North Valley Christian AcademyTM
Questions and Answers
North Valley Christian Academy continues to closely monitor the evolving situation related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and evaluate its impact on both the school and the community at large in accordance with recommendations from local, state, and national government organizations and health agencies. The health and safety of all members of our community are, as always, of the utmost importance.
Classes are held on campus all five days of the week in preschool through 12th grade. These policies are subject to change if there is a change in Arizona laws or if there are data indicating the risks of staying open outweigh the benefits. We have received several questions with respect to school policies. Our answers are listed below. Such questions are encouraged and can be submitted to Head of School, Chris Schoenleb at email@example.com. A copy of NVCA's COVID-19 policy is can be viewed in Appendix D of the K-12 Parent Student Handbook.
1. Question: Is the campus open for all grade levels?
Answer: Yes. Preschool–12th grade classes are in session Monday–Friday.
2. Question: What precautions are you taking to reduce the risks of contracting or spreading COVID–19?
Answer: The following procedures have been put in place to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus:
- Establishing school bubbles, by keeping cohort groups isolated from other cohort groups;
- Restricting all nonessential visitors;
- Wearing a mask when 6-feet of separation cannot be maintained by someone outside a given cohort;
- Checking temperatures at the beginning of the day and prior to using school transportation;
- Staggering class schedules during the day to minimize student contact during passing periods;
- Wearing face coverings by staff members when physical distancing cannot be maintained between student and teachers/aides;
- Reminding students of procedures with posted signage in the restrooms and classrooms;
- Implementing dedicated restrooms and water bottles;
- Disinfecting desks and all high-touch surfaces throughout the day;
- Cleaning materials that are shared before and after student use;
- Disinfecting bathrooms throughout the day;
- Disinfecting the entire school after each school day; and
- Disinfecting the playground after every use.
3. Question: Are there activities that are avoided at NVCA?
Answer: At this point we have curtailed specific activities, such as athletic, fine arts, and other parts of the NVCATM experience. NVCA follows the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) guidelines. Large on-campus social events have been cancelled until January 1, 2021 to minimize community exposure to COVID-19.
4. Question: Do you have different sets of rules for different age groups?
Answer: In order to prevent exposure between high school and middle school bubbles, students in grades six–12 are required to wear masks outside of their classrooms. All other rules are applicable to all grade levels.
5. Question: What happens if there is a case of COVID-19 with a student or a family member?
Answer: Students, teachers, staff, and campus visitors, who have had close contact with an individual receiving a lab-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis will not be permitted on campus until they have quarantined for 14 days. Close contact is defined as:
- Spending 15 minutes or more within six feet of someone who has COVID-19;
- Sharing food or drinks with them;
- Having direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them); or
- Being in direct contact with the infected person’s sneeze, cough, or respiratory droplets.
In most cases, the class where exposure to a verified COVID-19 case has occurred will move to emergency online education protocols on NVCA learning management systems.
If two verified COVID-19 cases occur within a class during a 10-day period, the class and bubble will move to emergency online education protocols for a period of 3 to 14 days.
6. Question: Will parents be informed if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case at NVCA?
Answer: If a student or staff member is confirmed to have COVID-19, NVCA will inform parents and staff members of possible exposure and the grade level(s) where the exposure has occurred. Confidentiality required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be maintained unless written permission is given by the individual or parents/guardian of the infected student.
7. Question: What happens if the state recommends further restrictions?
Answer: We will, of course, abide by all applicable laws. To date, proclamations from the governor have been advisory in nature, i.e., guidelines. Recent pronouncements (August - November, 2020) concerning school COVID-19 policies have excluded private schools from public and charter schools. If pronouncements continue to be guidelines and not laws, we will determine the extent to which they apply to us and our community. Once we have made that determination, we will adjust our policies and programs accordingly.
8. Question: What happens if the state requires all public and private schools closed?
Answer: If we are forced to close before or during the next school year, we will employ our online program for all grades except PS3/PK4. Fortunately, we have been developing online classes at the high school level for the past two years and we currently offer 12 online classes.. In addition, we have contingency plans for PS through 12th grade to implement immediately if a closure order is given. Our faculty and staff gained a great deal of experience with virtual classrooms during the last closure, so they will be fully prepared to go virtual whenever they are called upon.
9. Question: What is the policy for school visitors?
Answer: Preapproved or scheduled visitors are permitted on campus on a limited basis.
The following protocols will be in place for all volunteers and nonessential visitors:
- Temperature check
- Completion of a health screening form
- Wearing a mask on campus
- Wearing gloves, if they will be in contact with any materials that will be touched by students
10. Question: Do you utilize the outdoor learning areas?
Answer: Because our classrooms have access to an outdoor collaboration area, our teachers utilize these areas to take advantage of their safer environment and to facilitate distancing between students.
11. Question: If my middle or high school student is not comfortable taking on-campus classes, are there other options?
Answer: We offer online classes for middle and high school students. Check out our online program at northvalleyca.org.
12. Question: If I am not comfortable sending my elementary child to school, can they take online classes?
Answer: We have options for students who need extended time away from campus. An NVCA teaching coordinator works with at-home students using uses the Horizons at-home program for K-2 students and Ignitia online program for students in grades 3-5.
13. Question: If a student takes remote classes, will they be placed on a waiting list if the on-campus class reaches maximum capacity?
Answer: Due to a surge in demand for on-campus classes, we cannot guarantee an on-campus spot for remote students. However, online students are given the same priority status for early registration during the months of November and December.
The NVCA Promise
Steadfast in faith, NVCA is committed to a Christ-centered education that can transform lives and touch communities. Our role is to help define and reinforce a deep sense of God-given value, purpose and meaning in the pursuit of knowledge and growth in Christ for a transforming influence on the world. An NVCA education forms the foundation upon which all academic pursuits are built thereby enabling students to reach their full educational potential.