During this pandemic, our school mission and vision remain front and center and it is a driving force in shaping Oaks Christian School’s response. We exist to nurture, develop and educate the whole child - mind, body, heart and soul - as an image-bearer of God. We accomplish our vision through an experiential classroom model, a Christ-centered Biblical worldview, community service partnerships, and a year-round calendar that promotes a love of learning. This period of time has been challenging, but it has also presented unique opportunities to respond with different learning modalities and approaches that support and advance our mission.
Throughout the pandemic, OCS has followed the guidance of state and public health authorities. Despite the current unknowns about the fall, we have planned for multiple scenarios for the 2020-2021 school year. Guidance from relevant authorities has been used to help make ongoing operational decisions and our protocol and procedures are subject to change due to Federal and State regulations.
We desire to have our students back on campus as quickly as it is safe to do so.
How will we accomplish this?
Adjusted physical environment for distancing and heightened public health protocols.
Reviewed programs, policies, and procedures for safe operations
Identified tools and resources to make work easier and effective in this environment.
Created different learning scenarios that provide for maximum flexibility in academic schedules and learning modes.
We anticipate the need to shift between several operational modes next school year. Our learning scenarios are as follows:
Phase Green – Full Campus Use/Traditional Operations
Phase Yellow – Moderate Physical Distancing / Limiting People on Campus
Phase Orange – High Physical Distancing / Limiting Movement of People
Phase Red – Virtual / Essential Personnel Only
Current planning assumes school will open on August 3 with some form of distancing expectations (Yellow or Orange).
Because of our small class sizes and our unique, year-round school model offering week-long breaks throughout the year we will likely have more flexibility than most schools if we should have to navigate this most restrictive mode of learning.
In all the modes, the desire is to maximize the time students can have on campus, while being flexible with students who can not be on campus and must learn remotely.
If a student must stay home from school for an extended amount of time, there will be several options for parents to choose from regarding learning opportunities. These could include, but are not limited to:
Individual Zoom lessons with core (math, reading, and writing) Educators
Synchronous classroom participation via Zoom
Asynchronous class via videoed sessions
Worksheet packets sent home to be completed
The decision will be made by the parent after a conversation with the EE, HRS, and Principal based on what will be the best fit for the family.
- Erica Stroup