2021 School Re-entry Plan

Harvest Christian Academy is currently preparing the physical campus to support students beginning January 19, 2021.  An UPDATED In-Class Operations Plan is available below. This plan is dependent on how COVID-19 affects our island in the coming weeks and through the semester.

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

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions - (Rev. 1/29/21)

HCA has implemented an A/B schedule. Families with an A schedule have in-person classes on Monday and Thursday, and families with a B schedule have in-person classes on Tuesday and Friday. This new schedule has resulted in reduced class sizes and a different room layout to accommodate proper spacing for student seating in accordance with Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS).

Seating will be arranged to ensure a 6’ separation between students as outlined by Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services. When possible, we will arrange student desks so that all students are facing the same direction or have a plexiglass shield. Students will be in the same seat during the day if possible. If seats are used by multiple students throughout the day, sanitation wipes are accessible for the students/teachers. All desks will be sanitized throughout each school day.

Students will have the option to be fully online for the whole semester. If they choose that option, they must commit to online learning for the entirety of the semester.

In accordance with GUAM DPHSS guidelines, face coverings will be required for adults and children ages 5 and up.  Face coverings are not recommended for anyone who has trouble breathing or other related health conditions. Face coverings are not required when a student is eating/drinking. Face shields may be worn in addition to, but not in place of face coverings.

Lunch will be served in the cafeteria, utilizing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), DPHSS food standards, sanitizing protocols, and social distancing requirements. The staff serving meals will be required to wear face coverings. Students must sanitize hands before meals and will be encouraged to do so after meals. There will be appropriate daily cleaning of meal items (e.g., plates, utensils, transport items) as well as cleaning of tables between meal periods. Lunch schedules and locations will shift so that students can spread out and safely remove their coverings for the lunch period. This will require some classes to eat in their homerooms or at designated outdoor seating.

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.

Currently, 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 have installed sneeze guards in our K3-K5 classrooms.

Students will be encouraged to wear face coverings and practice social 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 social 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.

All non-essential visitors will be restricted. Essential visitors will be asked to observe social distancing while on campus. All visitors will be screened for symptoms upon entry and will be asked to wash or sanitize their hands. Visitors must wear face coverings in accordance with local public health authority and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Parents will be asked to remain in their vehicles for drop-off and pick-up. Whenever possible, parents will be encouraged to pick up their children at a time when most or all the students in the same family can be picked up together. 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.

For 1st through 12th grade students, we will have a revised schedule. Families with an A schedule will have in-person classes on Monday and Thursday, and families with a B schedule will have in-person classes on Tuesday and Friday. All students will be online on Wednesday, which allows for a deep-clean on campus and simultaneous instruction to the entire class. For the students that are online while the other students are on campus, the teachers will provide zoom links to join the class.  This will allow all students to keep pace with the content provided in-class throughout the week.

The social distancing, face covering 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 encountered an infected individual. Sign-in/sign-out protocol and/or daily attendance will help us facilitate contact tracing. In the event of closure, our online platform will be in place should a temporary quarantine be necessary. Before staff and students return to campus, the facilities will be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected in accordance with CDC guidelines.

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.