Reopening Mustang Mountain

Reopening Mustang Mountain

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 August 17! Below you will find the reopening 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.

Click on the icons below to view each section.


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 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. The pledge will be provided before 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 (e.g. monitoring for runny nose, cough, etc.). 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.

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.

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. 

Classrooms 

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

  • Student desks are spaced six feet apart. 
  • Teachers will lecture from a designated area at the front of the room to ensure they maintain the proper social distance.

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.

Masks / Face Coverings

● Current guidelines require face coverings for students who were older than age 10 when physical distancing recommendations are not being met. CAC will follow the recommendations provided by ADH. On July 23rd, CDC provided a seven page guidance “on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings in Schools.”  Guidance includes scenarios where face coverings are recommended and scenarios where face coverings may be considered. We are reviewing our guidelines to ensure they are consistent with this guidance. We will make a final determination based on AHD requirements and health and safety concerns prior to the start of school which will be included in the Student Handbook.

● Students and staff will be allowed to wear a face covering (mask, gaiter) of their choice. Coverings must be free of writing, logos, figures, etc. with the exception of student name or initial.

● Students may use a lanyard to attach to masks to keep them from losing their mask. Please use the mask guidelines in regards to lanyard styles.

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 will also receive COVID-19 protocols and hygiene procedures.
  • Faculty office areas coinciding with cohort designations have been created outside of the classrooms to provide space for teachers to prepare for daily classes. 
  • UV-C disinfection technology will be installed in HVAC systems. 

Sharing Items

Teachers are making preparations to effectively eliminate the sharing of items in classrooms and to still allow for creative learning. CAC has purchased enough 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 and mixing between grade-levels as much as possible. 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.

Teacher Preparation

Google Certification

In preparation for the upcoming school year and the implementation of a technology-infused curriculum, all secondary campus teachers have gained more than 15 hours in Google educator certification training. The training includes navigation of Google classroom, G Suite and other helpful Google applications that teachers will implement in the classroom and online. The training will prepare teachers for a smooth transition between on-campus learning and remote learning.

Google Classroom

Every class will have a Google Classroom — it will be the central educational hub on and off campus. Teachers and students will utilize in-person instruction while also enjoying the benefits of a streamlined online learning space to share lesson plans, assignments and additional educational items.

Technology-Infused Curriculum

CAC’s technology-infused educational model and curriculum allows students to utilize Google Classroom while in the school building, to access materials, review lessons and more. In addition to high-quality, in-person teaching, the use of Google Classroom through a technology-infused curriculum allows teachers to enhance and expand their instructional scope. 

Additional Online Tools

In addition to the utilization of Google Classroom, CAC has invested in online curriculum software and digital textbooks and added network security software and live streaming capabilities (Swivl and Zoom). These resources allow for the seamless integration of off-campus students while giving on-campus students and teachers access to educational material while eliminating the need to share items.

Transition to Remote Learning Campus Closure

If ADH mandates a complete campus closure, all students will transition immediately into a remote learning environment. The implementation of a technology-infused curriculum on campus and familiarization of Google Classroom will allow for a seamless transition for all involved. 

On-Campus Learning

Cohorts

To abide by social distancing guidelines, we’ve created a cohort system to limit in-person interactions between grade levels. Teachers will transition to different rooms between classes. Students in grades 11-12 will follow a modified cohort system to allow for accommodations with AP and concurrent classes. Students will stay in their assigned classroom (excluding PE, Band, Strength & Conditioning, and science labs explained below).

We have scheduled middle school classes in a way that will limit mixed student interaction, student movement in class, transition between classes and movement around the school facility throughout the day. Consequently, middle school students will be designated a cohort that corresponds with their grade and class schedule.

Middle School

Science Labs

To coincide with educational and curricular needs for middle school science, we have rearranged the science labs to allow full labs to remain part of the science curriculum. Desks have been removed and larger tables have been added in the labs to allow for social distancing. After labs are used they will be sanitized thoroughly before the next class. Only one grade will be permitted to utilize the lab on a daily basis to allow for daily sanitation to take place.

Physical Education/ Strength & Conditioning Classes

P.E. will take place in one of the two gyms on campus to allow for social distancing. When exercising, students will be socially distanced at all times. All PE activities will abide by ADH and AAA guidelines, specifically with all exercise socially distanced and on an individual basis. Students will not be permitted to shower and must bring their own water to school as use of water fountains during or after physical education will not be permitted. The school has adapted the physical education curriculum to coincide hygiene needs with the gym, and any individual equipment used will be thoroughly sanitized after each activity.


Honors/Pre-AP

Expand for details (High school only)

Honors/Pre-AP (9th, 10th and 11th grade)

We have reconstructed our Pre-AP classes to coincide with cohort schedules for the upcoming school year. Consequently, all Pre-AP classes will be classified as Honors classes. Students have been grouped equally into three sections and will remain in their cohort (excluding 11th and 12th grades). Thus, students will not necessarily be assigned to Pre-AP groups like past school years.

Due to a lack of standardized test scores as a result of the current pandemic, we believe it is prudent that all grade-level cohorts are provided the opportunity to be taught the same material in class while being offered the opportunity to take Pre-AP classes for Honors.

To differentiate honors from non-honors students, each Pre-AP teacher will set up a separate Honors Google Classroom. Here, supplemental work will be posted solely online separate and apart from the learning occurring in class. Further information regarding Google Classroom setup for Honors students will be provided in the coming weeks.

Teachers will provide Honors students additional work to be completed outside of class if they wish to participate for honors credit. All students will be eligible to take a Pre-AP class for honors credit. However, it is critical for students who elect to take a class for honors credit to understand the difference between honors and non-honors work. Students who elect to take a Pre-AP class for honors credit automatically elect to complete all work assigned for the Honors class via Google Classroom in addition to the work they complete during the regular class period. Rules and regulations regarding honors credit will be detailed in the student handbook, which all families will receive prior to the start of school.

PLACEMENT

1) Testing – the requirement of a score in the 85th percentile or above in the designated subject area on standardized testing has been suspended.

2) Academic Record – grade of 80 or above in a prerequisite Pre-AP class or 90 or above in non-Pre-AP classes may be waived with teacher and counselor approval.

INSTRUCTION

Students approved for Honors placement will be assigned supplemental enrichment activities and assignments to help them explore a subject more deeply and to prepare them for the rigor of AP courses. The supplemental coursework is designed to be completed independently. Periodic teacher support will be provided.

Students become ineligible to receive honors credit if:

-They fail to complete more than two honors assignments by the due date or
-Are found to be in violation of CAC’s Honor Code.Honors assignments are graded on a pass/fail basis. Semester grades receive an additional .5 weight for computing averages for academic honors and awards at CAC.


Fine Arts

Band, drama and art

The majority of fine arts classes will take place at the student’s specified cohort homeroom, with the teacher traveling to different classrooms. However, some fine arts classes may take place in specified fine arts classrooms while abiding by all ADH social distancing guidelines.

Band will hopefully be housed in the band room with students socially distanced (minimum of 12 feet) during rehearsals and utilizing the same instrument year round. There is a possibility that some band classes may be held outside when rehearsing to allow for extended social distancing measures. Decisions will be made in response to the most current ADH and AAA guidelines.

Drama and art classes will take place as usual. The location of classes will be dependent on the most current ADH guidelines.

Middle School

6th Grade Choir Rotation and 7/8th Grade Choir

As we begin the school year, middle school choir students will have the unique opportunity to learn the ukulele. As the year progresses, we hope to find opportunities to sing and perform, but our focus initially will be overall musicianship. Students will use the ukulele to practice the basics of music notation, chords/harmony and accompaniment techniques. We hope this opportunity will encourage a spirit of lifelong music-making.

High school

Choir (9th grade and 10th-12th grade)

Our high school choir classes will meet in the auditorium in order to provide the maximum amount of flexibility for distancing measures and styles of rehearsal. While the focus of high school choir classes will still be combined singing, the semester may begin with smaller sections of students, gradually building toward a collective experience. Given the unpredictable nature of performance opportunities this fall, time will also be spent exploring areas of music theory, worship arts, and vocal pedagogy.  

Restrooms

Each cohort has been assigned a specific restroom to limit interactions with fellow grades or other cohorts. Students must only use their specified restrooms to maintain cohort separation and specified pathways. Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day to reduce unnecessary risk.

Outdoor Breaks

Students will be assigned an outdoor break within the school day. Though outdoor breaks are more traditional at the elementary level, we believe it is crucial as we navigate this new setting to provide the students with a break from classroom time. Additionally, CAC has purchased picnic tables for students to relax and hang out in a socially distanced outdoor setting.

Remote Learning Option

CAC is offering remote learning for all families and students who elect not to return to campus. Commitment to remote learning will occur at the beginning of every nine-week period. If a student is required to quarantine, they will easily transition from the physical classroom to our online environment.

Remote Learning Details

The CAC Secondary Fall 2020 remote learning schedule seeks to provide students with a daily routine that closely mirrors on-campus instruction. Schedules will give students the opportunity to attend live instruction each day and will also allow for periodic small group and individual check-ins. All live instructional lessons will be recorded and accessible in Google Classroom for students to later reference. (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 contact the campus principal for more information.

Students will have access to textbooks and workbooks used for in-class instruction. Teachers will use daily assignments as well as assessments to monitor student progress through the curriculum. Though it is our goal for remote learning assignments and assessment to mirror on-campus learning, certain assignments 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 of material. 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.

Devices and Textbooks

Families who elect to utilize the remote learning option will be provided with all materials for pick-up on Friday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Materials will be packaged alphabetically for pick-up in the school atrium and will include: hardcopy textbooks, a school-issued Chromebook, and any additional pertinent materials for the student’s schedule.

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.

Device Use and Assignment Completion

  • Students have the choice to complete assignments using their own device at home or the school-issued device they will receive during remote learning supply pick-up day (Aug. 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.).

Timed Assignments and Assessments 

  • All assessments and timed assignments must be completed on the school-issued Chromebook. The Chromebook allows the school to control the testing environment (timing etc.) and promotes consistency between remote and on-campus learning. Teachers will outline any assignments or assessments that are required to be completed on a school-issued device.

Secondary School Schedule

Students participating in remote learning will mirror CAC’s on-campus schedule (sample provided below). Consequently, students will be required to login and attend classes online on time throughout the day. Unless specified by the teacher, students will be held to the same due dates and standards for assignments, assessments, and all on-campus class activities to promote consistency between on-campus and remote learning.

Sample Schedule

Schedules are subject to change if necessary to meet instructional goals and the social/emotional needs of students and families. Students will be provided with finalized schedules prior to the first day of school. 

Middle School Bell Schedule 
1st Period8:00-8:45 (LIVE)
2nd Period 8:50-9:35 (LIVE)
Chapel9:35-9:50 (Recorded)
3rd Period9:55-10:40 (LIVE)
4th Period10:45-11:30 (LIVE)
Lunch11:30-11:55
5th Period12:00-12:45 (LIVE)
MS Break 12:45-1:00
6th Period1:00-1:45 (LIVE)
7th Period1:50-2:35 (LIVE)
8th Period2:40-3:25 (LIVE)
High School Bell Schedule 
1st Period8:00-8:45 (LIVE)
2nd Period 8:50-9:35 (LIVE)
Chapel9:35-9:50 (Recorded)
3rd Period9:55-10:40 (LIVE)
HS Break10:40-10:55
4th Period10:55-11:40 (LIVE)
5th Period11:45:-12:30 (LIVE)
Lunch12:30-1:00 (LIVE)
6th Period1:00-1:45 (LIVE)
7th Period1:50-2:35 (LIVE)
8th Period2:40-3:25 (LIVE)

Google Classroom

Google Classroom will serve as the hub for both on-campus and remote learning students alike. All students (on campus and remote) 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.

Live Streaming

Our goal is to livestream each class through Zoom and Swivl technology. Essentially, a student will be provided with a Zoom link in their Google Classroom for each class. At the beginning of each class, the student will click on the link to a live conference. The student will have the opportunity to watch the teacher lecture live. The student will also have the opportunity to ask questions via the chat feature in Zoom and ‘raise their hand’ virtually where the teacher can see if the student has a question. As a general rule of thumb:

  • Teachers might not answer questions immediately for remote learning students even when teaching live but will answer questions within the class period.
  • Teachers may not lecture for the full class period (ex. — there may be a 20-minute lecture and then an assignment tied to the lesson.)
  • Remote learning students will be notified when the lecture has ended if they want to work independently on their assignment.

Recording and Uploading Lessons

Due to CAC’s heavy investment in technology software, students will be able to livestream classes, and lessons will be recorded and uploaded as soon as possible to Google Classroom for students to reference. However, the recording and uploading of lessons will not be instantaneous — there is a high likelihood of lag time, thus, it is critical for students to attend lessons live as if they were in the school building.

Zoom

Students will livestream lessons using Zoom. Teachers will have control of the Zoom classroom and have the ability to mute students. Please note it is likely remote learning students will be muted for the duration of the lecture. However, once teachers have completed their lecture, they will answer all questions live during the lesson. Additionally, students will be able to sign up for individual Zoom appointments with teachers through their Google Classroom for additional help if needed.

RenWeb

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.

Chapel

Chapel will be provided in a similar format for students in a remote learning environment to those on campus. Chapel will consist of live streaming and recorded events. Remote learning students will receive access to both live-streamed events through a Chapel Google Classroom. Students will follow the regular chapel schedule outlined above. 

Physical Education/ Strength and Conditioning

Physical education classes will not be provided through a live stream option. However, physical education workouts can be provided upon request for students to complete.

What to Expect Moving Forward

  • Families who declared interest for a remote learning option will be contacted this week for a brief discussion and should make a final decision to commit to the CAC remote learning option by Monday, Aug. 10.
  • A commitment form will be sent to you on Friday, Aug. 7 to confirm your student’s participation in remote learning. Remember that a remote learning commitment lasts an entire nine-week period.
  • A remote learning handbook will be sent to all participating families outlining final remote learning policies.
  • Once enrolled in the remote learning program, students will be sent a finalized schedule and will be enrolled in individual Google Classrooms. 

Spiritual Life

With our mission still being at the forefront of our purpose at CAC, we place tremendous value on chapel. We will not meet in person as a large group for chapel until further notice to abide by current ADH guidelines and maintain social distancing, but we will conduct chapel daily through digital channels using recordings and live streams. We are in the process of creating dynamic and encouraging content to engage our student body while promoting growth in their relationship with Christ. Though students will encounter chapel in their specific cohort homeroom, we are working to be as innovative as possible to provide variety through guest speakers, student involvement, faculty sharing and more. Though this daily activity will function differently this year, we stay committed to encouraging students to find new ways to form a deeper faith relationship and live out the mission of CAC every day.


Food Service

  • Students may bring a packed lunch to school or order online.
  • All ordered lunches will be boxed individually and will be delivered to students’ specific classroom to limit travel around school and mixing of the student body.
  • Meals will be available through Little Bites and Chick Fil-A Monday through Friday by ordering online. Chick Fil-A will be offered two days of the week and Little Bites on three days. We have also expanded our Chick Fil-A services and will now offer salads, wraps, and sandwiches. Lunch ordering details will follow.
  • Water fountains will not be used. Students need to bring their own water bottle to school. Recommended water bottle options will be provided.
  • Vending machines will not be used during the school year.

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 are permitted excluding school ordering services (Little Bites and Chick Fil-A).

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.


Athletics

As part of our preparation for the start of the 2020-2021 school year the administration is monitoring guidelines and directives from the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) and the Governor regarding extra-curricular activities. You can find their latest updates on athletic activities here. We resumed limited activities on June 1. Our coaches and student-athletes have diligently followed the guidelines outlined by the AAA and the Governor. These include screening (players and staff), social distancing, sport specific restrictions and disinfecting facilities between groups.

As an organization, we understand everyone’s situation is unique. We respect the right of each individual family to make a personal decision regarding their child’s participation in extra-curricular activities. There will not be repercussions for student-athletes who decide not to participate in workouts.

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.


Campus Activity

Visitors on Campus

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

Drop-off and Pick-up locations and Traffic Patterns

Students will be dropped off at specific entrances and exits to maintain social distancing guidelines and limit interactions between grade-levels. More details are to follow with detailed maps outlining student entrances and exits.

Drop-off

Our goal is for student drop-off to be between the times of 7:45 and 8 a.m. if the student has a first period class (starts at 8 a.m.). 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. (starts at 8:50 a.m.). The specific window of time is limited to abide by CDC and ADH guidelines to specifically maintain social distancing and avoid cross grade interaction. Students must be dropped off as close to their specified grade-level entrance and will enter socially distanced. A traffic flow map will be provided at a later date.

Students must wear a mask prior to the first daily temperature screening and instructions from their teacher.

Student Parking

Similar to past years, student drivers will be assigned a parking spot once school begins. If a student is late to school they will buzz at the main entrance doors and will be provided further instructions by office staff.

Students will proceed straight to their classroom and sit at their assigned desk. At the beginning of the school day, attendance and student temperatures will be taken. If a student has a fever in excess of 100.4 degrees COVID protocols will apply.

Pick-up

Parents/guardians are to pick up students at their assigned pick-up locations. Similar to morning drop-off, cars must follow the specific traffic pattern and pick up students at their assigned entrance/exit point. Students will be dismissed via their specified grade level exit point. More details are to follow with maps outlining student entrances and exits and traffic flow.

If a student’s ride does not arrive by 4 p.m., extended care policies and procedures will apply. Details will be communicated at a later date.

Check-in and check-out procedures

Check-in

All middle school grade-level entrances will close at 8 a.m. each morning. If a student arrives after this point they will be required to check in at the main office. 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. Check-out procedures will be outlined in the handbook.

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. Limited student activities following certain restrictions and guidelines began on June 1, 2020. Updated schedules and guidelines for the unrestricted return to activities have not been released. We will provide more information when it becomes available.