmustangs.org to sign up.

New Student Orientation (6th grade and new students) – August 12 – 5-8 p.m. 
Supply Pick-up/Drop-off (7th-12th grade returning students) – August 13 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m.