Reopening NLR Elementary

Reopening NLR Elementary

CAC Fall 2020 School Reopening 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. 17! Below you will find the reopening guide for the NLR 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

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 CAC parents and guardians will be required to 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. This pledge will be provided closer to the start of school. 

Temperature Checks 

CAC faculty will administer two non-contact temperature scans each day for all students (beginning and middle of the school day) along with a brief health and wellness scan. Students with a temperature of 100.4 or above 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.

Preschool students will require a temperature and wellness check prior to entering the school building. 

Hand Washing/Sanitization

All members of the CAC community are encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water. Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom and teachers will instruct students in proper hand washing techniques. 

Increased Signage 

CAC has installed informational signage coinciding with ADH protocols and guidelines throughout campus and in classrooms. Signage will remind students and faculty of proper hand-washing techniques, social distancing recommendations and face covering mandates. 

Face Coverings

  • All students should bring a mask to school to use when entering, exiting and traveling throughout the building. 
  • We review and adapt our plans based on guidance provided by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our goal is to be comprehensive and consistent with current best practices. We will continue to update you on any changes to our current planning.
  • Early Childhood (PreK-3-PreK4): Masks are not required for preschool students. CAC recommends wearing masks when feasible during arrival and departure times. Teachers may also have students wear masks for limited periods age-appropriate periods when physical distancing is not feasible but beneficial (e.g. Math Meeting/Circle Time).
  • K-4th grade: Masks are not required for K-4th grade. CAC recommends wearing a mask when feasible during arrival and departure times. Teachers may also have students wear masks for limited periods age-appropriate periods when physical distancing is not feasible but beneficial.
  • 5th grade: Masks are required for 5th grade students when physical distancing is not feasible.
  • Adults are required to wear masks.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

In addition to regularly scheduled daily janitorial service, frequently touched surfaces and objects will be cleaned throughout the school day (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.

Confirmed COVID-19 Infection*

* Implementation of recommended COVID-19 mitigation strategies at school and away from school are critical to minimize the disruption of the school strategies. Our ongoing partnership with our families, our mutual commitment to the common good of the CAC Community, our unity of purpose, and reliance on God will make a difference in our ability to meet all our families’ needs during this pandemic.

Child or staff member:

  1. Short (potential 2-5 day) dismissal for cohort area to assess risk, clean, disinfect, contact trace, and test.
  2. Return to school as soon as possible in consultation with local health officials.
  3. Recommended isolation (up to 14 days) for students or staff who test negative but who have been in close contact with confirmed case.

Child or staff member who have had close contact with confirmed case:

  1. Short (potential 1-2 day) dismissal for cohort area to assess risk, clean, disinfect, contract trace, and test.
  2. Return to school as soon as possible in consultation with local health officials.
  3. Recommended isolation (up to 14 days) for students or staff who test negative but who have been in close contact with confirmed case.

Academics

Technology Infused Instruction 

To prepare for a scenario that would combine on-campus learning with periods of remote learning, CAC will implement a technology-infused learning model for the 2020-2021 school year. The goal of a technology-infused learning approach is to combine face-to-face classroom instruction with online activities throughout the school day. Teachers will begin the year incorporating technology into their classrooms to maximize the learning experience. 

We grew from our experience with Remote Learning this past spring and many of the skills learned will improve academic instruction in the coming year. 

  • Google Classroom – Foundational to the implementation of a technology-infused learning model will be the use of Google Classroom both on and off campus as CAC’s learning hub. Teachers will use Google Classroom to incorporate technology into their daily classroom instruction which will facilitate an easy transition to at-home learning for those who choose to take advantage of our remote learning option, or in the event of a campus-wide closure. 
  • Google Certified Educators – Each teacher in grades K-12 has begun the process of becoming a Google Certified Educator.
  • Educational Software – In addition to maximizing the potential of G Suite for Education, we have purchased schoolwide licenses to award winning educational software that teachers will use as tools to aid instruction. We are looking forward to using MobyMax and IXL as supplemental resources this year. 

Classroom Materials

  • Emphasis will be placed on limiting community use of educational items and allocating materials on an individual basis.
  • Shared items will be sanitized between uses.

Classrooms 

All classrooms are organized to abide by current ADH social distancing guidelines with student desks placed six feet apart. 

Cohorts 

Elementary students will be grouped in the following cohorts for activities outside of the classroom (example: recess, after school care). 

  • PreK-3 & PreK-4
  • Kindergarten & 1st Grade
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade
  • 4th & 5th Grade 

Student contact will be limited to their cohort, teacher, and assistant throughout the school day. 

Enrichment Classes

Enrichment activities (e.g. library, music, art) will be delivered digitally or facilitated by the classroom teachers. 

Remote Learning

CAC Elementary’s Fall 2020 Remote Learning schedule seeks to provide students with a daily schedule that more closely mirrors on-campus instruction. Students will have the opportunity to attend LIVE instruction each day. The schedule also allows for periodic small group and individual check-ins. In order to support families’ unique Remote Learning needs, all live instructional lessons will be recorded and available to students in Google Classroom. (Uploading a LIVE recording may take time depending on the size of the video file. Please note that on-demand recordings will be on a delayed schedule. If you have any questions about the timing of available recordings, please ask the campus principal for more information during the individual Remote Learning meeting that will be scheduled by your campus principal.)

Parents will have access to student textbooks and workbooks that are used for in class instruction. Teachers will use daily assignments as well as assessments to monitor student progress through the curriculum. Remote learning assignments and assessment may differ from those administered in the classroom to accommodate an e-learning environment. 

Periodic small group instruction and individual check-ins will offer an opportunity for teachers to informally assess student understanding. Summative assessments will continue to occur as appropriate. Feedback will be provided to both parents and students on submitted work as well as through live interaction during class and individual meetings.

Virtual Classroom

  • CAC’s technology infused learning model utilizes Google Classroom and G Suite for Education and award winning educational software as an aid to instruction for on-campus and remote learning.
  • Families may request a school-provided device for remote learning.
  • Live instruction via Zoom Meeting will be provided at specified times each day. Instruction will be recorded and available through Google Classroom on demand to accommodate family schedules.
  • Additional recorded instruction and activities will be provided for use on demand to accommodate family schedules.
  • Non-digital learning resources will be provided when required (e.g. textbooks, workbooks)
  • Periodic individual interaction with teachers will be provided on a scheduled basis during each week.
  • An individual Remote learning meeting will be scheduled by your campus principal where instructions will be provided.

Spiritual Life

Chapel 

  • CAC is committed to spending time in worship with our students on a daily basis. In an effort to comply with the recommendation to reduce spaces shared by large groups, we will move chapel out of the gym. Students will participate in classroom chapels, cohort chapels, and school-wide Zoom chapels. We look forward to the opportunity to develop even deeper relationships within our individual classroom communities while still maintaining our sense of campus-wide community. 
  • Visitors will not be permitted to attend chapel. I’m confident that with open hearts, God will bless us anew during this time.

I’m confident that with open hearts, God will bless us anew during this time.

Food Service

  • Students may bring a packed lunch to school or order online from Little Bites food service. Information regarding Little Bites Catering will be passed out at Meet the Teacher. 
  • Students will have the option to order Marco’s Pizza on Thursdays. Order forms will be passed out at Meet the Teacher. 
  • Students will rotate between using the cafeteria and classroom to eat lunch to both reduce the use of spaces shared by the entire school and allow for proper cleaning between uses. Cohorts will rotate use of picnic tables to enjoy time outside. 
  • Birthdays – You may send in donuts or a prepackaged treat for the class. Email the office if you have any questions. 

Lunch Visitation

  • To limit outside interaction, there will be no visitors allowed on campus at any point during the school year for lunch.
  • No outside lunch orders or lunch drop offs are permitted excluding school ordering services (Little Bites and Marco’s Pizza). 

Extended Care

  • 2020-2021 Extended Care and Transportation 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. Additionally, students arriving at the Secondary Campus before classrooms are open will be required to register for Before School Care.

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 by clicking here. 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.

Campus Activity

Restrooms 

School community restrooms will be sanitized throughout the day and immediately following group use.

Gymnastics 

Gymnastics will not be offered during the fall semester. We will reevaluate in the Spring. 

Recess 

Students will have recess each day with their cohort. Exercise and time outside are important for students’ physical wellbeing and we are committed to continuing to provide this much-needed outlet during the school day. Our goal is to provide a morning and afternoon recess for students to enjoy. 

  • No physical contact sports (i.e.foot ball, soccer, basketball, tag, etc.) – jumprope, kickball, hopscotch, knockout, shooting basketball will be allowed 
  • Classroom playground equipment will be disinfected daily
  • Indoor recess will be in the classrooms or in the gym
  • Students must clean hands upon returning to class

Visitors

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

Checking Students Out During School Hours 

  • To check out a student during school hours, call the School Office (phone number will be listed on the entrance door for convenience) and a staff member will bring the student to you. Students will only be released to those with permission to pick up in RenWeb. Please have a photo I.D. ready if you are checking a student out of school. 

The support of our parents is one of the keys to CAC’s success. We will need your support in new and unique ways this year. We appreciate your understanding as we limit the number of people in our building each day.

Morning Drop Off – 7:45- 8 a.m.  

  • Please note that students may not enter the building before 7:45 unless they are registered for Before School Care. Instruction for building entry for students registered for Before School Care will be sent separately. 
  • Morning drop off will take place along the sidewalk outside the main school entrance.
  • To reduce the number of individuals entering the facility, students will use entrances based on their cohort.
    • PK-3 and PK-4 
      • Students will use the outside the cafeteria door at Entrance #2.
      • Parents may walk their PK-3 and PK-4 child to the door to sign in with a staff member. Parents must wear a mask while outside of their vehicle.
      • PK-3 and PK-4 students will stay in the cafeteria with their teachers until 8:10, and then they will walk as a class to their classrooms.
    • Kindergarten and 1st grade students will use the main school entrance (Entrance #1) and walk directly to their classroom.
    •  2nd and 3rd grade students will use the gym entrance (Entrance #4) and wait for instruction to go directly to their respective classrooms. 
    •  4th and 5th grade students will use the entrance behind the cafeteria (Entrance #3) and walk directly to their classroom. 
  • Detailed instructions will be provided. Modifications will be made for the first week of school.
  • All students should bring a mask to school to use when entering, exiting and traveling

Dismissal – Staggered Time Slots by Grade Level 

  • Dismissal will take place along the sidewalk outside the main school entrance.
  • To prevent congestion students will be dismissed directly from their classrooms to the pick up line and will be assisted by staff to their vehicles. 
  • Afternoon dismissal will be staggered. 
    • Preschool – 1st grade students will be dismissed at 2:50. 
    • 2nd & 3rd grade students will be dismissed at 3:00. 
    • 4th & 5th grade students will be dismissed at 3:10.
    • Siblings will be dismissed at the oldest sibling’s dismissal time.
    • Please arrive during the appropriate time slot to help us prevent traffic congestion. 
  • We will reevaluate our dismissal plan regularly, monitor and adjust to make it as convenient as possible for families. We appreciate your patience. 

Meet the Teacher/Parent Orientation

Teachers will send out an introductory email that will include the class syllabus along with a short video introducing themselves the first week of August. 

In addition, teachers will host ten-minute Meet the Teacher sessions with each student and their family. 

During these ten minute sessions, students and parents will have the opportunity to: 

  • Meet the teacher
  • Tour the classroom 
  • Ask any questions you may have about the start of the year
  • Drop off school supplies if you didn’t preorder them
  • Shake off any first day jitters 
  • Take a picture of your child and their teacher 

The introductory teacher email – coming the first week of August – will have links to sign up for a time slot.


Sessions will be offered on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 12th & the morning of Thursday, August 13th. Look for more information to come next week from your child’s teacher.