Administrative Update: 7/13/2020

Well, it’s been very busy here at CLCS.  I know you have heard this before but it’s like trying to get a drink out of a fire hose. It’s overwhelming. I wanted to give you a couple of necessary updates.

  1. The COVID Task Force
    1. The Task Force committee has completed its compilation of information for the opening of school on September 8, 2020.You may view that document on our website and on Sycamore. Remember that this document is a “living document.” It can and will probably change several times over the next few weeks and months. The practical development of the protocols and procedures that will orchestrate the student and staff movement throughout the day is being developed. Here are just a few of the details that have been worked out already:
      1. All students will have their temperature checked prior to entering the buildings in the morning. No student, or their siblings will be allowed in school who have a fever of 100.4 or higher. Parents should check their child(ren)’s temperature prior to leaving home.
        1. Bus riders will be checked prior to getting on the bus. They will have assigned seats and be required to wear a mask both to and from school. Parents of bus riders are asked to wait for their child(ren) to be checked and approved prior to driving away.
        2. Parents who drop students off in the car line will be asked to wait for approval before driving away. There will be three temperature check points under the awning in front of the elementary building for students being dropped off in the car line and those who park in the upper parking lot. Students should not go directly to their classrooms or the courtyard. Students who arrive after the screening stations have closed (8:30 a.m.) will have to be checked in at the office.
        3. Students who park in the lower parking lot will be checked in the lobby of the Administration building.
        4. All students who pass the temperature check will be issued a wrist band (different colors for each day) to signify that they were pre-screened. Homeroom teachers will check for wrist bands each day. A log sheet will be kept at each check in point and on each bus.
      2. Masks must be worn by all students K5-12th grades when not in the classroom. That means students must arrive in a mask, wear a mask when outside of the classroom, changing classes, going to lunch or leaving to go home at the end of the day. Masks will be optional in the classroom however parents may wish that their child(ren) wear a mask all the time.
      3. Lunch will be a bagged lunch each day. No microwavable food will be permitted for the first nine weeks. No pre-packaged prepared lunch or vending machine items, will be sold for the first nine weeks of school. Students will be social distanced in the lunch area.The elementary will eat lunch in the multipurpose building.
      4. Chapel will be held in the gymnasium. Decals have been placed on the bleachers indicating where students will sit during chapel to maintain social distance.
      5. In the classroom, desks will be spread out to provide for the recommended social distancing expectations. Students will use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the classroom. Teachers will spray and sanitize desks and touchable surfaces between each class.
      6. Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the buildings. Touch-less faucets will be installed in all restrooms. Upon exiting the restroom, after washing hands, students will use hand sanitizer.
      7. CLCS plans to utilize individuals to complete a routine of cleaning common surfaces in the hallways, bathrooms, buses, and lunch area throughout the day.

These are just a few of the important details that have to be practiced in order for school to be healthy and safe for students, staff, and families.  Naturally this is not an exhaustive list, more of these procedures will be shared in the days to come. The most important things that all of us can remember is to wash our hands often, maintain social distance, and wear a mask when around others.

  1. New Staffing assignments:
    1. Mrs. Crystal Reynolds has resigned her position as the Kindergarten teacher at CLCS. She has accepted a position in the public schools teaching students with special needs. Though is saddens us to see her go, we pray for God’s best as she steps out into a new area to minister. Let us all plan to pray for her and encourage her in this new endeavor.
    2. There has been some shuffling in the lower elementary school. Mrs. Marty Walker, a 30 year veteran teacher, with 15 of those years teaching Kindergarten, will move to teach Kindergarten. Mrs. Brittany Atkins, formerly second grade teacher at CLCS, will move to be the first grade teacher, and Mrs. Rachel Brown has been hired to teach second grade for the fall. Please encourage these teachers as they embark on new teaching realms.
    3. Pastor Keith McFarland has been hired to teach Senior High Bible. Pastor McFarland and his family are on furlough as missionaries to Uganda. I’m excited for the experience and influence that he will be able to share with our senior class this year.
    4. Mrs. Barbara Stone will return as the guidance counselor. Mrs. Stone served on the staff at CLCS for over 15 years. Mrs. Rachel Skidmore resigned in the spring to be able to spend more time volunteering in her church and around CLCS. Mrs. Skidmore did a fantastic job as the counselor and yearbook teacher. We will miss her.Mrs. Skidmore will be assisting Mrs. Stone in making the transition. Mrs. Stone will assume the guidance counselor duties as well as overseeing the dual credit program. We welcome Mrs. Stone back to CLCS. Yearbook will be taught by Mrs. Rhonda Witmer this year.
    5. We have a new Athletic Director, Mr. Jody Harless. Mr. Harless will be teaching history and Bible in the Middle School. He is assisted by Mr. Jeff Velepec who has experience in scheduling and planning from has service to the Bible Center School. Please welcome them and show your support for them.
    6. Mrs. Libby Shamblin is the new Elementary Supervisor. Mr. John Koster is the new Middle School supervisor.
  2. Technology Upgrade:
    1. Last week plans were approved and developed for Phase 1 of the technology upgrade to the campus of CLCS. The installation of fiber optic cable, new servers, and all related hardware to the campus of CLCS will begin next week. Phase 2 will be in the near future as we plan to have each classroom equipped with cameras and microphones to facilitate distance learning.
    2. That plan has multi-faceted. It will allow us to be able to transmit our classrooms via internet if we were to go to a hybrid-educational model
    3. It will also be in place if we are forced to return to the distance learning platform. Teachers will be able to continue to teach from their classrooms. The positives for this new system are endless.
  3. Middle School restructure.
    1. As indicated earlier this summer, we have moved all the Middle School classes (6th-8th) into the Administration building. This will provide more continuity and individuality for both the Middle school age groups as well as the High School age groups.
    2. The new Middle School concept will allow for a different disciplinary system, special events geared to them (i.e. sports, academics, chapel, 8th grade graduation, etc.), and specific teachers. More information will be shared on the Middle School orientation night.
  4. Finally, plans are to have three back-to-school/orientation nights:
    1. K5-5th grades will meet on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 6 pm.
    2. 6th-8th grades will meet on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 6 pm.
    3. 9th-12th grades will meet on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 6 pm.
    4. These separate nights will allow us to maintain smaller gatherings and to cover age-specific plans. We will meet briefly in the gymnasium for some general information and then dismiss for students to meet their teachers and see the classrooms. Please wear a mask during the entire time or orientation.
  5. We will start back to school on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 8:15 am. Tuesday through Friday, September 8-11, 2020 will be half days (noon dismissal) in order to provide our staff and students to be oriented and training in safe and healthy procedures.The first full day of classes will be Monday, September 14, 2020.

Continue to pray for the school and the Administration. God bless and stay safe.

Mr. Eddie Riley, Administrator