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COVID-19 Updates

October 23, 2020

ACA Family -

I am writing to you today to let you know about the continued success of Soaring Safe.  Over the past two weeks, ACA has experienced exceptionally low absences due to Covid-related reasons.  In fact, we currently have 0 students, faculty, or staff that are Covid-19 positive and just 1/10th of 1% (~0.001%) of the entire ACA community that is currently quarantining because they were designated as a close contact of someone with a positive test).  As always, our success is a credit to God’s provision, your commitment to following the Soaring Safe protocols, and our on-campus commitment to heightened disinfecting and cleaning procedures. 

ACA is in a remarkable position.  While some schools in Montgomery are temporarily closing because of Covid cases, we are experiencing our lowest levels in months.  We need your help in sustaining ACA’s success. Here are four commitments that I need every ACA family to make as we work together to finish this semester strong:

Reacquaint Your Family with ACA’s Wellness Pledge

Our Soaring Safe guidelines include a Wellness Pledge (page 15) for each ACA family. This pledge identifies the ways that our parents can partner with ACA in helping our students not just maintain physical health, but also grow in the virtues of respect, kindness, compassion, and service towards others.  Please use this Wellness Pledge as a guiding principle when approving activities for your student.

Limit Large Group Gatherings Where Social Distancing Is Not Possible 

In addition to the traditional celebrations related to Halloween and Veterans Day, this 9-week period includes major holiday breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We know that travel, parties, and time together with friends and family is an important part of celebrating these holiday seasons.  We need your help in limiting your student’s participation in large group gatherings where social distancing is not possible as these events are particularly vulnerable to Covid transmission and to large scale close-contact designations.  Our hope is that when you make decisions about what events your student attends, you will think about the diligence and thoughtfulness that has served ACA well over the past few months.  We urge you- now is the time to stay strong and focused on safety; please resist the temptation to make personal exemptions or grow lax in your family’s decision-making.

Communicate With Our Campus Nurse

Dana Wingard, ACA’s Campus Nurse, is a fantastic resource for any Covid-related question that you may have. You may reach her at dwingard@alabamachristian.org.  If you have any questions about the daily self-screening questions, please contact Dana to discuss what may be right for you.  

Think Bigger Than Covid

As the seasons change, we know that cold and flu viruses begin to spike.  Please do your part and actively monitor your child’s health.  If you suspect your child is ill, please keep them at home.  Our teachers will work with your student to make sure they have all materials needed from any absence.  We are all dedicated to reducing the risk of any virus spread and staying healthy together.

Finally, our Soaring Safe document has been updated to reflect the latest information published by ADPH.  These changes can be found on pages 8-9 of Soaring Safe.  The first change includes limiting the need to report on major symptoms such as new coughs and/or changes in breathing. The second change involves allowing students/faculty/staff that were once positive for Covid to avoid the need to quarantine due to being labeled a close contact for up to 90 days following their initial diagnosis.  These changes have been highlighted in green for your reference.

As we began this school year, we knew that adopting a system that reduced and/or eliminated the spread of Covid at ACA would require our full efforts.  We knew that sustaining an in-person education model would mean that we had to actively fight against Covid every, single day.  With God’s help, we are winning that fight and we are winning it resoundingly.  Our success should inspire us to rededicate ourselves to the high standards of Soaring Safe.

I also want to compliment our ACA family on how well we have all adapted to the new spectator rules for our football games (and we’ve got some more football to play this year!)  As we work to establish spectator rules for our home basketball games, we will navigate some strict AHSAA regulations regarding gym capacity.  We have been fortunate that we have been able to accommodate all spectators during our football games this year; however, the reality is that our gymnasium poses some capacity limitations that will, at times, limit our ability to accommodate everyone that wants to cheer on our Eagles.  Please expect to see new gymnasium signage and basketball attendance procedures soon

I am grateful for your partnership in Soaring Safe this year.  All of our successes are shared successes and they would not be possible without your continued dedication

In His service,

Greg Glenn

Head of School

October 8, 2020

We launched Soaring Safe on July 22.  Our plan was designed to provide clear guidance to ACA on how we can take active precautions against Covid-19, strengthen our community, and create the best possible learning environments.  As you know, we have updated our Soaring Safe plan four times with new expectations, additional resources, and the gradual loosening of some of our precautions.  I am excited to announce that beginning on Monday, we will be relaxing one more of our Soaring Safe standards as we will move Lower School temperature checks from inside of the drop-off vehicles to the Lower School patio.  This will speed up the drop-off process and still ensure that all students are screened prior to entering our building.

Additionally, I am pleased to report that our Covid numbers have steadily dropped each of the last four weeks.  Currently, no ACA student, faculty or staff member is positive for Covid and we only have 3 students that are quarantined because they are close contacts of someone that tested positive (all non-ACA related positive tests).  We still have zero instances of community spread on our ACA campus and, as of today, we have less than one-half of 1% of our ACA students/faculty/staff that cannot be on campus due to Covid.  These low numbers are a credit to God’s protection of our campus and to your continued vigilance in abiding by the Soaring Safe guidelines.

In His service,

Greg Glenn

Head of School

Alabama Christian Academy

July 22, 2020

ACA Family - 

We eagerly await the reopening of our campus on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. It fills us all with joy to envision our classrooms with students and our campus energized with student activity. We have been working exceptionally hard to prepare for your return and we are pleased to provide you with this document outlining many of the changes we have adopted to ensure our campus is safe and prepared for your student to grow. In these ever-changing times, we are committed to constantly evaluating these procedures and testing them against the collective wisdom of public health experts as well as the regulatory guidance provided by the State of Alabama, City of Montgomery, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), and other similarly situated government offices. Based upon the guidance provided by these entities, the enhanced protocols and procedures outlined in this document, and the abiding commitment to personal and public safety from all of the families that make up our ACA community, we are confident we can learn and grow together on our campus for the entire academic year.

ACA’s motto is beautiful and simple – “Thrive in wisdom. Serve in spirit.” This motto as well as our steadfast dedication to Christian principles will serve to guide us well during these uncertain times. We believe the ACA education experience is holistic – it involves growth beyond academic and intellectual skills. Importantly, ACA’s educational experience is purposed to grow students relationally, emotionally, and spiritually. In all areas, but particularly in the areas of relational and spiritual health, we learn and grow best when we are together. We want to be sharpened by one another (Proverbs 27:17), spurred on by one another (Hebrews 10:24), and held accountable to one another as we seek opportunities to bear fruit that blesses those around us – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Our desire to be together is so great we are willing to go the extra mile to create the type of safe, healthy, and respectful environment that will allow us to grow and learn together. Please know our plan is fluid and will be updated as needed. New information emerges daily and we will modify our protocols accordingly. We ask you to continue to partner with us in grace, flexibility, and in modeling a strong sense of resilience and courage in the face of uncertainty. And through this all, I ask you to keep ACA in your prayers – let us not ever forget we serve a God who is “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in love.” (Joel 2:13)

In His service,

Greg Glenn

Head of School

Alabama Christian Academy