Covid-19 2020/2021 Restart Plan

Lighthouse Christian Academy School Plan

School starts for Lighthouse on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Kindergarten students may be picked up at 12:00 on the first day of school. After that, they will be coming for full days.

Health and Safety 

The safety of our families and staff is of utmost importance to us. Please find below an outline of the protocols in place for the school.

A copy of this information will be posted online August 26, 2020 and a package will be mailed to each family by August 28. 2020. Inside the package will be an orange or blue card that is to be placed on the drivers side of the dashboard when dropping off your children. An Orange Card is for families who only have elementary aged children at school. The Blue Card is for families that have both elementary and middle/high students at school or just middle/high students. In addition to the orange or blue card, a Yellow Card will be given to new families and those who have a new student starting school. This card allows these families to park in a designated “New Family” area in order for parents, if needed, to walk their children to their classroom outdoor meeting areas. This Yellow Card parking is available for the first week of school from Tuesday, September 8 – Friday, September 11.

Contact 

 I – Daily Health Checklist

A Google Form of the checklist will be sent to parents to be completed and submitted prior to 8:00 each school morning. Cars will be met during drop off to confirm checklist completion or to complete the checklist then.

II – Drop off and Pick up procedures

The school will be divided into two groups.

Orange group is for families who do not have older students in the middle/high program

Blue group is for families with children in the middle/ high program and families who have children in both the elementary and middle/high programs.

Orange Group families

  1. Parents will drop their children off in the morning between 8:15 and 8:30. They will be dropped off at the front of the school and say their good-byes at their vehicle.
  2. Cars will loop through the parking lot (as directed). In front of the elementary school, an LCA staff member will greet parents at their vehicle (physically distancing) to check that the online Daily Health Checklist is completed or to fill out a Daily Health Checklist as needed.
  3. Any symptoms similar to those of Covid-19, (with the exception of known allergies) will prevent a child from attending school.
  4. During school, any child showing Covid-19 related symptoms will have their parents contacted and must be picked up immediately. Children will be in an isolation area until pick up.
  5. Once the Daily Health Checklist is completed, students will be welcomed to line up outside in their dedicated class area.
  6. Front and back doors will be opened by designated staff members. Students will enter class-by-class, one at a time and wash hands in their classroom.
  7. Parents needing to drop things off at the office are asked to either send things with their children or call the office first and Bev will meet them outside.
  8. Parents will pick up their children in the afternoon between 2:50 to 3:05 Monday to Thursday and 1:50 to 2:05 Friday.  All students will be waiting outside in their cohort groups.
  9. There will be no before or after school playground supervision.

 Blue Group families

  1. Parents will drop their children off in the morning between 8:30 and 8:45. They will be dropped off in the lower field of the school and say their good-byes at their vehicle.
  2. Cars will loop through the parking lot (as directed). In the lower field of the school, an LCA staff member will greet parents at their vehicle (physically distancing) to check that the online Daily Health Checklist is completed or to fill out a Daily Health Checklist as needed.
  3. Any symptoms similar to those of Covid-19, (with the exception of known allergies) will prevent a child from attending school.
  4. During school, any child showing Covid-19 related symptoms will have their parents contacted and must be picked up immediately. Children will be in an isolation area until pick up.
  5. Once the Daily Health Checklist is completed, students will be welcomed to line up outside in their dedicated class area.
  6. Front and back doors will be opened by designated staff members. Students will enter class-by-class, one at a time and wash hands in their classroom.
  7. Parents needing to drop things off at the office are asked to either send things with their children or call the office first and Bev will meet them outside.
  8. Parents will pick up their children in the afternoon between 3:05 to 3:20 Monday to Thursday and 2:05 to 2:20 Friday.  All students will be waiting outside in their cohort groups.
  9. There will be no before or after school playground supervision.

 Cohort (Learning Groups)

A Cohort is a group of students and staff who remain together throughout the school quarter, semester or year and who primarily interact with each other. Learning groups were recommended by the Provincial Health Officer to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Lighthouse Christian Academy will be divided into three Cohort groups as follows:

Group1 K-2 – This group, including teachers and EAs, will total 60 or less people.

Group 2 3-5 – This group, including teachers and EAs, will total 60 or less people.

Group 3 6-12 – This group, including teachers and EAs, will total 60 or less people.

Cohort groups provide a range of benefits for students including more in-class learning time, increased peer interaction and support, and decreased feelings of isolation. Cohort groups will continue to limit physical contact, but they will have opportunities to learn and have break time together.

Masks

  1. Elementary – Masks are not required for elementary students.
  2. Middle/High – Masks are not required on a daily basis for our middle/high students as they are all one cohort group. Any travel on our bus for field trips will require masks. Masks are not required but are welcome for all middle/high school students.

Classroom

  1. Students will be washing hands throughout the day following the pandemic hand washing guidelines.
  2. Limiting physical contact will be encouraged in the classroom through desk placement and instruction, routine and curriculum adjustment.
  3. Weather appropriate clothing will be required as learning opportunities will take place outside as much as possible. Also, in an effort to increase ventilation, each classroom will have their windows open as much as possible.
  4. Students will have their own writing tools and equipment and are not allowed to share

Lunches 

  1. Lunches will be eaten at each student’s desk or table area or in a designated area outside
  2. Microwave, fridge and access to utensils will not be available to students.
  3. The water fountain will be closed so please send your child with a water bottle. This water bottle will be sent home daily for washing.

Recesses

  1. Times will be staggered, and areas will be designated to particular cohort groups.
  2.  Playground equipment use will require students to wash hands before and after use.
  3. Sports equipment may be shared within cohort groups

Cleaning 

Washrooms

a) Use will be for one student at a time.

b) Cleaning of washrooms will be done twice daily

High contact areas

a) Teachers will clean inside the classroom on a regular basis throughout the day

b) Office staff will clean outside the classroom on a regular basis throughout the day

Learning Continuity 

Lighthouse Christian Academy is prepared for every Covid-19 restart stage. As with the changes of stages in the 2019/2020 school year, we are able to quickly adapt to any educational adjustments needed.   

 Communication

LCA will provide regular updates to the parents via email, Facebook, our website and Remind. Notifications of any Covid-19 cases will be under the direction of our regional health officer.

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