2020-2021 School Re-entry Plan

Harvest Christian Academy is currently preparing the physical campus to support students in the fall of 2020.  This plan is dependent on how COVID-19 affects our island in the coming months. See our current On-Campus Re-entry plan below.

If you have any questions, please contact our school office at (671) 477-6341.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions - (Rev. 7/17/20)

HCA is evaluating each classroom to determine the number of students that can safely be in the classroom while maintaining physical distancing requirements. This will result in reduced class sizes and a different room layout to accommodate spacing out student seating in accordance with specifications outlined in the 2020-21 School Re-entry Plan.

Classroom layouts will be evaluated and changed to accommodate physical distancing requirements.  Seating will be arranged to ensure a 4’ minimum separation (front, back, and both sides) between students as outlined by Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services.  Students will be encouraged to distance as much as possible and utilize proper face coverings and practice good hand hygiene.

Our mission of teaching students to love God, love others, and love learning is most effective in on site education. While we realize that online education is a supplemental and helpful tool, it is not designed to take the place of the educational opportunities provided by teacher/student interaction in a traditional learning format. However, with the challenges of COVID-19 and lingering concerns, we realize that some students may require to be at home for short periods of time.

The 2020-2021 School Re-entry parent survey indicated that a portion of our parents are hesitant to have their children return to face to face education and have requested an online alternative.  To accommodate these concerns, we are finalizing plans and will communicate the online option in the next several weeks.

This online platform will be in place should a second wave occur which requires temporary closure. If the school needs to close, then our teachers will transition to a full online program with live instruction.

In accordance with GUAM DPHSS guidelines, face coverings will be required for adults and children ages 5 and up.  Due to a variety of reasons, we recognize that not all children are able to wear masks throughout the day. Physical distancing will be maintained as much as possible when face coverings are not in place. This will include outdoor recess, PE, and when students are eating and drinking.

Lunch will be served in the cafeteria, utilizing appropriate PPE equipment, sanitizing protocols, and physical distancing requirements. Students may bring lunches from home. Lunch schedules and locations will shift so that students can spread out and safely remove their masks for the lunch period. This will require some classes eating in their homeroom, or in outside seating options. The cafeteria will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after each section.

An online platform will be available for students who may need to be in quarantine due to personal symptoms or family members traveling. This is designed only for a short term basis.

Tuition rates will remain as published in the 2020-2021 Schedule of Fees.  In the event an online platform is initiated, tuition will remain unchanged.

We are currently evaluating these classes to determine if physical distancing can be safely maintained. We are communicating with IIAAG to prepare for our sports seasons when the government lifts restrictions. We are waiting for confirmation on guidelines from DHPSS to determine specific details of classes and after school activities.

HCA will provide cleaning and sanitizing supplies and PPE for those that do not have the ability to access these items (masks, gloves, etc.).

The HCA staff is committed to providing a clean and safe campus. We have created a safety plan for our housekeeping team to frequently clean all high use places, such as the restrooms, cafeteria, and playgrounds. Teachers and office personnel will assist in sanitizing their work spaces. Students will have hand sanitizer, Kleenex, baby wipes, and other necessary supplies to keep themselves and their personal desk and cubby/locker clean.

At this time, the government of Guam and DHPSS is not requiring COVID-19 testing as a requirement for returning to school. We will closely monitor these requirements and inform you of any changes. However, we are asking staff and students to stay home if they are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.

Parents may provide an alternative, comparable method for hand hygiene, if they are concerned about standard sanitizers and soaps available on campus.

We are closely monitoring guidance and direction from DPHSS and the Governor.  If PCOR3 is declared by the governor, we are planning to start as scheduled on August 13.  If we remain in PCOR2, HCA will start the school year in an online format.

At this time, we are not planning to install plastic shields at each student desk.

Students will be encouraged to wear masks and practice physical distancing in the hallways. Schedules and transitions will be adjusted to minimize the number of students in the hallways, whenever possible.

Parents will be encouraged to drop off students as close as possible to the students' start time. Due to physical distancing requirements, the number of students allowed in the cafeteria prior to the start of school will be limited. We will inform parents of specific details regarding where students can wait before entering the classroom.

Parents will be asked to remain in their vehicles for drop-off and pick-up. Whenever possible, parents will be encouraged to pick up children at a time when most or all of the students in that family can be picked up at the same time. If parents need to drop off or pick up students at times other than normal times, they will sign in/out in the School Office.

We strongly believe that students need to be in the classroom with their teachers five days a week for the full school day. We are doing our best to avoid situations which would impact instructional time and the quality of instruction. We realize there may be exceptions and needs that can be addressed by the supplemental online education platform.

It is impossible to know who may be infected and not exhibiting symptoms. The physical distancing, mask usage, regular sanitizing, frequent hand hygiene, and close monitoring of any symptoms will minimize the risk of infection as much as possible.

HCA will be in close communication with DHPSS and follow their recommendations regarding contact tracing and notification of any individuals that may have come in contact with an infected individual. Our online platform will be in place should a temporary quarantine be necessary.

Teachers will work with students through the online platform to provide them with up to date assignments. Student will be allowed extra time to complete work if they are missing class due to illness or other circumstances connected with COVID-19.

The HCA uniform will be the same, and will be available for purchase prior to the start of school. We will contact you regarding specific dates and times.