Safety, Education, and a Community of Grace
ACS intends to continue to provide an education that is academically-excellent and saturated with a Biblical worldview. We have very high expectations. In terms of safety and wellness, we will focus on best practices to keep our students and staff healthy, while not creating hurdles or barriers to teaching and learning.
The Health, Wellness, and Procedures Committee spent the summer evaluating current health and safety recommendations and mandates and made necessary adjustments for areas where we can improve current procedures. We created a Preparedeness Plan that explains major safety protocols that will be in place while Michigan is in Phases 4 and 5. The Plan can be found below.
Education will be critical. We received very positive feedback for how quickly teachers were able to adjust and provide a good experience for our families during remote learning. However, we believe that in-person education is the best option, and that is why we will continue to work hard and focus on keeping our students in building. We have strong plans in place for any other temporary situation that may arise. While most students will be in the building for full days of school, we understand that some students may need to be home temporarily because of an immunocompromised situation or possibly when they are sick or quarantined. We will have a Homebound Advocate in place to support those students that are home for a time.
Education regarding COVID-19 is also be critical. This page is in place to help our community in regards to the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, so that they can evaluate their children’s health when they are ready to send them off to school. For the safety of all students and staff, it is critical that each family does their part in making sure students come to school healthy. We will educate our students on simple measures to keep them healthy and well, including proper and frequent hygiene measures at school. This is not just a ‘COVID thing’, but instead good practices for every day health.
Community of Grace
Grace is a cornerstone of ACS and during the remote learning period we used that word a lot with teachers, families and students. God gives us grace, and we are called to give grace to others. I encourage all of you to provide grace to each other, and to our Board and staff, as we journey through the 2020-2021 school year, one that will have differences from prior and future years.
*Below you will find information regarding COVID that will help answer many questions that families might have throughout the school year.
Allendale Christian School COVID Preparedness Plan (Specific plans for re-opening school at ACS)
COVID Return to School Toolkit (Ottawa County Health Department - COVID facts, mitigation, and school scenarios)
COVID Student Home Screening Tool (Screening checklist for ACS students and staff)
Who Must Stay Home? (Page 2 of the doc: Guidelines for decision and when and how long to stay home from school)
Positive COVID case guidance (Flowchart of the process if a positive COVID case is found)