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The Path Back to Campus - Continued | Fall 2020

The Path Back to Campus (part three)

August 13, 2020

In a world where uncertainty has become inevitable, questions are looking for answers, and hope is not a luxury but a necessity, there are few things more important than how the future leaders of tomorrow are prepared. The luxury of being able to impact our youth with an innovative, faith-based education is something that should be prioritized and appreciated. This latest publication of our Path Back to Campus comes with a thankful heart, a joyful outlook, and an outreached hand in search of support and partnership.

Please be sure to make yourself familiar with the first two publications as they contain useful and essential information. At the same time, it is vital to know with the ever-changing climate we live in, and there may be adjustments made as we come closer to reuniting on the first day of school 2020.

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Glossary of Terms

The following terms are used throughout our return-to-school plans and within our safety and health protocols.

Nothing Is More Vital

Even though our teachers and staff were able to make remote learning not feel distant, I think we can all agree, nothing is more vital to educating our children than being in a classroom with one of our masterful teachers. Interaction, expression, encouragement, mentorship, empathy, guidance, and laughter all impact children and their spiritual, intellectual, and emotional growth.

The majority of our parent base and teachers have made it clear that in-person, on-campus learning is worth almost any consideration…even the wearing of masks during the school day as mandated by the Governor in Executive Order 20-81. For some, this is not a big deal as they have been wearing masks for quite some time while out in public. For others, it is a major change. To assist with this new way of making school work while adhering to this Executive Order, we ask for your help and trust.

Your trust in that:

  • Our teachers care for your child. And so, will provide necessary brakes throughout the day, while keeping their class safe
  • Our superior staff is thinking through all aspects of what makes a Maranatha education special – even while wearing a mask.
  • As a Christian school, we will obey the laws/mandates of the land (the Governor’s Executive Order 80-21, requiring masks to be worn) and look to provide the proper example for our children.

Your help by:

  • Finding the benefits in this mandate, which we pray will be short-lived (God-willing).
  • Making it as bearable as possible by providing masks or appropriate face coverings that are fun and exciting for your child within the guidelines laid out by Maranatha.
  • Confirming and supporting the staff in adhering to the policy

Maranatha is offering branded face masks and other coverings on the spirit wear store that are approved, fun, and affordable. Should you purchase your own, please make sure all face coverings are in alignment with our Christian faith and mission of the school. Face masks that advertise anything oppositional to our faith or any political party agenda are not acceptable.

Are you Positive?

We will be reuniting at the start of school for live, on-campus classes. In a time when tomorrow is more of a question than a certainty, our staff has been tirelessly working to not only start on campus, but to stay here throughout the school year. Of course, there are a lot of “What ifs?” that will play a significant part in achieving this lofty goal. Below, we present a few scenarios. Before we do, please know that it is imperative to be self-screening at home and continually checking for symptoms. If we all do our part, we will have a greater chance for success.

It’s Better in Person, but there is Maranatha Virtual

We have not been shy about our intentions. We will be on campus for live in-person learning when we start the school year. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports this idea knowing that not only does personal instruction improve learning but is imperative to the social and emotional well-being of our students. While this may be true, we understand that there may be times when our students cannot take their seats when the bell rings and will need to stay home for an extended period of time. Also, some of our families may feel more comfortable keeping their child home for a variety of reasons.

When this happens, we will offer families the option of Maranatha Virtual. Here, students will virtually tap into the classroom via newly acquired technology. It is important to understand, while this may be a good option for certain families, our teachers’ lesson plans are prepared to teach to the students live in the classroom. Maranatha Virtual is not designed the same as our remote/eLearning model we will employ should there be a need for the school to move off campus. If this is required, teaching and learning will rival last quarter where lesson plans are designed specifically for this type of schooling.

If a family decides to opt into Maranatha Virtual, it will be a full-quarter commitment. Ten days prior to the start of the quarter, families will need to inform administration. If a student is attending live on-campus classes and is required to stay home for an extended period of time due illness or exposure, he or she will have access to Maranatha Virtual. The student will be able to return when healthy and the detailed guidelines for return to campus are met.

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Sing, Play, Create

Providing the safest possible “edusystem” within the new plan to reunite on campus is of prime importance. One of the more challenging areas facing the school is how will we be able to provide music (band/choir), art, gym, other specialists such as robotics, and recess. Students will either wash their hands or use hand sanitizer prior to class. Here is what you can expect:

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    Lower and upper school music (band/choir)

    • Music classes will be spaced so that after each class the teacher has ample time to disinfect the room, instruments, and other items.
    • Students will remain in their pods and will not mix with other pods (grades/classes)
    • Masks will remain on, unless singing or playing an instrument that requires removal

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    Lower and upper school art

    • Art classes will be spread out so that after each class the teacher has ample time to disinfect the room, supplies, and other items.
    • Students will remain in their pods and will not mix with other pods (grades/classes)

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    Lower and upper school gym

    • Activities that lend themselves to social distancing will be implemented as much as possible until restrictions are lifted.
    • Healthy lifestyles and habits will be promoted.
    • All equipment and frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized after each class period.

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    Lower and upper school STE(A)M

    • Students will remain in their pods and will not mix with other pods (grades/classes)
    • Ample time will be given to the teacher and staff to disinfect the room, bots, devices, and other equipment prior to the next pod entering

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    Recess

    • Students will remain in their grade-level pods for recess
    • Prior to and after recess, students will wash their hands

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Where Do I Pick Up My Child?

Dismissal plans will look a little different this year, especially in lower school. While this may be a bit more inconvenient than years past, we believe the extra precautions will allow us to keep our students in pods until picked up, thus creating a safer environment for our students.

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    Lower school

    • Pre-K will be picked up at Door 2 between 2:45-3:00 p.m.
    • Kindergarten will be picked up near the flagpole (Door 1.5) between 3:00-3:10 p.m.
    • Grade 1 will be picked up at Door 1 between 2:55-3:10 p.m.
    • Grades 2 will be picked up at Door 7 between 2:50-3:10 p.m.
    • Grades 3 will be picked up at Door 3 between 2:55-3:10 p.m.
    • Grade 4 will be picked up at Door 4 between 2:50-3:10 p.m.
    • Grade 5 will be picked up at Door 5 between 2:55-3:10 p.m.

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    Lower school

    Students arriving between 7-7:25 a.m. will be seated in the cafeteria within there pods. Please know the entire building is sanitized and undergoes a deep-cleaning process overnight, providing a sanitary seating area for your student.

    The E.A.R.L.Y. Program for lower school students will be available but will look different than years past. A specific grade-level (pod) will be given access to the gym on a pre-determined morning. This schedule will be made available on back-to-school night.

    Students will be dismissed by pod to their classrooms to avoid any congestion in the hallways.

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    Upper School

    Students arriving between 7-7:45 a.m. will be seated in the cafeteria within their pods. Please know the entire building is sanitized and undergoes a deep-cleaning process overnight, providing a sanitary seating area for your student. When the bell rings students will be dismissed by pod to their lockers/classrooms to avoid as much congestion in the hallways as possible.

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