COVID-19 Update (March 19, 2020) | Northland Christian School

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COVID-19 Update (March 19, 2020)

Northland Family,

We understand that this has been an uncertain and challenging time for our school community, especially as many of you are now balancing career, family, and childcare with social distancing. I want to reassure you that Northland’s leadership and staff have been working hard over the last few weeks to prepare for this situation—as always, our top priority is the safety, security, and well-being of our students.

To comply with city guidelines, our physical campus is closed and will remain closed at least through April 13 while we and other local schools assess the spread and risk related to COVID-19.

However, it is essential that our students are able to continue learning, which is why we have created a plan for Northland Christian School to move to online/distance learning starting next Monday, March 23. I am so proud of Northland teachers and staff who have been working diligently and collaboratively to create a meaningful plan for distance learning. We are confident that our students will be able to continue their education with minimal disruption. Specific details about this plan are included at the bottom of this email.

The Northland family has faced challenges before—hurricanes, floods, tornadoes. By God’s grace, we were able to get through those and emerge stronger on the other side. Let’s support each other once again through this challenge, as we work to do our best to care for your children.

Please keep our community, teachers, and staff in your prayers.

David Pruett, Head of School

Tomorrow (Friday, March 20) Northland will begin providing students and parents with information and resources in preparation for distance learning to start on Monday, March 23. Please look for an email from your child’s teacher(s) with class specific instructions. This information will also be available in FACTS/Renweb.  

Student Expectations with Distance Learning

  • Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences.
  • Identify a space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully.
  • Identify a space in your home where you can participate in live online learning. Sit at a table with a wall behind you, if possible. Dress appropriately.
  • Have access to paper. A printer is recommended but not required.
  • Daily monitor online platforms - FACTS/Renweb, email, and Google Classroom.
  • Engage in all learning with academic honesty and integrity.
  • Communicate proactively with your teachers if you cannot meet deadlines or require additional support.
  • Comply with school rules including school internet safety policies including expectations for online etiquette.

PACKET PICKUP

PK/Elementary

All PK/Elementary students will have physical packets that should be picked up by families on Friday. These packets can be picked up in the cafeteria in Building 6. Each educational packet will be in a plastic bag with the student’s name on it, organized by class (in crates labeled with the teacher’s name). Please only take your student’s bag. Each teacher will email specifics on when and how to complete student work, as well as how to return student work electronically (students will not return physical packets). This will be the only physical packet of work that students will receive. Elementary students will also have online assignments that will be assigned by their individual teachers electronically.

Secondary

Secondary students will be notified by their teacher(s) and by secondary administration if they have physical items to pick up from school. If so, those items will be available in the area under Building 8 on Friday. All other educational materials will be distributed electronically. 

ALL SCHOOL

To adhere to social distancing recommendations, we have assigned pickup times by last name. Please see the following schedule for designated pick up times:

Friday, March 20 – Student Packet Pickup Schedule

  • A-E / 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • F-I / 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • J-M / 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • N-S / 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • T-Z / 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

*If you are unable to come at your designated time, you may come from 2 – 3:00 p.m.

Athletics

Northland Christian School will not hold any athletic practices on campus until further notice.

Coaches will continue to send out information for workouts that can be completed safely at home. Middle School PE and High School Strength and Conditioning classes will receive instructions from Coach Allen about completing workouts or training sessions safely so they can continue their course of study in physical education.

Per HAPS (Middle School Sports Governing Body), Middle School sports are cancelled for the remainder of the school year. All MS students will receive instructions for completing a remote physical education.

Per TAPPS (High School Sports Governing Body), High School sporting events are suspended, with a tentative return to play set for April 13. There are several contingencies being discussed. TAPPS’ goal is to offer championship opportunities for spring sports on a shortened timetable. More information will be distributed as it is available.

Monica Lewis, PK/ES Principal
Eric Wietstruck, MS/HS Principal

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