Christ The King School News Notes
January 12, 2020
Message from Principal Smith
Dear CKS Families,
Stay strong! You’re doing a great job, and we will get through this. Even with a vaccine in sight, we should continue to be cautious and to limit our risks as much as we can. Please remember no matter where you are, be safe and help us encourage and teach our children to wear their masks, to wear them properly, and not to take unnecessary risks. The number of cases and positivity rate are as high as they have ever been, so continue to be careful to protect our community. We all want to get through this safely.
To protect our staff and students by limiting the number of individuals to whom they are exposed, some of our classes are taught from one classroom to the other cohort classrooms via a Google Meet online meeting. For example, a middle school teacher may be teaching multiple cohorts at one time across an entire grade level by way of that online meeting platform.
As we continue to have students and staff members go into quarantine and isolation, and in order to provide the best hybrid option for our students, we have made some updates, allowing students who are at home to join the online-meeting class sessions that connect the cohorts, as described above. For any of those students who are quarantined, we can have them join the class meeting from home and have access to synchronous learning alongside their peers throughout the day. That means these quarantined students are learning at the same time as their peers, participating and asking questions, rather than only receiving delayed (asynchronous) instruction by watching a recording of the teachers instructing fellow students earlier in the day.
To move forward with this learning-plan change, we need your permission for your child(ren) to participate in this manner should they go into quarantine, or should you choose our hybrid learning plan. This change affects not only those who are at home learning, but students who are in the building that could be heard or seen by those at home, and so the changes are being incorporated into the K-8th Parent & Student Handbook.
In the email you received announcing this edition of News Notes, you will see a personalized link to a Google Form you will use to sign off on the 2020-21 K-8th Parent & Student Handbook. The Handbook for K-8th parents includes the changes related to hybrid learning through synchronous video meetings. Though PreK students are not affected by these changes, we ask those parents to sign off on the 2020-21 PreK Parent & Student Handbook using that same form. Both Handbooks are attached to News Notes as PDFs.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter. We strive every day to make improvements in our school. Have a wonderful week, and God bless you all.
Paula Smith, Ed.S.
Christ the King School
- If you test positive or quarantine, please notify the school's COVID contact. We are required to report these during virtual and in-person instruction.
- If you are in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period, you must quarantine. For the most accurate results, it is recommended that you get tested no sooner than 5 days after your known exposure to the positive case.
- Quarantining is defined as staying at home for 14 days after the known exposure, watching symptoms and checking temperature twice a day. This means not just quarantining from school, but all public locations.
- When dropping off students' forgotten materials at school, please leave them outside the school's door, and buzz the front desk to arrange retrieval.
- Masks must be worn on school property at all times. Please make sure to wear your mask when coming to the front door.
As questions arise about the policies and procedures that we have put in place due to COVID-19, we wish for our parents to have a point of contact for their questions. For the upcoming year, our nurse, Shayna Elmore, will be available full-time during the school day. She will be our school’s COVID Contact. Please direct your COVID-related questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 266-5641.
If you have any questions about whether your child can be in attendance, please reach out to Nurse Elmore, our COVID contact. It is of utmost importance that we maintain the health and safety of our school community.
If your child is in isolation or quarantine, please contact Nurse Elmore, so that we can ensure that students can continue learning via the hybrid plan if they are well enough to do so. Her contact information is email@example.com
CKS Travel Policy
Many have come to us concerned about families traveling. We all have to be protective of our cohorts.
In order for us to preserve face-to-face instruction of our students at school, we have to be extra careful with the choices we each make. We, of course, want our children to have all the typical experiences; however, we have to remember that making sacrifices for the short term will help prevent the spread of the virus, and reduce long-term negative effects on the school’s reopening and the health and safety of our children, faculty, and staff.
If you travel to or through any current hotspots, students have to quarantine for two weeks. The best place to go to check hotspots, which are states with 15% positive testing rates, is https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/.
Keep in mind that there are considerable swings and changes in all states and they can change even while you are traveling.
Parents will need to fill out this pre-screening form daily with respect to their children who attend Christ the King School. You may submit this either the evening before your child(ren) will attend class on campus, or in the morning before bringing your child(ren) to school; HOWEVER, if you submit this form the evening before and circumstances change between then and the morning, you should resubmit and take action accordingly. A SYMPTOMATIC CHILD, OR ONE WITH A TEMPERATURE OF 100.4° OR ABOVE, SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL.
On the school website: https://ctkschool.net/covid-19/prescreening
Alternate link if the website is offline: https://forms.gle/ULdZnyJdmUrLsUtb8
- When a cohort goes into quarantine, including the teacher, the students will use the full online plan that includes synchronous (or live-streamed video) learning.
- When individual students quarantine, without their cohort/teacher, or chooses to learn from home, he/she will use the hybrid plan that includes asynchronous (pre-recorded video) learning ONLY.
- When a student is sick with allergies, strep etc. or on a trip he/she will complete missing work as normal, using Google Classroom and Ren-Web to keep up. The student has as many days as he/she misses to make up the work.
Recent communications from CKS, along with links to COVID-19 Resources: https://ctkschool.net/covid-19
Prayer list: https://ctkschool.net/covid-19/prayer-request-list
Prayer Request Form: https://ctkschool.net/covid-19/prayer-request-form
If you would like to make a donation to those struggling during this time or if you need help, please contact us: https://ctkschool.net/covid-19/covid-19-tuition-relief-fund
As we enter January, the possibility of inclement weather approaches. In the event we are not able to safely attend school, CKS will utilize E-Days as in previous years. There is always the possibility of a delay; therefore, please stay weather aware and check all communication outlets (website, email, social media, etc.).
Teachers will utilize Google Classroom, as they do during virtual learning, as their platform of choice if we are forced to use an E-Day. There, you can find all assignments, resources, and other pertinent information. We encourage you to use the schedule provided during virtual instruction to assist your child(ren) with time management and breaks. You can expect all work to be posted by 9 a.m. Teachers are available, via email, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
THE CKS SPIRIT SHOP IS NOW ONLINE!
The winter apparel options will be available to shop today through January 22nd. Items will be available for pickup or shipment on February 1st! ORDER BY JANUARY 22nd! Uniform options like fleece and socks will be available for purchase anytime.
Summer Catechesis Opportunities for Children
Before you book your 2021 summer vacations, be sure to plan around the Cathedral’s
amazing Catechesis opportunities for children!
Totus Tuus - June 20-25 (changed)
Vacation Bible School – July 26 - 30
More information to come: www.cathedralctk.org
January 15, 2021 2nd Trimester Midterm
January 12- February 5, 2021 MAP testing
January 11-12-13, 2021 2nd Grade First Reconciliation
January 13, 2021 8th Grade Confirmation Virtual Sponsor Night
January 18, 2021 MLK Day, No School
Renrollment/Tuition/ FACTS: David Stromquist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Admissions: Amy Smith, email@example.com
Technology Support: Vince Mongiardo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications: Kelley Taylor, email@example.com
COVID Exposure, Positive, Health Related Questions: Shayna Elmore, firstname.lastname@example.org