School During The Changing Times
2020 has certainly been a year of change! We are aware of how this has affected many of our SCA families. We can only imagine that with COVID-19 currently evident around us, it has put limits on many areas of our lives. Some families have lost loved ones while others have lost jobs. We continue to Pray for you and believe that God's Grace and Wisdom will carry us! The faculty at SCA has taken a great deal of time to assure that as we have planned for the 2020-2021 School year we are doing our best to provide the best educational experience while being safe and practicing the best directives given to us by our State and Massachusetts board of Education. Here are two different pieces of information to help give more working knowledge to our SCA families as it relates to our plan for this upcoming school year.
We will also take a good amount of time at our Parent Orientation night which is on Aug. 13th to talk through some of these things as well.
Few Question & Answers
What is the return-to-school plan for Seekonk Christian Academy?
Our goal is to safely bring students back to in-person school learning.
When does school start?
School will begin on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.
8:00am-2:50pm Middle school
8:00am-3:00pm elementary grades
What will a typical in-person day look like?
Our in-person schedule will consist of the day beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 2:50pm For Middle school students and ending at 3:00pm for elementary grades K-4th. All students will be having a permanent class rooms to report to each day for all class sessions. Middle school teachers will be rotating to the designated rooms for specific classes. We will begin each day with Pledges and prayer.
How will remote learning be carried out?
If we have to return to remote learning, we will resume with Zoom live classes.
Will students be exempt from in-person classes for medical reasons?
Students with a medical condition will be exempt from in-person classes or other a parent with serious concerns about their child.
What is the procedure for drop-off and pickup of students?
Middle school students will be dismissed at 2:50pm each day.
All middle school students will be dismissed at the school ramp and while waiting for pick up person students will be in a designated are.
All other grades K-4th grade will be dismissed at 3:00pm and will be released to parents or guardians from the Gym area.
Social distancing restrictions will be in place for both drop-off and pickup of students. School personnel will direct parents and students to the appropriate entrance and exits.
Will there be after-school care?
After school care will be provided.
Will students be required to wear masks?
All students, faculty and staff will be required to wear a face covering that cover the nose and mouth. MA directives say that Kindergarten through 1st grade is not required to wear a face covering. We will leave that decision up to parent’s discretion.
Will students be screened upon entering the building?
No, students will not be screened upon arrival. Parents are asked to screen their student before sending them to school. Screening information will be sent to parents prior to the start of the school year.
What happens if a student has COVID-19 symptoms at school?
If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school, the parent and or emergency pickup person will be will be notified to pick up their child as soon as possible. The student will wait in a designated area until the parent or emergency pickup person arrives.
How will social distancing be maintained?
As per State guidelines, social distancing will be maintained in classrooms by having smaller class sizes and separation of desks. Hallways will be marked with one-way signage, and students will be asked to adhere to social distancing restrictions. Passing times will be staggered to accommodate social distancing.
What is the plan for lunch?
In order to maintain distancing requirements, elementary students will eat lunch in their classrooms. Middle school students will have lunch in the lunch room, we will stager recess times to accommodate the social distancing under the MA directives. We will also utilize outdoor space, weather permitting. We will still be offering hot lunch 3 days a week. The lunch menu will be going home with students in the first few weeks of school. Students will not be allowed to access the microwave. Students are recommended to bring bottled water to school each day, they may bring their own container as usual.